Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on September 8, 2010 at 5:00a
49 Comments

Unrelated - just wanted to torture your soul.And So Forth. Tressel met with the media yesterday and while there were few golden nuggets, he did discuss a couple things of note. On the injury front, Tress indicated Orhian Johnson is 100% and Nate Williams is healthy but in the case of Williams, though he's been practicing, it sounded like he won't be ready for a full work load due to a lack of game conditioning. I think the logical guess is Nate gets in an early rotation, plays in all passing situations and Heacock will gauge his wind from there. Considering dude's motor, I gotta believe he'll play more snaps than Tressel might be comfortable saying on a Tuesday.

Asked about the O-line, Tressel mentioned Brewster and Browning had winning performances in what he called a "fair" performance and also noted what we all feel - they must take that next step if OSU is to win on Saturday. Behind the line, Tressel chose to praise Boom for the most impressive running of the night, on OSU's scoring drive to start the 2nd half, instead of touting Zoom's homeruns. I found that a little interesting though I had no doubt Tressel plans to keep the carries balanced between those two for the moment. 

Coach also commented that Rod Smith isn't an automatic redshirt, probably almost entirely due to Hyde's gimpy ankle as the lone "power" back. I found that comment surprising but what wasn't surprising was the fact his comments on Smith contained two "and so forth" bombs in back to back sentences. The man is on his game.

On Sabino, JT remarked that he's a "day to day redshirt" and with Storm Klein now fully recovered from a problematic hamstring, it sounds as if all signs definitely point to what we reported awhile ago and Sabino will take the shirt.

AP Poll: What have you done for me lately? Not that it's a shocking revelation AP voters tend to knee-jerk a little when it comes to the weekly poll, but a recent study conducted by the Journal of Sports Economics (HT: The Wiz) had some pretty interesting data. Looking at the 2007 AP polls against an aggregate of numerous recognized computer ranking systems, the study found:

  • Ranking increases .65 spots if team is in voter's home state
  • Ranking increases .80 spots if team is televised on ABC, Fox, CBS or NBC
  • Ranking increases .77 spots if team is on ESPN or ESPN2

"The Rock" is still a professional doofus. I'm not overly familiar with the dialect Dwayne Johnson is throwin' down but here's a video link and sample of his commentary:

To all you Buckeyes out there I hope you’re boarding your doors, boarding your windows because you gotta all day long pack your lunch sweater vest stompin’ ass-kicking Hurricane style. If you don’t understand what I’m saying don’t try to understand, because it’s a Cane thing. You simply wouldn’t understand it.

Allrighty, then. Thanks, Dwayne. See you Saturday. Just promise me you won't suffer from selective amnesia after a Silver Bullet Beatdown.

Turning our attention away from the sidelines, the aforementioned offensive line has to produce Saturday and their big task will be slowing the Miami pass rush. Defensive end Olivier Vernon recorded 3.5 of Miami's eight sacks last week and while Allen Bailey was shut out, he tied for 5th in the ACC last year with seven. Fellow D-liners Marcus Forston and Marcus Robinson also notched sacks. Mike Adams and company best be ready. Of course, this could also be the week OSU neutralizes the rush with more screens and such. Another matchup to watch will be 'Cane corner Brandon Harris on DeVier Posey. Todd McShay has Harris as the 29th best NFL prospect and the junior was a Thorpe Award semi-finalist last season thanks to 15 pass breakups, good for 2nd nationally.

Finally, loved yesterday's headline from Dr. Saturday.

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Type G's picture

I think The Rock has been cookin up some diarrhea in his mouth. I have no idea what he was blabbering about.

"No time for love, Doctah Jones!"

buckeyedude's picture

Almost every one of Dwayne's movies sucks. Of course I wouldn't tell him to his face, he's slightly bigger than me. But, I'm steroid free.

He should stick to what he knows best, WWF. It will be interesting to see what sideline LBJ is on.

 

 

flipbuckeye's picture

Technically not one of "his" movies, but The Other Guys was hilarious.  Maybe he'll replicate his final scene in the movie after the game.

And LBJ will probably unfortunately be on the Buckeye sideline. If Miami wins, he will be "all about da U" and tweet about it.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Has anyone confirmed the rumors of the canes getting off the plane all wearing LBJ Heat jerseys?

blazers34's picture

Marcus Hartman said the radio guys down there were saying that, but he said he was 'pretty' sure they were kidding.

Poe McKnoe's picture

Someone should tell them they are flying into Columbus, not Cleveland.  Unless of course they are trying to save up some money for a big boy stadium all their own and CLE was the best rate.

slippy's picture

Yea that would just be lost on a lot of us.  Just because I went to OSU doesn't mean I'm from Ohio (or Cleveland) and like the pro sports teams there.  Another point to the fine educational institute that is the U.

 

Maybe if they were wearing Seantrel Henderson jerseys in which case it's upgraded to: meh.  Because he wouldn't even be there if it wasn't for Reggie Bush.

flipbuckeye's picture

Speaking of sidelines, any word on potential recruits coming to the game?

741's picture

No caption under the Laura Quinn photo? There has to be a punch line I am missing somewhere...

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Maybe it's a riff on LBJ: half Buckeye, half Cane, all diva.     

flipbuckeye's picture

You have to hover over it.

Unrelated - just want to torture your soul.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Nothing major. Just hover over the pic.

dr green's picture

Nothing happens when I hover, at least not since 11W 3.0 went up.

BTwrestle04's picture

I'm in the same boat. Since 3.0 nothing happens when I hover over pics.

dr green's picture

Aha, blocked at work, but not at home.

