The Ohio State Buckeyes walked away with a 34-17 win in their opener last Saturday against Navy, although it wasn’t easy. There were some noticeable struggles, especially on the offensive side of the ball with new quarterback J.T. Barrett at the helm and new offensive linemen basically straight across.
You could easily tell throughout the game that this was a different offensive game plan from Urban Meyer than we have seen in recent years. It was almost as he was trying to keep things as simple as possible for the newcomers.
Well, he was.
“We went into it very vanilla last week,” Meyer said. “I think [quarterback J.T.] Barrett is part of it, but the offensive line is the other big part of it.
“What can those guys do and what can they do well? We’re expecting them in the next couple of weeks to be able to do it all well. It’s not just J.T. When we say expand the playbook, it’s for J.T. and it’s for the offensive line.”
Again, this is really no surprise, because it was fairly noticeable. However, as Meyer said, it won’t always be this way. Eventually the new guys will have to come into their own and get some of the more complex plays executed on the field.
That should begin this Saturday night against Virginia Tech.