Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on September 21, 2010 at 6:44p

 More passing records on the horizon? Just a year removed from struggling to gain enough trust from his head coach (and fans) to attempt anything other than the safest of passes, and a just a week removed from setting the school's all-time record for consecutive completions, Terrelle Pryor is now guiding an offense that seems more likely to pass than rush when it matters most.

Somewhat shockingly, with what should be a guaranteed 200+ yard passing performance Saturday against a dismal Eastern Michigan squad, Kenny G notes Pryor will earn a 3rd place tie with Troy Smith for most consecutive games passing for at least 200 yards. Assuming TP ties Smith, he'll be targeting Bobby Hoying (7 consecutive, '95) and then Joe Germaine who holds the school record with 10 straight back in 1998. Looking at the schedule, it sure would be nice to see him pass Hoying with a redemption effort against Purdue before breaking the record against Iowa in Kinnick.

The fact we're even contemplating this is pretty impressive when you reflect on Pryor's early struggles. I know he's only three weeks in but it's hard not to look ahead with bums like EMU, Illy and Indiana looming.

What's your take - will Pryor have enough juice to eclipse Germaine's record or with either a poor game or perhaps an early exit in a blowout halt the streak? 

 Haters gonna hate. Head 'Cane Randy Shannon put the ixnay on the Tweetnay after Jacory Harris and some of his teammates were busted tweeting too close to kickoff prior to the eventual manhood-stripping suffered in the 'Shoe but the real drama occurred afterward when it was learned Harris received some incredibly racist tweets after his 4 INT performance. Hit the link for the actual tweets because they are far too "racy" for our wholesome enterprise. Absolutely unbelievable. Or is it?!

Les Miles likes to ramble. If you needed any help convincing yourself Les Miles is a goldmine for durr, this is your site. The Les Miles quote generator offers up over 400 Miles-isms. A truly random sample provided:

"There was great interest there as soon as the interest was mutual."

Or maybe you prefer this one:

"I've got to be honest with you; I've never operated wth expectations."

And finally:

"It's going to be exciting to me to see where we are in the opener, because that really is the mark of where your football team is."

Kinda makes you love Tressel's "and so forth" fillers that much more, doesn't it?!

I guess this is what happens when nobody tells the AD, "No!". Gene Smith has caught some flak here and there, most recently for not publicly freaking out over the possible move of The Game but at least he's not planning to paint the practice field at the WHAC a shade of maize during Michigan week. Conversely, the dope running Oregon State's athletic department, Bob De Carolis, spent anywhere from $4-$8k of donor money, depending on which report you believe, to have the Beaver practice field painted blue in prep for Oregon State's trip to Boise State this weekend.

Not surprisingly, the ghetto version of the already ghetto Smurf Turf drew mixed reviews from players with tight end John Reese remarking, "At first I thought it was kind of weird. I didn’t see the point, and I kind of still don’t see the point, but I guess it was for publicity and what not."

Just one more reason to be glad you are a fan of The Ohio State University where gimmicks like this don't fly.

From the file. Apparently viewing the home victory over Iowa as a colossal win for the program, fans of the irrelevant Arizona Wildcats can forever commemorate the win with this must-have t-shirt. I'm torn. Is this more funny or more sad?


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Normal Buck's picture

As jacked as I was with the win over Miami, I actually felt a little embarassed when I saw they were selling "score t-shirts" from that game.  WTF?!?! 

flipbuckeye's picture

Score shirts are lame no matter what game it is.  The fact they have one for a run-of-the-mill OOC tilt is really kind of sad, but I guess it's like a super bowl win to them.

RBuck's picture

TP's 200 YPG passing effort might just come to an end this week. I expect a lot of work on the running game.

Long live the southend.

Chris Lauderback's picture

I also expect a confidence building week on the running game but I think it will be hard for TP not to have a few long passes for TD's against this team. Plus, JT will never say it but I think he wants to keep Pryor in the Heisman talk now that he feels Pryor can handle the limelight a little better.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I partly disagree (see below). It could be a great week for the Buckeyes to gain more confidence in the running game, but they'll have to get it going while running ZERO NEW PLAYS. I'm guessing JT and staff would prefer to keep running the vanilla passing clinic, because they can use the work on the basic passing game, because it probably tends to put a little less wear and tear on the offense, and because it means they'll show nothing to future opponents (especially Wisconsin). But, heck, against E. Mich, they might run for 250+ yards, anyway.   

