2015 Captains Announced
August 28, 2015
We may have one more indication that JT Barrett will be the starter against Virginia Tech.
As is with today's news cycles, via Twitter Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has announced there will be six Buckeye captains for the 2015 season. They are are quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett, offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Jacoby Boren, linebacker Joshua Perry and defensive back Tyvis Powell.
Miller, Decker, Boren, and Perry are seniors. Powell is a junior while Barrett is a redshirt sophomore. Will have to ask Joe-S-U if we have ever had a sophomore captain before.
Ohio State Voted one 1 In AP Preseason Poll
August 23, 2015
The final preseason poll was released today and this was from the AP writers. The 61 participants in the voting all selected Ohio State as the #1 team to begin the season. Also in the top five was TCU at #2, Alabam a at #3, Baylor at #4 and the Michigan State Spartans secured the #5 spot.
The unanimous selection was significant because in the 66 years of the AP poll, this is the first time any time ever got all first place votes. It also marks the 96th time the Buckeyes have been ranked in the top spot. Only two schools, Oklahoma (101) and Notre Dame (98) have been the AP’s No. 1 team more weeks than Ohio State.
This is also the 839th time OSU has been ranked in the poll, which is tops in the nation. The second closest team is Michigan with 795.
Less significant is that this marks the first time since 2005 that at least one team from the SEC didn't receive a first place vote.
August 17, 2015
Once again, we have our podcast ready for you. This time we discuss the continue of rising prices for tickets, will this effect your interest in watching the games in person. We also talk about the latest happenings in fall camp and provide our predictions on who will win each of the the power 5 conferences. Click HERE for our latest Podcast and be sure to share with others.
August 12, 2015
Be sure to check out our latest Buckeye50 Podcast., and thanks for your response to last week. his time around Josh, Trout and Gregg talk about the start of Fall camp, the top teams in the Big Ten, the national coverage OSU is getting at this time, and even our predictions on the playoff teams for 2015. Never too early to think about that. Click HERE for our Podcast, I know you will you enjoy.
Marketing Changes For Ohio State Football Merchandise
August 10, 2015
The Ohio State University has decided to make changes to how the distribute merchandise, particularly the sale of jerseys. Moving forward OSU will only sale two jersey numbers; the number 1, and the two digit year. So this year, #1 and #15 uniforms will be sold. Considering how many jerseys are being worn at games, it is unlikely the school will suffer from the self-imposed limitation. And it should help reduce NCAA violations, this way the numbers sold will be less likely to be associated with star players.
In other news, Braxton Miller, two-time Big Ten Offensive player of the year changes his number to #1. Go Bucks, will that be cash or charge.
OSU Tops in Coaches Poll
August 3 2015
As expected Ohio State is coming in on top of most preseason polls, the Amway Coaches poll is no different. But who is voting in the poll this year. Seven of OSU's 12 opponents this year are included.
The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 64 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. The board for the 2015 season: Dino Babers, Bowling Green; David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; Terry Bowden, Akron; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Norm Chow, Hawaii; Paul Chryst, Wisconsin; Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Bob Diaco, Connecticut; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Kyle Flood, Rutgers; Dennis Franchione, Texas State; James Franklin, Penn State; Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern; Al Golden, Miami; Todd Graham, Arizona State; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Jim Harbaugh, Michigan; Mark Helfrich, Oregon; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Joey Jones, South Alabama; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Brad Lambert, Charlotte; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Doug Martin, New Mexico State; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Les Miles, LSU; Phillip Montgomery, Tulsa; Jim Mora, UCLA; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; George O'Leary, Central Florida; Gary Patterson, TCU; Chris Petersen, Washington; Paul Petrino, Idaho; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Paul Rhoads, Iowa State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Nebraska; Nick Saban, Alabama; Frank Solich, Ohio; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Matt Wells, Utah State; Kyle Whittingham, Utah
Pre-Season Preview : OSU Opponents At A Glance
July 31, 2015
By 'Pia' Pete Quint
Coming off one of the most improbable seasons in NCAA football history, The Ohio State Buckeyes return to the gridiron in an attempt to be the third team in the last twenty years to defend their national championship (Nebraska ‘94-’95 and Alabama ’12-’13). However the Buckeyes road to the College Football Playoffs is a bumpy one ending with an emotional trip to That State up North and to meet the new evil head coach. One can see the Bucks running the table with the depth and experience returning on both sides of the ball but with teams like Michigan State and a resurging Penn State on the schedule the journey to the CFP is far from an easy one.
