Buckeyes Keys to Beating Oregon in the Rose Bowl

Kyle StrittholtCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball during the game against the Michigan Wolverines on November 21, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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At the beginning of the season the Buckeyes were projected to finish second or third in the Big Ten, but for the fifth consecutive year they came out on top.


People have constantly been criticizing the Buckeyes for being to conservative of a team and it is true they are, but it's because of this that they have been in the BCS more than any other team in college football.


Early on in the season conservative play calling was the least of their worries, it was the misuse of Terrelle Pryor that dug them deep early on.


The thing that Jim Tressel and the offensive coaches need to realize is that Pryor is a plague for defenses that needs to be unleashed.


They tried really hard to make him a traditional pocket passer when they should have been utilizing his skills to make him affective instead of putting shackles on his feet.


When Pryor lets the game come to him and gets into a comfort zone that is when this offense will explode.


It wasn't until Troy Smith was a senior that he completely became an efficient passer, and it may take just as long for Pryor to develop.


Right now he needs to do what he can to put points on the board instead of this offense settling for field goals and punts.


Terrelle Pryor is the key for the Buckeyes winning even though it has been the whole running game for Ohio State that has won their games at the end of the season.


After a late loss against USC and an upset after playing Purdue the Bengals have turned it on and won the Big Ten and will now play in the Rose Bowl game against Oregon.


Oregon is a solid football program. They have a few solid running backs and a duel threat quarterback to worry about.


Out of the last four teams the Buckeyes have faced in the BCS this is their best chance of winning they have had.


Against Florida they had to deal with Chris Leak and Tim Tebow, along with a lot of young talent that always goes along with Florida.


Against LSU they couldn’t outscore a good offense with only Beanie Wells having a terrific game.


Last year against Texas they were going against perhaps the best quarterback in college football who led them down the field with less than two minutes left and scored with 16 seconds on the clock.


Now this season against the Oregon they don’t have anyone that stands out on the Heisman board. They aren’t playing the top three teams in the nation. They are up against a Pac 10 team that doesn’t have a dominant passing game like the other teams have had.


Yes, Oregon crushed a USC team that Ohio State lost to earlier on this year, but this offense is a run oriented offense in which the Buckeyes have strived to stop.


The biggest weakness in this game for the Buckeyes is whether or not Terrelle Pryor will be the dominating force that he should be instead of making mistakes that the team can’t come back from.


The Buckeye’s defense is as dominating as any defense in the nation. Their front seven have been able to get pressure on the quarterback in key situations like they did against Iowa early on in the season. They have stumped some of the more explosive offenses in the nation like Penn State.


The defense is the key to the Buckeyes winning this game, and Terrelle Pryor has to be turnover free and the Buckeyes have the upper hand in this BCS Bowl where I think they will be victorious for the first time in the Fiesta Bowl in 2006.