Going into Saturday’s game against Miami, I knew that this game would be the best one to tell how this season would play out for Ohio State. Their first game, against Akron, was nothing. They might as well have been playing a high school team. Their second game, against Toledo, was at least against a team that’s not horrible (while they lost to Boise State this week 40-15, Toledo played a much better game than the score indicates). Granted, the Buckeyes needed a last-minute defensive stand to beat the Rockets, but they at least didn’t look like complete crap.
The offseason for the Buckeyes was horrendous. They lost 4 players to suspension and another to the NFL due to the “tattoos for memorabilia” scandal. Their head coach resigned because of the stupidity he inflicted on the program. Then, right before the season, 3 more players were suspended for accepting less than $300 at a charity event. All of these players were either starters, or players that were going to play big roles. I’m not going to say that these players didn’t deserve to get suspended. They did. If you break the rules, you should be punished.
With all of that going on, Buckeyes fans knew that this probably wasn’t going to be a good year for the team. We were hoping that they could make it through the first five games, until we would get our top rusher and top receiver back. They managed to make it through the first two. Miami, having offseason problems of their own, got their players back from suspension, including their starting quarterback, in time for this game.
I started watching this game, but after seeing how badly the Buckeyes were playing, I stopped watching right before halftime. Just seeing the highlights doesn’t tell the story of this game. You have to look at the stats to see how badly Ohio State played.
The Buckeyes used two quarterbacks, which I absolutely hate when coaches do that. How do you expect a QB to get into a rhythm if you keep switching them out? The quarterbacks went a combined 4 - 18 for 35 yards and an interception. The poor play of our quarterbacks wasn’t completely their fault as our receivers had many drops. Our defense, which is usually stout, gave up 240 yards rushing with an average of 5.7 yards per carry. You can’t win games when you play like that.
There were some positives for Ohio State in this game, but only a couple. Their running game was pretty good, rushing for 174 yards on 4.7 yards per carry. Their passing defense only allowed 123 yards and had 2 interceptions (although they did allow 2 touchdown passes).
Our next game is against Colorado, which has looked bad so far this year. Hopefully, they will work on their passing game and rushing defense this week and gain some momentum before facing Michigan State the following Saturday. Get it together quickly Fickell, or this season is over.