Several Big Ten teams played bowl games today at around the same time, and nearly every one of them struggled . Ohio State joined that club in their game against the Florida Gators, losing 24-17. The Buckeyes valiantly attempted to stage a comeback in the game down 14 with 3 minutes left, but were unable to secure the onside kick with under a minute left. Braxton Miller showed some impressive passing at the tail end of the game, ending the game 18/23 for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.

This is the first time since 1897 that Ohio State has had 7 losses in a single season, and the first time since 1946 that the team has lost 4 games in a row. It is the first time since 1988, John Cooper’s first season, that the Buckeyes have suffered a losing season.

The Florida Gators started the game with the football in excellent field position. Drew Basil was unable to keep the ball from going out of bounds at the one yard-line off a bounce on the opening kick. The error gave the ball to the Gators at the 40 yard line, where Florida quickly built a big head of steam running the ball to the left edge. Surprisingly, showing an early aggression that they haven’t been able to find all season, the OSU defense managed to respond quickly and force Florida into a fumble.

Boom Herron started things off for the Buckeyes going the other way with a couple nice runs up the middle. The Bucks were also helped by a Florida late hit on Braxton Miller as he was going out of bounds, eventually allowing the Buckeyes to work it down inside the 40. Unfortunately, the Gator defense stiffened and got a pair of sacks to put OSU in a 3rd and 18. Jim Bollman chose to go conservative and run a QB draw, hedging on the punt and the field position battle.
Read More

Football LiveBlog: Gator Bowl

Written January 2nd, 2012 by Eric

Today’s the day. The Buckeyes finally get a shot at a little payback against the Florida Gators at 1 PM in the Gator Bowl.

Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us at 12:30 pm today to enjoy the game. You should go see what they’ve had to say about it! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Scarlet and Game, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.

Go Bucks!

What Do You Want To See On… Monday?

Written January 2nd, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Happy 2012!  Here’s our version of the weekly wish list for the Gator Bowl… the last Buckeye bowl game for a while.

JoeD

Wishing for a great halftime band.

A Will To Win - This is the first time since 2004 that Ohio State isn’t in a BCS bowl…. With a whole new fold in place for the upcoming season, it’s important to go out and play like you want to win this meaningless bowl. It just sets up momentum heading into the spring and leaves a lasting mark.

Seniors and Juniors Play their Best - Seniors and Juniors, this is the last time you will ever compete in a bowl situation ever again. Cherish it. Enjoy it. Play your heart out like your life depended on it. It might just be another bowl to everyone else, but for you guys– it’s your last chance to compete in the “post-season.”

Run it Up the Gut - As much as everyone is looking forward to new Urban Meyer folds in the offense, I want to see a game like the Illinois contest, where Ohio State runs it a heavy amount. Okay, not that much, but still I’d love to see two 100 yard rushers and some secondary scorers out of the backfield.

Ebner Strike - The Bo Rein most inspirational player on the squad deserves a BIG day on special teams. Here’s to hoping that he gets that against Florida. Read More

Basketball LiveBlog: Florida

Written November 15th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes take on their first big challenge of the season when they face the #8 Florida Gators at home.

We’ll be here to cover all of the action with our friends from: OSU Silver Bullet, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, The Buckeye Blog, Our Honor Defend, Buckeye House Call, and Fox Sports Ohio.  Make sure to stop by and chat with us!

Joe Dexter provided us with today’s game preview.  Should be a fun one!

Go Bucks!

The Coaching Search: Urban Meyer

Written July 1st, 2011 by Eric

This series took an interesting turn during the last week with the announcement that Gene Smith was removing the “Interim” tag from Luke Fickell.  It’s possible that the University has decided that Fickell is their guy and that any future search will be unnecessary.

At this point, though, a future coaching search is still in the plan.  Until that explicitly changes, we’re going to keep running these articles because, honestly, you really want to know.

Urban Meyer

We’ve looked at a number of different possibilities for the future of the Ohio State head coaching position so far.  We hit the obvious answer of Fickell first, and followed it with the nearly unheard-of possbility of Lovie Smith.  Just last week we took a look at one of the big possible names for the job, Nebraska’s own Bo Pelini.

Now we hit the next big name for the job, and the one that most Buckeye fans clamor for after Luke Fickell – Urban Meyer.

As an aside, I find it amazing that Buckeye fans would be interested in hiring a coach that handed us our butts on a silver platter on the national stage.  Maybe it’s because they want the best (and, lets be honest, Meyer is one of the best).  Maybe it’s because he once stated that Ohio State was one of his dream jobs.  Maybe it’s because he was a former OSU Assistant, and grew up in Ohio.

Whatever the reason, it netted Meyer a spot near the top of everyone’s wish lists.

Urban Meyer grew up in Toledo, Ohio, eventually receiving a scholarship to the University of Cincinati.  Urban spent four years playing defensive back for the Bearcats on a number of teams that simply weren’t very good.

From 1983-1986, while Meyer was on the team, the Bearcats went a combined 16-27-1 with no winning seasons.  They did show improvement, though, going 5-6 during in each of Meyer’s Junior and Senior seasons.

Read More