Week one is in the books and the Buckeyes are 1-0. As is typical of Buckeye Nation, there is a lot of overreaction to just how that first win managed to come about, both positively and negatively. We’ll look back at Buffalo and ahead to the San Diego State Aztecs. So without further ado, it’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
I have to admit, the Bulls were a little better than myself or likely any of you were willing to give them credit for prior to the game. We all threw out our fake cautious “They’re on scholarships too…” and “Any given Saturday…” and “If the Buckeyes aren’t ready…” mumbo jumbo but there isn’t one of us who truly thought Buffalo would give the Buckeyes are game let alone stand a shot at winning.
I’m not saying that they ever actually did have a shot at winning during the game itself, what I am saying is they didn’t back down, fold up the tents, collect their paycheck and get their hind quarters out of Ohio as easily as everyone thought they would and should be commended for it.
Getting ready for the Aztecs
By now you’ve all no doubt discussed till you were blue in the face the things you liked on Saturday and the improvements you want to see this week. I’m here to tell you that San Diego State, while on scholarship, on any given Saturday, and if the Buckeyes aren’t ready, still have absolutely no shot this week in Columbus.
The Aztecs dropped their home opener 40-19… to Eastern Illinois. Yikes!
Based on what I have read about them and their ridiculous loss last week compounded by Ohio State not looking sharp at times in their own home opener and having to suffer Urban Meyer’s wrath this week, Brady Hoke’s former team should be decimated in Ohio Stadium. Read More
This past weekend as the Buckeyes faced the Bulls, we started a new feature here at tBBC. Each week we will feature some hash-tags on twitter and feature your responses to those in a weekly article. While we are at it, we will feature a former Buckeye each week to give their two-cents worth as well and see how you stack up to their thoughts.
#BufTopPlay Braxton Miller 47 yard TD to Devin Smith. Great throw and great adjustment by Devin.
#BufOMVP Jordan Hall. He ran his butt off today. Big holes but also showed burst and agility.
#BufDMVP Noah Spence
#BufSTMVP Dontre Wilson. Great kick return!
#BufOUnsung Offensive Line. They were creating huge holes and giving Braxton (and Kenny) time to throw for the most part.
#BufDUnsung Ryan Shazier. Despite the injury he was still effective.
#BufMorePT Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, Ezekiel Elliot, Warren Ball. Can’t wait to see what these guys can do!
After a weekend filled with excitement and disappointment, it’s a bit of a quiet mood at tBBC headquarters. We like baseball, and know that OSU sports are amazing even if not the “got to be on television” variety, but I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that there’s a bit of a let down these days. Ah well… only two songs possible for today’s soundtrack. Onward.
Bert Blathers- Also in Tuesday’s B1G Conference Call, Coach Bielema talked about how impressed he is with Ohio State’s improvement as the season has progressed. He mentioned the offensive line in particular, and said that they are playing really well at this point in the year. He also addressed speculation that his team would be satisfied after last week’s win, which put them into the Conference Championship Game for the second straight year; and said that his team would not see a let down against the Buckeyes, especially given last year’s game. Added to the fact that it’s “Senior Day”, and it’s sure to be a high intensity game.
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Midweek look at news and notes from around Ohio State and the nation… getting ready for what’s been predicted to be a very wet weekend.
Reeves is a four-star cornerback that helps address the recent loss of Gambrell and Clarke from the team, making this a great addition to the class at a huge position of need.
Reeves and his high school teammate Camren Williams have looked like a package deal for some time and that worked out to the benefit of the Buckeyes.
Reeves looked around a little more to make his decision than Williams- he seriously considered Michigan before seeing the light and joining the Buckeyes.
The Wolverines really thought they had this recruitment in the bag, and as always, it is great to beat them at anything. Read More
The Ohio State commitments just keep coming in what has been the hottest recruiting stretch ever for Ohio State. Turn away from you computer for a moment and you might miss one (or two).
The latest commitment comes from Camren Williams, the 6’2” 215 pound linebacker from Massachusetts.
Williams is a four-star outside linebacker built in the same mold as David Perkins.
He combines excellent size, speed and quickness- which isn’t surprising if you’ve been following the players that Meyer has been targeting. Once again, this may be a different style of linebacker than Ohio State fans are used to, but these new LB’s can really excel in the right scheme.
After this past season, it was abundantly clear that the Buckeyes needed some better athleticism from the linebackers and that issue continues to be addressed in a big way on the recruiting trail in 2012.
On film (see below), you see Williams sift through traffic, fight off blocks, and explode through tackles to finish plays. He also shows the ability to drop in coverage and play in space.
The bottom line is that Cameron Williams (and David Perkins) provide tremendous versatility for the defense. It will be extremely exciting seeing what schemes Coach Fickell and Coach Withers can come up with to utilize their talent. Read More