Preview: #10 Miami at #2 Ohio State

By Jason Priestas on September 10, 2010 at 12:00p
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The last two years brought USC and all of the hype of playing Pete Carroll and the preeminent team of the last decade as the marquee out of conference foe on the Buckeyes' schedule. Tomorrow, the Miami Hurricanes step into that role and bring with them more storylines than perhaps any game in recent memory.

The teams have met a total of three times in the past, with Ohio State taking two. More significantly, the last two meetings have served as bellwethers for the direction of each program. Coming off an 11-1 season, John Cooper's Buckeyes were basically trucked by Miami in the 1999 Kickoff Classic at The Meadowlands. James Jackson ripped off a 45-yard touchdown on Miami's second play, emphatically declaring the Canes, under Butch Davis were back. Meanwhile, the Bucks would finish 6-6 that year and Cooper was out of a job the following season.

I don't have to rehash the events of January 3rd, 2003, but that game, too, seemed to signal turning points in both programs. After snapping Miami's 34-game winning streak, Ohio State would capture its first national championship in 34 seasons with the team taking up what seems to be permanent residency in a BCS bowl ever since. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, would sputter a bit in 2003, handing Larry Coker his first regular season loss by way of a 31-7 drubbing at the hands of Virginia Tech, only to follow it up with a 10-6 loss to Tennessee at home the following week, leading to the Little Soldier's tirade. They went on to suffer three defeats in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons, before the disastrous six-loss campaign of 2006, ultimately costing Coker his job.

The Canes and the Miami media have played up the revenge angle all week. Veterans have been imploring current players to remember the Fiestamo and exact some sort of revenge against the Buckeyes despite the fact that a) it was the correct call and b) most of the current starters were 12 at the time. They're also doing their best to belittle the Buckeyes and the people of Ohio, like skewing population figures, calling the Shoe quiet, talking up the Canes getting off the plane in Columbus wearing LeBron Heat jerseys, thinking of Columbus as a small college town while pointing out the competitive advantages of seeing a Wayan on South Beach, and lastly, just downright guaranteeing a victory.

If all of that isn't enough, consider the matchup of two of the nation's best recruiting classes from 2008 squaring off against each other in what should be the prime of their careers. Both depth charts are littered with key contributors from that class, and a few of them know each other from their days playing in the all-star circuit that season. It's almost a shame these two have to play so early in the season. When it's all said and done, they might be two of the better teams in the nation in 2010.

Opponent

Randy Shannon, a starting linebacker on the 1987 National Championship team along with Michael Irvin and Bennie Blades, is in his fourth year of yet another rebuilding project in Coral Gables. So far, the results have been positive, with Shannon improving on his win total by two in each season, going from 5-7 in 2007 to 9-4 and a Champs Sports Bowl berth against Wisconsin last year. His work off the field has been just as impressive, with APR numbers for the football team rivaling Harvard's and a sharp decline in off the field run-ins with law enforcement. A defensive guy at heart -- he was Miami's defensive coordinator in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl against the Buckeyes -- Shannon has done a great job of building a talented staff, starting with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.

Most recently with the Philadelphia Eagles and before that, the quarterback coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Whipple is Ivy-educated and has experience in the college ranks as well, collecting a I-AA national championship in 1998 with UMass -- one year after Tressel won his fourth and final crown with Youngstown State. His Miami offense, behind junior quarterback Jacory Harris (#12), got off to a pretty quick start to 2010, putting up 35 first half points on the way to a 45-0 opening night thrashing of FAMU. It was the first time Miami had scored 35 in the first half since 2002 and the strikes came with a quickness. Scoring touchdowns on their first four offensive possessions, including three series that clocked in at under two minutes.

Boosters so horny.

Presenting Ohio State with a traditional offense that likely mirrors what Jim Tressel would like to put out in terms of run/pass split, Harris is the engine that keeps things purring for Miami. He started 2009 with a bang, averaging 328 yards in his first two games before taking one on the chin against Virginia Tech in week three. He battled injuries, including one to his thumb and his numbers took a hit, leading to a particularly poor outing in the loss to North Carolina. The thumb likely played a role in his performance in the bowl loss to Wisconsin, but he's 100% healthy for tomorrow's game, and as such, we must respect his deep ball. He's not much of a threat with his legs in the pocket, but if he comes out and turns 10 of his first 12 completions into first downs like he did against FAMU, it's going to be a long afternoon.

