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Game Thread tOSU vs. Northern Illinois, Sat 9/19 @ 3:30pm ET, ABC/ESPN2

Discussion in '2015 Football Season Capsule' started by MD Buckeye, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. shiloh

    shiloh Junior

    Trouble in paradise ...

    Again, the first (3) games make me appreciate last season just that much more. Magical seasons don't come around very often and back to back magical seasons once every blue moon.

    It's a longgg season!

    After week 3 last year the Buckeyes were ranked 16th.

    Did I mention it's a long season?

    On the bright side, NIU scores three pts. without OSU turnovers.

    Also, Michigan State won despite giving up 428 yds. to AFA. Air Force had 3 turnovers and a fourth down failure. hmm, sound familiar? ok, the Buckeyes won with (5) turnovers.

    Did I mention ...
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  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Anyone else think that Ohio State did not do a good job managing the clock on their possession at the 2:59 mark in the 4th quarter. Three times they snapped the ball with more than 3 seconds on the play clock. On one down there was 20+ seconds on the play clock and on 4th down there was 10+ seconds on the play clock, and in both cases the game clock was running. The Buckeye could have easily ate up over 30 more seconds; N. Illinois got the ball back at 1:45 on their last possession. The last thing Urban should have said to both JT Barrett and Cam Johnson before they took the field is: If the game clock is running do not snap the ball until the play clock is down to 3 seconds (or less).

  3. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    They gave up 26 to fucking Murray State as well. The supposed #1 team in the country should be able to muster more than 13 offensive points against them.
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  4. You have 5 then. Cb and Safeties are separate.
  5. TooTallMenardo

    TooTallMenardo “Big-time players step up in big-time games.” '17 Bowl Pick Em Champ

    I'm not so sure I would call the RBs strong as a UNIT. Zeke remains consistent, but Samuel has been a bit hit or miss at times.
  6. buckeyboy

    buckeyboy Taller than most...

    These three have me scratching my head. They have been invisible for the most part except for a few flashes (I know they were suspended for game 1). Anyone notice Smith's body language on the field yesterday. He either doesn't want to be playing or is ticked he isn't getting the ball. One problem appears to be a lack of motivation and focus.
  7. Coqui

    Coqui Senior

    Aside from the cardiac arrest, I guess I can live with a repeat of 2002 with the defense doing all the bailing out.
  8. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    Seem to recall that when the 1 game suspensions were announced, someone (who knows more about the team than I do) on BP stated that he was surprised at some of the names, but not Smith's.

    Funny - the team that wasn't supposed to challenge for the playoffs made it all the way, and the team that was named presumptive champions prior to the 2014 season hasn't shown up yet.

    Reminds me of the difference between 2003 and 2006 - between 1968 and 69 and 70. Talent can be the biggest burden of them all.
  9. JXC

    JXC '01'02'04'05'06'07'08'09'10'12'13'14'15'16‘17’18

    I'm confused at the comparisons to Tresselball. Did Tressel offenses turn the ball over five times?

    This offense runs best when the QBs are mobile and will use their feet to move the pocket and to get first downs when lanes develop. Ball security, and not throwing the ball into tough defensive coverages needs to be stressed.

    Also, it's great to cheer JT when he comes in, but somehow it feels less of a cheer for him and more of a cheer for benching Cardale. The guy behind me who yelled at Urban to go back to Florida is a joke, too. I know most of 'those' 'fans' aren't on BP, but damn. Just enjoy this year, whatever happens. Not often do you get to see a ton of players who brought a NC to Columbus come back and play again. Win or lose, just appreciate and respect what this group of guys and this coaching staff has done for this university, city, and the whole state.

    Go Bucks!!!
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  10. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member


    But you did cover your bases. Didn't you also say that the Bucks would make poi (or whatever Hawaiian dish) out of the Rainbow Warriors? :)
  11. Jguilty

    Jguilty Newbie

    A few observations from Saturday.
    1. I really miss Tom Herman.
    2. I was in the two quarter back camp until having witnessed the lack of rhythm and synchronicity coming out of our backfield.
    3. What the (Mark May) has happened to our perimeter blocking? I realize losing Evan Spencer would have an effect, but after watching how violently Corey Smith blocked last year I was truly hoping he'd step up to fill in that vacant roll.
    4. Our defense is superb. Glad we have them to carry us.
    5. We still have the best coach in Meyer, and the season is young.
    6. This could be indicative of tOSU peeking at the perfect time.

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  12. greyscarlet

    greyscarlet Junior

    Certainly not suggesting it's good but I wouldn't go jumping off a ledge. Improvements, some significant, need to be made to get to where the team wants to be.
  13. shiloh

    shiloh Junior

    On any given Saturday ...

    We found out after last year that team/game comparisons don't mean squat!


    Although Urban was very happy to hear Wisky had defeated Auburn before he led his troops against Alabama. Seriously, how did the Buckeyes defeat WI 59-0 when just 2 weeks prior they trailed Indiana 20-14 late in the third quarter. ok, Cardale could do no wrong against WI, but now he has come back down to earth.

    Different season, different team, different expectations. Championship rings are nice, but they don't help you defeat a team the next year. In fact they may detract from the mission.


    Having said all this, Michigan State defeated WMU 37-24. ***If*** the Buckeyes win 42-7 I'd say they're back on track.

    btw, Frostburg State is 2-1 this year. :biggrin:
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2015
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  14. OSUK

    OSUK Sometimes lucid, mostly confused

    I'm freaking out and optimistically telling myself to take a breath.

    The freak out is justified by putrid offense for 2 weeks. The reason for optimism is that the D is playing at an elite level, and the problems on offense are not talent-driven, but are more psychological and coaching in nature. OSU has a plethora of weapons, but VT excepted, they don't seem to have a clear idea of how to use them. They also have 2 proven QBs who look like they aren't sure what they are supposed to do. This QB "embarrassment of riches" has turned into a QB controversy, and the only place I can lay the blame for that is with the OC, QB coach, and the head coach. I have to conclude that they have not used and managed the talent available in the best way. At the same time, I have trust that they (Urban in particular) will figure it out.

    IMO the coaching staff needs to provide clarity on who is leading the offense and what their identity is going to be. The sooner the better.
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  15. C-busBuck

    C-busBuck Um... I got nothin

    I'm not a fan of the two qb system. I just think back to the days of Joe Germain and Stanley Jackson. Really think we would have won the natty had Joe started and ran the offense full time in 1997.

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