Pasadena: A 12-Step Plan

By Jason Priestas on August 24, 2011 at 1:00p
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2011W Ohio State Football Preview

This year the Buckeyes will line up against 12 regular season opponents. Eight will be conference foes, two non-conference opponents will be real or perceived MACrificial lambs, one is a middling BCS program, while one is -- or should have been -- a marquee top 10 matchup.

THE GRANDADDY OF THEM ALLIndy is nice, but Pasadena is still the prize.

For six years now, that setup, more or less, has treated the Buckeyes kindly. Jim Tressel's teams went 66-11 (on the field, at least), dropping just four Big Ten games in 40 tries and played in six consecutive BCS bowl games. This is clearly a format that works.

With a new coach, a new quarterback and missing three all-conference caliber players for the first five games, it won't be easy for this team to duplicate the success of recent squads. Not many expect them to, either. Their #18 ranking in the preseason AP Poll is the team's lowest starting point since they entered 2001, Tressel's first season, ranked 23rd and ultimately finished 7-5.

This team certainly has the talent to compete for a Big Ten title, but a lot of it is untested, young talent. Ohio State catches a break with the problems in Miami and getting Michigan State at home helps in so much as there's a more than decent chance the team is 5-0 heading into a crucial week six matchup in Lincoln, with Adams, Herron and Posey back in the fold.

Even if the Buckeyes were to stumble against the Cornhuskers on the road, they still look to have a good shot to capture the Leaders division crown, putting them in position to participate in the conference's first ever championship football game and the trip to Pasadena that goes to the winner. Traveling to Illinois is never easy and the Illini will be a slightly more dangerous team than usual this year, but the Buckeyes get Wisconsin at home in night for a "revenge game" and Penn State and Michigan are not as dominant as they might have been five or ten years ago.

We'll take a deep dive into each of Ohio State's opponents as we preview the games this season, but for now, we'll touch on all 12 games on the 2011 schedule, pointing out key players and getting feedback from writers covering those teams.

Akron Zips

Saturday, September 3rd • Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH

Akron
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Rob Ianello (1-11) 1-11 6/8
Key Games
@ Eastern Michigan (10/1), Kent State (11/12), @ Buffalo (11/19)
Key Players
LB Brian Wagner (132 TKL, 7 TFL), DT Oren Wilson (MSU transfer)

Depending on what set of preseason rankings you're looking at, and by rankings, I mean the thoughtful ones that rank all 120 FBS teams, Akron is either the worst or 2nd-worst team in the country heading into this season. Second year coach Rob Ianello went 1-11 in a nightmarish innaugural campaign and he doesn't have a whole lot returning this year.

The Zips are bad on the level of Eastern Michigan last year and New Mexico State two years ago and as such, I've listed fellow bottom feeders as their key games. Essentially, battles to stay out of the MAC cellar.

This matchup will be a perfect opening game for the Fickell era and will help the new contributors (extending all the way to the third team) get their feet wet in what should be a romp in the Shoe.

Toledo Rockets

Saturday, September 10th • Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH

Toledo
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Tim Beckman (13-12) 8-5 9/9
Key Games
Boise State (9/5), Northern Illinois (11/1), Western Michigan (11/8)
Key Players
RB Adonis Thomas (1098 YDS), WR Eric Page (99/1105 YDS), LB Dan Molls (143 TKL, 5 SK)

Former Ohio State cornerbacks coach Tim Beckman has, in three years, reversed the slide the Rockets had suffered under previous coach "Toledo Tom" Amstutz, going 8-5 (7-1) and finishing 2nd in the MAC West last year. With 18 returning starters, and their two biggest conference games at home, they should contend for the title again.

Wide receiver Eric Page has been nothing short of filthy his first two years in school and former Buckeye target Andre Sturdivant should see action on the Rockets' defensive line.

Beckman has led Toledo against Ohio State before, getting blitzed 38-0 in his first season, 2009. The score figures to be a little closer this time around.

Miami Hurricanes

Saturday, September 17th • Sun Life Stadium • Miami, FL

Miami
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Al Golden (27-34) 7-6 7/7
Key Games
@ Virginia Tech (10/8), @ North Carolina (10/1), @ Florida State (11/12)
Key Players
RB Lamar Miller (646 YDS), LB Sean Spence (111 TKL, 14.5 TFL), S Ray-Ray Armstrong 

Last year, Ohio State and Miami met in a battle of top 12 teams. The Buckeyes would go on to polish off the Hurricanes 36-24, thanks in large part to four Jacory Harris interceptions.

