Week Two Recap
What went right?
Mostly everything. The offense showed how deep they are and how many weapons they have as a ton of players handled the ball in a game that could have seen the Buckeyes put up 70. The defense was much better than last week, swarming as a unit to the ball and making Aztec players uncomfortable all day long.
What went wrong?
The offensive line, again. During plays they were much better than a week ago, but they racked up a ton of penalties that could be the difference between winning and losing in a close game.
The Bottom Line
Kenny Guiton calmed the nerves of Buckeye Nation by putting on a clinic after Braxton Miller left with yet another injury. I really don't understand all of the designed quarterback runs, especially in traffic, when we are legitimately seven deep at the tailback position. I don't call plays though. The problem is that Miller seemingly gets injured weekly, the solution however is that Guiton is more than capable of leading this team if Braxton ever has to miss serious time. Save for Guiton's interception, which was an outstanding play by the Aztec defender, the offense did what they wanted against the over-matched San Diego State defense.
Quarterback Rating - A
Guiton was outstanding. Miller looked fine until he got hurt. I know he left the game with a knee injury, but I'm about tired of players helmets coming off. Strap it up!
Running Backs - A
Jordan Hall again got the bulk of the carries, but Rod Smith, Warren Ball, Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott all saw action and looked like the deepest backfield in the nation; which they are. I still find it odd that the highly coveted Bri'onte Dunn hasn't toted the rock through two games.
Recievers - A
Several receivers caught balls and tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett got in on the action as well. Corey "Philly" Brown's reception in the end zone was gorgeous. Like the backfield, this group gives Miller and Guiton a ton of options to involve in the offense.
Offensive Line - B-
Maybe I'm too hard on the offensive line, but I have huge expectations for this team and without a dominating offensive line those expectations will fall short. Marcus Hall specifically had a rough day with four penalties. These guys can push around whoever they want, but they've got to clean up the self imposed mistakes. They had a much better push this week. When they put it all together, watch out.
Defensive Line - A
These guys were in the opposing backfield all game long. While Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence get all of the media love along with freshman Joey Bosa, it was Steve Miller who had a break out game and showed that Ohio State probably has the deepest defensive line in football as well. It doesn't matter who they rotate in, this group can be the best in the nation when they play at their potential.
Linebackers - A
Ryan Shazier was everywhere, as expected. Curtis Grant is really starting to look like the player that Buckeye Nation knew they were getting when he committed to Ohio State. This group seemed to be in the vicinity of every tackle, cleaning up when necessary. The biggest improvement to the defense thus far versus last year is that the tackling appears to be better. Players are breaking down and running through their opponents rather than just looking for the knock out hit.
Secondary - A-
Bradley Roby and C.J. Barnett returned to action. Their top two corners and safeties might form the top starting secondary in the country. The depth isn't there, however, and a lot of guys are seeing game action to improve that. Interceptions by Doran Grant and Armani Reeves in yesterday's games will definitely help their confidence moving forward.
Special Teams - B+
Kick and punt coverage had some shaky moments, but overall they look solid. Drew Basil had an easy day, converting all six of his point after touchdown attempts. New punter Cameron Johnston looked solid again as well.
Hit of the Day:
I really liked the hit that Curtis Grant put on the Aztec quarterback on their first quarter interception. The Bucks killed two birds with one stone on the play; getting a clean hit on the quarterback and forcing a turnover. I like it.
Alabama didn't play and Oregon looked fantastic again. The Buckeyes stay at #3 for this week. A big win on the road in Berkeley next week will change that.
3. Ohio State
9. Florida State
10. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina
13. Oklahoma State
19. Miami (FL)
22. Notre Dame
24. Texas Christian
25. Brigham Young
Updated Big Ten Rankings
1. Ohio State - Their offense has too many weapons for Big Ten defense's to handle right now. W 42-7
2. Michigan - Big Blue looked dominant at times and picked up a much needed "respect" win for both their program and their conference. Can their defense hold up against Ohio State and Northwestern? We shall see. W 41-30
3. Wisconsin - It appears I severely underestimated Wiscy in the off season. W 48-0
4. Northwestern - They'd better figure out their defense if they are going to legitimately challenge in November. W 48-27
5. Minnesota - The Gophers went on the road and rolled to another win. W 44-21
6. Nebraska - The Husker offense showed up, but I'm still disturbed by their close call in week one. W 56-13
7. Penn State - What the Nittany Lions lack in depth they are making up for with team. Bill O'Brien is proving to be the perfect call so far to replace the late Joe Paterno. W 45-7
8. Michigan State - Little Brother's defense looks outstanding through two games. Their offense is downright offensive. W 21-6
9. Illinois - I have to hand it to Illinois, they are 2-0. They struggled in week one versus a terrible team, but looked great against a good Cincinnati team yesterday. Beckman's bunch just might make a bowl game. W 45-17
10. Indiana - I was high on the Hoosiers going into the season because of their powerful offense. Then they laid an egg against Navy, not known for their defensive prowess. L 45-31
11. Iowa - The Hawkeyes responded to their opening loss to a MAC team by sneaking past a MVC team. Yawn. W 28-14
12. Purdue - After opening the season by getting embarrassed by Cincinnati, they turn around and beat Indiana State by six. This team is severely underachieving right now, regardless of the fact that they are learning a new system they just look bad right now. W 20-14