Graphic Content: Orange Bowl

Written January 2nd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Just in time for tomorrow’s game, Kevin Dearth hit our inbox with something to help distract you at work on Friday:

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tBBC Preview: Orange Bowl – Ohio State vs Clemson

Written January 2nd, 2014 by Ken
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Bowling for Oranges

  Ohio State (12-1, 8-1, B1G) vs Clemson (10-2, 8-1, ACC)

 January 3rd, 2014: 8:30 PM EST ESPN

Well, well, the Buckeyes get to head south for their bowl game rather than west.  Oh well, it wasn’t our first preference, but let’s go Orange Bowling. The bowl game that we know as the Orange Bowl was inaugurated in 1933 as the Palm Festival. The bowl game was renamed the Orange Bowl and under the new name, the first game was played on January 1st, 1935 between Bucknell and Miami, won by Bucknell 26-0. From 1935 through 1988, this contest was known as the Orange Bowl. From 1989 – 2010, buttressed by corporate sponsorship, it was renamed the FedEx Orange Bowl. Moving from logistics to financial services, the game was renamed again in 2010 as the Discover (Financial) Orange Bowl.

The protagonists this January are the Ohio State University Buckeyes, Big Ten Conference (12-1, 8-1) and the Clemson Tigers, Atlantic Coast Conference (10-2, 7-1). Both teams have a brief history in playing in the Orange Bowl, and have played one another. The Buckeyes enter this game averaging 46 points on offense, while giving up 21 points. The Tigers average 40 points on offense and 21 on defense. The early line is Ohio State -2.5 with an over/under of 67, so Vegas is anticipating both teams scoring in the mid-30′s. They are probably right. Look for a high scoring game. Without much further ado, let’s get into the preview.

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B1G Suspends Noah Spence

Written January 1st, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Notable in his absence from Orange Bowl prep this week, the reports were that Noah Spence had violated a team rule and was working his way back into the good graces of the team with hopes that he would rejoin the Buckeyes in time to face Clemson.

Today, however, those hopes were dissolved, as it was announced that the sophomore from Pennsylvania has been suspended for three games for violations of conference rules, beginning with this week’s game in Miami.

While the specifics of the infractions are not yet know, it’s speculated that it may not have been one thing but instead a combination of concerns.  In the statement from the University, printed below, special attention is made to Spence’s being Academic All-Conference, raising speculation that the issues may be classroom related.

Here’s the official word from Ohio State:

It has been determined that Ohio State University sophomore Noah Spence has violated a Big Ten Conference rule and he has been suspended for three games, starting with the Discover Orange Bowl this Friday.

Spence’s parents, who did not agree with the rule violation nor the penalty imposed, were assisted by the Ohio State Department of Athletics in exhausting the appeals process that was available to them with the Big Ten.

Spence is an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and an OSU Scholar-Athlete. He will continue course work toward his sociology degree next semester and he will be able to practice with the team this spring, but he will not be eligible to play in a game until Ohio State’s third game of the 2014 season, Sept. 13 vs. Kent State.

The Department of Athletics will have no further comment on this issue.

From the tone of that, it certainly sounds like it’s not just Noah’s parents who are frustrated, but that the University is disappointed with the result of the appeal as well.

Due to numerous factors, we may never know the full extent of the situation. However, we’ll keep you up to date as information becomes available.

*UPDATE- There’s a lot of speculation that this issue was one with an improper dietary supplement, and was detected during the B1G Championship’s mandatory screening.

*UPDATE 2- Not totally related, but it appears that Ohio State will also be without Bradley Roby for the game as well. Curtis Grant is medically cleared and will play.

 

Happy Festivus From tBBC

Written December 23rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Festivus-PoleIt’s pretty great to be a Buckeye fan… we’re in the midst of a great two year run in football and multiple years of success in men’s basketball- our teams are major news story, and people even pay attention to what the former University president says and does.

That being said… there’s still some grievances that need aired, so before we see if someone can pin Ken in the feats of strength, here we go:

What’s the thing about Ohio State sports that enraged you the most this year?

Jason: Wichita State and Michigan State ending dream seasons that were set up with what appeared to be cake-walk runs to a championship opportunity.

Joe Dexter: The one thing that bugged me most this year about Ohio State athletics was how the athletic administration handled some of it’s coaching changes during 2013. Many will argue about former girls basketball head coach Jim Foster, but the way it was handled was way off kilter in my opinion.

The one firing that made no sense to me was former head hockey coach Mark Osiecki. Athletic Director Gene Smith noted it was a “difference of opinion” that couldn’t be resolved. The program was on the upswing, was in the CCHA Semis despite being very very young, and had a ton of talent coming to Columbus despite always battling not having their own arena to call home.

