What Do You Want to See on Saturday? Penn State

Written October 25th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Penn State comes to town Saturday night.  With that brings a roudy crowd and some rowdy wishes.  Let’s check ‘em out:

None of this, thank you.

Ken

  1. Cover tight ends -  James and Carter are averaging 4 receptions per game, 12 YPC
  2. Same goes for WR Robinson -  He’s a playmaker, we need to make sure he doesn”t
  3. Uptempo Offense -  Run their defense ragged for 4 quarters
  4. No injuries
  5. A Win
WVa Buckeye
  1. Push the defense to man up and play shutdown - Take chances with the TEs and leave the three LBs in there for coverage instead of the “penny” hurting wo Bryant
  2. Continue to grow offensively - Keep the pace of riding who is getting us there with Carlos and Braxton but keep mixing the playmakers in.
  3. Destroy Hackenberg - Make him wish he hadn’t come to PSU. Turn the front 7 loose and go give him a reason to get rid of the ball quicker. Our Dline has looked block able of late
Jason Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Seek and Destroy.

Written October 23rd, 2013 by Jason

Looking forward. Looking back. Review. Penn State. Iowa. The BCS. What are we doing messing around with some wordy introduction? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Iowa happenings

To put it mildly, the Iowa game this past Saturday was way more intense and closer than anyone thought it could/should be. And some of the event that took place during it are going to have a lasting impression on the 2013 season.

AIR RAID!

AIR RAID!

El Guapo can fly

Certainly the highlight of the day and the season to this point was Carlos Hyde’s feat of athletic brilliance for a touchdown of 19 yards in the fourth quarter that will be on video’s and commercials in Columbus and all through Buckeye Nation for years and years to come. You know the play, the one where he went right, broke out to the sideline, took a hard shot, lost his balance, regained his balance, took off down the sideline and then leaped into the endzone the last 5 yards. Not since Devin Smith scored 2012′s first touchdown have we seen such a truly special play in that the players name will become synonymous with it.

Carlos Hyde is on a mission, and that mission is to go well over 1000 yards for the season and if need be carry this team on his back to a perfect season. With the way the offensive line is blowing off the ball and giving him running lanes, it just may happen. Read More

tBBC Bye Week: RSB and #tBBCFansInteract

Written October 11th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

If a bye week has taught me anything, it’s that I actually pay more attention to my work when we have one! I’m taking the opportunity to combine Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin with #tBBCFansInteract this week due to no special guest. Busy lives take away from peoples fun time and I cannot blame them for that. Let’s get started with the fans interaction from the Nerdwestern game which will play right into my Rumblin this week.

Carried the load all night long

Carried the load all night long

#NWTOPPLAY or #NWPOTG

@wvabuckeye - is the spot by head linesman on that play. Had a great look and came in. He knew they didn’t because of Shazier

@DaveEggen40 - braxton finding philly, especially after how he started

@RealBuckIGuy - Hyde.

@The_BBC - Huge stop on 4th and short AND Brax scramble pass to Philly

@Derek2k3 – Hyde

@ErictBBC - Carlos Hyde reach TD

@BleedinBuckeyes – Offense overall

@ConquestNorman – Grant INT

#NWOMVP

@osumarchingmom - A no brainer…Carlos Hyde.

@wvabuckeye – Hyde

@The_BBC = Carlos Hyde

@Derek2k3 – Hyde

@DaveEggen40 – Carlos Hyde

@ErictBBC – Carlos Hyde

@BleedinBuckeyes – Hyde

@ConquestNorman – Hyde

#NWDMVP

@The_BBC – Joey Bosa

@wvabuckeye – Doran Grant

@DaveEggen40 – Michael Bennett

@Derek2k3 – Doran Grant

@ErictBBC – Doran Grant

@BleedinBuckeyes – Grant

@ConquestNorman – no defensive MVP, what the $%&$ was that?! Read More

Silver Bullet Points Considers The Impact

Written October 10th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

You’d think I’d choose the obvious for today’s soundtrack, and you’d be wrong, mister.  Here’s the tune of the week- Yeaaaaaaah!

