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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.