Here we are, midway through the 2013 season. That means it’s time for an evaluation of this year’s performance — a mid-term report, if you will. You’d think that with the Buckeyes undefeated, this should be a fairly simple matter, but not so fast my friends.
I’ve asked our tBBC staff of football experts (there might be one or two, really) to evaluate five areas of team performance with a grade and commentary.
The five areas are: offensive line, offensive skill positions, defensive front seven, defensive secondary and coaching. Two areas where I could have broken the evaluation into “subgroups” were offensive skill positions and defensive front seven. Fortunately, several staffers broke these down in their evaluations, which you’ll see below.
We concluded there have been some pleasant surprises, some “OK, not bad” performances, and some disappointments. One thing I noticed in putting this together is the influence of preseason expectations upon our evaluation of a unit’s performance. Many years ago, a former co-worker advised me that “Expectation is the enemy of acceptance”. He’s probably right.