One Fan’s Opinion: Past And Future

Written January 27th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s some great perspective from our other Bowl Challenge Winner…. Take it away, Troy!

I would first of all like to thank Mali and the BBC staff for giving me this opportunity to take up 10 minutes of your life and let my Ohio State favoritism corrupt all of you. I still can’t believe that I lost to the 7 year old in the tBBC CFB Bowl Challenge. I give him credit though; it’s definitely not easy. But let’s get into it….

Not The Plan

Due to everybody’s surprise, Ohio State didn’t have the year that we all thought they would have had. Especially with an offense coming in as arguable one of the best in the country from both an O-line and playmaker standpoint. Yeah, the defense had a lot of question marks on it but it was well understood that with Urban Meyer’s track record, the defense was going to become championship caliber soon enough. Meyer never won a championship without his defense/ special teams being one of the best in the country. If you look back to the two national titles, you’ll see some of the best defenses in the country at the time.

But Ohio State’s inability to sure up that secondary issue that lingered all year (It started with Roby playing bad and then Christian Bryant’s season ending injury, along with a couple other injuries/ illnesses that came bowl season) and Tom Herman not feeding Hyde in crunch time were both ultimately the end of Ohio State’s “Chase.” Which I don’t really want to get started on the not feeding Hyde in crunch time part because it still sickens me to this day when I think about it… You are up by 7 early in the 4th Quarter in the B1G Ship and you have a guy who’s average almost 8 yards per carry on the season and you decide to put all of your chips on Braxton’s passing ability against a very good secondary? But as we all know, we can’t dwell on the past and must look forward to 2014, which I might add brings a very good recruiting class (In the Top 5 in every credible recruiting source, notice how ESecPN isn’t in there). But what else is new with UFM at the helm?

So now with both Hyde, one of the best running backs in the country, and that oh so dominating offensive line leaving, us buckeye fans are at a period of questioning in our football team. You along with many outsiders feel that Ohio State won’t have nearly as good of a team as they did last year. And with last year being THE year to win it all if it was going to be any year, right? I mean there’s no possible way that even a young stud like EZE and the rest of the stable will be able to replace Hyde’s play-making ability just like there’s no possible way Ed Warriner will be able to produce an offensive line anywhere close to what Ohio State fielded last year.

Well, I’m here to tell you all that the 2014 Buckeyes will be a better team than what we just saw this past college football season. Read More

Graphic Content: Orange Bowl

Written January 2nd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Just in time for tomorrow’s game, Kevin Dearth hit our inbox with something to help distract you at work on Friday:

OrangeBowl

You Are Not Entertained: B1G Championship

Written December 10th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Sparty shocked Buckeye Nation by sending the Buckeyes to the Orange Bowl.  Let’s see what they did to our wishes:

Ken

  1. Offense – Mistake-free (turnovers/penalties) game. MSU brings as good a defense as you’ll find; points will be hard to come by.  No turnovers but 5 penalties for 62 yards.
  2. Offense (again) - An efficient passing day from Brax & his receivers. If OSU is forced to go one dimensional against MSU, trouble looms.  8 for 23 iis hardly efficient.
  3. Defense – Please, no missed tackles.  Too many for the offense to overcome this time!
  4. Defense (again) -  Pressure MSU’s QB; sacks, hits, pressure, I don’t care, just get to him.  Only 2 sacks.
  5. No injuries  You and the injury request!
  6. A WIN!  Sorry Ken……not on this day!
Scott
  1. A win  Sorry Scott…….getting Oranges instead of Roses this New Year’s!
  2. No turnovers – Don’t help them.  They accomplished this!
  3. Solid defense - Spartan offense is inconsistent. Good defense will be sufficient.  No where close to solid and it cost the Buckeyes big this time!
WvaBuckeye
  1. CARLOS CARLOS CARLOS - I know I know. I’m a broken record but is anybody really paying attention to what he’s doing in an abbreviated season? This is HIS team. He’s taken it. Let him and the line prove it against the best rushing D. 100+ a game continues.  Carlos had 118 but he can’t play defense too!
  2. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS??? It’s not high powered but the D cannot make their QB better than he is. I want to see a swarming D like we saw Saturday for a short while.  This defense surely can’t win championships!
  3. OFFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!  This offense is obliterating the records of the former best two from ’98 and ’95 and needs to expose the lack of talent on the Sparty D. Might have to actually go away from the power running game up the gut to do so. That’s where Sparty is VERY good.  The offense had to on this day but came up a little short!
  4. SPECIAL TEAMS - They’ve been quiet for a few weeks save for the leg of the Aussie punter. Need a huge play by someone. Jordan Hall is due.  Nothing special on this day! Read More

Silver Bullet Points Goes Trophy Hunting

Written December 5th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

We’re in uncharted waters here… it’s really an odd feeling to have a game after THE GAME. If you’re heading to the game, be sure to check out a great blues bar downtown… these guys are playing this weekend!

