|Everything comes up Buckeyes|
The Buckeyes beat the Ducks and Urban Meyer is a hero. Despite being thought of as somewhat of a longshot 5th place team in the week before the Final Four was announced, Ohio State showed that the Playoff really works as they soundly outplayed the #1 seed and the #2 seed over the last two weeks.
After the first two Oregon drives this game was owned by Ohio. It was surprising to see that turnaround actually. Oregon's RB Tyner looks bigger, faster, and stronger than everyone on his few series as he exploded out of the backfield and knocked down one defender after another on those early carries. It looked like his running was going to keep creating those wide open running and passing lanes that Mariota and this offense enjoyed all season long.
But that stopped for some reason. Ohio State's Elliot broke off a couple of longer runs and it seemed like the entire Buckeye squad realized that they could play with these Ducks despite the large spread. Cardale Jones looked like a bigger slower Vince Young out there and just kept converting third downs. There was no slowing down Ohio State's offense for the Ducks. As good as Oregon's offense has been they didn't look that special after the first quarter.
The big questions now are what happens with the QBs and Urbz. There are rumors that Urban "decay" Meyer might not be long for Ohio State after another year. The team is filled with Freshmen and Sophomores so they will likely be the favorites coming into next year and I bet that he'd leave after that to try to coach a pro team before completely failing and coming groveling back to Utah three years later.
The QBs Miller, Barrett, and Jones are all legit weapons and could easily lead this team to many wins next year. The problem is that they will not want to split that responsibility three ways. There is already rampant speculation that Braxton Miller will transfer to LSU, Oregon, Duke, or any number of places. Jones just declared that he wasn't going to the NFL so we'll see how that goes. Barrett broke his ankle so it's not like that should require much recovery once it's healed like an ACL or Achilles would. I guess Jones and Barrett will battle it out this Spring and Summer for QB1 and QB2. Anyway, they will have their work cut out for themselves this season as they have to play Rutgers in New Jersey next season. Just ask Michigan how that goes.
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