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

Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on The Game

Written November 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Finally, it’s time for The Game.

Ohio State versus “that school up North.”

In this exclusive from the team at Campus Insiders, Urban Meyer discusses his strategy to beat the Wolverines, go 12-0, and put the Buckeyes in position to secure a spot in the BCS Championship.

And if you’re not sufficiently excited for The Game yet, check out this amazing video from the Ohio State Athletic Department: Read More

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

Carlos Hyde broke 1000 yards rushing today for the season.

Carlos Hyde broke 1000 yards rushing today for the season.

In the midst of an intermittent snow fall, the Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers in Columbus, Ohio. After last season’s close battle, people expected something similar this season. The results on the field turned out to be very different with the Bucks securing a 42-14 win over the (surprising!) scoring challenged Hoosiers. With the win, the Buckeyes advanced their win streak to a school record 23 victories. They also claimed at least a share of the Leaders Division, and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, possessing the tie-breaker over Wisconsin.

Braxton Miller did not throw much considering the weather, but hit better than last week with 11/17 for 160 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He added 144 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries for the day. Joining him on the ground was Carlos Hyde, who picked up 117 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries, and surpassed 1000 yards rushing for the season for the first time in his career on his senior day. Jeff Heuerman led all receivers with 59 yards on 2 receptions, while Dontre Wilson caught 3 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. For Indiana, Nate Sudfeld connected on 25 of 41 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Roberson led all rushers with 12 carries for 79 yards, while Kofi Hughes picked up 9 receptions for 120 yards.

With the potential for snowy, windy conditions the Buckeyes planned in advance to bank on the rushing game. They started with a little toss to Dontre Wilson, getting away from the wide receiver screen they had run the last few games. A huge breakout run from Miller for 41 yards put the Buckeyes in great scoring position, which Carlos Hyde was able to take advantage of. Two carries gave Hyde his 14th touchdown of the season, this one from 16 yards out.

Lots of love needs to be given to this very veteren offensive line. They open holes in the running game better than many lines I’ve seen in a long time, which is a huge help to Hyde, Miller and Wilson. Even better is the wide receiver blocking, which I lambasted 2 years ago when the Buckeyes played Colorado and got no blocking from the skill players. That has improved immensely, and takes just a few more defenders out of the play.

Not surprisingly, Indiana was prepared for this game. Possessing the second best offense in the Big Ten (which, honestly, isn’t saying a lot), they blocked well and moved the ball smartly on the ground from the get-go. They earned the first opportunity to move the chains on second down, but were forced into a three and out on their next chance. On third down and one, the Buckeye D-line swallowed up a run up the middle to end the drive.
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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

Buckeyes Improve to 22 Straight, Defeat Illinois 60-35

Written November 16th, 2013 by Eric
Bradley Roby returned a pick for six to boost the Buckeye lead.

Bradley Roby returned a pick for six to boost the Buckeye lead.

Playing in Urbana Champaign, the Buckeyes secured their record-tying 22nd straight win over the Illinois Fighting Illini. Playing a game that was a lot more competitive than anyone anticipated, the Buckeyes held off Illinois by a final of 60-35. Braxton Miller struggled a little today throwing the football, connecting on 13 of 29 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 184 yards a touchdown and a fumble on 16 carries. Nathan Scheelhaase had a better day hitting 32/49 for 283 yards, 2 touchdowns, but also 2 interceptions. He picked up an additional 48 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Carlos Hyde was again the star of the game for the Buckeyes. Carlos put together an impressive running day with 24 carries for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground, along with 2 receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. While not a 300 yard game, it was strongly reminiscent of Eddie George’s huge game against Illinois in 1995. Corey “Philly” Brown added 7 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Fields picked up 2 catches for 58 yards. On the other side Josh Ferguson carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Steve Hull had 8 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.

The Buckeyes started the game with the ball and put the exclaimation point up early. Starting with a strategy that was very similar to the previous two games, Miller began throwing the little dump pass to the outside, once to Dontre Wilson on a short wheel route that he missed, and once to Corey “Philly” Brown on a WR screen. But it was the third play that broke it all open. Miller faked one defender out with the play action, then blew through two defenders that had no idea what was going on. By time the Illinois defense had recovered, Miller was 10 yards past them with a full head of steam on the way to a 70 yard score.

The passing game for the Illini is one of the best in the conference, with Nathan Scheelhaase leading the conference in passing yards. Not surprisingly, Illinois went to it early and found some success moving the ball. On his third pass, Scheelhaase tossed it over the middle into a crowd of Buckeyes that connected squarely with CJ Barnett for a pick. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes screwed up the center to quarterback exchange on first down, and were forced into a 3rd and 19 that they couldn’t convert.

After trading punts that put each team deep in their own territory, the Buckeyes offense got moving again. It was apparent that the wind in the stadium was having a major effect on things. Not only was Miller struggling a little to hit targets down field in the passing game, both under-throwing and over-throwing Devin Smith on long passes, but the entire offensive strategy seemed a little more constrained. Using the short passing game, and taking advantage of the power in the running game, Miller was eventually able to connect on short pass to Hyde in the flat that the runningback was able to put into the endzone from 18 yards out.
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Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on Illinois

Written November 15th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

The Buckeyes hit the road after the bye week to face another B1G foe. Coach Meyer talks about what it will take to contain the Illini’s Nathan Scheelhaase.

Great work by the folks at Campus Insiders for getting the inside scoop!

Wednesday Night Rumble: Don’t Be Scared

Written November 13th, 2013 by Jason

The Buckeyes needed some help during the bye week in the form of three wishes: A loss for Florida State, Alabama and/or Oregon. One of those wishes came true. Now the final stretch is upon us as they head to Illinois and prepare to close out the regular season in a convincing fashion. In the AP and the BCS, the Buckeys are up to number 3. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

The Big 3 games

Last Thursday was an absolutely huge night in the world of college football and for the imminent future of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Quick rising Baylor hosted 10th ranked Oklahoma while the number 2 team in the country went on the road to their biggest nemesis of late, the Stanford Cardinal.

The Ducks were no match for the Cardinal

The Ducks were no match for the Cardinal

On Saturday the defending national champions and top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide hosted their regular season rivals, the LSU Tigers.

Baylor vs Oklahoma

While the Baylor game had nothing to do with the three teams ahead of the Buckeyes, it was of some concern in that the undefeated Bears are seemingly winning over voters in the Associated Press and Harris polls on a week basis. They are gaining ground on Ohio State and are a clear threat to potentially jump the Buckeyes in the upcoming weeks should they win their games over TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. It would have been nice to see the Sooners end the Baylor discussion, but alas it was not meant to be as Bob Stoops and his gang did what they do when the spolight is brightest: They melted and were obliterated.

Call me a Big 12 pessimist, despite their recent success I don’t see Baylor beating Texas and probably not Oklahoma State either. I realize they score points in bunches (they’ve gone over 70 four times this year) but when the rubber hits the road they aren’t experienced in games that have a lot on the line. Should they win their next three, the big night is December 7th when the Bears host Texas to close the season. Don’t look now, but Mack Brown is coaching his rear end off in Austin and would like nothing more than to steal the Big 12 automatic BCS bid by upsetting Baylor.

As for the much discussed jump of the Buckeyes and if it should happen, I don’t see it lasting even if they finish unbeaten. A Big Ten Championship game win over a top ten ranked and 11-1 Michigan State will be plenty to vault the Buckeyes back ahead of the Bears.

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