In the world of improvement on a year to year basis, last year should have been Braxton Miller’s last season in Columbus. With that being said he should have left with a Heisman Trophy and National Championship (ok at least a B1G Championship). After battling through all sorts of issues earlier in his career like, offensive line and lack of a supporting cast, everything seemed to jell last year. He shared the backfield with one of the toughest running backs in college (Carlos Hyde), he became a better passer (with the exception of not throwing to the TE enough) and really avoided sacks much better, and he owes some credit to the veteran offensive line he had in front of him. Just because he went forward with his progress in 2013, he need not take a break and work even harder for 2014.
When you evaluate Miller’s tape you will see he no longer takes a sack on one of every five or six attempts, but like so many mobile quarterbacks, he still takes too many. The big questions I would love to have answered is: How will Miller perform with a young offensive line and skill position players? How long did he have his shoulder injury? Where is he at in regards to rehabilitation of that shoulder? Who had the biggest impact on his improvement? I know I will probably never get the answers to those questions, but I’m still curious. It’s so much fun to speculate how well your favorite team/player is going to perform heading into the next season. Read More
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.
Yep, a lot of yards and points against so-so competition.
Here’s the defensive comparison; it’s looks similar.
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.
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.
And here we go… the first edition of our weekly staff wishlist!
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”.
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
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.
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
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
Who’s the offensive MVP? Correct Answer: Braxton Miller Read More
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:
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.
Who’s the offensive MVP? Read More