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

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

Michigan State Secure 34-24 Upset Over Ohio State

Written December 8th, 2013 by Eric

The Buckeyes and Spartans met in a head to head clash for the Big Ten Championship. In a battle that swung back and forth all night, the Spartans got the upper hand on the Buckeyes, securing the first B1G Championship for the Legends division with the 34-24 win. Braxton Miller was ok today against the stout Spartan defense, throwing 8/21 for 101 yards and a touchdown, while running 21 times for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. Connor Cook was much more impressive, connecting on 24/40 passes for 304 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception.

Carlos Hyde broke 100 yards again, carrying 18 times for 118 yards. Corey “Philly” Brown led the Buckeyes with 5 receptions for 53 yards. Jeremy Langford of MSU was the first back to carry for more than 100 yards against OSU, running 24 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. Keith Mumphery led the Spartans in receiving with 2 catches for 84 yards.

We got a chance to see the Spartan offense take the field first against the much maligned OSU defense. The Bucks did an excellent job of slowing down the MSU offense early, forcing a third and long on the very first possession. A poor play by Doran Grant kept the drive alive on an overthrown ball, and began to give MSU some confidence. On another third and long, Ryan Shazier made contact with Langford with the ball sailing over his head, again extending the drive. MSU wasn’t able to do much more than that, settling for a field goal deep in OSU territory.

Then it was time to see what the MSU defense could do against the high powered Buckeye offense. Carlos Hyde made himself known on the first play, pounding up the middle for seven yards. Unfortunately, a bad snap from the center on 3rd and 3 destablized the offense enough to throw off the timing of the play. Ohio State was forced to punt after a three and out that was obviously self-inflicted.

Michigan State took over again after the punt on their own twenty yard line. Things were beginning to start clicking for the boys in green. The blocking up front was beginning to open holes in the Buckeyes line that Langford could get a head start in. With Langford getting things going, it seemed like MSU was going to score again. A false start followed by a stuffed run on first down put MSU in a hole deep enough that they couldn’t quite dig themselves out of it.
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Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 12.3.13

Written December 3rd, 2013 by Clair

And The Chase Continues…

  • Sparty in his Sights-Urban Meyer was very business like in his weekly press conference on Monday. Not wanting to give a flea’s breath of a doubt that his team was focused only on the Big Ten Championship Game ahead, Meyer brushed aside any questions regarding Auburn, the BCS or a possible national title
    game appearance by his Buckeyes
  • Balancing Act- Both Urban Meyer and Tom Herman were asked about concerns with the offense being unbalanced at times. Both coaches mentioned in their own ways that it was not particularly a concern and against certain teams certain offenses work better. I think if we can get that nit picky about a balanced offense when our receivers, quarterback and running backs are efficient when called up on, the Buckeyes must have a pretty balanced offense in the stable.
  • Spartan Reserve- Michigan State will certainly be the toughest defense Ohio State has faced all year. From Urban Meyer and Tom Hermans description of the Spartan scheme it sound like they are a disciplined and talented bunch that is very proficient in disguising coverages. This may be a game where Meyer and Herman just throw off the gloves, say I don’t care what your throw at us, just try and stop it.
  • Tricks Are For Kids- This Ohio State pass defense has resurfaced as a problem as of late. As a fan, it is maddening to see what offenses are doing against a talented, albeit, misguided bunch. Michigan State is notorious for trickery, trickeration and all manner of trickstering. That being said, it will take all of the discipline the Buckeye secondary can muster to stop all the tom foolery and blatant wide open receivers that have been allowed to roam free in their zone!
  • For Crying in the Sunshine- Can a sister get an Amen for some pressure on the quarterback? This rushing three business really grinds my gears when clearly the linebackers have been served most useful in getting to the quarterback when the scheme allows. Get it together Fickell. I love ya buddy but the lack of pressure on Devan Gardener last weekend during one of the most EPIC Buckeye vs. UM games of all times was nothing short of underwhelming.
  • Trophy Time- All Conference teams named on Monday, and to no surprise Ohio State was well represented. Braxton, Carlos, Philly, Mewhort, Lindsley, Norwell were honored for the offense as first or second teamers, while Shazier, Spence, Roby, and Bennett got the nod for the Defense.
  • Yeah, But-  Michigan’s Lewan  was awarded the Offensive Lineman of the Year over Jack Mewhort, while Ryan Shazier lost the B1G Linebacker trophy to Wisconsin’s Borland. I guess we’ll see what the NFL has to say about that… Read More

Buckeyes and Wolverines Battle in 42-41 OSU Win

Written November 30th, 2013 by Eric
Braxton Miller accounted for four touchdowns against the Wolverines, including 3 on the ground.

Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns against the Wolverines, including 3 on the ground.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines met for their annual rivalry tilt in The Game today in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In a game that was a severe departure from the historical battles in this series, the Bucks and Wolverines fought to a 42-41 game that ended with an OSU victory and their 24th straight. Braxton Miller ended the game throwing 6/15 passes for 133 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception, while running for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns on 16 carries. His counterpart, Devin Gardner, threw 32/45 for 451 yards and 4 touchdowns, while running 9 carries for 10 yards and a touchdown.

Carlos Hyde had another history-making day today. His 226 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries counts as the most yards against Michigan of any back in Ohio State history – which puts him above some very prestigious company. This also made for the first time OSU had a pair of 100 yard rushers against Michigan since 1967. On a day with little to no passing for the Buckeyes, Jeff Heuerman led all receivers with 2 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. De’Veon Smith led Michigan in yards gained on the ground with 57 on 7 carries, while Jeremy Gallon picked up 175 yards and a touchdown on 9 receptions.

This year’s version of the game started with the ball in the hands of the good guys. Things looked good for OSU running the ball with Carlos Hyde up the middle, and the offense was able to work itself into Michigan territory. Unfortunately, a pass thrown behind the receiver, and a sack on first down, helped to stymie the drive. With the Buckeyes punting, it was the first opening drive that Ohio State had failed to score on all season – a quick reminder to throw out the season records when these two teams meet.

Michigan came back with a vengance. Pinned on their own one yard line, it required only 2 plays to put them inside two yards of scoring. Receiver Jeremey Gallon, on second and long, took the screen on the left side, and had enough blockers to find an opening. He was only barely tripped up shy of the endzone by Bradley Roby. On the fourth play of the drive, Devin Gardner ran the option keeper into the endzone for the first points of the game.

Things were looking a little dicey for the Bucks offensively. Miller was struggling to find his targets in the passing game, even though the Buckeyes weren’t throwing much. Carlos Hyde was having little difficulty gaining yardage, but Miller’s running was being reasonably well defended. On another 3rd and long from near mid-field, Miller again went to the long pass. Devin Smith found himself a couple steps ahead of his two defenders, and hauled in the long pass that was a hair overthrown. He managed to maintain his balance enough to fall into the endzone to finally put the Bucks on the board.
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tBBC Preview: The Game

Written November 28th, 2013 by Ken

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The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) head north for their home-away-from-home game against the TTUN Gulo gulo’s ¹ (7-4, 3-4). The Buckeyes look to continue their habit of winning, 23 in a row (impressive, no?) while the Whatevers look to regain respectability (hahaha).  This will be the 110th time The Game will be contested, so we’ve been doing this for a while. Playing football, not blogging.. Since the beginning of this century (2001) Ohio State holds a 10-2 edge. Now for this year’s edition:

¹ Gulo is Latin for ‘glutton’. Surprised?

Ohio State on Offense

Carlos Hyde... grown man.

Could see a lot of this…

Ohio State brings the top scoring team in the conference (48.7 ppg and 531 ypg), which is 12 points and 100 yards per game better than last year’s undefeated team. The tempo is a bit higher, running 75 plays per game this year, compared to 70 last year.

This offensive touchstone for this season was accomplished last week with Carlos Hyde achieving the 1,000 yard mark. As you’re aware, this was Coach Meyer’s first 1,000 yard rusher and validation for Hyde for his patience and dedication. And a testament to the OSU offensive line.

