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2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Washington, Rose Bowl - Ohio State Preview: On the final playoff rankings of the regular season, Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship, but it was not enough to move them ahead of Oklahoma, who defeated Texas to win the Big 12 Championship, and Georgia, who came close to beating Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Ohio State remained at 6, being left out of
Game 13 Recap: Ohio State 45 – Northwestern 24 - Recap Leading up to the game, Ohio State playoff chances hinged on the results from the Big 12 Championship Game and the SEC Championship Game. Oklahoma revenged its only loss of the season to Texas, which Ohio State needed Texas to win that game, and Alabama beat Georgia, but were trailing in the 4th quarter and were a bad fake
Week 14 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  For a record breaking seventh straight time the Buckeyes defeated the team up north. The 62-39 final is the most ever scored in any game in this rivalry and the most any team has EVER scored against Michigan in a regulation game. That also makes 14 wins in the past 15 meetings with Maize and Blue. It also means
Who’s In? - Tonight, the College Football Playoff Committee will release their penultimate rankings for the college football playoff. This past weekend, 3 teams in the top 10 lost, including #4 Michigan, #7 LSU, and #8 Washington State, while #9 UCF won, but lost their starting quarterback McKenzie Milton due to a leg injury against USF. The top 3 should remain unchanged with
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Northwestern, Big 10 Championship Game - Ohio State Preview: Ohio State gets to play one more game thanks to their dominating performance against Michigan. They won by 23 points, but it really wasn’t that close, and Michigan scored on their last few positions in garbage time. The Ohio State team that showed up on Saturday is the team many fans were wanting to see the rest of
Game 12 Recap: Ohio State 62 – Michigan 39 - Recap Ohio State came into the game as an underdog. A lot of the experts had pegged them to lose this game, and for a rational part of the Buckeye Faithful based on this seasons performances, there was not a lot Ohio State has shown this season to calm those doubters. And then the game started, and after the first
Week 13 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  OSU won a hard fought contest against Maryland to earn a road win 52-51 in overtime. Dwayne Haskins again led the offense with 405 yards passing, 3 passing TD’s to go along with 3 rushing TD’s. For those out there that say OSU doesn’t have a running game, JK Dobbins contributed 203 yards rushing Unfortunately the Buckeyes continue tread
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Michigan - THE Game. That’s all you simply need to say. The famous quote that a picture is worth a thousand words, the phrase “The Game” brings up countless stories, memories, emotions, plays, victories, and defeats. This is where the Ohio State and Michigan rivalry transcends every other rivalry. It is more than the 10 year war with Woody and Bo, the Toledo War, Archie,
Game 11 Recap: Ohio State 52 – Maryland 51 - Recap Last week, Ohio State and Michigan State battled it out in a traditional Big Ten game, with punts and field position playing a factor in the outcome. This week, both teams might as well have been Big 12 teams with the amount of yardage and points scored in this match up. This was not the type of performance Ohio
Week 12 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  The Buckeyes did what they needed to do to keep all their preseason goals in front of them.  The 26-6 victory over the Spartans keeps fate in their own hands for winning the Big Ten East and heading to Indianapolis to face the West division winner, Northwestern,  It also keeps their hopes alive for a playoff spot, but they will
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Maryland - Ohio State Preview: The last two games for Ohio State have not been pretty, but the most important part is that they have 2 wins. At this point in the season, it is a one game season, and their challenge is Maryland. Maryland, like Ohio State, have had some external and internal issues this season, and both are trying to make the
Game 10 Recap: Ohio State 26 – Michigan State 6 - Recap This game felt like an old school Big Ten game, with both teams defenses not giving up and inch, and punts galore for the chess match of field position. Michigan State had some health issues on the offensive side of the ball, and that helped build some confidence for the Silver Bullet defense, but at the same time, the
Week 11 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  OSU made strides in the right direction against Nebraska but there is still work to be done to get into the playoff picture. The Cornhuskers are not the powerhouse blueblood team they used to be but they are playing much better than they were in September.  The Buckeye defense did do better in spite of having to deal with multiple offensive turnovers. And
