by Beau Bishop
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1) Urban Meyer is a damn good football coach, if you’re interested in how good you’ll see over the next two weeks. Meyer has to walk the delicate tight rope between building his team to bullet-proof mode for next week in Norman and humble enough to not overlook Tulsa Saturday. As good as he is, I’d expect Saturday to be a slightly tougher than some are projecting.
2) J.T. Barrett will continue to stuff his stats. What we saw a week ago against Bowling Green should continue Saturday. Barrett is almost robotic in his approach to playing QB in this system, for the most part he simply does what the offense asks. I have been covering Urban Meyer coached teams going back to ’05, in that time no one has run Meyer’s offense better than Barrett.
3) The young defense will be tested this week in ways it was not last week. Tulsa is a true dual threat team that can make you pay for your weaknesses in run or pass defense. Saturday, I would expect them to have some success running the football. The loss of Dante Booker will be felt, it will be on Joe Burger and maybe even Cleveland native Jerome Baker to help fill that void.
4) I think Mike Weber and Parris Campbell are going to have big days. Weber is an easy one, he was over 100 in his debut last week and he will be counted on even more this week. Campbell, call it a hunch. The Ohio State coaches love what the former S.V.-S.M. standout brings to the table and after not getting involved much in week one, I believe they will make it a priority in week two.
1) If we do not learn from are mistakes we will only repeat them. Brian Kelly learned from his mistakes Sunday night in Austin and named DeShone Kizer his starter for the rest of the season. Wise move, that has the potential to propel the Irish right back into the playoff chase.
2) That was a helluva open, Michigan. Jordan, Jeter, Jumpmans everywhere! I still think UM is a little overvalued but clearly Harbaugh has them on the correct path back.
3) Best game of the weekend is going to be played at a race track. Bristol, the famed NASCAR bull ring will host Tennessee and Virginia Tech Saturday night. I will be curious to see what type of experience that is both on TV and in person. It could set the table for more non-traditional venues hosting big time games. ‘Bama vs. Bucks at Talladega, anyone!
4) Georgia plays Nichols on Saturday at noon. Two reasons to keep an eye on it: Early Heisman front runner Nick Chubb will pad some stats and true Freshman QB Jacob Eason will get his first start. He was the number one pro style QB in last years class, odds are the Browns will be looking for a QB in 2019 he will likely be the guy!