#13 Ohio State v. Troy University

#13 Ohio State v. Troy University
Troy University

#13 Ohio State v. Troy University

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 12noon
TV: BTN 

Ohio State got stomped.  There I said it and I’m moving on.  We will continue to hear about the futility of this team and its coaches until Ohio State proves otherwise but now is the time to look forward to the rest of the season and what can be, not what could have been.  The Buckeyes better get geared up because the Troy Trojans are in town this Saturday.  The Trojans aren’t afraid of anyone and have played Florida State, South Carolina and LSU tight.  Wins over Oklahoma State and a ranked Missouri in 2004 have earned Troy the giant killer moniker.  Troy will watch the film on OSU all week and think that they have a shot knocking off the Buckeyes.  With their style of offense and a mobile quarterback I don’t think they are entirely wrong.  I’m not kidding when I say that this game makes me nervous.

By Pete Quint

OSU “O”

Where does one begin?  The line played with no fire and continually got beat on both pass and run plays.  Todd Boeckman looked panicked, threw into coverage and couldn’t read a blitz to save his butt.  Despite the dropped balls, I thought the receivers were open many times but Todd either didn’t see them or couldn’t get the ball to them.  The running game isn’t the same without Beanie.  His big body makes its own holes and the others just don’t have the size to make up for the poor line blocking.  With all that said, this defense should be another cupcake for the offense.  The Trojans lack the size and depth to keep up with the supposedly high powered OSU offense.  Head Coach Jim Tressel is giving Terrell Pryor 65% of the snaps in practice this week and has said that Pryor and Boeckman will split time 50-50.  The true freshman, Pryor, is bound to make some rookie mistakes but it seems that Boeckman is making just as many and he’s a 5th-year senior.  Let the freshman play.  The Big Ten championship is still within reach even with a freshman at the wheel.

OSU ”D”

When did the Silver Bullets turn into the Silver Patsies?  This defense used to be aggressive, play man to man and dare anyone to throw the ball.  Now it doesn’t matter what package you toss at them, they’ll just roll over and play dead, especially if you’re a mobile quarterback.  Here’s the scare for this Saturday; Troy has a mobile quarterback and a darn good one too.  Sophomore quarterback Jamie Hampton has 459 passing yards, 86 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the season so far.  Hampton isn’t a true runner but his elusiveness allows him to keep defenses guessing.  Troy also has a solid running game and averages 239.5 yards per game.  Leading the way is sophomore DuJuan Harris.  At 5-7 190, Harris isn’t an imposing figure but can hide behind the offensive line and use his speed to burst through holes or sweep around the corner before the defense knows what hit them.  The Trojans are also known for their fearless passing attack.  Jerrel Jernigan, Kennard Burton and Mykeal Terry are as fast as they come in the NCAA and will use their quickness to make up for their lack of size (the top three receivers stand no taller than 5-9).  The biggest factors that favor the Buckeye defense are Troy’s lack of size and depth.  The shortest secondary player on the OSU two-deep is listed at 5-10 (Shawn Lane) so the Bucks have a significant size advantage.  The Buckeye defense better not sleep on this team or they will find themselves in a world of hurt.

Summary

I’m still cranky from Saturday and some of my venom has surfaced in this preview.  However, I am serious about the threat that Troy posses.  Mobile quarterbacks and small tailbacks have traditionally given the Buckeye defense fits.  Quarterbacks Vince Young, Juice Williams, Tim Teabow and running back Garrett Wolf come predominantly to mind.  This is not a game to sleepwalk through because they are salivating over the potential upset.  The Buckeyes have got to find their fire fast or the season will get out of hand.

Prediction: OSU 21 – Troy 17

Why OSU will win:  Greater talent and depth should keep the Buckeyes in front.  Notice I didn’t say anything about coaching. 

Why OSU will lose:  Taking this team lightly.  Troy is looking to be the second Trojan team to embarrass the Buckeyes.

Crazy stats of the game:

Ohio State is 3-3 in the last six games.
Ohio State quarterbacks have been sacked eight times this season.
No Big Ten team has ever won the conference championship outright three years in a row.  It’s time to set a record. 

Troy players to watch:

Sophomore quarterback #7 Jamie Hampton
Sophomore running back #32 DuJuan Harris
Sophomore wide receiver #3 Jerrel Jernigan
Senior defensive end #51 Kenny Mainor
Junior defensive end #90 Cameron Sheffield
Junior linebacker #2 Boris Lee 

Personal note:

It’s going to be a beautiful day.  Even though the Bucks are all but out of the National Championship game get your rear ends down to campus and support the team. 

Media quote of the week:

“…Ohio State has become a fascinating study in underachievement.” –Pete Fiutak, collegefootballnews.com

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