Ten Things We Learned from Ohio State's 52-3 Win at Northwestern
What more can you learn when every test looks the same? Ohio State went into Northwestern favored by four touchdowns and covered the spread in the first half. The most efficient offense in the Big Ten once again took one of the conference's best defenses and made them look like the worst. Even when they were trying to run out the clock in the fourth...
"Loyalty" is a harsh and hurtful value... but it can make the self-centered sacrificially selfless, and thus help put the best teammate on the field.
A few of our past leaders have had a few 'favs' at the expense of putting the best men on the field..
The consequences can be carcinogenic... and as we enter the stretch run vs better & better teams... the potential to tear what all Buckeyes have so laboriously and steadfastly built thus far... is magnified.
Leadership can be as tough and lonely, as it is necessary
The ante in 2019 is in. The game begins in earnest, now.
Credit Ryan Day for the exceptional coordination that results in the best 'time' management i have ever seen by an OSU staff. Watching the Whiteout Saturday was literally the difference between Day and night, as neither Harbaugh or Franklin seem to have any idea what they were doing with their timeouts. Day's all out aggressive attitude will have the Buckeyes ready to go when they need it. It was an absolute coaching clinic. The confidence that Ohio State plays with, clearly emanates from the top.
Tom that is a great point about time manangement. I really liked UM but his time manangement was way below par.
Everyone knew that Justin Fields was talented (the stupidity of the transfer "pothole" notwithstanding), but, he's certainly surpassed expectations as a first year starter. If he's just getting started he'll certainly be the Heisman front runner to start 2020.
In 2020 the Buckeyes are going to have a 3 headed monster in the running back room, plus an addition or 2. Master is a beast just bidding his time as the closer. Marcus Crowley has already shown flashes and got the nod because he came in early over Steele Chambers, who has all the tools to be a defense wrecker.
The problem that defensive lines have against this offensive line seems pretty evident. They finally found an offensive line who doesn't get bothered by getting blasted in the mouth early on. They just keep coming until that defensive front quits from sheer exhaustion. It's safe to say that every expected this line to be better, bow WOW they are playing nasty meat grinder football.
The Staff has done a fantastic job preparing and game planning and adjusting on the fly. We're seeing real, solid player development where guys enter games tough and locked in.It's next to impossible to say with certainty when the starters on defense are in and when the line-up is mixed between starters and reserves. The level of play just doesn't change. It's even hardly noticeable in the 4th quarters when the shuffle is between 2's and 3's. That's a credit to coaching/development and the player leadership bringing the younger guys up with them.
NOTE TO REFS. Keep your mouths closed at all times. That ref didn't require stitches because of a hand or a helmet. It happened when he caught the cutting vapor trail of JK Dobbins blowing past him at supersonic speed.
Another thing we confirmed at Northwestern is that this coaching staff continues to make productive adjustments when things are not working in the first quarter. The second quarter production this year is astounding and much of that credit should go to the coaching staff. Regarding Justin Fields, the really surprising thing is not his physical talents (everyone but the Georgia coaching staff seems to have recognized them), but that he has mastered the Buckeye offense so quickly and that he has performed so well as a starter in a program where championships are always the goals. Talent alone can't do that. Fields is smart and tough to go along with incredible talent.
You commented on Day's great play design on Olave's first TD. But Olave's second TD is a total set-up play for a throwback to a TE running a drag route in the opposite direction. MID.