This game just got a whole lot more interesting. Not only is the game is in Blacksburg on a Monday night with juiced up ravenous Hokie fans but four Buckeye starters have now been suspended for the game. The relentless blitzing of VT was OSU’s downfall last year and may be enough to topple the champs. This will be one of the toughest openers in Ohio State football history and the pressure will be overwhelming in an unfamiliar environment.
Despite starting a big quarterback transfer from USC, the Warriors are vastly over matched. This will be a great opportunity for some underclassmen to get important game action.
The Huskies are a legit contender for the MAC title and will be a nice early test for the Buckeyes. NIU starts a quarterback that rarely makes mistakes and a surprisingly good ground game. OSU will win but it may not be easy.
With 16 returning starters, the Broncos are ready to contend for another MAC title. WMU is excellent at both passing and running the ball mostly due to an enormous offensive line. However the Buckeyes have depth and will keep sending the “Juice” to eventually wear the big hog mollies down.
Nate Sudfield is back at quarterback for Indiana and will need to not only stay healthy but also more productive with the loss of stud running back Tevin Colemen. With only one legitimate offensive threat this game could quickly get out of the Hoosiers hands.
Maryland could be undefeated and ranked coming in to Ohio Stadium but reality will set in shortly after kickoff in the ‘Shoe.
Christian Hackenberg will be a first round NFL quarterback and will show you why on field this fall. With a solid offensive line and several weapons at wide receiver the Nittany Lions will be a force to reckon. Fortunately the Bucks have PSU at home and the Lions don’t have much success in Ohio Stadium.
Knowing the Scarlet Knights have a loaded backfield helps the Rutgers fans swallow the glaring questions at quarterback. Rutgers is a year or two away from being a player in the Big Ten.
The Golden Gophers have a rough road to the early November showdown with Ohio State. If the ball bounces Minnesota’s way they could be in contention for the Big Ten West which will make the Gophers even more dangerous.
Questions at quarterback and a weak running game will sink the Fighting Ilini. Bucks will win this one big.
Connor Cook leads the Spartans into Columbus for what will likely be the battle for the Big Ten East title and a spot in the Big Ten championship game. The epic confrontation will go down in the ‘Shoe and the victors are almost assured a spot in the College Football Playoff.
First year head coach Jim Harbaugh is hoping to repeat what legendary Wolverine coach Bo Schembechler accomplished in 1969; defeat the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes in his first year as head coach. The similarities between the games and situations are striking and the build-up for this game could be one for the ages. Unfortunately for MeatChicken the talent cupboard is bare and the Buckeye Super Sophomores are now Super Juniors with their eyes on a repeat appearance in the College Football Playoffs.
Big Ten Championship vs. Wisconsin
After opening the season at home with Alabama, Wisconsin has a clear shot at running the table missing Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan in the regular season. The game may see a one loss Ohio State and facing a one loss Wisconsin with the victor headed to the CFP.
2015 in the books.
It’s tough to look at the schedule and not predict another B10 Championship game appearance. We can’t rule out the Spartans or even Penn State but with the amount of skill the Buckeyes will put on the field you have to believe that OSU will be the odds on favorite every week. One thing is very clear; we will be witness to one of the most talented explosive teams Ohio State has ever assembled. If the Buckeyes can collect themselves after the early season loss they should still have enough momentum to find their way into the CFP.
Pre-Season Publication : Sporting News - Ohio State #1
May 28, 2015
By Gregg Watson
For college football fans, it is like Christmas in the Spring Time. The first of the pre-season magazines are hitting the book stores. I just picked up my copies of Sporting News and Athlon, still waiting for Steele. I took a quick glance at SN during my lunch break and thought I would just give a few of the highlights from this year's publication. No surprise that Ezekiel Elliott is on the cover for the Midwest Region. What was unexpected was Connor Cook is on the cover of the 'Ohio Region' version.
