tBBC Postgame Show: Wisconsin

Written October 30th, 2011 by Eric

Eric, Joe, and Michael from Our Honor Defend join up to discuss the excellent Ohio State win over the Wisconsin Badgers. In particular they discuss the game planning and overall play of the team, especially in the waning seconds of the game. They contemplate if this win was enough of a signature victory for Luke Fickell to keep his job, and ponder what should happen with Jim Bollman. They also talk about the future of the conference race and try to divine which teams are most likely to make the first ever B1G Championship Game.

All this and more on this week’s Postgame Show!


  1. KenNo Gravatar
    October 31st, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Eric, another fine recap, then some. Obviously, a couple comments.

    What a pleasant surprise Brax is becoming. He is definitely in control of our offense (more comments, below) and is growing up before our very eyes. He seems for “efficient” with his scrambling; rather than dodging back & forth to slip by defenders for perhaps a minimal gain/loss, when he breaks the passing play, he turns it into something positive. At this point, as long as he is getting his throws on-target, I’m not making too much of his lack of spirals. Joe Kapp did pretty well and his passes were more end-over-end than anyone’s.

    I was really pleased with defense; Hankins and Simon are pretty much unblockable, ggod to see AB step into mix. I thought the linebackers played much better this week. Secondary, due to inexperience, will have some coverage “uh-oh’s”, but I love their aggrssiveness.

    Now to coaching; Fickell has (with a win again TSUN) a legitimate look as HC. As the young team is growing together, the young HC is growing into his role. Regarding Bollman, absolutely no f*cking way this guy comes back. I’ll point my comments to the commentary about our (lack of) screen passes. Sorry Eric, there is no way that the position coaches could have failed in “coaching up” their charges on how to run a screen pass. I QB’s (as have thousands of others) a pretty half-assed small school high school team, and we could run a competent screen play.

    And, when we were knocking on goal line, why wasn’t Carlos Hyde in the game? He’s the power back for exactly thise situation, and has certainly proved his worth this year. For him not to get in the game is inexcusable. Continuing with RB’s; move JHall to slot receiver. He is interchangable with Boom, but not as good; I’d rather have Boom at RB and JHall can make significant contributions at receiver position.

    Moving on to Big 10 championship game; I see Nebraska and OSU ( I know, I know). Although Penn State has a great defense, the Nebrasky boys were awarded their Blackshirts yesterday, so they seem to be on the ascendancy. Look to Nebraska-OSU rematch in The Game, and best of luck to Mali.


    EricNo Gravatar
    October 31st, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks Ken! Lots of great thoughts.

    Your points about Carlos Hyde are particularly poignant. Hyde has proven himself to be a tough runner up the middle, and it’s almost inexcusable to not be using him close to the goal line.

    I love Jordan Hall, but I don’t think he’s the best #2 back – I think that distinction goes to Hyde. I would like to see Hall swing out more, maybe be used as a screen option – if we can ever freaking teach it to the guys – rather than as a change-of-pace back.


    KenNo Gravatar
    October 31st, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Very good point about the swing pass option utilizing JHall, I’d forgotten about that. Boy, anything to get the ball to Hall in space would be a great benefit to us. Again, nice job with the post-game discussion.


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