OK, after my last OSU-Miami article, I decided to take a different approach.
I have a few thoughts about the rapidly approaching Ohio State-Miami game.
The intention of this article/thread is not to incite a bunch of name-calling and vulgarity, but rather, 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 QBs, but, with regards to passing, I'm giving a slight edge to Harris for now.
That being said, Pryor gets the overall nod because he's definitely improved/improving as a passing QB, but he has the speed and moxie to be a game breaker.
He's fast and elusive, and he has an amazing stiff-arm 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 second option, and then we also have sophomore Jordan Hall and redshirt freshmen Jaamal Berry, 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 that you do not overlook what Pryor did to Oregon in Pasadena.
That was the Ducks' game plan too.
No. 1 wideout DeVier Posey is on his way to being a first 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 a lot more than Buckeyes' TEs in the past did. Fields is a redshirt freshmen who has been rumored to be pushing Washington for the No. 3 spot, but he should definitely be used in some four-wide sets, and Louis is a very fast true freshmen from Florida who many think 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 experienced coach and, in my opinion, 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.
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