Are You Not Entertained? Illinois

Written November 19th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

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:

MaliBuckeye

  1. Fast Start- None of this sluggish “after the bye” stuff we saw against Iowa.  I think you got it finally!
  2. But Not A False Start- Two games in a row?  You got it!
  3. No Passing Fancy- Illinois leads the conference in passing… let’s see the OSU secondary continue their development 288 yards given up…..definitely not a good development. 
  4. Sorry, No Returns- The Illini’s return man V’Angelo Bentley is one of the best in the country… can Coach Coombs’ bunch of freaks keep him in check?  Bentley’s 67 yard punt return prved the return lane was open Saturday.
  5. Stylish Turtle- Sure the IlliBuck is a bit goofy, but it’d be great to have a game where “Style points” are on display as the wooden  beast returns home.  60 points were stylish…..the 35 given up….not so much. 

TURTLE!

Charles

  1. Focus and Intensity - coming off a bye week and playing one of the bottom teams in the conference, it would be easy for OSU to look past this game.  I want to see the Buckeyes come out and play like this is the most important game of their season, as they should each week.  Offensively the focus and intensity was there……but the defense muct have thought the bye wasn’t over yet.
  2. Good pass coverage - Illinois can throw the ball and OSU’s secondary has had some issues this season; I wanted to see improved coverage and play from the secondary.  Oops…..try again!
  3. Something to make them think - I would love to see a trick play or a new wrinkle added just to give Michigan and whoever we play in the Big Ten title game something else to think about and plan for.  No tricks, but definitely all treats! Read More

Pick ‘em: Closing the gap

Written November 15th, 2013 by Scott

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.

Big-10-logoGary’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.

The Illibuck Trophy is staying in Columbus.

The Illibuck Trophy is staying in Columbus.

So to recap:

Gary: Penn State, OSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska.

Scott: Penn State, OSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan State.

Standings:

Gary 20-8

Scott 18-10

What Do You Want to See on Saturday? Illinois

Written November 15th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

After the bye week the Buckeyes look to keep the momentum going at Illinois.  Let’s see if our experts can too:

Stifled

MaliBuckeye

  1. Fast Start- None of this sluggish “after the bye” stuff we saw against Iowa.
  2. But Not A False Start- Two games in a row?
  3. No Passing Fancy- Illinois leads the conference in passing… let’s see the OSU secondary continue their development
  4. Sorry, No Returns- The Illini’s return man V’Angelo Bentley is one of the best in the country… can Coach Coombs’ bunch of freaks keep him in check?
  5. Stylish Turtle- Sure the IlliBuck is a bit goofy, but it’d be great to have a game where “Style points” are on display as the wooden  beast returns home.

Charles

  1. Focus and Intensity - coming off a bye week and playing one of the bottom teams in the conference, it would be easy for OSU to look past this game.  I want to see the Buckeyes come out and play like this is the most important game of their season, as they should each week.
  2. Good pass coverage - Illinois can throw the ball and OSU’s secondary has had some issues this season; I wanted to see improved coverage and play from the secondary.
  3. Something to make them think - I would love to see a trick play or a new wrinkle added just to give Michigan and whoever we play in the Big Ten title game something else to think about and plan for.
Joseph
  1. Scheel House Scramble - Make him feel like the three eggs I ate for breakfast on Saturday by creating pressure and getting him out of the pocket.
  2. Illini Trouble - This team stinks. If you can hold the quarterback to making plays, you can dominate this team. Would love to see less than 200 yards of total offense from Illinois.
  3. Pick it like Roby - Would love to see Bradley Roby get a pick or two in this one to throw the detractors off his back.
  4. Fergy Ferg What? - Shut down the 2nd best receiving back in the country in Josh  Ferguson. No check downs means no offense. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Celebrates A Centennial

Written November 14th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

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.

Buckeye 411

  • Ancient IlliBuck Cave Painting

    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”.

