Bank Blog: Quick Thoughts Offense

In their best offensive performance of the season, Ohio State scored at will and decimated Illinois 52-22 in a game that wasn't nearly that close. Ohio State rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense in the win.

- For the first time in his tenure at Ohio State, Urban Meyer saw his team win a game "his" way, with a suffocating defense and especially, an offense that finally showed the run/pass balance he is looking for. This game was a Meyer signature win in every way, and it was accomplished the way he wants the game played.

- Braxton Miller has had numerous highlight-reel performances this year, and he's a legitimate Heisman candidate, but this might have been his best overall game as a Buckeye throwing the football. While his running was as impressive as it always is, Miller threw the football like an NFL quarterback for the first time in his Buckeye career. Were it not for two drops by Jake Stoneburner, the numbers would be even better. Miller threw the ball with zip, on time, and made the right decision nearly every time. If he continues to throw the football like this, he's the best player in college football.

- Watching the maturation and progression of Carlos Hyde over the past few years has been a joy to watch. His vision has improved 10X and he exhibits far more patience running the ball, but he he still runs the football angrily, which is his greatest attribute. I hate to use the word great too often, but he is turning himself into a great football player. It's probably time to bring up the subject of Hyde considering an early jump to the NFL, especially considering the shelf life of a power runner. Hyde is an NFL-quality tailback, whether it's this year or next.

- The offensive line has really had ten pretty darned good performances in a row, and instead of propping individual players, it's time to bow at the feet of Ed Warriner. From the position switch of Reid Fragel, to the insertion of new starters Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall, to the continued growth of Andrew Norwell and Jack Mewhort, all the credit in the world goes to Warriner. Even in the spread era, football is still won in the trenches, and the Ohio State offensive line has delivered week after week.

- Even though Devin Smith wasn't in on the big-play parade, there were pass completions of 51 yards to Rod Smith, 37 yards to Philly Brown, 31 yards to Nick Vannett, and 24 yards to Jake Stoneburner. The catch by Smith reminded me of what I saw several times when he was playing 7on7 the summer before his senior year in high school.

- Was good to see the backups play, and not stumble around aimlessly, but knock people around. Aside from the bad decision by Kenny Guiton on the option, the backup offense never missed a beat. And better to see Guiton screwup with a 30-point lead over Illinois, rather than down eight to Purdue. Glad to see Brionte Dunn carry on the tradition of Hyde and Smith running through tacklers and punishing the defense. Gaining 73 yards and scoring a touchdown in two possessions is good work.

- If Tom Herman keeps developing Braxton as a passer, there are no limits to the points Ohio State will put on the board. This running game will continue to roll regardless of who the tailback is, and the offensive line won't take a step back this year, so the passing game makes this offense unstoppable.

- The bye week comes at a great time for Ohio State, and you can bet Meyer is already drawing up the scenario for his "two-game" season, as he plots to win the national championship. REPEAT: Plots to win the national championship, and YES, that's what he is thinking tonight. Take a breath, and get ready to gear up for the stretch run.

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