Just Stare At This Until Next Saturday

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Updates- Tommy Schutt is expected back against Iowa; Adolphus Washington is dinged, but will be fine in two weeks as well. Jordan Hall has what was described as a “joint issue” in his knee.
  • Meaningful Awards- Ohio State had three players named B1G “…Of The Week” against Northwestern. Carlos Hyde was the 4th consecutive Buckeye to get “Offensive Player”, Joey Bosa was “Freshman”, and Bradley Roby won the “Special Teams” honors.  Celebrate appropriately in ways sanctioned by and approved through the compliance office, fellers! W00t!
  • Secondary First- At least, that’s where they sit on Coach Meyer’s “List of things that need fixed immediately”, according to his comments on this week’s B1G teleconference.  And you get the sense that it transcends Christian Bryant’s injury- a unit that was supposed to help carry the defense has shown itself to be the Achilles Heel thus far into the season, particularly in regards to open-field tackling.  This week’s bye couldn’t have come at a better time.
  • Schedule Woes- Two of my favorite Buckeye writers (and yours, too!) talked about the Ohio State schedule and the challenges that it creates if you look down the road at a possible BCS Title shot.  And by “challenges”, I mean it like “Brady Hoke has challenges managing his belt sizes”.  It ain’t gonna’ be pretty… even the Wall Street Journal has noticed.

Tony Gerdeman started things off wondering why the narrative against Ohio State’s strength of schedule had started so early, particularly when that wasn’t the case for other schools in the past. Hell, ESPN created the “Let Boise State Play!” narrative to counter the BCS “bad guys”, and now they seem to be denigrating a team on an 18 game winning streak.

Gerd points out something that Ramzy Nasrallah highlights as well- the Buckeyes are damned if they do and damned if they don’t- Beating Wisconsin/Northwestern soundly makes the conference look bad, winning close games makes Ohio State look bad. Nice of our old friend confirmation bias to show up before the holiday season.

Ramzy goes on to point out that paying attention to things outside of Ohio State’s ability to control is pointless, and that fans should enjoy every moment as they follow their team. What people outside of the program think is not only beyond your ability to adapt, it also shouldn’t matter.

Are You Not Entertained? Northwestern

Written October 7th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

After the Buckeyes escaped Evanston with a victory, let’s see how many of experts escaped with wishes that came true.

Rolling

Joe

  1. Throw the Football - If there is a weakness on this Northwestern team, it’s on the pass defense. The Ohio State offense has to take advantage by chucking the pill and creating big plays in the passing attack The passing game was inconsistent to say the least. 
  2. The H-Back - That’s what we are calling it these days right? OC Tom Herman admitted he didn’t get Jordan Hall into last week’s game because he fell back on old play-calling. There’s a need for speed Saturday, I would love to see these guys involved on the edge with Jet sweeps and the like No need for that stuff when you got Hyde jamming down the middle.
  3. A Fast Start - Mali has a point with his desire of a Four Quarters game, but Ohio State also has to do what they do best this season — jump on the back of the opponent early. OSU has outscored opponents 116-21 in the first quarter this season. No where close to fast start, but a decent finish!
  4. Brax Attack - This is the game where Braxton Miller could and should put his name back into the Heisman talks. Last week was a strong showing back. With a solid 4th quarter, I’d love to see #5 propel himself back into the NPOY talks. Braxton came no where close to jumping back in the Heisman race…..1 interception, 2 fumbles lost, and several mis-reads on the read option.
  5. Safety Concerns - There is no doubt this team will miss leader and senior Christian Bryant. A true leader in this program. Corey “Pitt” Brown will be called upon to fill his voice at safety. I would love to see Brown fit right in back there and make a great running mate with C.J. Barnett. Tyvus Powell, the nickel corner also could see time at safety. I’m looking for both men to show the fan base what they bring to the table.  The defensive backs took another one on the chin giving up 343 yards passing.
  6. Keep The Streak Alive - Winning is the name of the game and two streaks are on the line. Let’s extend the NW winning streak to five straight and 29 of the last 30 and the Overall winning streak to 18! And the streak lives on!
Scott
  1. Spread ‘em – I wanna see the spread offense really spread. We have all this speed. Lets go wide and turn the corner. Corners weren’t working but Hyde up the middle sure was. 
  2. Kenny G. - Get him in for a few snaps. Sorry, no Kenny G again….although some may have thought it should have happened.
  3. Silencer – Take crowd out of game early. Crowd was in it from beginning to end unfortunately.
  4. Say What? – Tight end dive pass. Still could see more of this. Read More

Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: Nerdwestern Eve

Written October 4th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

Plenty to amuse us with this week, let’s get Rumblin’.

Rumblin’

There’s no doubt in my mind who the best player is on the Ohio State roster. Braxton Miller returned in a way that most people watching are saying he would be smack dab in the middle of the Heisman race if he hadn’t missed almost three whole games. I will go further and say that due to how dynamic he has become compared to last year, he may sneak his way back into it.

