tBBC Preview: Rose Bowl – Michigan State vs. Stanford

Written December 31st, 2013 by Jason

Yeah… we’re wistful. But still, here’s the rundown

TOR_2014_100TH_RBG_LOGO_CMYK_COLOR_PRINTMichigan State (11-1, 9-0 B1G) vs Stanford (11-2, 7-2 PAC12)

January 1st, 2014  5:00 PM EST ESPN

It’s the 100th Rose Bowl game and this years rendition of the classic features two similar teams that play an old fashioned “defense and run” style of game. Can the Cardinal move the ball on the ground as they like to do against the Spartan defense? Will the Spartans be able to move the ball at all against the Cardinal defense? We’ll find out in what should be a classic.

Oh, and you can’t have a Rose Bowl without Buckeyes- Orlando Pace will be enshrined in the Rose Hall Of Fame on Wednesday, and Archie Griffin was named Rose Bowl “All Century” player for his successes in four straight games.

Michigan State: The Spartans roll into Pasadena for the first time since 1988 when they defeated USC 20-17. Head coach Mark Dantonio has his team believing after knocking off second ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. However, beating Stanford will be no easy task and an off-field issue has made it even more daunting.

Max Bullough is undoubtedly defensive heart and soul. Due to an off-field issue that we won’t speculate on, he has violated team rules and will not be participating in the game. To put in perspective, though he’s not as good of a player, this would be like the Buckeyes losing Ryan Shazier for the Orange Bowl.

The Spartan defense does still has Darqueze Dennard and he is looking to go out with a bang in his last game in Spartan green. I also am a believer in teams, especially when it’s a key player on an already outstanding defense, being able to rise above the loss of a star player. Sparty may be just fine when the Cardinal have the ball. Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: The Chase Is On!

Written October 16th, 2013 by Jason

The bye week is over and the Buckeyes now await a home matchup on Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The second half of the season is about to begin and we’ll look ahead to what needs to happen for the Buckeyes to make a trip to Pasadena to play for the National Championship. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

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The Hawkeyes come into the Shoe on Saturday well rested having sat through their own bye this past weekend. The last time they saw action was a 26-14 loss to Michigan State in Iowa City. Overall they come in at 4-2 and, to be honest, nothing really impresses you or stands out about Kirk Ferentz 2013 Hawkeye team.

The Hawkeyes not being anything special means the Buckeyes lose a shot at a quality win. Quality wins and strength of schedule are what goes into those BCS numbers that will determine if an undefeated Ohio State team gets to play for the crystal ball. I realize this is a foreign concept to a lot of people, but it is a real possibility that the Bucks could wind up 13-0 and on the outside looking in. At this point it actually seems like the likely scenario after the conference championship games are played and the bowls are selected.

For the Buckeyes to be invited to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl National Championship presented by Orange Juice, LED Televisions and God knows what else, they must obviously finish unbeaten. Another thing that Buckeye fans seem to dislike is winning with style points i.e. running up big point totals. And the Buckeyes would definitely be well advised to take advantage of any opportunity whereby that is an option.

Breaking it down, how I see it

Ok, so if the Buckeyes going undefeated and being left out of the championship game is looking more and more like a likely scenario then who are the teams that will be holding them out? I decided I’d break it into some groups… Read More

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 9

Written August 22nd, 2013 by Ken

Gone, baby, gone..

In today’s edition, we celebrate number 9, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl, 26-17.

This was an interesting matchup between the racehorse offense of Oregon’s Coach Kelly (Brian or Chip;I can’t remember, and it really doesn’t matter) and the relatively much slower defense of Jim Tressel. It was actually a fairly exciting game, with a tie and two lead changes, before the Buckeyes outscored the Ducks 10-0 in the last quarter and a half to secure the win.

How? Well, the hyperkinetic Oregon offense was held to 260 yards on only 53 plays. Meanwhile the Ohio State offense rolled up 419 yards on 89 plays. The other statistic that I usually don’t pay too much attention to is Time of Possession. Ohio State held the ball 41 .5 minutes to 18.5 minutes, which is a reflection of the number of plays metric. Quite a contrast isn’t it? I imagine the Oregon defense was a bit winded at the end of the game.

Nonetheless, you’ll enjoy this video. Note Devier Posey’s adjustment to the ball in his 4th quarter reception. Read More

tBBC OSU HOF: John Cooper

Written August 13th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

For this HOF Article, we revisit one I did in May of last year.

One thing is for sure when you take over as the head coach at THE Ohio State University, you better know what it means to be an Ohio person. A lot of people believe Coach John Cooper got the top post at Ohio State back in 1988 simply because he beat TTUN in the Rose Bowl the year before while at Arizona State. Truth is he really probably got the job because of his history as a head coach and as a person.

