I start this recap with an apology for not posting a recap of the women’s basketball game against California on Saturday as I ended up in Chicago that day without internet access and a dead cell phone battery. The trip to face the Golden Bears in Berkley proved to be an eventful one for the Buckeyes who survived a late rally, and three potentially game tying shots in the final 10 seconds, to hang onto a 77-75 victory. Cal is a great rebounding team and they took advantage of Ohio State’s weakness on the boards by out-rebounding the Buckeyes 43 to 25. Still the Buckeyes once again found a way to win a close game, once again showing a toughness that had been rare for this program in recent years. The win was a significant milestone for coach Jim Foster who recorded his 750th career win.
Today the Buckeyes faced Charlotte in a rare Monday afternoon game; the game originally was a normal evening game but the 49ers had messed up with the scheduling of their return flight, setting it to take-off before the game would have been over. Even after the game was rescheduled so that the Charlotte team could actually be there the whole time, this game did not present nearly as big of a challenge to the Buckeyes as Saturday’s game did. The biggest question was how much energy would OSU have after taking a red eye flight back from California on Saturday and having only one day to recover. That question was quickly answered as the Buckeyes built a 27-14 lead by the midway point of the first half, then they really turned it on, scoring 17 straight points over the next five minutes to widen the lead to 44-14. Ohio State then coasted into the half with a 46-24 advantage.
Some random thoughts floating around my skull tonight……
The Buckeyes have a LOT to live up to this year, and it’s much much more than a fifth straight Big Ten title and another crack at a big BCS bowl game.
Ohio State is more than just the champions of this league four straight years. We are downright dominating it, and that needs to continue. Take a look at this stat – here’s what the league looks like over the past four seasons;
Big Ten records 2005-2008
Ohio State has lost only 3 games in 4 years. EVERY other team in the Big Ten has had AT LEAST one season with 4 losses in it….and we don’t have a TOTAL of four losses combined.
That’s not just champion material….that’s total control. And it needs to continue.
Earlier today, Wisconsin suspended a pair of players, Aubrey Pleasant and Shane Carter. So far, no word on why the two were suspended, or any word on how long they’ll be out.
But it will hurt the Badgers. Both were starting safeties and both were seniors.
My biggest concern is not whether or not they players will return to the field this year, but whether or not it will affect the lineup on “Parks And Recreation” this fall.
Word from Penn State today is that sophomore LB Michael Mauti has an ACL tear in his knee. Not good news for a linebacker. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be taking my daughter up to Cedar Point for one last time before she enters the 5th Grade. THIS is why I got two new writers….vacation days!
Just kidding guys…but make sure you put up a post for Day #19. Hint – use a punter whose name rhymes with Rom Rupa. And clean the kitchen. I don’t know who left those dishes, but it’s not my turn to wash them.
For those of you unfamiliar with Cedar Point, it’s THE place to go if you’re a roller coaster freak. Charlotte and I LOVE the coasters, so we’re all about it tomorrow. Also, it’s a few miles from the border of TSUN, so I’m wearing my Beanie Wells jersey. It’s been fun going up to CP for the last several years. Michigan fans usually just put their heads down and don’t look you in the eye up there anymore.
The BBC is using Twitter right now (follow us here), but we’re still new to the medium and we’re just getting revved up in taking full advantage of it’s technology. We are still trying to become as popular as Eleven Warriors (story of our life, huh?).
Anyway, I was at work yesterday when I got word of my latest follower on Twitter. Yeah, I was pretty jazzed about it for the rest of the day.
For those of you who don’t know the magic that is Bo Biafra, let me give you a taste. Here’s my favorite song of theirs, that I put into a video. Ladies and gentlemen, the lead singer of the Dead Schembechlers with their classic tune, “Chad Henne Is A Joke”. Lyrics are probably NSFW. Hide the kids and/or distract the boss.
Yeah, that was also a good excuse to post that video. It always pisses off the Michigan bastards. 250,000 viewers can’t be wrong.
Thanks, Bo. Nice to see you read The BBC. I’m a big fan.
First, a couple of quick announcements….
-No third video this week. I had to make a choice last night on what to do with my evening. I chose playing board games with my daughter (and my friend Janessa), and decided that two videos was enough for the week.
-I actually got a full night’s sleep last night…first time that’s happened on the night before a game in over a year.
-Yet another team from Michigan choked on the big game. Everyone expected the Tigers to roll over the Cardinals. Instead, they just rolled over. Just like last year’s Pistons. And the Pistons the year before that. And the Wolverines in their Bowl game in 2005. And the Wolverines in their Bowl game in 2004. And the Wolverines in their Bowl game in 2003. And the Wolverines against Ohio State in 2005. And the Wolverines against Ohio State in 2004.
By now, everybody knows what to expect in today’s Homecoming game against Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are NOT a good team, and the Buckeyes should dominate again today. I prefer to take a look deeper into teams, rather just just quote how many yards they average and leave it at that. Here’s a few facts that will leave you smiling before the Bucks take the field.
