tBBC Radio Hour: Nebraska Preview

Written October 6th, 2011 by Eric

Eric and Joe get together on this week’s radio hour to discuss the trials and tribulations facing the offense following the Michigan State game. They also talk about the latest suspensions and express the frustrations most Buckeye fans are feeling, along with their feelings towards Gene Smith. Lastly, they talk about Nebraska and what the Buckeyes need to do in order to pull off the win in Memorial Stadium.

For the opponent’s preview, Eric is joined by the excellent HuskerDan of HuskerMax.com. They discuss Nebraska, along with their recent addition to the Big Ten and the welcoming committee laid down by Wisconsin.

All this and more on this week’s Radio Hour!

Note: At the time of the recording, we believed Corey “Philly” Brown would be fully ready to play. Currently his status is listed as “Day-to-Day”, and while there is a chance that we will see him on the field, it’s not as certain as we claim in the podcast.



2011 Basketball Preview: Evan Ravenel

Written October 5th, 2011 by Eric

Do not get in Evan Ravenel's way.

Just like last season, the Buckeyes will have a number of new faces on the court this year. Another of those will certainly be new to the list of available players, though not new to the team in general. The coaches are very high on Evan Ravenel, so don’t be surprised if you’re hearing his name early and often this season.

Hometown: Tampa, FL
High School: Brandon HS
Position: Forward (4/5)
Year: Junior
Height: 6-8
Weight: 260

High School Awards:

- Tampa Tribute All-Hillsborough County second-team honors (2008).
- Tampa All-City honors (2008).
- Class 5A All-State honorable mention from the Florida Sports Writers Association (2008).

Evan Ravenel transfered to Ohio State from Boston College where he played his first two seasons in the ACC under head coach Al Skinner. His transfer was influenced when Boston College fired Skinner after 13 seasons. Not wanting to stick around for Steve Donahue’s new regime, Ravenel went looking for a new place to call home. While the Buckeyes had never directly recruited Evan out of High School, OSU assistant Dave Dickerson did recruit him while Dickerson was the head coach at Tulane. Matta happily gave Ravenel a scholarship offer, and Ravenel joined the Buckeyes before the 2010-2011 season.
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2011 Basketball Preview: Trey McDonald

Written October 3rd, 2011 by Eric

Trey McDonald looks ready for business.

This is our first look at one of the incoming freshman for this year’s team. Trey McDonald is an inside player who has improved dramatically over the last several seasons. He still has plenty to learn coming into the program before he’ll be able to make a significant contribution to the team. His great upside should help him achieve that goal.

Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan
High School: Battle Creek Central
Position: Center (5)
Year: Freshman
Height: 6-8
Weight: 225

High School Awards:
- 2011 All-Conference selection (Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference).
- 2011 All-City selection (Battle Creek).
- 2011 Battle Creek Central MVP.

Trey McDonald is a three star athlete from Battle Creek Michigan, ranked the #18 player at his position in the 2011 recruiting class by scout.com. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his Junior year – both were team leading. He was also a letterman in cross country for three years, and track for a single season.
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Are you not Entertained? Michigan State

Written October 2nd, 2011 by Eric

Well, by this point, I’m pretty certain things like 406 punting yards are pretty entertaining. But that’s only because we all know that at this point laughter is all that is left.

Let’s see how the crew did.

Malibuckeye

MSU's BJ Cunningham was tough for OSU to stop, netting 154 yards on 9 receptions.

Return Of The Burn. Jake Stoneburner did catch two passes for 8 yards. We even tried to go for him in short yardage routes!

Hungry Hankins. He scooped up a fumble that he may have consumed. Does that count as hungry enough? In fact, the defense as a whole was very impressive, particularly up front. The Buckeyes D-Line completely devastated the MSU running game, leaving them with only 71 total yards.

Defensive Score. And we still don’t have one, though the defense did prevent a couple of scores with their turnovers. There were also two near pick-sixes, but near pick-sixes don’t put points on the board.

Special Teams Savvy. Special Teams was fairly pedestrian today, though Jordan Hall did have a couple of exciting returns to give us decent field position. Not that the offense could do anything with it, of course.

Need I Say More?. Shugarts, as usual, led us off with the false start party. He was, however, not the only one today.

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tBBC Postgame Show: Michigan State

Written October 1st, 2011 by Eric

Michael at OHD joins Eric for this postgame show to talk about the 10-7 Tresselball defeat of the Buckeyes by Michigan State. They talk about the issues with both offenses, but most especially Ohio State’s, and the impressive defensive display by the Buckeyes. They also address some of the other issues, including the longevity of Luke Fickell and the rest of the coaching staff, and how much Tressel must have loved the punting stats.

All this and more on this week’s Postgame Show.

 

 

Michigan State “Tresselballs” Ohio State 10-7

Written October 1st, 2011 by Eric

The Spartans of Michigan State showed up in Columbus today to tangle with the Buckeyes for the first time since 2008.  This game turned out very differently than the previous one as the Spartans took advantage of the pathetic Ohio State offense on the way to an ugly 10-7 win. Neither team was competent in the offensive game at all, but Michigan State’s competence was enough to actually get them on the scoreboard. The OSU defense continued to grow and succeed, even managing to force two turnovers during the game, but their effort was largely wasted because of the offense. For the game, Jordan Hall picked up 91 all-purpose yards as the best offensive presence for the OSU offense on the day.

The Buckeyes began the game with the ball down a couple of men.  Corey “Philly” Brown, who was injured several weeks ago against Toledo, continued to sit through this one with his sore ankle.  Also, Nathan Williams remained out with his deep bone bruise with no indication of when he might be available to return.  Thankfully, though, Jaamal Berry dressed and prepared for this game despite his issues earlier in the week.

The Buckeyes struggled to move the ball in their first drive much like last week.  Jordan Hall found little running room against the tough MSU defense, and Jake Stoneburner was unable to gain more than a couple yards on third and seven.  On the plus side, though, Stoneburner did catch a short pass early in the game, which is a promising sign considering what we’ve seen the last few saturdays.
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Buckeye Liveblog: Michigan State

Written October 1st, 2011 by Eric

Welcome to today’s Liveblog! The Buckeyes welcome the Spartans of Michigan State into Ohio Stadium. It should be quite an exciting game, and there’s no better place to spend it than with all of your friends and favorite bloggers in the Liveblog!

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We look forward to seeing you here! Go Bucks!

tBBC Radio Hour: 2011 Michigan State Pregame

Written September 30th, 2011 by Eric

Eric and Jim get together to discuss the upcoming game between Ohio State and Michigan State, and reminisce about the Colorado game. They talk about the development of quarterback Braxton Miller, and the superb play of Jordan Hall in all phases of the game. They also mention the ever important Nate Ebner missile and what he means to the kick coverage. Finally, they spend plenty of time talking about Michigan State and their excellent quarterback, Kirk Cousins.

Joining Eric this week for the opponent’s interview is Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal, the local newspaper for the state capital of Michigan. They talk plenty of MSU football, including the issues for the MSU offensive line.

All this and more on this week’s radio hour!



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