It is 1am on Saturday and I’m trying to figure out what happened.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have gone 24-2 in the last two years and they have NOTHING to show for it.
It is actually pretty simple. The Buckeyes gave up 576 yards of offense, allowing Boyd and Watkins to rewrite the Orange Bowl record book. The defense was every bit as bad as we thought it was and the Buckeyes lose 40-35.
Let’s take a look at The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Orange Bowl that got away.
Carlos Hyde closed it out the right way. He carried the ball 25 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. Hyde handled his suspension early in the year with a manner that made the team better. Guapo, thank you for your efforts. I wish you well at the next level. I think you will be a great one.
Urban is recruiting really good football players and a lot of them did really good things in moments tonight. Von Bell saved a touchdown with a big interception. Joey Bosa played hurt and gave an amazing effort. Jamal Marcus did a good job filling in for Noah Spence. Dontre Wilson was under utilized but showed burst and speed that already has me thinking about next year.
There were some good things on defense tonight. Vonn Bell made an interception that probably saved us from getting blown out in the first half. Joey Bosa played hurt and showed a lot of heart. The scheme was brutal, as it has been over the last month of the season.
DB blitzes basically left one of the best WR’s in college football alone. The first touchdown was a fifty yard run through the A-gap that makes you wonder if our defense has ever defended the read option. Coach Fickell thanks for playing football and coaching football at The Ohio State University. If you are working for the university on Valentines day of this year, I hope it is in the bookstore.
The offensive line did some great things tonight but the pass protection was not one of them. Braxton was hit early and hit often. The line gave up five sacks, and Braxton was very sore by the end of the night.
1. Braxton Miller is not ready to jump to the next level. If there is a blessing in all of this it might be that we will get to watch #5 play in Columbus for another year. Clemson blitzed 6 and 7 at times and Braxton didn’t have the needed hot route ready to go. The legs are an A+, The arm is B- and the reads are a C. Braxton will return and we will be better for it.
2. Luke Fickell needs to move on. I don’t care if it is Florida Atlantic or Georgia Pathetic, Luke needs to move on. Our defense started out young but has de-evolved over the last two months of the season. I love the passion that Kerry Coombs brings to the recruiting trail but our DB’s were not very good even before Roby got hurt.
3. I am actually very optimistic moving forward. We have a great quarterback coming back. We have solid depth at running back to replace Hyde. We have coaches that recruit great. Players will play and I can guarantee that the Buckeyes will be very competitive next year.
We weren’t destroyed by speed tonight we were destroyed by defensive scheme. Despite four turnovers we scored 35 and had the ball in the last two minutes with a chance to win. Players made plays but especially on the defensive side of the ball we were simply not in position enough of the time to win.
It is frustrating to come out of the first two years of the Urban Meyer era with nothing more than two leaders division titles. It is like going to the all you can eat buffett and getting the sloppy joes instead of the filet mignon but the sun will come up tomorrow and we will be awesome next year. Go Bucks.