The tailbacks Miami will use to setup Harris' throws will not include Graig Cooper, a senior that led the team in rushing with 695 yards (5.18/per) last season, as he's doubtful for tomorrow after suffering an ankle injury in the opener. Instead, senior Damien Berry (#20) and freshman burner Lamar Miller (#6) will shoulder most of the load. Berry, the team's second-leading rusher last season with 616 on 93 carries, and chief trash-talker this season with his "if" clarification, is all of a sudden a receiving threat, having hauled in his first career touchdown reception last week on a 32-yard second quarter touchdown from Harris. Miller is getting enters with a good amount of hype after rushing 11 times for 65 yards and a touchdown on the way to being named ACC's Rookie of the Week for his performance against FAMU.

Wide receiver is where the talent really begins to shine through for Miami. Captain Leonard Hankerson is a beast, returning after an 801 yard junior season. He didn't play around in the opener, scoring Miami's first two touchdowns and accounting for 115 receiving yards just nine minutes into the second quarter. He'll be paired with junior Travis Benjamin (#3), a smaller, quicker receiver in the Santana Moss mold (though thankfully not as quick). When the Canes bring in four wide receivers, you can expect to see Laron Byrd (#47), rocking Irvin's old number, and Aldarius Johnson (#4). What really concerns me about this bunch is their size. Hankerson, Byrd and Johnson all stand at least 6-3 or taller. Thankfully, Kellen Winslow, won't be around the terrorize the Buckeyes like he did in '03, and it appears as if he took the significance of that position with him when he left as Miami's tight ends serve to block first and second, catch passes third.

Miami's offensive line is decent, but is rebuilt from a unit that was prone to surrendering sacks last (35 in all). Gone is all-ACC left tackle Jason Fox and sliding over from guard to take his place is Orlando Franklin (#74). Franklin is a highly coveted NFL prospect and figures to be a first round selection next April, but is still adjusting to the outside. Regardless, he's huge (6-7/312), so don't count on anything coming easy on his edge. Joining him on the line are Harland Gunn (#66) at LG, Tyler Horn (#63) at C making his second career start, sophomore and first year starterBrian Washington (#72) at RG, and senior and converted guard Joel Figueroa (#61) at right tackle. Bad news for all of you recruitniks: Don't expect to see freshman Seantrel Henderson unless the score gets ugly.

The Buckeyes will go up against several great defensive fronts this season, but Miami might have the most talented group across the board. They exploded for eight sacks (three in the first quarter) in the opener last Thursday, 3.5 of them coming form sophomore first year starter Olivier Vernon (#35). Allen Bailey (#57), freak of nature, anchors the other side of the defensive line, back from earning All-ACC First Team honors in '09. Plugging the middle will be sophomore Marcus Forston (#99), back off a redshirt season after earning freshman all-American honors in 2008, and junior Micanor Regis (#54). They each tip the scales at over 300 pounds and will be a handful for the interior of the Ohio State offensive line.

Southern Gun Show

Miami's starting linebackers are made up of junior Sean Spence (#31) and seniors Colin McCarthy (#44) (a captain) and Kylan Robinson (#36). It's Robinson's first season as a starter, but Spence and McCarthy have plenty of game come in with plenty of game experience.

After feasting on the depleted Marshall secondary last weekend, the Ohio State passing game will have to step up against a couple of veteran Miami cornerbacks. Senior DeMarcus Van Dyke (#8) has 11 career starts under his belt, while junior Brandon Harris (#1) returns as an All-ACC First Team selection looking to capture the Thorpe Award. Sophomore Brandon McGee (#21) earned his first career start last week against FAMU with the Canes opening with their nickel package. Look for him to appear in similar situations against the Buckeyes. The Miami safeties are a little greener than their counterparts at corner, though not by much. Strong safety Ray Ray Armstrong (#26) saw action in 10 games last year as a freshman and is a tank running around at 6-4/220. At free safety is Vaughn Telemaque (#7), one of the few Hurricanes to see significant playing time as a freshman (albeit RS) last year.