John Cooper grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee in the 1940’s and 50’s. He went into the U.S. Army right out of high school for two years before playing college ball at Iowa State. People then knew he was going to have a special talent for coaching with his abilities on the field that eventually led to him being team MVP and captain his senior year. He stayed on as an assistant coach with the Cyclones before taking a similar position with Oregon State. He made stops at UCLA, Kansas, and Kentucky before landing his first head coaching position at Tulsa in 1977.

His first season with the Golden Hurricane was 3-8 but they became pretty good after that winning five straight Missouri Valley Conference titles. Tulsa was in and out of the MVC for a year and when they returned Coach Cooper had them loaded. He began to put together a system for how he would recruit players and used it to bolster his resume. In the Top 25 ranked season of 1982, Cooper and the Golden Hurricanes went 10-1 and their only loss on the season was to Arkansas. This same year that SMU had the Pony Express, Coach Cooper had himself two 1,000 rushers in Michael Gunter and Ken Lacy and was called the Palomino Express. Despite its ranking and great season Tulsa wasn’t invited to a bowl game. Coach Cooper had the makings of a top-notch coach and was hired to take over at Arizona State in 1985.  Read More

tBBC HOF: John Hicks

Written July 25th, 2013 by Ken

John Hicks clearing the way for Archie.. again.

In today’s profile OSU College Football Hall of Famers, we’ll take a look at John Hicks, Hall of Fame Class of 2001.

Ohio State

The Cleveland, OH native won the starting right  tackle job as a sophomore. Due to a knee injury, Hicks  missed his sophomore year, but returned to play two astounding seasons in 1973-74. During his three (playing) years, Ohio State posted a 28-3-1 record, and each year, Ohio State won the conference championship, going to the Rose Bowl. Hicks became the 1st Buckeye to play in three Rose Bowls, most notably the 1974 Ohio State win over USC.

Statistics and Honors

1972 – All-Big Ten,  All-American

1973 – All-Big Ten, All-American

1973 – Lombardi Award

1973 – Outland Trophy

2001 – Collegiate Football Hall of Fame

2009 – Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

Post Ohio State

John Hicks was drafted in the 1st round by the NY Giants, and played four years. After leaving football, Hicks transitioned from football field to finance field, eventually starting his commercial real estate development company in Columbus in 2000, The John Hicks Company.


This is a good profile for me; John Hicks is a contemporary of mine. There have been quite a few excellent offensive linemen that have played at Ohio State, in my memory beginning with Mayes/Foley. John Hicks has kept the progression alive. I remembered Hicks as not an overly big lineman, just an as absolutely dominant lineman.  His awards would confirm this.

Although his professional career was hampered a bit by injuries, it may not have been a bad deal for Hicks. It was really uplifting for me to see John, upon completion of his football career, enter the profession of real estate finance, and eventually start his own company. I doubt that many people will disagree with this sentiment. However, in keeping with the spirit of football-related accomplishments, I again present a video made possible by Vico @ OHD. You will notice that several successful plays were run to Hicks’ side of the field. Coincidence? I think not.

One Fan’s Opinion: Scarlet, Gray, and Crystal

Written July 16th, 2013 by Scott

We’re thankful to have Scott give us his early take on the 2013 season. He’s a 1992 graduate from Ohio State, but you may remember him from his time at the Beavercreek News-Current and the Dayton Daily News.

If you’d like to give us your two cents, or even are interested in joining our merry band on a more regular basis, please hit us up via gmail.

Eyes On The Prize

Eyes On The Prize

I don’t have a crystal ball but I see a crystal trophy in the future for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

After finishing last season as the only undefeated team but unable to play for the BCS and/or AP national title thanks to some greedy former players, OSU is eligible for a bowl game and should have it’s sights set on Pasadena.

It won’t be easy as second-year coach Urban Meyer has to replace four stalwarts on the defensive line and 75 percent of its starting linebacker corps, but if anyone knows about reloading, it’s Meyer, who won a couple BCS titles at Florida, including one over OSU.

But let’s not dwell on the past. Let’s talk about the present. And what a gift it would be for Buckeye Nation if OSU can end the SEC’s seven-season stranglehold on the national title.

This could be one of the top offenses in the country with a smashmouth offensive line and a running game that has a little thunder in Carlos Hyde, and some lightning with Rod Smith and Bri’onte Dunn.

Oh yeah. There’s that Braxton Miller guy, the junior quarterback for whom some are predicting Heisman happenings. He set an OSU QB record with nearly 1,300 rushing yards and if he can get that completion percentage up around 60% he will have the total package.

The defense, which had some coverage and tackling problems last season will be short on experience but not short on talent, led by outside linebacker Ryan Shazier and All-American cornerback Bradley Roby.

Fortunately for OSU, the schedule sets up extremely nicely, which is why I like the Buckeyes to be among the top 2 teams when the final BCS standings are announced.

