It’s official. The 24 hours suicide watch has passed. Disposable razors, over the counter medications and assorted household cleaners have been removed from the lock box and returned to normal storage. Family and friends have gone from around the clock monitoring to a checking in every 45 minutes or so. And although the emergency room psychologist insisted that I stay away from this blog for a few days, the next shift shouldn’t arrive for another 20 min or so. I figure if I type fast, they’ll never know.
I don’t know where to begin and to be honest, much of it is a blur at this point but how about we just start with the opening play.
SPECIAL TEAMS!!! AGAIN!!! REALLY!!!
Honestly, haven’t we worked through this yet. We let Wisconsin run back the opening kickoff…in a night game…in front of 70,000 drunken fans? The one thing we needed to do quick was to put the fear in them and take the crowd out of the game. Instead, we did the equivalent feeding these drunks another case of Schlitz.
STOP THE RUN
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the key to beating Wisconsin is to stop White and Clay. Michigan State did it and they won. We didn’t and we lost. Shut down the run, force them to pass and this game is ours. One of the few times we pressured Tolzien, he threw an interception.
Yes, we need to be able to play against the weenies in the SEC and elsewhere but this is still Big Ten football. Good teams can hammer it up the middle and better teams can stop them. We failed to stop them.
When you’re down by 21 in the second quarter, field goals don’t matter. Missing them is even worse. Once you cross the 20, you score 7. There is no other option. At some point, the Buckeyes have to put an end to their fear of the red zone.
Life in the Second Half
So the Buckeyes come out in the second half playing like we expected them to play all game. They drove the ball right down the field and scored from inside the red zone. Defense stuffs the Wisconsin run (just like they were supposed to do), and six plays later, Buckeyes have the ball back.
Once more down the field and suddenly, we’re down by a field goal.
But of course, after that painful glimmer of hope, the Buckeyes fall apart again taking my vacation in Glendale with them.
Dealing with the loss
The Buckeyes don’t lose often. As a result, when they do, it gets a lot of attention. Ohio State losses are always highly visible because either the Buckeyes are falling from a top ranked spot or they lose in a BCS game that most schools only dream about.
In the past five years, the Buckeyes have only lost to two teams that weren’t ranked in the top 20. Yeah, it sucks but the Buckeyes will be back next week and so will I. It’s going to be a tough trip back to the BCS championship but that doesn’t mean their isn’t a BCS bowl in our future. As for the new rankings, I’ll save that for my next post.
Remember folks, it could be worse, we could be Michigan.