Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on October 13, 2010 at 5:00a

 The perfect spiral. The man with the finest spiral in OSU history, Joe Germaine, has taken his arm and leadership skills to the sidelines, serving as the head coach at Queen Creek High School after being hired by former Sun Devil linebacker Paul Reynolds.

A former teammate of Pat Tillman and member of the ASU squad that lost to OSU in the '97 Rose Bowl thanks the heroics of Germaine, Reynolds recalled a defining moment in his dealings with the former Buckeye gunslinger:

Pat Tillman and I saw this baby-faced guy with big ear pads come running onto the field. We looked at each other and said, ‘We've got this in the bag.' Unfortunately, we know how that turned out.

What a game that was. At the time (born in '73), the win was by far the biggest I remembered/witnessed in my Buckeye fan career.

 White's got the runs. While we're all familiar with Badger tailback John Clay, Wisky sports a two headed monster in the backfield with the emergence of James White. The true frosh has caught the attention of the Bucky faithful moving up the depth chart from 3rd to 1A alongside Clay thanks to a hefty 7.7 yards per tote and 8 TD. White's coming out party was a 10 carry, 98 yard 2 TD performance in the loss at Sparty while Clay went 17 for 80 (0 TD). It sounds as if the kid has also stood up to the pass blocking test and he figures to be a guy the Buckeyes need to stop Saturday night if they wish to escape victorious.

The good news for OSU is they are currently ranked 4th in rushing defense (78.67 per game), 3rd in total defense surrendering 237 yards per contest and 6th in scoring defense (13.5 ppg). My money's on Nasty Nate, Simon, Larimore and Heyward doin' work. 

 Valai will be ready for Game Day. 11W nemesis and resident head hunter Jay Valai will return from injury and patrol the Badger secondary in front of the nation and the ESPN Game Day crew. The senior missile who dished out some questionable blows to both Dane Sanzenbacher and Boom Herron in his career will line up in his safety spot so the Buckeyes must keep their head on a swivel. Valai's one of those guys that you hate if he's playing against you but love if he's on your side. Lord knows he'd have a place in our secondary but here's to hoping Zach Boren gets a chance to decleat him on Saturday.

 Wisky primer. Keeping our eyes on the enemy, Rittenberg offers a midseason report card on the Jump Arounders. Of note is the fact Wisconsin sports a legit TE in Lance Kendricks. With Rolle and Homan's seemingly only collective weakness being a penchant for biting on play action, the LB's and safeties must keep an eye on Kendricks in coverage to avoid big plays down the seam.

 Cougars harvesting tree. Two redshirt freshmen members of the Washington State football team were arrested after a visit from the popo turned up 38 marijuana plants. The players lived with two other dudes and the involvement of the players has yet to be determined however both were reported to have stock in Hot Pockets so things aren't looking good.

 Return to the Dark Ages? In an effort to leave you with a bit of good news, David Jones of the Patriot News is is confident armageddon is just over the horizon for Joe Pa and the Nittany Lions. Jones doesn't paint a pretty picture in discussion the state of the Lions union:

Penn State has finally reached the point – about six years after I thought it had already permanently arrived – where it can no longer compensate for the age of its coach.

Ouch. In all seriousness, I respect Joe Pa's body of work as much as the next guy but I was hoping he wouldn't go out like Evander Holyfield dressed in floods.



iball's picture

I just can't seem to get nervous about Saturday. Maybe it's the S&G goggles, but in OSU's last 4 big games, we have seemed extremely well prepared.

1. Before the FSU debacle, the Miami game was a clinic in execution sanz ST play. Good win or not, over half of MIA's starting 22 will be in the league.

2. We controlled the clock and contained "Me-stoley-your TV" , in the Rose Bowl.

3. Despite a late game ST slip, we dominated the line of scrimmage against a very good Iowa O and D line.

4. Before that, the front seven once again wreaked havoc in Happy Valley. While Pryor, despite injury, had enough wiggle to make Navarro Bowman bust out the stinky leg at the goal line.

Even vs. USC last year, we played extremely well, despite IMO, nerves getting the best of our boys.

I expect another well executed JT gameplan. A hefty dose of Nathan Williams, Killa Cam and the crew should put Wisky's frosh to the test. I've never felt Clay has the proper skill set to matchup well with our front 7. Plus, the fact that TP went into a hostile Camp Randall as a true, just adds to the confidence. 24 - 13 Bucks.

