Ten Things We Learned From Ohio State's 38-7 Win Over Wisconsin
Wisconsin came into Saturday's game wounded, but angry. Ohio State knew to expect the Badgers' best. That expectation led to a Buckeye blowout, to the tune of a 38-7 victory over the 13th-ranked Wisconsin squad. This was finally going to be a test for Ohio State, and maybe it was. Maybe this Ohio State squad is the kind that studies every night.
We learned that Chase Young reads Tony Gerdeman's every word and took offense at being a bonus pick not to have a sack. Gerd is therefore requested to do that the rest of the season, that the NCAA mark of 24 sacks in a year is utterly obliterated.
1. Dont let Maryland be a trap game 2. Beat PSU 3. Pay attention, michigan is awake.
The Buckeyes have the Bullet position, AND, they have the PREDATOR position. Watched the replay of the game. Holy smokes is Chase Young just flat out the best of the best of the last 20 years in CFB regardless of position. They know he's coming and there's just not a damned thing any team can do about it.
TTUN beat an annually over-rated Notre Dame. That's not saying much of anything.
The 11th thing we learned - Justin Fields is a tough, resilient player. He took some really hard hits and came back to play well. Fields inspires confidence in this Buckeye team and they showed it to great advantage against Wisconsin.
This team gave Wisconsin a little of its own medicine. For once, they were on the receiving end of a ground game they could not stop.
Both punters seemed to take an eternity to punt. Good thing we stopped having to punt. It was wet, but they need to practice it and do a better job.
It was a great game.
Great job, Tony. You hit lots of homers here, thoroughly outplaying the Nationals today, just as the Astros did. I thought of a great article for you to write this week, but since I didn't type it up right away, it escaped to the land of missing socks. Oh well, you're on your own.
i think Derrick Thomas holds the NCAA mark for sacks at 27 for Alabama(?) Anyway Chase Young is an awesome force and deserves the nickname the predator. Yet, I have to say that the best defensive player I ever saw in college was Derrick Thomas - I know I'm not supposed to say that on this board - but I think you mentioned that in all your years of watching pro and college football this is the best performance you've seen. I love what Chase did, but for me, I saw Derrick Thomas wreak havoc on everybody. Go Bucks!
There are so many positives after a great win like this. Watching the Buckeyes pull away for a huge victory was very satisfying. My biggest concern is the number of sacks allowed by our offensive line. I hope they take advantage of the bye week to shore up their protection packages.
You're correct on Thomas' collegiate career sack record of 27. The ESPiN article did say within the past 20 or so years. I saw Thomas play and while impressive, just isn't what Young is doing. I get where you're coming from and respect the difference of opinion.
We can also talk about Jack Tatum's dominance as well. What puts Young over-the-top imo is today's athletes are about the peak human beings can attain w/out genetic modification or cyborgs. The players he's destroying are cared for by a battery of staff, medical and training, that shape all of 'em into monsters guys in Thomas' day couldn't imagine. Doesn't take anything away from what Thomas did - I'm still old-school enough to have Johnny Unitas as the best QB in the history of the game - but at a position where raw overcoming is the objective we can at least agree that Chase is fairly drawing comparisons.
Great post, ten observations:
1. Taking a 10-0 led into half time was the same as a 20 or 27-0 lead into half time without the wind and rain & as usual the points were scored in the 2nd Q.
2. There is only one team that can beat OSU and that is OSU. The blocked punt and what I call a once in a season throw to Taylor was the only score WI got. Should OSU not turn the ball over, it will be extremely difficult for any team to beat. yet hang with OSU.
3. Trap games come when teams have weaknesses; At IA, poor LB play, poor passing, Bosa's ejection, etc. At PUR, we outgained them, but a horrible running game, a gassed D, and anemic red zone execution were too much. I don't see that this year, but arrogance and lack of focus can lead to one.
4. 3 rushing TD's were book end by CO's TD receptions, but on all three TD runs. we gashed WI, running for 8+ yards and for the most part untouched!
5. OSU's got juice, it just wasn't the yardage, but it was Dobbin's late run that went for another 6 yards down the side line that broke WI's back as he refused to go out of bounds, or look at Teague's passionate run when the game was mostly on ice, and take in the celebration of the 55 yard or 49 yard FG kick and the brotherhood on display.
6. WI got most of its sacks the first half & the first drive of the 2nd half. Most of that could be attributed to conservative or limited passing mainly due to the weather, when our O went on a roll, probably mid way through the 2nd quarter, Fields had a lot of time, and all of his runs were positive.
7. It's just not our balanced O, but our OL that wears down all. It seems like do the score board carnage the first half (except in windy rain) and do the ground game damage in the second half and grind the clock down. What would happen if we would go full tilt the entire game? Sort of scary.
8. Our D really limits any sort of big plays, sound tackling, speed and discipline wins the day.
9. The season is a mixture of really good talent, really good depth, mixed with really good coaching in every phase. The difference between 2018 and 2019? Our LB and OL line play!
10. Finally, as long as OSU is locked in, it will be hard for us to be anywhere below 2 for the playoffs.
Most of the sacks occurred in the first quarter and the first half during the rain and wind. Fields was more concerned about throwing a pick. True the OL needs to be better, but for the last 2 drives of the first half and basically the last 5, we scored and the last one we ran the clock out while driving the ball and during that time, very little if any pressure was put on him in the backfield.
I have seen inferior michigan teams ruin our NC hopes several times...and if they have momentum going into The Game, they will do so again if we play them like its our last game ever!
James is spot on, ND struggled to beat VA that just got dumped by a lousy LOU. team. What do you mean like it's our last game ever?
UM is a 3rd place BIG team, and they are more akin to "fitful sleepers" than a team that's awake. The UM stuff where they halted our NC hopes is from a different generation. At least the reality that OSU competes for NCs while UM doesn't, hasn't changed.
I meant we will have to play that game with extreme passion and intensity...cant even take it slightly for granted.
Longtime fan and Christopher Perry: Spot on. In other words this is MI's Super Bowl and a one game that can define their year as successful as look at what we did to this superb OSU team.
Curiously, Thomas is NOT credited w/the NCAA record, as it only became an official stat in 2000 so the 'record' is 24.