Scarlet and Gray Q&A, Week Five

Written September 28th, 2011 by Chris

“You are never as bad as you look, but you are never as good as you look either. The truth is you are somewhere in the middle.”

It is an old sports adage that has elevated the feelings of a downtrodden team or brought the lofty dreams of a fan base crashing back to reality.

I opened last weekend’s piece saying it would be easy to ignore how bad the Buckeyes looked in South Beach, and it would be easy to dismiss how good the team looked against Colorado.

Reality and perception might be far apart as to how good Ohio State was against Colorado, but the 180 degrees this team turned in a week was an impressive feat.

Sure, Colorado look bewildered the first quarter and half of football. When you play that bad on special teams, it is pretty easy for the opponent to seize momentum and never look back.

As Ohio State rolls towards a showdown with Sparty in the ‘Shoe, it is time to address some of the more pressing questions from Buckeye nation after a solid win.

What should people think of Braxton Miller’s performance against Colorado?

This is one of the more difficult questions that were asked after the game last weekend. The numbers were solid. The freshman sensation had 83 yards rushing and threw for two scores. The touchdowns were some of the few highlights the passing game produced.  Miller was 5-13 for just 83 yards passing. In his defense, however, he was victim of a few dropped passes.

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One Fan’s Opinion- Colorado

Written September 27th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Every now and again, we run across something at one of the great Buckeye message boards that deserve a longer look from Ohio State fans.  So, when our facebook and twitter pal JessiBuckeye (no relation) posted the following it made sense to ask her to give us permission to repost it at tBBC.  Enjoy, and thanks Jessi! First an introduction of sorts:

Enthusiasm personified

Hi! I’m Jessica, and I’ve been a Buckeye since the day I was born. There was never a time – even in my young childhood years, that I wasn’t rooting for my Buckeyes. I live in Orlando, Florida where I was born and raised, but came from McKinney, Texas. I am an Ohio State Alum, majoring in Early Childhood Education, but am now going back for Sports Broadcasting and Sports Journalism. I am a survivor of Anorexia, for which I spent 3 years in the hospital recovering from. I’m now more passionate about the Buckeyes then ever, because I can get on a personal level with the people involved. I love it.

Well, I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long time since I saw an Ohio State team rebound and dominate like this. Especially after a crushing loss to the Miami Hurricanes and no plays in the end zone. Especially just one week later.

The score was -to a Football Fan- an “acceptable” 37-17 Buckeye Victory. Looking at the score, it seems that this game to the unbeknownst eye was actually competitive at some point. But those Scarlet jerseys covered the field the entire game, in all the right places. Now, yes, the score does make the average fan do a double take. It seems like every play was huge, causing Ohio Stadium to erupt into a euphoric cheer. But it was still, despite the excitement – executed strategically and conservatively.

A lot of critics will jump on Fickell for being too conservative on the offense. Especially when it was 4th & 1 and he decided to punt. Some even blast the defense for allowing 17 points.

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Buckeye Notables

Written September 25th, 2011 by Eric

It’s been a few week’s since we’ve been able to run one of these posts. Hopefully the wait wasn’t too much for you, loyal reader.

Stats

  • The Buckeyes are now 4-1 against Colorado all time, and 1-1 against Colorado at home.
  • Braxton Miller is only the third freshman quarterback to start for the Buckeyes. The first two were Art Schlichter (1979) and Terrelle Pryor (2008).
  • Miller tallied a career-best 83 rushing yards on a career-high 17 carries.
  • Jordan Hall scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and third of his career, a 1-yard run in the first quarter.
  • Hall tallied a career-high 231 all-purpose yards.
  • Devin Smith caught a career-high two touchdown passes, a 32-yard reception from Braxton Miller in the second quarter and a 17-yarder from Miller in the third quarter.
  • The Buckeyes were 5-for-6 in the red zone, with three touchdowns and two field goals.
  • Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Ohio State defense has allowed only 10 100-yard rushers during a span of 80 games and only six since the start of the 2007 season. Both of those marks are the third best among FBS schools during those spans.
  • OSU has surrendered 127 TDs in 80 games since 2005, the fewest in the FBS in this span. TCU is second with 130 allowed in this span.
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Are you not Entertained? Colorado

Written September 25th, 2011 by Eric

That was a much better result than last week’s game, I’m sure everyone will agree. That said, though, there’s still a long way to go before this team is anywhere near as good as we’re used to. Let’s see how entertained we were this week.

Jim

Storm Klein's sack helped the defense look like the usual Silver Bullets defense.

First Downs. We sure did. Our second drive was entirely run plays, and gained plenty of first downs. It may not be as constant as we want yet, but we did pick up 20 first downs in the game.

Big Plays. We saw a few big plays, including four players who made plays of longer than 15 yards. The longest of the day was a 32 yard pass to Devin Smith for a touchdown.

Start Fast. Well, the first drive was a quick three and out, but the Offense did move the ball effectively for a touchdown on the 2nd drive. The team was also able to take a 17-0 lead before Colorado was even able to score.

Defense being the defense. The defense certainly looked presentable. They did a good job of limiting Colorado all day long. The unit is still showing some weaknesses, particularly in zone coverage, but they’re doing good work so far.

Joe D.

Rush the BRAXTON. You wanted 50+ running yards from Miller, you got 83 yards on 17 attempts. I think that gets the job done! They even focused on the running game for the first drive, so they took this idea to heart.

Start Strong. How about entering the second quarter with a 10-0 lead? Is that strong enough?

