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Posted by Sep - 16 - 2011 0 Comment

This isn’t PVT. Kellen Winslow’s Hurricanes. These aren’t Maurice Clarett’s Buckeyes. Miami Hurricanes vs The Ohio State Buckeyes will be a very interesting match-up this year based on all of the sanctions and problems swirling around both of these top flight universities. On the football field though they don’t match-up evenly at all. The Buckeyes coming off the scare in the shoe vs Toledo will have a lot to prove. The Miami Hurricanes in my unbiased opinion will be over matched for two key reasons. One reason is because they didn’t play last week. Not playing after having a few key players out for the opening loss to the Maryland Terrapins. The other is a few playmakers on defense like Ray-Ray Armstrong won’t be able to cover the middle of the field to stop players like Jake Stoneburner. Speaking of Jake Stoneburner, I don’t think the Buckeyes have ever had the tight end as their leading receiver going into week 3.

 

Offensively the Buckeyes were very ineffective vs Toledo and couldn’t move the ball much or Rod Smith would cough up the ball when they needed to run clock time off. The one glaring key to that game was where did Braxton Miller go??? He never got a chance. I know the excuse was cause the team struggled vs Toledo. Football is about playmakers making plays. Braxton Miller is a playmaker! Joe Bauserman looked very pedestrian at best. Corey “Philly” Brown probably won’t be available with injury in this match. WR Verlon Reed will have to pick up a lot of the slack. Chris Fields and a mix of Devin Smith and Evan Spencer will play across from him. Carlos “I’m taking my talents to south beach” Hyde is going to be the key to the offense. Running the ball and keeping possession will snooze this mediocre Miami Defense to sleep.  The Hurricanes on offense will come out rusty and vanilla. Expect to see a lot of Lamar Miller and Mike James running the ball out of the backfield. Jacory Harris maybe the most experienced option the Canes have but he’s clearly not their best option. Even though Stephen Morris lost to the Terps he is a better pure passer. Sadly for the U this is like comparing a D student to a Failing student(o wait…).  The main target for the Hurricanes will be #3 Travis Benjamin. He’s a quintessential Miami receiver with a good mix of speed and size. LaRon Byrd is another receiver to watch out for but other then Benjamin there is no other big threats.

Ohio State’s Defense will have to make up for the mental gaffs from last week. Andrew Sweat was definitely the one guy on D keeping the guys together and holding off the Rockets in the end. Dominic Clarke has been an unexpected play maker at defensive back after two weeks and has kept Travis Howard out of the starting lineup. Howard I expect to come back this week and contribute. The Buckeyes defense will need to be solid to secure victory as always.  The Canes defensively are definitely not the Hurricanes of old.  The only two noteworthy players to watch will be linebackers Ramon Buchanan and Sean Spence. Spence will be rusty coming off suspension.

Final Prediction: 35-20 Ohio State. I expect a lot of punts. Miller will need to play to make plays and get the Buckeyes offense moving. The Hurricanes are in for a long one. No real home field advantage in Miami either. They have no fans.

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