This year, the two teams will meet under a different kind of hype as each program enters the season bruised by NCAA violations (or alleged violations in the case of Miami). The game has already spawned several nicknames that would be funny if they didn't involve the school I cheer for on Saturdays, so those nicknames will go unmentioned.

Miami does get a bye ahead of Ohio State this year, and they'll be playing at home in front of what will surely be dozens of loyal fans, but will it even matter? 15 current players are under investigation for being part of the Nevin Shapiro Hooker and Bottle Service Express, including star linebacker Sean Spence and terrific safety Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Colorado Buffaloes

Saturday, September 24th • Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH

Colorado
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Jon Embree (0-0) 5-7 9/7
Key Games
@ Arizona State (10/29), USC (11/4), @ UCLA (11/19)
Key Players
RB Rodney Stewart (1318 YDS), DT Will Pericak (3 TFL), TE Ryan Deehan (25/249 YDS)

Colorado will be participating in the Pac-12 this season, but thanks to the miracles of advanced scheduling, they have a non-conference game against Cal in week two. As it is, the Buffs were a late addition to Ohio State's schedule, coming in August of 2010 after the Great Conference Merry-Go-Round.

"Colorado Man" Jon Embree is in his first year as head coach, arriving by way of the Washington Redskins (TEs) after Dan Hawkins was dumped for pointing out that Big 12 football was not intramurals and losing plenty of football games, among other things.

While the Buffaloes return 16 starters and should improve on last season's 5-7 mark, the defense is still pretty bad and won't figure to pitch many shutouts.

Michigan State Spartans

Saturday, October 1st • Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH

Michigan State
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Mark Dantonio (51-36) 11-2 6/6
Key Games
@ Notre Dame (9/17), Michigan (10/15), @ Nebraska (10/29)
Key Players
RB Edwin Baker (1201 YDS), QB Kirk Cousins (2825/20), WR Keshawn Martin (394 YDS)

2010 was a bittersweet year for the Spartans. With Ohio State off the schedule, Mark Dantonio led the team to victories over Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State on the way to a rare New Year's Day bowl game. In which they were promptly destroyed by Alabama, 49-7.

Still, 11-2 is a great year, no matter how you cut it and Dantonio clearly has the program headed in the right direction. They rotate back on to OSU's schedule for the first time since 2008 and are a much better team than that group that was blasted 45-7 in East Lansing, but they aren't in a habit of winning in Ohio Stadium, the site of this year's game (Sparty and Northwestern are puzzling in that no matter how good they seem to be in any given season, each team generally likes to roll over for Ohio State).

Pete Rossman from The Only Colors defines success for the 2011 Spartans:

MSU goes at least 9-3, obtains wins two of its four tough games on the road (OSU, Notre Dame, Iowa, Nebraska), and makes it four straight against Michigan.  A berth in the Big Ten title game would be nice, but missing it would be understandable given the schedule.

And failure:

MSU has seven wins or fewer, and fails to win a game on the road.  The Spartans play in a third-rate bowl game in Arizona, or even worse, the Little Caesar's Pizza! Pizza! Bowl.  It's twice the "Pizza!" to compensate for the shame I'd be feeling if that happens.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Saturday, October 8th • Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE

Nebraska
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Bo Pelini (30-12) 10-4 5/7
Key Games
@ Wisconsin (10/1), Michigan State (10/29),  Iowa (11/25)
Key Players
QB Taylor Martinez (1631/965), LB Lavonte David (152 TKL) , DT Jared Crick (9.5 SK, 7 TFL)

Ohio State travels to conference newcomer Nebraska's place for what should be the hottest ticket in the conference this year. It's a night game, the first meeting between the two blue bloods since a two-game series in the mid-50s and the Cornhuskers first home game as a Big Ten team.

The oddsmakers will likely have the Huskers favored in this one and maybe by a touchdown or more, but there are two comforting facts for Buckeye fans to lean on: Adams, Herron and Posey will all be back in action and Nebraska must travel to Madison the week before, so the odds of them being being banged up are high.

Steve Hanway from Big Red Network spells out success for the 2011 Cornhuskers:

11 wins would be progress but anything less than a BCS bowl will feel a little hollow.  Getting over the hump in a third straight conference championship game would make every Husker fan feel good.

And failure:

Failing to win the division, especially in the absence of a BCS bowl bid or 11 wins would be tough to accept, especially if the final tally for Nebraska after the bowl game is nine wins or fewer.