Receivers at Ohio Stadium. Devin Smith caught 3, T.Y. Williams caught one, and Chris Fields caught one. The receivers were on display today in a bigger way – though they clearly still have a long way to go.

Stop the Big Play. Colorado’s biggest play of the day was a 27 yard run by Rodney Stewart. Several CU receivers picked up more than 15 yards on any given pass – many over the middle of the field. Colorado had success, but in general the big play was not available.
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Thoughts from the Shoe

Written September 24th, 2011 by Eric

Since I had the opportunity to attend the game in the Horseshoe today, I wasn’t able to do my usual recap. Because of that, I instead took a series of notes and jotted down some thoughts from the game to share. Hopefully I can provide some insight that wasn’t obvious from the television broadcast.

Also, I want to thank Joe D for covering me so ably on the recap this week. Without him, I might not have even been able to make the game!

Pregame

Braxton Miller attempts the Stiff Arm of Justice.

  • Let me tell you, the back 4 rows of B deck in the ‘Shoe are half as wide as nearly every other row of the stadium. It’s pretty tough to squeeze in back there, particularly if you’re near 6 feet or taller.
  • Despite being 50/50 for the game, Corey “Philly” Brown came out in his jersey and warmup sweats with no pads. Apparently the injury is still worrying the coaching staff.
  • If anyone from the University reads this article, I hope they take away this one point. OSU has this new “Zero Waste” initiative for the stadium, attempting to make something like 90% of all of their waste either recyclable or biodegradable. While this is great, the ad they used during the pregame show will be a disaster if they run it again. At the end of the ad, the guy over the loudspeaker says “GO GREEN!” as loud as he can. For those who know something about Big Ten cheers, Michigan State’s version of “OH – IO” is “Go Green! Go White!”. I can see all of the Michigan State fans going ballistic about our stadium announcer saying “Go Green” before the game, and getting to yell “Go White!” back.
    For the love of all that is holy, do NOT run that before the MSU game!! If they do, I hope you students figure out something pithy to say afterwards to cover up the obvious “Go White”.

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Buckeye Football LiveBlog: Colorado

Written September 24th, 2011 by Eric

Welcome to this week’s LiveBlog! We’re certainly hoping for a better show than we got last week, and at least we get to bask in the glory that is Braxton Miller’s talent and potential.

As usual, hats off to the guys that help making this what it is: Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio. Make sure to stop by their place and see what they have to say.

The big negative for this one, however, will be the unfortunate color commentating crew. I hope you all enjoy listening to Craig James during the game, as I will be missing the LiveBlog (and the broadcast) by going to the game myself. Make sure to let me know how Craig James does in the comments, because I’m certain I’m going to be missing quite the show.

Not to say it’s a show I necessarily want to hear, though!

Enjoy the game, and Go Bucks!

Across The Web: Colorado Buffaloes

Written September 23rd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Again, huge thanks to Bob Bell of the Ralphie Report for being our guest this week- he’s really popular! If you haven’t already, check out his thoughts in this week’s tBBC Radio Hour as well as Eric’s visit to the Ralphie Report podcast.

What are the initial impressions of Jon Embree so far? How big was the win over in state rival Colorado State for him?

Vision for the future

Ultimately, the Buffs have had a chance to win the two games they lost, especially California who beat the Buffs 52-7 last season. So that is an improvement. I think offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has done a solid job calling plays in his first stint at running an offense. The thing we at the Ralphie Report are judging this year on is game over game improvement which we have seen. Some of the things that are still frustrating fans after three games are the mental mistakes and penalties. Colorado continues to be one of the highest penalized teams in the nation, something that carried over from the Dan Hawkins era apparently.

The Buffs are lacking in depth and overall talent which is something Embree will have to improve over time. If Embree can get that talent, I think this coaching staff has the ability to be a good one.

As for getting his first win, It is certainly better than losing to Colorado State and going into the game 0-3 with absolutely no momentum. The good news for Buff fans is the team progressed from the game against Hawaii to the game against California. We saw some flashes of brilliance but still plenty to improve. And while many are still uneasy about this team after the Colorado State game, getting a win was still a positive step forward.

While the Colorado passing game is extremely dangerous, the running game seems to be nearly non-existent, despite having a Senior at running back.  Is this a cause for concern, or do you expect the running game will play second fiddle to the passing game during Jon Embree’s tenure? How much do you think getting David Bakhtiari back will change that philosophy?

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What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Colorado Edition

Written September 23rd, 2011 by Eric

We’re hoping everyone has had enough time to grieve, analyze, and recover from the Miami shock. It’s time to find out what we’re hoping to see against the Buffaloes this weekend. Update- We got to be guests on Fox Sports Ohio’s “Wish List” this week… Woot!

Jim

It's Miller's team now. Let's see what he does with it.

First Downs. After last weekend, let’s just start with the basic building block on offense and get some first down. Extra bonus points for sustained scoring drives.

Big Plays. I don’t care who does it, but I want to see the Buckeyes loosen up, gain some momentum, gain some yards, and start having fun on the offensive side of the ball. I want to see some big plays (20+ yards) and some excitement. I realize this request may be a bit greedy after what we saw last Saturday, but nothing will get the offense rolling and the confidence flowing again like some huge plays.

Start Fast. With a struggling offense, playing from behind is the absolute worst thing that can happen. Let’s start fast, get a lead, loosen up and have some fun.

Defense being the defense. With a little help from the offense (gaining first downs to give them a breather every once and awhile), I look for the defense to continue to be good.
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