The Ohio State Buckeyes moved to 12th in the AP poll after an at times lackluster win over UCF. Unfortunately, the move is little more than a default after Wisconsin and especially Arkansas decided to take a flying leap from the national college football discussion. Although there were bright moments in the win over UCF, the game also raised a number of concerns. Yes, Coach Urban Meyer’s comments about this team having a long way to go appear to be more than just smoke and mirrors.
How Much Can Braxton Miller Give?
Once again Braxton Miller put on an impressive performance scoring three touchdowns, going 18/24 for 155 yards passing and running for another 141 yards. Problem is, it took him 27 carries to do it. If my math serves me right, that means he got tackled 24 times not to mention the number of hits he actually took. Meanwhile it looks like Carlos Hyde is out with a knee injury and both Zach Boren and Rod Smith had problems holding on to the ball.
Chances are Miller is not going to get a chance to let up anytime soon.
Problem is we can see the toll this is taking on Miller. Midway through the third quarter against Miami, Miller was cramping up and not only did Miller look physically tired by the end of the UCF game, he appeared at the post-game press conference packed in ice.
So far Miller is breaking school records and putting in some impressive performances. Question is, what condition will he be in come November (or even October).
UCF’s weak point was supposed to be their offensive line. From what we saw Saturday, you’d never know it. Not only did the Buckeye defense fail to give UCF quarterback Blake Bortles much to worry about, the secondary didn’t do much better. Thankfully, although a number of UCF receivers found themselves wide open with room to run, they tended to feel that falling on the ball was a better option.
Actually, the secondary has pulled down five interceptions in two games. They should be able to increase that number against Cal.
So far the Buckeyes have only made three sacks this season and they are last in the conference in tackles for a loss. For a team that traditionally brings a power defense, they’ve got a long way to go before we meet up with Michigan State.
Anyone notice the way the Buckeyes managed to control 340+ lbs UCF Offensive lineman Jose Jose. Although the offensive line broke down a few more times than I’d like to see, it was interesting to see the way they were able to turn Jose and open lanes.
If the Buckeyes are going to run into trouble with the running game, this might be the week to do it. Cal is ranked 83 in pass defense.
Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana and Ohio State.
Those are the only teams in the Big 10 still holding on to winning records. Michigan continues to prove themselves to be Michigan. Wisconsin blew it so badly against Oregon State that they fired their offensive coach. Nebraska bowed out to UCLA. Iowa continued to prove their ineptitude against Iowa State. Illinois got their asses handed to them by Arizona State. And of course the sob story at Penn State continues.
Purdue did put up a showing against a once again highly overrated Notre Dame. I think Purdue has potential but it would have been so nice to see them take down Notre Dame. Hopefully, Michigan State will pound them into the ground next weekend and in doing so put the proper perspective on the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game.
At least Northwestern took care of Vanderbilt.