As expected, any prognostication worth anything is going to have Ohio State #1, and Sporting News was no different. There top ten include 2) TCU 3) Auburn 4) Oregon 5) Alabama 6) USC 7) Baylor 8) Michigan State 9) Florida State 10) Notre Dame. There were no other Big Ten teams in the top 25.
Heisman Watch - These lists should be fun to watch early in the season. Sporting News has Cardale Jones at #2, JT Barrett at #3 and Zeke at #5. I wonder if they think Ohio State will use two quarterback system or are they just hedging their bet?
All American Boys - Once again Zeke's name appears, on the 1st team list. Joining him is Joey Bosa leading the defensive list. The only other Buckeye named is Cardale as the 2nd Team Quarterback.
As with all these magazines they want to make a name for themselves. This year Sporting News is including their list of Top Ten football programs. This is based on facilities, coaching staff, recruiting base, and fan support. You will be pleased to know that Ohio State was #1 on the list. Yet for some strange reason we did not even appear on the top ten list of tailgate experiences. Go on any road trip and you will find as many or more Buckeye fans tailgating than you will find home fans. I think they need to rethink the list.
B1G Championship Repeat - They do pick Ohio State and Wisconsin to return to Indianapolis for the Championship. Do the Badgers actually score this year?
Playoff Championship Repeat - If things go their way Sporting News has Ohio State playing Oregon again, this time in a semifinal game. TCU will get to play a home game in the Cotton Bowl against Auburn, with the Buckeyes squaring off with the Horn Frogs in the championship game. What chance would we have against that incredible coach of the year?
Yea Or Nay On This Alternate Jersey
August 2, 2015
For several years now OSU has included an alternate Jersey to wear during a big game. This year they may be going farther away from the traditional look than ever.
11W is reporting today that Ohio State will use a different jersey for the night game against Penn State which will follow the pattern of seven other schools. Below is the potential look for these uniforms, what do you think? (OSU's is #15)
Miller Will Move To Wide Receiver
July 23, 2015
Buckeye fans have wanted to know all off-season how we can get best use from our three gifted quarterbacks. Today we may have part of that picture.
It is now well published that Braxton Miller has told Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel he will start the 2015 season as an H-back, Urban Meyer's hybrid receiver position. Miller still could play quarterback, but estimated to Thamel that he will play receiver roughly 80 percent of the time during fall camp. This is partly because he has not completely healed from the shoulder injury that kept him out for the entire 2014 season.
The idea of switching to wide receiver first came to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in April, when he discussed it with strength coach Mickey Marotti. In May, he brought up the possibility to coach Urban Meyer and the two began watching film of star wide receivers together. Later that month, Miller began sneaking on the practice field at night to catch balls from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Miller kept the potential switch from quarterback to receiver secret, a fallback plan in case he couldn’t return fully healthy to playing quarterback after two shoulder surgeries, the latter which caused him to miss all of last season.
Miller’s fallback plan has become a reality, as he told SI.com on Thursday night that he plans to start the 2015 season playing H-Back for the Buckeyes. Miller hasn’t completely closed the door on playing quarterback but with more than two months until he’ll be completely healthy at quarterback, he’s approaching this season as primarily a wide receiver.
Even at full strength, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Miller’s threat to run was always his biggest asset on the field as a quarterback, as evidenced by back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2012 and 2013. Now he’ll get the ball in open space and even return punts, although I question why OSU would risk him on punt returns. Maybe kick-offs, but leave punt returns to Jalin Marshall.
Miller said he has been eyeing the position switch for the past three months, but had the coaching staff and his teammates stay tight-lipped about it in case his shoulder saw significant improvement. Miller said he has been watching “four hours” of film per day and catching passes from quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones throughout the summer. Now he is ready to show what he can do.
Happy Birthday Urban Meyer
July 10, 2015
All of Buckeye Nation should reach out to Columbus campus and wish Urban Meyer a Happy 51st birthday. After the gifts he gave every OSU football fan in January, it is the very least we can do. There is a picture of his cake floating around the Internet already, but there are more than a few that are not pleased with it's design. In reality, how long do those cakes last anyway. We have a big gold trophy over in the Woody Hayes facility that looks just fine!
