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Ohio State v Virginia Tech Preview

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Vegas Odds- Ohio State (-12),  OVER/UNDER; 47

All the pundits out there are harping that OSU’s win vs Navy was closer than the score showed. I’m here to tell you that if not for 2 red zone turnovers (an interception and a failed 4th down conversion) Ohio State blows the brakes off of Navy and the whole national narrative changes. Think about it, convert those two red zone chances into just field goals and the Buckeyes drop 40. Not to mention that Navy’s touchdown in the first quarter was NOT a touchdown. The dude’s knee was clearly down. So after I expertly broke that down, the Buckeyes score really should have been 40-10.

But I digress. Now onto this Virginia Tech game. As I type this I’m currently in a car on 71 South driving to Columbus decked out in Buckeye gear. Hang On Sloopy is on the radio and I’m doing the O-H-I-O chant in the backseat. I’m armed with 2 Five Hour Energys at my disposal and some unbridled enthusiasm. There’s NO way Ohio State loses this game. No way.

What to watch for:

The Buckeye defense vs. a traditional offense.

Urban Meyer said it himself that the defense would not even watch the game tape from last weekend. When Facing a Wing T offense, there’s no way to gauge how good a team’s defense actually is. Virginia Tech returns 4 starters from last year’s offensive line. Aside from that experience, Tech is young and inexperienced on that side of the ball. Look for Luke Fickell to dial up the blitzes to try and rattle Texas Tech transfer QB Michael Brewer.

 

Ohio State offense vs. an aggressive Hokie defense

The Virginia Tech secondary trots out two players who had 5+ interceptions last year. Phil Steele said the Tech may possess the best secondary in the entire nation. I’ll admit that this worries me. The Hokies are always known to play an aggressive blitzing defense. The Ohio State offensive line NEEDS to play 10x better this week to have any chance of moving the ball.

JT Barrett’s second career start

I imagine making your second career start… at night… in front of 105,000 Buckeye fans… on national TV… vs a very established college football program may be just a tad nerve racking. It will be imperative that JT comes out and makes confident, good plays in the beginning of the game. He needs to set the tone early.

 

Game Prediction

The Buckeyes will come out hyped up as hell this game. I can easily see Virginia Tech trying a trick play right out of the gate. They’ll try and take advantage of the Buckeyes over aggressiveness. Maybe a hitch and go or a wheel route of some sort.

Look for the Buckeyes to try and establish a running game early and rotating backs Ezekiel Elliott and Curtis Samuel. This will open up the play action game and provide JT Barrett with easy reads and throws. Curtis Grant will make a big play on defense and Dontre Wilson final breaks one for a long touchdown.

Buckeyes win 31-20 and but do not cover the 12 point spread and the game goes OVER.

 

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My very biased Ohio State 2014 Quick Preview

Kinda sucks when 40% of your hype video is focused on a guy who is out for the year with an injury 😦

“The Buckeyes are done. The Buckeyes don’t have a shot. The Buckeyes won’t win the Big Ten” -Every dork in America probably

Ohio State comes into the 2014 season surrounded by uncertainty after their star player and face of the team Braxton Miller was lost for the season. In steps redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett to take over the reigns and become the biggest star and the most scrutinized person in the entire state of Ohio. But it’s not all doom and gloom. This IS Ohio State we’re talking about here, it’s always “Next man up” for the Scarlet and Gray. Even with the loss of Braxton, Ohio State will still be favored in 11 of their 12 games.  While the national writers and columnists will tell you Ohio State doesn’t have a chance this season, I’m here to talk you off the ledge and tell you that they most certainly do. National Championship hopes may be slim, but a Big Ten title is a very real possibility.

