Buckeyes Ride Defense, Ron Zook to Victory

By Ramzy Nasrallah on October 15, 2011 at 6:26p
89 Comments

The Buckeye defense caught 100% more passes than the Buckeye offense did and Jim Bollman continued to demonstrate that he has absolutely no concept of how to competently run a high school offense, but with Ron Zook on the opposite sideline ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

Buckeyes win 17-7, taking down a ranked team on the road and giving the Illini its first blemish on the season. Ohio State gets an October victory and a bye week to prepare for the Wisconsin Treeshredders. Bowl eligibility got a tremendous boost today as well.

When you win, nothing hurts, nothing is ugly and everything is wonderful. Black Keys: Take us home.

 

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Buckeyejason's picture

Boom is a beast..we all knew that.

Roby is has a bright future ahead of him..looks like the next great Buckeye corner.

Simon is Simon, best player on our D.

Hankins helluva game as always. Looks like he'll be 3 and out.

Good win fellas, let's have a great game plan for Wisky!

BUCKEYES BABY!

sfgoody's picture

so true!  sure, we completed one pass.....soak that it....and zook is a moron, but let's not miss the forest for the trees.  davie was right, the way we responded to last week's meltdown was HUGE! this def is developing some playmakers, and, some swagger, and they nearly all come back next year and many for a couple years!

we hit the bye week perfectly, taking time to heal and gel and practice.  i don't feel great about wisky, but we hit them on the heels of msu which helps.  even if it doesn't, the last 4 games all look winnable.  probably hard to find many that felt that way after the last 2 weeks.  big, big win for fickell.  i still say (don't stone me) that if he wins 8 games and we are playing like i think we will at the end he deserves a contract.  he's making strides.  we shouldve beat neb, but the pain didn't come in the loss, but the method. will it prove to be an anomaly? if we had he'd be a shoe in, right?  i mean, are we really so arrogant to think that a team with all this adversity 'should' be a 10 win team? c'mon, man!  but let's celebrate for tonite. HOPE is back in the bldg!!!

sfgoods

GoBucks713's picture

Praise Woody!

-The Aristocrats!

Menexenus's picture

Agreed.  Somewhere, Woody is smiling...

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Buckrific's picture

WOW!!!  What a huge and bizarre win!  This year any win is a good win.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Zook should be fired before the players hit the shower. What was going through his mind going for it when he needed two scores? Unreal. They lost to a team that completed one pass. And I thought Bollman was bad.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Quick Thoughts:

1. Welcome back, Boom. You've been missed dearly.

2. The Zooker was out in full force today, but I'm not complaining.

3. Consider me an "El Guapo" Hyde sympathizer. That guy has worked harder than anybody else on this team so far (arguably), along with never getting in trouble, yet he now finds himself buried in the depth chart. He should be our number two running back in my opinion.

4. Our passing game is going to have to be better than that the rest of the season. Why don't we continue to have offensive game plans like we did in the 1st half against Nebraska? I can only imagine that that type of game plan would be enhanced by Boom's effectiveness as well.

5. Piggybacking off the #4, I can't wait to never have to deal with Bollman's ineptitude again.

#6. I actually saw some emotion out of Fickell at certain points in today's game. Maybe I just haven't been looking, but where has that been all season? I remember hearing about how "fiery" of a coach this guy was.

7. Loving the Silver Bullets today! We're going to need them to play even more out of their minds against Wisconsin. The atmosphere they will be in will hopefully help a little bit.

8. God bless John Simon and "He Ate Me" Hankins.

9. GO BUCKS, DAMMIT!

GoBucks713's picture

10. Michigan STILL sucks.

-The Aristocrats!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

"Why don't we continue to have offensive game plans like we did in the 1st half against Nebraska?"

1. No 20-30 mph wind gusts in Lincoln.

2. Braxton Miller's ankle made it difficult for him to plant in his drops.

3. The Illini defense's main strength was pass rush, whereas the Buckeye OL handled the Nebraska front 7 until the team imploded in the 3Q.

I'm going to take the arrows and actually say that . . . the Ohio State coaches (Bollman and Fickell) called a very smart game today. Credit where credit is due. The object is to win the football game and they called the game in the best way available to accomplish that goal. 