Additional Kick-off Times Announced For 2015
June 12, 2015
Updates were reported today from Dispatch.com on OSU's 2015 non-conference schedule. At this time we know that Ohio State and Virginia Tech close out the first week of football with their Monday night match-up on Labor Day. Now we also know that the Buckeyes will have until 3:30 on the following Saturday before the kick-off with Hawaii. Does not seem like a lot of turnaround time between two games but hopefully that will not effect the Buckeyes. We know they struggled in their opening home game last year, do not want a repeat of that.
Mark May Removed From 'College Football Final' By ESPN
June 1, 2015
I keep waiting to read this was a 'June Fools' joke, as it is too good to be true.
Anyone that is a college football fan knew that some form of change was needed.
What is most surprising is that so many media outlets are reporting this as 'great
news for the college landscape' Naturally Ohio State fans will enjoy the news
but it will give ESPN a chance to upgrade the show. The network will reportedly
name a new trio for the program that once featured Rece Davis and Lou Holtz
along with May. Davis will now move to College GameDay to replace Chris
Fowler and Lou has retired. Adnan Virk will host and be joined by analysts
Danny Kanell and Joey Galloway. The trio will appear on both ABC and ESPN
for halftime and postgame coverage.
Buckeye50 Poll Results : What Will The Buckeyes Miss The Most From The 2014 Season?
May 31, 2015
Once again, we put out our poll and you have responded. We asked you what element from the 2014 season will the Buckeyes miss the most in the upcoming season and we have the results. 50% of you agreed it would be trying to replace the deep threat of Devin Smith. But not far behind, 40% of the votes said OSU would miss Michael Bennett the most. In the distance but not to be forgotten was Evan Spencer and Tom Herman both getting 5%.
2012-14 : The Urban Years In Columbus - Did You Know?
May 26, 2015
I realize we are all in off-season mode but while waiting for the pre-season magazines to be published, I thought I would do a bit of fact finding of my own. Of my research, here were five that enjoyed, perhaps you will too.
- Ohio State had the second best record from 2012-14 at 38-3. The only team better is Florida State at 39-3. Obviously these are your last two national champions.
- The four teams with the best record the past three years are Florida State (39-3), Ohio State (38-3) Alabama and Oregon (36-5). Again showing the four best teams from last year are also the most consistent, another testimony for those teams being chosen over Baylor (30-9), and TCU (23-15).
- Michigan had only the 10th best record from the Big Ten Conference (20-18), and was 0-3 against the Buckeyes. In fact San Diego State, where Brady Hoke came from, compiled a record of 24-15.
- The mighty SEC only has one team (Alabama) in the top 12 teams in terms of winning percentage.
- The ‘easy schedule’ myth: Of the 8 teams with the best winning percentage, Ohio State has played 5 of those schools in these past 3 years (Oregon, Alabama, Michigan State, Clemson, Central Florida). In contrast, the Crimson Tide has played one, which was the Buckeyes in a game they lost. Oregon has only played 3 in the top 12 and was 2-3 in those games.
Longtime Ohio State Spokesman Steve Snapp Passes Away
May 21, 2015
Steve Snapp, longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69. The university confirmed his death today. He had been ill a long time, battling cancer and suffering a stroke several years ago. Snapp, who was a Marine during the Vietnam War, served Ohio State from July 1973 through July 2011.
Snapp joined the athletic department in 1973 as an assistant sports information director after graduating from OSU. He was promoted to associate sports information director in 1978. Nine years later, he became only the fourth sports information director in Ohio State school history. He held that position until 1998 before assuming other jobs in the department until 2011.
Snapp's book, "Diary of an Unforgettable Season," chronicled the Buckeyes' 2006 season, which ended with a National Championship loss to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators.
Snapp worked more than 30 bowl games and went to two men’s Final Fours with the Buckeyes. He won several national awards for his media guides and writing. He was also a primary contact for Ohio State when the Big Ten Network was established.
Snapp, a native of Sidney, Ohio, served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and ’67 and was awarded two Purple Hearts.
“Steve was an innovator and an icon in the sports information field, and a great friend who did so much for The Ohio State University sports program,” two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin said. “He’ll be missed.”
Snapp is survived by his wife, Elaine, six children and four grandchildren.