"Against Navy Urban Meyer played to Barrett's strengths. Most of the Buckeye passing attack featured screens and low-risk play-action throws. In the second half, when called upon, Barrett went 4-4 including a game winning 80 yard touchdown on a four verticals route to Devin Smith."
-The Key Play
J.T. Barrett had a pretty solid debut that improved as the game went along. Barrett simply managed the game in the first half, which was fine, and despite a few freshman mistakes, Barrett had a decent outing. The second half was where he really shined, as the quote mentions the 80-yard touchdown throw.
The Key Play points to stopping Ohio State's running game if Virginia Tech wants to upset the Buckeyes in the 'Shoe on Saturday. From the article:
"If Virginia Tech's defense can put Ohio State into situations where Barrett has to drop back and read the defense in the face of pressure, there will be opportunities for sacks and interceptions. Barrett can break contain, but he will only get 10 yards on plays where Braxton Miller would take it to the house."
I can't really disagree with this thought. Barrett isn't the same runner that Miller is and the Buckeyes shouldn't expect him to be. He is an effective runner, however. Many people have overlooked the fact that Barrett was Ohio State's leading rusher last Saturday. So the redshirt freshman has the ability to run for first downs, which could end up being extremely important. It's up to the Ohio State coaching staff to make sure the Hokies have trouble containing the Buckeye rushing attack.
"2014 Michigan-Ohio State power index: 1. Ohio State 2. Michigan"
- om Fornelli, CBS Sports
It appears that Tom Fornelli and the CBS Sports folks will be running a weekly update on the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry in preparation for the 110th meeting between the teams later this season. After week one of the 2014 season, the power index favors the Buckeyes over the Wolverines.
Michigan still leads the all-time series, 58-45-6, but has lost 10 of the last 12. Coach Meyer is currently 2-0 against Michigan during his tenure at Ohio State and will look for a three-peat on November 29. The weekly update looks at current trends, including storylines leading up to The Game, and how the teams performed in the previous week.
"The Warriors on Tuesday signed make-good contracts with three players who impressed in the Las Vegas Summer League: Aaron Craft, James Michael McAdoo and Mitchell Watt."
-Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Gate
The Golden State Warriors have signed "make-good" contracts with players from the Las Vegas Summer League, including former Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft. It was already known that the Warriors were going to sign Craft, but this is just the latest update on his situation.
An interesting note about the contract itself, is that each player's contract is partially guaranteed, depending on how long they stick with the Warriors. So even if Craft doesn't make the main team, the Warriors will have the option to send Craft to their NBA Development League team in Santa Cruz. That's very good news for Craft, although I'm sure his goal is to make the NBA roster.
"Tickets for both games start at $15 and are on sale to the public beginning Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Cintas Center (Cincinnati) and Schottenstein Center (Columbus) box offices"
-Mike Dyer, Cincinnati.com
There's still one more month to go before the Cleveland Cavaliers begin preseason play leading up to the regular season opener and if you're anything like me, you're extremely thankful that college football and the NFL has kicked back in to gear to help distract you from what could potentially be a historic season for the Cavs.
The Cavs' preseason games in Ohio on October 15 (against the Pacers) and October 20 (against the Bulls) have released their ticket info. Fans who are Cavaliers Insiders, subscribers to the team's free electronic newsletter, can take advantage of an exclusive presale opportunity for both games beginning Sept. 8 at 10:00 a.m. Fans can register to become a Cavaliers Insider prior to September 8th at the Cavs NBA site.
STICK TO SPORTS
- Columbus can distribute "Uber" licenses to drivers now.
- The Horseshoe Casino owner in Cleveland has plans for a park and a gaming-themed sculpture.
- If you attend an Indians game or are in the area, Stonetown might be a good stop to get your fill on drinks and food.
- This is a great way to dismantle someone trying to troll your team!