28.Sep.2013 Colorado Post-Game
Curious to hear what you all take away from this game.
I thought the game would be closer, so I don’t know if I should be impressed by the D, chalk it up to a horrible CO squad, or a mix of both (probably). They played well, which I did not expect, but it was versus an immobile QB who couldn’t throw, either.
Did OSU turn a page today and are this good, or CO is just atrocious. Did we learn anything? Was this a case of program that’s stable and further along beating up on one that’s rebuilding from scratch?
Things that lead me to believe all is the same is that when CO picked up the tempo, OSU folded and gave up two TDs (out of three drives, I believe). Looked status quo to me. The Beavs have a legit passing game (obviously, with a couple future pros at WR and possible TE, QB, and C). But I expect more like 280 yards and 2 or 3TDs (and likely more turnovers) once the competition picks up. Liked what I saw from Chris Brown…a bit of a shifty, slashing style with size and decent speed. Why wait 5 weeks to give him carries? Caleb Smith is another standout. He has a pro body and now the production to back it up. If he can roam the middle the passing game will be that much more effective.
Finally, is “pass every down” OSU’s identity, and are you okay with that and think it’s a winning strategy going forward? My opinion: they need to at least run enough to set up play action and convert short yardage. So something like 60-70 yards per game with a fairly high (4.5+) ypc. If they run that effectively they can probably keep passing this much. If not, no.