Monday Skull Session

By DJ Byrnes on October 31, 2011 at 6:00a
88 Comments
It's Monday and my BAC is still .119.

I am typing this... so I am still alive, right? I haven't had any federal agents break down my door today; so I am hoping the memory fragments I have of Craig James cackling like a rabid jackal while drenched in prostitute blood and holding a machete was just a dream I had while passed out in a puddle of my own urine in the aftermath of #D2B. I also didn't get shanked at #E2B nor was I the subject of a Dispatch article with the headline "Argument Over Eric Mangini Turns Violent; Brawl Mars Charity Event". And, of course, I am now a loyal subject under King Braxton.

All in all, it was a pretty good weekend, I'd say. The fact I used to arrange words around on the internet for a website which cut a check to the Stefanie Spielman Foundation is something I hope to leverage in my defense before God (or Cthulu or whomever) throws me into the deepest pits of Hell.

JIM TRESSEL LIVES ON IN THE HALLS OF OHIO STATE. Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer wrote an article questioning Ohio State's "rush" to honor Jim Tressel by putting a picture up of him in the Fawcett Center (one of eight pictures honoring past Ohio State coaches) without the consequences of his actions being known yet. He spins in a nice angle about the 2008 recruiting class too, which didn't help Tressel "get over that little hump" as Terrelle Pryor once put it. I disagree with the notion it was wrong to honor the Vest, though.

Look, Woody Hayes assaulted a man while on national television and he's revered in Ohio. John Cooper attends practices and has an "A-Pass" hanging from his Lexus' rear-view mirror. Weren't his crimes were far greater against Ohio State football than anything Tressel did? As for the NCAA: Ohio State fired its coach, suffered the "defection" (Livingston's word) of Terrelle Pryor to the NFL, and suspended the other players for five games. (Hell, Gene Smith even backed the bus up over DeVier Posey for good measure). THEY ALSO STARTED JOE BAUSERMAN. The NCAA isn't going to do anything because there isn't anybody left to punish. And even if OSU did lose the right to play in some fancy exhibition game at the end of the season, the good Jim Tressel did at this university will still outweigh the bad.

And yes, it's going to be miraculous when Jim Tressel is anointed as the head football coach of Ohio State this spring. It will be Gordon Gee's biggest power move yet. I already have goose bumps thinking about it.

IT'S MILLER TIME!!!! (U DO SEE WHAT I DID THERE, RIGHT?). If you still want to bask in the awesomeness of Saturday night, then this piece on Ohio State's/Braxton Miller's rise by Adam Rittenberg is probably for you. I read it this morning on my Kindle while bathing in the tears of Bret Bielema and smoking a tobacco pipe. This was my favorite part, a quote from Devin Smith:

"Once I looked back, I expected him to run because that's usually what he does," Smith said. "And I saw him look directly at me. And I saw him launch the ball. The ball was up there forever and I was like, 'Will it come down?' They all said it looked like a punt."

"Will it come down? Will it come down? .... WILL IT COME DOWN!?" was what I was thinking too as I screamed those exact words at my friend's television. I thought Braxton uncorked a ball which was defying the laws of gravity and something which would make Joe Bauserman green with envy. How long was that ball in the sky for? No less than 30 seconds, says I. Good thing Wisconsin has the slowest safeties in the country.

My least favorite Buckeye and Massilon Tiger of all time? Justin Zwick. // Greg Bartram - US PresswireAND WITH IT, HE CRADLED OHIO STATE'S SEASON

ADVERSITY IS GOOD. Stewart Mandel at Sports Illustrated has a nice little piece on how adversity can be good for a contender, using the Stanford-USC game as a back-drop. I couldn't agree more and it's why I'm glad Ohio State has made a habit out of playing a premiere out-of-conference game every year since the Big Ten is abominable. It's also why Wisconsin has folded the last two times they played a team with players who may actually one day play in the NFL.