Interestingly, Miami likely enters the game with a pronounced special teams advantage. Senior kicker/punter Matt Boshner (#25) (also a captain), is All-ACC stock and has connected on 96-straight extra points and 13-straight field goals, meaning the typical turtled-up Tresselball approach may not work.

Buckeye Breakdown

As in most contests, the key for Ohio State will be their play in the trenches. The Ohio State offensive line, long suspected to be a sleeping giant, will get its first real chance to awaken this season against the formidable Hurricane front. Will Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts be up to the challenge of Allen Bailey and Olivier Vernon? We better hope so. One thing they'll realize right away is the pace of the game will be about 30% quicker and more intense than what they saw in the opener against Marshall. Likewise, can the Buckeye defensive front get penetration on Harris? Giving him time to throw could lead to disaster as he has the touch to place balls into tight coverage or continually beat zones. We expect Cam Heyward and Nathan Williams to show up, but getting good penetration up the middle from Dex Larimore and John Simon would go a long way towards thwarting what the Canes intend to do.

Miami teams under Shannon have shown a weakness handling running quarterbacks. I highly doubt we see too many designed runs for Pryor and I expect the team to come out throwing much like they did last week, but when a play breaks down, Pryor creating something out of nothing could be the difference in the game. It won't be easy because Miami has the speed and likely discipline to keep Terrelle in the pocket and contain the damage he could do on the outside. That's why it's important for Saine, Boom, Berry and Hall to get the running game on track early. If the Buckeyes can take control on the ground, they can attempt to pound away at the Miami front and wear it down, possibly opening up bigger things through the air.

Even though Posey will be going against one of the nation's top corners in Brandon Harris, he's too much of an elite talent not to make a mark in some way. Sanzenbacher will also draw attention whenever he's on the field, so it's critical one of the younger receivers steps up and becomes another option for Pryor on the edge. I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that third receiver is not Grant Schwartz as the Marshall game would indicate. Expounding on that a bit, Stoneburner must see passes early and often. Wisconsin was able to exploit this tight end matchup in their bowl victory and you have to think Ohio State will try to do the same. Whatever happens, expect to see a few more blitzes than you saw last Thursday and perhaps more man-to-man defense than the team is used to getting.

Ohio State must continue to show the signs of life they showed in the red zone last week and it's important to get out to another fast start. Doing so will allow the crowd to get into the game sooner and might even show Sun Sentinel scribes what a bouncing stadium sounds like. You have to think special teams were a big part of practice this week -- fixing whatever led to Justin Boren getting smoked on the block that was returned for six in the Marshall game.

I do like the fact that the team didn't engage in any trash-talking with the Canes in the run-up to the game, instead choosing to stick quotes out of Coral Gables up on the bulletin board. Brewster's quote about doing the talking between the white lines shows a level of maturity you like to see in a team like this. That should be enough to offset any type of home cooking the Canes will receive from the ACC crew doing the game. We kid. Mostly.

Prediction

In the end, we're not sold on the revenge angle. Revenge is only really effective when you're earning it for yourself, not guys a decade removed from your institution. Sure both young and old Canes will discuss revenge, but discussing doesn't always translate into doing. I have to also believe the prevailing wisdom in Miami that Columbus is a ghost town with a quiet stadium will work to our advantage. I expect nothing less out of the crowd than what we saw last year against USC.

The line for this one is really weird. By the time you read this, it will be hovering somewhere in the eight point range, which seems high -- I can honestly see this one going down to the wire -- but at the same time, when you sit back and try to view the talent and conditions with a bit of impartiality, you can't help but see a victoryin which we're nervous for three and a half quarters before pulling away at the end -- much like the Rose Bowl.

Tressel schools Shannon. Again.

