Alamo Bowl Preview from PJS Buck
December 27, 2004 

Today will be my last posting until New Year's day. 

Without being too smug, here is everything you need to know about the Alamo Bowl:

  • Oklahoma State runs about 75% of the time and is very, very good at it.
  • They have a strong and very physical offensive line
  • Their defense is average at best and weak against the pass
  • Ohio State has Zwick under center for the first time since the bath at Iowa
  • Tressel said he may not change the game plan - perhaps, but I don't believe it 

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Was our performance against TBGUN for real, or just a one shot thing?  If we play again like we did against the evil empire (i.e. 400+ yards of offense and held their running game under 100 yds.), we should win easily.  If we play like we did against Iowa or Wisconsin, trouble.
  • Guess what else is key?  The play of our offensive and defensive lines.  If our defensive front seven can control their good offensive line, happy days.  If not, Wed. night is typically a good night for TV. 
  • We can not have our defense on the field the entire night
  • Justin Zwick will have an offensive line that is clearly improved compared to the line he had when he last played.  They gave Troy all kinds of time in passing situations against TBGUN.  If they repeat, Justin will have the time to do what he is supposed to be good at - pocket passing and picking a defense apart.  We'll see. 
  • Oklahoma State's defensive line is not that great.  They have been giving up over 170 rushing yards per game average and rank 10th in their conference in total defense.  So IF we could establish the run, we are again in good shape
  • Mark Snyder called a great second half against TBGUN.  If he can do the same against Oklahoma State, I really like our chances.

As so often happens, it comes down to what takes place in the trenches.  Without sounding like a broken record, if our performance against TBGUN is where we now are as a team, we should be fine.  If it was a blip on the screen, it will be a tough game.  No matter what, expect a very physical game.  One thing JT has proven is that he can coach through adversity.  While impressive, it wears on us fans!  Can we get back to JUST football?

How I Really Feel About Our Football Program
December 24, 2004
 
I was just thinking and reflecting last night on our football program - the entire program including its long and proud history.  I recalled my times on campus, the games, the pep rallies, going to Senior Tackle, away games and taking my own son to his very first Michigan game in 2002.  

Then, I starting thinking about Jim Tressel.  I remember how proud I was when he was hired, and how excited I was when he announced at the basketball game shortly after he was hired; "..and I can assure you, you will be proud of our team, on the field and in the community, and most especially, in 351 days in Ann Arbor."  I, like most Buckeyes, realized at that moment we had someone very special, who GOT IT.  The more I thought about it, nothing has changed.

We have for the vast majority, great kids; Hawk, Nugent, Krenzel, Jenkins, Will Smith, Cie Grant, Matt Wilhelm, Michael Doss, Ben Hartsock, and the list could be endless.  We had a very tough year, but everyone in the program kept fighting, experimenting and remained dedicated to eventual improvement.  Then, all of the hard work, frustration, sweat and blood came together on November 20, 2004 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.  It was called, 37-21 and THE GAME was not even that close.

As I put things into perspective, I realize how proud I still am of this team, these coaches, this university, this program and our athletic department leadership over the years.  We have had some bumps and bruises lately, but show me a program that hasn't.  The fact is, we had prompt, quality responses to each situation and took the initiative to publicize and correct these problems.

I am DAMN proud of being a Buckeye, and will be to my last breath.  Despite what I may write, I secretly in my heart feel  no other program is our equal - NONE.  Myself and every other know-nothing armchair quarterback should be ashamed of how quick we were to criticize the program, coaches and players.  Being a Buckeye, for all of us that truly are, is as much about pride and loyalty as anything else.  Just look at how well our Buckeye family opened its arms to embrace and care for Jack Tatum when HE really needed us.  And this was what, only thirty years or so after he was done playing?

Jim Tressel will not be deserted by me.  He is the right man for OUR job.  He has more integrity and values than 95% of the coaches in the country, and that includes some damn good ones.  The few problems we have had are just that - a few problems.  I can not and will not feel that our program is akin to SMU, or some of the questionable Miami teams of the past, or Oklahoma under Switzer (we could add many others here), or any other program that has REAL problems (Colorado).  

Apparently, we have forgotten the fact our GPA for the team is up since Tressel arrived.  We also have not mentioned enough about our academic All Americans, or the fact our graduation rate is higher than TBGUN's.  We also seem to have forgotten the fact that Tressel recently hired someone to perform random bike patrolling on campus to monitor player attendance in classes.

We have won two BCS bowls in the last two years, a Big Ten championship and a National Championship from a game most feel was the greatest college football game ever played. We apparently have forgotten that we were SUPPOSED to roll over and die in the first quarter of that game, in the shadow of the all-powerful Miami team.  But we showed character, pride, class and what it means to be a Buckeye.

We must remember that in times of strife, these players are just kids.  And kids, will make mistakes.  Should we try to improve? Absolutely.  Should the program be like this?  Absolutely not.  But the fact is, our program is in really great shape overall.  These have been some tough incidents on top of a tough year.  But you know what?  Tough times don't last - tough people do.  Buckeyes do.

So go ahead and take your shots at me for this.  Fry me with your e-mail saying how Pollyanna this might be, or how much of a homer I am.  Take your best shot.  In the words of THE ROCK, "Just Bring It."  Because you know what?  I am fiercely proud today of saying I am a Buckeye.  Few can make this claim with as much pride and resolve.  I am a homer, just ask me.  I will always try to be honest and objective, but I AM a homer.  I will have my best Buckeye clothing, coat and hat on later.  I will even be seen out in public with it on.  I am not, nor will I ever be ashamed of our legacy.

Finally, perhaps we don't have a "right" to hear the whole story sometimes.  People do have private lives.  I still trust our coaches and administration.  I stand behind them 100%.  I stand behind our players 100%.  This does not mean an automatic acceptance of everything they do.  But they are still our kids, until proven otherwise.

I love this program, this university and every great thing about it.  We need to remember our traditions and support those in charge.  Until "you walk in someone else's shoes......"

Andy, coach Tressel and the team, I love you guys and what you do for us -  and you have all of my support.  I will not sell you out. We are all family here.  And once one becomes a Buckeye, you are then a Buckeye for life.  You can't un-become a Buckeye.  It is a title saved for the very best.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.

 -- PJSBuck 

Knee-Jerk Reactions to the Troy Smith 'thing'
December 21, 2004

I hesitate publishing this only because the facts are not public yet, and they may never be.  I only have a very limited amount of information relative to the Troy Smith incident so I will keep my mouth shut as I don't know for a fact I have the correct and complete story.  However, I do have some comments that I need to get off of my chest regarding this matter.

I am one that DOES NOT believe it is the coaches' job to police the students.  These are 18-22 year old humans that can read and write.  They also know right from wrong (although questionable in MC's case). I suspect they mostly know that along with privilege, comes responsibility.  I am sure they all know or suspect that in a free society, people are responsible for their actions and they must ultimately be responsible for their own doings.  

OH, wait a minute.... maybe not?  Perhaps they feel no concern for consequences? THIS is what I believe to be at major fault here, and the enforcement rests primarily with Jim Tressel.  I don't believe Jim Tressel is part of the problem, per se.  However, I believe he IS the solution. 