“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

Natty Light's picture

homan and rolle are "undersized" for top level linebackers.  despite them usually being excellent tacklers, I'd worry about clay being able to break an arm tackle and get into te secondary. 

little fast backs don't seem to give us as much trouble I think because the LB's are very smart...good at reading gaps and plays and get to the right place. 

btalbert25's picture

Aren't they basically the same LB's as last year?  Clay didn't exactly dominate in the game last year. 

Natty Light's picture

 yeah I'm saying the potential to break tackles and put up big numbers is there.  I saw a replay of the illinois loss where Mendenhall ran for 5-10 yards every carry and we couldnt get off the field. 


PS if you ened some lulz...check out this Michigan homer blog

"The Terrelle Pryor for Heisman talk can stop now. It's not happening. It never was happening. Even if he had the talent to do it, which he doesn't, Tress wouldn't allow it."

"The Fuckeyes will no longer be the #2 team in the nation after next week. They will struggle to stop Indiana's passing game, Pryor will still suck, and IU will give the Fuckeyes a scare."

Kyle's picture

I think he mis-spelled Buckeyes....

iball's picture

29 straight games WITHOUT a 100 yard rusher, nuff said.

I think the last back to break a "big one" on us was Mendenhall in the '07 loss. And if we all remember that was the longest TD that never was.

“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

BuckeyeSki's picture

That wasnt even Mendenhall. It was DuFrene, but agreed on the longest TD that never was.

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Bux Fan in Toledo's picture

He was right about one thing --  tOSU is no longer the #2 team in the country!!!



Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm always nervous when the Buckeyes go to Madtown, but I'm kinda surprised that the opening line went from 6 to 4.5 pts, that CF News is picking Wisconsin to win, and in general that there's quite a bit of support for Wisc in this game.

Setting aside all the intangibles (Madtown, Wisc desperately wanting to beat Ohio State, pressure of being #1, etc.), you could argue that Wisc. is at best a BOREDERLINE top 25 team that was simply overhyped going into this season (and I was one of those drinking the Kool-aid). Before the season, CF News rated Wisc' offense best in the nation. It's human nature, but many of the people who've talked up the Badgers probably aren't ready to discard the thesis yet. If Ohio State handles Wisc, a new thesis will develop, in which people start to realize (or remember) that maybe Bielema isn't a very good coach.

Being objective, why would we think that Wisc is any better than Arizona State? Against their two quality opponents, Wisc. only outrushed ASU 194 to 169 (and ASU actually outgained Wisc on a per carry basis, 6.04 to 4.62) and was outrushed by MSU 175 to 165 (although in that case, Wisc did better than MSU on a per carry basis, 5.32 to 3.89). Wisc's OL is/was supposed to be dominant this year, and it has improved in pass protection, but shouldn't they haven laid down the gantlet against ASU and MSU? 

Although Ohio State's run game has been inconsistent, they easily outrushed both Miami, FL and Illinois. Sure, TP was a big part of that, whereas Wisc's two excellent TB did all the work for them, but that only highlights the point that Tolzien - who appears to have regressed a little this year - is kinda immobile. Is that supposed to be a good thing for Wisc? 

Ohio State 31, Wisc 17.  

iball's picture

Now, in honor of yesterdays chronic skull sesh:

“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

buckeye33's picture

Nice video.....All we need is a 100% healthy TP who can run !!!!!

vidstudent's picture

Um...danger, danger, Will Robinson?


Can I hope Luchs was lying?

Nicholas Eckert


JKH1232's picture

If I heard Mike and Mike this morning correctly- and I wasn't paying super close attention- the reporter made a mistake, and retracted his claims about Santonio Holmes.

Nick Buckeye's picture

He said that he approached Holmes and that Holmes told him to save his pitch, he was already taking money from a different agent/runner.  Holmes has denied taking any money and he denies talking to Luchs.  Shrug.

Natty Light's picture

 i suspect TP was fine last week and tress told him not to run just to make wisky wonder if he is still hurt.  maybe they assume he is hurt and they won't spy/stay in their zones as much.

Squirrel Master's picture

Tress is definitely keeping some things close to the vest. TP didn't run last week, Stoneburner didn't play but is ready for Wisky and Hall was used less than Hyde. Coach is one crafty dude! Bulimia should have nightmares planning for everything.

