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.
The Buckeyes invited Miami (OH) into Columbus for the last non-conference game of the season this evening and came away with a convincing 69-40 victory. The game was played in Nationwide Arena to satisfy the NCAA requirements for hosting first round tournament games, which Ohio State has the honor of doing this season. William Buford lead all Buckeyes with 18 points, while Deshaun Thomas added 15, and Jared Sullinger followed with 11 and 6 rebounds. Julian Mavunga, Miami’s excellent forward, quietly led all scorers with 19 points for the game.
Ohio State took to the new surroundings quite naturally. The team came out of the gate with a lot more energy than we have seen since the Duke game and quickly forced Miami into a deep hole. With his team performing so poorly, and reacting slowly to the aggressive OSU attack, the Miami head coach was forced to call a quick timeout in the first minutes of the game.
The energy didn’t last past the first TV timeout. Charlie Coles did a great job of making quick adjustments to his defense to start to take away Sullinger and Buford, the most successful scorers to that point. Mavunga was a key piece to Coles’s plans to attack the Ohio State big. His defensive play early on was spectacular, including great focus to get a hand on a close range shot and force a jump ball.
The Basketball Bucks are at Nationwide Arena tonight to face the Miami Redhawks! Playing at Nationwide is a necessity to allow OSU to play host to one of the first round sets of the NCAA Tournament and hold it at that arena as opposed to the VCA.
Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us at 8pm tonight. Go say “hi” to them today! OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, the Buckeye Blog, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Scarlet and Game, and Fox Sports Ohio.
If you’re looking for web-video for the game, try First Row Sports (warning: pop-up ads). Click the basketball tab, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right game.
The turning of the leaves, the smell of fresh grilled dogs, the crack of a cold beer, and the blinding of the college football fans’ eyes by the uniforms so beloved by the players of one of the best sports in the world. Florescent shoes, designs within designs, and 4 different helmets per team. College Football is here! Week one is now officially on the books, and we are here to help you out by determining the picks for the weak (Friday – Monday) to start the season. This year, we’re doing things with a twist, as every week a national writer will join me in an audio sucker punch of information to help garner stronger picks out of you every week! Our guest will analyze the top five games and make his or her picks in our top ten games every week. In week one, we will just break down nine, in memory of when week 1 had some meaning.
Not to be forgotten, the good ole boys here at tBBC will add our picks, and the daunting and daring What If Sports computer will be along for the ride. You know, the game predictin’ machine that makes the BCS system look like a prehistoric 3.5″ floppy. Screw a New Year’s Resolution. My goal this season is to beat the machine. Can I do it? Hell no. But you have a chance to brag all freakin’ fall and winter. Join us for all the fun by joining our Yahoo! Sports Pick’em pool. All you got to do is click join group, and type in these as your Group ID and Password:
The Expert Analysis:
David Fox of Yahoo! Sports and Rivals.com joins us this week to break down Boise/Georgia, LSU/Oregon and Notre Dame/USF. We break down the chances of the favorites, the evolution of the Notre Dame and USF programs as they both head into year two of their respected coach’s regime. We also breakdown the quarterback battle in Atlanta on Saturday night, as Sophomore Aaron Murphy is pitted up against touted senior Kellen Moore. And the battle of NCAA Violations gets underway on Saturday as well at Jerry Jones’ Place. David and I break down that game in regards to suspension and allegations as well.