The Battle of CFB’s Storied Programs:
Well after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Fiesta Bowl, the Buckeyes season ends on a high note. Although, it was only a 16 point win, the Buckeye defense showed promise after DE Joey Bosa exited the game mid to late first quarter. Backup Sam Hubbard took Bosa’s place and did an admiral job during his absence. Tyquan Lewis was also playing at a high level throughout the game and as the only starter left on the defensive line, he definitely will have momentum in the upcoming season. It was evident that Bosa was sorely missed after his untimely exit, but the Buckeyes possess talent all over the depth chart and at every position. But like always the next man up mentality that is instilled into the culture of the Buckeyes thrived and showed out once again. Bosa being out and Lewis as the only remaining starter left on the defensive line, with Adolphus Washington serving a suspension and Tommy Schutt out with a broken foot, the reserves show that talent is there at every position. The struggled in the beginning but came up clutch in the end registering back to back sacks and Darron Lee capped it off with a strip sack to seal the game in the end.
The offense was running on all cylinders and J.T. Barrett and Ezekiel Elliot had their way with the injury-riddled Notre Dame defense who also lost a star in the first quarter in Jaylin Smith, who in fact was a huge Buckeye target and the brother of former Buckeye Running Back, Rod Smith. Michael Thomas also had a good game scoring a touchdown on a hitch route in the redzone. The game was never in doubt. The Buckeyes saw Sparty get demolished by Alabama and the questions and thoughts of “what could have been” plagued the Buckeyes. In the game it showed the angry and motivated team that should use this as a kickstarter to next years season. As displayed and heard by Ezekiel Elliot, the Irish “did not want to be there anymore”. The passion and the motivation was there and it could springboard next years team who, if I am not mistaken, travel to Oklahoma for what is a home and home. The Buckeyes definitely proved that when they are motivated and when they want to, they cannot be stop and they are one of the best teams in the nation, if not the best. They will most undoubtedly use this as fuel for next year but it is the end and I am looking forward to National Signing Day.
The Exodus Begins:
It is now official, the Buckeyes season is done and now it is just a waiting game to see who will stay and who will go. As of now, Bosa, Lee, Powell and Elliot have all declared. Bell and Thomas are also expected to follow suit, but haven’t let their intentions known. I will continue to update you on this, but for now let us savor that Fiesta Bowl victory.
The Recruiting Wars:
The Buckeyes received a commitment by way of New York in Jahsen Wint. The Buckeyes get their yearly flip and there could be one or two more coming. There is definitely a few more precious spots left and with the potential early NFL Draft departures, there could be more scholly’s up for grabs. The Buckeyes are looking to close out strong with the number one recruiting class and with the recent LSU commitments, we need a huge effort to close out this year. My wish list would be Victor, Corley, Gary (Longshot), Lawrence (Another one), Fuller, Hamlin and Haskins. I am definitely dreaming but anything can happen so we shall see if we can get another few surprises on National Signing Day.