Better offense: '14 OSU or '10 Florida?
August, 22, 2014
By Travis Haney | ESPN Insider
Greg Bartram/USA TODAY SportsJ.T. Barrett has been unexpectedly thrust into a starting position for the Buckeyes.As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M’s kickoff on Aug. 28.
Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, conference winners -- it will all be covered as part of Insider’s Ultimate Season Preview.
Today’s question: Could 2014 Ohio State (minus Braxton Miller) be as bad as 2010 Florida (minus Tim Tebow) on offense?
The coaches I’ve talked with this week emphatically say no. There’s too much faith in the offensive system and coaching -- whether it’s Urban Meyer or OC Tom Herman -- and too much respect for Ohio State’s skill position talent.
The Buckeyes might lose a game or two, but the personnel is not going to let them slip far.
“They’ve got guys at every position,” a coach in another league said.
“Guys” is often an understated term in the coaching world. It translates roughly to “NFL talent.”
“They’re loaded,” he said of the Buckeyes, who are on their way to a fourth consecutive top-10 recruiting class under Meyer. “They’re everywhere.”
So don’t expect those esophageal spasms to flare up for Meyer this season, even if his team's playoff hopes are shakier than they were a week ago.
So what will the offense look like without the dynamic and experienced Braxton Miller?