No.12 Ohio State Buckeyes at No.20 Michigan State Spartans
I just heard Javon Ringer on ESPN's College Gameday all but guarantee a big win today over Ohio State. He mentioned that he wants to beat OSU bad by 20 or 30 points and have the last laugh! Is he kidding? WOW! If that's not bulletin board material, I don't know what is...
So here's the deal for the 2008 Ohio State Buckeyes.
It's become rather clear that the voters do not want us anywhere near the top of the AP or ESPN rankings and thus, the BCS rankings which are due out for the 1st time this season on Sunday Oct. 19th.
It's almost as if Ohio State, "THE" Ohio State University Buckeyes, are being treated as a mid-major BCS-buster and the BCS wants to avoid the Buckeyes like a plague.
It still amazes me how a team can lose at home to an unranked opponent (Hint:Ole Miss) and climb right back into the top 5 two weeks later, while the Bucks lost to the No.1 team 2500 miles from home and we've barely managed to remain in the top 15 five weeks after that road loss.
None of that will matter though if indeed the Buckeyes can win the rest of their games starting in East Lansing today at 3:30PM
The Spartans are an upstart team heading in the right direction. They are led by Head Coach and Buckeye disciple Mark D'Antonio and one of the best Running Backs in the Big Ten and the country, Javon Ringer.
The key for the Buckeyes to win is simple.
He's going to break some runs and find some gaps but OSU cannot allow him to have a big game or they will be in big trouble.
Of course, the offense that appeared so inept last week vs Purdue will need to play much better as well. I suspect there will be more Beanie Wells and a little less Terrelle Pryor, at least in the running game.
Ohio State closed practices this week and my instincts tell me they were working hard on getting Pryor ready to throw the ball a bit more and run a bit less.
Last week, he looked like a deer in the headlights on the majority of busted pass plays. If the first read wasn't there, he appeared lost and rattled. He scrambled sideways and backwards and took far too many sacks instead of tucking the ball and making something out of nothing
Terrelle needs to do the following:
Take care of the ball.
Scramble and run up-field when pressured.
Get outside the tackles and get rid of the ball if there are no open running lanes and no open receivers.
Coach Tressel needs to do the following:
Keep Boeckman on the sideline.
Mix up the play calling A LOT; stop being so predictable!
Play DeVier Posey and Lamaar Thomas more and Hartline and Robiskie less.
If the Buckeyes do these things and execute on both sides of the ball and actually play up to the level they are capable of playing at, these Spartans may very well find the same fate as the 300 Spartans led by King Leonidas against Persia.
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