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Johnson: Final Thoughts Heading into Week 1 For Ohio State

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Johnson: Final Thoughts Heading into Week 1 For Ohio State


Each week we bring you some random thoughts before Ohio State takes to the gridiron. For week one, here are some nuggets about the game against Oregon State.


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The 2018 Ohio State football season kicks off on Saturday. Here are few thoughts heading into the season opener:

  • Don’t expect anything out of the ordinary on Saturday. Sure, Urban Meyer won’t be on the sidelines, but Ryan Day is calling the offense and Greg Schiano is calling the defense. Absolutely should not change much of anything.
  • Let’s hope that the media chooses to talk about what’s happening on the gridiron rather than the coaching situation. Unfortunately, this game looks like a blowout, which means the topic will probably come up.
  • While the quarterback competition dominated the news cycle in the offseason, I’m anxious to see how the situation at tailback unfolds. Currently, OSU lists J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber as co-starters. Does this mean that they will share the carries or will one separate himself from the other?
  • As I wrote in the offseason, this year’s defensive line could be better than it was last year. We’ll find out whether that’s the case on Saturday, as OSU faces a veteran offensive line that allowed only 18 sacks last year (20th in the nation).
  • Even if – and it’s a Dan Wilkinson-sized if – Oregon State is able to protect the passer, it will struggle offensively. The Beavers ranked 88th nationally in passing offense last year throwing 12 picks against only 11 TD’s. That’s not going to get the job done against a Buckeye front seven that led the Big Ten in sacks and tackles for a loss.
  • Although I expect Ohio State to win big, keep an eye on Tim Tibesar’s defense. His schemes have a way of producing turnovers, which would be just enough to keep this game interesting for awhile.
  • I can’t wait to see Tate Martell throw the ball. Yes, he struggled in the spring game, but that’s only because he was playing against the Buckeye secondary, which is one of the best units in the country. Let’s see how he fares against a group of DB’s that doesn’t have a potential All-American at every position.
  • Prediction: As Clubber Lang once quipped, “My prediction: pain”. That’s exactly what it will be for Oregon State. Ohio State wins in a laugher 49-0.

 

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