Silver Bullet Points Might As Well Jump

Written February 29th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Leap Day!! Today’s the day our female readers can finally propose to that guy they’ve been chasin’ around.

Buckeye Bullet, Ready for Leap Day

Buckeye 411… Sort of

B1G News

Silver Bullet Points Looks For Heroes

Written January 25th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Weekly updates and miscellany from around the world of college sports…

Urban Meyer's Secret Identity?

Buckeye 411

  • Hoops, There It Is- #Hop2theRafters
  • We’re Stars- With the Senior Bowl nigh upon us, we’ve been hearing good things about the former Buckeyes in attendance. Mike Adams, in particular, is getting rave reviews; his form and size have many projecting him into the first round. Mike Brewster has been, according to report, owning Michigan’s Mike Martin (what else is new?), and things are getting a bit chippy between the two. DeVier has been rumored to have a case of the dropsies, and we haven’t heard much from Boom as of yet.
  • Don’t Just Take Our Word For It- From an article on the Cleveland Browns website about DeVier, it sounds a bit like he picked up with Tressel was laying down,

“To be able to lead, you have to serve first,” Posey said. “I feel like being on scout team, helping the younger guys and being in the meeting room and telling them the little tips that I have allowed me to understand the game more and it humbled me as well. That’s what I needed going into this process and going to the next level. Through this process, everything you hear is what you can’t do and everyone’s tearing you down. Going through the draft, you’re going to hear a lot of negative things and then, when you get into camp as well, you have to be humble as well. You have to serve the team and show them you can play. I felt like I learned all those lessons this past year.”

  • Don’t Just Take Our Word For It, Part Two-  Again, from the Browns’ website, Mike Brewster said that his work at OSU prepared him well,

“Every day at practice was a challenge, so I definitely think that will pay dividends,” Brewster said of Ohio State. “It really comes in the preparation the last couple weeks and really, four years of college. Now, it’s just show time and it’s time to go out there and do it. Anytime you get a chance to go against the best, you want to measure yourself.”

  • Crunching Numbers At Crunch Time- Even though we’ve hit a lull in the Urban Meyer Recruiting Cavalcade, there are still worries that Ohio State might have some issues when it comes to making the 2012 class fit under the 82 scholarship limit imposed by the NCAA.  The Dispatch takes a close look at the numbers, while the OZone’s Brandon Castel has some insider information on some of the attrition that usually happens when there’s a change in coaching. While we (and our friends at Oversigning.com) will be watching the numbers closely to see if there are any SEC shenanigans, it should be remembered that this is not something Urban’s been wont to do. Oh, and Cincinnati has over thirty current verbals. I guess Ohio’s BCS team is trying to become Ohio’s SEC team.
  • You Will Comply- The Lantern has an update on the move to make athletic compliance a part of the larger University oversight.
  • Urban Sez- Bonus material from the interview with the BTN-

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2012 Rose Bowl: Wisconsin -vs- Oregon

Written January 1st, 2012 by Joe Laing

Back with another preview this one of the Grandaddy of them all.  It feels odd that this game is not on today on New Year’s Day.

Rosey

The Basics: Monday, January 2nd from Pasadena California at 5:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ESPN. Wisconsin (11-2) and Oregon (11-2).

History: The Rose Bowl is just oozing with History and probably the bowl game that us Big Ten fans know the most about.  It usually pits the winners of the Pac-10 and the Big 10, unless of course either of those teams make the NC game.  Probably one of the best Ohio State memories comes from the 1997 Rose Bowl when our Buckeyes defeated Arizona St. and Jake Plummer when Joe Germaine hit David Boston in the corner of the endzone.  The Rose bowl started in 1902 and has been played at the Rose Bowl stadium ever since it was built in 1922.  Oh, and there’s also the yearly Rose Bowl parade as well that usually takes place on New Years day.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin is a team that at one point in the season had hopes of playing in the NC after the off-season transfer of Russell Wilson to Quarterback the Badgers.  This was until Michigan State beat them on Hail Mary, which was followed up the following week by Braxton Miller’s back foot throw in the last minute to Devin Smith.  Wisconsin was then able to finish out the season, and win the B1G.

The Badgers are led by a huge offensive line on offense.  They pave the way for Montee Ball who led the Badgers with 1,759 yds and 32 tds.  Ball finished the season with 38 total tds which is one short of the FBS record set by Barry Sanders.  Russell Wilson also has Nick Toon to throw the ball too, who has turned out to be a very good college receiver.  Wisconsin will be looking to avenge last years Rose Bowl lose to TCU.  The game will fall on the shoulders of their Offense to be able to put up plenty of points as well as their D to try and slow down the high powered Oregon offense.  Wisconsin is not to be outdone by Oregon’s new uniforms (more later) with the unveiling of their new Adidas uniforms for the Rose Bowl game.