I have become very disappointed in JT's application of discipline.  When he was hired, he was thought to be, "The "Enforcer" - someone that was not to be trifled with.  My guess is that many of the more spirited players on this team don't believe that for a minute.  I think part of the solution is more fear of consequences.  I am NOT advocating a NO TOLERANCE policy, as everyone makes mistakes and people deserve a chance to learn from their mistakes and grow.  Most of us here would be nowhere without second chances.  

However, it is clear to me that some of the players seem to have no fear of pushing the envelope and testing limits.  This simply shouldn't be.  I think JT must become much more strict, have far stiffer consequences for indiscretions and then needs to be seen administering this discipline.  People in the Old West didn't believe in hangings until they actually saw someone swinging.  THEN, they took authority seriously.  No one other than JT can administer this type of justice, but I believe firmly it must be done.  I am NOT advocating "death sentences" but rather demonstrating the need for discipline to be seen.

Sadly, I think it is a small percentage that spoils it for the majority.  The types of things we have seen lately at Ohio State are also happening elsewhere; perhaps not as frequent or as public, but they are there anyway (Colorado rape, Michigan public fondling, etc.).  It is a sad statement about society today, but prevalent none the less.  Fortunately, the vast majority of our kids are great people with good ideals.  

I believe the primary (if not sole) person to help at the back end of problems is Jim Tressel.  We know he makes the players aware of what good conduct, good citizens and role models look like.  However, the punishments don't appear to be fitting the crimes and they must.  Until that happens, we can expect to see more stunts like those of, Bellisari, Joe, Trapasso, MC (too extreme), Smith, etc. etc. etc.

My Mom had a great one-liner relative to threats vs. action: "If you won't listen, you'll have to feel."  I didn't believe her at first either, but it didn't take long.

 -- PJSBuck

Alamo Bowl Preview from PJS Buck
December 20, 2004 

Sources are reporting that Troy Smith has received a one game suspension which will go into effect for the Alamo Bowl.  No further details are available at this time, but we will be following the story with updates ASAP.

While the university remains very closed-mouth to further information, sources have indicated to The Buckeye 50 Yard Line that the problem may be more along the lines of conduct/ethics in nature.  Sources gave no firm indication as to the specific problem and implied the university will try to keep this at the team level.

 -- PJSBuck

Don't Forget Junior
December 16, 2004

Thankfully, Doug pointed out to me an omission on our part, and a SIGNIFICANT one at that; Ted Ginn Jr. was named to the first team All-American team by Sports Illustrated.  There were two other Buckeyes on their list as well; Mike Nugent and A.J. Hawk.  Congratulations Ted.  I suspect this is only the beginning of the awards and recognition for this guy.

 -- PJSBuck

Buckeye All-Americans
December 14, 2004
 
A belated congratulations are in order to A.J. Hawk who was recently named to the A.P. All-American list.  This makes two All-Americans this year; A.J. and Mike Nugent.  BOTH of these guys are true Buckeyes on and off the field.  Congratulations guys

Buckeye Odds 'n' Ends
December 11, 2004

Yesterday was the last day of finals for the quarter, so practice activities should pick up and we'll have a little more to report.

The Basketball Bucks play Portland State tonight in The Schott.  Game time is 8:05 PM and will be shown on ESPN Plus. 

As a preview to our bowl coverage of Oklahoma State, just so you don't sleep too soundly tonight, we will leave you with this statistic.  The result of the 2004 rivalry game in the Big 12 was:

#2 Oklahoma 38 -  Oklahoma State 35

Friday, December 10, 2004 11:55 PM

Odds 'n Ends

The Buckeye 50 Yard Line learned today that Indiana University is talking with John Cooper regarding their head coaching vacancy.  Not long ago I speculated that I doubted he wanted back into the grind of coaching.  APPARENTLY, this statement matched my fairly miserable track record of game-day predictions this past season (Forum readers know all about this!).  We will keep you posted.  If this does come to pass, I will write an editorial you won't want to miss.  Our sources also indicate they are talking to Frank Solich, formerly of Nebraska.  

pjs buck





Friday, December 10, 2004 9:50 AM

A BIG congratulations are in order to Mike Nugent who now has won the Team MVP, All-American, and now the Lou Groza Award given to the best kicker annually.  Congratulations Mike; you are a true Buckeye and represent all that the colors and uniform represent!

Some NFL scouts suggest Mike could go as high as 2nd round in the draft.  This would be a major accomplishment for a kicker.



pjs buck


Tuesday, December 7, 2004 8:15 PM

EDITORIAL:

'DECEMBER 7, 1941 - A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE, IN INFAMY."

Unless you completely flunked all of your history courses, you know these were the words of former president Franklin Roosevelt, the day following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  This day marked our "official" entry into WWII. All Buckeyes will be forgiven if they feel like saying the same thing today, but rather in regard to the news events of the day where Maurice Clarett publicly announced he essentially fabricated his story of several weeks ago to ESPN The Magazine.   

Now, before anyone gets their politically-correct shorts in a knot, I am not comparing the degree of seriousness of these events or downplaying the tragic events in 1941.  But many Buckeyes have seen the Clarett story as a real travesty of truth.  I for one think this is one of the most undeserved and ill-advised things I have seen happen to Ohio State in my lifetime.

I mentioned I would not comment on this article as I believed completely that it was total bologna from the beginning. I also didn't think the story merited the time and effort for us to respond to it. 

Clarett's statements and the totally irresponsible journalism practiced by ESPN were vicious and potentially very costly to several good men, Geiger and Tressel, as well as almost everyone associated with Ohio State.  The hard-dollar cost to university is also something that I hope is being tracked by OSU and is somehow reimbursed.  

Maurice Clarett showed how continually irresponsible and selfish he is and may be for the rest of his life.  Although an eternal optimist, I would like to think that somewhere along the line maybe, MAYBE, some of these events might turn into a life-lesson for him.  However, his history points otherwise.

I wish personally this is the last we hear of and from Clarett, but somehow think it won't be.  When I think of what could have been (potentially him working on a first or second Heisman and possibly more NC's) it is just sickening.  It is also sickening to think of this young man has so far managed to trash his life, in the name of _________?  

In my opinion, he has proven he is not worthy of ever wearing our great colors, or the uniform of our proud Buckeyes.  

More on our Alamo Bowl opponent this week.

pjs buck




Sat. December 4, 2004 11:29 AM

We are finally back up and running after having trouble posting for over a week.  We are truly sorry for the gap in coverage, but there were some file corruption problems on the server which were just resolved yesterday.   We have some ground to cover:

RECRUITING:

  • Sources have said Ohio State has offered Atlanta running back James Davis.  He 6.0ft./207lbs./4.4.  He is a stronger, bigger back who is also fast.  He has outstanding upside potential and is said to favor VTech, OSU and Tenn.  Landing this guy would be a MAJOR event.  For more on Davis, click here: Link
  • There is a lot of talent in town this week for visits, supposedly including; Rico McCoy, Walker Ashley, Andre Mathis, Brian Hartline, James Laurinaitis, Andre Amos.
  • Now that Brookhaven won their first title, Alex Daniels will resume his recruiting.  We would really like to have this guy and appear to have a good shot.