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Michigan State - Ohio State Preview: A win is a win. It wasn’t flashy, but it was still a win. If the Buckeyes are able to run the table the rest of the way, no one is going to think about the Nebraska game. However, they need to get through this week, which should be the their second toughest game in the last three
Game 9 Recap: Ohio State 36 – Nebraska 31 - Recap The attempted Black Out for the game is a good metaphor for the game itself. It wasn’t 100%, there were some empty spaces, but it was enough to come out as a successful attempt. Ohio State wore their all black uniforms for the second time, but the new look didn’t cover up the same issues fans have noticed about
Week 10 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  This was the off week on Ohio State’s schedule and it probably could not have come at a better time. The Bucks have been going in a downward trend since the Tulane victory, it is unfortunate they did not have enough in the tank to have a better performance against Purdue. Hopefully during this time, the team and coaches have worked
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Nebraska - Ohio State Preview: Its time to let the loss go, and look the the opportunities in front of this team. Earlier in the season, a lot of people had the Purdue game as the Iowa game of this year, and unfortunately, those people were correct. Ohio State has one loss, and are ranked 10th in the initial playoff rankings, but they
Week 9 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  As Buckeye fans, we get to enjoy a lot of wins. It is part of what makes it so hard to handle losses. And since Urban has arrived in Columbus, there have been very few losses. But what happen Saturday night should never happen to an Ohio State football team. A 29-point defeat at the hands of Purdue is an a word, unexplainable.  The Boilers outplayed,
Game 8 Recap: Purdue 49 – Ohio State 20 - Recap Losing a game almost feels like a bad break up. You see the loss coming, you try to embrace it, and prepare yourself for the worst, but no matter what, it still hurts. The positive side of the loss is that it is their first loss, and they still have an opportunity to make the playoff. The bad news
Week 8 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  The 30-14 victory over Minnesota did not always look perfect, but we need to keep in mind this is a very solid conference opponent.  It is not like we are scheduling Mercer. The defense may have been gashed a few times but they gave up zero points in the second half. The Bucks are still unbeaten and only 7
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Purdue - Ohio State Preview: It is tough to determine what Ohio State’s identity is as a team through 7 games this season. One one hand, they are a pass heavy team, with Dwayne Haskins challenging every season passing record. On the other hand, their defense is continuing to give up some big yardage plays, and is the weakness for Ohio State, who
Game 7 Recap: Ohio State 30 – Minnesota 14 - Recap For the second straight week, fans in the Horseshoe sat on edge for the home team who continued to show struggles on defense and caused this game to be closer than the spread. Minnesota, under PJ Fleck’s second year, seems like an improved team, and had a strategy to limit Ohio State’s high powered offense by running the clock
Week 7 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  Ohio State was able to take care of business and dispatched the Hoosiers 49-26 and managed to put up massive offensive numbers in the process. But this team needs to be focused on improvements each week.  I am not sure we saw that but we can’t discount the fact that Indiana is a very solid program. With only 11
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Minnesota - Ohio State Preview: Ohio State won a closer than comfort game against Indiana, who probably felt confident by only trailing by 8 at halftime, before getting beat 49-26. With the Penn State nerves brushed off, it should be a more consistent effort from the Scarlet and Gray. Dwayne Haskins has the third most passing yards in the NCAA, behind Washington State’s
Game 6 Recap: Ohio State 49 – Indiana 26 - Recap Ohio State came into this game hoping to avoid a letdown after escaping Happy Valley with a dramatic one point win. First half, it looked like Ohio State was still sleep walking by only managing to score 28 points in the first half. However Indiana was able to drive against the Buckeye defense, gaining over 300 yards of offense,
Week 6 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  Ohio State just won what might be the biggest regular season game in 2018. It is certainly the top game for September. Penn State’s Coach Franklin said it best, “OSU is an elite team, Penn State is not” For the second year in a row, Ohio State staged a 4th quarter rally to defeat the Nittany Lions by 1
