Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer’s Post-Game Press Conference

Lots offense for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but not much defense. Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for four touchdowns and Ezekiel Elliot ran for 182 yards as #22 Ohio St. ran past Cincinnati 50-28 Saturday night. Coach Urban Meyer talked about the Ohio St. squad in his press conference after the game.

COACH MEYER: I couldn’t help but stare at our students that are still there. I keep hearing about students who quit going to games. It’s not here.

And the minute we quit appreciating students, I told our players, you bet, if I ever hear about you not being gracious to a student, thanking that student, you won’t play here. That’s how serious I am about that. I love our students. 29,000 strong support our football team. And that just makes my job easier. You take away those students, you try to go motivate that team and that’s a little more difficult.

So we’re an offensive line driven team. And they won the game for us. And they controlled that line of scrimmage. They protected our quarterback. J.T. played well.

Other than a dropped third down and a fumble, I was very pleased for the night, offensively. Defensively, we’re back to the drawing board. And pass coverage, the corner, a couple corners got beat and we gave up big plays.
You can say other than that, but we’ve got to get that fixed. You can’t play championship football until that gets fixed.

Q. Urban, on that note, what did you tell Chris Ash and Luke Fickell you wanted after that third big one?
COACH MEYER: Once again, I don’t micromanage. I’m going to get involved on Sunday. Other than I said we gotta get the corners off a little bit.
And I felt like when they started running by us, that’s a problem. So we’ll just have to reevaluate what we’re doing, who we’re doing it with, and make sure we’re giving our team the best opportunity to win. And that will take place tomorrow.

Q. You’re up 40, seven minutes, 30?? 28. What’s going through your mind at that point?
COACH MEYER: Best. Great teams don’t do that. I didn’t want to take anything away from UC. Because UC is probably the best throwing team we’ve faced since we’ve been here. When Coach Tuberville says he’s got the best group of receivers he’s ever had, everybody takes a deep breath and goes, Really? I asked him after the game, and he’s got a good team.
But we’re Ohio State, too, so we better learn how to play pass defense and get that fixed.

Q. Kind of a coming?out party for Ezekiel Elliott. 233 yards, something like that, touchdown, 182 on the ground, total yards. Was it good to get?? I know you’ve been liking him a lot, but finally having him to have a big game like this?
COACH MEYER: Yeah, and it’s not like we haven’t tried. It’s Virginia Tech, they played some bear against us, and we added some offense for that particular defense.
So we have a lot of confidence in Ezekiel Elliott, and I think he’s, before he leaves here he could be one of the great backs of Ohio State. A long way to go.
I like the way that group works right now. That’s our hardest working group. And that’s a credit to Stan Drayton and what he’s got going back there.

Q. How far has J.T. come in the last couple of weeks, and what area is it that you think he’s developed maybe the most?
COACH MEYER: I think not surprised by his development. I think Tom’s an excellent coach and he’s a very good student. When you see false starts, when you see a little bit disorganization, they said they couldn’t hear him.
I kept screaming “Peyton Manning” at him, because when I study or just get to watch games, Peyton Manning’s still as good as I’ve ever seen as far as taking control. And he’s not there yet. So take control of the offense.
Other than that, very accurate today throwing the ball. And once again other than that dropped pass on third down, I think it was Devin and turnover by Curtis Samuel not much you can do other than say keep pushing because that would have been a lot more yards than 700.

Q. Back to the offensive line for a moment. You mentioned earlier this week you thought Chase Farris would play quite a bit for you, looked like he did. Rotated center a little bit. What do you think worked well, what combinations worked well you think up front that helped you sustain it?
COACH MEYER: I’ll let you know. If I said it I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. Coach Warinner will be able to address it next Monday, Tuesday, whenever we talk to you guys again. Off the top of my head I don’t know.

Q. 710 yards total offense. Eight off the school record. Is that what you envision this thing establishing a guy like Elliott and then getting it out quick to Dontre and Jalen and so forth?
COACH MEYER: That’s a good point. And when you have a horizontal and vertical punch, that’s the hardest offense is to defend. Our first year?? our only horizontal offense was Braxton Miller, and then you go recruit a Dontre, recruit a Jalen, we’re starting to hit?? you start making them defend. Like they were playing wide defensive ends and that was giving us the interior run. The minute they tightened down, we hit the edge. That’s what we’re trying to be, in the run game.