Trophy… bullet… either way

Buckeye 411

  • Meaningful Awards- Clair gave you the lowdown on the All Conference awards on Tuesday morning; later that afternoon, the Offensive, Defensive, Freshman, and Coach of the Year accolades were handed out.  Braxton repeated as the Offensive Player of the year, while Shazier was snubbed for Defensive POTY to Wisconsin’s Borland. The annual “Exceeded Expectations” award for Coach of the Year went to Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio. I actually don’t disagree with this, and am happy for ‘Dino, but am wondering if a Buckeye Coach will ever win this award- Cooper didn’t, Tressel didn’t, and now Meyer hasn’t after two undefeated seasons.
  • Got You Covered- Hey, if you happen to see a copy of this week’s Sports Illustrated at the store, can you pick one up for me? It’s Braxton’s third cover, and even it’s a regional one, it’s still pretty awesome (note: I retract that comment if the SI Jinx bites OSU on Saturday). Best part of the cover, as the guys at Eleven Warriors pointed out- Braxton is wearing his gold pants in The Game.  Like a Boss.
  • Got You Covered, Part Two- If you’re headed to Indy, here’s what’s waiting for you for what I’m sure will be a fair price. tBBC’s Patrick will be on scene covering the festivities, and our friend Janelle will be there as a part of her internship as well. Stay tuned!
  • It Ain’t Braggin’- Speaking of the B1GCG, the matchup with Michigan State is going to be spectacular, and the Spartans are ready for it. I’ve joked with friends that one of the things that worries me about this is that OSU has been preparing all season to win a national title while MSU has been focused specifically on beating Buckeyes. You can hear some of that in quotes from the defensive backs, calling for a “no fly zone” and saying that any ball in the air belongs to them. Connor Cook also mentioned on Monday that watching the Michigan games made him excited to play the Buckeyes, and that he’d be “licking his chops” at thinking about going against the tarnished Silver Bullets.  This season, the Spartans have certainly backed it up with excellent play on the field… like I said, this is going to be a spectacular matchup.
  • Not Convinced? Just watch this: Read More

Poll Position: Championship Week

Written December 3rd, 2013 by Patrick

Alabama’s run at the top of tBBC’s top ten was short lived. A missed field goal that was promptly returned 100 (officially) yards basically ended Bama’s hopes of a 3rd straight national title.

We’re Number Two!!

Ohio State survived a failed 2 point conversion attempt by TTUN to win their regular season finale and FSU beat and battered a Florida team who lost to Georgia Southern the week before.

Pos. Team (1st Votes) LW
1 Florida State (7) 2
2 Ohio State (3) 3
3 Auburn 4
4 Alabama 1
5 Missouri 5
6 Oklahoma State 7
7 Michigan State 8
8 Clemson 6
9 Baylor NR
10 South Carolina 10

Dropped Out – Wisconsin

That brings us to championship week. Three games will essentially decide who will play for the crystal ball.

The biggest one of all will be the 3rd annual B1G championship game in Indianapolis. For the first time in its short history, the game is a sell out and will match the 2nd ranked Buckeyes vs the 10th ranked Spartans of Michigan State. If the Buckeyes win, they should be playing for all the marbles. That game is at 8pm eastern time.

At 4pm, the SEC championship will be decided in Atlanta between Auburn and Missouri. If Auburn can win, they will no doubt sit back and watch the B1G champ game with baited breath.

Down in Charlotte, NC, the Duke Blue Devils will attempt to finish their Cinderella season with a monumental upset of the number 1 ranked Seminoles of Florida State.

Other games of interest: Oklahoma travels to Oklahoma State for Bedlam, Texas travels to Baylor and Stanford will travel to Arizona State to battle for the PAC 12 championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Stop back next week and see who’ll be playing for the crystal ball in January.