Also Rosey

Oregon: The Ducks also have a big play maker that totes the rock in LaMichael James.  He led the country with 149.7 yds / game.  They are led on offense by Daron Thomas at QB. Oregon also possesses two more threats out of the backfield with Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas.  Thomas is also the leading receiver for the Ducks.    Oregon will also be unveiling new  Nike uniforms and a “liquid metal” helmet.

This Week's Costume

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More Interesting Than The Game?

Oregon will also be trying to avenge losses in BCS bowl games as they have dropped their last 2-  Last year in the NC game against Auburn and 2 years ago to our own Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl game.  Look for Oregon to really try and go up tempo and put a ton of points on the board; which, to be honest, they should be able to do against a so-so Wisconsin D.

Fun Fact: This game will have 2 of the top 10 Heisman finalists in Ball (4th) and James (10th).  The fun fact is Ball was a 3 star #47 RB in the 2009 class and James was a 3 star #40 RB in the country in the 2007 class. Both were very underrated to say the least, and it’s a great reminder about scouting services.

Who we got?

  • Chris – O
  • Eric –   R
  • Jim –    E
  • JoeD –  G
  • Mali –   O
  • JoeL –  N

None of us have faith in our B1G representative… or maybe we just hate Bielema.

 

The Week That Were: “Championship” Week

Written December 5th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

For the last TWTW of the season, I was digging deep for musical inspiration. While I’ve been playing the new Black Keys album non-stop, I wanted to find something that encapsulated the anticipation and pleading that so many are involved in these day- all looking toward a special event at the first of the year.  So, here you go.

For what was supposed to be the pinnacle of the college football regular season, this week’s games were incredibly disappointing.  Not for the action on the field- there were a lot of spectacular plays and performances, but the behind the controversies that impacted the games overshadowed  the work of coaches and players.

Let’s start with Friday Night’s clash in Eugene. While the Fighting Neuheisels went out guns blazing (or pop guns popping) and managed to keep the game under the 30 point spread, the subtext for the entire matchup was that this game was not the “legitimate” Pac-12 title game: The Southern Cal Trojans, who had beaten both of these teams, sat idle due to the Reggie Bush situation and the NCAA’s response. So, after all of the realignment and festivities, even Oregon’s big win has a dented trophy as for the case in Phil Knight’s house.

That’s not to say that there weren’t fireworks in the game- check out Friday’s “Catch Of The Day” from UCLA’s Nelson Rosario:

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The Week That Were: 11.19.11

Written November 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

After yesterday’s slate of games, the soundtrack for this episode should be pretty obvious.  Onward!

Ain’t chaos beautiful?  While the end result may be less than desirable, you’ve got to be amazed at the ways that each week is different, each week has the possibility for the unexpected and amazing.  And this week was proof positive that the football gods have both a sense of humor AND a mischievous side.

Wait... what?

We start on Friday, with a shout out and hat tip to our BFF’s from Ames who saw their mighty Cyclones upset the #2 ranked Cowboys of T. Boone Pickens U. It was a perfect “storm” of sorts- ISU’s freshman quarterback played the game of his life, while Gundy’s squad seemed incapable of being able to hang onto the ball and put points on the board.  Somehow, a team that managed to shut out Texas Tech at home couldn’t cover a basic wheel route; a Cyclone TD and a senior citizen moment from Weeden ended any hopes that Oklahoma State had at playing for the national championship… at least, so it would seem (more later).

Congrats to Coach Paul Rhodes and his staff for getting his team prepared to square off against the ‘Pokes, and for having Iowa State bowl eligible once again.

So- we had early warnings that something was astir in this week’s slate of games, but “The Oracle” was able to solidify our beliefs that it was going to be an unforgettable experience. I’ll just link to Lee Corso’s commentary, since it’s not all that family friendly; let’s remember a) he had a stroke a while back and b) he spoke the truest college preview that’s ever been spoken. Read More

The Week That Were: 11.12.11

Written November 14th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

This has been a difficult week. “Gee, you think?” – People in Happy Valley

Even as someone who’s not affiliated directly with PSU football, the news and headlines coming out of this story has created a pall over all of the games this weekend. This story reminds us that there are things greater than the trivial games that we enjoy, and that these are (after all) just games. It makes us take a step back and wrestle with the support we give to programs and the expectations we have for people who are in charge of them. It is the icing on the cupcake of a season already filled with reminders that the purity of the sport is not what it should be (particularly if you buy your cupcakes at one of those overpriced “boutique” places).

