2014 Big Ten Conference Preview: East Division

Written June 30th, 2014 by Patrick
Part two of our conference preview looks at the “group of death” and a likely conference title game:

2014 EAST DIVISION PREVIEW

Many feel the east will be a battle of 2 teams and the winner of the November 8th battle in East Lansing between Ohio State and Michigan State can go ahead and make plans for Indy.

EAST PREDICTION

  1. Ohio State
  2. Michigan State
  3. Penn State
  4. Michigan
  5. Indiana
  6. Maryland
  7. Rutgers

OHIO STATE 12-2 (8-0)

Heisman Run?

There is no doubt that all of Buckeye nation is still reeling from the 10 point loss to Michigan State in last year’s B1G Championship game.

There are so many “what if’s” from that game: What if they don’t have the 3 personal fouls on the Spartans first drive? What if they give the ball to Hyde on 4th and 1? What if……..okay, I’ll stop. There’s no doubt Urban Meyer will use that loss as motivation for the 2014 Buckeyes.

The turnover for this squad was quite large. Gone are 4 5th’s of an offensive line that many believed was one of the best in the nation last year as is its work horse back Carlos Hyde. Also gone are Philly Brown, Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby, Christian Bryant, and C.J. Barnett.

Now, some will say that losing players on defense isn’t such a bad thing. The front seven should be very very solid. Joey Bosa, Noah Spence, Adolphis Washington, and Michael Bennett should keep a ton of pressure on B1G qb’s while the secondary led by Doran Grant and Von Bell begin to mesh.

The best news of the offseason was most surely the return of Braxton Miller. Miller is considered by many to be a preseason top 5 Heisman candidate but will have to do it behind a rebuilt offensive line and with a new running mate in his backfield. Ezekiel Elliott is the odds on favorite to take the torch from Hyde. Elliott showed glimpses of greatness when given a chance last year. The Buckeyes B1G portion of their schedule shapes up rather nice.

Home games against Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana, and TSUN seems rather easy and to most, their only tough road test will fall on November 8th as they travel to East Lansing for a date with Sparty. Other road games include Maryland, Penn State, and Minnesota putting the Buckeyes in a great position for a return trip to Indy and a date with Wisconsin.

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Silver Bullet Points Knows Best

Written May 7th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Well, we’ve grown yet again. Not only did we add Mike to the team, but Joe and Scott are both newly christened fathers! Congrats, and we hope that you survive all of the smelly diapers and sleep deprivation.  That goes for you also, Scott and Joe.  Here’s today’s musical kickstart, dedicated to our new dads, even though Mother’s Day is right around the corner.

tBBC Breakroom

Buckeye 411

  • Movin’ On Up- We talked about this last week, but Saturday’s graduation saw a number of Buckeye Idols receive their degrees and walking papers. Marcus Hartman hits the triumvirate of tBBC favorites in pointing out that Aaron Craft, John Simon, and Katie Smith are all now on the list of people the Alumni Office will hit up for donations.
  • Step Off Of That Ledge- To build on Mike’s take from Tuesday morning, there’s no need to panic regarding Ohio State football recruiting thus far.  If you don’t believe me, trust Eleven Warriors’ Jeremy Birmingham, one of the best in the business. Plus, getting emotionally invested in high school kids’ decisions and actions is never a wise move.
  • No More Pro Combat?- Carlos Hyde, adidas rep.  If only they’d stop making ridiculous uniforms, though…
  • Getting Drafty- Believe it or not, there are people involved in Thursday’s draft who aren’t named “Clowney” or “Manziel” (as a side note, you realize that Johnny Football is the new Tim Tebow in the eyes of the Four Letter Network, right?). At any rate the University put out a great website resource for all of the draft junkies: The Buckeyes are second in terms of overall first round picks and third in terms of total players chosen. No wonder the Worldwide Leader has invited Urban Meyer to be a part of their draft day coverage.
  • Or, For You Visual Learners- Sammy Silverman’s got you covered:

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Around The Diamond: Weekly Recap

Written March 31st, 2014 by Gary Russell II

With opening day for the big leagues upon us, we wanted to unleash a new feature- our diamond expert will be checking in every Monday with the latest in Buckeye Softball and Baseball

Baseball

The baseball Bucks spent the went at home dodging the weather but not dodging their opponents.  The Buckeyes went 1-3 for the week with a win against Marshall on Wednesday and then followed it up with a three straight losses to Indiana over the weekend pushing their record 16-10 (2-4).

