And so, we draw closer to another season in Ohio Stadium. Senior Day is always special, but this one even more so… and there’s more work yet to be done. Aw, heck… I’m getting all choked up just thinking about it. Here, listen to the soundtrack and enjoy your Thursday.
Welcome back, the Radio Hour is back and rejuvenated thanks to a beat down of them stinkin’ Badgers last week! After such a great win, Urban Meyer’s squad get’s ready for the first trap game of the season against a very talented Northwestern squad.
Speaking of talent — tBBC Radio Hour’s true talent, Clair Crawford returns to the show this week! Clair and I talk about the latest in the world of College Football and talk Ohio State as they prepare for their trip to Evanston Illinois.
We break down what it feels like to be Lane Kiffin, the name of Bert’s new band — Bert Bielema and the Mud Pies… the New IED vehicle on OSU’s campus (SAY WHAT???!?!?) and we break down Northwestern while reviewing Ohio State’s performance against Wisconsin.
Oh. and we also take time to rip Clay Travis… What a [insert expletive and adjective Eric once used to describe Mark May, right here on this very show]
We also joined by the best media voice covering Northwestern Sports, Louie Vaccher with Rivals’ Wildcat Report. Louie helps us scout the opponent, talks about the evolution of the Northwestern program and what head coach Pat Fitzgerald means to the program and how Evanston is responding to College Gameday and all the hype heading into this weekend.
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…this past Friday her new Hospice home health aid came over and when she entered the house, she saw a few Buckeye items around the room (the big cache and over-the-top Buckeye decorations are all down in my man cave), but it was enough for her to tell us that her ex-boyfriend played for Ohio State (Curtis Grant, of course). She said they broke up a few months before he left for OSU and she hadn’t really seen him since. However, she went on to say how great a guy he was and that he was the nicest guy she ever knew.
Well, she ended up taking a few pics of the man-cave and my mother-in-law, and texted them to Curtis. Yesterday, when she came by, she dialed a number on her cell phone and handed it to her. Of course, it was Curtis on the phone. They chatted for several minutes and then said goodbye. She beamed from ear to ear just from that call. She hasn’t stopped talking about it yet.
But within about an hour the doorbell rang. Curtis had called his mother and had her bring my MIL an autographed shirt and a program from Saturday night’s game. She also stayed to chat awhile. Even though she’s from the area, she had to drive about and hour and a half just to do this. Read More
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
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
The #4/3 Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) move their Prime Time show from Columbus, OH to Evanston, IL for another 8:00 PM kickoff. The opponents, the undefeated (4-0, 0-0) #16/15 Northwestern Wildcats. Yes, another night game against another ranked B1G team.
When I saw this game on the schedule, I was only mildly concerned about the outcome. And that was based on the 2004 night game debacle in Evanston, not on this year’s talent/performance. Northwestern will be a different challenge from Wisconsin, in that, despite what we saw on Saturday, the Wildcats bring a legitimate balanced offense into this game.
Northwestern has two legitimate quarterbacks in Kain Colter (27-35, 264 yds, 4TD, 2INT)/Trevor Siemian (47-70, 671, 3,2), two quality running backs in Venric Mark (if healthy)/Treyvon Green (101 YPG)and two quality receivers in Tony Jones/Christian Jones (39 Rec, 15 YPR, 5TD). Their offense is also a bit different from Wiscy’s in that rather than relying on raw power, Northwestern brings more speed and elusiveness to the field.
Last year’s all-everything running back Venric Mark appears to be healthy enough to be listed on the Wildcats depth chart as the starting running back for Saturday. This could be a Carlos Hyde situation where a player comes back to play in a big game after a 2-3 game layoff. Whether Venric Mark gets the every down workload remains to be seen, but I expect him to see spot duty in the backfield and to line up as kick/punt returner. Last year, Venric was 2nd team all-conference as a running back, and All-American as a punt returner, so look for Pat Fitzgerald and his staff to put him in positions to handle the ball, particularly in the open field.
Ohio State looks to continue their B1G win streak
This past weekend as the Buckeyes faced the Bulls, we started a new feature here at tBBC. Each week we will feature some hash-tags on twitter and feature your responses to those in a weekly article. While we are at it, we will feature a former Buckeye each week to give their two-cents worth as well and see how you stack up to their thoughts.
#BufTopPlay Braxton Miller 47 yard TD to Devin Smith. Great throw and great adjustment by Devin.
#BufOMVP Jordan Hall. He ran his butt off today. Big holes but also showed burst and agility.
#BufDMVP Noah Spence
#BufSTMVP Dontre Wilson. Great kick return!
#BufOUnsung Offensive Line. They were creating huge holes and giving Braxton (and Kenny) time to throw for the most part.
#BufDUnsung Ryan Shazier. Despite the injury he was still effective.
#BufMorePT Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, Ezekiel Elliot, Warren Ball. Can’t wait to see what these guys can do!
Those eight individuals were:
These represent the “game captains” for the season. At the end of the year, a handful of these will be selected as the “Season Captains”.
The first four on the list are fifth-year seniors. Bryant and Brown are both fourth year seniors, while Miller and Shazier are both true juniors. Five of the captains come from the offense, and three from the defense.
This is the first time since Todd Boeckmann in 2008 that OSU has had a Quarterback named captain – and two of them made the list.