Silver Bullet Points Has A Senior Moment

Written November 21st, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

And so, we draw closer to another season in Ohio Stadium. Senior Day is always special, but this one even more so… and there’s more work yet to be done.  Aw, heck… I’m getting all choked up just thinking about it. Here, listen to the soundtrack and enjoy your Thursday.

Señor Day for El Guapo

Buckeye 411

  • Bradly RoBYE- The “news” of the afternoon was that Coach Meyer confirmed what Brad Roby had let us know back in July; this would be his last season in Columbus, as the fourth year junior will be pursuing his career in the NFL. While some might see this as a distraction, it was announced today in order to help prepare for Saturday’s Senior Day events- Roby will complete his academic work this year, and be honored with his teammates.
  • Meaningful Awards- In case you missed it, the Buckeyes swept the major Big Ten Player of the Week Awards, with Carlos Hyde getting accolades for the offense and Ryan Shazier noted for his defensive work against the Illini. Shazier was also awarded his second Lott Impact Player of the Week Award, you can help vote for him to win the national trophy here:  Lott Impact Player Of The Year
  • Also- Coach Meyer is a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Club National Coach of the Year; the Conference CotY has already been awarded to Kirk Ferentz.
  • Yeah, But- Somehow Jack Mewhort was left off the list of semifinalists for the Remington Award for best collegiate offensive lineman. Guess he’ll just have to take that frustration out on his next three or four opponents.
  • Game Recognitions- Against Illinois, Carlos Hyde and Anrew Norwell were team offensive players of the game, with Ron Tanner getting the nod for special teams and Barnett, Spence, and Shazier on defense.
  • Walking Wounded- On Monday, Coach Meyer talked about the nine players who were out for the season this year, and the need to have new players in positions on special teams. Wednesday, Meyer said that some of the recently dinged would be ready for action on Saturday: Curtis Grant, Joey Bosa, Josh Perry, and Jack Mewhort are all “good to go” for gametime.
  • Holding Pattern- Earlier, Christian Bryant talked about not knowing what the future held in terms of his recovery and return to the team. He mentioned the possibility of being ready for a bowl opportunity, and that there’s also the consideration of having him apply for a redshirt. CB2 had a great feature on BTN’s “The Journey” last night as well.
  • Coach Guiton- This week, Kenny Guiton talked about his plans to continue at Ohio State as a graduate assistant. He’d earned the name “coach” last year for his knowledge of the offense and this year has been incredible in preparing the team for gamedays. While I love the possibility of more Smooth Jazz, my real hope would be that he could find a place to play in the NFL for a while… you’re telling me that he couldn’t be as successful as whoever the hell is playing in Cleveland this week?
  • On Second Thought- I’m not done with Kenny just yet. I want to see him get the start on Saturday, even if only for one series, so that the team and fans can truly show this incredible young man how much they appreciate him and what he means to the program. Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Winds of Change

Written November 20th, 2013 by Jason

The polls are changing. A win at Illinois that left Buckeye Nation questioning everything. Saturday night brought us the end of the Stanford story. We’ll round up all the mass hysteria and make sense of it. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Bye week hangover

Despite racking up 60 points and Carlos Hyde having a career day on the ground, the general consensus nationally was that the Buckeyes somehow “escaped” in their battle with the Illini. I’ll be the first to admit that this was clearly not the best performance we have seen from the Buckeyes in 2013, but it was hardly if ever in doubt. Oh, and they put up 60 points.

Carlos Hyde... grown man.

Carlos Hyde… grown man.

There were a lot of factors in play working against the good guys on Saturday.

Out due to injury, Joshua Perry and Curtis Grant left a gaping hole in the linebacker group. Joey Bosa’s injury took another starter off the field for the Silver Bullets.

Offensively things never seemed to click as timing was off and Braxton Miller seemed to get out of sorts in the middle stages of the game. He was also getting hit hard by the Illini defense, once illegally. Jack Mewhort missed some time during those same middle portions of the game while they looked at a tweak in his knee.

You can’t discount the mood in general, either. The stadium was half full, giving it an almost sleepy feel from the start. I hear you, that shouldn’t matter. But add in that they were near 30 point favorites who are still kids that read their own hype, mix in a week layoff and it is a ripe situation for a letdown. I think it became obvious when they went up 28-0 early that the foot came directly off the gas pedal and the machine was switched into cruise control.  Read More

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.
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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!

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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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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!

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