It's also why LSU is going to beat the tar out of Alabama this week in a game which I'm sure will go under-hyped in its build-up. (Quick aside: could you imagine if Wisconsin-Ohio State would have been, say, Georgia-Alabama? ESPN would probably make its own channel to play it on a loop while people Tweeted things like "This is why you can't fall asleep in the S-E-C! Every week is a dog fight!" Let's move on before I remember the Big Ten is going to get shelled in bowl games this year).

ARE YOU READY FOR THE TAXSLAYERPRO.COM GATOR BOWL? Because that's where some people are projecting Ohio State to land when the dust settles on this season. Man, who said there wasn't glory to be had for OSU after they dropped their first two conference games? THEY COULD GO TO  THE TAXSLAYERPRO.COM GATOR BOWL!!! What a stupid, stupid system.

THE CLEVELAND BROWNS MAY NOT WIN A GAME FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. I'd like to personally thank the Cleveland Browns for doing their best to ruin this dream-sequence of a weekend for me. It's as if this team doesn't practice on anything. Besides the immortality of Phil Dawson, the Browns are a team which don't do ANYTHING on the football field above the level of "mediocre." There is zero identity, zero game-planning, and absolutely zero play-makers on either side of the ball. It's going to be a crazy thing if the Browns ever get me to raise serious expectations of them. At this point, I watch them as the tragicomedy they are. It's the only way I can keep few threads of sanity I have left.

INTRANT THINGZ. "Staggering" amounts of homeless students in Seattle... 8 common traits of NBA draft busts... Can I interest you in a piece on Syrian sectarian strife?... Jonathan Newsome, King of Twitter, continues his reign... Girl at haunted house "accidentally" hanged herself?... Only 50 arrests in Athens this weekend? *yawn*....

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buckeye20's picture

Puddle of your own urine?  Much better your puddle than somebody else's.  Speaking of urine...Mr. (let's throw some gas on the Tressel fire at the BIG presser) Bielema got his fat ass schooled for 3.5 quarters.  Rumor has it his team flew back to Madison while he took a flight to Iowa City to compare his Hawkeye penis tattoo with Hayden Fry's and Kirk Ferentz's.  Sure to be co-BIG coach of the year with Ferentz this year after Iowa loss to The Gophers. 

Kick ass 1961 uni's too.  Go Friggin' Bucks.

Tonga Buckeye's picture

I'm with ya on the JT thing. He took the temp Colts job, (making chump change to pay the light bill) and will return for next season.

"go not where the path may lead, rather go where there is no path and leave a trail"

Old_school's picture

Speaking of the NCAA, did you see they handed down OSU's punishment this morning?

Four more years of eligibility for Joe Bauserman!

doodah_man's picture

Heh heh...priceless.

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

Menexenus's picture

Nice...  :-)

Real fans stay for Carmen.

dsbgobux's picture

I heard that NASA has confirmed that the last of his passes from the Nebraska game has finally splashed down somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

Buckeye in PA purgatory

Denny's picture

I LOVE ARM PUNTS

Taquitos.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Arm punts are when four guys (two from each team) wait under the ball, wishing they could make a fair catch, Because it's a free ball, though, they create a mosh pit to see who gets the prize.

Miller threw his arm punt-esque throw off his back foot while scrambling at high speed, completely catching Wisky off guard. It was basically pick your poison: Miller could have stopped, planted his feet, and got off a good throw, which would have given the Wisky DBs time to recover; or he takes advantage of the element of surprise and the fact that Smith was wide open and just wings it into the EZ, hoping the ball comes down in time.     

BucksfanXC's picture

So I did techinically attend E2B, but I didn't actually talk to anyone... I showed up late and my pregnant wife wanted to get to some street meat vendor to eat so I hung around akwardly long enought to toss some bags and leave right before Titus and Oden showed up. I'm pretty lame like that. But it was cool to go from internet creepily not know you guys to creepily seeing you guys from close range for a few minutes.