Everyone is saying that the Zooker zooked his own team. Okay, I agree. But all those reasons that we're saying that . . . the Ohio State coaches did the opposite.

RoweTrain's picture

I disagree. Miller cut very well on his runs but couldn't on his plants? Doesn't add up to me. And I highly disagree that they called a smart game. I think attempting only 4 passes even with Miller pulling it down a half dozen times isnt calling a smart game regardless of the win. Schelldawg threw the ball well enough when he wasn't throwing to our corners to realize we could of thrown the ball more. I'm glad we won like no other but to me, the play calling and decision making was subpar.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Sorry, you're just wrong. 

Going into the game, Scheelhaase had been the 5th rated passer, with 10 TDs and only 3 INTs in 120 attempts. On average, then, he'd thrown just 20 passes per game in their first six games, as Illinois is a run-oriented team (290 rushes to 138 pass attempts).

Okay, the wind is whipping around, they're playing an Ohio State team that was 105th in total offense going into the game, with a QB with a tender ankle and . . .

Illinois attempts 34 passes to only 35 rushes. Granted, the Buckeyes D did a fairly good job against the rush (3.3 per rush), but it was stupid to have Scheelhaass wing the ball around. Not surprisingly, he ends up throwing for only 5.0 yards per passing attempt and gives up two huge INTs, which were probably THE difference in the ball game.

And you wanted our coaches to call the game like the Illini did? Hell, our coaches flat-out outcoached their staff.

RoweTrain's picture

I'm wrong? If we throw the ball four times in two weeks against Wisconsin, we're done. They will run us out of the Shoe. I am pumped about the win like no other today, but we could have done much a whole lot better with better play callig. I'm sorry but I'm tired of run, rub, play action tuck and run.

Menexenus's picture

You guys are both right.  Rowetrain is right when he says that the Buckeyes need a more effective passing game.  Without it, we won't be (and haven't been) able to win consistently.  But Run_Fido_Run is right when he says that the coaches were smart to keep running the ball when it was working.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

 

Three yards and a cloud of dust was good enough for Woody.  It's damn-well good enough for me, too!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Yes, thanks. I still feel that I'm right about yesterday, but what was appropriate yesterday very likely won't get it done against Wisky.

Also, my post above was already pretty long, or else I would have contrasted the second-year Scheelhaase, who has made big strides from the first half of his freshman year, to this year. if Illinois was going to have serious problems throwing the ball in that wind, how were we going to do, especially considering our struggles in pass protection (versus a good pass rush defense) and our young receivers, not to mention frosh QB? 

Given our personell and the conditions yesterday, I doubt that the likes of Bill Walsh, Urban Meyer, C Weiss, or Pete Carroll would have done much better calling the game. That's why I pompously remarked that  Rowetrain was simply "wrong" about yesterday - because the conditions were a simple fact of nature.

That doesn't mean I'm endorsing Bollman and/or Fickell going forward - we'll have to see about Fickell - and we damn well can use some offensive creativity and much better scheming against Wisky, especially if the conditions are moderate.

CGroverL's picture

El Guapo is getting screwed a bit as he has carried us through this horrible stretch. On the bright side, we can look forward to seeing that 6'1" 240 pound kid and his 4.4 sec. 40 play as a junior and possibly a senior as well. When you have a kid that is that big and that fast, you have to find a way to get the ball in his hands at least 15 times a game, though.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

Buckeyejason's picture

He's not getting screwed..Herron and Hall ran like Boss's today.

Hyde has looked good on occasion..but not enough to warrant an attitude that he has.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Colin's picture

I am a realist, but I honestly think if our defense plays as well as they did today, and our offense isn't worse than it was today, we can win 4 of our last 5.

tampa buckeye's picture

No reason why they can't win out.  Oh wait Bollman is still the OC.  Damn it.  

Just win baby.

tampa buckeye's picture

Two weeks to get ready for Wisky.  If we didn't blow it last week we'd be in the drivers seat for the title game.  No chance at that but we can beat wisconsin and win out.  

Please figure something out on offense.  First half of Nebraska we looked great.  Can we work on those plays all week and next.  

JakeBuckeye's picture

If we didn't blow it last week we'd be in the drivers seat for the title game.

I think Wisconsin would be in the driver's seat still, just saying.

