Eric, Joe, and Michael from Our Honor Defend join up to discuss the excellent Ohio State win over the Wisconsin Badgers. In particular they discuss the game planning and overall play of the team, especially in the waning seconds of the game. They contemplate if this win was enough of a signature victory for Luke Fickell to keep his job, and ponder what should happen with Jim Bollman. They also talk about the future of the conference race and try to divine which teams are most likely to make the first ever B1G Championship Game.
All this and more on this week’s Postgame Show!
There’s only one correct answer to this question after last night’s performance – totally entertained. This team stepped up and got a huge win over a good team exactly when they needed it the most.
Plus, who doesn’t get entertained watching Wisconsin lose? That holds double for when they lose to the Buckeyes.
Controlling the line of scrimmage. We certainly didn’t get any turnovers in the game – Ohio State committed the only turnover when Jordan Hall muffed a punt return. That said, with Wisconsin gaining only 89 yards on the ground, and Ohio State breaking 260, there is absolutely no question who won the battle in the trenches.
Ability to hold coverage. Wisconsin managed to pick up some huge plays by taking advantage of the exact same coverage issues that Michigan State had. That said, OSU’s last touchdown came in a similar situation, so it’s not like we were the only one’s having coverage problems.
Control the tempo. 268 yards on the ground plus a nearly 36 minute time of possession means that the Buckeyes dictated play the whole game.
Raucous crowd. The fans could not have been any better last night. The stadium was rocking most of the evening. We even got to see the crowd rush the field – as much as it appears that there is open debate whether that was a “good” thing or not.
Coaching. The game plan was there on both sides of the ball. The offensive playcalling was a tad frustrating a times, but they did a good job of sticking to what they do well and setting up counter plays to be successful.
This week, we’ve got our friend and the guy in charge of Bucky’s Fifth Quarter, Adam Hoge, joining us for a little give and take. This is his third visit to tBBC , and it worked well for Buckeye hoops, but not so much for pigskin… Be sure to check out our side of the conversation at B5Q!
1. Russell Wilson has had an obvious impact on the field for the Badgers this season. Has he also had a significant impact to this team off the field? What was the fan reaction to his arrival on the team?
It’s truly remarkable how seamless the transition was for Russell Wilson. He had been in Madison for less than two months when he took the field in the opener against UNLV and he had the entire offense mastered. But what’s even more impressive is that his teammates voted him a captain in such a short time. Wilson is a great football player and is very smart, but his leadership skills are off the charts. You saw that come to life last weekend when he led the Badgers back in the fourth quarter at Michigan State.
As for the fan reaction, it was nuts, has been nuts and will continue to be nuts. The term floating around Madison is “Russell Mania” and that sums it all up. The recruitment of Wilson was the story of the summer in Wisconsin and it was probably the second-biggest college football story of the offseason behind the Ohio State drama.
2. Has the addition of Wilson substantially changed the “Power Run” offensive style Wisconsin has preferred since….well, the beginning of time? How would you describe the offensive attack now? Read More
It’s time. The one Buckeye fans have had circled for the last 12 months is finally here. The team can claim all it wants that it isn’t thinking about revenge, but you just know they want to pop the Badgers one tomorrow.
Let’s see what the guys asked for, shall we?
Controlling the line of scrimmage. If the Silver Bullets can out pressure on Russel Wilson, we saw that he can turn the football over. The Buckeyes need a lot of pressure up front to disrupt the running game as well.
Ability to hold coverage. Many of Wisconsin’s big plays to come back late hinged on Sparty’s inability to lock down receivers. Wilson can and will buy some extra time to throw with his feet, but it is up to the secondary to keep the receivers in check.
Control the tempo. The longer Ohio State has the ball in their hands it means the Badgers can’t score. The Buckeyes need a strong running game again and control the clock while on offense. A repeat performance of what happened in Champaign two weeks ago will do just fine.
Raucous crowd. In the constant battle for home field supremacy in the B1G, the fans need to be as loud as ever. The Wisconsin fans were hopped up on beer and cheese and really shook the Buckeyes last year. We need the fans to return the favor this year.
Coaching. Pulling off an upset of this magnitude will require a great game plan. This will test whether or not Fickell and company are able to pull off this kind of feat.
Eric, Jim and Joe Dexter are back again, just like OSU football! The three guys sit around their mics to help you get ready for the upcoming matchup with Wisconsin this Saturday. They spend time discussing the Michigan State stunner over Wisconsin, and what that may mean in light of Ohio State’s tight battle with the Spartans. They also talk about the intangibles surrounding this game, and all the emotions that may come into play around this game.
All this and more on this week’s Radio Hour!
However, we like to keep it upbeat here at TWTW, so this week’s post was written with this R&B classic in mind.
In many ways, this was a weekend to forget, as eight members of the top twenty lost, several to unranked opponents. As disheartening as that might be, it’s crucial to remember the important truth of the matter, to keep things in perspective.
One team that no one should be overlooking at this point is the Clemson Tigers- In consecutive weeks, they’ve beaten a Florida State team who took Oklahoma to the wire and yesterday made an undefeated Virginia Tech look sloppy. While you can argue that the ACC as a conference is not the strongest in the country, something has gotten into Dabo Sweeny and his team is playing accordingly. Currently, they’re sitting at #8 in both polls, but with some head to head matchups between the teams above them and only a game against South Carolina during the rest of the season, don’t be surprised if the Tigers aren’t in the national title conversation.