3/25: OSU 4, Marshall 0

The Buckeyes jumped out to the lead in the second thanks to Troy Montgomery’s RBI single. Montgomery then got caught up between first and second allowing Ronnie Dawson the score the second run of the inning making it 2-0.  Ohio State added a run in the 5th and one in the seventh making the final score 4-0.  Zach Farmer Picked up the win for the Buckeyes after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings.  The offense was lead by Troy Kuhn who went 2-4 with a double and Jacob Bosiokovic who went 1-3 with 2 RBI’s

3/28: OSU 4, Indiana 6

A late Buckeye rally fell short as the Hoosiers topped Ohio State 6-4 in the series opener.  The Bucks fell behind 1-0 early on and by the end of the 7th they were down 6-1.  Indiana’s Luke Harrison pitched a scoreless 8th in relief of Joey Denato before giving up 5 runs in the ninth.  Scott Effross came in to shut down the Buckeye rally a secure the series opener win.  Ryan Rige took the loss for Ohio State. Read More

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Indiana

Written March 2nd, 2014 by Eric

The Buckeyes are taking a trip to Bloomington for their only matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers.

The game is set to tip at 4pm Eastern Time on CBS. Come get your Tom Crean hate on with us as we chat through the game! Go Bucks!

Ohio State Upsets Previously Unbeaten Indiana

Written January 11th, 2014 by Charles

Raven Ferguson's career-high 18 points helped lead OSU to the upset over a previously undefeated Indiana.

Raven Ferguson’s career-high 18 points helped lead OSU to the upset over a previously undefeated Indiana.

After a poor shooting performance in a disappointing loss to rival Michigan, the exciting promise of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s Big Ten opening upset of Purdue was highly muted.  With the Buckeyes heading to Bloomington to face a 22nd ranked Indiana team that entered the game 14-0, things didn’t look terribly promising for OSU’s hopes of turning things around.

The game got off to a competitive start with both teams trading baskets but after almost seven minutes Ohio State held a 12-10 lead.  Excellent OSU shooting over the next four minutes led to 8 unanswered points which stretched the lead to 20-10.  The Hoosiers cut the lead to 7 over the next couple minutes but the Buckeyes responded with a 13 to 5 run to open up a 38-23 lead with two minutes remaining in the first half.  Indiana responded with increased intensity and closed the half on a 6 to 1 run to trim the OSU lead to 39-29 at the break.

The second half opened like the first with both teams trading baskets.  With the Buckeyes up 9, back-to-back baskets by Ameryst Alston keyed a 10 to 0 run that extended the OSU lead to 56-37 with just under eleven minutes remaining.  Indiana wasn’t impressed and responded with 11 straight points of their own over the next three minutes to make it an eight point game.  Suddenly all the momentum belonged to the Hoosiers and they were in reach of the lead.  This time it was Raven Ferguson who hit back-to-back baskets to ignite a run of 10 straight points to give the Buckeyes a comfortable 66-48 lead with just under five minutes remaining.  The Hoosiers couldn’t respond and would only score three more points the rest of the game, giving them only 3 points over the last eight and a half minutes, as Ohio State pulled off the 70-51 upset win.

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No, Michigan State Is Not Our New Rival

Written January 9th, 2014 by Jeff

“Michigan State is Ohio State’s new rival.”  This theme began around 11:30pm Tuesday night.

To be fair, rumblings of this new theme began long before the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes in overtime at the Breslin Center, but they began to emerge heavily after the scarlet and gray’s 72-68 defeat.

I reject this thought immediately. Michigan State is NOT our new rival. Ohio State has one rival, and only one rival.

Tradition dictates that the Michigan Wolverines are the lone rival to my alma mater, and their misfortunes of late do not knock them from the ranks of rivalry. (By “misfortunes of late”, I mean their football team being a steaming heap of dung throughout the entire 21st century. Boom, roasted.)

Michigan State is atop the Big Ten, and they earned it by knocking the Buckeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten twice in five weeks. I can accept that they are the champions in football and the current leaders in basketball. They’re a damn good team in both sports, and while I am not happy about it, there’s no denying it.

But I cannot and will not allow history and tradition to be rewritten over an excellent stretch of athletic competition.

To me, a rivalry requires more than wins and losses on a stat sheet. It takes decades of hatred, frustration, glory, and respect. Michigan State will never evoke those emotions the way Michigan does.

The Spartans are our chief competitors for the title. They are our most difficult opponents. They are our toughest struggle. But they are NOT our rival.

So what’s the difference between MSU and UM?