Because of the great finish to last season and the plethora of talent on offense, OSU should begin the season ranked no worse than 5th in the pre-season coaches poll. Non-conference home games against Buffalo, San Diego State and Florida A&M should allow Meyer to empty the bench and get some guys valuable playing time while impressing the pollsters with some style points. A potential slippery spot could be at California but even a close win won’t hurt too much.

The Big 10, or however many teams there are this month, is going to be somewhat weak. That could hurt in the computer portion of the ratings but will help in the human polls as OSU should rack up easy wins at home over Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State and Indiana and should cruise at Purdue and Illinois, which could be de facto home games given the way OSU fans travel and the way the home fans stay away. A nationally televised night game at Northwestern in early October will actually be the highlight of the conference season until the Nov. 30 finale in Ann Arbor. Read More

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 51

Written July 11th, 2013 by Ken

Run for the Roses

In today’s edition, we celebrate number 51, another Ohio State victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes  on  November 14, 2009, 27-24.

This was about as meaningful, if not exciting game that you could imagine for teams coached by Tressel and Ferentz. The 15th ranked Hawkeyes rolled into Columbus to upset the #10 Buckeyes, and in so doing, get a leg up on Conference Title. This was an interesting contrast where Iowa had trouble stopping Ohio State’s running game (255 yards, 3 TD’s) and Ohio State reciprocated by struggling to stop Iowa’s passing game (233 yards, 2 TD’s). However, the Buckeyes did pick off Iowa QB James Vandenberg 3 times, one in overtime.

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Celebrating the game winner

From the game recap, here is what happened in overtime:

Iowa 1-10 at Osu25 Vandenberg, J. sideline pass incomplete to Reisner, Allen.
Iowa 2-10 at Osu25 Robinson, Adam rush over right end for loss of 6 yards to the OSU31 (Spitler, Austin).
Iowa 3-16 at Osu31 Vandenberg, J. sacked for loss of 10 yards to the OSU41 (Worthington, D).
Iowa 4-26 at Osu41 Vandenberg, J. deep pass intercepted by Russell, A at the OSU0, Russell, A return 0 yards to the OSU0, touchback.
Drive: 6 plays, minus 16 yards, TOP 00:52
Osu 1-10 at Osu20 OHIO STATE drive start at 15:00.
Osu 1-10 at Osu20 OSU ball on IOWA25.
Osu 1-10 at Iowa25 Herron, Dan rush over right tackle for loss of 2 yards to the IOWA27 (Ballard, C.).
Osu 2-12 at Iowa27 Herron, Dan rush up middle for 2 yards to the IOWA25 (Clayborn, A.).
Osu 3-10 at Iowa25 Timeout Ohio State, clock 15:00.
Osu 3-10 at Iowa25 Herron, Dan rush up middle for 3 yards to the IOWA22 (Clayborn, A.;Sash, Tyler).
Osu 4-7 at Iowa22 Barclay, Devin field goal attempt from 39 GOOD, clock 15:00.

Fun to read, what’s the takeaway? OSU’s defense exerted it’s will in overtime and  put Iowa’s offense in a must-pass 4th down situation. Also, this was epitome of ‘Tresselball’. Three runs into middle of line for ball position, then kick the game-winning field goal. Woot!

Here’s the video proof:

Silver Bullet Points Collects Change

Written April 24th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Lucrative? Well…

After a weekend in the land of authentic pizza and corrupt government, there’s really only one choice for this week’s soundtrack, particularly with all of the news coming out of B1G headquarters.

Buckeye 411

Gonna’ be honest- not much in the way of news in Columbus these days, Thank Woody. Here’s some tidbits, though:

  • Hockey Bucks- Whispers on Tuesday were that Ohio State will make current interim coach Steve Rholik the permanent leader for the upcoming season.  Not a “slam dunk”, but certainly a solid hire nonetheless.
  • Getting Drafty- The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, and there’s a good possibility that the entire B1G will be shut out of the first round for the first time in forever.  For OSU Draft prospectus, be sure to check out the earlier take from our NFL Expert.
  • iTBDBITL- Interesting article in The Lantern today regarding the OSU Marching Band’s efforts to save paper and procure iPads for everyone involved in the program. There are a ton of advantages to this idea,

Using certain applications available on the iPads, members of the band would be able to read music, send out videos of rehearsals and also read field charts. Normally, only the band director is able to see the bigger picture in motion while the band members look at papers.

“Instead of one person getting to see the bigger picture, now everyone gets to see the actual animation,” Barta said.

King and Barta said they are not aware of any other university band using this type of technology, which they hope will also help them recruit future Buckeyes.

“We are similar to sports teams in terms of recruiting,” King said. “We are trying to get the best high school student musicians to come play our band.”

The funds that TBDBITL need to raise are around $120K… meanwhile, all of the student athletes have been provided iPads for a while now.  This has been your weekly “athletes and students are not the same” reminder.

  • More Silver, Man- From the work of Ohio State’s graphics expert: Read More