But I agree with you, surprisingly. I haven't been too optimistic about things this year. But I love the way the Wisconsin game is scheduled for us. We get a big, momentous win heading into a bye week before the biggest game of the year. It will be at home during the night in the 'Shoe. That's always a crazy atmosphere.

RoweTrain's picture

If we win last week and win out, we get the championship game becuz of the tiebreaker with Wiscy. Ask Michigan St 2010.

thePhilipJFry's picture

This is probably Wisconsin's best team ever.  Two weeks from now try not to get too down on the players, the number one goal for this team is still beat Michigan.

headina's picture

YES! Great defensive battle. However, even though the running game was doing well, 4 passes in a game is ridiculous.

GO BUCKS

DAVE's picture

Plusses:
knowing the whole D is coming back next year
Braxton's running.
Boom

Minuses:
Uh, passing
O play calling

madhatterhater's picture

I was a little suprised to see the pistol after Braxton seemed to be doing ok in the previously used formations.

go bucks

Leanenaud's picture

OSU win, Michigan loss. All is well with the universe.

madhatterhater's picture

Makes me smile

go bucks

Menexenus's picture

Indeed... 

<satisfied>

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Bucksfan's picture

If your coaching staff is afraid of the wind, you need to find a new coaching staff.  They won despite themselves, but a win is a win.  The team played hard, that was apparent.  That's all we can ask for in a season like this.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

And the Illini coaching staff wasn't afraid of the wind and it burned them several times.

Bucks43201's picture

Roby Island

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Bucks43201's picture

Charles Norris fears John Simon.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Bucks43201's picture

OSU is going to beat Wisconsin...calling it right now ---- OSU 20 Wisconsin 16

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

argyle182021's picture

When someone gets wind of what Howard's injury is, please share it.  As much as people criticize him at times we need him (especially if Clarke gets extra games tacked on his suspension or commits some other dumb act).

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Howard is an excellent #2 corner. Hope he has just a mild (sprained ankle?) injury.   

Buckeyejason's picture

I wouldn't say excellent..I mean he made that interception..which was like his best play or many bad plays in 3-4 games.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You don't think he's excellent AS A NUMBER 2 corner? In that role, he didn't cover Jenkins today, so he pretty much stoned the other guy. Very few teams have two outstanding WRs. Howard can shut down most #2s. Plus, he's improved a little very game this year.   

Buckeyejason's picture

Considering he was supposed to be our # 1 corner,called himself Howard Island and said he might leave early for the League..he's dissapointing.

I'd rather have Clarke as #2, and I'm not the only one.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I didn't claim that Howard was excellent #2 CB who claims to be a #1 CB. I simply said that he's an excellent #2. Which is true regardless of what smack he runs.

Clarke is an excellent #2, too. Obviously, I like our backfield, especially in coverage, but that's largely because our new #1 CB, Roby is turning into a lockdown corner. If Howard were the #1, he would not be an excellent #1 CB.  

heroonthaline's picture

Get ready for the Ncaa to make a ruling...hey why not heading into a bye week with a much needed win

Colin's picture

Carlos Hyde's pissed off: 

He has since taken it down though.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Hyde will be fine, as long as he is worked back into the offense.

That kind of stuff has always gone around. The difference now is that we have twitter to enable such outbursts to be broadcast to mass audiences.

sfgoody's picture

hope brionte and warren are listening....save your energy kid.  maybe you didn't know boom was 1st team all b10 last year?  hyde has worked hard, but take that long td run away from neb and he strikes me as very pedestrian.  any other 'me first' kids that can't grasp the beauty of the team game are welcome to 'take myself elsewhere'....

sfgoods

Rooster Buckburn's picture

He was frustrated - but frankly so was I as a fan not seeing him more today.  He beasted on Nebraska - and was apparently dropped to 3rd on the depth chart??  I simply do not understand that.  I assume it wasn't disciplinary since he did make a late game appearance and his tweet seems to indicate it was a surprise to him as well.

headina's picture

Hyde > Hall. Just sayin

GO BUCKS

billjones's picture

Okay, Carlos needs to chill.  He willl get his carries.  Can't say that I necessarily disagrree with him, but your team won, right?  Jeez.

