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Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

Posted on: May 17, 2009 3:16 am
 
So one of the hot topics all of the sudden is the Ohio State and SC game on Sept. 12, I've had some nice arguments with USC and Michigan fans over this, and I thank UF04 for creating a great post, kudos to you. Now to the beef of the blog, I think USC's spring showed they will be reloaded as usual, and I also think that tOSU's showed that they should be a top tier team. 

First Matchup: WR's (and TE's)

First to the WR's of USC. Some might say Patrick Turner is a key loss, I say no, he was a bust and Damian Williams will be able to break through this season, also with Ronald Johnson with speed, but Vidal Hazleton transferring may hurt in the long run. Any ways I think these guys should be a solid group, now to Ohio State's WR's. 

Ohio State loses it's 2 best WR's, the 2 Brians, and that may hurt, but they also return DeVier Posey, Ray Small (who by the way I think should be out of Tress' doghouse this year), Dane Sanzenbacher (at slot?), Lamaar Thomas who is very fast, along with Spring sensation Taurian Washington, this group will be pretty inexperienced, even though 3 of them are Seniors or juniors, they just haven't played that much, so inexperience hurts this group. 

Winner of WR (includes TE's) matchup: USC 


Next Matchup: Secondary Now, we all here a lot about USC's secondary, and for good reasons, Taylor Mays is the best safety in College Football, and that alone could give them a win in this matchup, but that's not all, they return Josh Pinkard (heard good things about him), and Drew McCallister, and Kevin Thomas, who were among the leaders in INT's last year, but they also lose Kevin Ellison and Cary Harris, so it's not all perfect. 

Ohio State returns both safeties Kurt Coleman, and Anderson Russell, with Jermale Hines backing them out, our safeties our ALOT better than they get credit for, however our secondary will be inexperienced with the losses of Malcolm Jenkins and Donald Washington, we will have to play Froshes and other inexperienced CB's, but Chimdi Chekwa may also be a bright spot. 

Winner of Matchup: USC


Next Matchup: Offensive Line 

USC returns most of their Offensive line, including Jeff Byers who should do them extremely well this year, I'm not gonna make this one long. 

Ohio State's key o-lineman is MICHIGAN transfer Justin Boren, he was a BEAST in spring, along with Mike Adams, and Jim Cordle, it should be solid.

Winner of Matchup: USC (once again) 


Next Matchup: Defensive Line 

The only person I can think of on USC is Everson Griffith, and from what I see, he should have a breakout year for sure. 

Ohio State's number 1 defensive lineman should be Thadd Gibson, and Lawrence Wilson will have a final year, after all injuries. Doug Worthington and Cam Heyward should have solid years also. 

Winner of Matchup: Ohio State 


Next matchup: Running Backs 


USC returns Stafon Johnson, Joe McKnight, Stanley Havili, and CJ Gable (? Not sure if he returns), any ways, as usual USC should have one of the best running back tandems in the nation.

Ohio State loses Beanie, of course, and also Mo Williams, but also returns "Boom" Herron, and "Zoom" Saine (Dan and Brandon), tOSU also picks up Jamaal Berry and Carlos Hyde as Froshes, fullback should also struggle because of no one there. 

Winner of Matchup: USC 


Next Matchup: LB's 

USC usually has a solid LB crew, and also has a beast coming up in Chris Galipo , I've also heard good things about Malcolm Smith, who should be fast. 

Ohio State also usually has a solid LB crew, with losses of Laurinaitis and Freeman, we need to reload, and with Ross Homan returning, and Dorian Bell, Etienne Sabino, and Austin Spitler coming into the rotation we should keep it up. 

Winner of Matchup: Ohio State 


Next Matchup: QB (ahh finally here) 

With Mitch Mustain out of the picture, it's a 2 man race for USC, I think if Barkley starts, he will struggle in a 102,000 plus filled stadium in only his second start, I also think the same for Aaron Corp, who is fast, which I don't think will fit in at USC, Let's not forget Sanchez had 4 starts before the OSU game with 3 years of the system in his brain before his start, and it was a home game, so don't tell me it's the same. 

Now to perhaps the hottest topic, Terrelle Pryor. Over Spring he showed drastic improvements of throwing the ball, and we all know he has speed, his size also helps, and his speed I think will be able to get into the safeties of USC and wear them down. I also think that he will throw the ball more than people think, and USC will struggle against him scrambling around and running or getting the ball to the WR's. He also will no longer have the label of freshman, which us OSU fans know, Tressel doesn't let freshman's completely fly around, so we will see more of TP doing his thing out there, with his leadership also. 

