Last season we took a look at recent Ohio State quarterbacks’ first road start in anticipation of Boeckman’s first sleep over against Washington. TB’s stats were decent but it was his audible and 68-yard pass to Robiskie in the third quarter that ignited the Ohio State offense. Just like four of the five QBs before him, the Buckeyes won their quarterback’s road debut.
What should you expect from Terrelle Pryor on Saturday night? For starters, you should expect to see a much tougher environment than the six previous quarterbacks faced. And, you can also expect higher expectations for Pryor. Germaine had fans salivating in 1998, but he also was surrounded by the most talented Ohio State team I can remember. Zwick was highly touted but the proverbial Buckeye cupboards were a little bare after huge defections to the NFL in April 2003.
Beyond that, however, the Pryor experience is a different animal as he has supplanted a serious Heisman candidate as the most talented and dynamic player on the team in only five games (IMO). Most fans would be surprised, myself included, if Pryor did not break off a handful of big runs while providing the tempo and balance for the offense. I will be honest, I am strangely confident two days before this matchup.
Am I being overly optimistic?