And The Chase Continues…
- Sparty in his Sights-Urban Meyer was very business like in his weekly press conference on Monday. Not wanting to give a flea’s breath of a doubt that his team was focused only on the Big Ten Championship Game ahead, Meyer brushed aside any questions regarding Auburn, the BCS or a possible national title
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- Balancing Act- Both Urban Meyer and Tom Herman were asked about concerns with the offense being unbalanced at times. Both coaches mentioned in their own ways that it was not particularly a concern and against certain teams certain offenses work better. I think if we can get that nit picky about a balanced offense when our receivers, quarterback and running backs are efficient when called up on, the Buckeyes must have a pretty balanced offense in the stable.
- Spartan Reserve- Michigan State will certainly be the toughest defense Ohio State has faced all year. From Urban Meyer and Tom Hermans description of the Spartan scheme it sound like they are a disciplined and talented bunch that is very proficient in disguising coverages. This may be a game where Meyer and Herman just throw off the gloves, say I don’t care what your throw at us, just try and stop it.
- Tricks Are For Kids- This Ohio State pass defense has resurfaced as a problem as of late. As a fan, it is maddening to see what offenses are doing against a talented, albeit, misguided bunch. Michigan State is notorious for trickery, trickeration and all manner of trickstering. That being said, it will take all of the discipline the Buckeye secondary can muster to stop all the tom foolery and blatant wide open receivers that have been allowed to roam free in their zone!
- For Crying in the Sunshine- Can a sister get an Amen for some pressure on the quarterback? This rushing three business really grinds my gears when clearly the linebackers have been served most useful in getting to the quarterback when the scheme allows. Get it together Fickell. I love ya buddy but the lack of pressure on Devan Gardener last weekend during one of the most EPIC Buckeye vs. UM games of all times was nothing short of underwhelming.
- Trophy Time- All Conference teams named on Monday, and to no surprise Ohio State was well represented. Braxton, Carlos, Philly, Mewhort, Lindsley, Norwell were honored for the offense as first or second teamers, while Shazier, Spence, Roby, and Bennett got the nod for the Defense.
- Yeah, But- Michigan’s Lewan was awarded the Offensive Lineman of the Year over Jack Mewhort, while Ryan Shazier lost the B1G Linebacker trophy to Wisconsin’s Borland. I guess we’ll see what the NFL has to say about that…
Stay And Play- The B1G announced on Monday that there would be no further suspensions resulting from Saturday’s second quarter fight, and that Marcus Hall/Dontre Wilson would be able to play against Sparty on Saturday. While not surprised by that decision, since it’s consistent with the NCAA’s guidelines, I was shocked by this tidbit from the conference:
Additionally, the Conference reviewed video of the incident that took place during the second quarter of the game and has concluded that the officials managed the situation properly and ejected the correct players for their actions.
Hall and Wilson should have absolutely been ejected, but only one Wolverine? And to say that the officials handled it correctly? Yeah… about that.
- BCS Alphabet-As a fan I have the luxury of being able to look ahead. I have the luxury of being excited that Auburn won in the most bazaar magical fashion imaginable last Saturday. I also have the luxury of listening to what the talking heads had to say after Saturday’s college football events. Ok, so maybe it doesn’t feel so luxurious to listen to the venom Mark May spews to earn cheap ratings or to endure Todd Blackledge go on about Michigan during the rivalry game. BUT as a fan it is not my job to motivate the Buckeyes. It is not my job to ensure that they are focused on Michigan State this week. It’s not my job to ensure they are not posting inappropriate messages on social media or even acting out during a rivalry game. I’ll leave that to the experts. However, I can be upset when I hear talk about Auburn jumping Ohio State in the polls possibly to receive they nod if both teams win their championship games. I am allowed to be upset when I hear Auburn’s athletic director call for an outrage that Auburn was cheated in the BCS polls. The good news is, it is all out of my control. As a fan, all I can do is support my team and defend them to all takers from all conferences. Urban Meyer and the Buckeye Football team is responsible for their own destiny at this point. Forget the win streak, forget that both Carlos and Miller will be over 1000 yard rushers, forget the Heisman or champion grades or senior day. This one Big Ten championship game is a game of destiny for the Buckeyes and their chance to punch their own ticket to the promised land.