Warning - the following content could be viewed as an irrational, fanatical, knee-jerk reaction to, yet another, painful loss.
Surprise. Ohio State isn’t as lowly as everyone thought. Despite the results, which only add fuel to the fire in terms of Ohio State’s inability to win the big one, Ohio State earned some respect on Saturday. We’ll revisit this subject after the season while we gaze at Navy and USC’s combined 21-22 win total. Heck, we might revisit it this weekend after the Pitt/Navy gm. Note these 2 scores as well - Wk 1, LaTech 13 Auburn 37.... Wk 2 LaTech 14 Navy 32.
Back to the game. The Good. The offensive and defensive lines looked great. Justin Boren proved that he is an All-American candidate at LG. I didn’t doubt it after watching the replay of the Navy game, but after a rock solid performance against the Trojans, Boren has established himself as one of the best OL in the entire country. Brian Rolle made me eat my words after I was ready to send him to the scout team after week one. Ross Homan joins Brian to make an up-n-coming lb corps.. Thadeous Gibson will terrorize QB’s all season, and how great is it, to not only see Lawrence Wilson back, but to see him playing competitive against one of the best offensive lines in the land?
The Bad. It’s not a witch hunt - it’s a fact. The vanilla-yogurt, do just enough to ‘not lose’ offense, cost Ohio State the ball-game. I’m not trying to take away from a talented Trojan team or the effort they put forth - I’m just trying to point out the terribly obvious. Ohio State gets a lead and they hand-cuff every offensive playmaker on the team. We got ahead on Saturday, and after getting ahead, we saw little to no designed runs for Terrelle(4 after gaining the lead), no Lamaar Thomas, no Brandon Saine, and no Ray Small(those 3 had 2 carries and 2 receptions). Those of you unfamiliar with the Buckeyes - those are the biggest playmakers on our team. The play calling in the 2nd half of the last two ballgames was a lesson on ‘How to Not Take Advantage of Your Playmakers and Lose Ballgames’..Coach should put out a new book!.. Put that on the front page. Tressel received a verbal flogging in the press conference after the game and it was well deserved. Weird though, I really thought that he had learned his lesson after watching him open things up in the Texas game, and figured Navy was just an example of him hiding his cards, and getting ‘caught cheating’ in the process. I thought we were gonna see Lamaar Thomas on some misdirection and much more Terrelle and Brandon Saine. What I got was a kick in the face to OSU fans that have been patient with a coach who’s vanilla offense has overstayed its’ welcome. Note: I said the coaches' offense, not the coach. Tressel brings a lot of great things to this program(recruiting, life-lessons, etc), but his play calling in games, particularly when he gets a lead, is suspect.
We’ll see if the backlash sunk-in. There will be plenty of opportunities to conserve his way to a close loss on this schedule. A close loss to USC is one thing, but when it costs them a game against Purdue or Toledo, it’s gonna be something else altogether. Coach we won’t come out with the torches and chains if you lose while you ‘open it up’. We just want to see what happens when you do. Everyone else takes pride in throwing up 60 on somebody(see Fla) - we’d like to join them in their blowout celebrations. What is a blowout celebration? And Another thing Tress - If I were Brandon Saine and you gave me the ball twice after I performed like that in WEEK ONE - I would freakin quit!
Ok. I’ve said my peace on that subject. Last note:amazing performance from the players and the fans on Saturday.
Toledo lurks around the corner. The Rockets have put up 85 points and compiled over 1,100 yards of offense in their first two ballgames, which happened to be against BCS conference competition(Purdue/Colorado). They are a regional rival composed of players that were likely shunned by the Buckeyes. The game will be played on a neutral site in Cleveland and it’s sitting precariously between USC and the start of the BigTen schedule. This is a team(OSU) capable of winning every remaining game on the schedule. Whether or not that will happen will be largely determined by the performance of our coach and not our football team. Obviously. Suggestion - Next time you lose make sure that it looks like you're trying to win. A last minute hail mary does not count!
I call it like I see it.