Ohio State 28, Miami 17

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SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Hey Cowherd haters, a quote from this morning:

 

"the Hurricanes are about as intimidating as a 145lb bouncer"

 

taking the buckeyes, and the points.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

He also likes ND at home against scUM.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

poguemahone's picture

Cowherd picking the Buckeyes does not lend him credibility. He remains, and shall always remain, an idiot.

iball's picture

I really don't think Cowherd is an idiot. He tries to appeal to the mainstream as much as possible. He picked right on USC/OSU #1, USC/OSU #2, OSU/Texas, and OSU/ ORE.

Homers are the worst fans, take the Cleveland Browns for example. You keep buying what they're selling, and nothing will change.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

btalbert25's picture

Cowherd picks who Vegas likes.  He's your typical radio clown.  Talk about the favorites, talk about the Yankees, talk about things that will piss off a lot of people, get ratings.  Typically he gives very simple,  not very thought provoking arguments, again knowing he'll get people on one side or the other pissed off, so he'll get hate mail and praise both.  Idiot? Maybe not idiot, just not much content to what he has to say. 

buckeyedude's picture

So Cowherd is the "new" Lee Corso? Great.

 

 

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Wether you like him or not, the guy is right most of the time.  And his job is to get ratings, so let's stop ripping him for saying things just for ratings sake.  He has said that he caters to the NY and LA audience.  If that is what gets him paid, so be it.

He shows the Buckeyes love, especially Tressel.  But only when they deserve it.  Got to respect that.  He was one of few in the national media to give us pre-Rose Bowl props.  He was correct. 

I'm a Reds fan, and I agree with most of his observations.  Especially his opinion that if you are fat, you should stop treating ranch dressing like oxygen.  Who hasn't thought that at one time or another when you see the 350 lb. dude wearing a moo-moo scooting around Meijer in one of those 'bumarounds'? 

Just sayin.

btalbert25's picture

My problem with Cowherd is that he doesn't say anything original.  I don't care if he gives Ohio State props or not, I don't draw my  opinion of him for that.  He doesn't provide any insightful commentary, and he doesn't talk smack in a creative way.  He just has a voice that sounds like he's about 80 years old and tells the truth.  Jim Rome at least is an idiot that is kind of entertaining.  I just don't find Cowherd entertaining at all, to the point that I don't listen anymore.

buckeyedude's picture

WeW, We already have one "spitter" commentator: Lou Holtz. We don't need another on TV. Cowherd tries too hard to be the "Howard Stern of college football," minus the "nice butt" comments.

He needs to stay on XM Radio. He has a face made for it. Just my opinion.

And there is nothing wrong with ranch dressing, in moderation(Julia Child).

 

 

 

jrgdds's picture

They're also doing their best to belittle the Buckeyes and the people of Ohio, like skewing population figures, calling the Shoe quiet, talking up the Canes getting off the plane in Columbus wearing LeBron Heat jerseys, thinking of Columbus as a small college town while pointing out the competitive advantages of seeing a Wayan on South Beach, and lastly, just downright guaranteeing a victory.

 

Miami players and fans are so mouthy and clueless even Wolverine fans are tired of it. See Here

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

great link.

 

It reminds me of LLLoyd taking about little old ladies flipping him off in Columbus. We never forget and we never forgive.

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flipbuckeye's picture

Ohio State 28, Miami 17

Wait, what? A FG-less final score for OSU? D:

tomcollins's picture

You've seen our special teams, right?

dr green's picture

What do you mean FG-less? This is 8 FGs and 2 Safeties. All Defense and lack of execution in the Red Zone.

flipbuckeye's picture

Now that's more like it.

Powers's picture

im not sure it will be nearly as loud as the usc game last year because the fan knew they HAD to be loud to keep us in the game... and we were underdogs. but it will still be louder then anything these hurricane players have or ever will experience

AK's picture

30% faster?  That's pretty precise.  Would love to know how you quantified that.

DotThei's picture

Great preview. And I like the prediction, (10+), although Ohio State usually ends up with a boatload of field goals in games like this. In fact, that's the thing I'm watching for early: How do the Bucks do in the red zone? Punch it in for six or chip it in for three. If we end too many drives with three, this thing can always get tight on one big play, and like it or not, the Hurricanes have the kind of guys who can make one big play. I like us for a pick six (or big INT) as well as a great punt return--a couple of plays that will tilt the field, increase our red zone chances and get us that extra TD we need. And our run defense will be lights out. Ohio State 27, Miami 16.