Winner of Matchup: Ohio State 


Wrap Up: USC wins 4 out of the 7 match-ups, including secondary, offensive lineman, running back, and WR's. Ohio State also won QB, Linebacker, and Defensive lineman match-ups, I will also not give my direct prediction of the game either, but this topic has gave me the label of one of the better known college football posters on here, so I thank it for that. Leave your comments and thoughts PLEASE!
Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2009 5:00 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

WOW. Where does one start? i think the first question is: OSU scored all of 3 points last year. How many points has their offense improved this year? Only a moron would believe that Special teams is going to decide this game. OSU fan have to ask yourselves one question? Can our linebackers shut down the running game of USC? I dont think so. your LB crew left in the draft and SC returned all of their star tailbacks. You'd better pray that your offense can do better than they did against Navy. The USC Defense is LIGHTYEARS ahead of Navy's and that should really scare you. i think the most egregious "matchup" outcome is one that slots Pryor over Barkley. " I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever." the guy will NEVER have the wherewithall to be an elite QB. Just a fast guy who throws picks at the end of games because he cant handle the pressure. Hell, Tressell has to babysit him when it comes to the media and now we all know why. rotsa ruck Buckeyes.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2009 4:21 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

Thanks for the laughs Bucky's.  I know there isn't much going on in sports these days, but guys, the game is 4 months away, and O$U can't match U$C's speed.

Condoms 27

Woody Sucked 10



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2009 3:51 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

Great blog, I think the other two posters nailed the critisim correctly, special teams and match ups. It's good to read a none biased opinion about the game. I am going to the tOSU USC game and cant wait to see it, hopefully it is a classic at the shue



Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 7:10 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

when you pit 2 great teams it often comes down to specila teams which you failed to mention!You are correct, this is only my very first blog, thanks for the constructive critisism!





Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 7:09 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

My issue with your breakdown is that it doesn't really break down matchups. The two secondaries don't play directly against each other. OSU WRs play against USC secondary. This is the way I break it down in my blogs during the season (make sure you check those out, I do a lot of extensive research on it and I was even featured on the front page of ESPN once).

But, besides that I think you've got a pretty good point. USC might be more talented overall (as your breakdown suggests) but Ohio State has a playmaker USC lacks and USC just doesn't seem quite together yet. I think USC has their first non-BCS bowl appearance in a long time this year. (Holiday Bowl anyone?)

Nice Blog.

Thanks for the constructive critisism, this is only my first blog, you've got a favorite from me, and I'll check out your blog!



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2009 6:15 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

when you pit 2 great teams it often comes down to specila teams which you failed to mention!



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2009 4:59 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

My issue with your breakdown is that it doesn't really break down matchups. The two secondaries don't play directly against each other. OSU WRs play against USC secondary. This is the way I break it down in my blogs during the season (make sure you check those out, I do a lot of extensive research on it and I was even featured on the front page of ESPN once).

But, besides that I think you've got a pretty good point. USC might be more talented overall (as your breakdown suggests) but Ohio State has a playmaker USC lacks and USC just doesn't seem quite together yet. I think USC has their first non-BCS bowl appearance in a long time this year. (Holiday Bowl anyone?)

Nice Blog.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 1:50 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.



   USC 31 OSU 20



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2009 12:46 pm
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

I have tried to predict a game based on a position by position breakdown, but I think it is much more important to predict if you think Ohio State's D-Line will be effective against the USC O-Line.  The obvious positions to me are Quarterback, Secondary, D-Line, and O-Line, and RB.  The toss up positions to me are WR and TE and LB's.  I personally think Ohio State has the better wide recievers and they have Ballard and Stoneburner at TE who both could develop into great TE's.  With Posey, Washington, Sanzenbacher, Thomas, and Small I think Ohio State has a lot of depth at reciever.  Linebacker is also a toss up because both teams lost at least 2 of their starters last year.  I would agree with you and go with Ohio State because they at least return a starter.  Both teams are extremely talented at LB, but both lack experience.
Good analysis and I can't wait for the game!



Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 3:22 am
 

Ohio State vs. USC 2009: Tress4Pres' analysis.

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