Thursday, July 23, 2009
#9 THEgay Ohio State University
Initial Reaction: This hurts me more than it hurts you.
Offense: Other than C Mike Brewster (1st team Frosh AA) WR Dane Sanzenbacher, and the RB tandem Of Saine and Herron you have to think it's going to be the Terelle Pryor show.
Defense: 7 returning starters. 3 out of the 4 D-lineman return. The most notable however are LB Ross Homan and the solid safety duo of Kurt Coleman and Anderson Russell.
Special Teams: Probably helped to make this "rap" video.
Ok take the hate glasses off for a while. The vest is 83-19 at Tosu and has led the Buckeyes to top ten finishes in the past four season, and on paper 09 should be number 5. Looking at the schedule they have 5 key games in my opinion. Tosu will receive their ritual slaughter to a superior team when USC comes to town followed by a tough Illinios squad two weeks later. Finally they face a three week stretch in November where they travel to Happy Valley, get Iowa at home, and continue the pwnage of noob Rich Rod and Michigan.
It's safe to assume that the the Penn State game on the 14th will be the de-facto Big Ten (11) championship game. It's probably also safe to assume that they'll get outclassed by USC. I said earlier that it would be a ritual slaughter, which it could easily turn into, but since it's in Columbus I don't think it will be anywhere near the types of embarrassments they received in the past couple years.
Iowa and Illinois will be tough games, but I think Tressell will have the team ready. Now the Penn State game is obviously the big one, and I just think Penn State has more weapons to go to offensively, and the defense should be fairly good this year. The game is also in Beaver Stadium so I just don't think the Buckeyes win it. Most likely scenario, two losses and a chance to back into a BCS bowl, but crazier things have happened.
There are two X-factors in this season. The first is that it reminds me of an emerging year for the Buckeyes. What I mean by that is there is a good chance for younger guys on the team to become big time players. (Think Troy Smith, Laurinaitis) Tosu traditionally recruits very well so some young buck may start off the year on the 2 deep and end up being the next guy touted by Herbstreit as the next big thing.
The other X factor is Terell Pryor. Yes, he's as good as they say he is. It's also interesting to watch him, to me he makes it look so easy. He doesn't have the insane moves like Vick, the pocket poise of Bradford, or the effortless glides of Vince. He's just Pryor, he makes plays. The Penn State game from last year is a good example. Nobody could run that day, and PSU sent the dogs after him, Pryor made some plays with his feet, and nearly pulled out the win...as a freshman. Bottom line is that he's the type of guy who will pull shit out of his ass that COULD help Tosu to put together big wins. (USC/PSU) And I think you know what that means.
Posted by Steve Lattimer at 9:33 AM