I’m not saying that Steve Rohlik doesn’t deserve to be the head coach, but the whole situation was handled horribly.

Ken: This would be football related. The inability to show any meaningful improvement in the defense. “Defense wins Championships”, as MSU aptly demonstrated.

Eric: Like just about everyone else, losing out on potential National Title runs to Wichita State and Michigan State.  Both losses were incredibly painful to watch.

Patrick:  Charging more for “Premium Games”. As a season ticket holder, I pa them enough and then they pull this BS!?!?

Scott: Both teams were set up nicely to make it to the championship game and defense let us down. Read More

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Silver Bullet Points

Written December 18th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

One more week until Christmas! Hopefully you’re getting your shopping all taken care of… and today’s soundtrack from three of my favorite artists will help inspire you to remember the real meaning of the season. (Honestly, that wasn’t the strangest thing I found this year…)

Someone made Santa’s list

Buckeye 411

  • Major Awards- This is the week that all of the “Best Of” lists and awards come out, and there were several Buckeyes who were acknowledged for their efforts during the 2013 season. Ryan Shazier led the list, being named a first team Associate Press All American (tree in the Buckeye grove!), to go along with the same honor from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today.  Jack Mewhort was tabbed a first team AA by ESPN, a second team member from Sports Illustrated, and third team honors from CBSSports and the Associated Press.  Carlos Hyde was third team by the Associate Press, while Devan Bogard was third team according to CBSSports
  • Even More Importantly- A number of Buckeyes graduated this past weekend, including our soon to be favorite graduate assistant coach.
  • Did Someone Say Awards? You too can be swagtastic by winning our Bowl Challenge. Heck, join Bacon’s too.
  • Wheee. More Special Uniforms- The Lantern has great coverage of the University’s huge deal with Nike… you can bet there’s a ton of money involved.  While it’s certainly better than the adidas/Under Armour alternatives, I still can’t wrap my mind around Ohio State entering into a partnership which will essentially help build Oregon’s program.
  • Speaking Of Uniformity- Buckeyes will be in scarlet in the Orange bowl; the first time that they’ve worn the home gear in a post season game since… hell, I have no idea. 2000? Let’s see if this can break some of the recent bad luck in Florida, shall we?
  • Plenty Of Good Seats Still Available- If you’re headed to Florida (and why wouldn’t you?) you should be aware that tickets for the Orange Bowl are among the lowest on the secondary market for BCS contests.  While the Bowl itself says that it’s only got 1000 or so ducats left, I know where you can find a lot more than that… and for lower than face value.  So, go ahead and take your talents to South Beach- Be sure to celebrate the holiday appropriately there, though.
  • Coaching Carousel- At this point, none of the Ohio State coaching staff has left for another opportunity, although there’ve been plenty of rumors. Both Coach Fickel and Drayton were tied to the FAU job, with the former allegedly being offered the position and choosing to stay closer to home. Some folks said that Luke may be in the crosshairs for a position at Notre Dame, but at this point there’s nothing definitive. Coach Warriner has been linked to the Bowling Green and Army openings, although both sound as if they’ve got other candidates as their primary targets.  Interestingly enough, Coach Herman’s name hasn’t come up as of yet (knocks on redwood forest full of wood), but I wouldn’t be surprised to see his name listed as a candidate following the inevitable Texas Two-step shuffle.
  • I Think Santa Does This For The Elves On Christmas Eve- A couple of days old, but if this video of Coach Coombs doesn’t make you want to run through a brick wall, then bah freaking humbug: Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: We Will Endure

Written December 11th, 2013 by Jason

We have a lot to discuss. No sense in wasting time with a long introduction, let’s get right down to it. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Big Ten Championship game

Ryan Shazier and Adolphus Washington after the Big Ten Championship game

Ryan Shazier and Adolphus Washington after the Big Ten Championship game

I’m sitting here putting this together and still can’t belive the Buckeyes lost and the way in which it happened. I knew the Spartan defense was good, I just didn’t realize how physical they were. I knew the Silver Bullet defense was much maligned, essentially, all season but they’ve held on long enough to claim wins. Maybe the biggest shocker was that I didn’t think the Spartan offense was good enough to wear them out the Buckeye defense like they did.

Charles Davis pointed out in the late stages of the third quarter that the Buckeye defense, most notably the front four, were giving away all the tell-tale signs of a team getting gassed and worn out. I tried to deny it and hope Davis was wrong, but by the middle portions of the fourth quarter it was apparent that Joey Bosa, Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Michael Bennett were clearly running on fumes. As a result, Spartan quarterback Connor Cook suddenly had plenty of time to find his receivers and make solid throws.

