Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on Northwestern

Written October 4th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Another great piece of insight from our friends at Campus Insiders.

Jim Lachey talks to Ohio State’s head coach as the team prepares for its first B1G road trip:

Also, Bonnie Bernstein checks in with Ohio State and Northwestern insiders for their perspective: Read More

tBBC Pick ‘Em: Even After Week One

Written October 4th, 2013 by Scott

They say tying is like kissing your sister.Big-10-logo

Pucker up. That’s where we stand after one week of our head-to-head pick.

Yours truly and Gary were correcting in picking Ohio State and Illinois to win last week. I correctly picked Iowa winning at Minnesota but was disappointed in the effort of Purdue as Gary was right in picking Northern Illinois.

“They are just horrible in every freaking category,” he said in justifying his pick.

This week we have a full slate of Big 10/11/12 games.

Let’s get the obligatory picks out of the way: We both are picking Ohio State and TTUN.

But that’s where it stops. Read More

Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on Wisconsin

Written September 27th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Another great piece of insight from our friends at Campus Insiders.

Jim Lachey talks to Ohio State’s head coach as the team prepares for B1G play:

Also, Bonnie Bernstein checks in with Ohio State and Wisconsin insiders for their perspective: Read More

Braggin’ Rights and Wrongs: tBBC Pick’em

Written September 27th, 2013 by Scott

The B1G 10 season is about to kick into full gear and two of your favorite BBC writers are going head-to-head the rest of the way.

Each week yours truly and Gary will pick the games that matter We may agree, we may not. And when one of us is right and Gary is wrong (it’s starting already) there will no holds barred.

It’s a light week so lets get right into it. We will include the 2 non-conference games as well.

Wisconsin at Ohio State
No differences of opinion here. We both predict an Ohio State victory over the Badgers.

Iowa at Minnesota
Gary likes Minnesota. I like Iowa.

In choosing the Gophers, Gary opined “I think the two teams are evenly matched.” He gives Minnesota the home-field edge as the margin of victory.

Iowa has been stuck in reverse since losing to Ohio State in a de facto Big 10 title game a few years ago. Kirk Ferentz has been feeling the heat and I think the Hawkeyes will get the big win they need.

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Silver Bullet Points To The King

Written September 26th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s Thursday, so we’re that much closer to gameday… got your juice yet? Hey, here’s a song that covers this week’s opponent AND the epic end of an amazing series! Double win!

Buckeye 411

  • Ohhhh! Shiny! Regular readers of this space (hi, honey!) will remember that we pointed out earlier this season that the Buckeyes would be wearing last year’s “Rivalry Gear” for a few games this season. When our friends at the Buckeye Room released the new jersey on Monday, we knew that this was a portent of good things to come- Ohio State + Alternate Uniforms + Wisconsin + Night Game = The Awesome. Today, Coach Meyer confirmed that the team would be wearing the “chrome package” against the Badgers, but not until after Sammy Silverman got us ready with the teaser poster you see  above.
  • Winning- EZE Offensive POTW, Joel Hale and “Pittsburgh” Brown Defensive POTW, and Doran Grant won the accolades for Special Teams Play.
  • Injury update- After practice today, Coach Meyer commented that Adolphus Washington would be good to play this week against the Badgers, and that Braxton Miller would get the start. This will be the first time that the entire Ohio State “starting lineup” will be available for action… Get ready, B1G.
  • Wither Smooth Jazz- Coach Meyer said that Guiton will be ready to go when/if needed on Saturday; he’s a leader and has always put the team first.
  • Hasn’t Missed A Step- At least, that’s the prognosis for Miller according to Bradly Roby.
  • Oh Yeah, It’s Personal- Roby also talked about how the game was an important one for Ohio State, and had what might be the quotes of the day after Wednesday’s practice;

When someone takes what’s yours, the next time you see them it’s going to be a fight.

We know we’re the kings. Simple as that. Last question.

