April 16, 2014

Buckeye 12-Pack: The Purdue Game

Each week after re-watching the Ohio State game I bring you my take-aways from the game in a little something I call the Buckeye 12-Pack…

This week the 12-pack is coming to you early. A couple reasons for that, first I really don’t want to re-live that game later, and second because we didn’t have a game recap and wanted to give you a place to discuss the game.

No. 1- Missed opportunities. It’s hard to know where to even begin with a loss like that. The botched extra point is the most obvious, but there were plenty more. There was a missed field goal. There were at least 4 opportunities for turnovers that the defense couldn’t come up with, including a pass that flew right into the breadbasket of C.J. Barnett. Penalties killed the offense. OSU has a hard enough time getting 10 yards for a first down (especially Saturday) they don’t need to have to get 15 or 20. [Read more...]

Buckeye 12-Pack: The Indiana Game

Each week after re-watching the Ohio State game I bring you my take-aways from the game in a little something I call the Buckeye 12-Pack…

No.1- As always, a win is a win. The Buckeyes are now 6-3 on the season, 3-2 in Big Ten play. That win makes them eligible for a bowl game. At least until we hear something back from the NCAA regarding sanctions.

I do expect the Buckeyes to be slapped with some kind of bowl ban. It would be pretty hypocritical of the NCAA to ban them this year after allowing them to play in last year’s Sugar Bowl, but do you really expect anything less from the NCAA at this point? It wouldn’t shock me if they were slapped with a two year ban either. What has surprised me is that we haven’t heard from the committee yet. I was under the impression we should have heard from them in late September or October at the latest. There are three games left in the regular season. Any postseason ban would include the Big Ten title game, and as of right now the Buckeyes are operating under the guise that they have a shot to make it to Indianapolis. Can you imagine the NCAA announcing sanctions during Michigan week? I can. [Read more...]

Ohio State and the Quarterback Dilemma

“Well, right now we’re focused on obviously Braxton is our quarterback, and if Joe goes in there, then obviously we have to do some different things probably. The thing is people are going to play you different, so you’ve got to figure out what it is that he can do well.” -Luke Fickell on the QB position.

It appears, according to Coach Fickell’s press conference, that Braxton Miller is going to be able to play come Saturday. They wanted to see how he responds to practice today, but they were encouraged by his progress. That is certainly the good news.

The bad news, is that the Buckeyes are still leaning on Joe Bauserman as part of the plan.

Fickell’s statement, that the Buckeyes have to figure out what Bauserman can do well, is completely absurd. Bauserman is in the middle of his last season with the Buckeyes. Why exactly should they scramble to find out something he can do well? “Congratulations Joe, with scholarship in hand you will graduate with a degree from The Ohio State University. We wish you well in whatever you do with the rest of your life. You will never throw another pass out of bounds for us again though.” How about that for a statement on Joe Bauserman?

I don’t see what possible good it can do for Bauserman to get any more reps in practice or in a game situation. [Read more...]

Buckeye 12-Pack: The Michigan State Game

Each week after re-watching the Ohio State game I bring you my take-aways from the game in a little something I call the Buckeye 12-Pack…

The Buckeyes are now 3-2. Almost half the schedule has been played. At this point in the season, you have to wonder if certain areas can be fixed. Weaknesses become areas that other teams target instead of places the team improves greatly in. The two losses were to teams that are better than us, but really aren’t even title contenders. Mediocrity here we come!

No. 1- I have to get this off my chest. (These may be numbered, but they aren’t in order of importance just in case you were wondering.) J.B. Shugarts has made 27 starts as a Buckeye and I swear 127 false starts. How hard is it Shugarts? I’ve played every offensive line position. I can’t remember ever committing a false start. Maybe in practice. You know the count! How in the world does a senior continue to commit these dumb penalties? On twitter it’s a joke- there’s your ceremonial Shugarts false start. But the sad thing is that we not only expect it, we’ve come to accept that he’s going to commit at least one a game. Unbelievable. Ok, I’m done venting on that one. [Read more...]

Yahoo! Report Says Tressel Broke NCAA Rules

Twitter exploded last night with the posting of this article by Yahoo’s Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel.

