Silver Bullet Points Ain’t Rattled

Written September 19th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After an exciting week in Berkeley, the Bucks return home in a final warmup before B1G season. As the Rattlers come to town, there’s only one choice for the soundtrack this week.

Trophy Hunting

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- The plan is for Braxton to play some on Saturday; reports from practice had him wearing a brace but with no noticeable limp. That’s the good news.  The “not yet” news is that Adolphus Washington will miss the FAMU visit to Columbus, as the Buckeyes try to ensure that he’ll be healthy for B1G play. Coach Meyer said several times this week that he would be “probable” for Wisconsin.
  • Good Problem To Have- Meyer seemed most optimistic about the play of the defensive line, and praised Coach Vrable’s work with the “young pups”. Given the pressure that they’ve been able to apply minus Adolphus and Tommy Schutt, you’ve got to think that something is going right in the trenches for the Scarlet and Gray.
  • And Then- There’s the linebackers, who still have some question marks in place for Ohio State. Meyer emphasized again that the depth is not what it needs to be given some of the “misses” in recruiting in the last four years; fans will remember that several key stars either haven’t panned out as of yet or have left the program altogether. At this point, the ‘Backers haven’t been tested, but with conference play coming up that’s sure to change.
  • Seeking Hyde- Carlos is back after his three game suspension, but won’t immediately fall into the starting lineup on Saturday. Not only is the current lineup firing on all cylinders, it will take a bit to find a “fit” for Carlos’ game within the offense.  In addition, it wouldn’t be fair, according to the coaches, to sit Jordan Hall given the work results that have been produced over the past three weeks.
  • For The Sake Of Argument- Gene Smith helped schedule this week’s FAMU game in part to bring their amazing band to The Shoe. However, as an FCS school (and not a great one, at that), the game certainly won’t help Ohio State’s “strength of schedule” perception. On the off chance that three or more schools finish undefeated (Alabama, Clemson, Oregon, tOSU), this game might cost the Buckeyes a chance at the Crystal Trophy… Or, as a friend of mine put it, “Gene Smith will have cost the Buckeyes two consecutive chances to play for a national championship”.  Discuss.
  • Smooth- The same goes for Kenny Guiton, who will certainly have a large number of opportunities behind center moving forward. Again, he’s certainly earned the right to do so.
  • Remember When- Ohio State fans used to envy schools like Southern Cal for their full stable of tailbacks and five star QBs? Pretty nice living, ain’t it?
  • Young’uns- There’s a lot of anticipation that some of the newer faces for Ohio State will see action this week; Corey (Pittsburgh) Brown spoke at length regarding Eli Apple, Cam Burroughs, and Vonn Bell’s work in practice. Here’s hoping they get to showcase on Saturday.
  • Jazz Brings The Swoons- Or is it that folks Swoon for Jazz? Either way… this photo does both.
  • Bitter Bear Face- If you hadn’t already, you should read this article about how Cal’s football program has higher ideals in mind than Ohio State. Then, you should remember that Cal’s APR from 2012 would put them dead last in the Big Ten…  16 points behind the team at the bottom (hint: The Harvard Of The West).
  • New Threads- Sounds as if this year’s Nike uniforms for The Game will be a white version of the ones we saw in last year’s win.
  • Four Times The Awesome- Sammy Silverman had a well deserved extra design this week: Read More

One Fan’s Opinion- B1G Media Days

Written July 30th, 2013 by Scott

Another great look at the upcoming season from Scott, formerly from the Dayton Daily News and Beavercreek News-Current.

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Ahhh, you have to love this time of the year.

It’s almost time for college football and I can picture it all now.

Marching bands.

Packed stadiums.

Tailgating.

Upsets.

Michigan losing.

To help whet your appetite for things to come this fall, I present some notes and quotes from the recently held Big 10 media days.

Optimism abounds ….. sort of

I give you Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. “I don’t know if you guys or anyone is charting how many times a coach up here says ‘excited’ but I think across the country every coach is really in anticipation for two weeks from now when we get together with our teams … ”

Just for the record, coach, the word was used 51 times based on the transcripts the Big 10 published on its website.  The range went from 11 times by one coach to zero by another. The coach that finished at the bottom used the word the most. But if you are Illinois and Coach Tim Beckman, there is nowhere to go but up, so why not be excited.

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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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tBBC Preview: Capital One Bowl- Georgia vs. Nebraska

Written December 31st, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never blah blah blah… it’s the second B1G/SEC tilt of the day, and should be airing right about the time that you find your keys in the bottom of the guacamole.

Georgia (11-2, 7-2 SEC) vs. Nebraska (10-3, 7-2 B1G)

January 1, 2013 1:00 PM ET ESPN

The History: This is one of the oldest games in the country, and was formerly the “Tangerine Bowl”. Because of it’s location, African American players were not allowed to participate, causing Hillsdale to decline their team’s offer to the game in 1955, and Buffalo choosing to do the same in 1958.  In 1966, Morgan State (a historically black college) won the game and finished their season undefeated.