"How many times will Pryor throw to Stoneburner?"

"If hall is in the backfield will there be a halfback pass?"

"Will Saine line up in the slot?"

"Who can mark Pryor if he runs?"

"Why do I look like the russian guy from Indian Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull?"

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

iball's picture

“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

Squirrel Master's picture


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Jdadams01's picture

I wouldn't worry too much about the Holmes situation. First off, there's been no real evidence of him accepting money yet. An agent saying Holmes claimed he had accepted money isn't really evidence. OSU will look into it. Anyways, the article itself says that schools can't be punished for players who have been out of school for more than four years.

On a happier note, can someone link that comic strip about Jay Valai? Comedy gold.

Bucksfan's picture

Agree about JoePa.  Sad, but true.  They did a nice job getting some fine players during this decade, and bagging 2 Big Ten titles along the way.  But their haul this year so far is unacceptable.

slippy's picture

Is Gilreath healthy?  The only thing about this game that worries me is that DAMN jet sweep they run to him that gets a first down EVERY SINGLE TIME.

BuckeyeSki's picture

I was a bit worried about the jet sweep as well. They like to run alot of wrinkles with that play as well. They like to give it over and over in the first half, and then use it as a decoy in the second half to try and stretch the filed with the PA Bomb.

I think Tress will have more than enough film to digest over the last two seasons they have been using this to prepare everyone to 'stay home' and play assignment football. Plus, Nasty Nate gives us tremendous speed off the edge, and his backside pursuit is excellent.

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Estrada's picture

Seeing Williams completely shut down similar wrinkles Indiana showed this past weekend quelled some of my fears about the Jet Sweep.  That doesn't mean I'm not concerned, but I think Williams' speed and discipline will help greatly limit the success of that play (and thereby also limiting the success of using that as a play-action decoy).

BucksfanXC's picture

Wisky is a top 25 team, they struggled early in the season because of a lot of injuries, such as Valai, who are now back. Be concerned, because we can lose any game at any time. But also don't get afraid because we are the better team, with better players, and a better coach.

Pride comes before the fall.

“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

ERIC OSU's picture

Thanksss Coach???

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Hopefully "G-Money" has a day job, cause not only does his blog blow a$$-crack, his picks and logic are horrendous. Even for a Michigan blow-hard. And his man-crush on tOSU and Pryor rival that of the other moron that amuses me daily, Mr. Mark May.

"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

Squirrel Master's picture

F*** Mark May! (Damn turrets)

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

DMC's picture

Does anyone have ESPN insider?  There's an article I'd at least like a summary of that calls TP the most overrated player in CFB.

iball's picture

If we had a summary of every "TP is overrated" article, well, uhh, then we'd have a whole friggin bunch of summary's. Thats all I got.

“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

RoweTrain's picture

Basically all it says is that he pads his stats against weaker competetion.  He's rated 6th in the nation in pass efficiency but if you took out all of the games except Miami and Illinois then he would drop to somewhere in the 60's (letting everyone keep their stats from the weaker competetion).  There some other stupid analysis in there but this sums it up pretty good.

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

BuckeyeSki's picture

You dont actually pay $$$ for that kinda analysis do you?

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RoweTrain's picture

You are correct.  I do not pay $$ for that kind of analysis. 

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

ERIC OSU's picture

I'm pretty sure that junk comes with being an ESPN Mag subscriber?

btalbert25's picture

That cracks me up, so drop Ingrams rushing stats against the Duke's of the world.  Or pretty much all of Denards stats since they came against terrible defenses.  You could virtually point at any Heisman hopeful and come up with the same analysis.  These are the same types who talked about how terrible of a passer Pryor was, for not having better stats against inferrior teams last year.  Any real "expert" would know that Pryor is light years away from where he was this time last year, and the scarry thing is, he still has quite a way to go yet.  He truly was as good as advertised coming into college.  The finished product, in my opinion, could have one of the best seasons ever next year.

iball's picture

So quit payin the d-bag by talking about it.

"Oh, Pryor sucks. Blah blah" = Cha Chaing$$$

“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

Dean's picture

Germaine might be my favorite Buckeye QB ever -- I don't think we've had anyone before or since who could throw from the pocket like that.  Too bad his NFL career didn't work out (Damn you, Kurt Warner!).