Q. Do you guys need to really evaluate who you are and what you are in the back end, like are you guys?? you guys have the skill set to play press man coverage, you just need to change and be something else?
COACH MEYER: I really think we do. But obviously I saw what you saw. So I’ll be ready to address that more, because that’s going to be a hard conversation tomorrow. I want to challenge throws and play bump and run coverage. If you have the personnel keep doing it. If you don’t, you’ve got to adapt. And our guys hang in there with us, and so maybe Cincinnati’s receivers are that much better than Ohio State’s receivers. I don’t know. That’s just something we’ve got to evaluate.
It’s still early. But it’s not like this is not going to be addressed and get worked on.

Q. Heading into Big Ten play now, do you feel like you have a team that can compete at the top of the Big Ten, can win the Big Ten with what you’ve seen four games in?
COACH MEYER: Not ready to say that. You don’t give up 200 yards passing and be able to look you in the eye say that’s a championship level football team out there.
I see certain units playing at a very, very high level, not nine. So our objective?? any championship level team operates at nine. And since I’ve been here we’ve not operated at nine.
We’ve come close a few times. And today was an example but that was not nine strong, though, and we’ve got to get a couple of units fixed and figure out what’s going on and give them the best opportunity to be successful.

Carolina Underdogs at Baltimore in Sunday NFL Action

Carolina at Baltimore -3.5, Total=41

The Panthers were embarrassed on Sunday night, allowing the Steelers to run all over their vaunted defense for 264 yards. Baltimore likely won’t have that much fortune; they are reduced to 4th round running back Lorenzo Taliaferro to carry the ball after the Ray Rice dismissal and injury problems to Bernard Pierce. Dennis Pitta, a key weapon for quarterback Joe Flacco, will also miss the game for Baltimore.

Jetwin.com opened the game earlier this week at Carolina +3, with the line currently sitting at Carolina +3.5. The consensus average line using 15 different computer models is Carolina 4.4. What do individual computer models predict? The Computer Adjusted Line has Baltimore -3.5. Pi-Rite is Baltimore -1.9. Donchess makes it Baltimore -3.5. Dwiggins makes the number Baltimore -8.2, and David/Pasteur has the line at Baltimore -1.8.

Carolina is 2-1 straight up and 2-1-0 against the line so far this year. They are averaging 21 points per game, and giving up 19.3 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Carolina is averaging 72.3 rushing yards per game on 22 attempts, 3.2 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 36 times per game for a total of 260 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Carolina has gained 332 total yards per game on an average of 59 plays.

On defense, Carolina is allowing 347 yards per game on 61 plays for a 5.7 yards per play average. They have given up 17.9 yards per point so far this year. Carolina’s opponents have run the ball 38% of the time, and are averaging a whopping 6.3 yards per rushing attempt. The team has allowed completions on 62.8% of its opponents’ passing attempts, good for 202 passing yards per game (5.4 yards per passing attempt).

Baltimore is averaging 22 points per game so far in 2014, while allowing 17 points a game to its opponents. They have a 2-1-0 record against the spread, with a 2-1 straight up record. Defensively, Baltimore’s opponents are averaging 89.7 rushing yards per game on 24 attempts, a 3.7 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 33 times per game for a total of 262.3 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Baltimore’s opponents have gained 352 total yards per game on an average of 57.7 plays.

On offense, Baltimore is averaging 373 yards per game on 70 plays, for a 5.3 yards per play average. They are averaging 17.2 yards per point so far this year. Baltimore runs the ball 42% of the time, and are averaging 4.6 yards per rushing attempt. The team has completed 61.5% of its passing attempts, good for 237.3 passing yards per game (5.8 yards per passing attempt).

Betting the NFL: Buffalo At Houston

Buffalo at Houston -3, Total=42.5

Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick started the season out strong, but ran into a hiccup last week against the New York Giants, throwing three interceptions in the process. He wasn’t helped when Arian Foster, the leading rusher in the NFL after two games, sat out the game with hamstring problems.

Betcoin.ag opened the game earlier this week at Buffalo 4, with the line currently sitting at Buffalo 3. The consensus average line using 15 different computer models is Buffalo +0.3. What do individual computer models predict? The Computer Adjusted Line has Houston -2.5. Pi-Rite is Houston -1.4. Donchess makes it Houston +3.5. Dwiggins makes the number Houston -1.5, and David/Pasteur has the line at Houston -2.