TIDBITS:

  • John Cooper is rumored to be in serious consideration for the Indiana job.  I have a hard time believing he is interested in any more coaching jobs, but who knows.
  • Sources are reporting that Mark Snyder is interested in the open head coach position at Ohio University.
  • We should know tomorrow who we play in the Alamo Bowl.  I am hearing most likely Texas Tech.  After we know for sure, we will profile our opponent.
  • The Bucks have resumed practice for their bowl game.  Most everyone appears to be in good health except those who were banged up going into THE GAME.
  • Practice so far this week has been mostly drills, but the pads go on today.
  • Congratulations to our newest All-American, Mike Nugent.  Mike, you join a long, prestigious and very proud group - it is well deserved!
  • The Bucks leave December 21st for El Paso, Texas.

FINALLY, for those who may not have taped THE GAME, it will be replayed on Sunday, December 26, 2004 on Columbus, Ohio TV station WSYX (channel 6 locally) from 3-6 PM.  http://www.wsyx6.com/



pjs buck   


Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004 11:00 AM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

As Buckeye fans, we have much to be thankful for; players, coaches, the WIN in THE GAME!  We also should be thankful for the incoming class of recruits (Fall of 2005).  This weekend, we will have more of a recruiting update as well as some analysis of our commitments so far and some Alamo Bowl stuff.  

IN THE MEAN TIME, GO STUFF YOURSELF!!

pjs buck




Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 7:20 PM 

It's time to head to San Antonio!  

Ohio State will play in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on Wed. dec. 29th, 2004 at 7:00 PM.  Their opponent will not be finalized until this weekend, but will most likely be; Texas A&M, or Texas Tech, or Oklahoma State.

Congratulations are in order for Mike Nugent, who was named today as one of three finalist for the 2004 Lou Groza Award.  This award is given to the best kicker in the country every year. For more, refer to Andy Steger's pre-season award Watch List on the right side of this main page. 

We will have more later tonight as well as some recruiting updates.

pjs buck

Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 9:20 PM

Andy Steger reported there were many recruits we had at THE GAME.  The list includes:

OSU COMMITMENTS

  • Andre Amos -WR- Committed to us (From Ohio)
  • Todd Denlinger -DT- Committed to us (From Ohio)
  • Alex Boone -OT- Committed to us (From Ohio)
  • Rob Schoenhoft -QB- Committed to us (From Ohio)
  • Kevin Bemoll -G- Committed to us (From California)
  • Ryan Williams -DE- Committed to us (From California)
  • Jim Cordle -G- Committed to us (From Ohio)
  • Brian Hartline -WR- Committed to us (From Ohio)
  • Aaron Pettery -K- Committed to us (From Kentucky) 

UNDECIDED (note how many high school juniors were there)

  • Maurice Wells -RB- Undecided (From Florida)
  • Elijah Hodge -LB/S- Undecided (From Florida)
  • Ronnie Wilson -OL- Undecided (From Florida)
  • Darrin Walls -WR- Undecided (From Pennsylvania) (Junior)
  • Wesly Lyons -WR- Undecided (From Pennsylvania) (Junior) (Devin Lyons' brother)
  • Jeff Cumberland -DL- Undecided (From Ohio) (Junior)
  • Austin Spitler -LB- Undecided (From Ohio)
  • Javon Davis -OL- Undecided (From Ohio) (Junior)
  • Bryant Thomas -OL- Undecided (From Ohio)
  • Brett Huffman Undecided (From Ohio)
  • Andrew Daly Undecided (From Ohio)
  • Chris Rowell -DB- Undecided (From Ohio)
  • Justin Boren -OL- Undecided (From Ohio) (Junior)
  • Chris Wells -RB- Undecided (From Ohio) (Junior)
  • Darius Smith Undecided (From Ohio)
  • Miles Schlichter -QB- Undecided (From Ohio) (Junior)
  • Mike Hartline -QB- Undecided (From Ohio) (Junior)


Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 8:45 PM

Yesterday, I said some very nice things about Lloyd Carr.  After his press conference today, I may want to reconsider.  Also, I was going to replace his picture in the upper left but now feel it should remain up for a little longer!

  
pjs buck

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 8:20 PM

For those of you who couldn't make the game in person, I must qualify the above "box" where I said the 'Shoe rocked; it didn't.  It VIBRATED!

I will try to get some media links up later tonight or tomorrow.  I have some links to some very interesting articles written by Michigan writers.

I have been to all but about 5-6 home games since 1968 and the crowd noise-level yesterday was easily in the top 5, if not top 3.  What was number 1?  For the record, in my opinion, the 1985 Iowa game.  People in the press-box during that game were actually making contingency plans to evacuate the entire press box.  Yesterday wasn't quite that loud, but very close!

Odds 'n Ends

I have now listened to the entire post-game press conference of Lloyd Carr and clips from Chad Henne and others.  I have to tell you, for the first time in my life, I found Lloyd Carr NOT using excuses and was complimentary and very much a gentleman.  For me personally, that was out of step with how I view coach Carr, but I was very impressed.  Some of his post-game comments (paraphrasing)

  • He made no excuses and gave Ohio State all the credit for the win, many times
  • He indirectly said the crowd noise affected "some" of his players
  • He credited the game to the OSU defense in particular (Ginn and Troy Smith later in his speech), said they were outstanding in plugging running lanes and forced the UM offense into uncomfortable situations they were not used to
  • He said Ted Ginn's punt return really killed them (UM) and forced them to immediately change their offensive game plan to primarily throwing

Chad Henne:

  • Without coming right out and saying it, he repeatedly said our defense, their game plan and their execution confused him all day
  • He implied he had no idea what playing in Columbus was going to be like, but does now.
  • He was a gentleman and praised our defense, but seemed stubborn to acknowledge OUR offense

Much was written all week long about how Henne seemingly in public dismissed THE GAME and minimized the rivalry.  I personally just chalked it up to more TBGUN arrogance.  I now believe he was actually just telling the truth.

On a personal note, I think Henne had no idea what he was getting himself into.  He was rattled and shaken all day.  He was hit more yesterday than most of the season combined.  I suspect he THOUGHT he knew, but didn't.  

I can remember the first time I was actually in a winter White-Out.  I was used to snow and thought little of being in a bad storm, until the first time I was caught in one.  Like many people, I panicked and was very shaken.  It wasn't until the storm was over did I know what hit me.  The second White-Out for me was more manageable, but still tough.  I suspect this is the way it will be for Henne next year.

The planetary stars must have been improperly aligned yesterday, because I can't remember anyone or anything TBGUN-related praising Ohio State - except for yesterday.

Continue basking in THE GLOW from THE GAME!

pjs buck







Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 2:30 PM

Lloyd Carr is now 1-3 against Jim Tressel!

As Jackie Gleason used to say: "HOWWW, SWEET IT IS!!!"

I am hoarse, ecstatic, proud, but most of all happy for the players and coaches.  Our coaches' called and coached the game we knew they were capable of, and the players' played up to the potential within them all along.  What a time to bring it all together!

GREAT JOB GUYS - VERY, VERY WELL DONE!

We'll have a lot more later tonight, as I am still recovering (like most of us), as well as commentary and where things go from here.  

Let me just say one thing now; this was NOT a close game, the Buckeye's flat out opened up a can of whoop a%# and beat them up.  There are no doubts, no what-if's, or we could have..  It was just there: Buckeye Pride, in your face as$ whoopin'.  Much more later.

pjs buck

p.s. I think I'll leave the picture of Carr up a little longer!  It just seems like the right thing to do.

