Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 9.17.13

Written September 17th, 2013 by Clair

All Smiles

Cal in the rearview, Florida A&M in the crosshairs…

  • Smooth Moves- Braxton Miller’s sprained MCL proved to be bothersome enough for Saturday’s matchup against Cal that Urban Meyer gave Kenny Guiton the nod to start at QB. Someone tell Kenny Guiton that he is the back up, because he’s certainly playing like QB1. He knows the offense inside and out, reads defenses like a book, distributes the ball with mathematical precision, is a captain and carried his team to victory for the second week in a row. Named the Walter Camp player of the week, Guiton went 21 for 32 passing, threw 4 touchdown passes including a 90 yard soul crushing bomb to Devin Smith, and rushed for a whopping 92 yards.
  • Not So Fast My Friend- OK Guiton was magical, wizard status magical but Braxton Miller is the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Football Buckeyes for a reason…several reasons.
  • Captain, My Captain: Braxton’s scrambling ability and speed alone would land him the starting spot under Meyer’s offense. But Braxton’s development as a pocket passer and his ability to read a defense has dramatically improved since last season. In Meyer’s press conference Monday, he mentioned that the staff was going to have a conversation about a possible two quarterback look going forward. I doubt a two quarterback situation will ever come into fruition with Braxton Miller in the fold. Read More

Are You Not Entertained? Cal!

Written September 16th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

The Buckeyes brought back a big road win from California but let’s see how many of our wishes came true:

Dominance

Ken:

  1. Run the Ball – Cal is giving up 5.75 YPC. And it will keep Cal  below their 90-95 plays per game target. The Bucks averaged 6.0 YPC but Cal still hit their target
  2. Pressure on their QB – Come at Goff via stunts, blitzes, whatever. They want to throw and we should break them of this habit.  3 Sacks, an Interception, and a fumble…..I’d say misson accomplished.
  3. Mix Up Play Calling with Play Action – Cal’s D is young and relatively inexperienced. They can be had; let’s have them.  Could have seen a little more in my opinion
  4. No Injuries – A couple of scares but nothing to major.
  5. A Win – Check!
Scott:
  1. Poll Rising – Score 60-70 points so we stop falling in the polls.  52 Points….and the polls stay the same.

WvaBuckeye:

  1. Ball Control – Want to see what ball control offense really looks like prior to Hyde returning. Feed Hall/Wilson/Smith/Ball the rock. Pass when we need to.  Even thought Cal hit their target of offensive plays….I felt like we controlled the ball well.
  2. Electricity – Simple. Electrify and quiet the stadium at the same time with a KO return for TD by Wilson.  No KO return but I’d say 90 yards foor a touchdown on the second play will do the trick.
  3. QB Controversy? – Even if Braxton is healthy. We may have a QB semi-controversy   Kenny G deserves playing time but maybe not at the expense of a rolling O under Braxton’s command. If they stumble a little lets see what Kenny does. He’s earned it.  Let the controversy begin! Read More

Behind Enemy Lines: Bucks Conquer Berkeley

Written September 16th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye
California Dreamin'

California Dreamin’

In lieu of “Shots From The ‘Shoe” this week, here’s what the day was like for Ohio State fans as the team was on the road. We’ve covered the ins and outs on the field, this is more of a travelogue from gameday.

Seemingly like the rest of Buckeye Nation, I made the trek north to the Bay Area for an amazing weekend of college football. I actually hesitate to call this “Behind Enemy Lines”, as Berkeley seemed to have turned into Columbus west for the better part of Friday and Saturday.

The atmosphere was energized… a gorgeous fall day, the fog burned off around 11:30 or so and we spent the afternoon in sun and temperatures around the high 70s. Even from blocks away, you could tell that Ohio State fans would be well represented in the newly renovated Memorial Stadium.

As you may have heard, Cal is not configured for much “tailgating” in the traditional sense. I guess they’d much rather have another organic chai shop than creating accessible parking that the pre-game festivities would require. Nevertheless, folks found a way.

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On Friday, I’d gone by famous Telegraph Avenue with the wife to do some shopping in Berkeley’s well known music and book stores. I chose to “blend in” by wearing my tie-dyed shirt… Buckeye specific, of course. It didn’t take long for me to get severa “O!H!” greetings, as well as a “F***the Buckeyes!” from a moron in blue and gold. Must have been a Michigan exchange students.

Saturday, it was good to see that someone else had my incredible fashion sense. Read More

What Do You Want to See On Saturday? Cal

Written September 13th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

This week marks the Buckeyes’ first road game of the campaign so let’s see what our staff wishlist look like:

Moar Please

Ken:

  1. Run the Ball – Cal is giving up 5.75 YPC. And it will keep Cal  below their 90-95 plays per game target.
  2. Pressure on their QB –  Come at Goff via stunts, blitzes, whatever. They want to throw and we should break them of this habit.
  3. Mix Up Play Calling with Play Action – Cal’s D is young and relatively inexperienced. They can be had; let’s have them.
  4. No Injuries
  5. A Win
Scott:
  1. Poll Rising – Score 60-70 points so we stop falling in the polls.

WvaBuckeye:

  1. Ball Control – Want to see what ball control offense really looks like prior to Hyde returning. Feed Hall/Wilson/Smith/Ball the rock. Pass when we need to.
  2. Electricity – Simple. Electrify and quiet the stadium at the same time with a KO return for TD by Wilson.
  3. QB Controversy? – Even if Braxton is healthy. We may have a QB semi-controversy   Kenny G deserves playing time but maybe not at the expense of a rolling O under Braxton’s command. If they stumble a little lets see what Kenny does. He’s earned it. Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Going Back to Cali

Written September 11th, 2013 by Jason

Before we even get started…

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To the football…

The Buckeyes wrapped up another win on Saturday at Ohio Stadium against San Diego State to run their nations best streak to 14 games and 2-0 on the 2013 season. However, despite the relative ease on the scoreboard it was not without some tense moments and left plenty for us to talk about. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Not where we want to see #5

Not where we want to see #5

Braxton down

With complete certainty I can say that the most talked about thing to happen in the San Diego State game was when Braxton Miller went down early in the first quarter with a knee injury. Urban Meyer said that Miller is day to day in evaluation as to if he will play out in Berkeley this weekend against California. The dept chart released on Tuesday lists Miller as the starter.

In total honesty, that was a scary injury. It didn’t look as brutal as the slam to the turf against Purdue last year, but on replay it looked as though he could have sustained any of a multitude of injuries from knee problems to neck or head injuries.We all love that Braxton Miller plays the game fearless, but is it time for him to start thinking of the greater good and maybe trying to stay out of these particularly tight situations? Of course, the player is going to react and do what comes naturally. Is it imperative that the coaching staff, at least in these next two weeks leading into the Big Ten opener at home against Wisconsin, take it upon themselves to keep their star out of harms way?

I want to know what you think. In the comments section below, tell me if you think Urban and company should limit Braxton Miller’s potential for contact or if they should keep things as they are and let the kid play how he plays? Read More

The Week That Were: 9.7.13

Written September 9th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Given the rain delay in the BYU /UT game this week and the deluge of rushing that befell the Longhorns after kickoff, there’s only one option for this week’s soundtrack.

See, this is why there should be no polls before the first weekend in October.

Hook’em

Once again, we see a number of teams that got votes due to their “name recognition” shown up early in the season, and others who are rising to the occasion still find themselves with a long way to go until November.

Cases in point: Texas, Notre Dame, Florida, and Southern Cal; all of whom lost on the same Saturday for the first time since September 11, 1976.

For the Longhorns, it’s been a slide into mediocrity for a while now. I’m not sure that people really understand the significance of the Mack Brown era… As the flagship school in of the top three recruiting hotbeds in the country, Brown’s teams have historically underwhelmed with the exception of two “lightening in a bottle” moments- Vince Young and Colt McCoy. Outside of their leadership behind center, the program has struggled; and it can be argued that some of this is due to poor coaching (see the Major Applewhite -vs- Chris Sims debacle) or poor recruiting (Texas recruited the last two Heisman winners as defensive backs, and didn’t reach out to Jamies Winston- this year’s new hotness).

While those things may be true, Mack seems to think that the issue is defense; as evidenced by the 550 yards rushing that they gave up to BYU on Saturday, the majority of which happened in the first three quarters. In response, Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz was fired on Sunday. Before you get excited, Austinites- his replacement is none other than Greg “GERG” Robinson, who’s amazing Michigan defenses gave up over 100 points in two games against Illinois.  I’m sure he’ll get the team motivated to return to the lofty status that UT should assume.

But you’ve also got to think that this is merely shuffling chairs on the Titanic- when your team plays so poorly that Shaggy Bevo’s servers go down as they did on Sunday, then you’ve got yourself a problem. Read More

The Week That Were: 8.31.13

Written September 2nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

For those unfamiliar with this feature, consider it your cheat sheet for the conversations around the grill on Labor Day. As always, these come with a melodic interlude to play gently in the background during your perusal… because you’re that important to me.

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It was the best of times, it was the… well… best of times. Football was played, plays were made, and the long summer doldrums finally came to an end.