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Indiana - Ohio State Preview: Ohio State won arguably its biggest game of the season, outside of The Game, and it should be smooth sailing from here until potentially Michigan State. The Penn State thriller places them at the top of the Big Ten East, and the combined record of the opponents they will face in October is 9-9. The two biggest games
Game 5 Recap: Ohio State 27 – Penn State 26 - Recap What a game. This top 10 Big Ten Showdown had everything you could have wanted if you love close games with game changing potential on every drive. Trace McSorley is a man amongst boys for the Nittany Lions, and his 400+ yards of offense was the most of his career. Ohio State must have game-planed to stop everyone else
Week 5 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week: Was great to see Urban on the sideline again. The 49-6 victory over the Green Wave was a bit pedestrian in the second half but it got the job done. The win keeps the OSU record perfect at 4-0 and finishes the non-conference portion of the schedule. The true road to the playoffs begins now and it couldn’t start
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Penn State - Ohio State Preview: Buckeye Nation, this is a big game. You can be sure that Ohio State players are getting that message, you know Urban is getting his team prepared as best as he can for this big game. Last two times Ohio State traveled to Happy Valley, they won in double overtime 31-24 in 2014 after leading 17-0 at the half, and lost 24-21
Game 4 Recap: Ohio State 49 – Tulane 6 - Recap Urban Meyer returned to the sidelines this Saturday after finishing his three game suspension, and you could see this game, despite the opponent, was significant for him. During the post game press conference, Clay Hall pointed out that Urban seemed to have a bit more “public displays of affection” for his players, sharing the moment and excitement. His return
Week 4 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week:  Regardless of what you read about the victory, it was a quality win for the Buckeyes over TCU. The 40-28 scores sounds closer than it really was Saturday night. Some dropped passes stopped most of the OSU offensive drives, not the inflated TCU defense. Now all (the bright) Ohio State fans will have a cheering interest in the Horned
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs Tulane - Ohio State Preview: The biggest storyline for this game is that this is Urban Meyer’s first game this season as the acting head coach, taking the reigns back over from Ryan Day, who guided Ohio State to a 3-0 record, and a come from behind win against a talented TCU team. Urban Meyer had his first press conference on Monday,
Game 3 Recap – Ohio State 40 – TCU 28 -   Recap It wasn’t a pretty game, and there definitely going to be a lot of film for both the offense and the defense, but man was it great to leave Arlington with a win. Ohio State started off with a few big plays, but failed to convert a third down in the red zone, after a dropped passed from
Week 3 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week: Buckeye fans (and maybe NO football team’s fans) have ever seen a quarterback performance like we got to enjoy Saturday. Tate Martell and Dwayne Haskins combined for 30-33 passing, and it was raining the entire game. I am tired of hearing “it was only Rutgers”, that was a great day for the Ohio State signal callers. The lopsided
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs TCU - Ohio State Preview: Ohio State was able to make easy work over an overmatched Rutgers team, who have now gone 3 games without scoring a touchdown against the Silver Bullets. For a complete break down of that game, click here. This game will also be the last game for Urban Meyer’s suspension, however like last week, he will be able
Game 2 Recap: Ohio State 52 – Rutgers 3 - RECAP Ohio State dominated Rutgers from start to finish in this game, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 52-3 in a weather condition that would have been more comparable to a typical Seattle September day. Before the game, Chris Ash has commented that he knew this game would be a good measuring stick for Rutgers, and this game proved that even though
Week 2 Predictions – 2018 - Last Week: The first week of the season is in the books and as usual, the ‘experts’ around the country are telling us who is going to be in the playoffs. I am not even sure why they don’t just hard code Alabama and Clemson into two slots right now. All you can really tell from week 1 is how well
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs. Rutgers - Ohio State Preview: One of the first things Urban Meyer said to Ryan Day on his first day back at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center was “So you only had to punt once.” I think this sums up how well the Ohio State offense was rolling this past weekend against the overmatched Oregon State Beavers, who kept the game a
