It’s been a few week’s since we’ve been able to run one of these posts. Hopefully the wait wasn’t too much for you, loyal reader.
That was a much better result than last week’s game, I’m sure everyone will agree. That said, though, there’s still a long way to go before this team is anywhere near as good as we’re used to. Let’s see how entertained we were this week.
Big Plays. We saw a few big plays, including four players who made plays of longer than 15 yards. The longest of the day was a 32 yard pass to Devin Smith for a touchdown.
Start Fast. Well, the first drive was a quick three and out, but the Offense did move the ball effectively for a touchdown on the 2nd drive. The team was also able to take a 17-0 lead before Colorado was even able to score.
Defense being the defense. The defense certainly looked presentable. They did a good job of limiting Colorado all day long. The unit is still showing some weaknesses, particularly in zone coverage, but they’re doing good work so far.
Rush the BRAXTON. You wanted 50+ running yards from Miller, you got 83 yards on 17 attempts. I think that gets the job done! They even focused on the running game for the first drive, so they took this idea to heart.
Start Strong. How about entering the second quarter with a 10-0 lead? Is that strong enough?
Receivers at Ohio Stadium. Devin Smith caught 3, T.Y. Williams caught one, and Chris Fields caught one. The receivers were on display today in a bigger way – though they clearly still have a long way to go.
Stop the Big Play. Colorado’s biggest play of the day was a 27 yard run by Rodney Stewart. Several CU receivers picked up more than 15 yards on any given pass – many over the middle of the field. Colorado had success, but in general the big play was not available.
Since I had the opportunity to attend the game in the Horseshoe today, I wasn’t able to do my usual recap. Because of that, I instead took a series of notes and jotted down some thoughts from the game to share. Hopefully I can provide some insight that wasn’t obvious from the television broadcast.
Also, I want to thank Joe D for covering me so ably on the recap this week. Without him, I might not have even been able to make the game!
Welcome to this week’s LiveBlog! We’re certainly hoping for a better show than we got last week, and at least we get to bask in the glory that is Braxton Miller’s talent and potential.
The big negative for this one, however, will be the unfortunate color commentating crew. I hope you all enjoy listening to Craig James during the game, as I will be missing the LiveBlog (and the broadcast) by going to the game myself. Make sure to let me know how Craig James does in the comments, because I’m certain I’m going to be missing quite the show.
Not to say it’s a show I necessarily want to hear, though!
Enjoy the game, and Go Bucks!
We’re hoping everyone has had enough time to grieve, analyze, and recover from the Miami shock. It’s time to find out what we’re hoping to see against the Buffaloes this weekend. Update- We got to be guests on Fox Sports Ohio’s “Wish List” this week… Woot!
First Downs. After last weekend, let’s just start with the basic building block on offense and get some first down. Extra bonus points for sustained scoring drives.
Big Plays. I don’t care who does it, but I want to see the Buckeyes loosen up, gain some momentum, gain some yards, and start having fun on the offensive side of the ball. I want to see some big plays (20+ yards) and some excitement. I realize this request may be a bit greedy after what we saw last Saturday, but nothing will get the offense rolling and the confidence flowing again like some huge plays.
Start Fast. With a struggling offense, playing from behind is the absolute worst thing that can happen. Let’s start fast, get a lead, loosen up and have some fun.
Defense being the defense. With a little help from the offense (gaining first downs to give them a breather every once and awhile), I look for the defense to continue to be good.
Eric, Jim and JoeD are back together again for another Radio Hour! This week, we look at the matchup with Colorado, though we likely spend far too long talking about what the team needs to do to bounce back than actually talking about the Buffaloes. Jim and Joe have plenty of thoughts to share about the Buckeyes, and about Fickell as well.
For this week’s interview, we invited Bob Bell, editor of the Ralphie Report, SB Nation’s Colorado blog. We talk about their recent move to the PAC-12, and how good of a decision that is turning out to be with the current Big 12 uncertainty. We also look at their new coach, Jon Embree, and look investigate the workings of the Buffaloes offense and defense.
It’s certainly one you don’t want to miss!
Update: The guys over at Ralphie Report were nice enough to invite me to chat with them about Ohio State on their RR Radio program. You can find that podcast here.
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