Illinois Fighting Illini

Saturday, October 15th • Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL

Illinois
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Ron Zook (51-59) 7-6 7/6
Key Games
@ Penn State (10/29), Michigan (11/12), Wisconsin (11/19)
Key Players
CB Terry Hawthorne (1 INT), RB Jason Ford (480 YDS), QB Nathan Scheelhaase (1825/17)

As a freshman quarterback, Nathan Scheelhaase was thrown to the wolves -- and lived to tell about it. Not only did he live to tell about it, but he actually thrived in Paul Petrino's offense, finishing the final seven games 82 of 139 for 1044 yards and 13 touchdowns with just one interception.

The two teams will meet in Champaign, which traditionally has a way of boring the Buckeyes into poor performances and the Illini will be much improved on last season's 7-6 effort (primarly because of Scheelhaase), but it's still a Ron Zook-coached team, so there's that.

Joe Kutsunis from Hail to the Orange defines success for the 2011 Illini:

We improve as a program. Looking at the Illinois football program through the Ron Zook years has been like being an investor in the Dow Jones, we have come to expect a certain amount of volatility. A year that ends in a Rose Bowl is shortly followed by a a year that ends in November. Big wins against Penn State are balanced by losses against Fresno State. If Illinois got through a year where it didn't sneak up on anyone but it beat the teams it was supposed to, I would be very satisfied. At this point that would mean at least seven wins and another bowl. I think this is pretty reasonable, but given the past decade, unlikely. It's always all or nothing in Champaign.

And failure:

We don't make a bowl. Regardless of coaching staff and past experience, you still have to hold the team to normal expectations, and with eight home games and no Nebraska or Iowa a bowl game should be a given. Losing seven games mean we really crapped things up. (That is an industry term.)

Wisconsin Badgers

Saturday, October 29th • Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH

Wisconsin
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Bret Bielema (49-16) 11-2 6/6
Key Games
Nebraska (10/1), @ Michigan State (10/22), Penn State (11/26)
Key Players
QB Russell Wilson (3563/28), RB Montee Ball (996 YDS), WR Nick Toon (459 YDS)

Last season, the Badgers took the opening kickoff to the house and built an early lead before holding on for an upset over the top-ranked and unbeaten Buckeyes in front of a rabid crowd in Madison.

This year, they must replace quarterback Scott Tolzien, but pulled an upgrade when Russell Wilson transfered from North Carolina State over the summer. He was the ACC's best quarterback last season, throwing for 3563 yards and 28 touchdowns and will make an immediate impact in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes do get the Badgers at home for a night game and coming off a road trip to East Lansing, so you'd be hard-pressed to find a more advantageous situation to play against this team. Good thing, because this game will likely determine the innaugural Leaders division's champion.

Adam Hoge of Bucky's 5th Quarter defines success for the 2011 Badgers:

The Badgers make another BCS bowl game. I think winning the Big Ten and returning to the Rose Bowl is the main goal, but if they happen to lose the Big Ten Championship Game and still make a different BCS game, then I still think the season has to be considered a success.

And failure:

The Badgers fail to reach the Big Ten Championship Game and/or miss a BCS bowl game. All the pieces are in place for the offense to be as good as last year and if the linebackers are healthy, the defense should be better than last year. 

Indiana Hoosiers

Saturday, November 5th • Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH

Indiana
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Kevin Wilson (0-0) 5-7 6/6
Key Games
Virginia (9/10), @ Wisconsin (10/15), Purdue (11/26)
Key Players
WR Damarlo Belcher (78/832), QB Gunner Kiel (Next Year)

Hope abounds in Bloomington with new head coach Kevin Wilson, the mind behind Sam Bradford's eye-popping numbers at Oklahoma.

Wilson has himself a quarterback, but unfortunately for the head coach, he won't be enrolling until next year.

Though this team is heading in the right direction, they don't quite have the talent to compete with Ohio State -- or a lot of teams in the Big Ten, for that matter.

Jon from the Crimson Quarry spells out success for the 2011 Hoosiers:

The Hoosiers reach 6-6 and qualify for any bowl game.  It’s a tall order with a new coaching staff and with a green quarterback, but not impossible given the schedule.  Also, it would be nice to not give up 83 points to anyone.

And failure:

If the team takes a big step back in competitiveness or win/loss record, or has a bad loss in the non-conference season.  It’s tough to set an expectations floor for a program like IU’s in a transitional season. 

