The Week That Were: 9.15.13

Written September 16th, 2013 by Scott

Where to start, where to start.

Alabama got revenge, Michigan almost got upset by Akron, Texas still can’t play defense and Nebraska, well, Bo Pelini better have his resume updated.

But we must start with the odd finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The Sun Devils led 32-30 in the waning moments. The Badgers had executed the 2-minute drive to near perfection and were in position to attempt a game-winning field goal.

Yawn, yawn. Sounds like a typical game. OK, here’s where it got weird.

Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave did something that resembled a stumble, kneel down or plopping down of the ball.

Perhaps his knee touched, perhaps there was a whistle. Arizona State players saw a loose ball and hopped on it, and stayed on it.

The officials eventually decided it was still Wisconsin’s ball, but time ran out before the Badgers could get the field goal unit ready.

Game over.

Problem is, according to the rule book, the officials should have been flagged for illegal procedure because they gaffed big time.

Worse than Leon Lett in the Super Bowl. Worse than Ray Finkle and the laces facing the wrong way (thanks Marino). Worse than Marty Mornhinweg electing to kick after winning the OT coin toss.

According to an excerpt from rule 4-1-3-o “A live ball becomes dead and an official shall sound his whistle or declare it dead: When a ball carrier simulates placing his knee on the ground.”

Stave was attempting to take a knee. This much we know. So he was down and either ASU should have been hit with a delay of game or the crew should have stopped the clock to sort it all out.

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Picks for the Weak: Week Four

Written September 22nd, 2011 by Joe Dexter

Dabo and his Tigers are HUNGRY....

It’s week four of the college football season, and you weaklings are gaining strength. No, it’s not from our expert prespective… Yeah, no. This week, us college football fans get our inspiration for top notch picks by pumping ice water in our veins!

We might be in Death Valley, but it’s our time to choose greatness! Are you going to be the next greatest tBBC College Challenge Champion? Are you going to put the ! in Yahoo!??? Week three is in the books, and another slate of games is in front of us. Are you going to eat rock like Dabo?? Or are you going to eat crow like Brady Hoke?

It’s time to step up your game like OSU Silver Bullet, Buffalobuckeye, The Silver Bullets, BWCGF3, and Culp’s Freaking Hill. tBBC is here to help you with your picks. We’re just not sure if we’re helping you jump up the standings or jump off the face of the earth.

Week 3 Review:

Everyone but yours truly finished .500 or better in week three, with the experts receiving a week off.  The staff swept the board with Southern Idaho State, Nebraska and LSU.  Only Joe L  had the cajones to pick Notre Dame  against Michigan State.  He  and Jime were also smart enough not to dip their picks into the Miami (OH) Butter.  Here’s a look at last week’s standings.

Mali 6-4 – Eric 6-4 -Jim 8-2 – Experts **BYE – Joe L – 7-3  Joe D 4-6 – Computer – 5-5

Oh Boy. As you can see, the picks get harder as we get closer to conference play…. Or maybe I’m just destined to finish worse than a machine. Here is a look at the current standings heading into week 4.

Mali 20-9 – Eric 21-8 -Jim 20-9 – Experts – 14-5* – Joe L – 17-12 Joe D 14-15 – Computer – 13-16

Week Four Analysis:

There are some big games this week, but there are also some ugly ones. Helping us break down some of the better ones is Kyle Kensing of Saturday Blitz. We talk expansion, Alabama/Arkansas, Oklahoma State/Texas A&M, Florida State/Clemson as well as scUM vs. SDSU.  Kyle also breaks down our Week 4 games in writing this week.

Picks For The Weak: Week 4 by The Buckeye Battle Cry

Now to the games!

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Silver Bullet Points Breaks Wind

Written September 14th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Your weekly update from the Ohio State press conference as well as notes from around the world of college sports- this week, we take a pointed look at the NCAA after the jump.

Usually we reserve soundtracks for TWTW, but someone emailed me a song today that I thought I’d share. They described it as “a warning to South Beach re: Mr. John Simon“… enjoy.