“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

Haha, I did the same with D2B.  Showed up, wasn't sure if it was still happening and was scared to ask so I sat at the end of the bar with my friends I came with.

Denny's picture

Damn, I showed up to D2B at like 12:15, met up with Luke, Ramzy, Sarah et al. It most certainly was still happening.

I was the guy who dropped a half glass of bourbon on the floor at last call :/

Taquitos.

Denny's picture

So many nerdy white people, but for real though.

Taquitos.

Hoody Wayes's picture

"Nerdy white people..."

Denny? Are you that, un-evolved? 

BucksfanXC's picture

Denny, I was pretty sure I was able to pick you out of the crowd. Short, with a blank long-sleeve red shirt? Everyone was already all cliqued off by the time I got there. I have no experience with how to approach random people I know from the internet but have never met in person. I have no internet bro pick up lines. "So you get out of the basement often?"

“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

Denny's picture

Holy shit, you weren't kidding about the creeping thing, were you? That was me, for true.

Taquitos.

BucksfanXC's picture

Haha. Yeah, I got there and I was like, I'm not sure if this is it and I looked around and the first person I saw that I was like, I recognize that kids picture from twitter was you. Then I noticed some guys wearing name tags and I was like, yep this is it. Then I just awkwardly stood there for a bit, talked my friend into playing bags hoping that it would lure someone to come play against us. I thought the bros dressed as Dumb and Dumber would take the bait, but no avail. So my friend and I were told our time was up on trying to not be awkward losers and forced to go get food and buy baby onsies at Conrads.

“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

jenks's picture

Damn. I wish I could have gone. Maybe one of these days I'll be done with school and able to get out of the house (even on the weekends).

Glad you were able to make it with your wife, Bucksfan. It seemed like you weren't sure for a while.

BucksfanXC's picture

I was proud I actually made it in any fashion. Maybe next time I'll actually be able to talk and/or hang out with some of you internet strangers.

“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

GoBucks713's picture

Anyone else growing a Mo for Movember?

-The Aristocrats!

slicksickle's picture

Yeah, Im growing one. Join the MOVEMBER team.

Maestro's picture

Yep, already warned the wife.

vacuuming sucks

Buckeyejason's picture

"It looked like a punt"

LOL classic quote by Devin Smith..who wouldve thought it would be Braxton's and not Pryor's.

BUCKEYES BABY!

BoFuquel's picture

Might I caution The Buckeye Nation about the apothosis of one Braxton Miller.Put not your trust in any man(unless it's Dave of course).Boom and Dave were the only reasons that we were in a position to recieve the blessings of the arm punt once again.Never forget the adulation we poured on the previous arm punter, when he was able to vanquish the tatooed Bielemonster.Dose anyone else hate Bill Liveingsto as much as I do.It's like I've been reading his drivel in The PD for 30 yearsand he never give up on his hatred for local fans. Send him back to Dallas where he can wollow with the rest of the scum that has been a pox on our nation for the last 60 years.I know idolatry is still one of God's big no-no's,but I'm a BUCKEYES fan. GO BUCKS!

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

Buckeyejason's picture

You have a unique way of writing Bo. By the way, how many Buckeye sites do you post on? I've seen your name at Buckeye Planet and Bucknuts as well.

BUCKEYES BABY!

btalbert25's picture

The last couple of years I thought the "throwback" unis were ok, but didn't love them.  This years was awesome.  I'd actually like to see that one busted out more often. 

Maestro's picture

Agree, they were VERY COOL.

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture

I LOVED the Helmet.  Thought the whole uni was pretty cool.  I was really surprised.  I didn't check out any of the pictures before hand so I didn't know what to expect.

 

Hoody Wayes's picture

They're very sharp. Same goes for the hemets, BTALBERT25.

And I'm sure this has been noted. Apparently - victory - is interwoven in these articles of clothing: Ohio State is 3-0, when clad in Nike ProCombat finery. 