-Minnesota has three wins on the year. One is against a team ranked in the Bottom 10 (0-8 Temple). One is against a Division 1-AA school (ND State, a one-point victory). One is against Kent State.
-In Big Ten play, Minnesota has allowed 32.75 points per game.
-They are ranked #96 in the NCAA in rush defense (Ball State actually has a better run defense at #94)
-They are tied for #86 in the NCAA against the pass. They are tied with Indiana….the team that allowed Troy Smith to throw for 4 TDs in a half last week.
Our offense, provided JT has prepared them properly (I know, I know) will have no trouble at all. The Buckeyes could tag another 40 on the board if they play well.
The defense will need to buckle down. Minnesota has already played 4 of the top 5 Big Ten teams, and they have averaged over 18 points per game. Today they meet the Big Ten’s best team, and we MUST beat them by more than Michigan did.
If we can beat Minny more impressively than Michigan did, then we will have won the “battle of comparisons” over the Blue in all four games. The Blue didn’t put Iowa away until 4 minutes remained. Penn State had the ball, down by 7 with less than 2 minutes to play. And Michigan State, while the respective scores were clearly in favor of Ohio State, take a look at yardage gained….OSU/MSU, 421-198….Michigan/MSU, 351-312.
Go make it four-for-four, Buckeyes.
Ohio State 42
Three weeks ago, I asked the question “Are we 11-0 already?”. At the time, we were actually 5-0, but were facing a string of 6 consecutive weak opponents.
I took criticism and praise for suggesting this. Around The Oval agreed with me immediately, while personal friends claimed I was tempting fate and daring it to strike back in the form of Michigan State’s 1998 defeat of the then-#1 Bucks.
I’d like to look back at that prognostication and see how I fared so far….
- Bowling Green – The Falcons are 3-2, but two of their wins came against teams ESPN had in their “Bottom 10″. And here’s two facts that will allow you to breathe easy this weeks – BG’s defense allows 30 points per game, and they lost to Kent State by a score of 38-3. This one’s going to be a walk in the park.
We blew out BGSU 35-7 to nobody’s surprise. We actually didn’t beat the 35-point spread, but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to call this game.
- Michigan State – OK, now I was a little bit worried about this game, until I saw them collapse against Notre Dame and then actually lose to Illinois. Now they seem like the bottom-half team they usually are. Wins against Idaho and Eastern Michigan now appear to be their backbone to 6 wins and getting into a bowl, and that doesn’t scare me. Drew Stanton is their biggest weapon, and I’m no longer afraid of QBs named Drew. It’ll be a tough game for about a half, if MSU can play on emotion. After that, if they’re still around, John L. Smith will find a way to lose.
Granted, MSU made it easy to predict against them after the ND and Illinois losses, but the prospect of a road game against a team with the capability to win was slightly scary. I expected to win, but I thought MSU would make a game of it. This one was over by halftime, though.
- Indiana – The only drama about this game is whether or not I’ll be able to find 2 tickets, so I can take my daughter to her first game the day before she turns 8. Whatever the point spread is, take the Buckeyes.
Long story short, I found tickets, took my daughter, and she now believes that Ohio State destroys everybody because that is all she has witnessed in her whole life. Oh, and the point spread was 31, so I hope you took it.
A quick statistical look at the previous three games:
-Ohio State has scored 39 points per game.
-Ohio State has allowed 5.7 points per game.
-Ohio State has allowed 249 yards rushing combined (21 less than we rushed for against IU alone)
-Troy Smith has 9 TDs and 0 INTs
-Ohio State has turned the ball over only twice.
Now, you may say that these games are against inferior competition. Well, when you are #1 and you play inferior opponents, THESE are the numbers you SHOULD have. We are doing the things we SHOULD be doing. Beating the good teams and slaughtering the weak ones. We do have strong teams on the schedule and nobody has yet been within 17 points at game’s end.
By the way, we have scored 30+ points in 12 of our last 15 games. Under Jim Tressel, Ohio State has NEVER lost when scoring 30 or more points.
Usually, I avoid discussion on how we looked after the fact, but since SO many of you were unable to watch the Ohio State/Indiana game, I’ll give my personal opinion from my seat in 18-B.
The first two possessions sucked ass. Awful on every count. Troy missed his first four passes (and they were bad throws, not dropped). We only ran it off-tackle. We couldn’t tackle on defense. We even had poor punt coverage. But then we woke up and dominated the rest of the way. As a matter of fact, you could pinpoint the exact moment when Indiana knew they were mismatched. They started dropping passes, running scared, flailing at blocks.
Troy Smith, after hitting the snooze button a few times too many, had another Heisman moment. I’m sure you’ll see the highlight, but his second TD of the day was simply glorious. If this guy doesn’t get the trophy, they should burn the Downtown Athletic Club to the ground. You can’t see it on the replay, but had he tucked the ball and ran around end, he had 15-20 yards of grass in front of him. But he saw something else and threw to the corner where only Teddy could go.
