Friday Skull Session

By Elika on September 23, 2011 at 3:32a
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Are you guys feeling better now? I have to admit, if you had told me this time last week that Basil was going to put up our only points against Miami, I would've laughed in your face. That Buchanan would be in serious consideration for our best player of the night (somewhere, Tressel watched that boy punt and got a tingly feeling all over, I'm sure), I would've searched for the nearest tall building. That NOBODY could complete a pass to a WR or TE?!

I would've told you that no way would Luke Fickell be walking around the 'Bus with his head still attached come Monday. And finally, if you had told me Bauserman would be standing on the sideline LAUGHING during this whole debacle, I would've bet my life savings that somebody would've force fed him an envelope full of cash somehow, and they would've made it painful.

Despite all that torture we had to witness in South Beach, and Ohio State Football's super special way of making you feel like you are going to die at times, eventually we remember the last time we felt that way *cough*USC GAME*cough, and realize... everything is going to be alright. So, with that, let's get to talking about things OTHER than Miami...

THE BRAXTON ERA HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN. Well, Buckeye fans, I guess Luke Fickell finally heard us. Fickell announced during the "The Luke Fickell Call-In Show," on Thursday that Braxton Miller will be making his first start for the Buckeyes on Saturday against Colorado.

After mentioning on Tuesday that the QB competition was open to all four guys, Miller was chosen over Bauserman, Guiton and Graham this week. Knowing the volatile nature of Buckeye fans, especially when #14 runs out onto the field, Fickell did choose his words carefully when he said, "we need both of them. The way we handle it is key."

I don't know what exactly changed his mind, maybe the fact that Bauserman apparently thinks he's playing baseball and there will be about 160 other chances to redeem himself throughout the season. Perhaps that Bauserman thought it was okay to throw passes to Posey in the stands. I don't know. Whatever it was, I'm hopeful this means we'll be giving Miller more of a chance to gain some momentum than we did last week against Miami, yanking him the second he made a mistake. (You know, those pesky little things freshmen do at times.)

I wasn't too pleased with that, much like the fact that Miller was given zero attention while he watched the offense from the sideline this year, but if we've turned a corner and are putting our trust in Braxton, I'm willing to leave my grudges behind and see what the future has in store. I'm hopeful our fans will be so excited by the announcement, and the beginning of something new, that they'll show Braxton the patience he'll need as he develops. IT'S MILLER TIME!

JILTED LOVERS COMING HOME. Ralphie brings three Ohio natives to the Shoe with him this Saturday in RB Rodney Stewart (Westerville), LB Doug Rippy (Columbus) and CB Ayodeji Olatoye (Dublin). Though all three grew up in the shadows of the Ohio Stadium, none of them were paid much attention by the OSU football program.

Unfortunately for us, these guys who likely feel they have something to prove, aren't exactly bench warmers. Rodney Stewart has cemented his place as, at the very least, the fourth leading Buffs rusher of all time. Given Stewart's shifty nature and his nickname "Speedy," as well as OSU's 27 missed tackles last week, watch for Stewart to take advantage.

Rippy also happens to be Colorado's best weapon on defense (he's from Ohio, so I'm not sure if any you are shocked by this... but you shouldn't be). When asked about coming home to Columbus to play the Buckeyes, Rippy said, "It means a lot. Just for the simple fact that I was not heavily recruited by Ohio State, and now that I'm here I have the opportunity to play them. To go back home is really good, but at the same time I have a job to do." 

Would Bauserman have gotten an OSU tat?The Braxton Miller Era is finally here.

YOU THOUGHT 41-14 WAS BAD? Cincinnati put on a clinic for visiting NC State Thursday night, beating the Wolfpack 44-14. The Bearcats defense really stole the show knocking out six sacks and forcing three turnovers, getting them to 16 forced turnovers thus far this season.

The NC State passing game actually wasn't so bad, with QB Mike Glennon racking up 334 yards and 2 TDs (2 picks didn't help though), but the Wolfpack could've done better on the ground than -26 yards if they'd been roofied and were passed out on the roof of a hotel under the hot Vegas sun. I'd normally be happy to see another Ohio team do well, but coming off a brutal loss I'm just dreading the return of this terrible fashion choice.

YOU'RE IN GOOD HANDS WITH VERLON. The Ozone's Brandon Castel reported Thursday night that WR Verlon Reed suffered an injury to his hand, requiring eight stitches, the week leading up to the Miami game.