Sawkaralyna got us started off in style, scoring on the third play of their first possession and kicking off the annual “Hey, we’re pretty good! Oh, that’s right… we have to play  in the same conference as Alabama/Georgia/Florida/LSU… nevermind.” The only significant storyline to come out of this game, other than the fact that sometimes “new school clothes” aren’t always fashionable, is the fact that ESPN’s love-fest for all things Clowney turned into the predictable hate-fest for the sophomore after he didn’t balance the budget/solve global warming/play like a Heisman candidate. Whatever helps them get their ratings points, right?

Speaking of firsts, the news this offseason was about the new “targeting” rule and it’s potential impact on the game.  Your future trivia answer to “who was the first college player to be ejected under this rule?’ is none other than Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss. Small Ohio State related fact that’s stuck in my brain for some reason- In 1995, the NCAA decided to crack down on “showboating” and OSU’s Terry Glenn was the first person flagged after signaling “First Down” following a catch against Boston College in the Kickoff Classic.  What a cute rule that was…

At any rate, the impact (see what I did there?) of the new rule was certainly felt across the first weekend; Northwestern had a game-winning drive extended after Cal’s best pass rusher was flagged for “targeting” on a tackle in the end zone, Texas A&M lost a player for a similar infraction (although, to be honest, it was a really bad call), and Oregon had to go and “one up them” (as always) with this potentially crippling hit against Nicholls State. To be fair to the defender, though, everyone in the stadium was yelling “Duck!” to the Nicholls QB. At least that’s what I think they meant…

Another major story this weekend was the debilitating sanctions that hit Heisman winner Johnny Manziel following the “autograph” scandal. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to sit there on the sidelines for that time, missing the change to be with his teammates and… yeah, in the time it took you to read this sentence, his “suspension” was over. I wish my car had a suspension that cushy…. Read More

Ohio State 35, Cal 28: Urban Meyer Remarks

Written September 15th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Coach Meyer’s comments following the win over the California Golden Bears, courtesy of Fox Sports Ohio: (transcription provided by the Ohio State Athletic Department)

COACH MEYER:  Thank you all for being here.  The best thing about 3‑0 is a chance to go 4‑0.  And that’s about it.  We’ve enjoyed a win against a very quality opponent, Cal, very good athletes, well coached.

And our guys found a way.  I have been in games before where I thought we were going to lose, where I just kept waiting I thought someone would make a play, I really did.

And to see Devin Smith, having an athletic quarterback to get you out of trouble sometimes, sometimes gets you in trouble.  But what is going to happen is we’re going to have to be throw the ball, become efficient throwing.  We’ve gotten better.  You can take a look at the evolution in the past, what’s it been 12 months, or 24 months, whatever it’s been.

But since Braxton became our quarterback, he’s much better.  But we’ve got a long way to go.  It’s kind of turning into that kind of a world for us right now that there’s a lot of players, people, numbers, committed to stopping the run.

And the good thing is we are developing some receivers.  Devin Smith had a hell of a day, made a couple of great plays.  Philly Brown is a good player.  Evan Spencer is coming along.  Jake had a decent day.

We’re starting to develop a little bit of depth.  And you think about where that was to where it is now.  If this would have happened in April whatever the 7th, they said okay, they would be able to stop the run, I’d say I don’t know; we’d have to figure out a way to score.  And I think we just have to do a good job of finding a way to throw the ball a little bit better.

On defense, bad tackling.  That’s all I know, is bad tackling.  We’ve gotta get that figured out.  It’s time to play Ohio State defense and that wasn’t Ohio State defense at all.

We’ve got to get that thing worked out.  I know it won’t be from a shortage of effort.  We are going to get it worked out and go.  John Simon played hurt today.  Gave a little emotional speech in there.

He had a sore shoulder.  They kept telling me all week, it should be fine, it should be fine; it just didn’t heal as fast as we hoped.  Boy, he just lost it in the locker room as far as just sharing, opening up his soul for this team.

And I’ve done this a long time, man, and he’s as good ‑‑ you mark that down there, can you put a jersey up there or something that says John Simon, because that’s a grown‑ass man ‑‑ excuse my language ‑‑ that’s a guy.

If we have another child I want to name him, what is it, Urban John Simon Meyer or something like that.  (Laughter) can’t wait for that headline.  But that’s how much I love that guy.  I’m not ashamed to say I love him.  Love that guy.  Man.

Makes all of us look in the mirror and say:  Are we doing enough for our team.  That guy, what he just did in there, not to give you too much of what went on in there, but am I doing enough.  When I say I, as our coaching staff, are we doing enough?  Are we doing as much as he’s doing?  No.  We’ve gotta do more.  Gotta do more.  Gotta get you fired up.

And that’s what this great game teaches you.  With that said, great respect for the team we just played and the coach I know, best thing about 3‑0 is, what, a chance to go 4‑0 and get better.  Read More