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Ohio State Looks Good, Not Great Against Miami

Buckeye fans, get pumped. For the first time in a while, it looks like we have a juggernaut in Columbus. While watching OSU dismantle Miami on Saturday, I couldn’t help but think back to the 2006 team led by Troy Smith, Teddy Ginn, Santonio Holmes, and Anotnio Pittman. While this year’s edition of the Buckeyes aren’t as well known as that group, they look every bit as strong.

I wrote a column last Sunday discussing how different this year’s offense looked from last year’s. I commented that we should expect less running from Pryor this year. I was wrong. Pryor blew up for 113 yards on the ground, and he toyed with the Miami defense all game long just like he did to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

Two criticisms I can take from this game:

1) The offense failed to punch the ball into the endzone. OSU had five field goals and missed a sixth.

2) The specials teams looked sloppy again. Last week Marshall blocked a kick to score their only touchdown of the game. This week, OSU allowed both a punt return and kickoff return for a touchdown. As I mentioned in criticism #1, they also missed a field goal.

Truthfully, criticism #1 scares me more than criticism #2. While everyone will be talking about the special teams woes, the failure to score touchdowns is more concerning. Against a team like Alabama, the Buckeyes need to put it in the endzone. Don’t get me wrong, Terrelle Pryor looked fantastic and he didn’t turn the ball over. But they need to finish drives. This game could have been a lot worse.

With all of that said, I’m still reeling from the result of this one. OSU didn’t play their best game (not by a long shot) and they dominated wire-to-wire. The defense looks stout. With OSU’s next big game still a month away, there’s plenty of time to work the kinks out and fix the issues mentioned above. Get crazy Columbus, we’re gearing up for a big run.

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