Imperfect Game May Turn Out Perfectly

Despite Ohio State's rather comfortable win last week, the warts exposed during the game could be a good thing. See what we mean along with plenty of OSU-Ohio Tidbits, This Week In College Football History, news and notes from Around the Country and the Fearless Forecast.

In what had been overly hyped as a return match of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State pretty much had its way Sept. 11 with Miami (Fla.), rolling up more than 400 yards of total offense, creating four turnovers and cruising to a 36-24 victory.

Trouble was that the victory could have/should have been by a much, much wider margin.

The OSU offense that was so effective in piling up yardage in the middle of the field against a supposedly tenacious Hurricanes defense bogged down several times in the red zone and had to settle for a school record-tying five field goals in six tries from senior kicker Devin Barclay.

Worse yet, the Buckeyes' special teams – often the strength of any Jim Tressel team – has proved to be the team's weakest link. And that's being generous.

To put it bluntly, after only two games of the 2010 season Ohio State's kick coverage stinks. Miami returned both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the contest, accounting for more than half of its points and keeping the Hurricanes in the game.

Take away the special-teams breakdowns and turn half of the field-goal attempts into touchdowns and you get Ohio State stomping a 51-10 hole into their talkative rivals from South Beach.

Yet for all of the scarlet and gray warts that were exposed, the game may have been the perfect contest in the eyes of Tressel.

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Say: Sept. 17.


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