741's picture

I just read the press conference transcript... Did Coach Tressel actually get through a talk with the media with a zero "and so forth" count? I think he may be on to us...

Chris Lauderback's picture

I touched on it in my post, but I counted two:

 REPORTER:How did he look? Do you look at him now? Is he an automatic redshirt? How do you approach him?

COACH TRESSEL:He's not an automatic redshirt. I think conventional thinking, because he missed all of preseason, would be I don't know if he could get enough reps now to be able to earn the right to go in before someone else, but you never know with injuries and so forth. I thought he looked good. Now, maybe it was because he had fresh legs and everyone else has training camp legs and so forth, but Sunday I thought he was flying around, he's got a smile on face, he's happy to be here. You've got to handle adversity, sometimes you get a little bit of a delay or a hiccup or whatever, he caught the ball in the back field once or twice on Sunday and I'm anxious to see him.

jtbucks's picture

Laura Hawk all growed up bottom right picture...wowzers...I thought the Double Jersey thing was a little cheesy...but congrats to the couple for staying together and looking very happy...AJ was one of my favorite players.  And its good to see a celebrity football player stay in a what appears to be a healthy marriage....But can you really blame him.   

http://www.playerwives.com/nfl/green-bay-packers/aj-hawks-wife-laura-hawkbrady-quinns-sister-laura-hawk/ 

 

Hudson4Heisman

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Hawk got what I would consider some good press in the latest Sports Illustrated.

Chris Lauderback's picture

JTBUCKS -- It's just a matter of taste, I suppose. I wouldn't kick her out of bed but she's a little horse-face-ish for my tastes especially in that bottom picture on your link. Agree, though, AJ was also one of my favorites and he definitely out kicked the coverage. Admittedly, most of my issues with Laura are the fault of Brent Musburger and ABC for shoving her down my throat while I was trying to watch the OSU/ND Fiesta Bowl.

buckeyedude's picture

"she's a little horse-face-ish" WTF?!

 

 

Jason Priestas's picture

Definitely a case of her "knees being too sharp" for Chris. That woman is fine.

flipbuckeye's picture

Her face has a manly bone structure.  No thanks.

Chris Lauderback's picture

glad somebody sees the light

PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

This is how the Rock made his money..with his mouth.  It is an act ... laugh and move on.  Go Bucks... he knows the Canes are gonna get blown out!

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

If anyone is interested in buying my extra two tickets for the Miami game contact me to get the details.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Email? Im DEF interested!

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

Buckeye Black's picture

I can smell what The Rock is cooking, and it stinks like BS.  I really want to get into a drunken smack talk with him, but only talk, dude is scary big.

tampa buckeye's picture

If that VT team that lost to boise st monday night can beat the canes 31-7 I like the buckeyes big in this one.  Sweet, sweet cover.

Irricoir's picture

You can't judge a team like that. Look what happened with us and U$C/Purdue last year. Oregon beat both of those teams and we handled them, excluding special teams play. I assure you that Miami will be up for this game. The anger of a fan base will motivate these kids who werent even in High School when we last toppled Miami. They will bring everything and we have to bring more. 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

tampa buckeye's picture

True but I still think Ohio State covers.  Ohio State has finally turned the corner on Offense.    Fan base anger isn't a big factor either, however home field advantage is thats why I'm taking Ohio State.  

Chris Lauderback's picture

I also see an OSU cover. While I think the offense will be effective, I'm not sure I think it'll be as flashy as we might want. Defensively, I expect us to bully this team.   

Irricoir's picture

I got your back Buckeye Black. I've always wanted to deliver the "People's Elbow" on the Rock!!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

cyt_buck's picture

...let's do this

O-H Kee Pa's picture

With or without Cooper, I don't see them having much success running the ball against us anyways.

 

Our season boils down to two matchups:

 

O-Line vs. Miami D-Line

O-Line vs. Clayborn and Klug

If we win those two matchups, we're in pretty good shape.

doodah_man's picture

Drop the Rock a Line:

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

c/o Tag Team Enterprises
13015 SW 89th Place
Suite 303
Miami, Florida 33176, USA

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

Chris Lauderback's picture

No way. I'm too scurred of that dude.

blazers34's picture

lol, surely you dont care THAT much about what the Rock has to say, right?  I know I dont.

doodah_man's picture

Drop him a note:

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)
c/o Tag Team Enterprises
13015 SW 89th Place
Suite 303
Miami, Florida 33176, USA

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2010/09/the-hardly-hostile-horseshoe.html

This guy can't possibly be serious...can he? I also like the responses being filled more with tOSU fans than people supporting his column.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Denny's picture

Pageviews ahoy.

Taquitos.

flipbuckeye's picture

Typical practice of saying something ridiculously and blatantly stupid and getting a lot of attention as a result, doesn't matter if it's negative.

I call it the Skip Bayless Effect.

btalbert25's picture

He has a response in the comment field where he admits to never attending a game at Ohio Stadium.  That should let everyone know to not take his writing very seriously. 

Poe McKnoe's picture

Randy Shannon is in awe of Daman Wayans.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

That's who he looks like!  I knew I saw that face before.

741's picture

That shit is funny - and he absolutely does look like Damon Wayans.

Nick1's picture

The first comment is the one that did it for me. The crowd wasn't intimidating? I laugh. I wasn't at the game but I was enjoying some adult beverages at a buddies house. On 4th between 17th and 18th. I could easily hear the crowd when outside. I know I would be intimidated.