tBBC Game Preview: Wisconsin Badgers

Written September 25th, 2013 by Ken
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Not as tough as he looks.

After rolling the overmatched FAMU Rattlers last week, things get a bit tougher this Saturday night as Ohio State hosts B1G/Leaders leader Wisconsin in an 8:00 PM game. The Buckeyes (4-0, 0-0) look to move into 1st place in the Leaders Division by shutting down the Badgers (3-1, 1-0).

First year Badgers Head Coach Gary Andersen was defensive line coach at Utah in 2004, Urban Meyer’s last year as Utah head coach, so there is familiarity between the two gentlemen. After a 4 year stint as Utah State’s head coach, Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez hired Andersen to replace the departed Bret Bielema, who was banished to coach at Arkansas.

I’m going to gloss over most of the season-to-date statistics for both teams because I don’t think those numbers are relevant for this game. Wisconsin’s wins and “numbers’ were racked up against University of Massachusetts (MAC) who has won 1 of its last 16 games, FCS school Tennessee Tech (2-2) and a not very good Purdue team.  Unfortunately, Ohio State’s schedule is pretty similar.

Here are two tables that summarize both teams’ offensive and defensive performances so far this season. As I mentioned above, with both teams having sketchy schedules, use these numbers more for a general indication of performance. The first table, is relative offensive performances comparison between Wisconsin and Ohio State.

Offense YPG Rush Points
Wisc 547 350 41
OSU 529 311 52

Yep, a lot of yards and points against so-so competition.

Here’s the defensive comparison; it’s looks similar.

Defense YPG Rush Points
Wisc 243 76 10.5
OSU 280 80 15.3

Now that we really know that Wisconsin and Ohio State took care of their early season opponents, we move on to the game at hand.

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Jordan Hall had an excellent day on the ground.

Jordan Hall had an excellent day on the ground.

The Buffalo Bulls of the MAC stormed Ohio Stadium this afternoon to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes for the first game of the season. The amazingly game Bulls weathered a few early shots, going down 23-0 through OSU’s first three possessions, before fighting back and making a contest of it. Braxton Miller ended the game 15/22 for 178 yards with 2 touchdowns and a pick, while Joe Licata matched him with 19/32 for 187 yards 2 touchdowns and an interception. OSU’s leading Running back was Jordan Hall with a very impressive 19 carries for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. Miller added another 16 carries for 71 yards.

Buffalo started the game with the ball and began dinking and dunking their way to a handful of first downs. The short passes, designed to build confidence in the quarterback found success early against the soft coverage OSU was playing on the edge. Surprisingly, the drive ended on a 4th down attempt that suffered a delay of game penalty, forcing the Bulls to punt.

After an incredible shank, the Buckeyes began work with good field position. Jordan Hall got to see the field first at RB, carrying the ball on a few QB zone reads. In what seemed as if the offense said, “Aw, to hell with this”, Braxton took a shot down field on a play-action pass. Devin Smith hauled in the well placed 47 yard toss for a touchdown over a lost and confused defender. Shockingly, the Bucks chose to go for two and Kenny Guiton successfully ran it in.

While the Buffalo Bulls found success against the young defense, it wasn’t enough for much more than a few first downs before they were shut down and forced to punt. Shazier in particular, the only veteren starter in the middle, made a few critical plays to help make up for the youth to either side of him. Ohio State’s young defense continued to slowly grow into their roles as the game progressed. Pressure on the quarterback improved, and the run defense began to bog the RBs down in the backfield. They also tended to stiffen on third down, allowing Buffalo only a single first down in six attempts.
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What Do You Want to See on Saturday? Buffalo

Written August 30th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

And here we go… the first edition of our weekly staff wishlist!

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  1. Juice - Game starts at noon, and the students will probably be hung over/asleep… but this needs to be a high octane start to an amazing year. Ohio State excelled in the second and third quarters last year… it would be great to get a fast start to the season.
  2. Front Seven - We’ve got the secondary on lockdown (we hope), but the pre-season talk has been about the linebackers and the young front. Start of the season with the kind of play that will make B1G offensive coordinators stay awake at night.
  3. Special Teams - While I’d be OK if Bryce and Cameron never get out on the field, I’m looking forward to a unit completely under the guidance of Kerry Coombs.
  4. That One Thing - Won’t say it, won’t jinx it. And if the OL is successful, I won’t mention it next week.

Ken

  1. No injuries
  2. Offensively, crisp execution with running and passing games
  3. Defensively, fundamentally sound tackling
  4. A win

Unleash The Cannon

Eric

  1. The New Braxton Miller Show - It would be nice to see if his passing game has improved as much as has been reported. Lets hope for about 200 yards passing from him for the game.
  2. Ryan Shazier Murderin’ QBs - This better be something that occurs all season long
  3. OSU with at least double Buffalo’s Yardage - This could mean many things, but should ultimately mean good things from both offense and defense.
  4. Young guy playing time - Let’s have the starters on the bench in the second half. Read More

tBBC Off-Season Football Roundtable

Written July 30th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

We are the kings of the roundtable around here . . , errrr Knights maybe? We really enjoy a good roundtable and it’s high time we get caught up a bit on the off-season. Here is our latest installment of such with some help from a few “locals”.

