What a frustrating afternoon. What a freaking disappointment. I did NOT see this coming at all.
First of all, I have to hand it to Terrelle Pryor, Jim Tressel, and the rest of the Ohio State Buckeyes. We got outcoached and outplayed today, plain and simple. Pryor and the Buckeye offense executed Tressel's gameplan to perfection, and the defense was too much for us to handle. Ohio State was the better team on the field today. They played their best football of the year on the right day.
Obviously, I'm disappointed in Oregon's performance. We didn't have an answer for Pryor's arm (which I would have never believed before the game if you told me) nor the Buckeye defense. We didn't match up. Our O-Line was absolutely dominated. You'd have a tough time telling me that there's a better defensive line in the country than Ohio State's. Worthington and Heyward dominated. Masoli had NO time in the pocket and LaMichael James had very little opportunites to make something happen.
It was one of the most frustrating performances that I have witnessed. Ohio State brought their A+ game, and we didn't. Consequently, we got hit in the mouth and dropped.
So, to sum it up-
Ohio State had a better gameplan.
Ohio State's defense dominated Oregon's offense.
Oregon didn't have much of an answer for Ohio State's passing game.
Oregon couldn't make sufficient halftime adjustments to give themselves an edge.
So...What does this mean for next season?
If we came out and dominated or even solidly defeated tOSU, we'd be looking forward to a top 5 national preseason ranking for the 2010 season, with possible National Championship expectations.
Not so fast my friend.
Don't get me wrong, next year could be a very special season. Of course it could be. All but 4 players from the 2-deep returning from a team that had a Pac-10 Championship campaign this year. That's the makings of something special, but I just don't know if I could see us matching up with another defense like this. The 2nd game of the year in Knoxville will show us a lot, but as of right now, I wouldn't be confident in a game against another stingy defense like this. Kelly is going to have his work cut out for him this offseason...the O-Line needs serious help, and we won't match up against a Tennessee, an Ohio State, an Alabama, or a team like that unless that happens.
Well, congrats to the Buckeyes.
But above all....
Praise Juju and GO DUCKS!