Tuesday Skull Session

By Johnny Ginter on September 28, 2010 at 6:00a

Happy Tuesday everyone, and welcome to your morning Skull Session. If those of you in Ohio just stumbled outside to get your paper and noticed your skin reacting in a strange way to the air, or perhaps some form of vapor emitting from your mouth, DON'T PANIC. You have not stumbled into a Twilight Zone-eque alternate dimension where cats drive cars and fish wear hats and smug people discover, to their horror, that Rod Serling has once again looked up the definition of the word "hubris." No, in fact what is happening is a phenomenon known as "cool weather," and it has numerous advantages that will make your life easier; it allows you to be outside without immediately wanting to go back inside, it permits you to satisfy your innate and unceasing desire to wear flannel, pumpkins are now orange and plentiful, and every day becomes a personal quest to see how much cider a human being can safely drink without permanent brain damage.

So to get you ready for your most assuredly incredible day, here are a few links for you, including some non-OSU injury updates, a scheduling update, and some info on the ramifications of the Dunn commit. But first, as always...

The Briny Deeps Of The Depth Chart Interesting depth chart this week, if only because of how little it has changed despite some injury concerns in the secondary and at TE. To be honest, after seeing how these charts have changed from week to week I think that one thing had become painfully obvious: Jim Tressel and the OSU staff hate, hate, hate divulging any real information about the extent and severity of injuries. The biggest example of this is the situation at TE; Jake Stoneburner is still listed, but now the chart reads "Jake Stoneburner OR Reid Fragel." However, if the reports that Stoney has a high ankle sprain are true, it is pretty unlikely he'd play this weekend. Another example is Travis Howard, who has been listed in the two deep for two weeks despite getting injured against Ohio and then not playing. Could Howard play? Possibly. But there's been no real information either way. Other notes:

  • Nate Oliver has now worked his way into the two deep, backing up Jermale Hines at Free Safety
  • This means that Aaron Gant's sole role is now the backup for Orhian Johnson at Strong Safety
  • The three deep seems to be just as important as the two deep at this point

Dunn And Company As noted in Buckshots, RB Brionte Dunn made his commitment to Ohio State, which means he joins Warren Ball as the second RB in the 2012 class. Both Ball and Dunn are two of the best recruits in their graduating class in Ohio, but there's possibly an even bigger fish next door in Pennsylvania that goes by the name of Rushel Shell, who is being recruited by pretty much every college in the universe. The problem here is that at this point it seems like even Dunn was overkill on the RB front, because by the time these guys get to campus our running back situation will be something like this:

  • Jordan Hall, senior
  • Jamaal Berry, junior
  • Carlos Hyde, junior
  • Rod Smith, sophomore

Having six RBs on scholarship is enough, in my opinion, and both Dunn and Ball are terrific players. Losing Shell to another school might hurt, but given the attrition we're going to see soon on the offensive line, I'd like to see that scholarship used there instead.

Mark's Heart And D's Knee Mark Dantonio visited Michigan State's practice last Friday and seems to be doing much better after suffering a mild heart attack after a win against Notre Dame. Hopefully the guy can get back to coaching soon, because of course we all love the guy and he is also the most Big Tenniest coach this side of Kirk Ferentz. I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside every time the camera catches him frowning against the backdrop of a cold and gray autumn sky. Denard Robinson of Michigan is also apparently back on track and will play against Indiana next weekend, although that's harder to take much joy in, unless of course you consider the fact that Michigan's offense has to be clicking on all cylinders because their defense is so unbelievably bad.

4:30. Time For Milking As first revealed in our forums, the time for the Indiana game on October 9 has been set for noon. This is terrible news for anyone with a hangover and terrific news for anyone lame enough to really enjoy early kickoffs, since it falls right between morning chores and afternoon barn raisings (Illinois on October 2 is also kicking off at noon). But then, the Ohio Amish are... different. You be careful out among them English.


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I may be in the Minority here, but I have always preferred the Noon or 1pm kickoffs.  Get up, have breakfast, watch (or go to) game, and then on with the rest of the day from 4pm forward.  A 3:30 kickoff makes it impossible to get almost anything done before kickoff and it is almost dark when the game ends.  

dr green's picture

Agree. Unless, God forbid, we lose. Then, I just have the rest of the day to be a grump.

thePhilipJFry's picture

If you become WestCoastBuckeye then you too can know the joy of rolling out of bed at 9 AM and flipping on the Ohio State game.

Johnny Ginter's picture

in all seriousness, i love noon games and wish we had like 5 or 6 a year

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

those noon (9am) kicks suck. I can't sleep in, I have to drive somewhere to watch the game most of the time, etc. Only upisde is beng absolutley hammered by 1pm.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

dmurder's picture

I prefer night games, because of the build up.

But, I guess I would rather a 3:30, 4:30pm start. Gets more TV exposure, and I like to sleep in on Saturdays.

"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

KenK's picture

I don't mind the 3:30'ers in September and early October. Gives me time to get in a round of golf, "rehydrate", then be home in time to get cleaned up and don my Buckeye duds. Also, (nongolf days) have time for yardwork before kickoff. 

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

OHIOinME's picture

 Regarding running back scholarships offers; I don't mind 6 scholarship running backs being on roster.  I actually think it's a minimum.  Having only four or five is a bit thin, 8 running backs is an ideal, though some may be walk-ons. With Berry and Hall being "small" backs using their great sense of balance, sharp cuts and quick bursts, a simple hamstring, groin, or any leg injury can easily limit them ineffective.  Carlos Hyde has already been injured and had grade issues coming into the program and Rod Smith had issues also.  Plus having good backs gives the coaches more players to choose from for special team return teams, practice squad and it helps prevent turn over issues with kids leaving because graduating, early exit for NFL and can’t forget kids just leaving for other opportunities.  Also, don’t forget some good high school backs don’t turn out to be that good.


Thankfully I have always lived on the East coast......  but, you are lucky enough to get late games earlier.

BTwrestle04's picture

Noon games really suck when you are driving to the game from Cleveland. 3:30 games are ideal because you don't have to leave ungodly early and you can still get some tailgating in. Plus, a lot of times I will stay on campus for the night after a 3:30 game. The segue from end of game to drinking heavily is pretty good.

BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah, I prefer the 3:30 games, but night games are great too. I do love a noon kickoff The Game traditional all day party.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Powers's picture

i actually dont mind the noon games for not so good opponents (illinois, indiana) because i can still watch other great matchups that are usually on at 3:30.... now when it comes to penn state, iowa and great non conference games give me night starts!

blazers34's picture

This is exactly how I feel.  Playing EMU at 330 last week was lame.

BucksfanXC's picture

The noon game is going to suck for me this weekend driving to Chicago Friday night, down to Champaign balls early Saturday to make the 11CT kickoff. But I'll have all day Saturday to rally up some central Illinois fun!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Its brutal for us westcoasters though. Staying up all night getting loaded and playing XBOX Live til 0600 hours then trying to get up no later than 0845 to catch the games. I NEVER miss them, but I am stupidly pissey for the rest of the day. Even if they win sometimes I have been known to wear the grumpy pants the rest of the day says my fiance.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

BucksfanXC's picture

Oh I can't wait for Kyle's Tressel presser post today. Twitter is already aflutter with his comments...

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody