Never Too Early: 2014 Illinois Preview

Written July 27th, 2014 by Patrick

Who Has Two Thumbs And Is On The Coaching Hot Seat?

When the schedule came out and Buckeyes fans saw the Illinois game at night, there was a collective gasp as memories of 2007 came back to their minds. Thankfully Ron Zook and Juice Williams won’t be making the trip this time. The Bucks will be playing their 4th B1G contest of the season as the Fighting Illini will be battling a B1G opponent for the 5th time when the arrive in Columbus.

The third year has usually been the charm for Illinois head coaches. Mike White, John Mackovic, Lou Tepper, Ron Turner and Ron Zook all reached bowls in their third seasons. Now, it’s Tim Beckman’s turn to try to keep the streak going. While the school hasn’t issued an ultimatum, a bowl bid would help secure Beckman’s future.

Gone is his do everything Nathan Scheelhaase; Buckeyes fans remember last season when Scheelhaase single handedly kept Illinois in the game with 2 passing touchdowns and 1 on the ground as OSU won the battle for the IlliBuck 60-35.

Second-year offensive coordinator Bill Cubit wasn’t ready to name a starting quarterback in the spring. He wanted to watch the three challengers compete, but it was clear to those who watched the battle that there wasn’t much of one. Barring injury before the opener against Youngstown State, Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt gets the call. There are big hopes at Illinois for Lunt. He has a rocket arm and a quick release. The coaches also rave about his decision-making.

Lunt will rely plenty on running back Josh Ferguson. The dual-threat back led the team in rushing with 779 yards, averaging a robust 5.5 per carry. He was also second on the team in catches.

By far, receiver was the biggest area of concern for the offensive coaches going into the spring. They have to replace three key departed players. Geronimo Allison, Martize Barr, Justin Hardee and Mike Dudek all pushed for playing time with solid results. Jon Davis and Matt LaCosse are threats at tight end.

With four starters back, the coaches are hoping the offensive line will be a strength. Guard Michael Heitz enters his fourth year as a starter. Tackle Austin Schmidt could turn into a star. Read More

Josh Moore And Joshua Alabi Are Buckeyes!!!

Written July 26th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Sorry to be a bit late on this… we wanted to let the other big news of the weekend stay at the top of our discussion.

Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp and recruiting event concluded this weekend with at least three positives for fans of the Scarlet and Gray.

Josh Moore

On Saturday, top quarterback recruit Torrance Gibson named the Buckeyes his top school after his weekend in Columbus; although there’s a long way to go between now and February for his services.

However, that late news should not take away from the earlier fireworks, as the Buckeyes went “Boom” for a pair of 2015 commitments, starting with Olathe Kansas’ Josh Moore, a tight end candidate that many experts had staying west of the Mississippi River for his college campaign.

The thirteenth member of the Elite 15 class is a 6’5″, 250 pound young man with solid hands and footwork who was targeted by Florida State, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Auburn, and may find himself on the Reid Fragel plan and transitioned to offensive tackle by the end of his time in Columbus.

In addition to his on-field skill set, Moore also brings an amazing story of recovery and resilience to Ohio State; as if I needed reason to cheer for him, I can’t help but want him to succeed after hearing about his battle with cancer years ago. Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Rowland provides a great overview of this young man’s life.

After the jump you can check out why Mr. Moore is ranked as the 22nd tight end candidate in the country. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Gets Matta Dorky

Written July 24th, 2014 by Joe Dexter

Hello and happy Thursday! We might be a day late and a dollar short with this week’s Silver Bullet Points, but we are here! There are a lot of questions heading into August about what the Buckeyes can do on the gridiron. 14 coffee cups in this Thursday afternoon and I’ve come up with the only answer that matters.

Beat Michigan. 

Oh man — it’s amazing how much better I feel… Let’s get things started with today’s soundtrack, because everybody needs a little G-L-O-R-I-A in their life

