tBBC Roundtable: Previewing Ohio State Football

Written July 17th, 2014 by MDotySr
Buckeye Chatter!!!!

Buckeye Chatter!!!!

It’s almost that time of year with only 44 days until The Ohio State Buckeyes play the Naval Academy in Baltimore.

As I sat and thought about it, I realized it would be a good time to get some opinions from the fans of Ohio State and our staff here at The Buckeye Battle Cry.

I look forward to the comments on the site and the discussion that follows. These articles are some of my favorites as it gets as many Buckeye fans involved that want to be!!!

So without holding the process up any longer I think we need to hear from the Best Damn Fans in the Land!!

Here are the questions I posed to the fans and staff:

Who do you think will be the starting cornerbacks for the Buckeyes when the season starts? Mid –Season?

Ken – Doran Grant and Armani Reeves will be opening day starters. As mid-season starters? I have no idea. There is some impressive talent (Apple, Conley, Lattimore, and Webb) but they are inexperienced. I see the variables as; the play of Grant/Reeves, the development of “youngsters and injuries. Let’s talk the week of the Penn State game.

Jason – Doran Grant and Eli Apple. I’ll say the same two at mid-season. As for why, Grant I think is obviously pretty talented. Apple I’m kind of hoping.

@GrChZeboI think Doran Grant and Gareon Conley will be the starting CBs to start and end the season (barring injury). Grant is an obvious choice and I think Conley will better fit the mold of the “new” defense that Coach Ash is looking to install. He’s long and very athletic and I think that’s going to tip things in his favor.

Mali – Grant and Apple, and I have no idea about a mid-season change. I’m hoping that any transition at the position is due to excellence and not due to craptastic play and/or injury.

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Ohio State 2013-14 Highlights

Written July 14th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Over at the Big Ten Network, they’ve put together this highlight package from the 2013-14 football and basketball seasons, as a prep for the Big 10K race in Chicago.

Even if you’re not running in the event, this should get you ready to run through a wall or two:

Silver Bullet Points: Midsummer Dreams Edition

Written July 9th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Thanks for popping by on a Wednesday morning, even if the news for today probably won’t be as exciting as it was seven days ago. Thanks, too, for your patience with the website this week… the people responsible for the tech glitches have been appropriately dealt with. Given our lead bullet point today, here’s your Wednesday Musical Distraction.

We’re Watching…

Buckeye 411

  • Hey y’all… Watch This! It’s “pre-season watch list” time again, and the Ohio State squadron is pretty well represented as you might imagine. Braxton Miller returns to the Maxwell Award list for the best player in the nation, while tight end Jeff Heuerman finds himself on the Mackey Award list for the best player at that position. Wrapping up the offensive, Dontre Wilson is on the list for the Paul Hornung award, given to the most versatile player in the country. A pair of Buckeyes anchor the Bednarik Award watch list for the best defender in America- that both Joey Bosa and Michael Bennett are on there says quite a bit about the state of the Buckeye front. UPDATE: You can add our favorite Aussie punter to the “list list”, as he’s a candidate for the Lou Groza award. Hopefully he’ll get zero chances to earn it this year.
  • Getting Freaky- Bosa’s on there due to his excellent play as a first year student, but he made another list due to his amazing athletic ability.
  • Redemption- We talked a few weeks ago about how Buckeye fans should respond when there favorite players end up on their least favorite pro franchises, and used Ryan Shazier’s tenure with the Steelers as a prime example. If you needed another reason to pull for Mr. Shazier, how about the fact that he’s taking the roster spot and jersey number of a former Wolverine who’s not real excited about those turn of events?
  • Cost Of Attendance, Yay! So sayeth our favorite athletic director… who also highlights my passion that student athletes should be allowed to complete at least one degree if they’ve been a part of revenue production for the University.
  • I Demand A Recount- Ohio Stadium finished second to LSU’s “Death Valley” in a recent survey… which was supposed to assess “Best Stadium”, but seemed to be more about “Best Gameday Experience”, given the parameters outlined by the Athlon staff. Speaking of surveys, this one is total crap.
  • Wanna’ See For Yourself? Single game tickets go on sale on Thursday… and my grandmother is convinced that those game tickets are sure to find that special someone someday.
  • Let There Be Lights! If you get tix for one of the night games this season, you’ll get to enjoy the new luminescence. I’m glad this is finally happening; we can’t always rely on God to drop a beam of light onto his favorite team.
  • A Bit Late- but happy anniversary to Coach Meyer and Shelley!
  • Cover Your Opening- With Oregon Nike doing their annual “It’s not creepy to fawn over high school kids, no not at all. Nope.” event in Beaverton this week, you can bet your bippy that the Buckeyes are well represented (and recruiting others to join the #Elite15). Even though yours truly has connections in Oregon, my schedule this year kept me from traveling north… so I’d strongly advise you to follow longtime Buckeye Brother Jeremy Birmingham, who’s on site and covering the gig for Eleven Warriors. From the sounds of it Hilliard, Cornell, and Tyler Green are all in the ears of Damien Harris (RB), Van Jefferson, Torrance Gibson, and Josh Sweat. Two or three of those fellers would be ice cream on top of the icing on the cake.
  • As If That Weren’t Enough- Sounds like there’s at least one other Buckeye at the Opening preaching the gospel of Scarlet and Gray as well-