While Verlon and the coaching staff weren't using the injury as an excuse for his performance Saturday, they did note that Verlon is doing much better now and has been working like crazy to make up for last week's performance. Ohio State Receivers Coach, Stan Drayton:

“I like the way he has prepared this week, you look at a person like Verlon who ached so much after that game. That particular play, he doesn’t rest easy. Now you watch his actions after the fact. Is he moping, or does he try to make sure that never happens again? What I’m seeing is he’s working his tail off. He’s trying to catch everything that’s coming his way.”

Here's to a fully recovered, ready to go Verlon Reed against the Buffs tomorrow!

 

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BucksfanXC's picture

Great article. But did you really have to say that score? On a Friday morning?

“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

Elika's picture

I'm a glutton for punishment. Sometimes you all are gonna have to suffer with me. Sorry.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

slippy's picture

Can we please stop talking about Bauserman like he's a grizzled veteran?  Everyone keeps bringing up Braxton and "freshmen mistakes."  Guess what?  In terms of real playing time, Bauserman is a freshman too.  Sure he might know the playbook better, but he's never had to read a real opposing defense, he's never had the pressure on him while in a game, he's never been told he has to make a play. 

 

Being old is not equal to being experienced.

RBuck's picture

Good point. To put it in a baseball perspective, which Joe would understand, he was a relief pitcher who never had a hold or save opportunity; was suddenly put in as a starter and didn't last a complete inning.

 

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

slippy's picture

I'd say it's more like he gave up a grand slam and some other RBIs for 2 or 3 innings before he got pulled.

BuckeyeMark's picture

this kind of common sense thinking will just foul up everybody because it's so unexpected on the interwebs.

BucksfanXC's picture

Mop up time may not be much. But 4-5yrs of practice and travelling to games, sitting on a college bench, watching film in the film room, working out at the Woody, the list goes on. Joe B. is no freshmen. If you think he has the experience of a freshman, you might as well throw out all class ranks and say everyone is a freshmen! I agree he's not a 4yr starter by any means, but he's also not exactly an 18yr old, walking onto the grass at the Shoe in front of 100k+ for the first time, seeing Div 1 talent line-up across from him for the first time. He doesn't take off running with the ball hanging out off his shoulder like a boom box in a Fresh Prince video. He clearly knows the playbook better than Brax. He clearly has earned the trust and respect of his teammates and coaches.

Now, if Braxton is to get those freshman jitters out of his play, earn the trust and respect of staff and team, learn to tuck the ball and know when to throw away and when to run, he does need to get playing time. Obviously, that time has come in the minds of the HC. Also obviously, it hadn't come before this point in the minds of the HC, but it had in the minds of 75-80% of the people who read this blog and sit in the stands and on couches on Saturdays.

“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

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BucksfanXC's picture

 

every time you post I get this image in my head.

“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

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BucksfanXC's picture

 

For some reason I can't edit my last post either...

“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

slippy's picture

My point is what's the difference between an 18 yeard old in front of 100k and a 26 year old in front of 100k when neither one of them have been in that situation before?  Knowing the offense better doesn't mean you can read the defense better.  Doesn't mean you don't get nervous.

BucksfanXC's picture

That's where the film room experience, in game (even mop-up is better than none) experience, and studying from the sideline experience comes into play. That helps with the nerves, helps with the reading of the defense, etc. How long does it take Braxton to overcome that gap in experience? According the Fickell's persception: possibly 3 games, we'll see. That's what him not starting up until this point says to me.

“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

slippy's picture

I understand the theory of having more film experience and knowing the defense should calm the nerves and make him better.

 

But in practice what we've seen is Bauserman is so terrified of making a mistake he throws the ball away on 50% of his passes.

BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah, he may have the downside of having the experience of watching his predecessor arm-punt away INTs.

“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

Elika's picture

Oh I definitely don't mistake Bauserman's age for on field experience. The fact of the matter is though that the one thing Joe has going for him, is that he's "safe." Do I necessarily like it? No, I don't think it gives us the best chance to win. I do, however, recognize that as part of the reason he was a coaching staff favorite for awhile.

And he does have certain experiences that Braxton doesn't have that could serve him well in certain situations... I just think we'd seen him hit his potential ceiling, and don't know why the coaching staff didn't realize awhile ago he's simply not the kind of guy that was going to get us out of a 14 point defecit.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

Buckeyejason's picture

Yeah the only thing grizzled about Bauserman is his beard.

BUCKEYES BABY!

