“Loaded For Bear” is an old expression, meaning someone or several people are ready for a difficult challenge. You could make the argument that although Virginia Tech effectively disrupted and dismantled Ohio State’s offense in 2014 using the Bear Front Cover 0 scheme, it will be the Buckeyes who are truly ‘loaded for bear’ as they begin the 2015 season in Blacksburg at 8pm EST on 09/07/2015.
Three Quick Things I will be keeping an eye out for during the game:
1. The Bear Front Cover 0 Scheme: How quickly will Virginia Tech
use it against Ohio State, and how effectively will Ohio State be able
to neutralize it? As stated up above, and as any Ohio State fan
remembers from 2014, Virginia Tech used the Bear Front Cover 0
to its maximum effectiveness last year in Columbus. Why would Virginia
Tech possibly deviate from something that worked so well? All
offseason, Ohio State has practiced on how to defeat the scheme. The
chess match between Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster and Ohio State Head Coach
Urban Meyer and Ed Warriner will be fascinating.
2. Special Teams Truly Need To Be Special: Besides a stifling
defense, Virginia Tech has made a sterling reputation off its special
teams units, often blocking punts that swung the momentum in their favor
against their opponent. Cameron Johnston is a tremendous punter, but
needs to be prepared for the possibility of the Hokies going all out
with a punt block scheme.
3. It Truly Is ‘Miller Time’: Braxton Miller returns to the field
of play for the first time since January 2014. How much of a factor
will Miller be as an H-Back, or as a listed punt returner? The
aforementioned Foster will be on high alert any and all times Miller
steps on the field for the Buckeyes.
I believe this game is going to be a tougher game than many Ohio State
fans want to acknowledge. Blacksburg is going to be loud, raucous, and
well-liquidated after a whole day in preparation for this game.
Virginia Tech will not only run the Bear Front Cover 0 scheme, but look
for various blitzes and stunts that will test Ohio State’s offensive
line and the starting quarterback; for the record, I believe that will
be J.T. Barrett, but I anticipate Cardale Jones getting playing time as
well. Both Chris Spielman and Joey Galloway believe this will be a
close one; who am I to argue with Buckeye legends? I have it being
close until the fourth quarter, with Ohio State pulling away, to make it
Ohio State 28, Virginia Tech 17.