Obviously we're ALL going to enjoy the game as fans first. This is going to be an exciting year of Michigan football.
Me myself, I'll probably watch the game (as a fan), record it, then watch it immediately afterwards to actually look at individual battles, subs, and things of that nature.
That said, what is the "coach" in your looking for on Saturday? Any position battles? Any players in particular? Just interested to see what everyone will be keeping an eye on to try and gather more information about the rest of the season.
This week, Rivals released it's first 10 five star players, which include our very own commit Damien Harris. Today they released a feature/breakdown of him and his ranking [article linked here], the seventh overall in the series (probably indicating he's either the fourth best player in their rankings, or the 7th, I'm not sure). It's been said before, but I'm still amazed that we have two top 10 caliber guys in the fold for our 2015 class already.
(FWIW: It was posted earlier that Rivals gave him a top ten ranking, but they hadn't released the article yet)
Looks like the injury bug has hit a position with very little depth for OSU. Tommy Schutt was looking to be their starter at one of the DT positions (link says he was a backup at both, but I'm not sure I really believe that, he was going to play significantly and probably eventually start). They have little depth around him and almost no experience even with him. Going into the season, DT was probably their biggest concern, even more than an OL with serious depth issues. Well, that situation just got worse.
The OOC schedule is still easy, but teams like Wisconson, NW, Iowa, and PSU are the first four up in B1G play. Even when Schutt comes back he's unlikely to be 100%. While OSU has playmakers in the back end and in the pass rush, their lack of experience in the middle made them potentially weak against the run. Against the B1G teams listed above you don't want to be weak against the run. Wisconsin could pull out a big victory; NW, while being more of an outside run team, could potentially get OL to the LB level; Iowa is still good at blocking in the interior and with a few lucky bounces could be in a game they have no business being in; and PSU may be able to run the ball to take some pressure off their young QBs.
I still wouldn't expect many loses from that group of games, because the offense is still the offense. But this gives teams a chance and likely makes victory that much harder for the Buckeyes. Hate to see injuries regardless, but this is a big one for OSU.
A preview of the offense from mgoblue.
So, we're planning the trip to Happy Valley. Looking at tickets on stubhub. Questions for those who have been there:
1). Which section is usually the visitors section?
2). Has anyone ever sat in the lower level endzone sections? Those are currently the cheapest tickets, but wondering why that may be.
Thanks for the help!