Throughout the season the writers here at Scarlet and Game will spend time on game days and the day after trading texts, emails and phone calls talking about the latest Ohio State game. This week after the game ended I sent the following question. “What did you like about the game, what or who stood out? Was anything lacking and has your perception or outlook on the season changed at all?” The truth of the matter is we’re all friends and we’d be doing all of this anyway, we’re just taking it one step further and sharing it here.
Adam’s thoughts while sitting in the Shoe (@ajborland)
- Hyde and Smith showed tons of potential.
- Bauserman was a pleasant surprise as he made decent reads, showed some ability to move and ran the offense well. A little disappointed we didn’t attempt any downfield throws.
- Miller, once he got the hang of it and didn’t have to fall on bad snaps, looked very comfortable and was deadly accurate with his passes.
- Freshman WRs Reed, Spencer, Smith looked great…probably the best surprise of the day.
- Defense, as usual was great.
- Special teams, especially Nate Ebner, were good except for Basil and one lapse in kick coverage.
- Still thinking 10 or 11 wins.
Scott’s thoughts while watching for Chi-Town (@THEScottyI)
- Major takeaways: Defense looked tough as always.
- Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde looked really good and got great experience in front of 100k in the shoe.
- Shocked at Bauserman’s athleticism. He has a cannon. Was thoroughly impressed.
- Love the young group of wide outs. Especially Devin Smith and Evan Spencer.
- Stoneburner is a stud.
- Braxton looked tough. He reminds me a lot of Troy smith. Love his pocket presence, and calmness.
Nick’s thoughts and summary while watching from Florida (@hewls)
For the most part I can’t disagree with any of the assessments made by Scotty or Adam. Instead I’m going to focus on what the outlook for the Buckeyes moving forward should be. The biggest thing that I came away with from Saturday is that even after everything that happened this off season the Buckeyes still have as much, if not more, talent than any other team in college football. They went out and proved that this past Saturday. Yes, it was against an inferior opponent, but that is exactly what they were supposed to do. In past years Buckeye teams have played close games against the likes of Marshall, Ohio University and even the very same Akron team. Games they should have dominated were much closer than they should have been. You can blame it on “Tressell Ball”, un-preparedness, or any other excuse you want to find, but the bottom line is that for the first game of this season this team showed up exactly how THE Ohio State University is supposed to.
What this shows moving forward is that we don’t have to wait for the so-called cavalry after week 5. We already have the playmakers we need and the experience that they gained on Saturday, and will continue to gain, is what will serve this team best. A core of young wide receivers that showed flashes of brilliance and showed the ability to make the sound smart play, couple that with two quarterbacks that both appear to have a solid grasp on the offensive concepts of this team means this team is in good hands. Will we welcome back the upperclassman DeVier with the time comes? Of course, but it doesn’t appear that he has too much heavy lifting to do when he gets back. The same can very well be said for the running backs. Hyde and Smith showed the combination of explosiveness and toughness that we haven’t seen in one back since Beanie. I believe Jordan Hall and Boom Herron can be nice pieces in this offense, but they should be prepared to be just that, pieces. All of that and I haven’t even mentioned the emergence of what appears to be a legitimate pass catching tight end and the fact that our offensive line actually man handled an inferior opponent for the first time in three years.
All in all, the more things change the more things stay the same….see everyone in Indy for the B1G Ten Title Game.