March 21 2018

Win at Ohio State a critical moment for Mike Stoops, Oklahoma defense

March 21 2018, 10:18 | Sammy Rose

Win at Ohio State a critical moment for Mike Stoops, Oklahoma defense

Win at Ohio State a critical moment for Mike Stoops, Oklahoma defense

Just a couple seasons ago, Gus Malzahn was building a reputation as a mastermind. As has already been mentioned, receivers are not getting open, as both IN and Oklahoma played zone coverages that are contributing to the inefficiencies of the passing offense.

I am now projecting there to be 75 bowl eligible teams, which is three short of what is needed to fill 39 bowl games, so I have three 5-7 teams in the current projection. He admits that he hears what others are saying: "80 percent of the country picked Ohio State".

The offensive woes that plagued Ohio State in the first three quarters of its Week 1 win over in re-appeared. Meyer seems to know it.

Senior free safety Will Johnson had been having a big game for the Sooners in the first half, but then went to the locker room for an unknown reason in the second quarter.

Meyer was unequivocal on one point.

Mayfield didn't hold anything back in Columbus.

Meyer said the play-calling will be evaluated. When he prodded, he expanded slightly.

Just last week in this space, I told you not to overreact to Week 1. "We didn't play very well".

That would be against Army. They do that every game, win or lose.

Last year, Clemson's ability to pressure without blitzing forced Barrett to thread passes through a tangle of defensive backs.

If there was a consistent theme of optimism by Buckeye fans, it was the arrival of Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day as offensive assistants to improve an offense that had become stagnant and predictable during the 2015-16 seasons. Fullback Dimitri Flowers ran a seam route from the backfield, and weaved into the end zone on a 36-yard reception to tie it at 10-10 with 10:50 in the third quarter.

"We'll grow from it", Barrett said.

OU led 24-13 when sophomore cornerback Parnell Motley intercepted Ohio State's J.T. Barrett at the Buckeye 27-yard line. "But for us, this was just like beating Akron". "They felt that we outplayed them and were on the verge of busting it open". This game was similar to the Fiesta Bowl down to the final number of points allowed, and eventually superstars such as Mayfield or Deshaun Watson are going to get their points. We do have to play collectively together because J.T. Barrett is a really good quarterback when his surrounding parts are well. Perhaps Barrett will never return to the production and consistency he displayed under Tom Herman, but his offensive coordinator isn't doing him any favors. Penn State's Daryll Clark (2008), USC's Matt Barkley (2009) and Virginia Tech's Michael Brewer (2014) all won games that were tight until the finish. A road win and a dominant one at that jumps them past. "He's got to play better". But for whatever reason, the offense got away from that terrific tandem of rushers and the game unraveled for the Buckeyes. You see it on social media throughout the week.

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