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Game Thread tOSU at Cal Bears, Sep 14, 7 ET, Fox

Discussion in '2013 Football Season Capsule' started by BB73, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Cal's offense is certainly on the up-tick, and you'd be a fool to think Goff wasn't likely to be really good. Some of the throws he made were PERFECT, really impressive for a freshman.

    But, the OSU defense gave up 34 points to a team that dropped 37 on an FCS school and 30 on Northwestern. There wasn't anything special about the defenses performance Saturday, and nothing earth-shattering bad.

    I don't think people are complaining as much as noting areas of improvement. This team doesn't have aspirations to be good, they have aspirations to be the best team in the country.

    As far as I can tell, everyone is thrilled with the win, happy with the offense, and expecting the defense to improve.
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  2. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    A little more sober this time around for the replay, so here are my thoughts:

    1. Way to set the tone right away. Stifling defense and a masterful play call on that first touchdown.

    2. Unreal play out of KG, honestly don't even know if Braxton would have done that well. Two perfect passes right off the bat. I know the Cal and SDSU defenses are not all world, but he is putting the ball in some tight windows and making the right reads. Showed improved touch on his deep balls and was very sharp on short-intermediate throws. Having a backup of this caliber is unheard of anymore with transfers.

    3. I really like our personnel use. Kept going vertical with Devin Smith instead of trying to get him the ball in space and got Dontre to the edge. Using Chris Fields in the red zone. Great stuff. I want to see these tight ends we speak of though...another year, another year of not using talented TEs.

    4. Shazier = the best linebacker in the country. Unreal athlete.

    5. Roby really struggled. He has some work to do on his fundamentals...has the tools to be the best but he is not there yet. Doran Grant was in the hip pocket of his guy all day though, another great game for him. Overall in the secondary, there were too many guys wide open deep that the QB just plain missed on. Easily could have been a close game if Goff makes the throws in the 1st half. I'm all for bend and don't break defense but it is a little disconcerting where the only thing preventing a break is lack of execution from our opponent.

    6. Bosa is freaking amazing, again. If he isn't about to make the sack, his long arms are in the air at the line influencing the pass. Also stout against the run. Just disruptive in general. Defensive line in general was impressive, loved seeing Steve Miller and Chris Carter get in on some big plays. They really showed up well despite the style of offense Cal plays...usually it is tough for the DL to get there in time to make noise when the offense gets the ball out quick like that.

    7. Jordan Hall is putting together a great season. No nonsense, gets right up field in a hurry and can make a man miss if need be.

    8. Offensive line play was absolutely stellar. Great pace and they really got a lot of movement. I think they savor a 4th and short, it is always blocked up so well on the zone give. Also a ton of time for KG, nobody got near him really. The TEs also were getting after it blocking as well.

    9. Christian Bryant really had a good game. Ball hawk back there and was putting his hat in on some tackles per the usual. Barnett needs to pick it up though, some break downs in coverage and missed tackles again.

    10. I'm not too down on the defense overall. With Cal's tempo, they are going to score some but overall I thought we made the plays when we needed them. Plus I think Cal has some talented offensive players and they made a few plays. Plenty of talent out there for us though and we are only going to keep improving. Really we just struggled on the jet screen and I think that was just an adjustment we didn't make schematically. Either that or we need a LB not named Shazier to hold down fort in the middle of the field and take out some of those blockers.

    11. Good showing, I really liked our effort overall on the road. We've got plenty to work on but I really like this team after Week 3.
  3. twister55

    twister55 GO BUCKS

    what I get is people r very not so happy with the defence but remember cal is gonna drop a lot of points on everyone remember lat year cAL dropped 28 on a expenced defence 9 new starters so like a new defence morless gave up 28 plus struggled to win .to me not that bad grant you defence needs work that's gonna come in time the offence need to keep what there doing ...again some people complain about everything,wait til next year I think they have start a home and away series with Oklahoma
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  4. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Va Tech...
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  5. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

  6. maximumblitz

    maximumblitz Buckeye Samurai of Big League Blitzkreig

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  7. maximumblitz

    maximumblitz Buckeye Samurai of Big League Blitzkreig

    Bosa is playing so well, are we really sure that Vrabel has not checked into the game?
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  8. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

  9. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    Not holding on to interceptions is hurting this defense. Inexcusable. That and not wrapping up. Those things are correctable Got to wrap up the Wiscy and Wildcat runners or it will come back to bite us! But the defense as a whole is further along than last year and getting better every week.
  10. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    That was an impressive showing by Ohio State fans that made the Cal fans jealous! Well done, gang! :bow:
  11. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    Expect to see a lot of screen passes from the opposition until we do a better job on those. On Cal's TD screen pass play it looked to me like C. Brown got blocked in the back and there was no call. Brown was watching the WR and an offensive lineman hit him straight in the back than landed on him for good measure. I know the rule states if you have previous contact you can get away with a block in the back but I didn't see any previous contact.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2013
  12. maximumblitz

    maximumblitz Buckeye Samurai of Big League Blitzkreig

    Somebody has to knock off Oregon for tOSU to get to the title game, so it might as well be Cal, esp since we already beat them so we don't have to worry about who the Oregon killer will then lose to.
  13. maximumblitz

    maximumblitz Buckeye Samurai of Big League Blitzkreig

    Make sure you don't drop it.
  14. maximumblitz

    maximumblitz Buckeye Samurai of Big League Blitzkreig

    If I remember the talk last year, the tOSU defense was supposed to not play tight, press coverage, but sit back and be ball hawks. Major change. (I cannot remember what the terminology is.) The scheme did exactly what it was supposed to do in delivering interception opportunities. tOSU would have looked awesome, if the interceptions had been made, which as others pointed out, did not happen.
  15. twister55

    twister55 GO BUCKS

    7 or 9 don't matter there get better if they want a national title

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