I am trying to curb my enthusiasm, but I'm finding it increasingly hard to do just that. I will start with the defense. Besides the second half shenanigans, I thought the defense was in the right places to make plays. That might not seem like it's a big deal, but most of the time in football it's about being where you are supposed to be. This wasn't the case last year. The tackling seemed more sound, the D-line played in Hiller's face, we were stout against the run, etc.
The offense under Tate was very effective. I am still very impressed by his poise and talent. I guess that's the result of being prepped for greatness since being on the tit! I thought that all of the praise that he received for being an accurate passer was very well deserved. I know that he was making the right reads, but I got nervous at seeing him keep the ball so many times.
I thought D-Rob's Speed was greatly underrated, he may just be the fastest player I've ever seen on our beloved team. I truly think that D-Rob and Tate will be a very nice one two punch for at least the next two years. It's clear that he was too impatient on more than a couple of plays. I think that he has the ability to throw the rock, he just needs to believe in the system, and the rest of his teammates.
My only complaint about the offense is that I wanted to see more from the RBs. I think that while Brown is capable, I wanted to see more explosiveness from this group. I now am convinced that we need Minor to really get back to our elite status this year. (from what I've seen from the rest of the Big Ten, I think that we can do well above what everyone initially thought)
In closing, I very much so dislike the state of Ohio, and I think that with what others might interpret to be excessive preperation, (because of Rosenturd) we might be able to really be able to turn this year into something very special!