Most Buckeye fans watched Toledo versus Boise State last night in hopes we would see Toledo replicate their play from a week ago and show that our poor performance was somewhat justified. However what we as fans should have ended up taking away from that game and what hopefully the Buckeye coaching staff and QB’s did take away was exactly WHY Boise State had so much success. It’s not because they have more talented players or dealt with less off the field garbage in the off season. In fact they were hit with a harder penalty than Ohio State has been thus far, and it’s not even a question that when you compare the rosters Ohio State has more talent. The difference was the confidence from the quarterback position. The Boise State receivers weren’t running free all night long, in fact for most of the game the Toledo secondary did a solid job staying close and playing decent coverage. But Kellen Moore had the confidence to step up and deliver passes and not settle for check downs all night long. Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Joe Bauserman is just as good of a quarterback as Kellen Moore because then I would need to be checked for alcohol poisoning. But I will tell you that Joe has much more athletic and talented wideouts than what Kellen does. So he needs to have the confidence to take shots when he has one-on-one match-ups. He doesn’t need to be an enormous risk taker and throw the ball recklessly down the field all game, but he does need to have confidence in the playmakers around him to perform on the big stage tonight.
Confidence. That’s the message I hope the coaching staff preached all week. To the public I know they stayed on message and said Joe did what they wanted. And that’s all well in good if you’re hoping not to wreck the psyche of your quarterback. But on the practice field and in the film room let’s hope the instilled in him the confidence to run this offense.
Either that, or let’s hope we see Braxton tonight
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