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

Buckeyes Improve to 22 Straight, Defeat Illinois 60-35

Written November 16th, 2013 by Eric
Bradley Roby returned a pick for six to boost the Buckeye lead.

Bradley Roby returned a pick for six to boost the Buckeye lead.

Playing in Urbana Champaign, the Buckeyes secured their record-tying 22nd straight win over the Illinois Fighting Illini. Playing a game that was a lot more competitive than anyone anticipated, the Buckeyes held off Illinois by a final of 60-35. Braxton Miller struggled a little today throwing the football, connecting on 13 of 29 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 184 yards a touchdown and a fumble on 16 carries. Nathan Scheelhaase had a better day hitting 32/49 for 283 yards, 2 touchdowns, but also 2 interceptions. He picked up an additional 48 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Carlos Hyde was again the star of the game for the Buckeyes. Carlos put together an impressive running day with 24 carries for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground, along with 2 receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. While not a 300 yard game, it was strongly reminiscent of Eddie George’s huge game against Illinois in 1995. Corey “Philly” Brown added 7 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Fields picked up 2 catches for 58 yards. On the other side Josh Ferguson carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Steve Hull had 8 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.

The Buckeyes started the game with the ball and put the exclaimation point up early. Starting with a strategy that was very similar to the previous two games, Miller began throwing the little dump pass to the outside, once to Dontre Wilson on a short wheel route that he missed, and once to Corey “Philly” Brown on a WR screen. But it was the third play that broke it all open. Miller faked one defender out with the play action, then blew through two defenders that had no idea what was going on. By time the Illinois defense had recovered, Miller was 10 yards past them with a full head of steam on the way to a 70 yard score.

The passing game for the Illini is one of the best in the conference, with Nathan Scheelhaase leading the conference in passing yards. Not surprisingly, Illinois went to it early and found some success moving the ball. On his third pass, Scheelhaase tossed it over the middle into a crowd of Buckeyes that connected squarely with CJ Barnett for a pick. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes screwed up the center to quarterback exchange on first down, and were forced into a 3rd and 19 that they couldn’t convert.

After trading punts that put each team deep in their own territory, the Buckeyes offense got moving again. It was apparent that the wind in the stadium was having a major effect on things. Not only was Miller struggling a little to hit targets down field in the passing game, both under-throwing and over-throwing Devin Smith on long passes, but the entire offensive strategy seemed a little more constrained. Using the short passing game, and taking advantage of the power in the running game, Miller was eventually able to connect on short pass to Hyde in the flat that the runningback was able to put into the endzone from 18 yards out.
Read More

BBN Football/Basketball Liveblog: Illinois/Marquette

Written November 16th, 2013 by Eric

We’ve got a two-fer for your viewing pleasure this afternoon!

First, at Noon, the Buckeye football team travels to the space between the cornfields out in Urbana-Champaign to take on former Buckeye assistant coach Tim Beckman’s Illinois Fighting Illini.

Then, at 1 PM, the Men’s Shooty Hoopers tip-off in Milwaukee against Buzz William’s Marquette Golden Eagles.

Stop by and chat through both games with all of your favorite Buckeye friends and bloggers!

Go Bucks!

Read More

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:

Read More

tBBC Radio Hour: Illinois Preview

Written November 13th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

There is nothing than returning to the podcast and ripping anything and everything to do with TTUN! On this week’s show, Joe and Clair have fun with the latest in Michigan failure — including Marie Sue Coleman’s Drunk Halftime speech, Ron English’s adjective to explain the type of football his former Eastern Michigan team plays, plus a Michigan fan that literally blamed all his drunken sorrows on Al Borges.

Oh, and we get you ready for Illinois/Ohio State on Saturday too!

Joe and Clair also talk about the current state of football through the recent bullying scandal in Miami, Where this coaching staff could end up after the season and how Luke Fickell could be a wanted commodity by more than just Florida Atlantic.