In the piece, Robinson claims that the Buckeye coach knew about the memorabilia scandal well before the Athletic department, which if true would be a major violation of NCAA rules-

Tressel received information that players were selling items to Edward Rife – the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos in Columbus – as early as April 2010, according to a source. However, neither Ohio State nor the NCAA investigated the transactions or the players’ relationship with Rife until December 2010, when the school claims it was informed of the situation by the local United States Attorney’s office.

Neither the NCAA, The Ohio State University or Coach Tressel responded to the article last night. In fact, there was some dispute as to when the University was even contacted about the story. Yahoo claims they informed the University 3 hours before they published the story, while the University says it was 30 minutes. [Read more...]

Buckeye 12-Pack- Tattoo Parlors and Suspension Edition

Seeing as how we’ve busted out the twelve pack of facts following all the big games this season, I thought it might be appropriate to break one out after yesterday’s bombshell. Here are my 12 takes from the big news.

No. 1- Here’s the official news release from the University. The following players are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season- Mike Adams, Daniel Herron, Devier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas. Jordan Whiting is suspended for just the first game of 2011. All players have been deemed eligible for the Sugar Bowl however. [Read more...]

Ohio State Buckeyes to Serve 5 Game Suspension Next Season. Eligible for Sugar Bowl

Mike Adams, Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Dan Herron & Solomon Thomas will sit out 1st 5 games of 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and apparel. The group will be eligible for the Sugar Bowl. This ruling could drastically change the thought process of underclassmen Adams, Posey, Pryor and Herron in regards to entering the NFL draft after this season.

The players must repay the money they received for the items, including “Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants.”

The Columbus Dispatch ran these details today-

Ohio State is investigating whether several of its football players traded signed memorabilia for tattoos and perhaps other favors from the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor, actions that could put their eligibility for the Jan.4 Sugar Bowl and beyond in jeopardy, The Dispatch has learned.

An athletic department spokesman said yesterday that no players had been suspended for the bowl and would not acknowledge that an investigation was taking place, citing privacy issues. Athletic director Gene Smith has not responded to multiple attempts for comment but has scheduled a news conference at noon today.

But quarterback Terrelle Pryor commented on Twitter last night, apparently after seeing his name on some websites as one of those being investigated.

“I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks,” Pryor tweeted.

Sources said the investigation is ongoing and might not be concluded by the bowl.

A press conference has been scheduled for noon today.

Buckeyes 38, Nittany Lions 14: OSU Rallies to Say Alive in Big Ten Race

It looked like it could have been the end of Ohio State’s Rose Bowl aspirations, but a 35-point rally helped propel the Buckeyes to yet another Big Ten victory. Penn State controlled the tempo and the game throughout the entire first half in holding on to a steady 14-3 lead.

In the end, thanks to some impressive performances led by running back Dan Herron, the Bucks scored 35 points in a span of less than 18 minutes in the second half, easily cruising to a comfortable victory. It certainly was not a pretty game, but it was just what OSU needed to stay in line with Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top of the conference standings.

Stay tuned below the jump for the stars of the game and a standings update: [Read more...]

Buckeye 12 Pack- Off Week Edition

An off week for the Buckeyes could have meant an off week for the 12 Pack, but NO! We will not take the week off. What follows are my 12 keys to the season.

No. 1- Mid-season offensive MVP: Terrelle Pryor. I’ve been tough on Pryor. Actually, I’ve been tough on those who wanted to anoint him the Heisman favorite at the beginning of the season. To be fair, I was also tough on national writers who use faulty logic to tear him down. The truth is that Pryor has made significant progress this season. He has completed 67% of his passes, and isn’t making big mistakes with the ball. His deep passes aren’t wounded ducks, and he is hitting the medium range out-routes well. He only runs with the ball when he has to, and is averaging more yards per carry this season.

No. 2- Mid-season defensive MVP: Chimdi Chekwa. With all the injury trouble in the secondary, Chekwa has been the rock. He takes away the opposing team’s biggest threat every week. He’s also a corner that isn’t afraid to stick his nose in and help stop the running game. [Read more...]

Bullet Points: Buckeyes Week Seven

Hey… Nobody said it was going to be pretty.  Perhaps the team didn’t do much of anything between the first drive and the very last drive, but that is all it takes sometimes.  Going to Madison, Wisconsin at night and leaving with a win?  It could have been by one point and I would be alright with it. 

This week, we get to gear up for Purdue while Wisconsin plays night host to Penn State.  But before we dig into what’s coming up, let’s talk a bit about what we saw and how it impacts the near future… [Read more...]