DotThei

cyt_buck's picture

I hope the weather keeps up...its supposed to start pouring at game time. That rain will probably keep all the old folks from getting too loud, sure the students would still be going nuts, but that would really kill some of the mood.

Bucksfan's picture

Rain means the game turns strictly to a rushing attack.  Ohio State will crush Miami if that occurs, crowd or no crowd.  Probably 24-0.  The only way Miami is scoring TD's is if they're able to pass AND Harris has a good game.

buckeyedude's picture

Kind of like it did in '87(I think) when the #1 ranked, Hayden Fry coached, Iowa Hawkeyes came in to the Shoe and got smacked around by Earle & Co.? It poured the whole friggin game didn't it? And I think the fans were quite a factor.

I don't see Buckeye fans being afraid of a little rain, do you? Maybe the blue-hairs, but not the rest.

 

 

btalbert25's picture

The article was great, but this offseason has been weird.  Too many instances of Ohio State and Michigan fans in agreement and defending eachother.  It's kind of creepy, can we get back to the hate lol. 

flipbuckeye's picture

Yeah, it's not cute. It is kind of creepy. I had a hard time believing all those compliments were coming from a Michigan fan, and I still have a small suspicion it was made by a disguised OSU fan. 

tomcollins's picture

What happens to Hurricanes when they travel that far inland?  They turn into little more than a nuisance.  Expect the Miami Hurricanes to become the Miami Tropical Depressions by Saturday Night.

goodlifesean's picture

Get the hate back on Saturday at 7:30. However, Miami needs to be shut up so they can go away.

Always prepare for and expect victory, don't brace for defeat. If defeat happens learn and never let it happen again.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Rain or Shine...Ski will be flipping out at the Shoe. As will everyone around him. And yes, Ski LOVES referring to himself in the third-person

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Bucksfan's picture

OMFG.  We need to beat these flippin' hurriclowns, send their body hair talents back to South Beach.

jrgdds's picture

Yep. They have a problem:

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(little too big, sorry buddy) -Johnny

Small enough?)-jrgdds

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Bucksfan's picture

I tried to make it smaller, but it didn't work.

(that's what she said.)

iball's picture

Is that Miami's version of the Big Ragu?

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Last year for the Illinios game almost everyone ran and hid in the shoe when it rained.  It did rain like crazy and the game was practically over at half time.  Buckeye Ponchos at Buckeye Corner are like $6.00 or something like that and fit into a cargo pocket or purse.  My then 6 yr old daughter toughed it out in the downpour until late into the fourth and the game was well out of reach.  I will be seriously dissapointed in our fanbase if they duck and cover because of a little rain.

BTwrestle04's picture

Illinois and Miami are two very different games. I had tickets to that Illinois game, but did not feel like driving 2 and a half hours down to get soaking wet and then have to drive home sopping wet as well.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

You had tickets to a Big 10 game and didn't go because of the rain?  Did you at least sell them or give them to someone who would go?

BTwrestle04's picture

I gave them to one of my friends who doesn't get to go as much as I do. I have season tickets. I also get tickets to the bigger away games (@National Champ 06, @National Champ 07, @USC 08, @Fiesta Bowl 08, @Penn State 09, @Mich 09 @Rose Bowl, and flying out to go see them play Iowa this year). That was the first home game I have missed in 3 years.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Nice.  I've never been to Beaver stadium er Happy Valley the house the Joe built.  I've heard bad things about going there.

