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The ‘Oklahoma effect’
With the huge game at Oklahoma behind the Buckeyes, you can start to see how Urban Meyer’s football team is shaping up. This weekend, Ohio State gets its lone week off before home games against Rutgers and Indiana. Those games, which are immediately followed by road trips to Wisconsin and Penn State, mean a lot of Buckeyes fans will be waiting around thinking: “now what?”
Defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes knows how big the win was, but, at the same time, expects for his team to move on. There will be no resting on laurels, though.
“That win was big for the team,” Holmes said. “It was big for the school, big for Ohio. We just have to keep going.”
To keep them going, the so-called “Oklahoma effect” could give this Buckeye team an advantage for the rest of the season. What exactly is the “Oklahoma effect?” It’s Ohio State’s ability to be dominant no matter where they are playing, or against whatever odds. Even though they have only had one road game this season, it was important, especially for the younger players in the rotation, to experience an intense road atmosphere.
Early in the game, said H-back Curtis Samuel, the crowd noise and road atmosphere affected the flow of the offense and caused delay penalties. The Buckeyes think they have a fix for that, but it was still a concern last Saturday.
“Just us not being aware of the time and not really running out there when we break the huddle,” Samuel said, “so I feel like that’s on us.”
This experience should help the younger players, making a difference when Ohio State faces No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 8 Michigan State on the road in October.
“Especially getting Oklahoma before, we have Michigan State on the road, it’s good to get their feet wet with that loud and hostile crowd,” Holmes said. “When you go to Michigan State, it’s like you have been there before, so it’s very important.”
Go ‘hug a big guy’
With the offense scoring 56.7 points per game and generating more than 540 yards of offense, it’s easy to credit the well-known players, such as quarterback J.T. Barrett and running back Mike Weber. But as Weber points out, it’s not only him.
I have the best Offensive Line in the country!
— Mike Weber (@mikeweberjr) September 22, 2016
The Slobs. Everyone loves the Slobs.
The Ohio State offensive line has been absolutely lights out to start the season. Led by captain Pat Elflein, the linemen are looking to meet goals they set before the season.
“I think we can be really good, even one of the best,” Elflein said. “You know, we can pick up right where we left off. Always breaking records, being in the Ohio State record book and rushing for hundreds of yards each game, I think we can pick up right where we left off these past three or four years.”
— CBS Sports CFB (@CBSSportsCFB) September 22, 2016
Three new starters joined veterans Elflein and Billy Price – and new offensive line coach Greg Studrawa – but the heart of the Ohio State offense has not missed a beat in 2016.
#1 Scoring O
#1 Scoring D
#1 Total O
#2 Total D
#1 Rushing O
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 21, 2016
That is why, after players score, they go hug a big guy.
Especially in the past calendar year, Urban Meyer has emphasized that the Buckeyes are avid supporters of all of Ohio’s professional sports teams. This summer when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals, there was no doubt where Meyer’s loyalties lied.
Urban Meyer on what he did when the Cavs won: "I teared up…. When Kyrie hit the shot, that's when I started to buckle."
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) June 22, 2016
Now, his attention has turned to baseball where the Cleveland Indians are looking to earn their first American League Central title since 2007 and their first playoff berth since 2013.
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) September 22, 2016
SVP calls the Buckeyes “a well oiled machine”
After their win against Oklahoma on Saturday, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt raved about the Buckeyes and their ability to replace high-level talent with even more high-level talent.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 22, 2016
Man, Van Pelt is good. And he’s right, more importantly.
With an off week, the Buckeyes will have to rev up this “well-oiled machine” for a matchup next Saturday against Rutgers.
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