  • Let’s Get Physical- We heard that it was “Bloody Tuesday” in practice earlier in the week, as the team gets ready for the challenge of a team that wants to control the trenches. Roby talked about how stopping the run was the first priority for the defense, and something that they relished. Noah Spence also talked about the aggressiveness in practice this week, and how the Silver Bullets know this will be a four quarter fight.
  • Stay Hydrated- As a night game, you’ve got to think that cramps won’t be a big issue for the Buckeyes on Saturday. But, after reading Wednesday’s preview of Sports Illustrated’s article on the Buckeyes (This time with no Dohrmann!), you get the sense that water is an important part of the team regimen. Except for Coombs, that is.
  • Enjoy It While It Lasts- Also in the SI piece; Tom Herman’s a hot commodity in coaching circles, being approached by two programs last season. He stayed due to his commitment to Coach Meyer, but it’s easy to see the handwriting on the wall.  You know where he’d excel? Texas.
  • Buckeye Swag- It’s a “Scarlet Out” on Saturday, but if you’re looking for something new to wear we’re excited to announce some great news from our friend Mekka Don. From the press release: Read More

Penn State, Bill O’Brien Enter Year Two

Written August 28th, 2013 by Patrick

As we inch closer to the opening kickoff on Saturday, no team in the B1G is more intriguing or crucial to the success of the B1G than the Penn State Nittany Lions. Even though they are not eligible for the post season, a successful season would only strengthen the conference as a whole.

B1G Coach Of The Year

As Bill O’Brien enters into his second season, I sat down for a few minuets with statecollege.com writer, Ben Jones, and gathered a few of his thoughts heading into the 2013 season. Don’t forget to follow Ben on Twitter, @Ben_Jones88

1. Heading into the offseason, how much angst was there in Happy Valley waiting to see if Bill O’Brien would stay or not?

I think there was a fair amount of stress for fans the first few weeks after the offseason. Once O’Brien had his sitdown of sorts with the media to hash a lot of the rumor and speculation out I think that for the most part the fear left. Will he ever leave? Probably. But I think for now people expect him to stick around for the next few years.

2. In your opinion, is O’Brien the man to lead PSU through these sanctions and out the other side to relevancy again?

O’Brien is the kind of coach that I think Urban Meyer was. Unknown, and had a chance to prove himself and did and it was all “glory” from there. I’m not saying O’Brien is the next Urba Meyer but I think you can see qualities that he has that other elite coaches have. I think he stays through the sanctions and how Penn State comes out of them will depend on his future with the program. If he were to stay though I think that there is evidence to suggest he would do very well in Happy Valley.

3. Where does the QB battle stand heading into game week? Read More

Silver Bullet Points Faces A Dexter Invasion

Written July 24th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

It’s Wednesday and the Silver Bullet points are soaring faster than ever before. With MaliBuckeye climbing mountains like a Bauserman, the SBP faces a tough week with a brand new face (for radio). While your Wednesday ammunition king pin visits one of the greatest national landmarks in the nation, It’s my pleasure to bring you an invaded version of Silver Bullet Points. Since I get a chance to sit in Mali’s seat about once every two years, It’s imperative that I set the tone with the best soundtrack that the SBP has ever seen. Let’s just say I’m like Colonel Bruce and the Codetalkers.  “I’m So Glad” to be here!

This isn’t your mom and dad’s SBP…..

