If there’s one thing that has been a hot topic all this past week with regards to the Ohio State offense, it has been the fact that they scored 76 points on a highly inferior opponent in FAMU. At one point in the first half it was pretty obvious that the Buckeyes could have done anything they wanted to, and did as Kenny G set a new single game record of 6 TD passes ….all in the first half.
There are two theories that were being argued. First, why were the Buckeyes playing FAMU and second, why run up the score?
Ohio State continues to make efforts to improve their non-conference schedule. It’s a process that can’t get done overnight. With the playoff system right around the corner though, the athletic department will do what it can to make the proper changes to the schedule.
Their fate at the end of every season after this year could depend on it.
Secondly, running up the score pays dividends in huge ways for the team. You get to see the future unfold with a game from freshman Ezekiel Elliot, who found his way into the record books Saturday. It’s also an opportunity for a lot of walk-ons to do everything they can to secure some type of playing time throughout the rest of the season.
My favorite part of the team rumblin’ last week was the effort put forth by the coaching staff to keep them engaged past the first quarter. The Buckeyes are scoring early and often and we have seen it drop off considerably after the first fifteen minutes. They kept the intensity up on both sides of the ball and really sent a message that it didn’t matter who they were playing, they were keeping the foot on the proverbial throat.
The Rumbler Prediction for Week 5: A huge game from #5 when he returns to the field Saturday. We missed you Braxton! So does Wisconsin’s front line and secondary.
It is difficult to select an individual on Ohio State’s roster that has been stumblin’ as of late. What I can tell you is this, there are some experienced players on this team, that had better be on the look-out for some youngsters as we get into the conference schedule. We are kicking it all off with one of our most hated enemies in the B1G, so basically the conference slate is now book-ended with high profile match-ups. It is what it is, and I for one really enjoy it.
There’s some news circulating that some of the players that were expected to contribute, will actually be red-shirted. I have to believe that even though Coach Meyer has said he doesn’t like to red-shirt, he must at times to ensure that players have an opportunity for success.
Joey Bosa is one that comes to mind pretty quickly. Unlike the Guiton/Miller situation, Washington has a bulls-eye on his back and Bosa has pretty much all but proven what type of star he will be. Do not get me wrong, I am not suggesting that Bosa start over Washington right now, but he will definitely be taking away some of his playing time. There’s also the possibility of needing to figure out how to play them both at the same time.
Just some food for thought around some of the starters who could be losing some playing time to youngsters, who’s your favorites?
This weeks version will be short and sweet. It goes out to all of the naysayers who chose Whiskey over the Buckeyes. If you did such a thing, then you are clearly just wanting to get views of your special little twitter page or website. There is little chance of the Badgers upsetting this team at home and I am getting tired of hearing how they’ve had our number? The Buckeyes have won 5 of the last 6 and hold a tremendous edge in the series.
While I agree that this will be a great football game under the lights n a Saturday night in #TheShoe, I will not entertain any thoughts of an upset. I will leave you with this . . .