O-H Kee Pa's picture

I'm curious if people would have still liked the unis as much if we had worn them against the Michigan. The backlash the past few years has been along the lines of, "The unis are fine, but why do we have to wear them against Michigan?"

jenks's picture

I want throwback unis with oversized numbers on the shoulder pads, circa 1995.

O-H Kee Pa's picture

I want to see big ass Buckeye stickers back on the helmets one day.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i think for good luck i'm going to dress like this every week for the rest of the season..white hair and all..i was in No. Virginia so not everyone got it lol

 

 

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

ahhhh..the sizing doesn't work lol

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

BucksfanXC's picture

Wow. Just awesome right down to the tat.

“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

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

haha..i had two tattoo sleeves plus money and a challenge flag shoved in my belt loop that i was throwing at everyone all night...got a little out of hound

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

slicksickle's picture

Out of hand seems like the perfect Tresselism.

AltaBuck's picture

Nice...JT has always been a big supporter of the military and the USO tour.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

haha..that's the gf..she had to put up with me all night

 

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

ArTbkward's picture

Love it.  You absolutely have to do that the rest of the season!

You need an American flag pin, especially with your gf's patriotic costume :)

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I KNOW! trust me i tried to find one last second

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Maestro's picture

BB919, are you dating Scarlett Johansson?

vacuuming sucks

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

haha...i wish!

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Nice skully, DJ.

No matter how much ESPN hypes the SEC, while trying to undermine Ohio State (and the BT), ultimately ESPN cannot make the dull, boring SEC games any more interesting. Meanwhile, several of the most entertaining games so far this year have been BT games.

When LSU plays Bama in a NCG rematch this year, that might end up being the apex for eSECpn - the highpoint right before hitting the ledge on the other side.    

BucksfanXC's picture

I watched ESPN Sunday morning and was amazed that they actually had a fair amount of Big Ten coverage. I'm still not sure if it was because the top two teams in the SEC were idle or if it was because divisions has made October Big Ten games relevant. Either way, I liked it. Then they switched to their 12hrs of NFL coverage and it was all gone and over.

“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

btalbert25's picture

It does seem like these 2 are well ahead of others.  I wonder who else is worthy of a shot out there?  2 weeks ago it looked like we were going to have 6 undefeated teams and everything was going to be a mess.  That number has dropped and I imagine it will again as Stanford and Ok State, in my opinion, will drop a game before all is said and done. 

Could this be Boise's year? Georgia has been playing pretty tough football as of late, what if they were to upset the winner of Saturday's game in the conference title game?  Wouldn't that set up a scenario where no SEC team would get int?  This year could pan out to be quite interesting, or it could end up the winner of Saturday stays undefeated and ends up playing a 1 loss team from the Pac 12 or Big 12.  Looks like this will also be a year where the B1G only gets 1 BCS team. 

Should be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

True enough, LSU and Bama are the best teams and both reside in the strongest conference, but that doesn't mean that 2011 SEC football is particularly watchable. Likewise, a rematch of LSU and Bama in the NCG wouldn't necessarily be unfair and/or a departure from the idea of the BCS (in theory, the two best teams period, regardless of politics, etc.); however, it will make people like me gag and skip watching the NCG.

To be fair, as this week and season progresses, eSECpn's mega-hype of LSU and Bama will not only be a product of the eSECpn agenda - as you hint at, it will also reflect the 21st metality of 1 NC and 119 "pathetic losers." And eSECpn is not responsible for that mentality, per se. Nevetheless, eSECpn is a big part of that culture - thus they partly own it.

There was a time when a cross-section of CFB games on any given weekend would be scintillating - awesome, in and of themselves, not because team-A would earn 0.67 more BCS points. At one time (early to mid-90s), SEC games were very entertaining. Now, the top SEC teams are dominant, but their games are unwatchable - as dull as games can be involving NFL-caliber talent.