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OFFENSE

No Braxton no problem for the Buckeyes(is what I keep trying to convince myself). The Buckeye offense has some legitimate speed (and not just by Big 10 standards) with human torch Dontre Wilson and first year starter Ezekiel Elliott. Flanked by an experienced group of wide receivers, this group will surprise a lot of people this season. Questions at O-Line and QB will need to be answered in the weeks before Big Ten play starts.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Navy Midshipmen Complete Game Preview

QB- JT BARRETT

Obviously losing your most important football player would be a huge blow to any team in America. It’s an even bigger deal when that player is your quarterback. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, losing a versatile player such as Braxton for the season SUCKS. But from what we’ve heard out of Columbus (and all the hard hitting research I’ve gathered from YouTube highlights) J.T. Barrett is more than capable of running an offense. Hopefully OC Tom Herman can put JT in situations where he’s comfortable and where the game won’t be won or lost because of what he does.

RB- EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, ROD SMITH, CURTIS SAMUEL

This might be the group I’m most excited to see. Who can step up and replace Carlos Hyde and his 35 touchdowns over the past 2 years? Ezekiel Elliott will get the first crack at it. If Elliott fails to be the #1 guy, hopefully underachieving 5th year senior Rod Smith can live up to his 6’3 230 lb frame.

H-BACK- DONTRE WILSON

After an inconsistent year where we saw flashes of how good Dontre could be, look for him to have a breakout 2014 season. You can’t teach 4.33 speed.

WR- DEVIN SMITH, EVAN SPENCER, MICHAEL THOMAS, COREY SMITH

The most experienced position group on offense led by Devin Smith and Spencer. However, Urban has said that they could go six-deep at the receiver position, and don’t have a concrete starting lineup.

TE- JEFF HEUERMAN- Senior captain. Lauded as the “next John Simon.”  Best tight end in the conference. Heuerman is my pick for “biggest surprise” of the season. He’s also wearing Braxton Miller’s jersey number.

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OL- TAYLOR DECKER, BILLY PRICE, JACOBY BOREN, PAT ELFLEIN, DARYL BALDWIN

Decker is a stud, Elflein started the Orange Bowl, Lindsay started for some coach named Nick Saban, and Billy Price is apparently the strongest guy on the team. I really don’t have any other insight on the O-Line because it’s the O-Line. Hopefully they don’t suck.

DEFENSE

Led by a dominant defensive line, Ohio State fans should see a vastly improved defense. While it is by no means the “Silver Bullet” defense of years past, this group has the chance to be one of the better units in the Big 10. How they replace Ryan Shazier, CJ Barnett, Christian Bryant, and Bradley Roby will be the biggest question of the season on this side of the ball.

DE- JOEY BOSA, STEVE MILLER, NOAH SPENCE

DT- ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON, MICHAEL BENNETT

Hands down the strength of the team and perhaps the best defensive line in the nation. When Spence is done serving his suspension for doing Ecstasy, a D-line of Bosa, Bennett, Washington, and Spence should get any Buckeye fan very very excited for this upcoming season.

LB- DARRON LEE, CURTIS GRANT, JOSHUA PERRY

Josh Perry has the unenviable job of replacing Ryan Shazier. Perry was a starter last year, and from the looks of it, he’s been hitting the weight room a couple times a month this offseason…

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If this group underperforms at any point this season, look for stud freshmen Raekwon McMillan and Dante Booker to see some valuable playing time.

CB- DORAN GRANT, GAREON CONLEY

S- CAM BURROS, VONN BELL, TYVIS POWELL

The secondary is another question mark on this team. How they replace Bryant, Barnett, and Roby will be one of the biggest storylines of the season. I don’t really feel like researching anything else about the secondary but I can tell you Vonn Bell thrived in the Orange Bowl and Tyvis Powell saved the game vs Michigan when he intercepted Devin Gardner on a two point conversion. Thats what you get for wearing #98 as quarterback like an idiot.