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004 9:00 AM

THE GAME – 2004 preview, by Brent Baver

In OSU's favor
1) Home team is 9-3-1 in the last 13 years in The Game
2) Pressure is likely on Michigan more than OSU; they have more to lose
3) Ohio State's offense may have gotten confidence boost after 230-yard 2nd half effort against Purdue
4) Tressel has motivated OSU for big games in his 4-year tenure; at his best when doubted
5) Henne, a true frosh, could get rattled if OSU gets momentum and the crowd gets loud
6) OSU as healthy as they have been in a while
7) Mike Nugent - the best in the land
8) OSU has big edge when punters are on the field; Breaston is very good, but Ginn is the best in the land; Turano punting very well
9) Michigan Close Calls:
24-21 win at home vs. San Diego State
30-17 win at home vs. Iowa; Iowa -3 in TO margin or 
wins game
Lead Indiana (only 1 B10-win) by only 7 at halftime
27-24 win at home vs. Minny; Trailed until 1:07 
remaining in game
30-19 win vs. Illinois (only 1 B-10 win); trailed 17-10 
until mid 3rd quarter
45-37 OT win at home vs. Mich St.; trailed by 17 
midway through 4th qtr.
Led N'Western by 1 at halftime

In Michigan’s favor
1) OSU struggles stopping the run, and Hart is one of the best in the B-10
2) OSU offense doesn't score and Michigan's defense is solid
3) Troy Smith is a marginal, inexperienced QB at best that can lose a game, but probably can't win one
4) Braylon Edwards is the best WR in the land and can't be covered by anyone
5) Ohio State may be a little healthier but are still a banged up team
6) Ohio State's pass rush has been marginal at best; give Henne time and he will find a talented UM receiver
7) Really not a single game this year where you can say 'Ohio State really looked good today'
8) Michigan knows how to win close games, much like the OSU team from '02
9) Ohio State really can't run the ball or throw it
10) Michigan, on paper, is clearly a better team than Ohio State

Tail of the Tape
            Big Ten ranking

MichiganOhio State
Scoring Offense                  1                    9
Total Offense                        5                   11
Pass Offense                        4                   11
Pass Efficiency                     4                    9
Rushing Offense                    5                    8
Yards per carry                     7                     8
(w/o sacks)
Sacks against                      10                   8
Red Zone Offense TD%       7T                  11
Third Down Conv. %            2                   10
Scoring Defense                    4                    5
Total Defense                        4                    6
Pass Defense                       5                     3
Pass Efficiency Defense        4                     5
Rushing Defense                   3                     6
Sacks by                              5                     3
Red Zone Offense TD%          8                    10
Third Down Conv. % Def      1                     7
FG accuracy                         4                     3
KO returns                            4                     3
KO coverage                         2                    10
Punt Returns                         3                     1
Net punting                          9                     2
TO margin                           3                   10T

Some of the key areas above that are worth noting:
1) Scoring Offense - OSU has to find a way to score, besides with their defense and special teams
2) Red Zone Offense - Both teams struggle putting the ball in the end zone in the Red Zone
3) Third Down Efficiency - Michigan efficient, OSU not on third downs
4) Third Down Defense - Michigan defense tough on third downs, OSU's mediocre
5) Net Punting - Tressel-ball has won several games because of superior punting
6) TO Margin - If this trend continues, OSU cannot win the game

What Ohio State needs to do to win:
1) Pressure Henne
2) Get the crowd in the game early and keep them in the game
3) Find some way to get Santonio Holmes back on track; 
4) Use Ginn as more of a decoy on offense
5) Run Tony Pittman 10+ times
6) Don’t turn the ball over
7) Get a defensive and/or special teams score
8) Force turnovers
9) Consider using Ginn on KO returns and as the lone punt returner
10) Contain Hart (i.e. 110 or less yards) and Braylon (i.e. 70 yds and 1 TD or less)
11) Tackle!
12) Replace a struggling Troy Smith with Justin Zwick if down in the second half

What Michigan needs to do to win:
1) Ride Mike Hart
2) Avoid turnovers
3) Force turnovers
4) Don’t let Ted Ginn beat you
5) Pick on EJ Underwood whenever possible
6) Stay away from Fox unless you’re going to Braylon who can beat anyone
7) Take advantage of OSU’s over-pursuing defense and poor tackling

The Call:
I am surprised at how many Ohio State fans are predicting an easy win for Michigan.  Although Ohio State is an average team at best, nothing has come easy for Michigan this year and this is THE GAME.  Ohio State still has plenty of talent and will be definitely motivated for this one.  But Ohio State needs to find some way to move the ball (i.e. 300+ yards of total offense) and has to stop turning the ball over.  I think it will be a close one, but it’s hard not to pick Michigan.  

Prediction: Michigan 20 Ohio State 17

blb

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 11:16 PM

YELL LIKE HELL, NON-STOP, ALL DAY

For Whom the Bells Toll:

A fog appears and suddenly, the date and time at the top are wrong.  The past is now the present and it is Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004 at 3:45 PM.

The Bells are tolling - tolling for the departed souls of those who have fought in this game, and moved on.  They are tolling for those who have watched and participated, and are now connected to this time thread in history.  To take their own place in history, just as one in the crowd - there, and no less important.  THE GAME, past, present, and concluded, taking hope, dreams, desperation and threads of history with it into  the past.

And for those remaining (we the fans of the present), we now get to see a glimpse of a photograph that was taken from tomorrow (Nov. 20, 2004 3:45 PM).  It shows Wolverine Steve Breaston looking up at the game clock, only to realize the last few precious moments he and his teammates had to win this game, have slipped by and they are now part of something called, LEGEND.  Their coach, Lloyd Carr, has also become part of this thread of history; for until next year, he is referenced as 1-3 against Ohio State.  By the way, history will show that those bells tolling, are from the OSU victory bell, beckoning the souls of the damned who wear the ugly helmets, while rejoicing in the victory - tolling for those souls who know achievement, glory and victory, as well as tragedy.

Enjoy the ghosts of THE GAMES' past, and present tomorrow.  GO BUCKS

pjs buck - OSU forever!

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 8:10 PM

T-minus 17 hours and counting. Yell Like Hell Tomorrow!!!!

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 4:40 PM

T-minus 20+ hours and counting. Yell Like Hell Tomorrow!!!!

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 3:00 PM

From a friend of the Buckeye 50 Yard Line

Below is a piece contributed by an ex-member of TBDBITL: 

This has been a tough season for Buckeye players and fans alike.  Losing 14 players to the NFL and three coaches to different jobs has taken a toll on the program more so than anyone wanted to address at the beginning of the season.  We have seen an offensive line underachieve and an attacking defense over-pursue.  A lack of a running game and wide receivers with poor hands has stifled an offensive game-plan while injuries have left the defense scrambling for solutions.   If it was any other week against any other team I would be cautiously optimistic but this is Michigan week and I’m ready to GET IT ON!                                                    
                                                                            
To place things into perspective, I was fortunate enough to have been in the Ohio State Marching Band for five years (1992-1996).  During the Cooper era, Ohio State enjoyed great success in recruiting and on the football field.  In 11 years as the head football coach, John Cooper tallied a 99-34-3 record.  During that time he was 2-8-1 versus those weasels up north.  Three times in a four year span, the Buckeyes went undefeated into the M*CH*G*N game and each time came away with a loss.  In 1993, OSU was ranked third in the country and was blanked 28-0 by that team up north.  