Game 1 Recap: Ohio State 77 – Oregon State 31 - RECAP Not to many coaches lead a team to 77 points in their first game but that is just what Coach Day accomplished today against the Oregon State Beavers, on their way to a 77-31 home victory. Ohio State kicked off to Oregon State to start the game, and Oregon State managed to get past the 50 yard line. But
Week 1 Predictions – 2018 - Last Year: First, we want to close out the 2017 season. The Buckeyes had another big win in Ann Arbor, a solid victory in Indy and then went on to beat USC in the Cotton Bowl.  There was still some disappointment not to make it to the playoffs but if you want to make it to the Final Four, don’t lose
2018 Game Preview: Ohio State vs. Oregon State - Ohio State Preview: Ohio State will be without head coach Urban Meyer as part of his suspension for the first three games of the season due to the Board of Trustees findings of his mishandling of cumulative actions against previous wide receiver coach Zach Smith. Ryan Day will take the role of head coach in his place for the next
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #1 - We’ve reached the end of the road, so to speak, of our recollection of some of Ohio State’s finest hours. And honestly, folks, there was little doubt in my mind how our journey would conclude. In fact, I probably spent more time trying to piece together the bottom portion of our list than the top 5 or so. Each of
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #2 - Numerologists were having a field day as Ohio State prepared to face Miami in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the 2002 national championship. Take “34” for instance- the Buckeyes were aiming for their first national crown in 34 years, since Woody Hayes’ “Super Soph”-led squad reached the summit in 1968 (OSU is credited with the 1970 title from the National
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #3 - “There’s been a lot of kidding that they’re building this new heart hospital at Ohio State just at the right time”- Jim Lachey, color analyst on the Ohio State Football Radio Network, late in the fourth quarter of the 2002 edition of “THE GAME” I remember coming back from Cincinnati on September 21, 2002 with Buckeye 50 staffer Gregg Watson
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #4 - It’s funny how Ohio State football history repeats itself. The 1975 Buckeyes wouldn’t be lacking for offense, especially with the greatest backfield the school has ever seen returning intact, but the defense had to replace 8 starters, including 3/4th of the secondary, from a 10-2 unit of 1974. And the Scarlet and Gray didn’t have long to get it together-
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #5 - The buildup for Ohio State’s 2005 football season had been even more off the chart than usual. 18 of the 22 starters who had led the 2004 unit to a 5-1 stretch run were back, including the entire defensive back seven. “Tresselball” had evolved into a more lethal offense in ’04 with several key midseason moves- Troy Smith had taken
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #6 - Legend has it that Woody Hayes was out on his porch during a Saturday evening in the summer of 1954 while a neighbor was having a gathering. It is lost to history as to whether any of the guests knew that Hayes was within earshot, but the coach overheard someone say, “This is the year we get rid of Woody!”
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #7 - Buckeye Nation had seen it all before. In their second year under Jim Tressel, the Bucks were 10-0, and although they were third in both major polls, they sat at #2 in the all-important BCS rankings. Two sub-.500 teams stood between them and Michigan in the ‘Shoe. Win all three and a possible January 3rd date in Tempe dangled like
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #8 - The Ohio State coaching tenures of Paul Brown and Jim Tressel have had many similarities. Both were native Ohioans who brought a detailed, hands-on approach to Columbus. Both had been extremely successful at their previous schools as well. Brown had come from Massillon High School after turning the Tigers into a powerhouse during his stay from 1932-1940. After going 22-7-1
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #9 - When it was announced that Penn State would be joining the Big Ten beginning with the 1993 football season, Buckeye Nation had already figured that regardless of records, the yearly battle with the Nittany Lions would usually rank second only to the Michigan game. In fact, to this day Penn State and TBGUN remain Ohio State’s two ‘protected’ Big Ten
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #10 - In his book “The Big One”, a game-by-game history of the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry, author Bill Cromartie felt that only on three occasions from the end of World War II until 1987 had “THE GAME” been upstaged. In 1950, the legendary “Snow Bowl” game was played (although it never should have been) in a blizzard. This didn’t keep over 50,000
