Top 25: The Week in Review & The Week Ahead

Written February 10th, 2013 by Gary Russell II
We Blew It!

We Blew It!

The revolving door that is known as the Top 25 continued to revolve this week.  4 of the 5 Top 5 teams all loss, including Kansas who has now lost three in a row.  In addition to the top 5 teams laying an egg, 14 of the 25 teams lost at least one game this week, with 5 of them not even picking up a single win.  All was not bad though in the Top 25 world.  There were several great games and several overtime games, including a stunning 5 overtime in the Big East.  The Miami Hurricanes continued to come on like gang-busters and very well could be in the Top 5 when all is said is done with the polls this week.  This week doesn’t look like it will let us down as there are quite a few Top 25 matchups and tough games against un-ranked opponents.  Only time will tell how this week will end up but in the meantime, I am just going to sit back and enjoy one of the most exciting college basketball seasons that I can remember.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review

1.       Indiana (20-3, 8-2) Previous Rank: 3

Past Week: 2/7 @ Illinois, L 72-74

Upcoming: 2/10 @ (10) Ohio State & 2/13 Nebraska & 2/16 Purdue

The Hoosiers were the latest Number One team to fall.  A beautifully ran inbounds play by Illinois sunk Indiana.  It doesn’t get any easier this week as they travel to Columbus to face the Buckeyes.

 

2.       Florida (19-3, 9-1) Previous Rank: 4

Past Week:  2/5 @ Arkansas, L 69-80 & 2/9 Mississippi State, W 83-58

Upcoming:  2/12 Kentucky & 2/16 @ Auburn

Florida lost its chance to be the top ranked team with a loss to Arkansas earlier this week.  A trip to Lexington to face Kentucky could spell out another loss this week. Read More

Picks for the Weak: Week 9

Written October 29th, 2011 by Eric

"You guys are picking like a bunch of weaklings!"

The picks return to the BBC after the interminable bye-week!

The last time we saw our intrepid pickers, Eric had the lead over Mali by two games. During week 6, our players came out with the following records:
Joe D: 4-6, Mali: 7-3, Jim: 5-5, Joe L: 8-2, Eric: 5-5, Chris: 6-4, Robby: 8-2

With his 8-2 record to tie for the lead in the week, Joe L succeeded in surpassing both Eric and Mali for the overall lead heading into the final leg of the season. The totals stand thus:
Joe L: 38-21, Eric: 37-22, Mali: 37-22, Jim: 33-26, Joe D: 31-28, Chris: 17-13, Robby: 13-7

It should be an exciting final couple of weeks!

This week’s games feature a couple of exciting divisional battles, particularly in the Big Ten race, along with a number of other fascinating matchups. Read on to find our picks!
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Picks For The Weak: Week 6

Written October 8th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

Only weaklings get headaches making these picks.

I’m pretty sure that was the worst week of College Football picks for this crew in the five years of it’s existence. Maybe I’m over-exaggerating, but 75% of those who help me out with our Picks were at 0-5 as we headed into the evening on Saturday. Thanks to the Mustangs, I picked up some ground on everyone by a game! Beating those Horned Frogs like there’s no poison in their ummmm.. Bite.

It was Baylor this week that gave everyone a loss on their record. Thanks ESPN and RGIII for selling the hype on the clearance shelf.  It was me digging in and looking for legendary 5 buck team.

Truth is Baylor still isn’t elite.

A team that is though is those damn Badgers. A huge win over Nebraska propels them into national contenders. As sick as it makes me to even think about a BCS championship scenerio with that team. What’s more disturbing to the mind? The Badgers holding the glass football, or Bo Ryan dancing on the court.

No Contest. I hate you Bo Ryan.

Anyways, we’re here to break down the games and talk about week six of the college football season. Let’s take a look at Week 5′s results.

Computer 5-5-Expert 3-7-Mali 3-7-Joe D 6-4-Eric 6-4 - Joe L. 4-6 -Chris 4-6-Robby 5-5-Jim 4-6
Man, those records are gaudy and uglier than the Buckeyes Offense last Saturday (zing!) Here is a full look at the complete standings this season.
Experts  25-14-Computer 25-24-Eric 32-17-Mali 30-19-Joe 27-22-Jim 28-21-Joe L 30-19-Chris 11-9-Robby 5-5
We’ve got some thrillers coming up this week. Enough chatting and reminiscing. Let’s get right to the picks!

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tBBC Postgame Show: Miami

Written September 18th, 2011 by Eric

Eric is joined by Michael of OHD, Josh (Bacon Ninja) of Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Marcus Hartman of Buckeye Sports Bulletin on this week’s postgame show. The crew breaks down the tough 24-6 loss the Buckeyes suffered at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes, particularly focusing on the atrocious quarterbacking play.

There were positive takeaways from the game, and the team spends as much time talking about the things that Ohio State did right as the things they did very very wrong.