In 1995, lead by Heisman winning RB Eddie “King” George, OSU was humiliated by Tim Biakaba-eff-yoo as the Buckeye faithful watched him scorch the OSU defense for 317 yards.  The 1996 season saw the Bucks beat the Hoosiers to clinch their first Rose Bowl bid since 1985 only to be handed their only loss of the season the following week by the corn and blueberry.  I witnessed each of these losses first hand.     
                                                                            
I can’t begin to describe my dislike for that team up north.  The majority of their fans never attended college let alone M*CH*G*N, during the Cooper era they stole most of Ohio’s best athletes, and they have a former Buckeye CAPTAIN as their coach.  I don’t like their ugly helmets, I don’t like their cesspool of a stadium, and I DON’T LIKE THEIR BAND!       
                                                                            
As a band member, it is hard to express how it feels after you lose to that team up north.  I’m sure it is not unlike how the team feels.  I have bled in that cesspool and I have cried in that cesspool but I have never hung my head in shame.  I have too much pride and too much passion to let them get to me.  I want to let them know that I’m a Buckeye and I’m coming to their house to strap on the pads and knock them down and keep knocking them down until they refuse to get up. 
                                                                            
We bleed Scarlet and Gray for a reason and that is because we are a part of the greatest university in the country and we damn well better let everyone in the world, and especially Ann Harbor, know that BY GOD I’M A BUCKEYE!  GET IT ON!                                                       
                                                                            
Go Bucks!                                                                  
                                                                            
Pete Quint                                                                 
OSUMB 1992-1996                                                            
S-Row Squad Leader                                                         
KKPsi editor                                                               
                                                                            
Son of Paul Quint                                                          
OSUMB 1967-1971                                                            
                                                                            
Brother of Laura O’Toole                                                   
OSUMB 1994-1999                                                            
                  

Odds 'n Ends

I have now listened to the entire post-game press conference of Lloyd Carr and clips from Chad Henne and others.  I have to tell you, for the first time in my life, I found Lloyd Carr NOT using excuses and was complimentary and very much a gentleman.  For me personally, that was out of step with how I view coach Carr, but I was very impressed.  Some of his post-game comments (paraphrasing)

  • He made no excuses and gave Ohio State all the credit for the win, many times
  • He indirectly said the crowd noise affected "some" of his players
  • He credited the game to the OSU defense in particular (Ginn and Troy Smith later in his speech), said they were outstanding in plugging running lanes and forced the UM offense into uncomfortable situations they were not used to
  • He said Ted Ginn's punt return really killed them (UM) and forced them to immediately change their offensive game plan to primarily throwing

Chad Henne:

  • Without coming right out and saying it, he repeatedly said our defense, their game plan and their execution confused him all day
  • He implied he had no idea what playing in Columbus was going to be like, but does now.
  • He was a gentleman and praised our defense, but seemed stubborn to acknowledge OUR offense

Much was written all week long about how Henne seemingly in public dismissed THE GAME and minimized the rivalry.  I personally just chalked it up to more TBGUN arrogance.  I now believe he was actually just telling the truth.

On a personal note, I think Henne had no idea what he was getting himself into.  He was rattled and shaken all day.  He was hit more yesterday than most of the season combined.  I suspect he THOUGHT he knew, but didn't.  

I can remember the first time I was actually in a winter White-Out.  I was used to snow and thought little of being in a bad storm, until the first time I was caught in one.  Like many people, I panicked and was very shaken.  It wasn't until the storm was over did I know what hit me.  The second White-Out for me was more manageable, but still tough.  I suspect this is the way it will be for Henne next year.

The planetary stars must have been improperly aligned yesterday, because I can't remember anyone or anything TBGUN-related praising Ohio State - except for yesterday.

Continue basking in THE GLOW from THE GAME!

pjs buck


Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 3:42 PM

And now, with great pride, we present Joe Casey's Play-by-Play diagrams of THE WIN in THE GAME:

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pjs buck


Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 2:30 PM

Lloyd Carr is now 1-3 against Jim Tressel!

As Jackie Gleason used to say: "HOWWW, SWEET IT IS!!!"

I am hoarse, ecstatic, proud, but most of all happy for the players and coaches.  Our coaches' called and coached the game we knew they were capable of, and the players' played up to the potential within them all along.  What a time to bring it all together!

GREAT JOB GUYS - VERY, VERY WELL DONE!

We'll have a lot more later tonight, as I am still recovering (like most of us), as well as commentary and where things go from here.  

Let me just say one thing now; this was NOT a close game, the Buckeye's flat out opened up a can of whoop a%# and beat them up.  There are no doubts, no what-if's, or we could have..  It was just there: Buckeye Pride, in your face as$ whoopin'.  Much more later.

pjs buck

p.s. I think I'll leave the picture of Carr up a little longer!  It just seems like the right thing to do.

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004 9:00 AM

THE GAME – 2004 preview, by Brent Baver

In OSU's favor
1) Home team is 9-3-1 in the last 13 years in The Game
2) Pressure is likely on Michigan more than OSU; they have more to lose
3) Ohio State's offense may have gotten confidence boost after 230-yard 2nd half effort against Purdue
4) Tressel has motivated OSU for big games in his 4-year tenure; at his best when doubted
5) Henne, a true frosh, could get rattled if OSU gets momentum and the crowd gets loud
6) OSU as healthy as they have been in a while
7) Mike Nugent - the best in the land
8) OSU has big edge when punters are on the field; Breaston is very good, but Ginn is the best in the land; Turano punting very well
9) Michigan Close Calls:
24-21 win at home vs. San Diego State
30-17 win at home vs. Iowa; Iowa -3 in TO margin or 
wins game
Lead Indiana (only 1 B10-win) by only 7 at halftime
27-24 win at home vs. Minny; Trailed until 1:07 
remaining in game
30-19 win vs. Illinois (only 1 B-10 win); trailed 17-10 
until mid 3rd quarter
45-37 OT win at home vs. Mich St.; trailed by 17 
midway through 4th qtr.
Led N'Western by 1 at halftime

In Michigan’s favor
1) OSU struggles stopping the run, and Hart is one of the best in the B-10
2) OSU offense doesn't score and Michigan's defense is solid
3) Troy Smith is a marginal, inexperienced QB at best that can lose a game, but probably can't win one
4) Braylon Edwards is the best WR in the land and can't be covered by anyone
5) Ohio State may be a little healthier but are still a banged up team
6) Ohio State's pass rush has been marginal at best; give Henne time and he will find a talented UM receiver
7) Really not a single game this year where you can say 'Ohio State really looked good today'
8) Michigan knows how to win close games, much like the OSU team from '02
9) Ohio State really can't run the ball or throw it
10) Michigan, on paper, is clearly a better team than Ohio State

