We won’t follow the usual format of the arm chair quarterback because for the last two weeks there hasn’t been anything bad or ugly. There shouldn’t be, we were playing Purdue. The curse of Ross Ade stadium was dismantled before it ever came off the assembly line and the Buckeyes rolled 56-0.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 21 in a row. Urban Meyer has not lost a game as the coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Big Ten and national titles are still on the table so for another week all is well in the Buckeye nation, we have a bye week next week and then we will go to Illinois and pound the Illini.
I’m not overly excited about this one because Purdue is somewhere between horrible and God awful. St. X in Cincinnati or St. Ed’s in Cleveland beats Purdue by two touchdowns. The ESPN commentators were talking about Purdue being a young team and that they will get better and that was a laugher. I hope Darrell Hazell can recruit because nobody on that roster right now is going to play on Sunday’s, even in Canada.
The combination of Dr. Miller and Mr. Hyde was dominant again. Braxton went 19/23 for 233 yards and four touchdowns. Carlos Hyde carried the ball 8 times for 111 yards. He averaged 13.9 yards per carry. The Buckeyes dropped 42 on the Boilermakers in the first half and that was pretty much the ball game. Neither one of the dynamic duo played in the second half.
It was very exciting to see the tight ends get an opportunity and show up so big. Jeff Heuerman led the team in receptions catching five balls for 116 yards and a touchdown. Nick Vannett also caught a TD pass from Miller. Once again the tight ends coming up big gives opponents something else they have to defend.
The defensive was dominant for the second week in a row. Ryan Shazier led the silver bullets with 7 tackles and 2 sacks. The defense sacked Purdue qb Danny Etling 5 times. It was simply a dominant performance in every aspect of the game. Their isn’t any way to sugar coat it. The Buckeyes delivered a trip to the wood shed of the highest order in West Lafayette today.
The most positive part of the victory today was the fact that so many people got to see significant reps. All three quarterbacks got to play. Nineteen different Buckeyes recorded tackles in this one. Eleven different players caught passes from Miller, Guiton or Jones. Eight different Buckeyes ran the ball for positive yardage. This level of participation is vital because that experience will pay dividends down the road. Also the starters didn’t have to work very hard today, there were a few minor dings but we will go Illinois in two weeks, healthy and ready for the stretch run. This is the deepest Ohio State team since 1968.
The Buckeyes have their second bye week of the season this week and the challenge right now for this team is to not get complacent.
Illinois hasn’t won a B1G game since the Zook era. Illinois should be a win. Indiana shouldn’t be a problem and we should beat Michigan in the nasty house. Yet you have to prepare for each of these games and you have to play them one at a time. If you don’t prepare you’ll slip up against a dog. I like to think that Urban’s teams don’t slip up and don’t get complacent but I remember smiling whenever Ole Miss or some other lower echelon SEC team went into the swamp and beat the Gators.
Everything we want is still on the table, we need a loss by the Seminoles and a loss by the Ducks or Tide but that is possible. There is still a lot of football left to be played. However, if our worst case scenario is winning a Big 10 title and a BCS Bowl Game other than the national championship, it has still been a great year.
Enjoy the bye week. I’m sure you have families that would love to spend a Saturday with you.