All this and more on this week’s BBC Postgame Show!



Are you not Entertained? Miami Edition

Written September 18th, 2011 by Eric

I’m pretty certain the answer is “no”, but let’s look at each individual point anyway just to be sure.

Mali

Braxton Miller saw game time against the Hurricanes.

Brax Attack. Well, he saw the field. That’s about all we can say.

Jacory Harris’ New Name. Jacory Harris played better than last season, though he did hand the ball over a few times – and nearly put OSU back in the game in the end.

Florida Pride. Hyde and Sabino played tough, does that count?

Game Commentary. The commentary was absolutely focused on the game. At some point, though, I think Buckeye fans almost would have rather been thinking about the offseason.

No False Starts. Keep asking Mali.

Jim

No turnovers. The young gun gave it up twice – though both were due more to great play from the Miami defense than his own failings. However, he still tried to put the ball where he shouldn’t have on the tipped interception, and he left the ball floating out away from his body on the punched out fumble.

Enthusiasm and hitting. It took a little while but we saw it eventually. Though, it disappeared more often as the defense wore down.

Big time players making big time plays. I’m pretty certain Joe Bauserman cemented his name in Buckeye History, but not in a good way.

Jordan Hall in space. He certainly was a nice change of pace! Early in the game, Hall was averaging more than 13 yards per carry, and ended above 6. That’s some great running from a solid back.

Braxton Miller on the field. He was there, that’s about all we can say on that account.
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Miami smothers Ohio State 24-6

Written September 17th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes took to the road for the first time this season to visit Miami at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.  From the moment the teams took the field, Miami was clearly the better football team, and demonstrated it by shutting Ohio State’s offense down nearly completely on route to a 24-6 victory.  Ohio State’s only successful offensive players were Jordan Hall with 14 carries for 87 yards and Carlos Hyde with 12 carries for 54 yards.  Neither quarterback had a completion percentage beyond 20% on the game.

The game started with the Buckeyes in possession of the football and Joe Bauserman under center.  It’s also worth noting that despite Jordan Hall’s return from suspension the Bucks started out handing the ball off to Carlos Hyde.  Clearly the coaches were sufficiently happy with the work Carlos has done this season to warrant him continuing to start for this team.  Unfortunately, Bauserman was unable to connect on pass plays on 2nd and 3rd down and the Bucks were forced to punt.

On the first play from scrimmage for the Hurricane’s offense, Jacory Harris handed the ball off to Lamar Miller who blitzed through the center of the OSU defense for 54 yards.  The play immediately put Miami in scoring position and set the Buckeye defense back on their heels.  A couple plays later, from three yards out, Jacory Harris found Allen Hurns unguarded in the endzone for the first touchdown of the game.

Despite the rough start, the Buckeyes showed confidence in their gameplan and put “The Baus” back in the game.  Instead of Hyde, however, the Bucks brought Jordan Hall into the game, and even managed to find him on a wheel route out of the backfield.  Again, however, the Buck’s drive ended in a three-and-out.  Benjamin, Miami’s star receiver and return man, succeeded in returning the resulting punt to near the 50, showing great speed on the play to get around the corner of the OSU coverage unit.

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Ohio State at Miami (FL) LiveBlog

Written September 17th, 2011 by Eric

It’s that time again, time for another great BBC gameday LiveBlog!

As usual, we’re joined by Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Our Honor Defend, and Fox Sports Ohio today. Make sure to stop by and check out what they’ve been saying this week.

You can find lots of BBC coverage of the Miami game at the following links:
- Keys to the Game
- Pregame BBC Radio Hour
- What the BBC writers wanted to see
- Our give and take with allCanes.com

Go Bucks!

What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Miami Edition

Written September 16th, 2011 by Eric

It’s the first official test of the season for the young Buckeyes, and they get an infusion of some of their best talent with the return of Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown to the field.  Let’s see what the guys wanted for tomorrow.

Mali

Lots of people want to see this guy go against Miami.

Brax Attack. It will mean that a) he’s healthy, b) we’re in a position to play him (up on the scoreboard?) c) Miami has to figure out what to do next… plus, it’ll keep him further away from those pesky headsets.

Jacory Harris’ New Name. I’d be ok with “Ja-five-ry”… he’ll have almost an extra week to prepare, I’d like for him to visit Howard Island at least once.

Florida Pride. A number of Buckeyes from the “Sunshine and Tourist and Old Retirees State”, it’d be great for Brewster and Hyde and Sabino and Berry and Howard to have big games at home.

Game Commentary. With what’s been going on in Columbus and Coral Gables, I wonder how much time will be spent actually discussing football (oh, and not re-hashing the Fiesta Bowl)?  I’m also curious to see, since this is an “ACC on ESPN” game, if the magnitude of commentary will reflect the magnitude of allegations (8 players vs 60+).

No False Starts. I’ll stop asking once we meet this goal.

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