Are You Not Entertained? Navy

Depends on who you spoke to, the Buckeyes either looked pretty good or pretty bad. Nonetheless, it was a win over a Navy team that is always tough to prepare for because of its offense. How did our predictions and wish list turn out?


  • Illegal blocks penalized: No chop blocks this time.
  • Let Jalin Marshall show his stuff: Marshall got in some plays, but only ran three times and caught another three passes.
  • 10 points or less: Close but not quite.
  • A win: Check.


  • JT needs to get the ball into the hands of Ohio State’s playmakers and make good decisions. With the exception of one INT and a bad decision to pitch on a goal-line option play, he did his job.
  • Ohio State’s defense will need to be precise and disciplined: Could go either way here. Forced one fumble, a near fumble and a allowed a phantom touchdown on a perfectly defensed Pylon Play.
  • The Game: Well, I got to see it.
  • Know The Snap Count: A job well done.

Bottled Up


  • Keenan Reynolds might go down as one of the top three quarterbacks in Naval Academy history and his arm has to be accounted for:  We will give the defense a pass here. Did a pretty good job. Only passed for 30 yards on four attempts. Not much of a sample size.
  • Stay Disciplined: Again, we shall give them a free pass because, well, I said so. Reynolds only had 42 rushing yards.
  • It’s time for EZE, Brionte, Rod Smith, and Curtis Samuel to run wild on the Navy defense: Bucks ran for 194 yards. Had a few nice ones, longest was 20. I will say we did not cover the spread there.
  • A Great Game: Absolutely. Unless we are talking about the replay official.


  • Silver-Bullets Reloaded: Allowed more than 300 rushing yards but Reynolds had just 42. Call me crazy but I’ll take that all week long and twice on Sunday.
  • This is Joe Thomas Barrett’s destiny, simply put, and a year early for sure: He got ‘r did.
  • Start it right now, be consistent in the balance between the offense and the defense: Um, OK.


  • No injuries: Have not heard of any.
  • An Ohio State win: Check.
  • Disciplined (again) assignment defense: As I mentioned before, Reynolds was held in Czech.
  • JT gets the ball to his playmakers, handoffs, swing passes, whatever: A job well done. He did what he had to.
  • I’d like to see the offensive line play like a cohesive, veteran group: Second half was much better than the first. But as one of my favorite high school coaches says “we got a long way to go.”


Did you say “aggressive”?


  • Disciplined, strong defense that tackles well: Didn’t see a plethora of missed tackles and as I said, Reynolds was contained and accounted for. I’m OK with him having to pitch the ball as much as he did.
  • I want to see who is ready to step up and take the yards left in Braxton’s absence: Not sure one guy stepped up, call it a group effort. An orgy if you will. 
  • Special teams score: How about one on defense?
  • How about 180-220 and a couple of TDs in the air? Good call dude.
  • I am STILL waiting to see an Urban Meyer-led Buckeye team play loose, aggressive and have fun like his team at Florida did: Getting there.


  • I want to see the defense moving in the right direction: I was happy with what I saw. As I mentioned, not an easy team to defend.
  • Good bounce back from JT: Great call! He threw a pick but got right back on the proverbial horse.
  • TBDBTL getting back to business: CBSSports didn’t show the band much or talk about them, unless I missed it. Probably a good idea.

Needs Work


  • Everyone says OL it’s the weakness: It was pretty weak in the first half. Improved in the second half though.
  • Secondary: Did a good job tackling. Didn’t have to defend the pass much.


  • Braxton who? Not really but: JT wasn’t the next Braxton. Didn’t need to be. He was more than capable which is all we asked.


  • Let’s see if all the talk this off season about improvements to the talent and scheme (primarily scheme) is more than just talk: Let’s table this a week.
  • Last week’s news hurt, but I’m confident JT Barrett will be ready to go. He was and the offense was there to help. All-in-all a great effort.
  • Lots of turnovers, for the other guys: One each. Call it a wash.
  • I’ve had the shakes for a week now. I just want to see some freaking football! Let’s get this off-season over with: Hellz yeah!


  • We have seemed to be passive in the recent years and are tackling hasn’t been good at all. Didn’t see a ton of missed tackles. See previous comments about defending Navy.
  • It’s horrible news about Braxton but the show must go on. I want to see JT Barrett scoring touchdowns with his legs and most importantly his arm: Battin’.500 here.


  • I’m excited to see what the Silver Bullets will do with this triple-option business and a renewed sense of confidence in press coverage: Well, I think I covered that.

About Scott

Greetings fellow Michigan haters. I'm a 1992 graduate of THE Ohio State University. Before that, I was cheering on the black and gold of the Centerville Elks, where Kirk Herbstreit and Mike Nugent ran the option offense to perfection and where A.J. Hawk crushed opposing ball carriers. I'm a staff writer for the Xenia Daily Gazette and the Greene County News in suburban Dayton, covering all the news that's fit to print in Xenia and Greene County.