Dotted 'i's' have it: Much more talent than NU

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It doesn't take a football genius to see that there's a talent gap between Ohio State and Northwestern.

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Aveneer

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#1
Nov 9, 2008
 
Yeah, and the fact that NU's starting QB, starting RB and backup RB were injured...
Buckeye Ted

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#2
Nov 9, 2008
 
Good article & game summary. Coach Fitz is awesome but talent gap is like night & day.
Bucks Fan in VA

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#3
Nov 9, 2008
 
I like what NW is doing under Coach Fitz. I wish OSU could take some of that offensive imagination to go with the much better physical talent. I have a lot of respect for NW...they are never going to get the talent that PSU, OSU or Mich (normally) has, but they fight hard and they use the skills they have to make life difficult. I wa surprised at the score yesterday...though it would've been closer, but that happens sometimes...good luck the rest of the year Wildcat fans!
Kokopelli Buckeye

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Nov 9, 2008
 
Aveneer wrote:
Yeah, and the fact that NU's starting QB, starting RB and backup RB were injured...
...would mean NW has the exact same defense on the field. Maybe NW scores a bit more, but the outcome is the same.

By the way, our QB yesterday was the backup earlier in the year, our second leading receiver didn't play, and so on. Don't make the "if we were healthy" excuses unless you're ready to allow Ohio State the same excuse against USC (in that game our then-heisman-candidate RB was still out with an injury, and our now-starting QB didn't play).
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Nov 9, 2008
 
Kokopelli Buckeye wrote:
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...would mean NW has the exact same defense on the field. Maybe NW scores a bit more, but the outcome is the same.
By the way, our QB yesterday was the backup earlier in the year, our second leading receiver didn't play, and so on. Don't make the "if we were healthy" excuses unless you're ready to allow Ohio State the same excuse against USC (in that game our then-heisman-candidate RB was still out with an injury, and our now-starting QB didn't play).
Agree. Northwestern's offenses have always been the most imaginative in the conference to compensate for the overall talent differential. Wish OSU would study their game tapes for ideas.
bucknuts

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#6
Nov 9, 2008
 
finally, a columnist who gets the 4th quarter. a 3-touchdown lead with 8 minutes to go isn't "safe", our new quarterback needs the playing time, and if you don't like it you should tackle someone. then we put our second-stringers in and they play hard like they're supposed to...and we're running up the score? please. andre ware has the softest brain in the business. better that Herron get some reps at RB than to waste good game time taking a knee. if NU doesn't want to tackle him, they get to live with the score. but andre ware wants to tell the second string not to play hard. isn't that more insulting to a defense?
marty

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#7
Nov 10, 2008
 
Too harsh, Ohio State has been drubbing the majority of the big ten for a long time. They have been in the National championship picture it seems every year. No shame for the Cats, they needed to play perfectly with a third string tailback and a second string QB. Instead it was Pryor who played perfectly looking like the love child of Harry Houdini and Vince Young's mother.

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