Are You Not Entertained? The Game

Written December 2nd, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Well, TTUN threw all their best “punches” at the Buckeyes but still couldn’t put a blemish on the Buckeyes resume.  Let’s see if our wishes were able to roll with the “punches”!

Photo Courtesy of Josh Winslow

  1. Carlos Hyde - Needs 134 yards to reach the 1,200 yard mark. Do it.  226 yards definitely put him over the 1,200 yard mark!
  2. Defense - TTUN has been held to < 200 yards total offense 2 of last 3 games. Make it 3 of 4.  Not even close on this one since they allowed 603 yards!
  3. Takeaways - 2; Any combination of interception/fumble.  Just one….but it lead to 7 for the Bucks!
  4. No Injuries – No injuries but Marcus Hall and Dontre Wilson made early exits with their ejections. 
  5. A Win – Oh Yeay Baby!
Jason
  1. Silver Bullets - Crush their run game, make Gardner scared to take a snap, break their spirit.  152 yards rushing and 451 yards passing allowed is hardly breaking anyone’s spirits.
  2. El Guapo - Monster truck – That truck destroyed scUM all day!
  3. Points – And lots of them. Mercy is for the week. Time to put these people firmly in their place.  42 and they needed everyone of them!
  4. No Punts - Simple enough.  Sorry….3 punts in all!
  5. Take it to the House – Special teams or a defensive touchdown. I’d prefer one of each.  Neither one came through!
Charles
  1. A Fast Start - Take the crowd out of it early.  Not getting the lead until the second half is not what you had in mind for fast!
  2. Hit Gardner - He has taken lots of hits this season, continue that and make him worry about protecting himself.  May not of registered a lot of sacks but they definitely roughed him up!
  3. No Rushing Allowed - In losses to MSU and Nebraska M*ch*g*n was held to negative yards on the ground, let’s do that.  Again…152 yards!
  4. No Turnovers  Wrong again!
  5. No Injuries – Again…ejections but Pat Elflein stepped up BIG time!
  6. TBDBITL Being Amazing – Force the crowd to acknowledge that they got beat at halftime too.  Aren’t they always awesome?

What Do you Want to See on Saturday? The Game

Written November 29th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

This week is THE GAME and and the game we have all been waiting for.  I’m sure this article also has the wishes you have all been waiting for.  Let’s see ‘em guys and gal:

Ken

  1. Carlos Hyde - Needs 134 yards to reach the 1,200 yard mark. Do it.
  2. Defense - TTUN has been held to < 200 yards total offense 2 of last 3 games. Make it 3 of 4.
  3. Takeaways - 2; Any combination of interception/fumble.
  4. No Injuries
  5. A Win
Jason
  1. Silver Bullets - Crush their run game, make Gardner scared to take a snap, break their spirit.
  2. El Guapo - Monster truck
  3. Points – And lots of them. Mercy is for the week. Time to put these people firmly in their place.
  4. No Punts - Simple enough.
  5. Take it to the House – Special teams or a defensive touchdown. I’d prefer one of each.
Charles
  1. A Fast Start - Take the crowd out of it early.
  2. Hit Gardner - He has taken lots of hits this season, continue that and make him worry about protecting himself.
  3. No Rushing Allowed - In losses to MSU and Nebraska M*ch*g*n was held to negative yards on the ground, let’s do that.
  4. No Turnovers
  5. No Injuries
  6. TBDBITL Being Amazing – Force the crowd to acknowledge that they got beat at halftime too. Read More

Poll Position: Bama Back On Top

Written November 26th, 2013 by Patrick

Another week, another change at the top. Whether it’s legal troubles or the fact people realize FSU’s schedule isn’t all that great, Alabama has regained it’s spot atop tBBC top ten.

Pos. Team (1st Votes) LW
1 Alabama (5) 2
2 Florida State (4) 1
3 Ohio State (1) 3
4 Auburn 6
5 Missouri NR
6 Clemson 9
7 Oklahoma State 8
8 Michigan State 7
9 Wisconsin 10
10 South Carolina NR

Dropped out – Stanford, Baylor, Oregon

Huge games on the docket this week with major BCS national championship implications. On top of that “game” up there in TSUN, Alabama will travel to Auburn, FSU travels to the swamp to take on Florida, Clemson travels to South Carolina, and Johnny Football travels to the Zoo to take on Missouri.

Stop back after The Game and see all the movers and shakers in tBBC top ten.