As the Buckeyes roll down the stretch and most of America believes they ave the easiest path to go undefeated, the rest believes they wont be in the title game because of the ease of that schedule. The fact still remains that all this team needs to do is win and not pay any attention to those people. They have an opportunity to enjoy back-to-back undefeated seasons and set several other records along the way. Let’s get started with the good and Rumblin from last week.
There can be only one. In spite of the desire to spread the wealth by all who are not coaches on that staff, there can be only one football. No matter how you draw it up, script it, or even second guess the results? This team is led by Carlos Hyde this season. So far we have seen three teams attempt to stop him and only one slowed him. The last two have failed miserably and I can tell you that Mr. Hyde is playing his best football right now.
He will, and really already has, put this team on his shoulders. He is producing at a rate that he should become Coach Meyer’s first RB to rush for 1,000 yards and may do it in a shortened regular season for him. Four games, 72 carries for 443 yards, with a 6.2 YPC and has scored 5 TD’s. Throw 6 receptions for 43 yards and a score as well, and you have the best RB in the nation right now. He will continue to carry this team and give coach Meyer what he has always wanted, power running team, eating the clock with the danger of the other weapons lurking providing big play capability.
We’ve discussed a lot of topics in ths section during the season and one recurring theme that just doesn’t seem to want to go away is the stumblin and strugglin defense. The Silver Bullets have yet to raise thei hands, but remember that they didn’t show up until late in the season last year. They have also been pretty much in a bend but don’t break mentality because of so much new that has been thrown at them by opposing teams.
The majority of the staff and players getting caught off guard last week with the 13 set(three TE’s) was because they cannot predict what new their opposing staff’s will throw at them. You know these coaches review hours upon hours of game film to write down and study tendencies. They had no reason to believe Ferentz would throw that formation at them, and let’s face it. Right now, the Buckeyes do not have three LB’s that can cover in space plus get blocked.
Why have the defense at just stumblin and not down for the count at this point is that they made great halftime adjustments. They put the Bryant and Roby-less defense in a great position to win and win they did. Save for one horrific play to a TE over Reeves head, they played lights out in the second half. We shall see with this weeks match-up.
I am going to keep this short and sweet. The ejection that is coupled with a “targeting” penalty in college football is rapidly becoming one of the worst improvement attempts for safety in recent memory. Being a HS official and having very few opportunities to have what we consider a flagrant personal foul, I can empathize with what they have to try to judge and determine in such a short amount of time.
I liken this rule to trying to call a block or charge in basketball and judging the restricted area on the secondary defender. Which has change again beginning this season in college men’s and women’s. The official has to be prepared to make two judgement’s at the point in which the hit occurs. In Roby’s case, the two officials who should have thrown the flag did not. The trailing official on that side chose to throw his after he saw the TE on the ground. The two that didn’t flag the hit apparently said they didn’t have a good look at the hit.
The replay was done and decided before the white hat even addressed they were reviewing. I am sure the reason was that prior to this last weekend almost every ejection was overturned but the penalty itself was upheld. The outrage over the idiocy of that requires the officials and the NCAA to do the only thing they could. They upheld every one this past Saturday that occurred. And that in itself is just as ludicrous as Roby’s penalty to begin with. It was shoulder to shoulder on a TE that turned and had vision of it coming and did not launch himself.