tBBC Preview: The Game

Written November 28th, 2013 by Ken

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The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) head north for their home-away-from-home game against the TTUN Gulo gulo’s ¹ (7-4, 3-4). The Buckeyes look to continue their habit of winning, 23 in a row (impressive, no?) while the Whatevers look to regain respectability (hahaha).  This will be the 110th time The Game will be contested, so we’ve been doing this for a while. Playing football, not blogging.. Since the beginning of this century (2001) Ohio State holds a 10-2 edge. Now for this year’s edition:

¹ Gulo is Latin for ‘glutton’. Surprised?

Ohio State on Offense

Carlos Hyde... grown man.

Could see a lot of this…

Ohio State brings the top scoring team in the conference (48.7 ppg and 531 ypg), which is 12 points and 100 yards per game better than last year’s undefeated team. The tempo is a bit higher, running 75 plays per game this year, compared to 70 last year.

This offensive touchstone for this season was accomplished last week with Carlos Hyde achieving the 1,000 yard mark. As you’re aware, this was Coach Meyer’s first 1,000 yard rusher and validation for Hyde for his patience and dedication. And a testament to the OSU offensive line.

In contrast, TTUN brings a so-so defense to The Game, (25 ppg, 353 ypg), ranking a meh 7th and 5th in the Conference, respectively. TTUN gives up 116 YPG rushing but with Ohio State averaging 315 YPG rushing, that wall will be breached by halftime. With OSU averaging 216 YPG and TTUN allowing 237 YPG, average performance by both units will work out well for the Buckeyes.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Hate Week and The Game

Written November 27th, 2013 by Jason

The Buckeyes sit at 11-0 and Hate Week is here. Last night students participated in the annual Mirror Lake jump and tomorrow we settle in for Thanksgiving before the weekends fun begins. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Senior Send-off 

Saturday at Ohio Stadium was both bitter sweet and bitter cold. Bitter sweet in that we said goodbye to the seniors (and Bradley Roby) and bitter cold because, well, it was cold and snowed like crazy for parts of the game with Indiana.

Carlos Hyde in final performance at Ohio Stadium

Carlos Hyde in final performance at Ohio Stadium

It’s truly incredible to think of where this senior class has been, or should I say been through. This is a group that was part of the Sugar Bowl winning team against Arkansas in January of 2011, went through the turmoil of “tat-gate”, lost their head coach, lost the Gator Bowl in January of 2012 and now sits on a 23 game school record breaking win streak.

I don’t know that there is a senor class that has gone through those type of massive ups and downs in their careers at Ohio State. You’d be very hard pressed to find one. It is a tribute to the character of them all that they stayed the course through the hard times and are now riding an unprecedented win streak into The Game and the upcoming bowl season where they will hopefully get a chance to play for the national championship.

They could have left, transferred to the schools of their choice. But they didn’t. It’s ironic that during Hate Week a quote by Bo Schembechler would be fitting: Those who stay will be champions. Read More

Weekend Wonderings: Pre-Holiday Edition

Written November 24th, 2013 by Ken
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Searching for BCS sanity

Welcome to this week’s latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab a beverage and let’s proceed. Based on my commentary, we are indeed going through the looking glass this week. We have a couple news items from The James/Wexner, my thoughts on Ohio State’s BCS status, and an ode to Autumn.

The James/Wexner

As expected, we have a couple items this week. First, the FDA has approved the drug Imbruvica to use in the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma . Here’s the article on the testing by the James’ staff.

Next up, here is a link to an interactive survey on family health history. It provides an estimation of health risk by reviewing patterns of cancer, heart disease and related conditions in a family. I tried it and it took me only a few minutes to complete. This is a nice base document that you and your health care provider can review. Read More

Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: Indiana Eve

Written November 22nd, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

I have been away for a couple weeks because of football playoffs(me officiating, yay) and a second bye week for the Buckeyes that was quite boring because all that happened was Oregon lost. I will stick to the last week and such in getting caught up with the times. Once we are finished this weekend it will be the greatest week in all of sports as #TheGAME will be approaching. Let’s roll with a very easy Rumblin.

Premonition?