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We’d like to introduce you to Liz; she played in that band from up north, but her son is an I-dotter for TBDBITL and she couldn’t be happier or prouder (story to come from Charles later). Here’s her introduction.

To know my background is to really appreciate my “Buckeye-ness”.  I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that I reside in TSUN.  I attended TSUN and was the first female tuba player in the MMB.  When my son, Phil, was a junior in high school, we took a random visit to OSU.  He loved it.  Funny thing.  All his life he wanted to go to M*ch*gan and march in their band.  As a music major, you have to attend auditions to the colleges you wish to attend.  To put it simply:  they were awful to him at M*ch*gan.  He was pretty beat up about it.  Completely the opposite at his OSU audition.  He was accepted into the School of Music and began attending tOSU in the fall of 2008.  We’ve taken A LOT of flack for this, but OSU was where he was meant to be.  His sophomore year, he made TBDBITL.  Last season, he was Urban Meyer’s first i-dotter.  While he has graduated from tOSU, he is attending one more semester to take advantage of his final year of eligibility in the band.  This year, he dots SDSU and Purdue.

I love the games.  I go to all of them…even though it’s a 4 hour drive for me on game day.  30 years ago, if you would have told me ANY of this…I would have thought you were nuts. Twitter handle is @osumarchingmom

Next is an old friend of ours from the twitterverse and no stranger to our roundtables, formerly known as CeMoBuckeye, he is simply Dave now. A web developer who has lived in central Missouri his entire life.  That probably makes anyone wonder why he’s a Buckeyes fan over the local favorite, the Missouri Tigers.  His answer to anyone is to show them this play:  Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Dynamic Duo

Written April 17th, 2013 by Jason

The Scarlet and Grey game for 2013 is in the books. Who stood out? Who can change the game? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Scarlet and Grey 2013

Remember back around the last week of December and on through New Year’s when everyone was upset and moaning about the Buckeyes not being bowl eligible? Seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? I told you time would fly by, and here we are with summer camp and the 2013 season opener as the next events on the Ohio State football schedule. Game-of-Thrones

Like a lot of you I wasn’t able to logon to the Big Ten Network’s live stream of the game or listen to the radio play-by-play online. I followed along on twitter for some of the pregame and a little bit of the first quarter and decided to wait it out and stay away from it until the BTN broadcast at 7 on Saturday night. Then I didn’t even have a chance to see it at 7. Good thing for DVR’s. Read More

Are You Not Entertained? Spring Game 2013

Written April 14th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Great game, great venue and it was just good to see the Scarlet and Gray back on the football field again this Saturday.

Granted, we didn’t really “learn” much in this practice with a scoreboard, but there were some things that stood out. We’ll continue to talk more about this in the coming days, but I’m excited about the pistol formation that we saw throughout the scrimmage… yet another angle to attack and destroy.

We all identified things that we were looking for- let’s see how our folks did. We’ll be using my elaborate and completely subjective scoring system which awards as follows: 2 points for a correct answer, 1 point for a partial, mockery for everything else.

Thanks again to our friend Josh Winslow for his great photo coverage!

What player scores the first points of the game? Correct Answer: Braxton to Smith

  • WVa: Braxton Miller on a long run.  0 points
  • Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax 2 points
  • Jason: Rod Smith. 0 points
  • Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton 2 points
  • Eric: I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass. 1 point
  • Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer from Braxton Miller. 1 point
  • Charles/Mali: Drew Basil 0 points for both

Who’s the offensive MVP? Correct Answer: Braxton Miller Read More

What Do You Want To See On Saturday?: Spring Game 2013

Written April 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

A bit of a different version of WDYWTSOS, since we all want to see the same thing- Awesomeness and no injuries.

So, we’ve polled our staff of experts for their predictions on the following aspects for “Getting Down At Paul Brown”- let’s see how much everyone’s been paying attention to the Spring Practice Updates:

Bombs Away

What player scores the first points of the game?

WVa: Braxton Miller will score first and it will be on a long run. 

Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax

Jason: Rod Smith. My bet is they limit Hyde and with Brax wearing the black shirt his running is cut out.

Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton

Eric: Might as well ask what your favorite color of M&M is based on the taste.  I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass.

Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer on a Bomb downfield from Braxton Miller. That is my favorite color M&M.

Charles: To be a bit different, I’ll go with Drew Basil

Mali: The obvious answer is Drew Basil.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: No Shining Moment

Written April 10th, 2013 by Jason

Spring is finally in the air. Baseball season is underway. Saturday is the annual Scarlet and Grey game. Basketball has crowned its national champion. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Buckeye football

We’ve hit the stretch run of spring football and the Scarlet and Grey game is being held this Saturday at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Brown Stadium. The game starts at 1pm and you can hear it live on the flagship station for Buckeye sports 97.1FM or www.971thefan.com It will be shown on the Big Ten Network at 7pm Saturday night.

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller

Student Appreciation Day

One of the highlights of the 2012 spring camp was the first ever Student Appreciation Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Don’t be cynical, the name implies exactly what it is: a chance for the football team to allow unprecedented access to the students who make up the body of this great university and support it so vehemently on Saturday’s in Ohio Stadium and even on the road in opposing dojos. Read More