Relatively speaking, there are fewer t.v. sets within the SEC footprint (even with TAM) than other parts of the country. And many of us non-necks don't just have chips on our shoulders concerning eSECpn (although that is definitely part of it); we're getting BORED with the SEC.

So, sure, even after this weekend, LSU and Bama will still be the two best teams . . . yawn.

btalbert25's picture

I don't even mean to imply that they'll still be the 2 best teams, I'm just saying after that game, who is 2nd best?  I think LSU is going to win, and may prove that Alabama is also very beatable like many of the other teams out there right now.  I'm more kind of thinking out loud about the rest of the season lol.  I love a world in which Georgia wins the SEC title game, in essence ensuring there is not an SEC team in the title game.  In fact, I'm pulling hard for Georgia the rest of the season so it can work out that way! I don't think they have the horses to do it, but ya never know. Certainly it would be awfully tough to put a 1 loss team that didn't win the conference or the division in their conference in the title game. I'm just interested in seeing who emerges as the other team when all is said and done.  I'd like Stanford to keep it up.  I think Luck is smart enough to pick apart  most defenses out there.  If he gets into the title game, Stanford has a shot.

I completely agree that SEC games aren't much fun.  Usually the don't live up to the hype and they are full of penalties, usually of the 15 yard, unsportsmanlike conduct or un neccessary roughness variety.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Well, I actually believe (or I am afraid?) that LSU and Bama will be the two best teams even after this weekend. The only other team close, IMO, is Stanford, which has a better offense than both LSU and Bama and a solid if not spectacular defense.

At the same time, both Bama and LSU are boring to watch and - for reasons involving hype, "politics," the video-game generation mentality, etc. - make me want to wretch.    

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Bama is going to cruise to victory over LSU and their 81st ranked offense.

Not to mention that in the two games LSU had against offenses with a pulse (Oregon and WVU), they were outgained in total yards. Hell, they gave up 533 yards to WVU. Syracuse only gave up 408, and the Syracuse defense is ranked 69th in the country.

Alabama is well balanced and has arguably seen the toughest defense between the two thus far (Penn State). I'm taking the Tide in Tuscaloosa 31-17.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'd give a slight edge to LSU, because I feel they have betterplayers, although Saban is a better in-game coach than The Hatter.

LSU has as much offense as they need, when they need it - i.e., they have guys who can make plays in space when playing against the highest level of competition. Meanwhile, McCarron has never faced a defense like LSU's. Bama has played only one offense with a pulse (Ark), while LSU had played several (Oregon, Miss St, WVU). Bama will not run on LSU. I like LSU's ability to make plays out of nothing better than Bama's.   

btalbert25's picture

you may well be right.  I'm not sure the particulars against WVU but against Oregon weren't there 4 turnovers and a blocked punt?  Perhaps LSU was working with a short field most for a good portion of that game.  Anyway, point is, if either team loses by a fair margin, the 2 SEC team BCS title game doesn't happen, and it likely would be a long shot even if it is close.

ArTbkward's picture

I have a hard time seeing 'Bama lose at home.  The 12th man will certainly be on their side, which is always a factor.  I don't think the Buckeyes would have won had Saturday's game been played at Camp Randall.

I really don't care who wins, in fact I would happiest if this game is either A. a blowout or B. low scoring with lots of 3-and-outs, punts etc.  The less highlights for ESecPN to show, the better.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Buckeye06's picture

Where does Shazier end up starting?  Is he a LBer or does he take over at Star?  Is he good enough in coverage to be at that spot?  Can he put on 20 lbs and be a smaller DE. 

Regardless, he is my favorite frosh in a long time on the defensive side of the ball.  Guy makes plays and they trust him at the end of the game (he was spying on the last few drives it looked like).

BucksfanXC's picture

Any blocked punt is a key play. I don't know if it ever happens that you get a punt blocked and win. Shazier was my hero of the game.

“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

The_Lurker's picture

I don't know if it ever happens that you get a punt blocked and win.