#TBDBITL Premonition?

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CARLOS CARLOS CARLOS!!!! Is there a better RB in college football right now? If you had to pause at all before answering the question, then turn in your college football sports fan card immediately. At one point in time he wouldn’t have been in the season discussion at all because let’s face it, he missed the first three games and his first game wasn’t memorable. What he has done since then has been just short of legendary. What he has done is tell us that he would be challenging Eddie’s single season mark from his Heisman season of 1995 had he been playing from the start.

Almost like Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! against ND, but Carlos leaves a little more distruction behind him!!

Almost like Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! against ND, but Carlos leaves a little more destruction behind him!!

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tBBC Game Preview: Indiana Hoosiers

Written November 21st, 2013 by Ken
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Candy cane for the Holidays

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0) host the Indiana Hoosiers (4-6, 2-4) for a 3:30 PM EST kickoff at the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes, the Rodney Dangerfield of BCS-Land comes off a 60-35 “squeaker” over Illinois while Indiana’s high-flying offense got badgered by Wisconsin in a 51-3 loss. Oof. Ohio State is on a 22 game winning streak, which ties the school record. The next win, this one, will establish a school record.

Ohio State on Offense

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Millenium Man

Ohio State brings in a high-powered offense (49.4 ppg and 536 ypg), which is 12 points and 100 yards per game better than last year’s undefeated team. The tempo is a bit higher, running 75 plays per game this year, compared to 70 last year.

This offensive touchstone for this game will be Carlos Hyde’s’ quest for 1,000 yards. As you’re aware, this will be Coach Meyer’s first 1,000 yard rusher and will be a validation for Hyde for his patience and dedication.

Indiana brings a defensive unit that is last in the B1G in rushing defense (251 YPG) and total defense (535 YPG). So, I guess in that sense, it’s a well-balanced defense. At this point, Indiana’s rushing defense is a bit better than Illinois, but after OSU drops 250 – 300 yards on them, they won’t be.

Ohio State on Defense

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Coming to a QB near you

If you were uncomfortable/annoyed with OSU’s defense performance against Illinois last week, get ready for more of the same this week. Indiana’s offense ranks only a spot or two below OSU’s in most categories, 39 PPG, and 497 YPG. In fact Indiana leads the Conference in passing offense. If Scheelhaase made you uncomfortable last week, keep the Maalox handy Saturday.

The Hoosiers run a dual quarterback system of sorts, similar to Northwestern. Nate Sudfeld plays the part of Trevor Siemian while Tre Roberson is the Kain Colter. Although Sudfeld is a top-notch passer (224 YPG 144 QBR), when he is in the game you either play the pass or key on RB Tevin Coleman (106 YPG). With Roberson, we can get anything. Hopefully, the Buckeye defense can get close to full strength for this game.

Wrap Up

So, how’s it going to shake out? The line has OSU -33 with the over/under at 76, which comes out to around a 56-20 score. The weather forecast for Saturday is 40 degrees, possibility of snow and windy. If so, this may take the air out of the ball, since we have a great offensive line and Carlos Hyde, and Indiana doesn’t. I see a comfortable win, in terms of margin of victory, but not necessarily a relaxing one.

The game is scheduled for a 3:30 PM EST kickoff with television coverage on ABC/ESPN2. Please join us at tBBC for live in-game chat approximately 30 minutes before kickoff.  We look forward to seeing you.

tBBC Game Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

Written November 14th, 2013 by Ken
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I don’t know, and I’m afraid to ask..

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0) visit the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-6, 0-5) for a 12-noon kickoff in Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL Saturday. Ohio State comes off a much needed bye week while Illinois stumbles into week ten after a 35-52 loss to Indiana. Ohio State has won 21 consecutive games under Urban Meyer while Illinois has lost 5 consecutive games and is suffering a 19 game conference losing streak.

Illinois, under 2nd year coach Tim Beckman has struggled to be competitive on the field. Despite these struggles, he has remained compassionate; for example, offering a home to disaffected PSU players.

Recruiting, man.

