The Week That Were: 10.15.11

Written October 16th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Today, we join with racing fans in mourning the loss of Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon. As such, this week’s soundtrack has a bit of a somber tone. We give ESPN/ABC a lot of criticism, but they got this one right- Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends.

When will it stop?

This week was very very special across the college sports landscape, as special teams highlights and gaffes were the order of the day across the nation. First, the “Woah! Did that just happen?” moments…

When Clemson and Maryland met, the undefeated Tigers should have known that something was swirling that could have put a blemish on their dream season.  For starters, the Terrapins chose a uniform that didn’t look like a condiment tray this week, choosing instead the “Fancy Hot Sauce” look. Maryland opened up an eighteen point lead in the second quarter on the Tigers, and nothing in the Michelle Obama playbook was working at all.  Then, Sammy Watkins happened, all 345 total yards of his offense, including a special teams play that turned the tide for good.

However amazing his individual performance was for the night, the special teams highlights for the day happened in the “Battle Of The Oil Money”, where T. Boone Pickens University traveled to Austin and found themselves in a shootout with the Longhorns.  It was one of those games where you were certain that the last team with a series of possession would win… unless there was time for a kickoff or two: Read More

The Week That Were- 9.24.11

Written September 25th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Time for the stroll through the week’s absurdity in college football… this week’s soundtrack is inspired by a conversation with a colleague and the Stomping in the ‘Shoe- Enjoy the Stone Foxes.

Spelling? Check. Planning? Meh...

The big game of the week, according to the folks at the four letter network, was Saturday Night’s matchup between LSU and West By God Virginia. When the smoke had cleared (not from burning couches, ironically), all we knew was how good the Tigers are, particularly on defense.  That’s not a commentary on their O- it’s great to see Princeton HS star Spencer Ware excel- but the fact of the matter is that the LSU defense is the best in college football.  In today’s poll has Les Miles’ team at the top, and given their victories over ranked teams (Oregon, Mississippi State, WVa), I can’t say that I disagree.  You want to be the man? Beat the man… and LSU has done just that.

Those who might be wondering how LSU manages to both recruit top athletes AND to keep them motivated may have found an answer on Saturday night- I’m pretty sure that’s a benefit, although I will withhold judgement on if it’s improper (mostly ’cause I’m jealous). Read More

Shots from SunLife Stadium

Written September 22nd, 2011 by Joe Laing

I was lucky (or unlucky…However you want to look at it) to be able to attend the game this past Saturday.  “Shots” has mostly been a basketball feature, but figured since I was in attendance, why not…

Good view, terrible game

  • I still don’t understand why Sun Life stadium is 30 minutes from downtown, and yet they still have no crowds?  In what was the most attended Miami game in Sun Life stadium it is easy to see why.   It is not close to anything.  Overheard from a Canes fan that last year on Thanksgiving they only had 22k at the game.  Can you imagine a Buckeye game only having 22k?
  • The Buckeye fans were out in force.  Making up at least 25% of the crowd.  It is always good to see the Buckeyes travel.  This Buckeye needs to go to Indiana or something though to break the losing streak of 0-4 when seeing the Bucks outside of the Shoe.  (Tress’ only loss to Michigan, 07′ LSU, 10′ Wisky, 11′ Miami)
  • I like how Miami is up on the times with the music at the game, and actually had a DJ in the stadium.  Now don’t get me wrong, I understand tradition and obviously like to hear the Buckeye Battlecry and fight song, and hear the band at halftime, but it doesn’t mean we can’t throw some top songs in here and there.  It kept me on my feet all game long.
  • 3rd down song – I don’t know what beat was, but man it had me doing it on 3rd down, and yelling for our offense to pick up their first down.  Read More

tBBC Postgame Show: Miami

Written September 18th, 2011 by Eric

Eric is joined by Michael of OHD, Josh (Bacon Ninja) of Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Marcus Hartman of Buckeye Sports Bulletin on this week’s postgame show. The crew breaks down the tough 24-6 loss the Buckeyes suffered at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes, particularly focusing on the atrocious quarterbacking play.

There were positive takeaways from the game, and the team spends as much time talking about the things that Ohio State did right as the things they did very very wrong.

All this and more on this week’s BBC Postgame Show!



Are you not Entertained? Miami Edition

Written September 18th, 2011 by Eric

I’m pretty certain the answer is “no”, but let’s look at each individual point anyway just to be sure.

Mali

Braxton Miller saw game time against the Hurricanes.

Brax Attack. Well, he saw the field. That’s about all we can say.

