Tuesday’s update from the Ohio State press conference and the rest of college football news…
Yeah, I think we did. We got a lot of work done. Our guys did a heck of a job on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You look back in the years past, ask around how people handled their bye week, you still have to look at your team and figure out what you guys need as opposed to how everybody else does it. I think we did a very good job with the attitudes and getting the work done we needed to get done.
As great as our podcast opportunities have been, we here at the Buckeye Battlecry are to the point where we’re really REALLY ready to talk some football (instead of rumor an innuendo and so forth). So, we’ve been tossing around a couple of questions that we find interesting, and wanted to let you in on the conversation. If you’ve got questions you’d like our for our band of experts to pontificate on, feel free to leave them in the comments.
What will be “The” game for Ohio State this year? Why? Which games do the Buckeyes lose this season, if any?
Joe D: I think the real test to see what to expect this season will be right out of the gates in the first game of the season against the Michigan State Spartans. If the Buckeyes can play their style of football against a very tough, clock running offense like the Spartans, then it will prove well heading into the following week against Nebraska. If the Buckeyes cant answer with a solid running game, or not be able to answer back quickly with the big play, then it could be the start of a downspin with Nebraska, Illinois, and Wisconsin on the schedule after the Spartans. Like the Badgers, the Spartans play an offense that can off-set a young offense.
With that being said, I don’t see Wisconsin coming into Columbus and stealing a win like they were able to last year on the road. So many variables play into the second half of the season, but I see the Ohio State finishing the season in the top two of the leaders division. If they can pull out big wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the championship game in a rematch of their regular season match up with Nebraska.
Final Record: 10-2 ( 6-2 Big Ten)
Update 2: video of the event after the jump.
Update: some of Josh Winslow’s photos uploaded after the jump, with a link to his entire gallery.
Ohio State’s 2011 freshmen reported for fall camp this afternoon. I was fortunate enough to be on location to “cover” the event.
If you missed it earlier in the week, make sure to check out theOzone.net’s great coverage of Wednesday’s media introduction to the incoming freshman, who all gave a brief statement and answered a few questions.
Unfortunately, the biggest news from the check-in this afternoon was how brief it was. The players arrived all at once on a bus, meaning that the ‘event’ lasted about five minutes.
Tomorrow the upper classmen will arrive individually by car over a more extended period of time, so hopefully there will be some more to cover.
As it is, there are a few noteworthy things from today, so let’s get right to it:
It has been a long and arduous off season for Buckeye Nation.
The anticipation and anxiety surrounding the August 12th NCAA hearings alone are enough to put someone on edge. How severely will the NCAA ultimately punish Ohio State for its transgressions?
We can only speculate and hope for the best.
Next up was the resignation of all-time great Jim Tressel and the resulting uncertainty surrounding Ohio State’s next head coach. Luke Fickell is a great defensive coach and an even better Buckeye, but will he be the long term answer to Ohio State’s head coaching vacancy?
We can only speculate and hope for the best.
Finally, what initially looked like a 2012 recruiting class for the ages is quickly turning into another source of concern for fans. As I have mentioned previously, it is still much, much too early to give up on the class, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a source of stress for the next several months. Will Luke Fickell (or the next head coach) be able to salvage the 2012 recruiting class before signing day?
We can only speculate and hope for the best.
Clearly there will be plenty of uncertainty and things to worry about in the coming months. If you are like me, however, you are already so sick and tired of worry and speculation that you have entered a state of comatose. Obviously, being in a state of comatose isn’t very much fun, so I have decided to switch my coping mechanism.
While this off-season has dragged on to the point that it seems like it will never end, the light at the end of the tunnel is coming into view and the season is fast approaching.
Rather than worry about things outside of our collective control, it’s time to refocus our energies on getting excited about the football season that kicks off in 65 days.
Here is a list of some things that I am most excited about for this season and beyond. Read More
Happy “Dad’s Day”, to all the fathers (intentional and accidental), grandfathers, and father figures out there…
“It had nothing to do with the allegations. I know what kind of people they are. Everybody makes mistakes, but that’s just not where my heart is. I don’t think that’s where I wanted to go in the first place. They’re still good people whether all of that stuff happened or not. Coach Tressel is still a good guy. They’re still all right with me.”
If anything, the linebacker from Richmond, Va., said, the troubles have served as motivation for not only him but also two of his fellow freshmen, defensive back Doran Grant and quarterback Braxton Miller.
“I talk to Doran all the time, and to Braxton, and our attitude is, ‘Let’s go in and do it, man. Let’s be a big three and go in there and help make it happen,’” Curtis Grant (no relation to Doran) said before arriving on campus this weekend. “I told Braxton he’s got to lead that offense, and that I am going to do my best to come in and try to get a starting spot, and try to lead the defense the best way I can.
With spring practice well underway and the spring game quickly approaching, it is time to move from “way too early looks” at each position into some more informed analysis based on practice reports.
[Note: I apologize for not getting to the defensive backs in my “way too early looks”.]
This offseason has been a tumultuous one to say the least. The tattoo revelations leading up to the Sugar Bowl and the resulting suspensions guaranteed a shadow over the off season. The additional news concerning Jim Tressel didn’t exactly make that shadow go away.
Fortunately, time heals all wounds, and cracking pads on the field helps to speed up that process- at least for me. After some time off from writing following the Tressel news conference (which is part of the reason why I didn’t get to the DBs), my enthusiasm for football is back in full swing.
So what follows will not only be a look at the DBs for the first time, but also a review of all of the position groups with some updated thoughts based on news from practice. I apologize ahead of time if this ends up being lengthy.
My rebuttal: FOOTBALL!
My attitude this offseason has always been that no matter what happens, when the Buckeyes take care of business on the field everything else will fade into the background.
Redemption through wins.
Off field BS be damned.
Here is a look at how each position is looking heading into the spring game.
Malibuckeye, Jim@tBBC and Joe@tBBC join Eric in another Around the Horn style podcast! We get together to discuss the current state of Ohio State recruiting, in particular the recently signed 2011 recruiting class. Of particular note are the surprises of the class, along with who they believe will step up and see the field early in their careers. The crew also discusses the 2012 recruiting class, looking at who we are most excited about along with who we believe are locks to become Buckeyes. Lastly, we discuss the Chris Carter situation, and why we feel like the coaching staff is making the right decision.
All this and more on this week’s Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour!
Good news, everybody! Curtis Grant is a Buckeye.
Recently named a Parade All-American, Grant is one of the top high school prospects in the entire nation. Clearly he is a great get on signing day… particularly after such a horrible finale to the 2010 recruiting class.
He chose Ohio State over Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. Once considered Florida’s to lose, the re-resignation of Urban Meyer allowed Ohio State to jump back into Grant’s recruitment… which obviously turned out to be a successful one for the Buckeyes.
Listed at 6’3″ and 215 pounds, Grant has prototypical size and could end up at any of the three LB positions at Ohio State. Wherever he lands, Grant has the talent and potential to be an extremely good defender… possibly the next great LB for the Silver Bullets.
He can make an immediate impact on special teams in 2011, and if he keeps his head on straight and continues to work hard he will find his way on the field as a starter sooner rather than later.
Congratulations to Mr. Grant and his family on joining Buckeye Nation!
Highlights after the jump.