Buckeye Ben in Tampa's picture

I agree that JT wants Pryor to not only keep his name in the race for the Heisman, but he wants him to win it bad. Even he couldn't deny how sweet that would be after all the judgement that has been given on how he has handled him.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I don't see TP eclipsing Germaine's record because I see the Buckeyes having a game before long in which the run game explodes for like 270+ yards. In such a game, TP is likely to have one of those 12 for 16, for 170 yard type games. For no particular scientific reason, I feel like JT and staff have been hiding much of the really cool stuff in the run game and will start unveiling it in Madison.

As for Oregon State: the travesty of this affair is that the Beavers will forever have disproved the excuse visiting teams use after losing on the Blue Turf - unfair advantage. The reason Boise is a gimmick is not because of the Blue Turf - it's their two game schedule.


Irricoir's picture

You know, Zona is quite an embarrassment. They chanted "Overrated" to  a team that took them to the wire and caused them to put their hands over their heads while they set in misery 5 minutes earlier.

Second making a shirt depicting your victory score, over a team that nobody knows how good they are because its only the third game of the season. What happens if Iowa goes 6-6 this year? You gonna wear that shirt proudly?

Third, I wasn't aware that the OSU/Miami game shirt was available. Same consideration toward that as Arizona but at least there is history there with the 2003 game to substantiate wanting to remind canes who the victor was in the last two meetings. Still wouldn't wear one my self though I keep a rack in the closet with these shirts as memoirs of big games.

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

Natty Light's picture

wait, you dont wear the shirts but you still get them - and multiple score shirts?

Irricoir's picture

Nope, I have a few shirts that I have in my closet. I don't take the stickers or tags off. It's almost like having posters or other memorabilia. I don't run around and display them in public. I can understand someone being proud of a BCS bowl game but to make a shirt after beating a team that no one knows how good they are after the third game of the season sounds like your reaching for credibility. Much like touchdown dances after a 1 yard bull rush. You scored but there was nothing unique about it. Act like you've been there and act like you have won a big game before. Make sense? Hope I'm not being trolled.

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

btalbert25's picture

I think Pryor will most definitely catch Germaine on this list.  Even though they need to work on the run game, he still needs to get a little more accurate on the short and intermediate stuff.  I don't see him getting under 20-25 pass attempts in games like this.  Infact, I think one of these games in the near future we could see a couple 300+ yard games out of him. 

GrayDay's picture

How devistating will this offese be if TP develops his short passing game?  Tress always says he'll call plays the defense is giving him and the D's we'll face over the next few weeks will sell out to stop the run and long passes.  I think TP will get lots of opportunity to work the short game and I suspect Tress would like him to get at least 200 yards of such work each game before pulling him.

nickma71's picture

I thought he did some good short passing with Stoneburner. Those were all the dump routes. They weren't real short like the one hopper TP tossed in the Miami game. He is starting to look decent.

BucksfanXC's picture

EMU has like the 122nd ranked run defense in the country. We are definitely going to see some big runs out of about 5 different backs. If Pryor gets more than 2 quarters worth of snaps, which if the Marshall and Ohio games are any indication = he will, then he could get 200yrds either by a couple long bombs to Posey and Sanzo or by dumping some short screens to Saine/Herron/Hall/Hyde/etc. and them taking them for 40+ yrds against these awful Ron English linebackers.

“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

Natty Light's picture

 problem is with the D playing so good these games will be over in the 2nd quarter.  just depends how much practice JT thinks TP needs

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Wow. Those tweets were a joke. I cannot believe a "fan" of the Hurricanes actually tweeted that garbage to Jacory. Stupid bigot.

"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

Irricoir's picture

I know I sound hypocritical but I really don't mind this shirt. there was a lot of hype about this game and we have had a heated relationship with Miami since 99, more so after the 2003 game. We've put up with their crap for how many years now? That shirt serves as a reminder. The Zona shirt is based off of what? Being beat last year? There was no controversy and there was no bad blood that I can recall. It was just a victory over a team that nobody knows how good they will be. Thats the difference though it does seem homerish, I concede.

