Ladies and gentleman, it is one month away. We are one short month away from August 30, 2014 and the football season opener in Baltimore against Navy. Are you starting to get that weird feeling in your stomach? Are you starting to get that “Christmas morning” excitement adding a little pep to your step? Me too.
Where we left off
When we last saw our fearless heroes in action, they were chasing Sammy Watkins all over the Orange Bowl in what ended up being a 40-35 loss to the Clemson Tigers. I said it then and my mind hasn’t changed: I don’t want to hear about skill positions and injuries, Ohio State should never lose to Clemson. In anything. Read More
Well hello there! I take off for a week into the wilderness and come back to find that a) Dexter went Lizard King on me and b) Charles broke the site with his excellent coverage of the Waters situation (more later). It’s good to be needed, ya heard?
Seriously, thanks for your patience as we’ve been updating our server and so forth. I especially want to apologize to those band members who were kind enough to let us publish their stories… you deserved better than having us offline as much as we’ve been. At any rate, I think we’ve got a good handle on things now and ideas for a strong future as well… I think we’ve got the problems derezzed.
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
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.
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
Every now and again, we get an interesting story at tBBC headquarters.
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
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
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.
@GrChZebo – I 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.
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!
Ahem. Here’s your Wednesday morning soundtrack. Looking forward to Block O and TBDBITL bringing this to The ‘Shoe