One school that comes up is the zero win Miami of Ohio program.

This and much more on the program this week! Thanks for listening!

Subscribe to iTunes by clicking here

Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 11.12.13

Written November 12th, 2013 by Clair

Comin’ off a bye, The Chase continues…

  • Injury Update- Both Josh Perry and Curtis Grant were banged up a bit but apparently Perry had surgery on a dislocated finger and is already up to full speed at practice and Curtis Grant suffered a sprained ankle and low back injury that he will finally be able to shake off a bit at practice this week. Taylor Decker is practicing as well, meaning that he’s well on his way to recovering from his MCL strain.
  • Angry Buckeyes-Urban Meyer was asked if he wanted his team to be angry. Being a contrarian he answered no…but Meyer did mention that his team is invested. It’s a much more appropriate term and more effective way of leading a team to a focused goal in my opinion. Anger can die down and fade but the blood sweat and tears, the two a days, the broken bones, bumps and bruises have all been deposited into a championship account and Urban Meyer will eventually ask his men to cash in..
  • Fight for your right-Urban Meyer’s coaches poll ballot was released and he was asked how the Buckeyes ranked among the nations top teams. Urban has Ohio State at number two right now but thinks his team is playing at a high level. As part politician Coach Meyer can’t come out and say he’s talked to his team about the necessity for style points. He did say they need to play great to be mentioned in the same breath with the Florida States of the world right now. Naturally we’d all love to see the Buckeyes hang 50 on their remaining opponents but what Coach Meyer is saying is, if they play great, the score will reflect their efficiency. No Coach wants to hear that the next opponent needs style points. It’s disrespectful and gives the opponent fuel for the already burning inferno of a fire they already have for the Buckeyes. Read More

The Week That Were: 10.5.13

Written October 7th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Sooo… big victory, at night, outside of Chicago, in a hostile environment, behind an old favorite. Yup, there’s really only one choice for the soundtrack for our look back at college football’s big weekend.

Day-um

Day-um

As the season progresses, there will be a number of weekends that provide “clarity” in the national rankings scene… and this past weekend answered a few questions.

Three sets of undefeated teams squaring off; obviously, readers of this site will be aware of what happened between two of the B1G’s three last undefeated teams. Hell, Vegas knows what happened, and has $300 million reasons to hate Joey Bosa.

The early matchup wasn’t anywhere near as dramatic as the marquee in Evanston, at least not after the first few minutes. Facing undefeated (and B1G) Maryland at home, the Florida State Seminoles made quick work of the Terrapins, pitching a 63-0 shutout.

I’m impressed with both FSU and their freshman quarterback, and bumped them up significantly in this week’s Top 10 rankings that you’ll see on Wednesday. Even more frustrating? In the play on the right there, Winston connects with tight end Nick O’Leary, the grandson of Buckeye great Jack Nicklaus. If Winston was a Buckeye lean during his recruitment as is rumored, that connection could have been in Scarlet and Gray.

The final battle of the unbeaten was the nightcap, as Stanford hosted resilient Washington. The Cardinal somehow managed to seemingly get all 27 tight ends on the field at the same time, and were effective in the power game against the undersized Huskies. Sarkisian’s team wasn’t to be overlooked, however- they managed to make a late run at the Cardinal only to have a late catch overturned on review. Based on, from all we know, this view right here. PAC12 refs, man… And here I thought that the SEC was the conference that bent over backwards to ensure that their top teams kept winning…

A celebrity of sorts was at the Husky Cardinal (also a descriptor for St. Louis fans) game, as former Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice was present to watch her alma mater win. The timing couldn’t have been better- she has also been connected to the upcoming “College Football Playoff Committee”, and was dismissed for that role by ESPN’s David Pollack. I’m sure you can imagine how well that went over… it was all we could to to keep Clair from hunting him down.  Dr. Rice’s name has also been bounced around as a possible replacement for Dr. Gee as president at The Ohio State University- who knows… Read More