Michigan State “Tresselballs” Ohio State 10-7

Written October 1st, 2011 by Eric

The Spartans of Michigan State showed up in Columbus today to tangle with the Buckeyes for the first time since 2008.  This game turned out very differently than the previous one as the Spartans took advantage of the pathetic Ohio State offense on the way to an ugly 10-7 win. Neither team was competent in the offensive game at all, but Michigan State’s competence was enough to actually get them on the scoreboard. The OSU defense continued to grow and succeed, even managing to force two turnovers during the game, but their effort was largely wasted because of the offense. For the game, Jordan Hall picked up 91 all-purpose yards as the best offensive presence for the OSU offense on the day.

The Buckeyes began the game with the ball down a couple of men.  Corey “Philly” Brown, who was injured several weeks ago against Toledo, continued to sit through this one with his sore ankle.  Also, Nathan Williams remained out with his deep bone bruise with no indication of when he might be available to return.  Thankfully, though, Jaamal Berry dressed and prepared for this game despite his issues earlier in the week.

The Buckeyes struggled to move the ball in their first drive much like last week.  Jordan Hall found little running room against the tough MSU defense, and Jake Stoneburner was unable to gain more than a couple yards on third and seven.  On the plus side, though, Stoneburner did catch a short pass early in the game, which is a promising sign considering what we’ve seen the last few saturdays.
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What do you Want to see on Saturday? Michigan State Edition

Written September 30th, 2011 by Eric

Big Ten season is finally upon us with the Spartans of Michigan State visiting Columbus this Saturday. What do the guys want to see this weekend? Don’t forget to tell us what you want to see in the comments!

Malibuckeye

Jake Stoneburner has been missing the last couple of games.

Return Of The Burn. Jake Stoneburner has been quieted down since the Akron game, mostly due to defensive attention but also due in part to some of the instability at Quarterback. While Braxton has proven he’s got the ability to go deep, let’s not forget the “new” weapon that wears number eleven.

Hungry Hankins. A Michigan native, Jonathan has been playing lights out as of late (when he hasn’t been dinged up). With the injuries on the Spartan offensive line, and motivation that comes with playing one of the home teams, it’s time for a phenomenal game.

Defensive Score. I really can’t believe that Ohio State has gone this long without one. If it’s a blocked punt or a pick six, it’s time for the Silver Bullets to get on the scoreboard

Special Teams Savvy. Mark Dantonio is not afraid to try a little trickeration in the kicking game- “Little Giants” beat Notre Dame last year, and a PI during a fake punt led to a come from behind win against Northwestern. While the Special Teams battle will be a Tressel Family chess match, it will take more than just brilliance on the sidelines to get a “plus” in this category. Can we just clone Ebner ten times?

Need I Say More?. No False Starts. Pretty please??? We’re in conference now… focus should be easier to maintain.

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