Buckeye 411

  • The Quotable Urb - The Mothership says that Urban Meyer is one of the most quotable coaches in the B1g. Not very hard to do. He’ll be quoted heavy at the upcoming B1G media days. The only thing Brady Hoke will be hitting heavy is the fresh stalls and the Donut line.
  • Kicking it off – You know how we know it’s still the off-season? Doug Lesmerises is talking special teams vs. special teams in his Buckeyes vs. Spartans series. He also has touched on the two defenses and much more .
  • DB/LB Problems – Jack Jorgensen at Scarlet and Game wonders if the Buckeyes will have an issue at defensive back. It will be tough replacing Bradley Roby, but if there is one position that is young that I don’t worry about, it’s the defensive backfield. Jorgensen also believes the linebacking corps might be under pressure to put up big numbers in 2014.
  • Let it flow Matta – Doug Lesmerises is focusing on football this week but had a great profile of Thad Matta — who admittedly wrote a flowchart in the 90s of how to get to Rick Pitino. Only in true Matta fashion would that happen.
  • OSU must land a Star — Bleacher Report’s Ben Axelrod says that the Buckeyes need to land a star quarterback for 2015. As a recruiting nitwit, I’ll turn things over to Mr. Doty here at tBBC to discuss whether or not this is true. My gut though wants me to tell you to calm down though Ben. This is Ohio State University we’re talking about.
  • Speaking of Recruiting… LGHL’s Brett Favachio updates us on OT James Daniels and all the latest recruiting news.  Including talks about five star QB Torrance Gibson.
  • TBDUNIITL – That’s right. Starting new acronyms here at tBBC. LGHL’s Andrew Lind shared why he voted Ohio State’s uniforms as the best in the B1G and shares thoughts on his other votes.
  • The Year of Bosa – That’s what this season has been donned by Eleven Warriors’ Patrick Maks — who highlights the very talented defensive lineman.
  • A 29% chance – of rain? of meatballs? How about a 29% chance that TTUN fields a quarterback that can actually throw? Nope. That’s too high of odds. Vegas says that Ohio State has a 29% chance of going undefeated next season.
  • Victory. Here’s the latest from the Best Damn Graphics Man in the land. Sammy Silverman.

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From Columbus To Hollywood: Maurice Hall

Written July 19th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Every now and again, we get an interesting story at tBBC headquarters.

Mr. Hall

Really? Yellow sweater and blue shirt, Mr. Hall?

That was especially true this week, when the team representing Maurice Hall reached out to us to let us know about his new endeavor as well as ways that fans of his work on and off the field could get involved.

Buckeye fans will remember many aspects of Maurice’s Ohio State career, but no moment stands out more than this important fourth quarter opportunity in 2002.

Maurice is no stranger to us here- we’ve been blessed to have chatted with him on a very early edition of The Radio Hour podcast, and have interacted with him on numerous occasions about his experiences in the entertainment industry.  West Coast Buckeyes have to stick together.

His latest project is pretty expansive, and takes advantage of the new business model that we’re seeing in Hollywood.  Formerly, a solid idea or script might languish on the desks of studio heads, waiting for someone to take a chance on a young director or different story.

However recent independent films have found success being funded both by those directly involved and by crowdsourcing the expenses.  But investors and partners are also finding that it’s not just an opportunity to help a new talent out- there are often great “perks” for donors.  You might remember that our friend Mekka Don used this method to release his latest album as well.

After the jump, check out the press release about Maurice’s plan and project, as well as learn how you might be able to win some choice NFL tickets. Read More

Never Too Early: 2014 Penn State Preview

Written July 18th, 2014 by Patrick

Hello, New Guy!

Week 9 of the college football season finds the Buckeyes back on the road and traveling for the second time in the young B1G schedule as they travel east to take on Penn State. Penn State is in its first season under new head coach James Franklin and is coming off a bye week as they prepare to take on Ohio State at home, at night. Unlike the Buckeyes, PSU will have 3 conference games (Rutgers, Northwestern, and TTUN) under their belt when the Bucks come a calling.

The worst is over for Penn State when it comes to NCAA sanctions and new head coach James Franklin comes in after a very successful run in the SEC while coaching at Vanderbilt, and takes over for Bill O’Brien after he jumped ship for the NFL.

Franklin has the luxury of inheriting what may be the best passing QB in the B1G in Christian Hackenberg. What he and Hack both won’t have is their all everything WR Allen Robinson who left early for the riches of the NFL after the ’13/’14 season.

Two All-Big Ten blockers in guard John Urschel and center Ty Howle have also moved on as well as tackle Adam Gress (nine starts). With an elite quarterback and a trio of excellent running backs — Bill Belton, Zach Zwinak, Akeel Lynch — protecting his offensive assets becomes a huge focus for Franklin and the Nittany Lions.

Offensive line coach Herb Hand is one of the most dynamic personalities the SEC had a year ago and now his first job is to rebuild the Lions’ front five. Left tackle Donovan Smith is a great place to start and Miles Dieffenbach has begun to live up to the recruiting hype. Still, other names need to step into bigger roles. Stabilizing the line is imperative if Penn State wants to move the ball on the ground and keep its star signal-caller upright. Read More

tBBC Roundtable: Previewing Ohio State Football

Written July 17th, 2014 by MDotySr
Buckeye Chatter!!!!

Buckeye Chatter!!!!

It’s almost that time of year with only 44 days until The Ohio State Buckeyes play the Naval Academy in Baltimore.

As I sat and thought about it, I realized it would be a good time to get some opinions from the fans of Ohio State and our staff here at The Buckeye Battle Cry.