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #11 - In 1955, Ohio State had followed up their national championship season of ’54 with another outright Big Ten title, although they were denied a second straight Rose Bowl trip due to the league’s “no repeat” rule. “Hop” Cassady had won the school’s third Heisman Trophy, and things couldn’t have been any better for Woody Hayes and his charges. But the
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #12 - Whenever a sports fan, writer or broadcaster comes up with some “all-time greatest” list or countdown, there’s always a tendency for the list to skew to modern times. As seasons pass and years roll, records are broken and memories of yesteryear’s heroes fade. In this day and age of 24-hour sports channels on TV, a good portion of airtime is
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #13 - A big part of Ohio State’s football tradition is its pantheon of great offensive players, including five Heisman Trophy-winning running backs, not to mention two other runners and an offensive tackle that were Heisman runners-up. The galaxy of stars from “Chic” Harley to Troy Smith is bright, but Ohio State has always had a constant thread of defensive excellence as
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #14 - All right, quick, what year is it? Ohio State’s head football coach is in his sixth year, the team is coming off a Fiesta Bowl victory over a tough independent team, the defense only has two defensive linemen back while the offense is headed by an experienced senior quarterback who played little in the spring game. The returning tailback went
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #15 - The John Cooper era couldn’t have kicked off any better. His first Buckeye squad had handled Syracuse 26-9 in the 1988 opener, and it was the first time since 1961 that Ohio State had committed no turnovers or penalties in a game. Even Buckeye Nation’s most cynical members, who had wondered how Cooper found time to coach between Big Bear
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #16 - Ohio State’s 1982 football season had been on the brink of disaster. The Scarlet and Gray were sitting at 2-3 after a 3-game Ohio Stadium losing streak- the first skid of its kind since the Horseshoe’s inaugural 1922 campaign- and even the much maligned 9-3 mark the team had achieved the previous two seasons looked remote. But the Bucks got
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #17 - Ohio State has not had many rollercoaster seasons like 1990. They had bounced back from a three-game skid and headed into Iowa City, unbelievably, with a chance to get back into a Big 10 race that they had been all but written out of just a month earlier. The Buckeyes had gotten off to a slow start in the opener
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #18 - Ohio State had been rolling along with a dream 1964 season as the calendar flipped to November. They were 6-0 and ranked #2 in the country, just behind resurgent Notre Dame, and only two sub-.500 teams- Penn State (still an independent at the time) and Northwestern- stood between OSU and a showdown in the ‘Shoe with TBGUN for the Big
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #19 - It had been a generation since Ohio State had a new football coach. Seven U.S. Presidents had served while Woody Hayes stalked the OSU sidelines. America had gone from “I Love Lucy” and the Korean War to disco and Iran. Now, as the Buckeyes finished off the winningest decade in school history (the 1970’s would produce 91 wins, which would
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #20 - With 18 starters returning and a boatload of senior experience at their disposal, Ohio State was a no-brainer pick to win the Big Ten in 2008, but the jury was still out on their national standing. Back-to-back BCS Championship game losses had, fairly or not, made the Buckeyes the main whipping-boy for the entire Big Ten, a league that was
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #21 - Coming off their first losing season since 1966, as well as back-to-back years without a bowl appearance, Ohio State had nowhere to go but up in 1989. For the first time since 1986, the Buckeyes would have an experienced quarterback calling the signals as Greg Frey began his second year as a starter. Fellow juniors Carlos Snow and Jeff Graham
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #22 - No, Ohio State didn’t win a national championship under John Cooper, and we won’t even get into his Michigan and bowl game records. But for a six-year stretch during the mid- to late-1990’s, it wasn’t exactly boring. 5 of those 6 seasons saw double-digit wins and Buckeye Nation was witness to a boatload of talent. And the team that got
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #23 - Buckeye fans were chomping at the bit for the 2003 season to get underway. After an offseason basking in the glow of the miraculous national title run of ’02, the Bucks had another round of 8 home games, and with 17 starters returning, including all 11 on offense, everyone was ready to saddle up for another run to the summit.