Buffalo is 2-1 straight up and 2-1-0 against the line so far this year. They are averaging 20.7 points per game, and giving up 17.3 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Buffalo is averaging 131 rushing yards per game on 29 attempts, 4.5 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 29 times per game for a total of 191 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Buffalo has gained 322 total yards per game on an average of 59 plays.

On defense, Buffalo is allowing 351 yards per game on 66 plays for a 5.3 yards per play average. They have given up 20.2 yards per point so far this year. Buffalo’s opponents have run the ball 38% of the time, and are averaging 3.3 yards per rushing attempt. The team has allowed completions on 67.5% of its opponents’ passing attempts, good for 267 passing yards per game (6.5 yards per passing attempt).

Houston is averaging 21 points per game so far in 2014, while allowing 17 points a game to its opponents. They have a 2-1-0 record against the spread, with a 2-1 straight up record. Defensively, Houston’s opponents are averaging 141.7 rushing yards per game on 27 attempts, a 5.2 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 36 times per game for a total of 243.3 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per passing attempt.

Overall, Houston’s opponents have gained 385 total yards per game on an average of 63 plays. On offense, Houston is averaging 351 yards per game on 60 plays, for a 5.9 yards per play average. They are averaging 16.5 yards per point so far this year. Houston runs the ball 58% of the time, and are averaging 4.1 yards per rushing attempt. The team has completed 64.5% of its passing attempts, good for 210.7 passing yards per game (8.3 yards per passing attempt).

The NFL in London: Dolphins Take On The Raiders

Miami vs. Oakland +3.5, Total=40.5

The NFL heads to London where a couple of struggling teams try to salvage their season. Nitrogensports.eu opened the game earlier this week at Miami -3.5, with the line currently sitting at Miami -3.5. The consensus average line using 15 different computer models is Miami -4. What do individual computer models predict? It’s mixed. The Computer Adjusted Line has Oakland +3.5. Pi-Rite is Oakland +2.7. Donchess makes it Oakland +4.6. Dwiggins makes the number Oakland +2.9, and David/Pasteur has the line at Oakland +2.2.

Both Miami coach Joe Philbin and Oakland coach Dennis Allen are under fire in this game; whoever loses is going to be on the hot seat as far as job security goes. Allen has the toughest assignment, breaking in a rookie quarterback who is unable or unwilling to throw the ball downfield. Miami has had problems stopping the run, but the Raiders don’t utilize that part of the game.

Miami is 1-2 straight up and 1-2-0 against the line so far this year. They are averaging 19.3 points per game, and giving up 27.7 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Miami is averaging 137.3 rushing yards per game on 26 attempts, 5.2 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 41 times per game for a total of 190 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Miami has gained 327 total yards per game on an average of 68 plays.

On defense, Miami is allowing 324 yards per game on 67 plays for a 4.8 yards per play average. They have given up 11.7 yards per point so far this year. Miami’s opponents have run the ball 47% of the time, and are averaging 4 yards per rushing attempt. The team has allowed completions on 59.8% of its opponents’ passing attempts, good for 199 passing yards per game (5.6 yards per passing attempt).

Oakland is averaging 12 points per game so far in 2014, while allowing 22 points a game to its opponents. They have a 2-1-0 record against the spread, with a 0-3 straight up record. Defensively, Oakland’s opponents are averaging 158.7 rushing yards per game on 37 attempts, a 4.2 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 28 times per game for a total of 183.3 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Oakland’s opponents have gained 342 total yards per game on an average of 65.7 plays.

On offense, Oakland is averaging 254 yards per game on 54 plays, for a 4.7 yards per play average. They are averaging 20.6 yards per point so far this year. Oakland runs the ball 33% of the time, and is averaging 3.6 yards per rushing attempt. The team has completed 63% of its passing attempts, good for 190 passing yards per game (5.3 yards per passing attempt).