BTwrestle04's picture

Yeah, it wasn't pleasant. Those fans are jackasses. They didn't have much to say after the game though haha.

btalbert25's picture

I went out to the Iowa game a few years back.  The year they whooped some Buckeye ass.  It wasn't pretty but mostly the fans were nice and Kinnick was a good place to watch the game. I took quite a big of verbal abuse but it was all in good fun.  Got hijacked by a group of women who spanked me for wearing OSU gear.  Then they took pictures.  When they showed there grandma she said well I didn't get to slap that ass, I turned and said give it a good shot granny.  They invited my friends and I to their tail gate for a beer.  It was a good time.  If I were to attend another road game I'd like to go there again I believe.  Don't have to worry about battery filled marshmallows or Penn State fans with Rebel Flags.  No one wearing jorts.  Good people all in all.

btalbert25's picture

and Yes Granny did say  slap that ass when she saw the picture.  This is a true story lol.

DarthSweaterVest's picture

I was there in the rain at Illinois the whole time and it was great, no poncho!

Abuck10's picture

I will not move and will be screaming. 

buckeyedude's picture

Hello? This AIN'T ILLINOIS!!!!!!

 

 

PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

I hope it rains continuously for 3.5 hours....  hard, driving rain that makes throwing the ball more than 10 yards impossible.  Then, the OSU O-line goes to work moving Miami back.... and the Buckeyes go to work 3 yards at a time.  OSU wins 21-7!!!!

BTwrestle04's picture

LMAO completely off-topic, but I thought that this was hilarious:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSr2usFiF8A

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

He did that whole speech (for lack of a better term) with a big dip loaded in his bottom lip, didn't he?

BTwrestle04's picture

He didn't spit, but some people who chew swallow it. Either way, I wouldn't be surprised.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Love the dude's passion.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

just heard Cie Grant is honorary capt for the game...how fitting is that

jonnyreb02's picture

I hope the temperature is below 60, rainy and windy.  We'll run them right back to Florida.   I couldn't help but laugh during the Champs Sports bowl at the Miami players huddled up and cold on the sidelines in 60 degree weather in Orlando.  Ridiculous.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Lots of talk about J Harris throwing a nice deep ball and that they'll try to attack the Buckeye safeties, but that's a two-edged sword.

On the one hand, if you give Harris too much time, with their WRs, and the Buckeyes inexperience at safety (and occasional questions at corner), they could do real damage.

On the other hand, most teams don't come into the 'Shoe dropping a QB 5-7 steps and waiting for a deep route to develop because they might get their QB smoked. They throw lots of quick, short stuff, get out of the QB hands ASAP and hope to break a couple of tackles. Ohio State's tacking is usually quite sound, so those tricks don't work often, but at least their QB stays in one piece. 

Last year, Wisc. didn't throw many deep balls, necessarily, but they had Tolzien dropping back and looking at slow developing routes. He made some clutchy 3rd down competions (the guy is tough), but also got sacked 6 times and tossed 2 pick sixes.

Iowa had much better success, but Iowa's OL played absolutely lights out (after underachieving much of the year).

btalbert25's picture

I cautiously say this, but I'm just not worried about this game at all. It could be a mistake on my part, but it just seems to me that there are way more Ifs that have to lineup for Miami to take this game.  I'm not counting my chickens or guarrenteeing victory, but this is a game that going into I don't have that feeling in my stomach that says it's not going to be a good day.  I've had that most every big game since LSU really.  The Oregon game I had just that little bit of doubt, this game I just am not worried.  I'm usually pretty objective even though I am definitely an OSU homer, but I'm always realistic.  There's just something about this team this season that I just don't worry about.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Me too...almost like the Florida game.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

No! Please, never like that again...

btalbert25's picture

The Florida game I didn't believe there was any chance Florida could win.  I didn't even think it would be with in 2 TD's.  I'm not that arrogant about this game, but I just think that Ohio State is a lot better.  I'm not ruling out a chance Miami can win, but I think a lot of things would have to fall in line for that to happen.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Flew up with a plane full of Miami fans last night. No joke, they lived up to their Thug nickname - a group of Miami guys who drank a little too much on the plane actually got into a fight with each other at baggage claim. Idiots. 

 

What's everyone's take on the weather tomorrow? Weather.com is showing showers starting at 3. Honestly, I don't see this hurting us too much. Maybe it'll affect the Canes a bit more with their reliance on the deep-ball game. I just hope it's just as loud as USC last year and that the rain doesn't affect turnout. 