Anyway, good effort by the Bucks.  This team is now like my 3 year-old.  You just don't know what you'll get.  That's fine as long as they're improving.  I'm going to give the coaches a pass on this one.  Los Buckeyes struggle to win in Champaign under the best of circumstances.  So, a 10 point win is a'ight.  Still, we couldn't draw up any screens or short routes when everyone in the stadium knew we were going to run?

Buckeyejason's picture

We run the ball all game and can't even get the #3 back involved very much..just goes to show the lack of brains on this coaching staff.

Hyde just needs to be patient..he has 2 more years after this season to be the #1 guy. Rod Smith or Berry is no threat to him next year.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyejason's picture

Hydes too emotional..have him on facebook. But he's nothing compared to Verlon Reed..my god talk about a 3 year old.

BUCKEYES BABY!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Hydes too emotional..have him on facebook.

Look, I don't want to start anything, but that surpasses ultra-weird and creepy dude. Please tell me you either

A) are younger or the same age as Carlos Hyde

or

B) know Carlos Hyde personally.

If not just lie to me and tell me its one of those two options listed above.

 

Buckeyejason's picture

Ok..you want to go that route, I'm not his age..and I don't know him personally.

I'm 26 and a fan of Ohio State football..why is it weird to have Buckeye players as friends on Facebook. There are thousands of others who do as well...I'm not the only one dude.

So get off your high horse or get whatevers stuck up your ass, out and go take a few shots to loosen up.

BUCKEYES BABY!

JakeBuckeye's picture

There are thousands of others who do as well...I'm not the only one dude.

I understand that. There are thousands of people in African tribes that do this too:

http://inlinethumb24.webshots.com/45335/2317074380104237032S600x600Q85.jpg

But you're actually okay. I was thinking more of a 41 year old fat ass sitting on his broken computer chair messaging Ohio State football players about how proud he is of them when I said its ultra-creepy. Plus, you're the same age (or younger) than the oldest person on the team in Joe Bauserman.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

'ultra weird and creepy'??  Hyde is an adult and can approve anyone one he wants to for his facebook friends - what's creepy about that?

JakeBuckeye's picture

Carlos Hyde, while I don't disagree with him (look at my first comment in this thread),  is an idiot for that tweet. Come on! At times it looks like these players have no respect for these coaches (which I could actually understand, because most of these guys are idiots without Tressel overshadowing them.)

CGroverL's picture

Talent-wise Carlos Hyde is the best RB on the squad. He has played well and it really pisses me off that he hasn't yet figured out that this is The Ohio State University...here you have to wait your turn sometimes. He had a capable senior and a capable junior ahead of him today. He should have been the #3 back. Some screen passes should have been worked in for him.

He will probably lead the Bucks and maybe the Big-10 in rushing over the next 2 years. I hope he gets his head on straight. Size and speed like that doesn't come around often. He'll get his chance, it just may be next year when he can truly dominate.

El Guapo is our future...We need to get Hyde's head screwed on straight, teach T.Y. Williams and his 6'5" 240 pound ass how to catch, teach Miller to throw a spiral, and trade in Jim Bollman for a high school offensive offensive coordinator and a couple of cans of tuna and we may be looking at a title in a couple years. Sorry...I love tuna and grape jelly sandwiches.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

Colin's picture

I have to disagree somewhat, Boom is head and shoulders above our other running backs in terms of talent and play making ability. That's why he automatically got the start. It's not about fairness this season it's about winning as many games as you can before a staff change. Hyde has talent and he may start next year but he would have to lose 10 pounds or get quicker on his feet if he expects to lead the BIG like you say. The difference between big guys like Beanie Wells and then Hyde is that Beanie was incredibly light on his feet and could make great cuts, Hyde doesn't seem to have that....though I realize Beanie was a first rounder but still. Look at the cuts Boom was putting out today, that takes talent. Right now Hyde is good at running straight towards the defensive line and hoping he can find a hole and power through it.

joel121270's picture

I agree, Boom definitely showed why he was #1 back today...fresh legs and you can tell he was looking for holes io open nstead of just running into the line. Hyde will get that with experience and I wasn't to overly disappointed in not seeing him. Think maybe he shoulda had some more snaps, but we won. I think a few quick hitters to hall with Boom and Hyde in the backfield may have helped but all in all when we running at will it's pretty hard to be upset. Hope Bollman comes up with something a whole lot better than this for Wisky....I think we shock the world in that one.

