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Finally - OSU Football
September 3, 2011 - Al Stephenson
All the offseason controversy is over and Ohio State's football team finally got to take to the field. Of course the inseason controversy will still make headlines, as players other than the Tatoo Five (make that four) were suspended for the season opener and the NCAA is not likely done with Buckeye Nation. After watching the game though, several thoughts came to mind and I don't mind sharing them.
First and foremost the Jim Tressel era is now over. I've gone on record as being extremely disappointed in the behavior that led to his resignation, so no need to dwell on that. He's gone. Good bye. Thanks for the memories - except for the bitter ones at the end.
So what did I take from the first game? I liked the way Joe Bauserman played quarterback. I also liked what I saw of Braxton Miller. Jake Stoneburner is a very good tight end. Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith ran the ball very well and Verlon Reed caught three passes. The defense was awesome as they held the Zips to 90 total yards of offense.
So how good are the Bucks? Well, it's hard to tell. The game was against an Akron team that should remind OSU President E. Gordon Gee of the cupcakes that Boise State and TCU schedule. You really can't learn anything when you play an opponent that is vastly inferior to you. Yeah I know. All big schools have these schedules. That's not the point. I am not trying to criticize the schedule. I am only suggesting that you can't take too much out of a 42-0 shellacking of an outmanned opponent.
Future games will go a long way in determining how good this version of the Buckeyes will be. For now all OSU fans can be glad that we are actually talking about the game on the field.
The view from my seat suggests that one thing stood out to me. I really did not enjoy the broadcast team of Chris Spielman and Urban Meyer. I got so tired of having them argue over who should play and what play should be called each and every play, that I finally turned the sound off.
It wasn't bad enough to wish Brent Mussberger was announcing, but it was still bad. Anyone else think they were annoying?
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