No. False. Starts. Mali continues to jinx the right tackle spot. That’s probably the ghost of JB Shugarts occupying the position now.
Special Forces. Special teams were reasonably good, including Bradley Roby tearing away a poorly snapped football in the endzone.
Quick Cals. There are still some kinks to be worked out here. Only half the students made it, and the PA system blaring AC/DC through the event was less than ideal. We’ll see if they fix some of the bugs down the line.
The “UN-Caged Tiger.” 161 yards running, 207 yards passing, and 3 total touchdowns. An uncaged tiger indeed.
JUICE. Other than Sabino’s first penalized lick on a player, the first quarter was severely lacking in Juice. After that? I think you got your wish.
Noah Spence. Picking up his first career sack (its counted in the stat sheet despite the intentional grounding) was a great way to start.
No. False. Starts. Oklahoma State was flagged for this for the first time during the 7th game of the 2011 season. The reason? No huddle offense. Also a reason? JB Shugarts didn’t play for the Cowboys. Guess what? He doesn’t play for Ohio State anymore either. <hugs, JB>
Special Forces. A point of emphasis for Coach Meyer, and there’s been a lot of talk about “The Freak Show” punt return/block unit. Let’s see them make magic happen. Also? I’m perfectly fine with no field goals all game.
Quick Cals. Will students even be on time, given the change to semesters forcing them to be up late studying and doing research…. OK, let’s be honest- Will they be too drunk to pull it off? It’s the pre-season, but they’ve been on notice since April of 2012.
The “UN-Caged Tiger.” Urban has referred to Braxton Miller as a “caged tiger” because he hasn’t been allowed to run or be hit in practice. I want to see what he can do when he’s “uncaged” after having actually had some coaching this off-season from Meyer and Company.
JUICE. Etienne Sabino went over this concept last Saturday night at the Buckeye Kickoff. I want all of the fans and students to make sure they have the #JUICE when they walk into the ‘Shoe on Saturday. Let’s get it rocking and show the world that the Buckeye Nation train is rolling, full speed ahead.
Noah Spence. Noah and I are both from Harrisburg, PA, and even though he went to one of my high school’s rivals, now that’s he’s a Buckeye like I am, I can look past that. He should get some playing time this week against the Redhawks, and I’m excited to see how well he does. Rep the 717 for us, Noah.
A bit of a damper on the July 4th celebration, as Andy Griffith passed away on Tuesday. Since he represented a slice of America for so many folks, it only makes sense that he’d leave us this close to America’s birthday.
Today, we join with racing fans in mourning the loss of Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon. As such, this week’s soundtrack has a bit of a somber tone. We give ESPN/ABC a lot of criticism, but they got this one right- Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends.
This week was very very special across the college sports landscape, as special teams highlights and gaffes were the order of the day across the nation. First, the “Woah! Did that just happen?” moments…
When Clemson and Maryland met, the undefeated Tigers should have known that something was swirling that could have put a blemish on their dream season. For starters, the Terrapins chose a uniform that didn’t look like a condiment tray this week, choosing instead the “Fancy Hot Sauce” look. Maryland opened up an eighteen point lead in the second quarter on the Tigers, and nothing in the Michelle Obama playbook was working at all. Then, Sammy Watkins happened, all 345 total yards of his offense, including a special teams play that turned the tide for good.
However amazing his individual performance was for the night, the special teams highlights for the day happened in the “Battle Of The Oil Money”, where T. Boone Pickens University traveled to Austin and found themselves in a shootout with the Longhorns. It was one of those games where you were certain that the last team with a series of possession would win… unless there was time for a kickoff or two: Read More
Time for the stroll through the week’s absurdity in college football… this week’s soundtrack is inspired by a conversation with a colleague and the Stomping in the ‘Shoe- Enjoy the Stone Foxes.
The big game of the week, according to the folks at the four letter network, was Saturday Night’s matchup between LSU and West By God Virginia. When the smoke had cleared (not from burning couches, ironically), all we knew was how good the Tigers are, particularly on defense. That’s not a commentary on their O- it’s great to see Princeton HS star Spencer Ware excel- but the fact of the matter is that the LSU defense is the best in college football. In today’s poll has Les Miles’ team at the top, and given their victories over ranked teams (Oregon, Mississippi State, WVa), I can’t say that I disagree. You want to be the man? Beat the man… and LSU has done just that.
Those who might be wondering how LSU manages to both recruit top athletes AND to keep them motivated may have found an answer on Saturday night- I’m pretty sure that’s a benefit, although I will withhold judgement on if it’s improper (mostly ’cause I’m jealous). Read More
I was lucky (or unlucky…However you want to look at it) to be able to attend the game this past Saturday. “Shots” has mostly been a basketball feature, but figured since I was in attendance, why not…
Eric is joined by Michael of OHD, Josh (Bacon Ninja) of Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Marcus Hartman of Buckeye Sports Bulletin on this week’s postgame show. The crew breaks down the tough 24-6 loss the Buckeyes suffered at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes, particularly focusing on the atrocious quarterbacking play.
There were positive takeaways from the game, and the team spends as much time talking about the things that Ohio State did right as the things they did very very wrong.
All this and more on this week’s BBC Postgame Show!
I’m pretty certain the answer is “no”, but let’s look at each individual point anyway just to be sure.
Brax Attack. Well, he saw the field. That’s about all we can say.
Jacory Harris’ New Name. Jacory Harris played better than last season, though he did hand the ball over a few times – and nearly put OSU back in the game in the end.
Florida Pride. Hyde and Sabino played tough, does that count?
Game Commentary. The commentary was absolutely focused on the game. At some point, though, I think Buckeye fans almost would have rather been thinking about the offseason.
No False Starts. Keep asking Mali.
No turnovers. The young gun gave it up twice – though both were due more to great play from the Miami defense than his own failings. However, he still tried to put the ball where he shouldn’t have on the tipped interception, and he left the ball floating out away from his body on the punched out fumble.
Enthusiasm and hitting. It took a little while but we saw it eventually. Though, it disappeared more often as the defense wore down.
Big time players making big time plays. I’m pretty certain Joe Bauserman cemented his name in Buckeye History, but not in a good way.
Jordan Hall in space. He certainly was a nice change of pace! Early in the game, Hall was averaging more than 13 yards per carry, and ended above 6. That’s some great running from a solid back.
Braxton Miller on the field. He was there, that’s about all we can say on that account.