Braxton Miller will make it to The Game healthy. He's getting banged around a lot.
I think he's the only reason that OSU hasn't totally blown this year.
I'm sure that Mattison will definitely have something new for Miller, but Miller is really , really dangerous IMO. IDK about his decision making / reading coverages right now, but what worries me is his ability to throw deep accurately. He threw a few deep balls, very accurately today against IU.
Also Boren did play at LB but the announcer said it had something to do with a lot of injuries at LB. I'm assuming most of Ohio's LBs will be back by the end of the year.
While MSU is struggling, they're going to give us their best punch ( pun intended ).
And then Nebraska @ Nebraska, no gimme IMO, and don't look now but Northwestern is doing well.
I think this team can run the table, but I'm thinking they're going to stumble somewhere along the line.
Without Countess, our Secondary is Suspect. I don't know how seasoned Taylor will be by the end of November.
What's critical is how much pressure our DL (and LB corps) can get on Miller. If a blitzing Jake Ryan is able to break free, that can affect Miller's accuracy, and not give him the time to throw strikes downfield.
Taylor has looked fine so far. I wouldn't worry too much about the secondary.
You obviously haven't been watching the same games I have been. Raymon and the Secondary are doing just fine. The whole D is getting more confidence by the week.
Is he not tied for the team lead in interceptions? Does anyone have 2? It's Sunday and I'm too lazy to look.
Taylor and Thomas Gordon are tied for the lead with two apiece. Interceptions aren't necessarily the best way to evaluate a defensive back, though.
The secondary has looked good, but we've also played 3 horrible passing offenses, we're not going to play a team that can actually pass more than screens until Nebraska
I think you're underestimating Miller more than a little bit. He's got an uncanny ability to make people miss in close quarters, and he's big and strong enough to shrug off arm tackles. It's going to come down to tackling fundamentals and getting as many guys on him as possible. There aren't too many on our defense that Miller can't beat one-on-one, either with his juking ability or his size.
Ohio's D is terrible. If you convert a FB to LB and WITHIN A WEEK he's leading your team in tackles, your D is a tire fire.
Still, you can't take anything for granted. Ohio has athletes, and it's quite possible they will improve a lot by the time we play them. Wiscy seems to be doing exactly that, though more on O than D. Bielema deserves a lot of credit for firing his OLine coach and at least getting a shot at saving the season.
I'm actually more concerned about the Nebraska game than any other remaining on our schedule. If it were at home, I'd feel a lot more comfortable. But if Nebby wins at NU this weekend, and then we lose in Lincoln, they could walk away with the division. Even if we beat Ohio and both we and the Huskers finish with 1 conference loss, I assume they'd win the division on a head-to-head tiebreak.
Remember when Hoke told a reporter that running a spread offense is bad for your defense? I think he might be onto something. See: Oregon, WVU, OSU.
Seems the only exception to that rule might the Mattison led Florida D that dismantled OSU in the MNC and won 2 in 3 years.
defense the last couple of years, they have been in top 20-30 in scoring defense. They are currently 32nd in scoring defense, which is pretty good for a defense that is on the field as frequently as they are. I would suspect their point per possesion numbers are probally in top 15, which is probally a better metric than simply looking at PPG. There is no comparison between Oregon's D and WVU's D.
Playing good defense and running the spread are not mutually exclusive. Meyer's defenses at Florida were pretty good defenses (with the exception of that 2006 team that UM beat in the Cap One bowl). Regardless of what offense your running it still comes down to having good coaching and players executing, that doesn't change.
Cap One bowl was the 2007-2008 year.
Remember when Hoke told a reporter that running a spread offense is bad for your defense?
Actually, what Hoke said had to do with blocking - that using zone blocking exclusively on offense can leave your defense unprepared to face physical teams. He wasn't really speaking about offensive formations.
Anyone know where I can find a replay of this game? BTN2GO has it, but my provider doesn't support that.
I have yet to have the pleasure to watch the game but is Luke Fickle a GERG disciple. Nothing else makes sense.
The secondary plays instinctually and with inconsistent technique. They have made some great plays as a byproduct, but solid quarterbacks have been able to pick them apart. I don't know how well their "bad" defense plays into our hands, but I agree in that they have proven very beatable this year.
Our secondary has faced utter train wrecks for passing offense the last five games, so you have to keep that in mind (Sorry, ND fans, but Golson is not that good) OTOH we've done our part in making them utter train wrecks. Northwestern is going to test us. Not to where we're in great danger against them, but if their pass offense hums against us, Miller portends to be equally, if not more, scary.
That said... if Urban Meyer is reading this, GERG will probably take OSU-level money to leave behind his high school special teams pledges to coach defense for you guys once you drop Fickell. Just sayin'.
Now Meyer has all the excuses he needs to quietly dump Fickell, as I'm sure he wanted to do from the start.
IU had 54 pass attempts. Do you know how many sacks osu had? A big fat goose egg.
Does it have anything to do with the up-tempo nature of their offense. The OSU offense used to be more ball control and ground and pound man-ball type stuff and it relied on their defense to do the same. Is it possible that with the change in offense, just as with us, the no huddle spread forces the defense to be on the field much longer and much quicker than they had to be in the past? Just a theory...as their defense was pretty good last year.
I don't think so. OSU's time of possession last night was 37 minutes; if you look at season averages, OSU is averaging 30:09 minutes of possession per game this year compared to 30:40 per game last year, so there's no real change in how long the D is on the field.
I hope whoever they get to replace him struggles, too.
Oh, is that just too nakedly, abjectly honest? My bad.