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Kirk Herbstreit joined Anthony Rothman and I on 97.1 The Fan today and said he's predicting 10-2 or 11-1 for the Buckeyes this season. Bold prediction (course, he has a tendency to "know his audience" if you know what I mean).
I personally think he's right though. I just can't imagine 9-3 or worse. I also can't imagine 12-0. I think they'll be 10-2 or 11-1 (with a win over Michigan either way). There will be at least one hiccup along the way, but OSU is the most-talented team in the Big Ten. I have no doubt about that. They're going to be favored in at least 10 of their 12 games this season. Double-digit wins (with a win over UM) is the clear goal. Well, the ultimate goal is 12-0 and to put some pressure on AP voters to award a split NC if there's not another undefeated team, but short of that, winning 10 games and beating Mich are the two clear goals.
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10-2 is very likely with so much youth in key positions.
That said, if the offense comes together early so it's hitting on all cylinders by the time we travel to East Lansing.... 12-0 is very possible.
I echo 83, he nailed it.
12-0. Who is going to beat us with a much improved Offense and the best D line in the nation?
I do not like to use the close loss argument, but when you have Bollman running the Dave play or wildcat with Herron 40 times a game, and you go on the first hike to so defenses can jump the gap, that clown Bollman gave away wins vs. MSU and Purdue.
A missed extra point cost us the Purdue win, but the last drive that bozo actually opened it up and let Miller go, after 50 plays of Herron on the dave play, and Herron and Hall as wildcat QB's. They trotted out Underwood at ROT for a half and watched him get handled, then they substuted Linsley and moved Mewhort out to ROT and the OL looked half way decent.
Our defense played well at Purdue considering our offense did nothing, outside of 3/4 3rd and 9's our CB's laid off into deep drops and gave up first downs with those cushions, that ain't happening this year.
Even in the 10-7 loss to MSU, everything was on the first snap count and MSU jumped the gaps and lived in our back field. They ran Hall on the Dave played the first two series of the second half until he got hurt. The outside flats were there for the taking, we hit them late and got a TD. Again, the defense was hung out to dry and the offense stunk under Bollman.
Not 2012, this will be an up tempo Oregon offense that tries to score every series, we have more speed and explosion now than ever with Marrotti, and the special teams will focus on speed players to make plays.
Throw in a more aggressive defensive schemes, the 2012 OSU teams wins at least 11 games. Big Ten still is above average at best.
Urban Meyer's offensive genuis against the slow defenses, please.
Injury to miller obviously changes everything, as would a rash of injuries at a thin position such as ol. Lb or cb
I will be disappointed if we do not go 12-0. Last year we had a ton of talent and even more distractions. In spite of these distractions and uncertainties we lost 7 games. Our first loss was to Miami Fl, they are replaced by Cal on our schedule, we should beat Cal. Our last loss was in a bowl game, we cannot play in a bowl game this year. The five other losses were Michigan State (by 3), Nebraska (by 7), Purdue (by 3), Penn State (by 6), and Michigan (by 6). If the worst season (loss total) at Ohio State in over 100 years resulted in 5 league losses by a total of 25 points, then we should win every game this year. We added arguably the best head coach in the NCAA, a QB coach with credentials, a phenomenal recruiting class, and we return a large number of starters. Which team on our schedule is going to beat us...Wisconsin? Wisconsin has lost a slew of coaches and their stud quarterback. Michigan State lost their quarterback, Nebraska is coming to Ohio Stadium for a night game, Purdue is always tough but we have superior talent and play them at the shoe, Penn State is a mess, and Michigan is our bowl game. I just simply cannot see us losing any game on our schedule. People predicting 9-3 or 10-2 need to tell me which games we lose. In my eyes the talent disparity is simply too great for many of these teams to beat us, especially on our turf. I realize this may be seen as cockiness but I am just documenting the league and our chances the way I see them.
I can't see anyone beating us, but I don't think we will be voted #1 for a split championship, for the same reason I think we go 12-0, weak schedule.
Will Urban allow a hiccup?
I think we have a chance to run the table. I believe in our coach and we have lined a few easy ones to get it all rolling.
This board looks remarkably like last year's ("best talent in the B1G, easy home games early,etc., etc." ) and we kinda' missed a little on that one. So...
8-4 and beating M would be OK
9-3 would be good
10-2 would be overachieving
11-1 would be a real stretch
12-0 would mean pigs are flying.
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