Illinois brings a not-too-good defense, allowing 483 yards and 34.7 points per game. In the B1G, only Purdue’s and Indiana’s defense are worse, and not by much. Offensively,  they accumulate 425 yards  and 30 points per game. So, they can put points on the board, just not enough to overcome what they allow.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Demons be Driven

Written November 6th, 2013 by Jason

We’ve reached the second bye week and the Buckeyes are on a roll. Coming off a 56-0 win at Purdue on Saturday, the Buckeyes are now closing in on the Leaders division championship and a spot in the Big Ten title game as well as keeping pace at the top of the BCS standings. We’ll look into all of it, play out some scenarios and laugh at TTUN. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Exorcising the demons

Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette on the campus of Purdue University has been somewhat of a house of horrors for the Buckeye football program over the last decade. Losses in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2011 have made winning at Ross-Ade tougher for the Buckeyes than winning in Ann Arbor.

All that remained were Buckeye faithful at Ross-Ade

All that remained were Buckeye faithful at Ross-Ade

Those losses certainly did not go unnoticed by the players and especially Urban Meyer and his coaching staff. When warm-ups weren’t looking crisp on Saturday morning, Meyer told reporters he had strength coach Micky Maroti show some fire in the locker-room to wind the guys up just to be sure nobody was taking the day lightly or sleep walking.

When Doran Grant stepped in front of Boilermaker quarterback Danny Etling’s pass on the second play of the opening series of the game and returned it for a touchdown, the rout was officially on and all thoughts of an ambush or even a tight finish went out the door.

The Buckeyes were dominant racking up 640 total yards. We could see this building since around the mid point of the third quarter at Northwestern and it has blossomed into a point scoring  machine that is multifaceted and hits you from all angles. Jeff Heurmann had a breakout performance while Nick Vannett also hit pay-dirt in the best day Ohio State tight ends have had since the mid 90′s. Carlos Hyde did what Carlos Hyde does, he ran over around and through people. Braxton Miller was great hitting on 19 of 23 attempts and four touchdowns. And to think: They didn’t even really try to get the ball deep down the field to Devin Smith, Evan Spencer or Philly Brown.

Brax is back and you’re gonna be in trouble

I said last week after his performance against Penn State that I felt Braxton Miller was finally officially all the way back to his normal self. Against Purdue he left no doubt I was correct in that assertion. He kept plays alive with his feet despite only being credited for one carry. He was masterful in deciding where to go with the ball and several of those passes were balls that are typically described as “lasers” or “ropes”. And when you thought you’d seen it all, he scrambled to the left, avoided some defenders and flipped a touchdown toss to Philly Brown all in a space about the size of a phone booth. All in the first half. Read More

tBBC Game Preview: PSU Nittany Lions

Written October 24th, 2013 by Ken
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Can’t touch that..

The #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) host the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-1) for a Saturday evening game in Columbus.

After winning the first two games of the season, the Nits have alternated L’s with W’s, with their last game an exciting 43-40 win over TTUN two weeks ago. Penn State had a bye week to recover from that game and to prepare for this week’s contest.

This is Coach Bill O’Brien’s (BOB) 2nd year, and he seems to be continuing last year’s success (8-4) under challenging coaching conditions. Although the Lions feature Thunder (Zack Zwinak, 6’1” 240) and Lightning (Bill Belton, 5’10” 205) as their running backs, freshman QB Christian Hackenberg truly leads this offense. Hackenberg is averaging 284 YPG (3rd in B1G) on 26 attempts per game.

His key receiver is junior WR Allen Robinson (43 rec, 16.5 YPC, 5 TD). Robinson is 6’3” and 210 pounds. That presents some physical match up challenges. As you may guess, PSU throws to their TE’s quite a bit, with the 6’7” Jesse James and 6’3” Kyle Carter being the main targets.

Historically, Penn State’s offense has averaged slightly more yards passing than rushing. Not under BOB. In the past season and a half, PSU is running a yardage ratio of 65/35 in favor of passing. This is not your Pa’s Penn State offense by any means.

Meanwhile, Ohio State is coming off a 2nd half will-imposing win against Iowa. It was a return to 2012, as Miller and Hyde carried the running game with 42 carries for 251 yards between them.

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