I look forward to the comments on the site and the discussion that follows. These articles are some of my favorites as it gets as many Buckeye fans involved that want to be!!!

So without holding the process up any longer I think we need to hear from the Best Damn Fans in the Land!!

Here are the questions I posed to the fans and staff:

Who do you think will be the starting cornerbacks for the Buckeyes when the season starts? Mid –Season?

Ken – Doran Grant and Armani Reeves will be opening day starters. As mid-season starters? I have no idea. There is some impressive talent (Apple, Conley, Lattimore, and Webb) but they are inexperienced. I see the variables as; the play of Grant/Reeves, the development of “youngsters and injuries. Let’s talk the week of the Penn State game.

Jason – Doran Grant and Eli Apple. I’ll say the same two at mid-season. As for why, Grant I think is obviously pretty talented. Apple I’m kind of hoping.

@GrChZeboI think Doran Grant and Gareon Conley will be the starting CBs to start and end the season (barring injury). Grant is an obvious choice and I think Conley will better fit the mold of the “new” defense that Coach Ash is looking to install. He’s long and very athletic and I think that’s going to tip things in his favor.

Mali – Grant and Apple, and I have no idea about a mid-season change. I’m hoping that any transition at the position is due to excellence and not due to craptastic play and/or injury.

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See ya, Miami!

See ya, Miami!

On July 8th, 2010, LeBron James went on national television and announced that he was leaving Cleveland to “take his talents” to South Beach and play for the Miami Heat. Hearts all over Ohio, especially in North Eastern Ohio, and most especially mine, were ripped out and crushed.

A lot has happened in the four years since “The Decision”. LeBron James has gone on to four straight NBA Finals appearances, winning two. The Cavaliers fell to the lowest of lows obtaining four straight top four lottery picks including three number one overall.

But maybe most importantly in those four years, everybody grew up and got a little wiser. All the parties involved in the horrible day that was 7/8/10 that was to culminate at the Boys and Girls Club in Camden, New Jersey live on ESPN and sent shock waves through Cleveland realized just how much they needed the other.  Read More

Silver Bullet Points Tips Its Cap

Written July 16th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Happy “Archie Days Until Football!“, people.  Oh, and please notice that I spelled that with two “Os” and not a “U”, just the way St. Woody would have demanded.  Look, Imma let you finish Germany, but College Football is the greatest game of all time

Sorry Jeter, This Is My Favorite #2 Jersey

Ahem. Here’s your Wednesday morning soundtrack. Looking forward to Block O and TBDBITL bringing this to The ‘Shoe

Buckeye 411

  • Team Dissension? Did you hear about the all out conflict that the wide receivers and linebackers had within their position groups? Certainly brings a new update on the “shotgun” and “pistol” formations.
  • Watching The Watchmen- More “Watchlist” updates this week- Devin Smith has been named to the Bilitnikoff Award list for the nation’s top receiver, while Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa add the Lombardi award to their end of season possibilities.  Interestingly enough Curtis Grant was named to the Butkus List, which must focus on his senior status at Linebacker U.  To be fair, I’d love to see him excel and win the thing… the timing, though, just seems odd. Update: On Wednesday Morning, Braxton was named to the Davey O’Brien watchlist for the nation’s best QB; he was a finalist in 2013.
  • Paid Forward- The American Football Coaches Association also named Michael Bennett to the Good Works team for his work with Columbus area charities. Making the great state of Ohio proud, son.
  • Getting Crafty! Living on the West Coast, my cable company will often show Laker D-League games; so it was great to watch LaQuinton Ross and Aaron Craft go at it when the Warriors and Lakers squared off.  Q’s time was unremarkable, but Craft stood out both statistically and to the coaching staff. AC4 with the Warriors would be fun, if only because I love watching their current point guard run the show as well.
  • SNAPPER- Rigged or no, the Dude Perfect team is pretty well known for their trick shot videos… and the latest one includes current Rams and former Buckeye (as well as friend of tBBC) Jake McQuaide.  I’m sure he called “Bank”.
  • Dip Jar Not Available- Love the auction based “reality shows”? Well, here’s your chance to get that fix for yourself, courtesy of a Buckeye player and coaching legend, as well as a Super Bowl Champion. When the Vrabel’s moved to Florida, they left some things behind and now those can be yours! (Dibs on the Ohio State varsity jacket)
  • Wanna’ Go Back? Gotta’ Go Back? For those of us who live across the country and can’t get to Columbus on the regular, this panoramic tour of the campus is a quick way to get our fix. I really hope they update it throughout the year; autumn leaves, gameday, Mirror Lake jump would all be spectacular.
  • Getting Closer- While you’re in the office working on TPS reports or at home watching your stories, the Buckeyes are working, as evidenced by Sammy Silverman’s latest:

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