Bucksfan's picture

Ohio State wins even more easily in a rushing game battle.  If the weather limits the passing, I'd even go so far as to say Miami doesn't score a TD.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Dang, West Virginia is losing to Marshall 14-3 at half. Could it be that we spanked a pretty good Marshall team last week?

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

flipbuckeye's picture

That would be implying that WVU is good.

To answer your question, no.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Doh! What an @$$! I hope Cam @&$#£ him up!

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Double post because I was double pissed!

Joe Beale's picture

Anyone else watching Marshall kick WVU's rear-end?

flipbuckeye's picture

They're squandering it away as we speak.  21-13 with 5 minutes left and Marshall receiving the kickoff after TD.

dmurder's picture

Crazy Marshall is still holding on...

So I wonder if Miami played a tougher 1st game?

23rd ranked WV losing to a team that score a single point?

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Joe Beale's picture

All tied now.  Dang.

flipbuckeye's picture

Awful awful way to close out the game for Marshall.  Fumble in the redzone was unforeseen but playing marshmallow soft prevent D only up 2 scores with 9 minutes to go?  They deserve to lose.

THEY ARE... still Marshall.

Joe Beale's picture

WVU kicks a FG in their first OT possession.  Now Marshall needs a TD for the win.

Joe Beale's picture

Epic fail...Marshall misses their FG.  24-21 'Neers.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Maybe it was the beer, but Marshall's kick looked good to me.

yrro's picture

And they shank the field goal.

Anyone else really really want whatever play their special teams are running to block field goals? They blocked one the same way they did against us - two guys double team and block up the left guard and a third shoots over them. At least makes me somewhat less terrified for our special teams.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Yeah definitely - at first I thought I was watching a replay of last Thursday because it looked so similar. 

iball's picture

scUM/ND who you takin? I got ND 28-24

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

dmurder's picture

Missagain 31

Notre Lame 21

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Domers: 28

scUM:  17

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

tampa buckeye's picture

Classic "comet game".  You just wish a comet would fall from the sky and hit the stadium.

btalbert25's picture

Comet, Meteor, asteroid, alien attack, earthquake, tornado, killer bees, shit I don't care what it is, just take em out lol.

Jspex23's picture

TERRIBLE CHOICE, BRO

 

 

"You can help feed this child for just $1 a day"

Poe McKnoe's picture

Hahaha or at least get him some new clothes.

Dethsyth47's picture

Damn, this Andrea Adleson on ESPN.com will not stop hammering the whole  "Revenge" angle for this game. Give it a rest. 3 Articles we get the point.

Bucksfan's picture

She's a Michigan grad, what do you expect?

tampa buckeye's picture

After seeing what marshall did tonight vs WVA it gives me even more confidence that Ohio State is going to cover vs Miami and do it easily.  We might be for reals yall.  

buckeyedude's picture

Saw Holtz and Mark May on ESPN last night. May admitted that if he ever goes to The Shoe, he'll need to hire himself several bodyguards.

Priceless.

 

 

blazers34's picture

he has sounded so dumb talking about this game that its not even funny.  When Lou Holtz thinks you've jumped the shark, you've got an issue

Brady's picture

I don't really have the butterflies today that I usually have the morning of a big game.  Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  I guess we will find out in about 6 hours.

 
 

TLB's picture

Man,

EA is beautiful but she really needs a fashion coordinator.

 

Any volunteers?

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Assemble a team, I'll start on Demo.

btalbert25's picture

Bring back the person designing her costumes from dancing on the stars.  I really liked what they put on her.

Cincy_Kid's picture

"You can help feed this child for just $1 a day"

 

OK sorry but I just lost my sh!t when I read that...classic!

~Go Bucks

Jspex23's picture

I am just going to call him starvin marvin through the whole game. 

flipbuckeye's picture

Scary scene in Wisconsin.  David Gilreath got clocked on a punt return, and he laid motionless for at least 5 minutes.  There was some upper body movement as they put him into the ambulance.

Really hope he's okay.  They didn't even bring out the cart, they had an ambulance drive onto the field...

blazers34's picture

saw that.  very scary.  hope the kid is alright.