 

The Sugar Bowl happened, even if the NCAA says otherwise.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Amen to that.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

Buckeyejason's picture

I'd think he'll be the weakside linebacker the next 3 years. He will be one of the faster Will's we've had since AJ Hawk I'd say. The guy plays with a purpose!

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyejason's picture

By the way, Happy Halloween today everyone!

BUCKEYES BABY!

Scott's picture

This is the first time I can say I really loved the Pro Combat uniforms. We looked so clean out there. I'd lobby for our regular helmets, but the black numbers on the sides looked good.

One of these times I hope Nike gives us an actual throwback instead of a variant.

Class of 2008

Colin's picture

A random insignificant catch in the Penn State game gets into ESPN's top plays but Miller's TD pass doesn't. That's some BS.

bux_booster's picture

"And yes, it's going to be miraculous when Jim Tressel is anointed as the head football coach of Ohio State this spring. It will be Gordon Gee's biggest power move yet. I already have goose bumps thinking about it."

DJ, Are you and I the only ones that are considering this??

Maestro's picture

No, no you aren't the only ones.  That is a certainty.

vacuuming sucks

chitown buckeye's picture

I know I will probably take heat for this but here it goes anyway. Why exactly would you want Tressel back? I understand he has done alot for the university, has one NC, multiple big ten titles, ect, ect... There are so many issues that would surface if OSU were to hire him back... Slapping the face of the NCAA for one (while I would certainly love it) would be the worst thing the program could do. We would get killed on minor vilolations from that point on. While I cant argue the fact Tressel won football games do you think anything would ever change offensively? We would have a Ferrari in Miller being driven like a sensible 4 door sadan! Tressel would stay loyal to his inferior assistants (Bollman and company) and you would be on here in a yr crying aout the play calling! Tressel was a great coach and an even better man, but lets move on and embrace the change. I for one loved what I saw from Miller and the youngsters on Saturday. It excites me next year whether it be Fickell or someone else that we have a fresh new look! I want to be clear that I respect Tressel but mistakes were made time to move on. We won titles before Tressel and we will win Titles without Tressel!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Lee in Altoona's picture

Being isolated from most of the Buckeye family, I'm not aware of what the reaction was to the Pro Combat unis other than what Scott just said. But I freakin' loved them. Ohio State looked spectacular in them. Can we bring them back again this year yet?

Now pardon me while I go back to reading the local papers annointment of Penn State as the inevitable, unavoidable Leaders Division Champion.

btalbert25's picture

I think as time has gone by people are more accepting.  When the first pro combats came out, a lot of people had a fit(I wasn't in favor of them myself)  Last year, there seemed to be less emotion tied to them, and this year it was almost as if people just accept that it's something that will just happen every year.  Sure, there are still grumblings, but nothing like t hat first year.

I loved this years uniform, and wouldn't mind seeing it come back.

dsbgobux's picture

Lee- sorry to hear about the local papers in your area. Down here in Gettysburg there is relatively nothing about PSU. The only things being printed are "let's wait and see how the next 3 weeks play out" Definitely not the same passion as back home in Cbus!

 

Buckeye in PA purgatory

Lee in Altoona's picture

Oh, and Go @#%*@#! Bucks!

Bucksfan's picture

An impromptu Halloween party broke out in our apartment Saturday night.  My wife and I were dressed like elated Buckeye fans...our reactions to the game scared the sh*t out of our other friends.

One of these days it'd be nice to meet you all.  Love the site, of course.

I think the helmets were awesome.  They looked like Iron Man.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

One quick nit-pick from Saturday . . .

Abbrederis is an excellent P and KO return man. For much of the game, Basil was hitting great KOs: high (lots of hang time) + landing them at or near the goal line + kicking them to James White. After the first four Basil KOs, Wisky started at their own 16 (White), 29 (Abbrederis), 19 (White), and 17 (White) yd lines. 