The “gifts that you can’t sell at all” for the student athletes in this game include yet another Fossil Watch and a $420 shopping trip to a local Best Buy.  420.  Seriously. While this is awesome in and of itself… if I was participating, I’d really want something a bit more connected with the game’s sponsor, like, say “cash” or medieval weaponry.

Ohio State is 1-3 in this game, with their only win coming against BYU in 1985.  The last B1G team to win this game was… wait for it… TTUN, giving Urban Meyer his only loss in Llllloyd Carr’s final game. Alec Baldwin was not involved in any way.

Georgia Scouting Report – At the beginning of the season, the Bulldogs’ head coach found himself on a short list of coaches that might be replaced in January. A brilliant campaign that led to a three way tie in the SEC East and a berth in the SEC Championship Game has certainly stopped those whispers.  The Dawgs’ best win was the “upset” of Florida in the Swamp, where they held the Gators to nine points; their most heartbreaking loss was against Alabama in the SECCG- a game that was decided by really poor clock management at the end of the contest. Georgia’s offense is led by the aerial attack of Aaron Murray and Tavarres King, while Todd Gurley’s 1260 yards on the ground help balance the Bulldogs’ game plan. However, it’s linebacker Jarvis Jones who gets the headlines most often, his numbers are among the tops in the nation and certainly better than a certain Heisman candidate.

Buckeye Connection- The Buckeyes are 1-o against Georgia, although any chance for a more current assessment went by the wayside when the proposed series against the Bulldogs was cancelled to set up the B1G/PAC challenge… which was then cancelled.  If it helps, Urban Meyer owns Mark Richt. Read More

Goin’ Hunting With Silver Bullet Points

Written November 14th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Pretty obvious inspirational quote for this week’s Wednesday update, don’t you think? If you’re really interested in what I’m listening to these days, here you go.

Varmint

Buckeye 411

  • Fun With Numbers- As a reminder, Coach Meyer is 14-1 lifetime after bye, and 32-2 with multiple weeks to prepare for a game.
  • Injury Update- According to Monday’s press conference, Etienne Sabino is back and will be starting against Wisconsin this week.  Bri’onte Dunn has sprained his MCL and will miss this week, but won’t need surgery- he’s hopefully back for The Game. Armani Reeves is back from the IR, and Corey Linsley is a bit banged up, but will go on Saturday.
  • Meyer’s Musings- In Tuesday’s B1G conference, Coach Meyer said that they haven’t really talked much about an AP championship with the team, choosing instead to try to “win as many games as we could for our seniors” He spoke about how the Wisconsin match up has become a great rivalry, particularly since they’re in the same division now.  Looking at the offense, he mentioned how well the team is working together, and that Carlos, Braxton, and the Offensive Line really feed off of each other.
  • Watch These Guys- Both OSU’s Braxton Miller and Wisconsin’s Monte Ball have been named to the “Players To Watch” list for the Walter Camp Award.
  • We See You Trollin', Hatin'...

    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.

  • Simon Says- In reflecting on the game this weekend, senior captain John Simon commented, “The tougher team always wins this game”. Not sure what that says about the 2010 team, but it does bode well for this group heading off of the bye week.
  • The Gentleman’s Response-  NSFW due to language, but… yeah.
  • Hoops Note- Tournament travel for 2015 is going to be AWESOME! {Sees Ohio State Sent To Southwest Region}
  • Ticket Masters- Camp Randall is a tough place to play, but insiders are telling us that Buckeye fans headed to the game should be able to get tickets pretty easily this time around. Part of it is the early struggles that the Badgers have had this year, but part of it is that the game is scheduled for one of the Wisconsin High Holy Days.
  • Hoops Note, Part Two- Congratulations to the Albany Great Danes, Ohio State’s opening day victim, for knocking off the University of Washington on Tuesday night!

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The Week That Were: 11.10.12

Written November 12th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Oh, college football… How I love you!!

2012 Version

Well, that happened.

While a lot of people were saying that Alabama was ripe for a loss against a Texas A&M team that’s been playing really well over the past few weeks, most of this felt like lip service. You know, the kind of things that ESPN makes one person say on the Gameday set in order to appear unbiased.

And then- “Johnny Football”.

There are a lot of reasons why Alabama lost- coming off of an emotional win on the road in Death Valley, LSU’s offense showed a lot of people the issues that the Tide have in their secondary, Saban’s fear of the high speed offense is based on his knowledge of his team’s weaknesses; but the fact of the matter is that the Aggies outplayed Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, in several key areas of the game.

The Crimson Tide defensive front was stifled, for the most part, by the aTm offensive tackles. Combined with concerns about a quarterback’s mobility, the Tide were not able to mount the type of disruptive pressure that they are so used to.

