A trip to Evanston to face the Wildcats brings us another night game and brings another week of our experts’ wishes.
- Throw the Football - If there is a weakness on this Northwestern team, it’s on the pass defense. The Ohio State offense has to take advantage by chucking the pill and creating big plays in the passing attack
- The H-Back - That’s what we are calling it these days right? OC Tom Herman admitted he didn’t get Jordan Hall into last week’s game because he fell back on old play-calling. There’s a need for speed Saturday, I would love to see these guys involved on the edge with Jet sweeps and the liek
- A Fast Start - Mali has a point with his desire of a Four Quarters game, but Ohio State also has to do what they do best this season — jump on the back of the opponent early. OSU has outscored opponents 116-21 in the first quarter this season.
- Brax Attack - This is the game where Braxton Miller could and should put his name back into the Heisman talks. Last week was a strong showing back. With a solid 4th quarter, I’d love to see #5 propel himself back into the NPOY talks.
- Safety Concerns - There is no doubt this team will miss leader and senior Christian Bryant. A true leader in this program. Corey “Pitt” Brown will be called upon to fill his voice at safety. I would love to see Brown fit right in back there and make a great running mate with C.J. Barnett. Tyvus Powell, the nickel corner also could see time at safety. I’m looking for both men to show the fan base what they bring to the table.
- Keep The Streak Alive - Winning is the name of the game and two streaks are on the line. Let’s extend the NW winning streak to five straight and 29 of the last 30 and the Overall winning streak to 18!
- Spread ‘em – I wanna see the spread offense really spread. We have all this speed. Lets go wide and turn the corner.
- Kenny G. - Get him in for a few snaps.
- Silencer – Take crowd out of game early.
- Say What? – Tight end dive pass.
- No False Starts - I understand that Wisconsin was simulating the snap with claps and whatnot… control the hostile environment and own the game.
- Four Quarters - Ohio State gets off to a fast start… let’s sustain it for an entire game.
- Focus - Northwestern runs their offense really well, and has good players at the skill positions and QB. Like Cal and Wisconsin, take away their game and play your role.
- Sea Of Scarlet - It will be Homecoming in Evanston… but it would also be nice to see Ohio State fans represented like they did at Cal.
- No mental errors - On the road, without a defensive leader, after a big home game… this is no time for a letdown. Every game matters.
- Special Teams or Defensive Touchdown - I can’t believe that this team has not housed one outside of the offense this far into the season.
- The Two P’s – I’d love to see (if it’s in the game plan) more penetration and pressure on these qb’s.
- Pitt – I’d love to see Corey Pitt Brown step up and make a statement in Bryant’s shoes.
- Special Secondary – Again a defensive or special teams score and DISCIPLINE IN THE SECONDARY! Ahem Roby!
- Good tackling - Last week was a huge improvement at tackling, keep it up
- Keep up the focus and intensity - There is a good chance that OSU will get out to an early lead but the team needs to keep its focus on the task at hand and not let up, the Northwestern offense is too dangerous for the team to assume the game is in the bag
- Stay poised - Northwestern’s offense is dangerous and they will likely come up with a big score at some point, the team needs to just stick to its plan in response. OSU already showed they can do this on the road against Cal, want to see the same thing here.
Time To Shine
- Spread the wealth - As before when KG was at QB. Understood that Braxton is the best player on the team but utilizing ALL weapons allows the Buckeyes to make it harder for Fitzgeralds crew to figure things out.
- The Young Ones - Start getting some of the younger LBs more reps. Stay out of the “penny” and test them all with this offense they’re facing.
- Dontre – Feature Dontre Wilson on a couple series and see how he handles the increased load. Time to let him break one and see how it effects the team with his high energy
- No. Damn. Turnovers - You know the drill. The offense did a fine job of it last week, lets keep it up.
- Make the Pretty Kitties turn it over more than once - Help them to help us in putting them out of their misery. Converting those TO’s into defensive scores would be even better.
- XBrax360 - We got some great QB style Brax last week, and I’d love to see more of the same. In the same breath, though, I’d like to see Miller look more comfortable running the football. Hopefully he’s built some trust in that leg this week. (long odds of that, I know)
- Short Game – No deep Northwestern completions, and no runs greater than 20 yards. If Christian Bryant’s replacement is doing his job very well, these should come true. The latter of the two is more critical than the former in measuring the safety play.
- Shazier – Ryan Shazier to step up as a vocal leader on defense, and as a playmaker too. Shazier has been a little quiet this season, particularly in not playing to the level many of us thought he would. With #2 out, now would be a good time for the new #2 to change that impression.
- Defense - The Wildcats are averaging over 40 points per game. We need to shut them down to 2 TD’s or less.
- No Injuries - This has been a fail for me last two weeks. Please..
- A Win - Needs no explanation
Chance To Go 6 And 0
- Front 7 - Another solid defensive effort from the front 7. Bennett and Shazier have to step up and be leaders and contain Colter.
- Hydeout – Breakout game by Hyde. I’m talking 190 yards 4 tds breakout.
- Vonn Bell - I think it’s only a matter of time or plays made before Bell takes over for Bryant.
- Rally Time - The Buckeyes rally around Christian Bryant and put on a defensive show and win one for CB2.
- Bradley Roby - Will the real Bradley Roby please stand up!? The Cal and Wisconsin game has cost Roby millions. Now it’s time for him to play like the all American he is and step up.
Check back on Monday to see how this week’s wishes fared.