Tail of the Tape
            Big Ten ranking

MichiganOhio State
Scoring Offense                  1                    9
Total Offense                        5                   11
Pass Offense                        4                   11
Pass Efficiency                     4                    9
Rushing Offense                    5                    8
Yards per carry                     7                     8
(w/o sacks)
Sacks against                      10                   8
Red Zone Offense TD%       7T                  11
Third Down Conv. %            2                   10
Scoring Defense                    4                    5
Total Defense                        4                    6
Pass Defense                       5                     3
Pass Efficiency Defense        4                     5
Rushing Defense                   3                     6
Sacks by                              5                     3
Red Zone Offense TD%          8                    10
Third Down Conv. % Def      1                     7
FG accuracy                         4                     3
KO returns                            4                     3
KO coverage                         2                    10
Punt Returns                         3                     1
Net punting                          9                     2
TO margin                           3                   10T

Some of the key areas above that are worth noting:
1) Scoring Offense - OSU has to find a way to score, besides with their defense and special teams
2) Red Zone Offense - Both teams struggle putting the ball in the end zone in the Red Zone
3) Third Down Efficiency - Michigan efficient, OSU not on third downs
4) Third Down Defense - Michigan defense tough on third downs, OSU's mediocre
5) Net Punting - Tressel-ball has won several games because of superior punting
6) TO Margin - If this trend continues, OSU cannot win the game

What Ohio State needs to do to win:
1) Pressure Henne
2) Get the crowd in the game early and keep them in the game
3) Find some way to get Santonio Holmes back on track; 
4) Use Ginn as more of a decoy on offense
5) Run Tony Pittman 10+ times
6) Don’t turn the ball over
7) Get a defensive and/or special teams score
8) Force turnovers
9) Consider using Ginn on KO returns and as the lone punt returner
10) Contain Hart (i.e. 110 or less yards) and Braylon (i.e. 70 yds and 1 TD or less)
11) Tackle!
12) Replace a struggling Troy Smith with Justin Zwick if down in the second half

What Michigan needs to do to win:
1) Ride Mike Hart
2) Avoid turnovers
3) Force turnovers
4) Don’t let Ted Ginn beat you
5) Pick on EJ Underwood whenever possible
6) Stay away from Fox unless you’re going to Braylon who can beat anyone
7) Take advantage of OSU’s over-pursuing defense and poor tackling

The Call:
I am surprised at how many Ohio State fans are predicting an easy win for Michigan.  Although Ohio State is an average team at best, nothing has come easy for Michigan this year and this is THE GAME.  Ohio State still has plenty of talent and will be definitely motivated for this one.  But Ohio State needs to find some way to move the ball (i.e. 300+ yards of total offense) and has to stop turning the ball over.  I think it will be a close one, but it’s hard not to pick Michigan.  

Prediction: Michigan 20 Ohio State 17

blb

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 11:16 PM

YELL LIKE HELL, NON-STOP, ALL DAY

For Whom the Bells Toll:

A fog appears and suddenly, the date and time at the top are wrong.  The past is now the present and it is Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004 at 3:45 PM.

The Bells are tolling - tolling for the departed souls of those who have fought in this game, and moved on.  They are tolling for those who have watched and participated, and are now connected to this time thread in history.  To take their own place in history, just as one in the crowd - there, and no less important.  THE GAME, past, present, and concluded, taking hope, dreams, desperation and threads of history with it into  the past.

And for those remaining (we the fans of the present), we now get to see a glimpse of a photograph that was taken from tomorrow (Nov. 20, 2004 3:45 PM).  It shows Wolverine Steve Breaston looking up at the game clock, only to realize the last few precious moments he and his teammates had to win this game, have slipped by and they are now part of something called, LEGEND.  Their coach, Lloyd Carr, has also become part of this thread of history; for until next year, he is referenced as 1-3 against Ohio State.  By the way, history will show that those bells tolling, are from the OSU victory bell, beckoning the souls of the damned who wear the ugly helmets, while rejoicing in the victory - tolling for those souls who know achievement, glory and victory, as well as tragedy.

Enjoy the ghosts of THE GAMES' past, and present tomorrow.  GO BUCKS

pjs buck - OSU forever!

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 8:10 PM

T-minus 17 hours and counting. Yell Like Hell Tomorrow!!!!

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 4:40 PM

T-minus 20+ hours and counting. Yell Like Hell Tomorrow!!!!

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 3:00 PM

From a friend of the Buckeye 50 Yard Line

Below is a piece contributed by an ex-member of TBDBITL: 

This has been a tough season for Buckeye players and fans alike.  Losing 14 players to the NFL and three coaches to different jobs has taken a toll on the program more so than anyone wanted to address at the beginning of the season.  We have seen an offensive line underachieve and an attacking defense over-pursue.  A lack of a running game and wide receivers with poor hands has stifled an offensive game-plan while injuries have left the defense scrambling for solutions.   If it was any other week against any other team I would be cautiously optimistic but this is Michigan week and I’m ready to GET IT ON!                                                    
                                                                            
To place things into perspective, I was fortunate enough to have been in the Ohio State Marching Band for five years (1992-1996).  During the Cooper era, Ohio State enjoyed great success in recruiting and on the football field.  In 11 years as the head football coach, John Cooper tallied a 99-34-3 record.  During that time he was 2-8-1 versus those weasels up north.  Three times in a four year span, the Buckeyes went undefeated into the M*CH*G*N game and each time came away with a loss.  In 1993, OSU was ranked third in the country and was blanked 28-0 by that team up north.  

In 1995, lead by Heisman winning RB Eddie “King” George, OSU was humiliated by Tim Biakaba-eff-yoo as the Buckeye faithful watched him scorch the OSU defense for 317 yards.  The 1996 season saw the Bucks beat the Hoosiers to clinch their first Rose Bowl bid since 1985 only to be handed their only loss of the season the following week by the corn and blueberry.  I witnessed each of these losses first hand.     
                                                                            
I can’t begin to describe my dislike for that team up north.  The majority of their fans never attended college let alone M*CH*G*N, during the Cooper era they stole most of Ohio’s best athletes, and they have a former Buckeye CAPTAIN as their coach.  I don’t like their ugly helmets, I don’t like their cesspool of a stadium, and I DON’T LIKE THEIR BAND!       
                                                                            
As a band member, it is hard to express how it feels after you lose to that team up north.  I’m sure it is not unlike how the team feels.  I have bled in that cesspool and I have cried in that cesspool but I have never hung my head in shame.  I have too much pride and too much passion to let them get to me.  I want to let them know that I’m a Buckeye and I’m coming to their house to strap on the pads and knock them down and keep knocking them down until they refuse to get up. 
                                                                            
We bleed Scarlet and Gray for a reason and that is because we are a part of the greatest university in the country and we damn well better let everyone in the world, and especially Ann Harbor, know that BY GOD I’M A BUCKEYE!  GET IT ON!                                                       
                                                                            
Go Bucks!                                                                  
                                                                            
Pete Quint                                                                 
OSUMB 1992-1996                                                            
S-Row Squad Leader                                                         
KKPsi editor                                                               
                                                                            
Son of Paul Quint                                                          
OSUMB 1967-1971                                                            
                                                                            
Brother of Laura O’Toole                                                   
OSUMB 1994-1999                                                            
                  

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 12:30 PM

T-minus 24.5 hours and counting.

pjs buck

Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 11:10 AM

This is just an awesome, drop-dead great project.  Here is one photo of many of Ohio Stadium built ENTIRELY with Lego's.  Here is a link to a page with more photo's and the great story behind it. Link

 
 Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 9:06 AM

T-minus 28 hours and counting.