  • If I’m watching a pro sport and I see a player has played for MSU, it’s no big deal. “Oh, I remember Mateen Cleaves. He was great.” But if there’s a former Wolverine on the team, I’m immediately pulling for the other team (or a minor injury of some sort).
  • In 1998, Michigan State gave us our only loss and ruined a championship season. I can’t name more than one or two players from that Spartan team off the top of my head. But I can tell you exactly where I was when Michigan’s John Kolesar caught a game-winning pass against us in 1987, that traitorous sonofabitch.
  • If a Buckeye assistant coach were to take a job as Michigan’s head coach, we’d curse him until the day he died (Ex – Bo Schembechler). Meanwhile, Mark Dantonio roams the MSU sidelines without a harsh word from our fan base.
  • There isn’t a punk band in Columbus called the Dead Heathcotes.
  • Nobody knows how many days until we play MSU again. Maybe Jack Park knows, but the rest of us don’t. But I can tell you that it’s 324 days until “The Game” renews in Columbus.
  • Here’s a list of the “Ten Greatest Michigan State Spartans”. Hell, I forgot half the names on this list. You don’t do that with a team that is actually your rival.

There are several teams that want to claim us as their rival. That’s fine with me – they do it because beating us would make their season. We’re the kings. But just because Penn State or Indiana wants to declare us their rival doesn’t mean we should reciprocate. Let it go. Take the games seriously, but there simply is no massive rivalry aside from the maize and blue. You’ll never compare to our greatest rival.

If that’s not enough to convince you, perhaps a history lesson is in order.

Towards the end of the John Cooper era at Ohio State, there were similar rumblings coming from Ann Arbor. Michigan had handled us so many times recently, and their fans were losing the flavor for The Game. They were declaring Michigan State to be their biggest rival. Perhaps they were doing it to get under our skin, because that’s what Ohio State and Michigan does to one another – constant contempt and mockery.

It worked. It got under our skin. Michigan began to take us for granted, and after they knocked us off 38-26 in 2000, we’d had enough. We went and hired Jim Tressel. Since that day, the Wolverines have paid the price for disrespecting The Rivalry. They’ve only tasted victory twice in the 13 years since.

Buckeye fans, I urge you – do not declare MSU to be our new rival. They simply aren’t.

Keep your eyes on the ball. Those bastards to the north are our rivals, and they always will be.

Are You Not Entertained? Indiana

Written November 25th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

The Buckeyes took care of business Saturday against Indiana.  Let’s see if our staff took care of their business:

Early And Often

Ken

  1. An improved pass defense - Indiana leads B1G in passing offense (327 YPG). We need to keep this in the mid 200′s.  320 yards, but they did throw it 53 times!
  2. Roll Hyde – Indiana allows well over 200 TPG rushing (Wisky got over 550!). Carlos should be in 150 – 200 range.  Almost……117 yards still is pretty darn good.
  3. No injuries – Like Mali with his No False Starts, I keep asking for this. Maybe some day…  Mali can’t get his to come true but I think you did this week.
  4. A Win – No top team distinguished themselves last week. We need to leave a maker’s mark on Indiana.  Check!
WvaBuckeye
  1. CARLOS CARLOS CARLOS II – With some late BIG runs, Hyde almost broke Eddies 315 last week. IU should be fair game for it if Braxton doesn’t run early. He’ll get his 1000 on his FIRST run for sure It wasn’t on his first run, but he did get his 1000! Congrats Carlos!
  2. DEFENSE MATURITY – I think this past week taught them a lesson they won’t soon forget. They aren’t a special team when they’re worried about everybody else. I think they’ll have a lesson learning week in practice thanks to Coach Meyer and will destroy IUs offense.  Pretty good effort here.  14 points and they were all late in the game!
  3. DONT look ahead - With all if what I just said. Make sure there’s NO talk of TTUN they’re just another game in the schedule until next Sunday. THEN it’s Rivalry week  Look ahead….pfft!
Charles
  1. Better pass defense - Indiana is a great passing team and OSU needs to keep that in check in order to avoid a repeat of last year’s game or worse. It wasn’t entirely bad…..53 attempts……they are bound to complete some of those.
  2. Consistent play for the entire game - Against Illinois there were moments of brilliance and dominance and other moments that looked very average.  The consistency was definitely better than the Illinois game.
  3. Don’t look ahead - Yes, Michigan is coming up as is the Big Ten title game but those don’t matter this week.  One week of not looking ahead accomplished…..now for another week of not looking ahead.
  4. Something tricky - While the players can’t look ahead, it would be nice to see the coaching staff throw something in the gameplan that gives Michigan and probably Michigan State something else to worry about.  About the only trick was Guiton’s handoff to Miller for a TD!
  5. TBDBITL - Going out with a bang – its senior day at OSU for the band too, lets see them end this amazing season properly  Pyro made this come true! Read More

TBDBITL: Gettysburg Address Commemoration

Written November 23rd, 2013 by Charles

Celebrating a great senior day, and getting ready for The Game… but this was too good not to post ASAP.

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