We Buckeye faithful watched the football game at Howard and Sue's house. Howard and wife Sue are on right in photo. This photo was taken on their lanai by award winning Maui photographer, Justin Orr, bottom center of photo.
Sue put out a mouth-watering delectable breakfast with starters of fresh fruits, yogurts, parfaits and fresh coffee and juices. This was followed by an award winning recipe of a casserole consisting of eggs, spinach and many other ingredient's complimented by bacon, sausage and French Toast. What a feast!
Thanks Howard and Sue. After the game The Maui Buckeyes hung out at the pool basking in the sun. As some would say, why not make it a day?!
Ohio State won over University of Central Florida by 31 to 16, but they did not look good in the process. One could easily see they have a long way to go to be a good football team. They have the talent, but they seem to lack the chemistry or good coaching to get them to the next level.
Speaking of coaching--three strikes and you may be out? If the Buckeyes do not make remarkable improvements during the rest of this year and particularly starting with the California game this Saturday, September 15th, they may not be coming back next year. That is Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel for sure and possibly Everett Withers.
Fickell took over last year amidst the chaos of Tressell and 6 starters getting suspended for the Tattoo fiasco among other miss deeds. During that period of being an interim Head Coach, although not much was expected of him, Fickell made many mental errors like important time outs and poor decision making during critical times of football games--that could have made the difference between winning and loosing a game.
Now for two games the pass rush has not existed and that part of Ohio States team is supposed to be their strongest assets? Mike Vrabel has no coaching experience to speak of, being in only his second year at Ohio State. Although, he broke records for Ohio State as a player in 1995 and 1996 as Big Ten Lineman of the Year (only player in Big Ten history to hold that honor) and also 1st team All-American those same two years. Also he has obtained and earned 3 Super Bowl rings playing for New England between 2001 and 2007. However, he just does not seem to have what it takes to mold young players to excel on the field!
Everett Withers has been a coach for 25 years and his five years at North Carolina, his defensive credentials were very impressive. However, something drastically has to change on the Defensive side of the football or all three of the above mentioned coaches will not be part of the Ohio State coaching staff in 2013.
It boils down to this: if Urban Meyer wants to have a Legacy and be a Legendary coach at Ohio State and have the possibility of having more National Championship teams at Ohio State, regardless of the great college football athletics he is able to recruit to OSU, and if his COACHES can not deliver the goods via suburb play, excellent performances and playing up to their expected potential, his tenure at Ohio State will be short lived and so will his great reputation.
I do not see Meyer allowing this to happen. And just what is wrong with Hankins and Simon not making a dent in Pass Defense? They have been hyped as Super Defensive players?
And what happened to the "Hurry Up Offense"? Only 75 offensive plays in week two to compared to 86 week One-- that is more than a 10% drop in production. And again about 33% passing versus 67% running. While some college teams are getting over 100 offensive plays or more in, LA Monroe averages 106, Marshall 102, Indiana 94, Oregon 93 and Arizona 92.
As a matter of fact, Ohio State is ranked only 31st in number of offensive plays per game so far in 2012. While this is an improvement of their average offensive plays per game in 2011 of 66, it is by NO means a good showing compared with the rest of College football in 2012, to date. And especially since Urban broadcast to the nation this was going to be to be one of the most obvious improvements in his offense of 2012....come on Urban...start walking your talk!!
As everyone is saying, Braxton Miller seems to be a one-dimensional offense, and cannot be expected to carry the ball 27 times a game. With Carlos Hyde injured, it appears that four players will have to step up to the plate and be impressive. Zach Boren will be used more. Bri'onte Dunn will get the bulk of the calls. Rod Smith (if he can be fumble free) will get more calls. And Philly Brown will be more involved; he was over a 3,000 yard rusher in high school and has good speed. Jordan Hall may return and get some action, but they will need these other 4 guys to step up, if we are to have an improved offense and football team.
Also, speaking of Braxton Miller where in the world is the down field pass? It has to be 1, 2 and 3 pass--there should be receivers open. Again, what happened to all the preseason Hype about the Big Improvement between Miller and his receivers having chemistry by spending hour upon long summer hour throwing and catching the ball....was all this for naught? Braxton waits what seems like an eternity in the pocket and about half the time gets sacked (not good and not acceptable). His longest pass on Saturday was only 15 yards and he did throw for one interception--still a athletic trying to be a QB, instead of a QB that is athletic (a long way to go to be a mature, smooth and dependable QB).
In my heart and mind, I believe Kenny Guiton is the better all around QB and a better leader to get the job done, but he can by no means match Miller at running.
While the Big Ten conference looked the worst I have ever seen it Saturday (and especially since it is striving to make an impression against the SEC...Ha...what a joke), six teams won and six teams lost We look to be about the worst conference out of the top six recognized conferences in Big Time college football. The worst and most disappointing loss was Wisconsin at the hands of Oregon State. They looked as hapless as Michigan disgraced us all with their performance against Alabama last Saturday!
And by the way Michigan did not look much better this past Saturday, with Denard Robinson getting 100% of the Offense (when and how many times has that happened?) in a struggling victory over a weak opponent. And what a big disappointment in Nebraska (I know they were without leading rusher Burkhead), but is UCLA that good and that improved? I do like the new coach Mora, his players seem to love him and are giving their best efforts, which they certainly expressed Saturday. Teams we expected to struggle, Northwestern, Indiana and Minnesota brought home the bacon in a big way....except Indiana lost there star QB for the season in their victory...Ouch!!
Looking ahead to this Saturday's game against an improving California team, what can we expect? California is primarily a running team about 67% of the time against 33% passing. Their main running back is Isi Sofele who had 19 carries for 104 yards last week and one touchdown. Last year he had 1322 yards rushing, so he definitely has experience and is a threat.
The best receiver from last year is Keenan Allen, who had 5 catches for 69 yards and one TD last week. Last year he caught 98 passes for 1343 yards, so he is another legitimate proven threat. And also watch out for Chris Harper who had 7 catches last week for 94 yards. The QB is Zach Maynard (the half brother of receiver Keenan Allen!) also experienced with about 3,000 yards passing last year with 17 TD's and 11 interceptions. Last week he threw for 229 yards on 17/23 passing with 1 TD and 1 Interception.
Last week California had 1 TD on a punt return and one TD on an interception to go along with their balanced offensive attack of 229 yards in the air and 289 yards rushing. They did all this while Southern Utah had almost 36 minutes of possession compared to California's 24 minutes? By the way Southern Utah had 292 yards of passing offense. However, they only had 79 yards of rushing offense.
So Braxton Miller had better learn how to throw the ball down field, because it may be tough sledding for the rushing game.....but lets hope Ohio State surprises us all by excelling in both running and passing in the game against California.
As a side note, I enjoyed playing golf a couple times with Howard Robboy during his visit to Maui from Seattle. Sunday we played the Emerald course at Wailea, and James Worthy the noted basketball star for North Carolina and LA Lakers was in a two-some right behind us.
I'm leaving Maui for Ohio this Wednesday September 12, 2012 and will attend the California game this Saturday--the UAB game the next week and the Nebraska game on October 6th. I return to Maui October 9th.
GO BUCKS, BUCKEYE BOB
Until my next blog. This is "The Way I See It"!
Labels: Braxton Miller, Buckeye Bob of Maui, California football, Everett Withers, Howard Robboy, Luke Fickell, Mike Vrabel, Robert G. Neal, Sue Robboy, The Ohio State University, Urban Meyer