After their win over Miami last Saturday, the Buckeyes have four games against opponents whom they should handle rather easily.
The next big test for OSU lies October 16 in Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI.
Until then, expect big numbers from the offense, suffocating defense from the Silver Bullets and hopefully marked improvement from the kick and punt coverage teams.
With that being said, a lot of second and third stringers will see time over the next month. Here are my five “picks to click” Saturday against Ohio University with an emphasis on the lesser-known Buckeyes.
Expect the OSU kick and punt coverage teams to be better against OU.
That’s not saying much since there’s no comparison between the talent level of the Bobcats and the Hurricanes. But, little things such as players staying in their lanes and not overrunning the ball need to be improved.
As for Berry, there’s no improvement necessary for the redshirt freshman from Miami, Fla. After netting 80 yards on seven carries in the opener against Marshall, Berry once again made an impact in week two.
Although he didn’t rush the ball, Berry was a shoelace-tackle away from a touchdown return, and averaged 43.5 yards on his two kick returns.
Anticipate at least ten carries against the Bobcats and maybe Berry can break through and take a kick to the house.
Though the buzz over Brown through the August practices was tremendous, he hasn’t done anything of significance during the first two games.
This should have been expected.
In the Marshall game he caught a pass and returned one punt. Brown didn’t record any statistics in the Miami game.
If OSU begins to pull away from OU, "Philly" will see plenty of action Saturday as a slot receiver and punt return man.
We finally may get a glimpse of this hyped up freshman.
Speaking of preseason hype, the hoopla around Stoneburner’s potential impact on the offense was brimming days before the opener.
He’s caught four passes for 49 yards.
He’s impressed me with his blocking, but make no mistake about it, his forte is catching the ball and piling up yards after the catch.
Pryor has been reliant upon DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher. Expect him to find some new targets on Saturday.
Stoneburner will be one of them.
The big surprise along the defensive line has been true freshman Johnathan Hankins, but I’m taking another freshman defensive linemen as my fourth star of the OU game.
Standing six-foot-four and weighing in at about a milkshake less than 300 pounds, redshirt freshman Adam Bellamy is listed as Dexter Larimore’s backup at defensive tackle.
When the game is, ideally, out of hand in the second half, big Bellamy should get his chance to shine against the OU offense.
After C.J. Barnett’s season-ending knee injury, Johnson becomes the starting strong safety.
He likely would have been the starter in week one had he not been injured throughout the preseason.
Now he gets his chance to shine.
The sophomore will have a bit to live up to, as Barnett caused plenty of mayhem in the secondary last Saturday. At times it seemed like there were three Barnett’s on the field.
But Johnson has as much if not more talent than Barnett. Let’s see if he can harness it.