After 4 non conference games and a bye week, the Buckeyes finally launch into B1G play. The scarlet and gray make their second trip in to the state of Maryland for the 2014 season and introduce the Maryland Terrapins to the B1G. The welcome gift the Terps get…..a B1G home opener against the best team in the conference.
The Buckeyes will be coming off a tougher than usual non conference schedule and they’ll play the Terps with a bye week to follow. The Terps will be playing their sixth game in as many weeks and will have one B1G game under their belts as they travel to Bloomington the week prior to Ohio State.
There is little doubt that the Terps boast the best young WR in the country in Stephon Diggs, but quite possibly could have the best WR tandem in the country when you add Deon Long. Most notably, though, the Terps will try to overcome a horrendous injury plague season that was 2013. What would you think if I told you they ended the season with a freshman linebacker……AT QUARTERBACK. Yes, you read that right. The Big Ten’s new kid on the block has the potential to be potent offensively if it can get healthy.
Senior quarterback C.J. Brown became the first Terrapin to ever pass for 2,000 yards and rush for more than 500 in a single season, but his physical style makes him prone to injury, particularly behind an unproven offensive line still hoping to add pieces this summer.
But what Brown can do for you, besides make chunk-yardage plays on the ground, is get the ball to the aforementioned Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, both back from broken legs. Their return should make the Terps better on third down — where they converted just 32 percent of the time (114th nationally) in 2013 — and make Maryland a quick-strike team in a pound-on-the-ground league.
The return of sophomore tailback Wes Brown from suspension improves a running back-by-committee that boasts Brandon Ross and his 776 rushing yards last year. C.J. Brown and Diggs, who will get the ball in a variety of ways in multiple receiver formations, are the main threats, though. Read More
Another week has gone by and we are yet another week closer to August and “fall” football camp opening up at The Ohio State University. We’ve hit the “dull” period, basically just waiting for camp to open. And (God willingly) the players stay out of the news. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun here at the BBC! So, without further ado: It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
I’ve been thinking a bit about a few minor improvements I’d like to see regarding the game day experience and football aesthetics in general. Would you like to know what they are? Of course you would or you wouldn’t still be reading this paragraph. Here’s 3 things:
1. I still want it, but I know that going back to grass in Ohio Stadium is essentially out of the question until one of the countries largest agriculture schools figures out a way to maintain, care for and regrow grass during the weeks off from games (you wouldn’t think this would be that hard of a process). It’s a shame that the 2006 season (a season when it rained more than human thought can process) has totally ruined the idea of having natural grass.
They really didn’t have a turf problem until The Game that year, the epic 1 vs 2 showdown won the Buckeyes 42-39. The issue became an issue after it rained during the season opener against Northern Illinois and then it rained like mad during the Penn State game (the one where Joe Pa lost his luggage in his drawers and had to run into the locker room.) Even with that said, they had two weeks to work on it after the PSU downpour before the next home game. They then had two weeks prior to TSUN to get it in order again and made the call to re-sod, which we all saw was a disaster.
Earlier this week on Wednesday night the Duke Blue Devils faced off against the Maryland Terrapins in an ACC game coming just before the halfway point of conference play for both teams. Maryland had already lost once to Duke on the season, a 71-64 final in Durham back on January 9th. For Maryland, Wednesday night’s game represented a chance for a little revenge, not to mention a marquee win to bolster the team’s tournament resume. For the Blue Devils, a victory would count as another quality road win and further solidify Duke’s place as one of the elite teams in the country despite looking vulnerable after picking up their second loss of the season just a few days prior at St. John’s.
Duke came into this season looking like the runaway team of the year, highlighted by the stellar play of freshman point guard Kyrie Irving. However, after a toe injury sidelined Irving (he just got his cast off on Thursday), Duke suddenly became mortal again, and expectations for a run to a second straight national championship diminished somewhat. It still looked like the Blue Devils would run away with the conference title in a relatively weak ACC this year (and it still does), but there would probably be some bumps on the road. Maryland has played Duke as tough as any ACC team over the past decade, and the fans at College Park were chomping at the bit for another shot at their pedigree rival from the South. Read More