Well, that was quick

So the Buckeyes’ national championship hopes are over with last night’s loss to Penn State. Oddly, I feel like it’s time for a post mortem…and they’re only 3-2!! The verdict? Jim Tressel probably deserves the blame for this 3-2 start, the consequence of being out of national title contention, and it all starts at QB.

It isn’t QB Troy Smith’s fault that he stinks. Smith’s performance last night versus Penn State alternated between average and outright terrible. The kid is not a passer, period. He’s an option QB, and not a very good one at that. For some reason, Tressel put all his eggs in Troy Smith’s basket, despite the plain truth that the offense’s most precise and dominating performance of the season was with Justin Zwick at QB against Miami (OH).

The loss to Texas will be the perfect microcosm of this season. You knew it while you were watching it. The moronic QB carousel, the strange commitment to an inferior passer when your team’s best weapons are at wideout. The Penn State game is merely the full manifestation of a flawed theory, Tressel alternating between dropping Smith back to pass and running the option, as if he can’t even decide how to use Smith after he’s decided to use him in the first place.

It’s really a shame, because this team is talented. They should be national title contenders, but they aren’t, because of the terrible management and execution of the most important position on the field.

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