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.
It may not have pretty, but the Buckeyes left Illinois with a 60-35 victory. Let’s see if our experts faired better than the Buckeyes defense:
The countdown begins.
To quote The Holy Grail, my favorite Monty Python movie, “Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three.”
We have three weeks left in the regular season and our Pick ‘Em just got very interesting.
Gary’s lead over me is down to just two games and he is about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. To recap last week, Gary went 3-2, missing on Michigan over Nebraska and Penn State over Minnesota. I went 4-1, missing only on the Michigan choke job.
This week we have a couple games that could go either way. Scott and Gary both like OSU to crush Illinois and retain the Illibuck Trophy, Wisconsin to handle Indiana, Northwestern to beat TTUN and Penn State to beat Purdue.
But Gary is jumping off the Sparty bandwagon and taking Nebraska. I disagree.
“Sparty will choke and Michigan will continue to spiral out of control,” Gary said. He’s half right.
I can already envision being one game out with two weeks left. And if it weren’t for me battling strep and bronchitis, I’d be talking a lot more trash.
So to recap:
Gary: Penn State, OSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska.
Scott: Penn State, OSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan State.
After the bye week the Buckeyes look to keep the momentum going at Illinois. Let’s see if our experts can too:
We’ve been meeting up with our friends from Champaign a hundred times now; it certainly seems like today’s soundtrack is more than appropriate.
Injury Update- Coach Meyer reported that the team is (finally) healthy, and will be ready for the stretch run. Jordan Hall in particular was pointed out as being active in practice; he’d been struggling with “a knee thing”.
No, it’s not time for the IlliBuck trophy again… Tuesday’s “news” was full of terrapin conversation, so we go where it leads. As such, here’s this morning’s soundtrack… I’m sure my folks will recognize it.
Ohio State finally did to a bad opponent what it should.
The Buckeyes have seemed to play up or down to their level of competition this season, but not today as OSU downed Illinois, 52-22.
Illinois (2-7, 0-4) is a bad team. But, you still have to be encouraged by some things you saw today.
1. Ohio State’s defensive line is really, really special. Every player that is involved in the rotation can make plays against both the run and the pass.
2. Braxton Miller is the most exciting player in college football. He still has a ways to go as a passer, but the plays he makes with his feet. In the first half, Miller completed just five passes, but threw for 152 yards and one touchdown. His final numbers on the day were 12 for 20 passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 18 times for 73 yards and one touchdown.
3. Carlos Hyde is a touchdown machine. Hyde added three more touchdowns today, bringing his season total to 13. Hyde finished the day with 18 carries for 137 yards and the three touchdowns.
4. Ryan Shazier is playing himself into an All-Big Ten linebacker. Over the past three games, he’s been absolutely tremendous for the Buckeyes. Today, he finished the game with 14 tackles.
It’s hard to be picky in such a one-sided game, but my main concern with this OSU team as that it continues to get off to very slow starts. Today, they allowed Illinois to score first as it kicked a field goal on two of its first three drives. The Buckeyes led just 7-6 after the first quarter.
There also were too many penalties for Ohio State that extended Illinois drives. For the game, the Buckeyes had six penalties for 79 yards.
With the blowout victory, the Buckeyes will head into the bye week with a 10-0 record. OSU’s final two games (at Wisconsin and vs. Michigan) are all that stand between a perfect 12-0 record in Urban Meyer’s first season as head coach.
Not too shabby for a team that finished 6-7 a year ago.
Nate Scheelhaase has become a great dual threat quarterback much like Juice Williams. What are Ron Zook and his staff doing to ensure Scheelhaase doesn’t fall prey to the same problems Williams did in the latter part of his career?
Well for starters, at this point Nathan Scheelhaase is already a much more developed passer than Juice Williams ever was. Juice was thrown in as a starter halfway through his freshman season, fresh out of the Chicago Public League and was completely new to the offense. Scheelhaase has been allowed to redshirt, won the position last year in camp, and has had the benefit of an offensive coordinator that has utilized his running game as an excellent compliment to his passing game. Aside from all that though, the pressure has never been as high on Scheelhaase as it was on Juice to “save the program” Read More