The Buckeyes imposed their will on the Zips en route to a 42-0 victory. In Luke Fickell’s debut as head coach, it was an excellent showing.
Fickell had an aggressive game plan and Ohio State executed it well. The defense flew to the ball, the offense made huge plays both in the air and on the ground and the special teams played well for the most part. Overall, the Buckeyes played 60 minutes of football.
Here are some things that stood out about the win.
Luke Fickell is going to be aggressive.
He went for it on fourth down, had the defense blitzing in the fourth quarter and gave the green light for the offense to score even when the game was out of reach for Akron. Luke knows he has a young team and the only way for his coaching staff to evaluate what they have is to let them play.
Ohio State’s offense has the potential to be more versatile than it has been in years.
It seemed like everyone was receiving a piece of the action. Zach Boren caught a pass and Jake Stoneburner had three touchdown receptions. Every time a new receiver came out on the field, they would receive a look and more times than not, they delivered. Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith both showed they have the ability to be the go to running backs. Moreover, both quarterbacks showed they could play.
Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller had good showings. Even when things appeared chaotic both didn’t rush judgments and took what the defense provided them. If each continues to play well it’s going to give Ohio State two solid options at quarterback. This is great in that it gives the offense two different systems to operate in, a scary thought for opposing defenses.
The Silver Bullets possess a lot of promise.
Granted, they didn’t receive much of a challenge. Still, they kept Akron off the scoreboard, they held the Zips to 90 total yards and they looked impressive doing so. The speed is there and the secondary and linebackers did an excellent job in coverage. The play calling was spectacular as they were getting after it in the fourth quarter, even when the game was pretty much over.
While most played well here are a few that stood out.
Dominic Clarke had a good game. He did a great job in coverage and made several pass deflections.
Etienne Sabino and Andrew Sweat had great games. Both showed they can play well in coverage and fly to the ball.
The defensive line looks quick. J.T. Moore in particular caught my eye. He did a great job exploding out of his stance and was able to get into the backfield several times.
Overall, when you add these factors together, the Buckeyes could be in for a special season.
All of this shows Ohio State is a hungry team that embraces their coaches’ mentality. This combination is dangerous and if they can continue to build momentum, they should be ready for the challenges ahead.
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