My reasoning is simply this. Wisconsin did not have an answer for him early or very often until the Coach Meyer version of “Tressel ball” showed up. Bear in mind he justified his actions much in the same way that JT did, just win the football game. The huge difference between the two is Coach Meyer wants to get out fast, get a big lead, and then sit on it. Coach Tressel mostly wanted to get a lead and let his defense take over.

back on the field and very good

Back On The Field And Lookin’ Good

Much of the success that took place last Saturday night was due to Whiskey’s underestimation, and evidently their players as well, of Braxton’s improved arm strength and accuracy. What is really silly about some of the throws he made are the fact that he wouldn’t have even attempted them last year. He has become more of a threat on the run than before and his accuracy really is improved.

Braxton Miller will do alot of things in the rest of his career. The most important to him will be to finish the season undefeated and have a chance to hold up the trophy and kiss it. My second place finisher for rumblin’ last week was Bradley Roby. In as much grief as he received and how poorly he played. He was still able to make some plays being alone in coverage. He is one of the best run supporters the Buckeyes have had in the secondary in a good while.

Stumblin’

As I stated earlier about Bradley Roby being my second place rumbler, he is also the guy stumblin’ this past week. Coach Meyer pretty much called him out to everyone by mentioning the fact that he needed to have a great week of practice. Read More

What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Northwestern

Written October 4th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

A trip to Evanston to face the Wildcats brings us another night game and brings another week of our experts’ wishes.

By Air?

Joe

  1. Throw the Football - If there is a weakness on this Northwestern team, it’s on the pass defense. The Ohio State offense has to take advantage by chucking the pill and creating big plays in the passing attack
  2. The H-Back - That’s what we are calling it these days right? OC Tom Herman admitted he didn’t get Jordan Hall into last week’s game because he fell back on old play-calling. There’s a need for speed Saturday, I would love to see these guys involved on the edge with Jet sweeps and the liek
  3. A Fast Start - Mali has a point with his desire of a Four Quarters game, but Ohio State also has to do what they do best this season — jump on the back of the opponent early. OSU has outscored opponents 116-21 in the first quarter this season.
  4. Brax Attack - This is the game where Braxton Miller could and should put his name back into the Heisman talks. Last week was a strong showing back. With a solid 4th quarter, I’d love to see #5 propel himself back into the NPOY talks.
  5. Safety Concerns - There is no doubt this team will miss leader and senior Christian Bryant. A true leader in this program. Corey “Pitt” Brown will be called upon to fill his voice at safety. I would love to see Brown fit right in back there and make a great running mate with C.J. Barnett. Tyvus Powell, the nickel corner also could see time at safety. I’m looking for both men to show the fan base what they bring to the table.
  6. Keep The Streak Alive - Winning is the name of the game and two streaks are on the line. Let’s extend the NW winning streak to five straight and 29 of the last 30 and the Overall winning streak to 18!
Scott
  1. Spread ‘em – I wanna see the spread offense really spread. We have all this speed. Lets go wide and turn the corner. 
  2. Kenny G. - Get him in for a few snaps.
  3. Silencer – Take crowd out of game early.
  4. Say What? – Tight end dive pass.

MaliBuckeye

  1. No False Starts - I understand that Wisconsin was simulating the snap with claps and whatnot… control the hostile environment and own the game.
  2. Four Quarters - Ohio State gets off to a fast start… let’s sustain it for an entire game. Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Forward!

Written October 2nd, 2013 by Jason

Welcome to the Big Ten football season! Has it hit you yet that after this weekends matchup the Buckeyes half way through the 2013 season? What did you think of the Wisconsin game? We’ll discuss it and more, it’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Brax on, Brax off

Welcome Brax!

Welcome Brax!

As we learned would happen late last week, Saturday marked the return of Braxton Miller behind center for the Buckeye offense. If you watched the game then you know why I’ve been saying it for almost three weeks now: There is no quarterback controversy at Ohio State. This is Braxton Miller’s team, always has been and will be until he departs for the NFL.

Miller came out in full command of the troops leading the offense to quick score early to get the Badgers in fast 7-0 hole with a touchdown pass to Evan Spencer that simultaneously let Buckeye fans know who is “the man” and announcing to Heisman voters around the country not to count him out just yet.

The back shoulder strike to Devin Smith was impressive and the 4th down scoring pass to end the first half to Philly Brown was a laser shot. Miller finished the night 17/25 for 198 yards with 4 touchdowns and an additional 83 yards on the ground off 22 carries in case anyone still thinks he is fragile. Read More