Even when the Buckeyes brought a linebacker or defensive back on a blitz it was to no avail as the Spartans didn’t have to double team anyone up front and could dedicate a guard or tackle to taking on the blitzer. It was frustrating and discouraging. If there is a strength on the Buckeye defense it is the front four. They got beat on Saturday night. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Ain’t Goin’ Anywhere

Written December 11th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

No matter what you might hear over the next few days, we’d never leave you for Austin.

Sure they’ve got great barbecue and music and… you know, on second thought… Nah. It’s always a great day to be a Buckeye- and there’s only one place in Texas that I’d be interested in going to anyway.

Buckeye 411

  • Good Works? Swoon- Hey, our favorite senior point guard has been nominated for the AllState Good Works Team. No word on whether or not this gives him three “Get out of a foul” cards in B1G play, though.
  • Awards? Not So Fast- Well, not only did the Buckeyes end up on the short side of the scoreboard on Saturday, they’re also getting shut out in the “National Awards” category. First, the Heisman folks decided to invite everyone in the world to the ceremony this Saturday… everyone, that is, except the Buckeyes’ #5. Given some of his struggles over the past few weeks, this is somewhat understandable.  What’s not understandable, though, is linebacker Ryan Shazier losing out on the Butkus Award, which went to Alabama’s CJ Mosely. Here are the stats, courtesy of MotSaG’s Sylvester Yon Rambo: CJ Mosley- 57 solo tackles, 102 total tackles, 9 TFL, ZERO sacks. Shazier- 95 solo tackles , 135 total tackles, 23.5 TFL, 7 sacks.
  • Maybe Later? Some Buckeye-ish Butkus Award news, as OSU target Raekwon McMillan was awarded the honor as the nation’s best high school linebacker for this past year.
  • Want To Be Depressed? Read Ross Fulton’s review of the offensive (in more ways than one) scheme from Saturday over at Eleven Warriors.
  • The Only Thing Uglier- Would be if the good Mr. Yost followed through on his words.
  • Clem, Son- The Buckeyes are favored by most “wager-tastic” sites in this year’s Orange Bowl, while rumors persist that the “over” may be set at a “gorillion”.
  • Taking Your Talents To South Beach? If you’re gonna’ get Floridian over the New Year, tickets can be bought via the University or much much less expensively via our TiqIQ site… starting around $40. Remember, folks- the University is on the hook to pay for a certain amount of these; if they don’t sell, that funds from your athletic department that go tax free to the Orange Bowl. Our friend at the Wiz of Odds has always had the best coverage on this fiasco.
  • Getting Contested- Hey, don’t forget to join our Bowl Contest!  Heck join Bacon’s, too… the more the merrier!
  • Well, Gee- Sure, West Virginia… you can borrow him for a while. Remember, though, overalls and bow ties don’t look good together.
  • Perspective- We all wish that the Buckeyes would have emerged victorious, but Woody gives us wisdom that transcends: Read More

tBBC Preview: Orange Bowl – Northern Illinois vs. Florida State

Written December 31st, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

Kirk Herbstreit’s favorite BCS matchup.

Northern Illinois (12-1, 8-0 MAC) vs. Florida State (11-2, 7-1 ACC)
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

The History: The Orange Bowl has been played annually since 1935, making it the second-oldest bowl game, along with the Sugar Bowl and the Sun Bowl, behind the Rose Bowl. Played in Miami, Fla., the Orange Bowl has been sponsored by Discover since 2010 after FedEx sponsored the game for 21 years before that.

Northern Illinois Scouting Report: The Huskies squeaked their way into the BCS party by finishing in the top 16 of the BCS standings after their 44-37 double overtime win against Kent State in the MAC Championship Game. Quarterback Jordan Lynch has thrown for 2,962 yards and 24 touchdowns this season and rushed for 1,771 yards and 19 touchdowns. To put it mildly, he’s decent.

Florida State Scouting Report: The Seminoles come into the Orange Bowl with two losses on the year–one to NC State and the other to rival Florida. Florida State’s defense is again one of the best in the country and quarterback E.J. Manuel leads the offense as he has thrown for 3,101 yards and 22 touchdowns on the year.

tBBC “Expert Selections:

  • Tim- Florida State
  • Gary- Florida State
  • WVa- Florida State
  • Janelle- Florida State
  • Mali- Florida State
  • Jason- Florida State
  • Eric- Florida State

My Selection: As you can see, all of us here at tBBC are not giving Northern Illinois a chance in this ballgame. A lot of people felt the Huskies didn’t deserve to be in this game so it will be their job to prove all of the naysayers incorrect. However, I just think the Seminoles have too much firepower, especially defensively. This one could get ugly quick and I see FSU winning 38-14.