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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Random Thoughts From The Mind Of Minnich On Ohio State @ Navy

1.  Will Ohio State's Offense With J.T. Barrett Look "Guiton-ish" At Navy? - Coach Meyer stated that the Ohio State offense would look more like it did last season when Kenny Guiton was quarterbacking Ohio State when Braxton Miller was sidelined with an injury.  With Miller out for the entire 2014 season, and Barrett a redshirt freshman making his first collegiate start on the road, will Ohio State's offensive coaches pare down the offense to make it easier for Barrett?  Look for a strong emphasis on the Ohio State running game to make Barrett feel even more comfortable as the new leader of the offense.

2.  How Will Ohio State's New Defensive Scheme Fare At Navy? - Navy's triple option offense can keep the best of college teams off-balance, let alone a team that is adopting a more aggressive approach and has new starters within the linebacker and secondary positions.  As so few teams run the triple option, it is very challenging for scout teams to simulate it adequately, thus the defense may not be completely prepared to defend the triple option in a game.  Ohio State is bigger, faster, and stronger than Navy, but look for this game to be closer than Ohio State fans expect and want.




3.  Which Of The Freshmen Will Play At Navy? - Coach Meyer has been pointing out how many of the freshmen have had their black stripes removed from their helmets, representing that these players are now considered ready to play and contribute for the team.  While I believe many of these players may still wind up being redshirted, it would not be surprising to see many of the freshmen contribute on the special teams units.

Prediction:  Ohio state wins on the road against a worthy and tough opponent in Navy.  I see it Ohio State 35, Navy 17.

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