2011 Military Bowl: Toledo -vs- Air Force

Written December 27th, 2011 by Eric

I finally get to add my two bits into the bowl preview discussion. I couldn’t pick a better game to start it off with.

The Basics: Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, 4:30 PM EST on ESPN, from Washington D.C. Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC) and Air Force (7-5, 3-4 MWC).

History: This is the second year that Northrop Grumman, a big military contractor, has sponsored this game. Not surprisingly we’ve already covered the history of this game in detail.

Toledo: The Rockets are a strong running team this year, ranking 14th in rushing behind Adonis Thomas’ 963 yards. They’re also a scoring machine, picking up 11 touchdowns from each of their top rushers, and 15 from each of their quarterbacks. This could have been an even better year for the Rockets if their defense had been a little more stiff.

Air Force: While Toledo is a strong running team, Air Force is a spectacular one. The Falcons are ranked 2nd in rushing with a 320 yards per game average. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to anyone who has actually watched an Air Force game in the last several years. Adding a dimension to their attack, however, is QB Tim Jefferson Jr. who has picked up 12 touchdowns and 1478 yards on a 60.9% completion rate. While they won’t go call his number often, he’s successful enough to give defenses something to think about.

Fun Fact: While Northrop Grumman is most famous for their aircraft, such as the B-2 and BQ-4, and spacecraft, like the LEM (as Grumman), they are also big ship-builders. In fact, every US Aircraft Carrier, including the Supercarriers, has been constructed at the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. There’s a reason why they’re a major military contractor.

Who we got?

  • Chris -Toledo
  • Eric – Air Force
  • Jim – Toledo
  • JoeD – Air Force
  • Mali – Toledo
  • JoeL – Toledo

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

Thoughts on a shaky second win: Toledo

Written September 13th, 2011 by Jim

Following a win over Akron that left many giddy with anticipation for the rest of the season, Saturday’s 27-22 victory over Toledo brought expectations crashing back down to earth for Buckeye fans.

Are the Buckeyes the juggernauts we saw in week one? Are they the lackluster group we saw in week two?

How terrible is Akron? How good is Toledo?

The good news is that over the course of a season, a young team like the Buckeyes can improve from one week to the next.

This team may need to improve more than we would like this week, but they are certainly capable of it.

Is the team better than what they showed? Were they looking ahead? Were they overconfident?

And, of course, the question on everyone’s mind, why didn’t Braxton Miller play?

Unfortunately, these questions are impossible to answer after only two games.

It will take the rest of the season to fully sort them out… and even then the debates will rage well into the offseason.

Regardless of the questions, the bottom line is you take the win and move forward.

Hopefully the team learned about themselves, what they need to work on this week, and how they can improve each day.

Here are my expanded thoughts on the game. Read More

Are you not Entertained? Toledo Edition

Written September 11th, 2011 by Eric

Well, that game was more than a little interesting. It’ll be hard to gauge this team over the next week, and I’m certain many are going to be expecting bad things in Coral Gables. Let’s see what the staff wanted to see again, and how much of it actually came to be.

Malibuckeye

Chris Fields gave the Buckeyes a boost when they needed it most.

- More of the same. I certainly don’t think we can qualify the entire game as “more of the same” as Akron.  That first drive was a thing of beauty, but the rest of the game was a fight the whole way.

- New wrinkles. Nothing particularly new here, nope.

- Ebner Touchdown. Would it be too much to ask?  For this game, apparently so.

- No False Starts. Shugarts took care of this one, and not in the good way.

Joe L.

- Continued QB play like the we saw this past Saturday.  Miller never saw the field, and Bauserman didn’t have quite the same day he did against Akron.  Though 16/30 for 189 yards and a touchdown isn’t bad.

- More speed from our team.  We had our moments – such as Chris Fields’ punt return – but for the most part, I don’t think we saw a lot of speed anywhere.

- Big Plays.  Outside of Fields’ return, the longest play was of 36 yards – one of which was Hyde’s first touchdown run.

- A three to four touchdown win.  So much for that.
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tBBC Postgame Show: Toledo

Written September 10th, 2011 by Eric

Eric and Mali at the BBC welcome Michael at Our Honor Defend back for another postgame show.  The three breakdown the entire 27-22 battle between the Ohio State Buckeyes and their in-state brethren to the north, the Toledo Rockets.  In particular, they talk about the excellence in the secondary for both teams, all of the good things to take from the game, and why exactly we didn’t see Braxton Miller enter the game.

Heading To The House

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

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Ohio State Struggles With Toledo, wins 27-22

Written September 10th, 2011 by Eric

First Strike

The Buckeyes faced off with the Toledo Rockets in Ohio Stadium on a day with drastically more beautiful weather than last week.  Ohio State found themselves in a huge fight with Toledo that was tight until the end.  The Buckeyes were finally able to secure the 27-22 victory when Toledo QB Terrance Owens threw an incomplete pass on fourth down in a desperate attempt to regain the lead.  Joe Bauserman ended the game 16/30 for 189 yards and a touchdown, while Hyde rushed 20 times for 76 yards and 2 scores.

Of course, the unfortunate news coming into the game were the continued suspensions of Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown.  The NCAA official report stated that their penalties warrented a two game penalty at least, so it will remain a question if they will get a chance to travel to Coral Gables next week.  It was also learned early that Nathan Williams was forced to sit for the game as well, though not due to NCAA violations.  It is believed that Williams had a minor injury that the coaching staff prefered to rest.

However, the news coming into the game wasn’t all bad.  Jamaal Berry, who was forced to sit against Akron due to a hamstring injury, was back to return the first kickoff of the game.  His 30 yard return was a thing of beauty and demonstrated his claims during the week that the hamstring was one-hundred percent.  With the continued uncertainty due to the NCAA investigations, having Berry back was very important for the runningback depth of the team. Read More

Toledo LiveBlog

Written September 10th, 2011 by Eric

Welcome to today’s LiveBlog!

The Buckeyes take on former Buckeye DB coach Tim Beckman and his Toledo Rockets today. As usual, we will be here to chat about it with good friends Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Fox Sports Ohio.

In case you missed some of our coverage this week, you can find our game preview, game preview podcast, and our Toledo Blogger interview by following those links.

The Buckeyes will be without the services of Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown again today. Make sure you stop by the LiveBlog today so that we can all complain about the NCAA’s amateurism rules!

Enjoy the game, and Go Bucks!

Across The Web: Toledo Rockets

Written September 9th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

For the third straight year, we here at tBBC are excited to bring you a little give and take with other bloggers across the Ohio State schedule. In addition to guarding the border against invading scum, the guys at LetsGoRockets do an amazing job at covering both Toledo and MAC sports… huge thanks to JPH and L8N for representing the Midnight Blue and Gold with us this week, and you can check out our responses to them here.

Through one game, what has been the progression made at the wide receiver position. Bernard Reedy and Cordale Scott are highly touted. Have they made an impression yet to Toledo fans? Read More