Jacory Harris’ New Name. Jacory Harris played better than last season, though he did hand the ball over a few times – and nearly put OSU back in the game in the end.

Florida Pride. Hyde and Sabino played tough, does that count?

Game Commentary. The commentary was absolutely focused on the game. At some point, though, I think Buckeye fans almost would have rather been thinking about the offseason.

No False Starts. Keep asking Mali.

Jim

No turnovers. The young gun gave it up twice – though both were due more to great play from the Miami defense than his own failings. However, he still tried to put the ball where he shouldn’t have on the tipped interception, and he left the ball floating out away from his body on the punched out fumble.

Enthusiasm and hitting. It took a little while but we saw it eventually. Though, it disappeared more often as the defense wore down.

Big time players making big time plays. I’m pretty certain Joe Bauserman cemented his name in Buckeye History, but not in a good way.

Jordan Hall in space. He certainly was a nice change of pace! Early in the game, Hall was averaging more than 13 yards per carry, and ended above 6. That’s some great running from a solid back.

Braxton Miller on the field. He was there, that’s about all we can say on that account.
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Miami smothers Ohio State 24-6

Written September 17th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes took to the road for the first time this season to visit Miami at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.  From the moment the teams took the field, Miami was clearly the better football team, and demonstrated it by shutting Ohio State’s offense down nearly completely on route to a 24-6 victory.  Ohio State’s only successful offensive players were Jordan Hall with 14 carries for 87 yards and Carlos Hyde with 12 carries for 54 yards.  Neither quarterback had a completion percentage beyond 20% on the game.

The game started with the Buckeyes in possession of the football and Joe Bauserman under center.  It’s also worth noting that despite Jordan Hall’s return from suspension the Bucks started out handing the ball off to Carlos Hyde.  Clearly the coaches were sufficiently happy with the work Carlos has done this season to warrant him continuing to start for this team.  Unfortunately, Bauserman was unable to connect on pass plays on 2nd and 3rd down and the Bucks were forced to punt.

On the first play from scrimmage for the Hurricane’s offense, Jacory Harris handed the ball off to Lamar Miller who blitzed through the center of the OSU defense for 54 yards.  The play immediately put Miami in scoring position and set the Buckeye defense back on their heels.  A couple plays later, from three yards out, Jacory Harris found Allen Hurns unguarded in the endzone for the first touchdown of the game.

Despite the rough start, the Buckeyes showed confidence in their gameplan and put “The Baus” back in the game.  Instead of Hyde, however, the Bucks brought Jordan Hall into the game, and even managed to find him on a wheel route out of the backfield.  Again, however, the Buck’s drive ended in a three-and-out.  Benjamin, Miami’s star receiver and return man, succeeded in returning the resulting punt to near the 50, showing great speed on the play to get around the corner of the OSU coverage unit.

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Ohio State at Miami (FL) LiveBlog

Written September 17th, 2011 by Eric

It’s that time again, time for another great BBC gameday LiveBlog!

As usual, we’re joined by Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Our Honor Defend, and Fox Sports Ohio today. Make sure to stop by and check out what they’ve been saying this week.

You can find lots of BBC coverage of the Miami game at the following links:
- Keys to the Game
- Pregame BBC Radio Hour
- What the BBC writers wanted to see
- Our give and take with allCanes.com

Go Bucks!

What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Miami Edition

Written September 16th, 2011 by Eric

It’s the first official test of the season for the young Buckeyes, and they get an infusion of some of their best talent with the return of Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown to the field.  Let’s see what the guys wanted for tomorrow.

Mali

Lots of people want to see this guy go against Miami.

Brax Attack. It will mean that a) he’s healthy, b) we’re in a position to play him (up on the scoreboard?) c) Miami has to figure out what to do next… plus, it’ll keep him further away from those pesky headsets.

Jacory Harris’ New Name. I’d be ok with “Ja-five-ry”… he’ll have almost an extra week to prepare, I’d like for him to visit Howard Island at least once.

Florida Pride. A number of Buckeyes from the “Sunshine and Tourist and Old Retirees State”, it’d be great for Brewster and Hyde and Sabino and Berry and Howard to have big games at home.

Game Commentary. With what’s been going on in Columbus and Coral Gables, I wonder how much time will be spent actually discussing football (oh, and not re-hashing the Fiesta Bowl)?  I’m also curious to see, since this is an “ACC on ESPN” game, if the magnitude of commentary will reflect the magnitude of allegations (8 players vs 60+).

No False Starts. I’ll stop asking once we meet this goal.

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