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Ram87

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You hit the nail on the head - this is the most important


game of the season, IMO. It won't be an easy one either, I believe OSU is probably the third or fourth best team we play. I see this as a 31-27 type of game, either way. Losing this game is not the end of the world, but our schedule does us no favors this year. It is front end loaded with tough P5 teams and we have a big game with BSU towards the end, plus all the other stuff you accurately mentioned above.

From what I can see, this whole season comes down to if our defense can improve. Last year teams averaged 30 points on us and almost 5 yards per carry. Can't have that anymore. OSU has the ability to score 30 points on us. They may be a Pac12 bottom feeder, but they are still one of the better teams we play.

I am looking at a few key things for this year:

1. Must have a NT or 3, Colon/Fox/Foster MUST all play, one must start. If we go without a true NT, look for every team we play to run the ball between the tackles. Teams averaged almost 5 yards per carry on us last year and 30 points. We lost Lovingood and Jackson (6 starts) + our best defender in Kevin Davis.

2. We are replacing Thurston, Zerblis and Callender, 3 pretty good OL with Meeks, Moxley and TBD. I don't see this as a huge problem, but something to keep an eye on. IMO, the 3 new starters aren't same calibur as the guys from last year but OL is about the collective unit and not individuals.
4. Slow start to season - we must come out fast, ride the wave of enthusiasm that comes with the new digs.
5. Start a new approach to big games - we have not done well past few years against P5 or other big games.
6. My biggest concern is if the staff has improved in year 3. They need to be better, I love them, but IMO we have really underachieved in the last 2 years - we should have won 9-10 games in each.

So yes, OSU is the most important game of the year, it will take 30+ points to beat them.

(In response to this post by OC Ram)

Posted: 07/17/2017 at 11:01AM



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Just how important is the OSU game? -- OC Ram 07/17/2017 10:19AM
  It's just ONE game. -- Braiden151 07/17/2017 2:43PM
  Most important game of the season. -- 60s Rammie 07/17/2017 1:44PM
  Swoll would beat me like a drum at golf. ** -- 60s Rammie 07/17/2017 4:00PM
  But I think I could take him at arm wrestling. -- 60s Rammie 07/18/2017 3:45PM
  Thank you for giving me an opportunity to post... -- AnotherEastCoastDBag 07/17/2017 1:43PM
  It sets the tone! -- SD_Diamond_Junkies 07/17/2017 12:32PM
  Expecting a blow out victory? -- 90_Buff 07/17/2017 11:51AM
  Agree-- OSU is a very big challenge. ** -- Braiden151 07/17/2017 2:29PM
  Agree-- this game is a huge challenge. ** -- Braiden151 07/17/2017 2:28PM
  Sefo -- SonnyIsMyHomeBoy 07/17/2017 2:57PM
  Re: Sefo -- 90_Buff 07/17/2017 3:07PM
  Stevens isn't far from being 1-1 -- SonnyIsMyHomeBoy 07/17/2017 3:40PM
  Re: Stevens isn't far from being 1-1 -- 90_Buff 07/17/2017 3:48PM
  Re: Stevens isn't far from being 1-1 -- 90_Buff 07/17/2017 3:47PM
  Ha ha not really... -- RAMPJ81 07/17/2017 4:13PM
  Re: Ha ha not really... -- 90_Buff 07/17/2017 4:24PM
  Same goes for you! -- RAMPJ81 07/17/2017 4:44PM
  So.... -- RAMPJ81 07/17/2017 2:00PM
  Re: So.... -- ThinkAgain 07/17/2017 2:21PM
  Ryan Nall is legit. -- Fastlane 07/17/2017 12:25PM
  Re: Ryan Nall is legit. -- ThinkAgain 07/17/2017 2:27PM
  Yep - stud ** -- tweeter 07/17/2017 2:18PM
  Worried about the coaching piece. Andersen is solid -- El Diablo 07/17/2017 12:21PM
  The way we beat -- SonnyIsMyHomeBoy 07/17/2017 12:39PM
  Agree - will set the tone for this season -- RamMan 07/17/2017 11:14AM
  Agree with most of what you are saying except blow out -- TylerDurdenisaRam 07/17/2017 10:58AM
  Bingo. ** -- Ram87 07/17/2017 11:04AM
  It's all an opportunity -- tweeter 07/17/2017 10:49AM
  Some returning DLs -- SappBVP 07/17/2017 1:39PM
  Yeah I think they will play -- tweeter 07/17/2017 11:26AM
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