This is the last game of college football this year. I know, I am sad too. This means I no longer have a weekly piece here on BGS. I’ll try to still contribute here and there, though! Anyway, you don’t come for the sappy stuff; you come for the bad content.
Can Ohio State beat Oregon?
Actually, they have a really good chance to upset the Ducks. Currently their offense is rated as the third best in the nation according to f/+, and their defense is miles ahead of the Ducks. The up-tempo offense the Buckeyes run is down right scary when Ezekiel Elliot is ripping off big runs and Cardale Jones is making plays on the ground and in the air. Also, the fact that three quarterbacks have done well for Ohio state this year makes it seems like Urban Meyer may have an Art Briles style plug-and-play offense. If so, then that makes OSU really scary, because then it pretty much doesn’t matter who is under center because a mop could play QB and still win games. If the offense is clicking like it has been in the past two games, and the defense shuts down the Oregon attack Ohio State can win.
Can Oregon beat Ohio State?
If the Ohio State defense shuts down the Oregon attack? That is a big if! Oregon has a top 3 offense by any metric you use and tops the charts in most. Oregon has the second highest First Down rate in, the percentage of offensive drives that result in at least one first down or touchdown, in the country. Oh yeah, and they can put together absolutely explosive drives as well. A ridiculous 27.4% of their drives average 10 yards per play or more. One more statistic on Oregon’s offense, 67% of their drives that start in their own territory end at the opponents 30 yard line or less. That is 7% higher than the next best value drive percentage. Alright, you get it by now Oregon has a fantastic offense. The point is that the best chance Oregon has is their offense. Don’t get me wrong Oregon has a good defense, especially the secondary. Their secondary was led by future first round draft pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Ifo has the best name in college football, but unfortunately he will be out and won’t be able to help this OU defense stop the behemoth that is OSU’s offense. Oregon can win this game if their offense does what it has done all year and makes the most of every possession it gets. If the Ducks offense catches fire it will be hard for the Buckeyes to keep up.
Fat Guys to Watch Out For:
The big boys never get enough love. So here a couple of the linemen who could make an impact on the game.
Arik Armstead: DL, Oregon – Arik is a possible first round draft pick. He is a 6-foot-8, 290 pound wrecking ball of a human who has devastated offensives lines all year. This will be the biggest quarterback he has faced all year, but he is confident. “Wrap him up and he’ll go down,” Armstead said in a recent interview. FSU spent a lot of resources on offense trying to stop him or slow him down. Watch out for Arik because he could have a sack or two.
Michael Bennett: DL, OSU – No, not the Michael Bennett who made a weird metaphor about dating your cousin. The Seahawks’ Bennett on the Panthers: “It’s so much alike, man. It’s like you look at a girl who looks like you, and you find out it’s your cousin, so you can’t go on a date with her even though you’d like to, because she looks like you, but then you see her friend, and her friend’s really hot, and you’re like, ‘That’s not my cousin,’ so it’s good.” WTF??? No but seriously Bennett is a bruiser for the Buckeyes and he could make some big plays on defense.
Jake Fisher: OL, Oregon – His nickname is the Vanilla Gorilla. That is all I will say on the subject.
Best Gifs for Both Teams:
First up a little Mariota love:
I love me some Marcus Mariota! I can’t wait to see him work his magic in the Championship! Next up Anthony Schlegel body slams a fan!
And here is some JT Berrett from earlier in the season, when Ohio State beat the dumpster fire formerly known as Michigan.
Kyle: I think this Oregon offense will just be too much for Ohio State to handle. I think this will be a fun and entertaining match-up with a ton of fast paced offense and scoring. I just can’t wait to watch it! My prediction is Oregon 45 – Ohio State 38.
John: Urban Meyer is an excellent coach, but Oregon is a well-oiled machine. OSU is on its 3rd string QB, but Oregon is dealing with even more injuries and not skipping a beat. It is finally Oregon’s year. That offense is a thing of beauty that I find it hard to believe OSU has an answer for it. Oregon 35 – OSU 27
K: There are few things I can rely on as constant year in and year out. An Ohio State collapse in a big game is one of them. Last year they lost to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. The 06-07-08 consecutive losses to Florida, LSU, and Texas in BCS games. With all the talent they’ve had come through that program, the last major postseason win came with Craig frickin’ Krenzel at the helm. Oregon is a monster. This is a blowout, that ends up looking better than it was with a garbage time TD for OSU. Oregon 44 – OSU 31