In contrast, TTUN brings a so-so defense to The Game, (25 ppg, 353 ypg), ranking a meh 7th and 5th in the Conference, respectively. TTUN gives up 116 YPG rushing but with Ohio State averaging 315 YPG rushing, that wall will be breached by halftime. With OSU averaging 216 YPG and TTUN allowing 237 YPG, average performance by both units will work out well for the Buckeyes.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Hate Week and The Game

Written November 27th, 2013 by Jason

The Buckeyes sit at 11-0 and Hate Week is here. Last night students participated in the annual Mirror Lake jump and tomorrow we settle in for Thanksgiving before the weekends fun begins. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Senior Send-off 

Saturday at Ohio Stadium was both bitter sweet and bitter cold. Bitter sweet in that we said goodbye to the seniors (and Bradley Roby) and bitter cold because, well, it was cold and snowed like crazy for parts of the game with Indiana.

Carlos Hyde in final performance at Ohio Stadium

Carlos Hyde in final performance at Ohio Stadium

It’s truly incredible to think of where this senior class has been, or should I say been through. This is a group that was part of the Sugar Bowl winning team against Arkansas in January of 2011, went through the turmoil of “tat-gate”, lost their head coach, lost the Gator Bowl in January of 2012 and now sits on a 23 game school record breaking win streak.

I don’t know that there is a senor class that has gone through those type of massive ups and downs in their careers at Ohio State. You’d be very hard pressed to find one. It is a tribute to the character of them all that they stayed the course through the hard times and are now riding an unprecedented win streak into The Game and the upcoming bowl season where they will hopefully get a chance to play for the national championship.

They could have left, transferred to the schools of their choice. But they didn’t. It’s ironic that during Hate Week a quote by Bo Schembechler would be fitting: Those who stay will be champions. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Has A Senior Moment

Written November 21st, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

And so, we draw closer to another season in Ohio Stadium. Senior Day is always special, but this one even more so… and there’s more work yet to be done.  Aw, heck… I’m getting all choked up just thinking about it. Here, listen to the soundtrack and enjoy your Thursday.

Señor Day for El Guapo

Buckeye 411

  • Bradly RoBYE- The “news” of the afternoon was that Coach Meyer confirmed what Brad Roby had let us know back in July; this would be his last season in Columbus, as the fourth year junior will be pursuing his career in the NFL. While some might see this as a distraction, it was announced today in order to help prepare for Saturday’s Senior Day events- Roby will complete his academic work this year, and be honored with his teammates.
  • Meaningful Awards- In case you missed it, the Buckeyes swept the major Big Ten Player of the Week Awards, with Carlos Hyde getting accolades for the offense and Ryan Shazier noted for his defensive work against the Illini. Shazier was also awarded his second Lott Impact Player of the Week Award, you can help vote for him to win the national trophy here:  Lott Impact Player Of The Year
  • Also- Coach Meyer is a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Club National Coach of the Year; the Conference CotY has already been awarded to Kirk Ferentz.
  • Yeah, But- Somehow Jack Mewhort was left off the list of semifinalists for the Remington Award for best collegiate offensive lineman. Guess he’ll just have to take that frustration out on his next three or four opponents.
  • Game Recognitions- Against Illinois, Carlos Hyde and Anrew Norwell were team offensive players of the game, with Ron Tanner getting the nod for special teams and Barnett, Spence, and Shazier on defense.
  • Walking Wounded- On Monday, Coach Meyer talked about the nine players who were out for the season this year, and the need to have new players in positions on special teams. Wednesday, Meyer said that some of the recently dinged would be ready for action on Saturday: Curtis Grant, Joey Bosa, Josh Perry, and Jack Mewhort are all “good to go” for gametime.
  • Holding Pattern- Earlier, Christian Bryant talked about not knowing what the future held in terms of his recovery and return to the team. He mentioned the possibility of being ready for a bowl opportunity, and that there’s also the consideration of having him apply for a redshirt. CB2 had a great feature on BTN’s “The Journey” last night as well.
  • Coach Guiton- This week, Kenny Guiton talked about his plans to continue at Ohio State as a graduate assistant. He’d earned the name “coach” last year for his knowledge of the offense and this year has been incredible in preparing the team for gamedays. While I love the possibility of more Smooth Jazz, my real hope would be that he could find a place to play in the NFL for a while… you’re telling me that he couldn’t be as successful as whoever the hell is playing in Cleveland this week?
  • On Second Thought- I’m not done with Kenny just yet. I want to see him get the start on Saturday, even if only for one series, so that the team and fans can truly show this incredible young man how much they appreciate him and what he means to the program. Read More