Alabama’s offense made key mistakes and turnovers, and seemed out of rhythm all night long.  The three turnovers didn’t help, particularly when the Tide defense couldn’t get any of their own… and the mental errors were even more egregious. On the final interception, it seems to me that the receiver on the end of the line of scrimmage did a poor job getting depth in the end zone, making it easy for defenders to cover both him and the primary target.  In addition, with Bama’s defense stiffening and forcing a punt, to have a member of their punt return/block team create a neutral zone infraction for an automatic first down is an aggressive penalty, but one that is terrible to have happen in that circumstance. Again, the intensity was there for the student in question, but the lack of focus eventually cost them a final chance at victory.

Yeah, He's Good

But we can’t miss the point here- this game was won by Johnny Manziel’s continual ability to make plays and put the Tide defense on their heels.

After the third week in a row with this type of performance (Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State), the redshirt freshman has lifted himself into Heisman candidacy- and for good reason.  Given the lack of a clear “star” this year, given Matt Barkley’s struggles, the game this weekend was his “Flutie to Phelan” moment; outstanding performance in high profile opportunity. I’ll leave the debate to others, but will certainly enjoy watching the electricity that all of these candidates provide.

Even if he doesn’t win this year, you’ve got to think that next year’s Heisman race is going to be something spectacular- Braxton Miller, Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater, Everett Gholston, Tahj Boyd, DeAnthony Thomas… and those are just the ones I’ve got off the top of my head.

(And since I’m on the topic, I think that Marquis Lee needs to be included in this year’s debate. But that’s just me).

Does this loss end the run of SEC titles in the final year of the BCS? Well, not exactly… more on this in a bit.

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Are You Not Entertained? Nebraska

Written October 8th, 2012 by Eric

Jason

Carlos Hyde breaks for his last touchdown of the game.

Contain. Martinez was held to 40 yards on 18 carries. He also ended up throwing 25 times. That’s a good sign, if not for Burkhead’s 119 yards on 14 carries.

Defensive line dominance. Pretty strong statement for the D-Line on Saturday. John Simon was particularly disruptive.

Be smart. The penalties and turnovers were kept to a minimum for the most part. I still think a few of the penalties qualify as “silly” though.

Carpe Diem. Moment seized.

Feed Carlos. Feeding Carlos only got us 140 yards and 4 touchdowns. What were you thinking, unleashing a monster like that on the world?

Jim

Shut down the run, again. Not so much. 119 yards for Burkhead that was only stopped because he lost the ability to make a cut due to an injured knee.

Force Martinez into bad decisions. I think Bradley Roby alone forced Martinez into bad decisions. 2 picks for Roby, three total for the defense, and you can say this was definitely done.

Attack the middle of the defense. They started to hit this a bit by tossing to the tight-ends, but the passing game was almost entirely a secondary aspect of the offense this weekend. Use it when you need to, stick it in your back pocket when you don’t!

Less read option runs from Miller. How about more read options, all of which are correctly delivered?

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Ohio State Out-Shoots Nebraska 63-38

Written October 6th, 2012 by Eric

It wasn’t always pretty, but it was certainly fun and exciting.

The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers fought a Shootout in the ‘Shoe to the tune of 14 total touchdowns in the game for a final score of 63-38. Braxton Miller finished the game with 7-14 completions for 127 yards and a touchdown, and added 185 yards on 16 carries for a touchdown. Taylor Martinez couldn’t keep up on the ground with 17 carries for 46 yards, but made up for it through the air on 15-24 completions for 214 yards and a touchdown, but also three picks. Carlos Hyde was a force in this one scoring 4 touchdowns and picking up 138 yards. The 63 points were the most scored by the Buckeyes since a 72-0 victory over Pittsburgh on September 21st 1996.

I’m impressed with the play of the offense tonight. They put in touchdowns on five straight drives, and it could have even been six or seven if not for the unfortunate Carlos Hyde fumble late in the third quarter. That is a testament of what this team can really do on offense. They’re figuring it out slowly but surely. It would be really nice if they could do it starting in the first quarter too, but it’s certainly better late than never. Simply put, these guys are making progress in picking up the system, and they’re making it work.

Despite what many will say about the defense, I want to give props to the unit for doing a fairly solid job all game long. As I’ll mention below, the big plays are still a concern, but the defense on the whole did a good job against a talented offensive team. If not for the offense struggling in the first quarter, Nebraska may never have made it to 30 points in this game. There’s still a long way to go, but I see this defense making progress slowly but surely – and don’t forget, you don’t get to 6-0 without at least some kind of defense.

That’s right, the Buckeyes are now undefeated halfway through the season. I doubt that many of us honestly believed the Buckeyes could find themselves in this position at this point in the season. There’s still a long way to go, but the players on this team have the heart to go the distance. One way or another, it’s going to be a fun ride through the last six games of the season.

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