Best Case Scenario for 2014

JT Barrett becomes the 3rd straight freshman to come out of nowhere and win the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State beats teams by an average of 20 points and cruises to the Big Ten championship where they meet Michigan State again but the outcome is different. The Buckeyes then go onto to the CFB Playoff and play UCLA in the first round. The Buckeyes hold Heisman runner up QB Brett Hundley to under 200 yards passing and beat UCLA by 12. Ohio State then faces defending champion Florida State in the national championship. It’s a tie game with 30 seconds left and FSU is marching down the field. Jameis Winston makes an uncharacteristically boneheaded mistake and throws the ball into double coverage. The ball is picked off by Vonn Bell and returned for a TD while time expires. Buckeyes win the title and it’s a month long party on High Street.

Worst Case Scenario for 2014

The Buckeyes start off slow squeaking by Navy and Virginia Tech, lose at Michigan State but still make it to the Big Ten championship game for a rematch against the Spartans. Ohio State wins on a last second field goal but doesn’t make it into the playoffs. They play USC in the Rose Bowl and win by 14 because it’s found out that USC’s entire secondary lied about saving a family member from drowning. I’m not biased at all.

Ohio State v Navy

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The Buckeyes open up in Baltimore vs. Navy. If there’s anything I’ve learned in my years of watching football, no matter what you do, the Wing T is one of the most annoying offenses in the history of history to defend. Thankfully Navy doesn’t have Ricky Dobbs under center this year. Oh, nevermind their quarterback this year Keenan Reynolds is actually better. Reynolds rushed for 31 touchdowns last year, an NCAA record for a quarterback in a season. I’m mentally preparing myself for this game because I expect lots of WTF moments and bullshit Wing T plays. Hey Navy, I respect you and love what you’re about but can you PLEASE run an offense that’s not suited for a middle school team? Did I mention I hate the Wing T? I’m really glad Ohio State has had MONTHS to prepare for this.

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Game Prediction

JT Barrett plays pretty well and distributes the ball to his playmakers. The defense steps up, forces a couple turnovers and makes stops when they count. Dontre Wilson makes impact plays on the return teams (maybe a TD) and Ohio State wins 38-21.

Do you smell that? College football is just around the corner

Oh. My. God.  Best hype video ever? Football season is creeping closer and closer and I for one can’t wait one more minute. Waking up at 10 AM to see Herbie, Corso and Fowler on College Gameday. Corso’s crazy ass putting on his Brutus Buckeye head, or dressing up as the USC Trojan. Getting your first wave of bets in for the noon kickoffs. Cracking your first beer/ripping your first shot of Fireball before noon. CBS airing the main SEC game at 3:30. Maybe get a nice Baylor vs Oklahoma Big 12 game starting at like 7. This is when you’ll usually take a little break from your Saturday drinking and collect yourself because College Football Saturdays are a marathon, not a sprint.  Then you’re ready to feast on the main dish at 8 pm on ABC. Get to hear the sweet sounds of Brent Musberger Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit in prime time. So much build up the week before for the #2 team to play the #5 team. 3 straight hours watching the game at a friend’s house or at the bar. Then the game ends. Oh, but you’re not done. The PAC 12 games are just starting and Marcus Mariota and Oregon are playing Arizona at home in Eugene.

Gotta admit, this picture hurts

BTW is Herbie the most beautiful man in America? That’s rhetorical. He is.

This is why I choose college football Saturdays over NFL Sundays 97 times out of 100. It’s a nonstop football gala from 10 AM Saturday till about 2 AM on Sunday. No downtime, football in your face for about 16 straight hours. And the most underrated part of College Football Saturdays? No work the next day. So you can drink your face off all day and not have to worry about any responsibilities in the future.

The traditions, the conferences, the Hail Marys, the bands, College Gameday, Hesiman campaigns, cheerleaders, student sections, Seven Nation Army (even though it’s completely overplayed), Jump Around at Camp Randall, the Block O, the Gator Chomp, hating Mark May’s face, Lou Holtz’s butchering of the English language, USC Song Girls, Clemson’s Howard’s Rock, Penn State whiteouts…. just… ahh