We may have help from an unlikely, yet potent source - mother nature.  A wet, slippery, soggy field should help the Bucks.  It's possible boggy conditions could frustrate their young freshmen.
 

pjs buck

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 9:05 PM

 
Odds 'n ends

  • If Jim Tressel can win this Saturday, he will join Woody and Earl as the only OSU coaches to go 3-1 against Michigan.
  • Michigan's defense is ranked 21st nationally, while our offense is ranked 108th (out of 118) - UGLY!
  • Michigan's offense is ranked 29th nationally, while the OSU defense is ranked 33rd - a little better
  • In the last 50 years, THE GAME's record is 24-24-2
  • This year, Michigan is averaging 25 points per game on the road vs a whopping 41 points at home
  • This is the 101st game in this rivalry
  • Many of their fans are actually predicting a very close game, most feel there will NOT be a blow-out (hmmm)

More later and tomorrow.

pjs buck

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 7:00 PM

We are going to have a LOT MORE later tonight and tomorrow, so stay tuned!

In the mean time, we have had many questions about what TBGUN means.  The answer is:

The Bad Guys UNorth

pjs buck

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004 8:50 PM

**********RECRUITING FLASH!!!**********

Super-recruit Justin King recently committed to Penn State.  So what, you ask?  TBGUN wanted this guy in THE WORST WAY and privately thought they had him all wrapped up.  Could this be a preview of other negative events for the Bad Guys?

pjs buck

Tuesday Nov 16, 10:00 p.m.

Local Rockers and Buckeye Diehards host Annual HATE MICHIGAN RALLY Friday Night

This central Ohio band named their first major release after the one and only Woody Hayes and have had their hit single "Can't be Myself" played in Ohio Stadium during several home games.  You won't find any rockers that are bigger Ohio State football fans then the guys in Watershed Watershed will host their annual "Hate Michigan Rally" show Friday night with special appearance from The Dead Schembechlers.  Buckeye fans won't want to miss out on Friday's show.   

blb

Monday TBGUN WEEK, Nov. 15, 2004 4:49 PM
 

We will be having much more tomorrow.  But today, we have some really good daily news links to start the week.  And just to get the juices further flowing, we have links directly from Ann Arbor. 

In looking at the TBGUN (U of M) program, you probably know they have only one loss this year, that was to Notre Dame (28-20) in an otherwise close game in South Bend.  TBGUN does not, as one would suspect, have a lot of weaknesses.  We think we have found a few and will post these later on this week.

One thing we do know for sure; in order for Ohio State to win this weekend, the crowd is going to have to be a factor the ENTIRE GAME.  TBGUN has a lot of very talented but young players that have shown a tendency (as one might expect) to be rattled occasionally.

Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:25 PM

Here are some brief tidbits from the Purdue game, then on to bigger and better things (hopefully).


Joe Casey's award winning Play-by-Play Diagrams are now available for the Purdue game.  By the way, Joe is a Michigan State Spartan fan.  Let's all congratulate him on a great job against the Badgers!

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pdf (Adobe) format - download free in upper right hand corner:

NOW, ON TO: THE GAME

pjs buck


Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004 4:45 PM

I just got home from Indiana.  I can't believe what I saw yesterday.  We'll have a lot more later tonight.  

pjs buck


Friday, Nov. 12, 2004 

We told you we would not comment further on the Maurice Clarett "thing" unit the facts were in.  


Finally, the offensive preview will not be available due to technical problems last night.  However, we think our defensive secondary will be tested severely.  

I am headed to Indiana and am late - GO BUCKS!

pjs buck

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 6:09 PM

We will have a preview of Purdue's offense later.  In the mean time, so many questions, so little time:

    * Just HOW much will Kyle Orton play and how effective can he be with two hip injuries?

    * How much will Justin Zwick play?

    * Can we contain their great wide-out Stubblefield?

    * Will Ginn, do it a'Ginn?

    * How will our young offensive line play against their aggressive and sophisticated blitzes?

    * Will we show any quick passing on our own offense?

    * Can our offense keep THEIR offense on the bench?

    * Will we be distracted due to MC again?

    * How much will Pittman play?


The questions go on and on.  Unfortunately, we won't know until about 6:30 PM this Saturday, but it does create a lot of interesting questions.  More later tonight.

pjs buck






Wed. Nov. 10, 2004 10 :00 PM

A Master of Disguises: Thoughts on the Purdue Defense

It seems Jim Tressel is at LEAST as concerned (if not more so) about the Purdue defense as he is about their offense.  He feels their defense masks their real intentions very effectively.  They also mix up their defensive calls.  A quick review of their scores clearly reinforces the effectiveness of Purdue's defense;

  • Iowa 23 Purdue 21
  • Northwestern 10 Purdue 7
  • TBGUN 16 Purdue 14
  • Wisconsin 21 Purdue 17
  • Penn State 13 Purdue 20
  • Illinois 30 Purdue 38

Purdue likes to be aggressive with their blitzing.  Illinois and Iowa took advantage of the over-pursuit.  Quick passes, flanker screens, the TE and out-patterns can hurt this as well.  Their front seven defensively are good and experienced. These guys will NOT be fooled easily.  We will have to out-smart them when we are on offense.

When Jim Tressel describes their defense he sounds like he is describing ours from the last two years.  He uses words and phrases like; "attack," "zone-blitzing," "disguised coverage's," "dropping DL back into pass protection," etc.  For this reason, I think Jim Bollman, and how he prepares our young offensive lineman to handle this onslaught, may be the single biggest factor determining the outcome for Ohio State.

This game could easily mirror the game there two years ago, with the now famous, "Holy Buckeye" comment from Brent Musberger on Michael Jenkin's TD catch.   

Finally, we are their next to last game.  Their finale is against in-state rival Indiana.  So they probably see us as their last great test.  This Saturday is also senior day and a game that will make them bowl eligible if they win.

Tomorrow, a look at their offense.  In the mean time, remember:  TBGUN countdown!

pjs buck

Wed. Nov. 10, 2004 8:05 PM

We will have another preview and some insight into Purdue later this evening.  We will also be posting some interesting links, including some behind enemy lines.

We would appreciate any feedback you might have on whether you like the links directly on the front page, or if you don't mind going to a second page as we have done in the past.

pjs buck




Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004 1:37 PM

We just want to be up front with everyone and say that we do not intend to comment or speculate anything in regards to the Maurice Clarett article and debacle until all of the comments, inquiry and findings become complete.  This is going to be a train wreck and we only want to deal with the truth.  

Meanwhile, we have this little problem coming up on Saturday called Purdue.  We will focus more on The Boilermakers tonight.

pjs buck


Monday, Nov. 8, 2004 9:16 PM

 

A source close to the program has indicated to us that Donte Whitner's injury could be serious, even requiring surgery.  This again, is uncomfirmed, but from a good source. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.

pjs buck
 


Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004 1:37 PM

We just want to be up front with everyone and say that we do not intend to comment or speculate anything in regards to the Maurice Clarett article and debacle until all of the comments, inquiry and findings become complete.  This is going to be a train wreck and we only want to deal with the truth.  