Creating its own hurricane…

Buckeye News

  • Injury Updates- At the presser today, Coach Fickell mentioned that one of the reasons Braxton didn’t play on Saturday was that his prep was impacted somewhat by being dinged up last week. Today, though, several Buckeyes reported that Brax seemed healthy and ready to go.  They also reported that Nathan Williams practiced healthy, so it would be difficult to imagine him missing out on Saturday.  Jamaal Berry is back on the kick off return team, which must mean that his hammy is better.  At this point, though, there’s no word on how “Philly” is after leaving the game with a leg injury- although Coach Fickell said that he “didn’t look good”.
  • Captain, My Captain- Only two captains this week; Florida native Mike Brewster and sixth hear senior Tyler Moeller will serve as game day leaders.
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Are You Not Entertained? Akron Edition

Written September 4th, 2011 by Eric

For a start to the football season, few could have asked for anything better. The Buckeyes came out and looked absolutely spectacular in their 42-0 win over the Akron Zips.  Did everyone see what they wanted?

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Hyde did everything he could to meet Jim's expectations.

- 400 yards rushing. Jim’s accountability would take a hit if journalists actually had to worry about that.  The Buckeyes only collected 224 yards on the ground.  At least it was better than half!

- No sacks. The only sacks in the game were notched by the Silver Bullets.  This is an absolute success.

- Defense. Did you see them, Jim?

- Carmen Ohio. You may not have seen it if you didn’t go to the game, but Luke Fickell did lead the team in singing Carmen Ohio.

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Post Game Notables

Written September 3rd, 2011 by Joe Dexter


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It was a very successful afternoon in Columbus to open the season for the Buckeyes, who defeated the Akron Zips 46-0. After playing shutdown defense and exploding on the other side of the ball, there is a lot to take from the first victory of the season. Here are your Notables from after the game on Saturday.

Notable Player Quotes

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QB Joe Bauserman -

On his performance throughout the game

“It felt good to get out there and get good timing and get comfortable with the seniors and offensive line. I tried to lead the best I could. It’s something I’ve always dreamed about.  It felt good but now I’ll watch film and critique it and move on.”

On sharing playing time with Braxton Miller

“It was good for both Braxton and I to get out there. Braxton came in and did well and moved the ball. We both were focused. Now it’s time to watch the film and prepare for Toledo.”

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tBBC Postgame Show: Akron

Written September 3rd, 2011 by Eric

Eric, Joe and Mali at the BBC welcome Michael at Our Honor Defend for the first ever Buckeye Battle Cry Postgame Show.

Victory!

The Buckeyes defeated the Akron Zips 42-0, and our hosts discuss all of the good things, and all of the bad that occurred during the game. In particular, they talking about just how good Bauserman looked, and the first appearance of Braxton Miller in the college game. They also talk about the younger players getting a chance to play and shine on the field, and Jake Stoneburner’s new place in the Ohio State Recordbooks.

All this and more on this week Postgame show!

Don’t forget: you can subscribe to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour on iTunes!

Ohio State Handles Akron With Ease: 42-0

Written September 3rd, 2011 by Eric

The Luke Fickell era began in earnest today at Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes defeated the Akron Zips to the tune of 42-0.

And now... it begins.

Many phases of this Ohio State team seemed to work like a well oiled machine, including the offense, which is a welcome change from the Tressel era.  Joe Bauserman put a clear mark on the starting quarterback job with a 12-16, 163 yard and 3 touchdown passing day, and 6 carries for 32 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground.  All three of those touchdowns were to tight end Jake Stoneburner, who ended with 4 receptions for 50 yards and 3 touchdowns.  His day makes him the first tight end in Ohio State history to catch three touchdowns in a single game.

Hyde started the game for the Buckeyes at running back, despite Jamaal Berry having dressed and warmed up before the game.  Berry’s Hamstring was a concern coming into the game, and it was a sign of the worry regarding Jordan Hall’s suspension that he even dressed at all.

Not surprisingly, the Bucks also started with Joe Bauserman at Quarterback, which quickly turned out to be a fantastic decision.  Bauserman confidently and intelligently drove the Buckeye’s down the field in 8 plays to score the first touchdown of the season – a 15 yard scramble by Bauserman himself that looked more awkward than graceful.
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2011 Akron Football LiveBlog

Written September 3rd, 2011 by Eric

Joyous gameday to you all!  It’s time to kickoff the season with our first of many LiveBlog events!  Today’s game pits the Akron Zips against your Ohio State Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium.

Game kicks at noon.  The LiveBlog will roll off at around 11:45, so there will be plenty of time to sort out the important details (family packed into car, check).

Don’t forget to visit our LiveBlog partners, without whom these things wouldn’t be what they are: Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Our Honor Defend, and the guys running the show for Football Fox Sports Ohio.

You can also check out our pregame links, Akron Game preview and Akron Game podcast.

It’s finally gameday!