Bucksfan's picture

Well, Carlos, you had 6 games to look like #1 did today.  And including the touches you were given in game 7, you still don't come close.  Get your head out of your ass and get better.  Then we'll talk.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Again, he is an idiot for his tweet, but Carlos Hyde played incredible all 6 games. He has a 5.3 yards per carry average for Christ's sake. Herron had a 5.0 yards per carry average today. (5.3 > 5.0, if you aren't a numbers wiz.) El Guapo put this offense on his back whenever he was put in on offense. Your comment doesn't make much sense, I am sorry. Actually, it makes no sense. But one more time, he is still not very smart for that tweet.

Bucksfan's picture

YPC is one of the most overrated stats in the game of football, especially if you're not a starter.  His total production decreased every single week from game one until Nebraska...which was the only game he broke 100 yards.  Combining the Miami game through the Michigan State game, he totalled 23 touches....7 per game if you're not a numbers wiz.  Boom Herron rushed for over 1100 yards last year.  Today, Carlos rushed 3 times for 8 yards.  It's obvious who #1 is.

Sooo, actually my post is just fine in terms of sense.

argyle182021's picture

Hyde has run well for the team thus far but Herron is definitely the best back.  He has, by far, the best vision and can create more out of less than the other guys.  Hopefully Hyde stays positive and looks to learn from the all-B1G senior rather than complain that he's not getting enough carries.  I'd hate to see him go elsewhere (likely just emotionally reactive) but there's no shortage of other guys who would kill for the opportunity he has in front of him. 

Maestro's picture

Ditto.  BOOM is the best we have, and he is a senior.  He has learned how to run in the system to the point that it is second nature to him. It wasn't always that way.  Hyde has shown a lot of promise, but he is still learning what Herron knows like the back of his hand.

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JakeBuckeye's picture

When did I say El Guapo was number one? I said he shouldn't be buried in the depth chart like he is. He is a much better (and even bigger on top of that) than Jordan Hall has proven to be. That doesn't mean we can't incorporate Hall into the offense in other ways too.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I;m excited about Hyde and really appreciate the work he's put in so far this year. But the way to evaluate a RB (in terms of toting the rock) is to gauge to what extent he made the most of each play, given the quality of blocking on each play, how the defense played him, etc. If a RB turns what "should have been" a 2-yard gain into a 5-yard gain, that's what you're looking for.

On that basis, Boom is simply a better back than Hyde right now, but Hyde might very well end up having a better career. We'll see.   

CGroverL's picture

Give him a chance...remember, he is just a sophomore. He'll get his head screwed on straight...I hope!

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

Joe Beale's picture

Everyone relax about Carlos.  He'll be fine. 

Colin's picture

It was clearly just an immature response out of frustration...just shouldn't really say it to the public.

CGroverL's picture

Can anyone help me out? I want to see or read (if that's what it takes) Ramzy's "Jim Bollman" impression. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Go Bucks!

Can we keep Fickell, replace Bollman, and see how that works before we just show Fick the door at the end of the season? Just wondering....

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

JakeBuckeye's picture

I remember us getting into a little bit of debate about Fickell not getting renewed after this season, and that was even before the Michigan State and Nebraska games. But come on, brother, Fickell just doesn't cut it. He's not ready. This is Ohio State, we can't hand out head coaching jobs strictly based on loyalty.

CGroverL's picture

I don't think Fickell's performance can be based on what has happened this season. What would the Bucks' record be if Tressel was the head coach and he had all of these issues and had to play freshmen. This team is still VERY YOUNG. I don't think that Fick has been give a fair shot at all. Loyalty means a lot to me and maybe loyalty isn't enough, but I am willing to bet that if there were no suspensions at all and Fickell was given Tressel's job because Tressel just retired, that TOSU would be 7-0 right now.

Obviously we will have to agree to disagree...I know that you don't want Fickell around. I may not either, but I haven't seen what he can do yet. I expected losses with all of the suspensions and injuries that Fick has had to go through. You can't really think that these losses have been Fick's fault, can you? It's hard to think of what you expected Fickell to do with the hand he has been dealt though. I agree with you in some ways. Don't make me out to be the bad guy, I just see this as the best learning experience possible for a first year head coach.