Meanwhile, we have this little problem coming up on Saturday called Purdue.  We will focus more on The Boilermakers tonight.

pjs buck


Monday, Nov. 8, 2004 9:16 PM

 

A source close to the program has indicated to us that Donte Whitner's injury could be serious, even requiring surgery.  This again, is uncomfirmed, but from a good source. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.

pjs buck

 
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004 9:45 PM

For just a taste of what we will analyze this week regarding Purdue, yesterday against Iowa:

  • Purdue had five turnovers throughout the game
  • Two blocked field goals
  • Brandon Kirsch, who will most likely play against Ohio State this weekend, threw three touchdown passes for Purdue. He fell apart at the seams in the fourth quarter with one fumble and throwing two interceptions, which completely ended Purdue's attempt to rally from a 17-point deficit.
  • Kirsch was 25-of-42 for 280 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to Taylor Stubblefield in the final minutes. Stubblefield finished with 15 catches for 153 yards.
  • Purdue feels their special teams really let them down
  • There is in-house fighting and disagreement with the media, but many feel/blame the Purdue offense for this late season collapse, essentially leaving their defense hanging out to dry.
  • Both teams had no rushing TD's 
  • For Purdue, if you take away Stubblefield and Ingraham (both WR's) they would have almost no offensive firepower whatsoever.
  • Brandon Kirsch HATES pressure

Well, it will be fairly interesting to see how this week develops.  Joe Tiller is a pretty stand-up guy but we'll get no useful information from him this week.

pjs buck
 


Friday, Nov. 5, 11:20 PM

Final Friday Night Thoughts

Here are some random, late night final thoughts regarding the MSU game tomorrow:

  • The Ohio State defense needs to be particularly aware of a play MSU ran that killed the TBGUN defense; the delayed TB draw.  As mentioned before, TBGUN were over-pursuing until late in the game.  This is an excellent play choice when a defense does this.  Hopefully Mark Snyder saw this on film and prepared our warriors accordingly.
  • For whatever reason, MSU's replacement QB who will play against us tomorrow did not throw much deep.  I don't know if he can't or it just wasn't called.  Our DB's need to challenge their WR's on the first play.
  • The MSU defense got burned repeatedly on deep passes.  The DB's, while talented, are short, going about 5'10" and 5'9".  This should be exploited; this is how TBGUN won the game.
  • Finally, if it comes down to kicking, MSU is one team where we DO NOT have a massive advantage over because their kickers are good.  Their senior kicker, Dave Rayner, should be NFL material, just like Nooge.
  • MSU's special teams have hurt them on and off all year.  Last week, it was the dagger to the heart.
  • Both teams have an enormous amount on the line.  For MSU, a loss virtually wipes them out.  For Ohio State, a loss sets up a seriously tough final two games and puts a bowl game in harms way.

It is just my opinion, but playing on offense not to lose is probably the best way to lose for Ohio State.  I don't want to be careless, but MSU can score.  Our defense, while showing nice signs of coming alive, is anything but a shut-down defense yet.

Finally, I think the few keys for us will be:

  • We MUST play aggressive defense and mix it up.  Their back-up QB really didn't seem to handle pressure well. 
  • We hopefully prepared in a smart way.  John L. Smith is a good coach, disguises his offense well, and makes adjustments during the game.
  • We MUST have some grind-it-out drives on offense to set up some intermediate/long passing.  I think going to our TE's early could help this as well as the run game.  Roy Hall's height could come in very handy tomorrow.
  • Team poise is a must.  I think Troy Smith brings this to the table.  We also DO NOT NEED to experiment with offensive line personnel package changes constantly unless someone is hurt.  The package of Rehring, Sims, Datish, Mangold, Barton (in that order) seems the most productive combination yet.
Sit back, yell and enjoy the game.  I think we will win if we can get some of the above done.  Oh yeah, one last thing; lose the predictability in play selection and calling!

pjs buck

Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 8:17 PM

The Fifty Yard Line has just learned that freshman tailback Antonio Pittman did not travel with the team to East Lansing earlier today.  It is apparently due to an injury, the nature of which is not known at this time.  We'll keep you posted as we find out more.

pjs buck




Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 8:00 PM

Here is your Big Ten Football TV schedule for Sat.
Nov. 6, 2004:


Ohio State at Michigan State 12:00 p.m. EST ESPN 

Northwestern at Penn State   12:00 p.m. EST ESPN Plus

Purdue at Iowa        2:30 p.m. CST  ESPN 

Minnesota at Wisconsin   2:30 p.m. CST ABC Sports 

Indiana plays @ Illinois, but that game apparently will not be televised and TBGUN is in time-out for the weekend (oops, I meant they have a bye week).

Some final thoughts later tonight.

pjs buck

Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 5:00 PM

Some excellent daily links are now available.  I am not playing favorites, but right now there are terrific stories at just one site - The Buckeye Buzz. Check them out, as this is the link to their primary site and you can choose which to read. 

One of the stories includes a good article about how Mark Snyder is starting to let the dogs out.  Now, you no longer have to ask, "Who let the Dogs Out? - woof, woof woof."  

pjs buck
 

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004 9:50 PM

The following table tells an interesting tale about offense and this week's game against the Spartans.  See why we think Snyder's defense is key?  You can also conclude that unless we keep a lid on their offense, we'll have to open up our offense more than Tressel likes.  Wouldn't that be novel? 

*TOTAL OFFENSE #G  Rush Pass Plays Yards Avg/P TD Yds/G
 -------------------------------------------------------------
 Minnesota...........    9  2396 1772   633  4168   6.6  40     463.1
 Michigan State...... 8  1858 1768   600  3626   6.0  25     453.2
 Purdue..............       8  1093 2414   590  3507   5.9  31     438.4
 Northwestern........  8  1318 1925   607  3243   5.3  24     405.4
 Michigan............      9  1416 2050   687  3466   5.0  28     385.1
 Illinois............          9  1359 1731   616  3090   5.0  21     343.3
 Wisconsin...........    8  1385 1215   560  2600   4.6  18     325.0
 Penn State..........    8  1009 1519   522  2528   4.8  16      316.0
 Iowa................         8   699 1797   543  2496   4.6    20      312.0
 Indiana.............       8  1064 1423   553  2487   4.5   20      310.9
 Ohio State..........     8  1011 1345   497  2356   4.7   14     294.5

* Statistics taken from the Big Ten website

pjs buck

Line-Up Changes For Spartan Game
November 2, 2004

The man in the upper left hand corner, Defensive Coordinator Mark Snyder, could very likely hold the key to victory or non-victory for us this Sat. against MSU.  Additionally, Maurice Hall is officially listed as the starting TB for this Saturday, while R.J. Coleman has been moved back to TE due to the injury to Rory Nicol.

 -- PJSBuck

Things Heating Up For MSU Game
November 1, 2004 

I thought things would not heat up this week until Wednesday or so.  WOW, am I wrong.  Boards, radio shows and website about this week's game against Michigan State are already going nuts.

BOTH teams are saying this is a critical must-win game.  There is so much drama going on relative to this game: Can Troy Smith show the same poise away from home?  Will MSU be flat and out of gas after their loss in 3OT's?  Will our defense be up to the test of their offense?  The loser may be out of bowl contention.  Will their TB Cobb run wild against us like he did against TBGUN?  MSU hasn't beaten anybody of REAL significance this year (except Minn., which is "iffy" now)!    

I had originally intended to post an analysis of MSU tonight, but may need to do more research!  Stay tuned - this soap opera of a year is nowhere near over.

 -- PJSBuck














































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