  • Meaningful Awards-  Ryan Shazier was named a semi-finalist for the Lott IMPACT Award, Braxton was highlighted as a “Player To Watch” for the Walter Camp trophy, Cameron Johnston was also a semi-finalist for the Ray Guy award.  Most interestingly, though… former active duty Navy Craig Cataline has been nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy for the countries best player who started as a walkon.  The football version of the “Mark Titus” Award.
  • On The Dotted Line- New NCAA rules allow for student athletes who are planning on enrolling in January to sign their letters of intent and financial paperwork in November in an early version of NLOID. To this point, the following members of the 2014 class have chosen to do so: Kyle Trout, Stephen Collier, and Sean Neurenberger have chosen to do so. This “early” process means that they’ll now be able to be in constant contact with the coaching staff in terms of training and prep, unlike other recruits who will still need to abide by dead periods and other NCAA guidelines.
  • Seems Like Yesterday- This is the 100th meeting between the Illini and Buckeyes; it certainly would be great to get a win and be one step closer to the 100th Rose Bowl.
  • Weather Or Not- Coach Meyer said on Wednesday that cold doesn’t impact the team or their plans, but that rain and wind might. He admits that they’re keeping a close eye on the forcast.
  • Foot-In-Mouth Disease- In response to Evan Spencer’s comments regarding other BCS powers, Coach Meyer was quick to deflect criticism of the receiver. Instead, he highlighted that Evan was still a “great kid”, and his frustration was with the content not the commentor.
  • Can’t Really Get Worse- Meyer also complimented the Illini passing game, and said that the offense has improved drastically since last year. He pointed to a couple of games as “should have” types of contests for Beckman’s team that came down to a few plays bouncing the wrong way.
  • Speed Kills- From Sammy Silverman and the Ohio State graphics department:

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Silver Bullet Points Comes Out Of Its Shell

Written February 13th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

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.

You want me to hang that WHERE?

Buckeye 411

  • Urban Legend- The world was a twitter yesterday with news that Urban Meyer had revealed that Woody Hayes once let a turtle bite him… well… you know. While I agree with Vico that it should have been immediately evident that the story was a playful fabrication, as it wasn’t weird enough, it should also be noted that Coach Meyer told the same story last year with Earle Bruce as the protagonist. Never the less, the Ohio State PR department decided that it would be wise to clarify that the story was merely a tall tale, lest the area’s extensive Testudines Advocacy Group (TAG) call down the thunder on the University.
  • Perhaps- That’s why the IlliBuck is a Woody?
  • Turtle Not Included- Thursday is a sacred commemoration for Buckeye Nation, as we celebrate St. Woodrow’s Day, which will be the 100th anniversary of his incarnation upon the earth. As part of the festivities, today the University will be unveiling a great statue of the man over at the WHAC, which is my only critique.  If other schools can have their statues by the field of battle, shouldn’t Woody’s be near his beloved and sacred Horseshoe as well? Perhaps some industrious student can make that happen.
  • Speak Loudly, And Carry A Winning Record- Last week, Coach Meyer made some comments about talking to the B1G Coaches about the conference’s recruiting and their national brand. Of course, the media and writers from other fanbases blew it out of context and presented it as “Urban going to tell the B1G how things should be done!” Well, come to find out, it was actually a well facilitated conversation that a number of coaches had already been a part of, and that a number of other reasoned folks agreed with. Interesting, that.
  • Oh, Mark May- Never change.
  • Vote Or Die- Seriously, I’m afraid John Simon will track me down, so I’ve cast my ballot numerous times already. Read More

Buckeyes Blow Out Illini, 52-22

Written November 3rd, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

I Like Turtles!

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.

Guapo!

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.

Across The Web: Illinois

Written October 13th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

This week, we’re joined by Joe from Hail To The Orange, who was super gracious to partner with us again… my, how times have changed.  Let’s get ready for Turtle Talk!! Here we go!

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?

Older And Wiser Now

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

Video Evidence: IlliBuck

Written October 4th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

It wasn’t pretty, but the big wooden turtle comes back to Columbus:

Thanks again to Cole for taking the game’s pressure and turning it into a diamond.