Purdue Boilermakers

Saturday, November 12th • Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN

Purdue
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Danny Hope (9-15) 4-8 7/9
Key Games
Notre Dame (10/1), @ Wisconsin (11/5), @ Indiana (11/26)
Key Players
DT Kawann Short (6 SK, 6.5 TFL), CB Ricardo Allen (73 TKL, 3 INT), K Carson Wiggs (15/19)

Ryan Kerrigan is gone? Good.

The sting of Purdue Harbor is still fresh in the minds of most Buckeye fans, even though the good guys got revenge of sorts with a 49-0 pasting in the Horseshoe last year. Still, this is the team's first trip back to West Lafayette since that debacle and the game will be on the minds of many upperclassmen, to be sure.

I want to like Danny Hope, I really do. But I can't bring myself to do it.

Boiled Sports on what success is for the 2011 Boilermakers:

They make a bowl game. Sometimes we long for the days of Jan 1 bowl games and 8 or 9 wins, but right now if Danny Hope guides this bunch to any bowl game, it will either mean they won all the games they could/should plus maybe one of their toss-ups or it will mean they were spotty in the non-con and then rose up to surprise a few during conference play. Either way, a bowl would be good, given that Purdue is in the midst of three straight losing seasons...something not seen since the dark early/mid '90s days of Jim Colletto.

And failure:

Purdue looks unprepared and undisciplined as they have a number of times over the past couple of seasons. Hope's teams have heart and pride, but they seem to be emotional roller coasters and the team loses focus on an alarming basis. We could deal with a non bowl season if at the end of the year we feel like these guys didn't give any games away. Because when you're struggling to win games and you give a few away....it REALLY hurts. Especially when it seems preventable. 

Penn State Nittany Lions

Saturday, November 19th • Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH

Penn State
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Joe Paterno (401-135-3) 7-6 7/7
Key Games
Alabama (9/10), Nebraska (10/12), @ Wisconsin (11/26)
Key Players
WR Derek Moye (53/885), LB Michael Mauti (67 TKL), CB D'Anton Lynn (75 TKL, 3 INT)

Joe Paterno will lead his Nittany Lions back into the Shoe for the 2nd time in a row thanks to adjustments to the conference schedule for new member Nebraska. Call it payback for having to travel to Happy Valley twice in a row shortly after the Lions entered the Big Ten in the mid-90s.

While Penn State has been on a bit of a slide of late -- they've actually settled into a pattern of three mediocre seasons sandwiching a breakthrough BCS bowl year -- they're still Penn State and they still play the Buckeyes tough. Ohio State has double-digit victories the last two years, but look beyond that and you see a lot of nail-biting, one score games between the two powers.

As a fellow Leaders Division team, this game takes on a little bit more importance than usual as both teams will likely still be in contention for a trip to Indy when they meet.

Michigan Wolverines

Saturday, November 26th • Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan
Coach Last Year Returning Starters
Brady Hoke (47-50) 7-6 9/7
Key Games
Notre Dame (9/10), @Michigan State (10/15), Nebraska (11/19)
Key Players
QB Denard Robinson (2570/1702), DT Mike Martin (2.5 SK, 3.5 TFL), C David Molk

New coach Brady Hoke has Michigan fans believing again. They got a Michigan Man (and another in a line of them originating from Ohio) and he's taken to calling the Buckeyes "Ohio", exciting a fanbase that hasn't had a whole lot of reasons to talk smack to their biggest rival after going 1-9 against them in the previous 10.

The Buckeyes busted the "1st Year Wolverine Coach Always Slays Ohio State" myth three years ago when Rich Rodriguez led his team to a 42-7 thumping in his first taste of The Game, so at least we don't have that hanging over us.

Still, given the general trends/vibes eminating from each program, and the fact that the game will be played in Ann Arbor, there may be cause for the typical gameday butterflies that we've sorely missed the last few years.

Brian Cook of MGoBlog on his view of a successful 2011 for the Wolverines:

Beat Ohio State. Normally I roll my eyes at that extra increment of obsession in the OSU fanbase in re: Michigan. Not this year. Michigan needs to win The Game this year. They're going to have a mediocre record going into it,  they'll have a massive advantage at QB, and it's at home. If the infamous "days since" hits 0 in November, Hoke is off and running.

And failure:

There is room for some optimism even if the above doesn't happen as long as Michigan does better this year. Run in place as a 7-5 team despite returning about 19 starters and (probably) getting vastly better kicking, though, and enthusiasm will dampen significantly.