I respect your opinion as a Buckeye Brother. Don't think I am arguing with you...I'm not. I just see Bollman as the problem...not Fickell. Fickell outcoached Zook today.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

JakeBuckeye's picture

I can honestly say I completely believe that this time is either 5-2, 6-1, or 7-0 if Tressel was still at the helm. Probably 6-1. I know coach wouldn't let us blow a lead and lose like we did to Nebraska, and our offense wouldn't be so inept as it is with Bollman calling the plays so we would most likely have beaten Michigan State as well.

To respond to your other comment, I want Urban Meyer desperately. Fickell just doesn't cut it for me. He is not an Ohio State caliber head coach, YET...

P.S. How hard is it to out-coach Zook? Come on man! Haha

CGroverL's picture

Sorry to bother you again but...Would you be happy with Urban Meyer? I would. Anyone else though is where I would draw the line. I don't want a coach unless he has Ohio ties as well. On another site, some guy threw up 5 names and the only one that made sense was maybe Malzahn. If we get a new coach, he should have a offensive mind in my book. I'm very happy with Heacock and the defense has always belonged to him, so a defensive minded head coach besides Fick makes little sense to me.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Wisconsin has won impressively - but who have they beat?  Answer: with the exception of Nebraska - CUPCAKES.  They beat a Nebraska team at home that Ohio State was spanking at Lincoln before Miller's injury (otherwise we would crushed them as well imho). 

I'm putting Wisconsin on upset alert in two weeks. 

CGroverL's picture

I'll take one of those as well, please. Finally, the Bucks can play the spoiler! Go Buckeyes!

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

Buckeyejason's picture

We're too one dimensional to beat Wisconsin IMO..our defense won't be able to shut them down over and over like we did today. They're too well coached..and they have the x-factor at QB in Russell Wilson.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Rooster Buckburn's picture

If Fickell wants to keep his job - he will be in a position where he will have to fire his friend (Bollman) in order to do it.  That's going to be tough for him to do.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Who says that Fickell & Bollman are friends? From what I've read, there was a separation between the two coaching staffs during the last couple of years. If you believe Fickell's repeated calls for his players to compete and be up to the challenge on a weekly basis then apply that motivation to the coaching staff as well -- I think Fickell would have little hesitation in issuing pink slips to certain coaches. JMHO

faux_maestro's picture

THIS. Plus his buddy Vrabel doesn't like the walrus either.....alledgedly.

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Hopalong's picture

BUBBA. BISCUITS.

Johnathan Hankins is putting in some serious work.

cal3713's picture

Hankins will be an all-american in 2 years.

Buckeyejason's picture

He'll most likely be in the NFL in 2 years. Big talented guys like that don't stay for 4 years.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Hootie159's picture

Did anyone else notice that on a few plays Miller faked the handoff with no one actually behind him?

 
Buckeyejason's picture

Yes that was incredibly stupid and annoying.

BUCKEYES BABY!

cal3713's picture

Don't like Carlos' shti-talking. Sorry kid... we want to win and you got bumped for Boom.  I'm pissed at him too, but he signifcantly increases our chance of winning.  Sucks dude.

BoFuquel's picture

I can see already, we'er gonna have to call out the CBUS FD with a tanker of ice water to hose down Bollman and his boys, to keep them for being overconfident in two weeks against Whisky.Even that may not work after todays performance.Oh, the worry.I know I'll ask for stronger drugs, that never fails to work.Better living through neuropsychopharmacology.

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

ATL_Buckeye's picture

Does no one think Michigan St can knock off Wisconsin at home next week?  A loss there and one in Columbus puts the home team back in the drivers seat.

Hoody Wayes's picture

Wisconsin - provided it's playing at home - averages about one big-game victory, per year. That's all the Badgers had in them, last year.

Plus, divisionalization has changed the nature of B1G championship contention. There are more players, in this new drama.

Suddenly, Wisconsin doesn't have such an easy road, to glory:

  Sat, Oct 22 at (23) Michigan State 8:00 pm 

  Sat, Oct 29 at Ohio State 8:00 pm
  Sat, Nov 5 Purdue TBA
  Sat, Nov 12 at Minnesota TBA
  Sat, Nov 19 at (16) Illinois TBA
  Sat, Nov 26 Penn State TBA