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #24 - It was a foregone conclusion even before kickoff in Ann Arbor that 22nd of November in 1969.  Ohio State- averaging 46 points and over 500 yards per game, and owners of a 22-game winning streak- was 60 football minutes away from their straight national championship.  Due to the Big 10’s archaic “no-repeat” rule, the Buckeyes would have to spend New
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #25 - After a dismal 6-6 campaign in 1999, Ohio State had started the 2000 season 5-0, beginning with a 43-10 thumping of Fresno State which featured a school-record four defensive touchdowns.  After disposing of Arizona and Miami, the Bucks had handed Joe Paterno his worst loss ever as Penn State coach (45-6), then the following week gained revenge at Wisconsin 23-7,
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #26 - By the midpoint of the 1967 season, Woody Hayes was on shaky ground as OSU’s football coach.  The decision by the school’s Faculty Council to deny his 1961 Big 10 championship team a Rose Bowl trip had seriously hindered recruiting that decade.  And after suffering a 4-5 season in 1966, Hayes’ ’67 group had come out of the gate 2-3,
OHIO STATE’S GREATEST DRIVE #27 - After compiling a 25-2 record the previous two seasons, Ohio State was breaking in 13 new starters as they worked through the non-conference part of their 2004 slate. Lydell Ross had romped for 141 yards and both Justin Zwick and Troy Smith had thrown touchdown passes as the Bucks cruised past Cincinnati 27-6 in their opener on September 4th. Meanwhile
Greatest Drives Dedication - The Greatest Drives in Ohio State football history. This has been a labor of love, and hopefully all of you have enjoyed the ride down memory lane. I would like to dedicate this series of the greatest drives to the memory of a dear friend, “The Coach” Larry Woodruff.  Larry was a co-worker of mine at the Dublin, Ohio Post
Har-Ball - In case you have been living under a rock for the past few months, you can’t turn on a TV, or check a twitter feed without some reference to Jim Harbaugh, who led Michigan to a 10-3 record in his first season. For powerhouses like Ohio State and Alabama, a 10-3 record would be considered a bad year by the
The Grind for Perfection - There are times throughout the day where I think back to last season’s Ohio State run to the National Championship and can’t help but smile. It was a season that couldn’t be scripted any better. It was a season where we beat the number one and number two seed with a team led by a third string quarterback. It was
Sound of Rushing Water (When JUST Being Undefeated Isn’t Enough) - Sailors on submarines are taught to run immediately to the sound of rushing water.  Makes obvious sense to me. Rush to the problem and fix it before it becomes too big, too serious and untenable. Stop and listen closely to our football program; you will be able to hear the faint but definite sound of water rushing into our “ship.”
Is Four Enough? - Our first ever semi-final games for the College Football Playoff are in the books, and the champion will be crowned on January 12, between (4)Ohio State and (2)Oregon. Both teams looked great in their victories, and showed the nation why they deserve to be in the championship game, with Oregon blasting the defending national champions Florida State in the Rose
Hyde and Mewhort Highlight Day Two - Day Two of the NFL Draft carried on the momentum and excitement of the first round. Two more Buckeyes were selected in the second round and none in the Third. Carlos Hyde, the number one overall running back was not even the first running back picked, which this blogger is confused about or see it as another jab at Ohio
Shazier and Roby Selected in First Round of NFL Draft - For the first time since Cam Heyward in 2011, a Buckeye was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Like Heyward. The Steelers selected Ryan Shazier at the 15 spot. Shazier had an amazing combine and was able to add solid muscle to his weight since the Orange Bowl, going from 225 pounds to 237. The Steelers needed
Defense Does Not Disappoint - In front of a crowd of 61,058 fans, Ohio State football kicked off its 2014 campaign with its Annual Scarlet and Gray Spring game. The final score favored the Gray squad 17-7, but in this situation the score was not the focus of this years glorified scrimmage.  Instead, this bloggers attention, much like the rest of Buckeye Nation, had their
Fickle About Fickell - Buckeye Blastphemy To close friends, I have uttered a thought that is akin to Buckeye heresy.  My thought is that Luke Fickell, our much beloved player, assistant coach and now Defensive Coordinator, MAY NOT have the “right stuff.”  Remember the operative words here are, “MAY NOT” as compared to definitive forms such as “does not.” CAVEATS: •I know it is
Just The Facts - Saturday’s 31-16 victory over Central Florida ended at 3:13pm. In the college fan bases for the other 123 FBS schools, they would be pleased and would be heading to the local greasy spoon by 3:15 for some post game wings and fries. That is just not Buckeye Nation, we are never satisfied. The excitement of the Meyer hire has caused
Reality Check Time - Ohio State may be in for a bit of a rougher ride this year than many of the Buckeye faithful expect.  Urban will probably right the ship in his second year, but too many things concern me about this 2012 team. The Buckeye defense that I hear some fans boasting as one of the best in the nation – I’m
Arrest Warrant - I have just decided the one last act I want to see before the complete end of the Jim Tressel era is to perform a citizen’s arrest of Jim Bollman for defrauding taxpayers of the state of Ohio for his salary and any bonus monies received.  My basis for this arrest: •As far as I can tell he has done
I Was Right With This Week’s Prediction - Why My Prediction Was Right (against Toledo) and Why We Should Not Worry For those of you surprised about the game against Toledo, don’t be.  This is EXACTLY what I expected.  I even called this, as my exact quote from my pre-game predictions against AKRON suggests: “OSU by 8 in a low scoring game.  Yes, 8!  I think our QB