3:30PM -- Columbus, Ohio
OHIO STATE VS. MIAMI
OK, so I have a few thoughts about the rapidly-approaching Ohio State-Miami game.
The intention of this thread is to provide an ongoing forum for OSU and Miami fans to come here and chat about the game from now until "D-Day", September 11, 2010.
Please feel free to respond after hearing me out, but let's try to act like adults and keep it civil.
Terrelle Pryor and Jacory Harris are similar QB's but, as a passer, I'm giving a slight edge to Harris for now.
That being said, Pryor gets the overall nod b/c he's definitely improved/improving as a passing QB, but he has the speed and moxie to be a game breaker.
He's fast, elusive, and he has an amazing stiffarm for a QB. He has shoved many a DB to the ground as they attempted to tackle him, so while I do like Harris and he's a very good QB, Terrelle Pryor, he is not.
The OSU O-line, led by Mike Brewster, Justin Boren, and Bryant Browning, is going to be absolutely sick.
The Buckeyes rushed for well over 2,000 yards in 2009 and with this unit of big uglies clearing the way in the trenches, 2,500-3,000 yards is not a pipe dream.
Our No. 1 guy, Brandon Saine is healthy and if you saw the Rose Bowl, you know he's dangerous in the backfield carrying the ball and as a receiver as well.
Dan Herron is also a solid 1B to Saine, and then we also have sophomore Jordan Hall and redshirt freshmen Jaamal Berry who will also see the field, who I'm sure those of you in Florida are familiar with.
So, if you are planning on forcing Pryor to beat you by loading the box to stop our superb stable of RB's, I suggest you do not overlook what Pryor did to Oregon in Pasadena.
That was their game plan too.
No. 1 wideout DeVier Posey is on his way to being a 1st round NFL draft pick in 2011 or 2012, but he's not the only target Pryor has.
Dane Sanzenbacher is a clutch receiver with surprisingly elusive speed and it looks as though Taurian Washington will be the no. 3 WR, but a couple other names to know are Jake Stoneburner, Chris Fields and James Louis.
Stoneburner, technically a TE, will see the ball thrown his way a lot more than a TE at OSU traditionally has in the past. Fields is a redshirt freshmen who has been rumored to be pushing Washington for the No. 3 spot, but should definitely be used in some 4-wide sets, and Louis is a very fast true freshmen from Florida who many expect may be used this year as a punt and kick return specialist.
The losses on defense aren't as big of a deal to us Ohio State fans as some of you might expect.
Sure, Kurt Coleman and Thaddeus Gibson were both stars who will be missed, but Cameron Heyward and Chimdi Checkwa both return.
Also remember the names Nathan Williams, John Simon, Melvin Fellows, and Jermale Hines. They are all on track to be the next crop of defensive studs for the Buckeyes.
The game will probably be close in the first half, but with no disrespect directed towards Miami, the Buckeyes have the more-proven coach and are the better team, so I expect the Buckeyes to pull away in the third and fourth quarter, and ultimately win by at least 14-17 points.
At Ohio State, we always lose great players every year to graduation and/or early entry into the NFL, but we do not rebuild -- We reload with the next crop of stars.
The 2010 season will be no exception.