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Week #3- California!

Discussion in 'Ohio Buckeyes' started by Deehntr56, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Deehntr56

    Deehntr56 Staff Member Mod

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    If Braxton Miller keeps playing like he has through the first two weeks of the season, and with Miller totaling 664 yards and seven touchdowns through Ohio State's first two games, it looks like he may pad those numbers this week.

    There isn't much of a reason to think he won't continue that success this week, considering that Cal's defense has allowed 31 points to both Nevada and Southern Utah in the first two weeks.

    On defense it will be up to the Buckeyes' front seven,which has limited opponents to a 2.37 yards-per-carry average through two weeks, to force Cal into passing situations and take Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson out of the game.

    Cal can win if they can figure out how to stop an opposing quarterback. When facing a dual-threat in Nevada's Cody Fajardo to start the season, the Bears defense allowed Fajardo to throw for 230 yards while also rushing for 97 yards and a touchdown. Fajardo is not Braxton Miller, so Cal will have to address how to deal with Miller and possibly Jordan Hall who may be returning this Saturday. Practice went well for Hall this week and the expectation is that he will play.

    Running the ball against Ohio State will be a challenge, so Cal may want to give Zach Maynard a bit more responsibility in this game and stretch the field against their secondary.

    The line… Buckeyes -16.5

    My pick- OSU 40- Cal 14


    GO BUCKS!!
     
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  2. I'd like to see some pressure on the QB from the D Line and also a RB to get 100yds rushing this week. Stoneburner has been sort of lost at WR it seems, need to get him involved more. Look for Philly Brown to run some jet sweeps or some options runs out of the backfield as well.
     

  3. Deehntr56

    Deehntr56 Staff Member Mod

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    Agree- they have not done well here, and they focused on this, this past week in practice. Simon has been double teamed and with injuries to the other two starters, it hasn't been as productive as they would like.

    The front seven only has allowed 2.37 yards per carry and they are rated in the top 20 in this area, so they are doing well there.