Is Tre Roberson a better QB than Braxton Miller?

Written November 8th, 2011 by Jim

Are Jim Bollman and company holding Braxton Miller back?

Based on the results of the game this past weekend, the answer to that question may be more up in the air than an Ohio State fan would like to admit.

Regardless of the answer, one thing seems certain: Ohio State’s struggles passing the ball are here to stay despite everyone’s hope to see improvement (particularly against the hapless Hoosiers- things will only get more difficult moving forward).

If it makes anyone feel better (it shouldn’t), every week the problems have less and less to do with the players on the field and more and more to do with the coaching staff (and I question how much the problems had to do with the players from the beginning).

The youth and inexperience angle may have explained the problems at the start of the season, but we are now entering week 9 and my tolerance for such excuses is at an end.

Wasting time on the devastatingly mediocre skills of Joe Bauserman and setting back Braxton Miller’s maturation certainly didn’t help matters on the experience front, but is that really a valid excuse for a coaching staff that was responsible for that failure as well?

Consider the following points from the last game:

  • The Hoosiers had a freshman QB under center with almost the exact same skill set as Braxton Miller and the same “thrown-into-the-lineup-halfway-through-the-year” experience.
  • The Hoosiers were playing without their top two receiving targets and had just as much (if not more) inexperience in the receiving corps when compared to the Buckeyes.
  • The Hoosiers were playing against a very good defense on the road.

And yet, under all of those “at-least-as-bad-as-Ohio State” circumstances, the Hoosiers managed to pass the ball for 174 yards against the Buckeyes. Read More

Buckeyes escape spunky Indiana 34-20

Written November 5th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes tangled with the Indiana Hoosiers on a sunny day in the Horseshoe in a game that was much closer than many thought.

To The House

Big runs from Boom Herron, Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde helped lift the Buckeyes to the 34-20 win at home.  All three runners gained more than 100 yards on the ground, the first time that has happened since the 1989 game against Northwestern, and 4 total touchdowns – two from Miller.  Braxton Miller also added 5 completions on 11 attempts for 55 yards through the air.

Indiana started the game with the ball and came out on the attack.  Showing they weren’t afraid of the Buckeye front four, the Hoosiers ran it straight down OSU’s throat repeatedly.  The strategy gained them good yardage on the ground, most likely due to the fact that the OSU defense looked a little flat on defense.  That’s not usually a surprise as they usually look that way for the first couple series of a game, Indiana was simply doing a good job of taking advantage of it.

John Simon eventually caught an Indiana ball carrier in the backfield on third down.  The Hoosiers were forced to kick a field goal, but were clearly happy to be on the scoreboard first.  On that drive Tre Roberson looked confident and well in command of the Indiana offense.  The future definitely looks bright for the Hoosiers with him in the backfield.

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Buckeye LiveBlog: Indiana

Written November 5th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes attempt to evade the trap set by the Indiana Hoosiers today, and we’ll be here to chat about it!

As usual, we’re joined by: Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, The Silver Bullets Blog, Fox Sports Ohio, and Buckeye House Call.

You can also find our lead-in work to this matchup at the following links:
Keys to Victory
Across the Web
What do you Want to see?
tBBC Radio Hour

Go Bucks!

Across The Web- Indiana

Written November 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye
Another visit with a brother from another mother, this time in the form of Crimson Quarry’s John M. Be sure to check out CQ’s coverage of all things Hoosier, we’re excited to have him back for another visit!

0-5 is a rough way to start in the Big Ten.  What does Kevin Wilson need to do to get this Indiana team a conference win? Now that he has more experience, do you think Wilson is the right fit for Indiana?

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Well, he needs to beat Purdue.  That’s the only hope for a conference win.  IU could improve its play 100 percent in each of the next two games and wins at Ohio State and at Michigan State still would be unlikely.  The offense, led by true freshman QB Tre Roberson and RB Stephen Houston, seems to be coming around, but to have any hope of beating Purdue, we will have to cobble something together on defense.  As for Wilson, I think it’s too early to say.  I really liked his qualifications when he was hired and I still do.  I really liked the qualifications of his staff and I still do.  This season has been a disappointment, particularly on defense, and Wilson seems willing to blow things up to some degree and start from scratch.  We’ll see if it works.  Plenty of successful coaches have had rough first years (Barry Alvarez, Bill Snyder, Bill Mallory at IU).  Plenty of unsuccessful coaches have had rough starts as well.  It’s just too early to tell.

What is one thing that Indiana fans are hopeful can get sorted out by the end of the season? Read More