Picking up the pieces...
I gave props to USC (and voiced my disgust at OSU) in the OSU/USC thread, and this is something else entirely. If you're OSU, now what? You enter each season with the expectation of NC game, and now that that possibility is all but eliminated, what now?
The team needs a shot in the arm. There is only one way to do that: Turn the team over to Pryor. He's probably only going to be there two years, so why not ride on his back now? He was the only player on the offense that produced Saturday, and he's clearly got the skills. Throw out the Todd Boeckman playbook (and that means throw out Todd Boeckman as well...), bring back the spread they ran under Smith, and fire those offense weapons up. Hartline claimed the WR's were running open all night but the D had so much pressure there was no chance to throw the ball around. Well, with Pryor, spread 'em out and make 'em pay if they blitz 6.
If the offense gets invigorated again, it should get the defense motivated to play, and maybe the team builds some momentum and who knows how far they can go this year? Point is, this years dream is already gone. Why not start shooting for next year?
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