5. Ohio State May Just Be as Good as Advertised:
Yes, Marshall doesn’t exactly qualify as a quality opponent, so the result on the field has to be looked at with slanted glasses. Still, you can tell that this is a veteran team, with a lot of weapons, and a lot of speed on both offense and defense. It will be interesting to see how the Buckeyes match up with Miami next week.
4. Tressel Will Be Stressing Special Teams:
For all of the good, the one wart in this game was by far the OSU special teams unit. There was blown coverage on the kick off return, a partially blocked extra point, and another blocked field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown. For a program that expects to go far, the special teams are going to have to be there to win a few close games.
3. Terrelle Pryor Looks More Polished:
Again, it may be different against more talented teams, but Pryor appeared to go through his progressions, and only run if things broke down. This is a clear habitual change from the previous two years when Pryor would pull it down and run if the first option was taken away. It was also evident that the pre-snap recognition has grown as Pryor made several good adjustments at the line.
2. Brandon Saine Appears to Be the First Option at Tailback:
Everyone assumed that Brandon Saine was going to start the game, but he was clearly the best tailback on the field. The coaches still mixed in “Boom” Herron, and sprinkled in a little bit of Jordan Hall and others, but at least in this game, it is evident that the coaches have the most confidence in the former sprint champion to tote the mail.
1. The Offense is Ready to Open things Up:
Everyone has been waiting to see what kind of offensive game plan that Ohio State would come out with. Would it be a continuation of the Rose Bowl, or would Tressel Ball rule supreme again. Ohio State fans have to be excited that the offensive game planning and style had more in common with New Year’s Day than the end of the Big Ten season. It appears as though Pryor has been given the keys to the offense which should result in an exciting brand of football this year.
This is obviously just the first game of the season, but fans now have their first look at what this year’s team will look like. There were ultimately some good things and some not so good things, but all in all, the team appears to be talented enough to live up to expectations. Now off to a battle against Miami for a more accurate litmus test.