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Braxton Miller’s Senior Season Outlook

Written July 1st, 2014 by MDotySr
Plan the Work, Work the Plan!

Plan the Work, Work the Plan!

In the world of improvement on a year to year basis, last year should have been Braxton Miller’s last season in Columbus. With that being said he should have left with a Heisman Trophy and National Championship (ok at least a B1G Championship). After battling through all sorts of issues earlier in his career like, offensive line and lack of a supporting cast, everything seemed to jell last year. He shared the backfield with one of the toughest running backs in college (Carlos Hyde), he became a better passer (with the exception of not throwing to the TE enough) and really avoided sacks much better, and he owes some credit to the veteran offensive line he had in front of him.  Just because he went forward with his progress in 2013, he need not take a break and work even harder for 2014.

When you evaluate Miller’s tape you will see he no longer takes a sack on one of every five or six attempts, but like so many mobile quarterbacks, he still takes too many. The big questions I would love to have answered is: How will Miller perform with a young offensive line and skill position players? How long did he have his shoulder injury? Where is he at in regards to rehabilitation of that shoulder? Who had the biggest impact on his improvement? I know I will probably never get the answers to those questions, but I’m still curious. It’s so much fun to speculate how well your favorite team/player is going to perform heading into the next season. Read More

No Place Like Silver Bullet Points

Written June 25th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Welp, there’s only so much Midwest my family can handle.  Wait… that’s not right. There’s only so much of my family that the Midwest can handle. That’s more accurate.  Since I’m flying back to LaLa land as we speak, here’s some traveling music for your morning interlude.

If Only They Went To LAX

Buckeye 411

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Things I Think

Written June 18th, 2014 by Jason
Peter King doesn't get much love for his TV gig

Peter King doesn’t get much love for his TV gig

A little while back I let it out of the bag that one of my favorite writers is Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

Forget what you think of him as an analyst on Sunday Night Football, his columns are top notch and he has a style unique to himself. (One of these days I’ll spill who my favorite is and if you read his work you’ll instantly see the influence)

One of King’s mainstays is his Monday Morning Quarterback segment that goes live (you guessed it!) on Monday mornings. Inside the MMQB piece each week is a segment he calls “10 things I think I think”. His 10 things encompass everything from the NFL to his favorite order at Starbucks.

Last summer I did my own tribute to Peter King by going through some things I think I thought. With this being the dead period for college football, I figured “why not” and decided to do it again. So, without further ado, here are: Things I Think That I Think.

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Silver Bullet Points Packs The Family Truckster

Written June 11th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

As you’re reading this, I’m headed from the left coast with the whole Mali family on our summer vacation. First stop is guaranteed to be really awkward, since my daughters aren’t allowed to say the name of the state we’re visiting.  At any rate, here’s a couple of tunes that‘ll be running through the ol’ brainpan today.

Like This, In Reverse

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Braxton_Miller_vs_Michigan,_November_2013_(cropped)The quarterback: Who’s going to play it? How will he do? Can he be dependable? The questions involved make it easily the most polarizing position in all of sports. We’re constantly comparing the current to the old, the “in their prime” moments of one to another.

For Ohio’s major college program and two professional outfits, the quarterback discussion is all over the map. What role will backups play, who will start, the questions abound. How about we take a quick dip into the Bengals, Buckeyes and Browns signal callers heading into the 2014 season? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Buckeyes

There is no question that Braxton Miller is the undisputed starter heading into 2014. His backup? Well that’s another story.

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