Remembering What's Important

In addition to the national news, we hear that Urban Meyer lost his father this past week- thoughts and prayers to him and his family.  With all that’s been going on, this has been a difficult look back at this past week’s contests- but the games can also be reminders of the better things that can happen on the fields and in the lives of the young adults who represent the Universities we follow. So, with that, this week’s soundtrack is some older U2- here we go.

If Disney were in charge of college footbal (and they aren’t. Yet.), Nebraska would be filled with evil villains and Penn State’s valiant, moxified seniors would figure out a way to beat the evil Huskers to honor their “fallen” coach. Alas- we’ve seen that movie, and while miracles happen in real life, the truth of the matter is that two good football teams played and the one with the better strategy managed to emerge victorious.  Penn State’s defense is as advertised, as is their offense- it will be interesting to see if this week’s matchup against Ohio State will make the LSU/Alabama game look like a scoring juggernaut.

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Silver Bullet Points Prepares To Boil Over

Written November 9th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Step One- Get Hot At The Right Time

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update: Lots of things to report today- Jordan Hall is recovering nicely from the sprained ankle he suffered against Wisconsin, and practiced with the team today. Boom Herron also has an ankle related injury from the Badger game, but has been playing through it and healing as well. At tackle, there was no word on JB Shugarts’ situation; he’s “unlikely” for Saturday, and today’s practice saw with Antonio Underwood at right tackle most of the time, with Mewhort and Marcus Hall filling in as well.
  • Fickell Speaks: Actually, he doesn’t speak- specifically about the Penn State situation, he said that he hadn’t been following the specifics and had no comment.
  • Boiler Up- Coach Fickell spoke about how Purdue has always been a tough matchup, and that this year should be no different. While they’ve dropped their last two, they’re also 4-1 at home. He talked about how he can name every single issue from the 2009 game, and how he hopes that the focus they’ve gotten recently carries over.
  • Passing? Fancy. According to today’s press conference, the passing expectations that receivers are expected to learn at Ohio State is pretty complex, which might explain some of the challenges that this young group has had thus far. Interesting that they don’t simplify the system, it seems… although I’m sure they didn’t expect to have so many veterans on the sidelines either.
  • Getting Defensive- Coach had several things to say about the defensive efforts of his team thus far, including the need for more turnovers if they are going to be successful. In regards to the concerns about some lack of focus late in recent games, Coach Fickell said,

We got to finish. We know defensively we talk about it. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. It’s about us first playing four quarters. I don’t know that you can pinpoint any one specific thing that we could say is anything different. To me it really comes down the thing against Wisconsin is being able to overcome giving up one of those things, giving up one of those big plays that you can just go to the next play and not still dwell upon those things of the past and move forward. I think that’s probably, from the start of the season to right now, where we’ve got to get a lot better defensively.

We’ve had those expectations. We don’t want anybody to ever score. All of a sudden something happens. It’s like there’s a letdown. We want to keep those same expectations, but we have to know the most important play is the next play, move on, correct those things within a game. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Preps For A Night Hunt

Written October 25th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Tuesday’s update from the Ohio State press conference and the rest of college football news…

Don't Need No Stinking Badgers

Buckeye 411

  • Getting Deep- Interesting notes from the depth chart this week: Boom is #1 with Hall/Hyde behind him. Miller is QB1, with Guiton OR Bauserman, although Fickell said that Kenny G has been getting more of the snaps in practice. Curtis Grant is now in the 2 deep at LB; there’s speculation that Ohio State will be running more of the traditional 4-3 look due to Wisconsin’s running attack
  • Fickell Speaks-Historically, Ohio State has struggled the week after a bye. Coach addressed this,

Yeah, I think we did. We got a lot of work done. Our guys did a heck of a job on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You look back in the years past, ask around how people handled their bye week, you still have to look at your team and figure out what you guys need as opposed to how everybody else does it. I think we did a very good job with the attitudes and getting the work done we needed to get done.

  • Captain, My Captain- Brewster, Sweat, and Simon.  I think we’ve found our permanent captains, folks.
  • On Wisconsin- Coach Fickell spoke about the big upset in East Lansing, and confessed that he’d gone to bed before the game went final. He spoke at length about the impact that Russell Wilson has had on the Badgers, and how he’s fit into the system from early on. Of course, Wisconsin’s success starts up front, and their line play dictates every aspect of their offensive game plan.
  • The Future- As usual, Luke Fickell said that he focuses on the things he can control, and hasn’t given much thought to the pending NCAA sanctions or what benchmarks he might need to meet to be given another year at the helm of the Buckeyes. Interesting that he was asked these questions with Gene Smith in the room; others in attendance said that Smith didn’t flinch during this line of questioning at all.
  • Fickell Funnies- When he wasn’t talking about slinging the ball around with his kids, he joked regarding his “to do” list to keep his job for the 2012 season, saying, Read More