Of course, everyone will talk about Teddy’s TD throw. Somebody sitting behind me wondered why they ran that play when they were already leading by 25 points. The answer is simple…..it gives Michigan something else to lose sleep over. Everybody who understands college football knows that Ginn used to be a QB. We just reminded the Wolverines that he still IS a QB.
By the way, I know it’s going to be hard to believe, but Ginn didn’t get enough play today. He drew single coverage ALL DAY. We counted at least 20 plays that he had one man on him with no safety nearby. The problem with that was that every other receiver was wide open all day, and Troy simply played eenie-meenie-miney-mo (or however the hell you spell that).
Also, unless you get to see the entire game, you’ll never know just how hard the defense was unloading on Indiana. At least four plays could make one of my highlight videos, simply because of the viciousness of the hit involved.
Hidden within the stats….Indiana was still in negative rushing yards until 10 minutes remained in the game. For the game, Ohio State had FOUR rushers who EACH had five times as many rushing yards as the entire Indiana team.
Now, as for Charlotte in her very first Buckeye game….damn, I’m impressed with that kid. She concentrated on the game, asked the right questions, WANTED to stay and watch Tressel lead the team in “Carmen, Ohio”, and as a bonus, when I asked her what time it was, she said “2:14 and Michigan still sucks.”
Is there any wonder why I love her so much???
UPDATE – I have the tickets in my hand. Section 18-B, Row 6. Seats appear to be on the 35-yard-line!
This Saturday, I will give my daughter her present for her 8th birthday. I’m taking her to see the Ohio State/Indiana game….her very first Ohio State game!
She’s very excited (almost as much as her daddy) and has been practicing her “O-H”s wherever she can. The day before the game, my brother is giving her their present (her first Ohio State jersey), so she can show up in style.
We’re planning on hitting Skull Session as well, but does anybody else have suggestions on how we can spend our day in Columbus (we should arrive between 830-9am)?? It’s been WAY too long since I was a student there, and the memories of how I spent gamedays are a bit….faded. I’m pretty sure the memories were vague the morning after they actually happened, but I could still use the advice.
P.S. Party cloudy and 59 degrees for the game….hell, yeah!
As my loyal readers know, I usually can’t sleep before a Buckeyes game. This will prove to be a problem next week, when my daughter and I will have to wake up at 6am to head to Columbus to see the Indiana game….but that’s next week.
So I’m preparing to be up late tonight. I’ll probably spend some time trying to create a better quality version of “Buckeye Battle Cry”, one of my first YouTube videos. but in the meantime, here’s my thoughts on the Michigan State game tomorrow.
It’ll take a quarter to get rolling, but the Buckeyes will win big in this game. My prediction is that it’s going to be John L. Smith’s final game as the Spartans’ Head Coach. He’s become the John Cooper of the State Up North. And that’s saying A LOT when you consider that Lllloyd Carr has made a habit of losing to his biggest rival this century.
Michigan State’s biggest strength is their offense. And they are hurting there….badly. Nearly half of their rushing yardage will be sitting on the bench, in the form of an injured Javon Ringer. One-fourth of their receptions will be sitting on the bench, in the form of an injured Matt Trannon.
That leaves Drew Stanton as their biggest (and only) weapon. And that’s not going to cut it against the #1 scoring defense in the NCAA.
On the other side of the ball….well, Michigan State’s defense is awful. They give up 26 points per game. As a matter of fact, their BEST game of the year was when they allowed 17 points….to Idaho. Yes, Idaho. By the way, Idaho had the ball near midfield with a chance to tie and only 4 minutes left in the game. Again, that was Michigan State’s BEST game of the year.
So, when you add all this up, you can see that I am now willing to admit that I was overestimating the Spartans when I circled this game on my schedule as a dangerous day. It’s not, and the Buckeyes will romp tomorrow.
Ohio State 38
Mich State 10
Good News #1 – Over 6,000 people viewed “Iowa Had A Bad Day, Too” in just the first day it was posted (numbers combined from MySpace and YouTube). Something like 10 honors for it on YouTube. I was pretty happy with that.
Good News #2 – Remember a few days ago, when I said the following…..
- Indiana – The only drama about this game is whether or not I’ll be able to find 2 tickets, so I can take my daughter to her first game the day before she turns 8.
The drama is no longer there….I scored a pair of tickets (at face value) for the game. My daughter will see her first Buckeyes game! A HUGE “thank you” to the thoughtful, generous and beautiful Mary (pictured above, with Steve Buscemi), who managed to get me a pair of her family’s season tickets. Seriously, I always had a crush on her….how much do I want to marry her now???
So if anybody’s going to be at the Indiana game, drop me a line. I’m taking my little girl (Charlotte) to the Skull Session, then we’ll probably wander around the campus for a bit before heading in to the game.