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

Buckeye Ben in Tampa's picture

I think Pryor will be in there atleast through the 3rd against EMU, which should be plenty of time to get 200. Even if they are emphasizing the run, Then once Big Ten play starts I think he will be out there the entire game, even against Indiana and Illinois. And, as they say above, since they are leaning more towards the pass in big situations, I think he is capable of 200 yards games each week this season. He probably had the ability to do it last year too, he just wasn't given as much freedom. I say he breaks the record!

BucksfanXC's picture

He could potentially start a second streak if he misses it this game. But we can see from last week that Tress wants Joey to get some snaps, Ken G (not to be confused with Kenny G = Ken Gordon) is apparently too young to get the spotlight yet.

“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


In my humblest of Opinions... forget the stats, forget the records, forget the Heisman talk... the mission for the next 3 weeks is to practice the fundementals till they are done perfectly.  3rd and 1, 2nd and long, different snap counts, special teams, QB changes at the line.....   Winning the Big -10 and being undefeated are the only things that matter.  Tress will treat the next 3 games in that manner and then into the real meat of the schedule.

Max's picture

In a crazy alternate reality, Tress could wind up running up the score so the kickoff coverage teams get plenty o' practice.  Alternating with punts to get some work in there too.

btalbert25's picture

I definitely agree that Tressel isn't preparing for the games to say, hmm lets make sure Terrelle wins the Heisman.  I do feel though, that the sharpenning of the offense these next few weeks will keep TP throwing the ball.

Buckeye Ben in Tampa's picture

i dont think Pryor for Heisman goes into his actual game planning. he is going to game plan to win games ("you play to win the game"). But during these cupcake games he wont pull Pryor to early, not before he gets his 250 2-3 TDs and 50 or so rushing yards.

Doc's picture

I totally agree with you on this one PB Buckeye.  Holding the crystal football in January '11 will mean more to Tress than TP's Heisman.  Right now on most sites Terrelle is running in fourth place for the award anyway.  Detard Robinson will come down to Earth and run into a wood chipper against Wisky and the rest of the B10.  I just do not see TP wnning it this year, next year we'll see.

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Kyle's picture

What type of corn are the mods at Black Heart Gold Pants smoking where they have OSU ranked @ 15 in the blog poll..... wait for it.... Up 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from 18 AFTER beating Miami.  That is a joke and the Hawkeyes are an over-hyped joke too.  Oh and Cam Heyward will eat Clayborn's lunch and steal his milk money.  Bitches.

Roger's picture

OSU at 15 is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is Arizona at #2 just because they beat now unranked (according to their poll) Iowa.

That is some major logic fail.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

"logic" and "Iowa" don't belong in the same sentence.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Chris Lauderback's picture

I like their site but always thought they prefer the shock-jock approach and not just with the blogpoll. To each his own. I mean, how else can you truly put together that poll? Stanford #1? Arizona #2? Nevada #7? Two teams moving up at least 12 spots. Whatevs.

Doc's picture

Less Miles reminds me of Michael Scott.  His Dunder Mifflin branch is doing well despite him being the boss.

"You need to play to win, but you also have to win to play."

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BTwrestle04's picture

I don't like this whole, "I think we will run a vanilla offense so we don't show [future openent x] anything" and don't agree with that being the case ever. If our skill position players are better and more athletic than their skill position players, it shouldn't matter what we show. We should be able to beat them in the match-ups. And I find it hard to believe that any future team on our schedule, save for a bowl game oponent or a MNC team oponent, have better athletes than we do at our skill positions.

I think the thought process is, this is what we're going to run, we don't have to hide it, you have to try to stop it.

btalbert25's picture

I agree.  I've never bought that rationale myself.  I've often found it used after close calls against the likes of OU to mean, wow we played really awful, but it's not because our team isn't that good, we were just playing a dummy down game so we didn't tip of USC for what we'll bring them next week.  Isn't the running game always fairly vanilla anyway?  I found the offense as a whole, was pretty dynamic compared to what we've seen the last 2 years.  Multiple throws to a TE, Full back, and tailbacks.  The only thing about the offense I don't like is that there is not a go to guy in the backfield yet.  Saine and Boom have both shown flashes of it, but no dice yet.  I like both of these guys, but wish that someone would emerge.  Or if we are going to have to RB's splitting carries it would be nice if they were equally good.  Like the situation in Bama.  I'm not saying neccessarily talent wise, as they may have the 2 best RB's in the country, but just that both guys could go out there and give you 100 any game.  I'm not sure we have that.