Buckeye 411

  • You can’t Hyde from the truth – But you can surely get confused trying to figure out what it is. First he was booted from the team, then he was suspended pending investigation. Now, Charles Robinson of Yahoo is reporting that video provided by Sugar Bar 2 shows that Hyde never physically assaulted the alleged victim, despite being punched by her. Of course, this is “according to sources.” Robinson’s sources also say that they believe all charges will be dropped against Hyde.
  • No safety In Numbers – Unless you’re looking at a football roster! Amongst all the crazy news from early in the week, We now have the new numbers assigned to incoming freshman. Thanks to LGHL for laying them all out for us on one document. I can’t wait to tell my friends that Cameron Johnston is #95! In addition, Ohio State has released an official roster update for the upcoming season, amidst the 4 players disciplined on Monday.
  • ADV In Italy – He’s the greatest Italian product since sliced bread. Amedeo Delle Valle instantly became a fan favorite with the Buckeyes as a freshman. Now his game is really starting to shine. In the Under-20 European Championships last weekend, ADV scored 17 points in the 4th quarter in the gold medal game against Latvia. Della Valle scored 14 consecutive points, making all three of his shots from beyond the arc. He was also named the tournament MVP as well. Can’t wait to see him get a bump up in the rotation for Thad Matta next season.
  • Friday Night Lights – One of the biggest recruiting events in the country is here this Friday, as players across the country make their way to the Horse Shoe as Ohio State puts on it’s 2nd annual Friday Night Lights. ESPN Insider has a decorated list of who will be there. Jim, our recruiting guru, put together a primer for Friday as well. Make sure you check out his great breakdown position by position.
  • Your Home is Waiting For You -  There are many reasons why recruits love to be a part of Ohio State football. One of the many successes of recruiting starts with attention to detail. Yesterday, many top prospects received some top notch recruiting pitches. The coaching staff sent unique individual images of players inside the Ohio Stadium, with the words, “Your Home is Waiting For You” on the top of the picture.  Just below that, “Join the Family” with the Urbanator’s signature. Here is what 2014 lineman prospect Demetrius Knox got in his mailbox. My favorite photo though has to go to 2014 tight end prospect Mike Gesicki.
  • Tell Me Something I don’t Know – Online ticket outlet TicketCity has released a top 25 most engaging fanbases in college football. From the great Mashable: “Their secret sauce takes into account Twitter followings, Facebook likes and “talking about” metrics, as well as a variety of IRL factors including attendance, percentage of stadium capacity filled at home games and home ticket prices from the 2012 season.” Ohio State ranks 4th. Michigan is ranked 1st. Plain and simple, somebody messed up the algorithm.
  • Cheap Plug – Hey, if it isn’t your show, you have to take advantage of the spotlight when you get a chance! Check out my interview on WHO-AM in Des Moines talking Ohio State football
  • Ticket Pre-Sale – OH YEAH BABY! Picture below explains it all!

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Silver Bullet Points Loves The Nightlife

Written May 1st, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Welcome to Wednesday, the first of May… it’s officially grilling season (unless you live in California, where it’s always that time). Here’s today’s soundtrack; if you don’t know why, then… well… keep reading.

Archie’d

Buckeye 411

  • Is The Right Time- The ABC/ESPN/Disney schedule for college football came out on Monday, the the Buckeyes will get to show their stuff in prime time on at least three occasions this upcoming season: Against Wisconsin, at Northwestern, and again when Penn State comes to town. Some interesting history with those teams- Obviously, the Badgers and Buckeyes have loads of fun under the lights, and I think Jim Tressel is still trying to run up the score for the last night game in Evanston. The Lions were gracious hosts last year for a late game, certainly a payback for the darkness in the ‘Shoe back in 2008. While it hasn’t been announced as of yet, there’s also the possibility that the Cal game could end up as a 7:30 or so kick off on the East Coast.
  • Why? Recruiting. Urban Meyer loves the big game atmosphere, and having the Buckeyes on TV with the eyes of the nation’s top recruits on them cannot be a bad thing. Also- With Ohio State’s “questionable” schedule strength next season, the more exposure they can build will certainly help toward addressing any rankings situations for the end of the season.  C’mon, Pasadena…
  • Congrats- To all the 2013 graduates from THE Ohio State University, particularly the bros who got Heisman Bombed above.
  • The Future- With top QB recruit Deshaun Watson sticking with his commitment to Clemson, it seems that Ohio State has started to look more closely at Louisiana’s Brandon Harris.  Worth keeping an eye on.
  • Hoops Updates- Our friends over at The Buckeye Room are hosting Evan Ravenel for autograph sessions; and your Aaron Craft adorable meter needs recalibration.
  • Also? Evan Turner doesn’t like geese. So there’s that.
  • Design Du Jour- From the mind and computer of Ohio State’s graphics guru: Read More