College Football: Cornhuskers Kick Off Big 10 Play At Home Against Illinois

Illinois at Nebraska -20, Total=66.5

What do the models say: CPA, Nebraska -21.4; Massey, Nebraska -16; Keepers, Nebraska -29; Massey Consensus, Nebraska -22.3; Kerns, Nebraska -26.5

Undefeated Nebraska, fresh of a hard-fought game last week against Miami, will hope to get a breather with its opening Big 10 game against Illinois on Saturday. The Huskers ran the ball for 343 yards in last week’s 41-31 victory, including 229 yards by Ameer Abdullah’s 229 rushing yards on just 35 carries.

Illinois escaped last week with a 42-35 win over Texas State. Quarterback Wes Lunt, an Oklahoma St. transfer, will sling the ball around. He has completed 66% of his passes and is averaging 309 yards per game, good for 14th in the country.

Illinois is 3-1 straight up and 1-3-0 against the line so far this year. They are averaging 32.7 points per game, and giving up 32.5 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Illinois is averaging 108.2 rushing yards per game on 28 attempts, 3.9 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 40 times per game for a total of 322 yards, averaging 6 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Illinois has gained 430 total yards per game on an average of 67 plays. On defense, Illinois is allowing 430 yards per game on 84 plays for a 5 yards per play average. They have given up 13 yards per point so far this year. Illinois’s opponents have run the ball 59% of the time, and are averaging 4 yards per rushing attempt. The team has allowed completions on 61.3% of its opponents’ passing attempts, good for 257 passing yards per game (8 yards per passing attempt).

Nebraska is averaging 46 points per game so far in 2014, while allowing 20 points a game to its opponents. They have a 3-1-0 record against the spread, with a 4-0 straight up record. Defensively, Nebraska’s opponents are averaging 116 rushing yards per game on 32 attempts, a 3.7 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 39 times per game for a total of 214 yards, averaging 5 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Nebraska’s opponents have gained 330 total yards per game on an average of 71 plays. On offense, Nebraska is averaging 560 yards per game on 72 plays, for a 8 yards per play average. They are averaging 12 yards per point so far this year. Nebraska runs the ball 64% of the time, and are averaging 7.1 yards per rushing attempt. The team has completed 54.4% of its passing attempts, good for 230.7 passing yards per game (9 yards per passing attempt).

College Football: Tennessee Travels to Georgia as 16.5 Point Underdogs

Tennessee at Georgia -16.5, Total=56

What do the models say: CPA, Tennessee 16.8; Massey, Tennessee 14; Massey, Tennessee 28.2; Massey Consensus, Tennessee 10.8; Kerns, Tennessee 22.2

Tennessee opens up its SEC play with a doozy; on the road against #12 Georgia. Georgia still has hopes to make the SEC title game despite a loss to South Carolina, but they can’t afford to stumble in these gimme games. The Bulldogs are favored by 16.5. Georgia is coming off a 66-0 drubbing of Troy last Saturday, and were able to sit its starters in preparation for the Tennessee game. Star running back Todd Gurley was pulled after gaining 73 yards on just six carries.

Tennessee is 2-1 straight up and 1-2-0 against the line so far this year. They are averaging 27.3 points per game, and giving up 20 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Tennessee is averaging 130 rushing yards per game on 39 attempts, 3.3 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 41 times per game for a total of 240 yards, averaging 5 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Tennessee has gained 370 total yards per game on an average of 80 plays. On defense, Tennessee is allowing 343 yards per game on 68 plays for a 5 yards per play average. They have given up 17 yards per point so far this year. Tennessee’s opponents have run the ball 49% of the time, and are averaging 4 yards per rushing attempt. The team has allowed completions on 57.7% of its opponents’ passing attempts, good for 214 passing yards per game (6 yards per passing attempt).

Georgia is averaging 49 points per game so far in 2014, while allowing 20 points a game to its opponents. They have a 2-1-0 record against the spread, with a 2-1 straight up record. Defensively, Georgia’s opponents are averaging 108.3 rushing yards per game on 38 attempts, a 2.9 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 32 times per game for a total of 210 yards, averaging 5 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Georgia’s opponents have gained 318 total yards per game on an average of 70 plays. On offense, Georgia is averaging 471 yards per game on 63 plays, for a 8 yards per play average. They are averaging 10 yards per point so far this year. Georgia runs the ball 63% of the time, and are averaging 7.7 yards per rushing attempt. The team has completed 68.6% of its passing attempts, good for 167.3 passing yards per game (7.2 yards per passing attempt).