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Kyle's picture

I love how The Game is only important when it matters to Michigan.  I'm sure they've already put a mental asterisk next to the oughts as if that didn't even happen.

Clown Baby's picture

So for the season to be successful, Um must beat OSU....but the season isn't necessarily a failure if they don't?  That is some world class hedging my friend.

Another Jason's picture

Maybe. But I think the point is that they could go 5-7 while beating OSU and they'd be excited about that, but if they don't beat OSU, they'll be excited about a 9-3 or better season anyway. That's because what's more likely to happen is going 5-7 and losing to OSU.

GoBucks713's picture

They have a pretty easy schedule, Hone Western MI, Home Domers, Home Easter MI, Home San Diego State, Home Minnesota, at NWern, At Sparty, Home Purdon't, At Iowa, At Illinois, Home Nebrasky, Home tOSU. Really the only hard game they have on the road is Iowa, and they are rebuilding, and Sparty. They have Nebraska, Us and a bunch of Panzies at home. If this were tOSU's schedule, i would say we would run the table easily. This should really be a 10 win team, with losses to Brasky and the Good Guys.

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Denny's picture

Lordy lordy do I not like Wisconsin.

Taquitos.

Bucksfan's picture

Lol...please, let's leave the Lord out of this one.  This is some seriously R-rated secular animosity boiling in our veins regarding those cheese-rolling, brat-basting, drunktards.

BuckeyeSki's picture

State Penn has been on a bit of a slide alright - right down the back of JoePa's leg

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BucksfanXC's picture

I love the Michigan/Nebraska/Wisconsin previews that the best case/worst case is hinged upon a single game. I was just thinking this year how nice it is to not expect a NC out of my team. It's a feeling I don't want to get used to, but ever few years my wife will appreciate me not kicking over the coffee table when we drop a pass against Iowa. Besides, I think it's the years that there is less pressure on the team to win every game, that they do win every game. No one expected 2002 team to go 14-0. (Fat Urkel did however expect them to go 0-14)

“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

William's picture

Went to several NC State games the past year and honestly Wilson isn't as good as many people think he is. His stats were very much a product of playing against shitty defenses. Now NC State's backup to Wilson, Glennon, looks like a more mobile Phillip Rivers, tall, athletic and an absolute cannon for an arm.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Didn't Glennon transfer from VT?

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William's picture

It's Mike Glennon, the younger brother of former VT QB Sean Glennon.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Yeah but if history has taught us anything its that any UW QB is capable of beating OSU. They still play a style that I am not comfortable watching. Over rated or not, the guy is better than Tolzien so I'm more than a little concerned about them. Now they lost a part of their line (Carimi doesn't look like much of a Bear for what its worth) but I'm sure they have another in the long line of gigantic, curd fed plowboys to insert in said holes. UW is the hardest game of the year for OSU in 2011. I haven't bought a sinlge thing that has been sold about Nebraska We've seen too many times what UW does when they match up with OSU. Always a nail biter, always a tough game, too often it ends up with the bratheads waddling away the victors.

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Bucksfan's picture

Like every football game, whoever wins the battle up front wins the game.  Wisc. won last year's game because they blew our d-linemen off the ball, and that was a pretty damn good d-line that they dominated.  So, this year's d-line has quite a statement to make if they want to call themselves elite.  That's the game that they should be circling as their audition to play on Sundays.  Blitzes by Tyler Moeller should help.  Stop Wiscy's rushing game, and you turn Beilema into a unich.

yrro's picture

And watch how TCU played them in the bowl game. I'm not sure TCU's defense was overall better than ours last year, but they certainly played Wisconsin better.

I think it's hurt us playing so many spread teams. We've rebuilt the defense around stopping light fast guys on the outside and running quarterbacks. The defense just didn't look as ready to take on smash mouth football.

Jdadams01's picture

Honestly, I think the tape of our game against Wiscy won the Rose Bowl for TCU. Their defensive scheme is similar to ours and their coaches had a ready made example of how not to play Wiscy while in that scheme to study and show their team.

Bucksfan's picture

Statistically, Wisconsin should have won...they rushed for 40 yards more against TCU than they did against the Bucks.  I want to say they put the game too much in Tolzein's hands, but he put the ball in the air one less time than his average, and threw for the same # of yards as he did against the Buckeyes.  He was far less efficient, though, throwing just over 50% against TCU, and 80% against the Buckeyes. 

I think our secondary was out of sorts...got out-coached maybe?

