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First look at USC-Ohio State

Posted on: September 6, 2008 5:52 pm

It's looking more and more like the most important player for Ohio State headed into USC isn't Beanie Wells. It's Terrelle Pryor.

Either Jim Tressel was trying sneak Pryor through Ohio without giving the Trojans a good look or the kid was somehow hurt. And trust me, he wasn't hurt. In two quiet series, Pryor rushed five times for 37 yards (zero for two passing).

It's not like the Buckeyes couldn't have used him. Todd Boeckman struggled mightily at times either finding his recievers or getting his feet set behind a sometimes shaky offensive line. Boeckman also had several passes dropped. In the end, he did not look like a quarterback ready to go into the Coliseum and beat the Trojans.

Tailbacks Brandon Saine, Maurice Wells and Dan Herron are nice guys and OK runners, but they're not ready to punk the Trojans either. That brings us back to Pryor. He is the X factor next week. There's no doubt Tressel needs Wells to be healthy and play well, but conventional weapons might be useless against this USC defense. Boeckman is a stationary target.

 Paul Johnson might have found a quarterback and the ACC might have found a favorite. Georgia Tech's 19-16 victory at Boston College was one of the more impressive of the day. Yellow Jackets Josh Nesbitt, while not the perfect option quarterback (123 yards total offense), looks like he is going to be at least serviceable. Nesbitt was clutch in the fourth quarter rallying Tech from a 16-10 deficit. 




Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2008 4:58 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

Yea but who cares what red-neck america thinks (georgia)

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2008 7:37 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

I agree with RedGray, it would be foolish to start a true freshman against USC. Besides, USC has the speed to deal with the spread offense. USC has most of the same crew that did a great job holding Denis Dixon in check last year, who by the way was a far more developed SENIOR QB and passer. I am a follower of USC and will be at the game Saturday. No matter what happens, I want to thank tOSU for having the courage to schedule a game like this for the enjoyment of all football fans. Here is to a great game with no injuries to the players.

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2008 3:46 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

Its a fun theory, but no way Tressel will lean on his freshman QB in this game unless Boeckman goes down. Pryor may not even see the field this week.  Tressel demands a lot from his QBs and mostly that they know how to run the offense.  Pryor is gifted but he ain't a college passer yet - which to Tressel means making good reads.  Pryor may get in if the offense stalls, but it will be only for "Shot-Ginn" option plays, and maybe short dumps.  No way Tress allows him to pass over the middle or downfield in this game- and OSU will have to do that to win.  Boeckman is good when he gets protection, but if he's getting hit and USC controls the trenches, Pryor won't be able to do anything either. 

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2008 3:35 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

Says the guy who's team struggled big time with Troy last year and did OK at best vs Ga Southern.

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2008 3:20 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

I hope they do play Prior against SC. SC's defense will be pumped to take this true freshman kid out! All he did was keep the rock and run with it against a defense that isn't all that. I bet  Rey Maualuga and  Brian Cushing would love that!Oddly enough, both have already stated publicly that they wouldn't love that at all.  Quite the opposite.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2008 2:55 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2008 2:49 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

I am not going to give up on Tressel just yet, but I am getting pretty tired of seeing this type of performance against mediocre teams year after year.  If I can credit Pete Carroll for one thing it would be getting his team ready to play their best regardless of their opponent.  If you allow the players to come out so un-energized, as Tressel does in these types of games, it has to effect their ability to come out strong later in the season.  I see this being directly related to the coaching staff.  If you can't get your players motivated for a football game, then what can you really get them to do? 

With that said I do look forward to seeing what the Buckeyes can do this weekend.  With all of the talent on both of the teams, there is no reason that this should not be a close game.  Look for both defenses to play great games.  I'm going to call it USC 21 - OSU 24.  GO BUCKS!

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2008 2:39 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

If Dodd thinks a true freshman is going to beat USC, he hasn't been paying attention.  This year's USC team is FAR better that last year's team, mainly because Mark Sanchez has a better arm that Booty did.  He can get the deep throws that Booty didn't, plus has better receivers than last year (their first option was the TE, for goodness sake!).  And their defense is just awesome.  I honestly think they could beat the Oakland Raiders (did you see the egg they laid against Denver last night?).  Good luck to "the" Ohio State, but they have no chance.  USC is far and away the best team in college football this season, maybe the best team Pete Carroll has had since he's been there.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2008 2:15 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

You are the typical uneducated football fan who has no ability to evaluate things objectively. You can't really believe the success Ohio State has had in the last decade is completely related to their "patty cake" schedule. Why are they ranked??? You are either really simple or know nothing about college football. I think you have an inferiority complex and need to work through these feelings of inadequacy. I'm sure you would love to have Ohio State on your schedule every year... Gimmee a break.

That said, Georgia has a solid team this year and a great coach... I hope you win out and realize it isn't as easy as you  think to win a BCS National Title. When you play for one we'll talk.

Get your keyboard looked at... You caps lock is stuck.
What a joke

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 10:35 pm

First look at USC-Ohio State

ummm....who has georgia played? ga southern, central're a douche

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