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

This team MUST remember that they are Ohio State. When it's 1st and Goal from the Miami 8 and 1st and 10 from the Miami 11, you have to put the ball in the endzone. I don't care how "athletic" Miami is, you play in the Big Ten. If you can play in the trenches with Wisconsin and Penn State, you should be able to dominate the trenches again Miami. They don't have Warren Sapp anymore. Should have been a 14-14 game in the second quarter.

slippy's picture

Dude we've been bad in the redzone for years now.

BucksfanXC's picture

Srsly. I used to groan if we got tackled inside the 20. "Here comes another FG." I wish someone had stats on it. How many of our TD's in the last 10yrs have been from greater than 20 yrd out.

“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

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Last year we were much better in the Red Zone than in previous years. Take a look. Better red zone efficiency than Auburn last year. Comparable red zone TD% too.

 

http://www.cfbstats.com/2010/team/37/redzone/offense/split.html

http://www.cfbstats.com/2010/team/518/redzone/offense/split.html

Better than Alabama too...

http://www.cfbstats.com/2010/team/8/redzone/offense/split.html

And Oregon...

http://www.cfbstats.com/2010/team/529/redzone/offense/split.html

 

 

slippy's picture

You just proved the point.  It's never been a problem scoring in the redzone.  It's been a problem scoring TDs.  Of those teams we have the worst TD%.

Corey Carpenter's picture

I lost the dare on that monkey video...funny stuff.

Elika's picture

Part II of the dare... watch it again, and tell me his mannerisms don't remind you of Arthur in King of Queens.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

Buckeyejason's picture

I get the same feeling when we reach the red zone..

hey there's a great drinking game right there..a shot every time we get there and don't get 6 points.

BUCKEYES BABY!

BoFuquel's picture

Brax. take care of the ball.Limit mistakes get close kick a couple FG"s. Let the D win this game.

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Buckeyejason's picture

Fock kickin field goals get in the damn endzone..teams are gettin 6 like its nothin we should be able to do that a little..at least.

BUCKEYES BABY!

builderofcoalitions's picture

I live in Columbia, MO. Of course I remember that effing 5th down. Mizzou fans won't let us forget. Every other week it's 5th down this, flee-kicker that, Tyus Edney 4.8 seconds... It's a never-ending comedy of errors. Missouri sports history is more known for their near-misses than anything else. That's why I was so happy they beat OU last year. Now, that's all they talk about.

Because we couldn't go for three.

BuckPirate1981's picture

Lets say we see another "EPIC FAIL" in coaching next week (if only it was an EPIC WIN, field goal from the sideline?) and Braximus Maximus  is pulled after making one mistake, is it fair to say that Luke needs to go at that point and is doing nothing more than shaking the confidence of his young quarterback?  I honestly can't say Tress (Good Jim) would every allow Dark Jim to do such a thing.  And by needs to go, of course,  what I mean is go tooooooo...... Old Spice Chris Spielman Football Camp!  Oh wait, ages 7-14, we're screwed.    

And as an aside, if you're old enough to rent a van, and you are still playing a sport small children play and attend camps to, I would say a lable of "grizzled" is more than appropriate.  

Elika's picture

IMHO, the biggest issue is that now the Jim Bollman apologists are seeing why Tressel handcuffed Bollman for all these years. Because he FREAKIN HAD TO! The reason this is such a problem as it relates to Luke is that he's too caught up in the newness of being a head coach, all while dealing with the pressures of being a head coach at Ohio State, that he's apparently leaving all these decisions to a guy who had been (rightfully) handcuffed for years from making these decisions.

Does Ohio State deserve better than a 1st time HC? Yes, but I'm willing to cut Luke a tiny bit more slack for now. Does Ohio State deserve better than an incompetent OC? Absolutely. How this isn't a bigger issue in Columbus just leads you to show how lacking in knowledge the new bandwagon is. The first people to blame: Head coach and the quarterback, because that's all a bandwagoner knows.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

BoFuquel's picture

We ain't got no O. We ain't no O coach.Tosu is where QB's have always gone to die.Kick the FG and let The D do it's job.

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

btalbert25's picture

I must say, I trusted the get close and kick some field goals when we had Nugent kicking, but I never feel confident about Basil kicking FG's. 

Rooster Buckburn's picture

I don't know what exactly changed his mind, maybe the fact that Bauserman apparently thinks he's playing baseball and there will be about 160 other chances to redeem himself throughout the season.
 

That's hilarious!  Bauserman isn't a 'grizzled veteran' - just 'grizzled'.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Attn: Buckeye Corner --- When can I get my #5 home and away jerseys?

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.