Kurt's picture

Good points.  I'm also not sure what happened, but one thing that struck me while watching the Rose Bowl unfold was that Wisconsin did not utilize the jet-sweeps that were so successful against OSU.  In their game against us they cleverly used the jet-sweep with their WRs which would almost every time suck one of our LBs towards the sidelines thus opening up gaping holes up the middle.  They would also have Tolzien pump fake screens to the WR flats then it'd turn out to be a hand-off draw play up the middle, again, sucking LB's away from the middle of the field.  I don't recall having seen them use any of these tactics against TCU in the Rose...  Without those wrinkles their offense is much easier for a good schemer like Patterson to stop.

acBuckeye's picture

I would venture to guess that TCU's D wasn't as big as ours last year, but they were certainly athletic. Like someone else said, I think Patterson showed them the OSU game a million times to show them what NOT to do. If i recall, it wasn't until the 2nd half that Tressel finally started putting safeties in the box, which slowed them down and allowed us a chance to get back in it.

As for Tolzien, he made 2 or 3 of the best throws of his life in that game. He was my bet that we'd come back and win, esp after the Sweat INT. But he recovered, as much as i hate to say it.

But i agree with YRRO, the D certainly looked like they were caught off guard by the sheer physicalness of Wisky's offense. I dont understand why, since everyone knows what they're gonna try and do. I think the KOR TD to open the game really affected our guys, and then the Homan injury really hurt more than ppl think b/c J-New looked lost and overmatched in that game. When we really needed stops in the 4th, we couldn't get them, and having Homan would've helped.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

My thoughts exactly. I have a hard time believing NC State let's the best QB in the conference walk. Or even the best QB on their team walk. Not adding up. Maybe he's a dbag in the locker room?

argyle182021's picture

He left NC State early to play minor league baseball for the Rockies but decided he didn't want to do that anymore after it wasn't going so well.  He has one year of eligibility left and was apparently also considering Auburn when he chose sconnie.

BuckPirate1981's picture

Exactly, it was more an issue of NC State (or rather the head coach) being hardliners about the whole baseball thing.  Fortunately for Wisconsin, Auburn's bagman was tied up at the moment.  

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

If this kid is as good as folks say (best in conference, etc.) I don't see the coaches standing in the way of him coming back to their program. Put the B.S. from the last 8 months aside and ask yourself if JT hardlines TPeezy2 and doesn't allow him back if he wanted to try baseball. Again, raises some eyebrows. Coaches get paid to win and if this kid was their best bet to win games, I have to believe he would be their QB. Just my two cents.

BuckPirate1981's picture

While Russell Wilson isn't the second coming of.... (sorry was trying to think of a really good athletic UW quarterback of yesteryear to compare to and drew a blank), he is a guy who had the following stat line against an unquestionably solid FSU last year:

CMP 18, ATT 28, 178 YDS, CMP% 64.3, LNG 35, 1 TD , 1 INT , RAT 122.3, RUSH YDS 69, AVG 4.1, LNG 30, 3 TD's.

Now compare Mr. Tolzien's stat's against OSU:

13-16, 152 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT, RUSH YDS 7 (long of 4 though!), 0 TDS.

Which of course is not meant to make a direct comparison to OSU and FSU's defenses (Florida State, for the record, was ranked 20th in points allowed.  This to OSU's 5th - couldn't find the YPG rankings, and sonofa I did make a direct comparison).  What I mean to say of course is that if Mr. Wilson can put up solid numbers against a decent defense like Florida State, and the Badgers can beat tOSU with a clearly less talented and popular QB who couldn't do much with his feet after putting on shoes, I am indeed a little more nervous.  And the guy isn't just an athlete, he can throw, as his NCAA record 379 passes w/o an INT will attest to.  If Mr. Steele is impressed, I'm impressed.  Not saying that we can't beat them, just saying I'll be sure to wear my lucky underwear for that game, no doubt.  No doubt.

Quick side note, since we are always in the mood for NCAA violation talk round these parts, how about a quick one (that amounted to nothing I'm sure) with regards to Mr. Wilson's "grand slam visit" to Wisconsin?  Since programs should seriously be held accountable and all.

tampa buckeye's picture

I don't care if Wisky brings in Jerry Rice and Joe Montana they are not winning at the shoe this year.

Maestro's picture

+ 1 million

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acBuckeye's picture

You mean Joe Montegna?

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

"Joe Montana was a quarterback, you crazy asshole"

 

"I SAID JOE MONTEGNA!"

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