Toward the end of the game, Basil lost some steam, which put extra pressure on the young D:

  • Kick to Abbrederis at 10 yd line: 30 yd return, Wisky starting at their own 40; fortunately, the Buckeyes stuffed Wisky on 4th down and then drove down for a TD to go up 26-14.
  • (Lower trajectory) kick to White at the 5-yd line: 29 yd return; Wisky starting at 34, TD drive.
  • Kick out of bounds.

All in all, great effort by Basil, but he just missed having a stellar game. Same could be said for the ST, in general, because of J Hall's fumble. If this team puts it altogether, though, they will be dangerous.   

Buckeyejason's picture

Its truely amazing to think that we beat a once so called "BCS Championship contender" with perhaps one of the least talented Buckeye teams in the last 7 years. Truely a testament to a strong run game, powerful-hyped up home crowd, and good ole fashion Buckeye Defense.

Doesn't hurt that our freshman QB had the game of his life on the biggest stage either.

BUCKEYES BABY!

btalbert25's picture

I don't know that it's one of the least talented teams so much as it's a team with not much experienced talent.  There are definitely some young future stars on the team.

Buckeyejason's picture

Yes its a VERY young team, but its also not a team littered with All-Americans and high future NFL draft picks ala 05,06, 10.

BUCKEYES BABY!

RBuck's picture

The talent is there, just green. These frosh and sophs are going to be awesome for the next few years.

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

Buckeyejason's picture

Anyone know the freshman record for t.d. Catches at Ohio State? Devin Smith has to be getting close to that.4 more games left on the table, I hope he can snag a few more.

BUCKEYES BABY!

sharkvsghost's picture

can we just always play wisconsin at night?  it just feels right.

swing hard in case you hit it.

Powers's picture

Agreed. We always have to play at camp randall at night. It's only fair.

JLP36's picture

Would like to see Hyde get the carries when Boom rests.  I think getting the best 11 on the field would get Hall involved in as a slot to get him snaps and touches.  He is a solid TB, but not Boom and he is certainly not 240 lbs on the goal line short or yardage runs.

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Buckeyejason's picture

True but Hall did make his way in there on a helluva effort!

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Idot08bojangles's picture

When we win out this season (or even if we lose one more [PLEASE just not to scUM]) and play for the conference championship, can anyone see a scenario in which Fickell does NOT win COY? He would have done so much with (relatively) so little, I can't imagine anyone else winning it. I mean, wasn't that the reasoning that Tressell never won the B1G COY (unless I am mistaken)? Because he had so much talent that it was not surprise he won the conference?

And if Fickell does win COY, wouldn't the higher-ups have a tough time performing a nationwide coaching search to replace the COY? Just some musings...

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jenks's picture

While he may deserve it, unfortunately I can easily see him not winning it.

Who votes on it? Unless it's the other coaches, I don't think many others will fully appreciate or care about his success. :(

Buckeyejason's picture

I don't think we should jump the gun to fast here, let's take it one game at a time. Each game will have its own challenges regardless if we're coming off this huge win.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Do you guys realize not only do we have a chance to make the B1G Title game, but we could play against UofM in it? How awesome would that be?

“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

Buckeyejason's picture

I dunno, I wouldn't wanna face Denard twice in one year/sarcasm.

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Tommy's picture

I do not think that would be awesome at all.  I dread the day that, unless new expansion leads to another division shakeup, we will inevitably play them in back to back weeks, completely ruining the sacredness of the once-a-year last game of the season winner takes all bragging rights, loser weeps for 364 days.

Luckily, I see it as almost impossible that it happens this year.  With both teams looking to be in 3 way ties at best by the time we match-up, the loser will almost assuredly be knocked out of the title game picture.

Menexenus's picture

And yes, it's going to be miraculous when Jim Tressel is anointed as the head football coach of Ohio State this spring. It will be Gordon Gee's biggest power move yet. I already have goose bumps thinking about it.

Well done, DJ.  Well done.

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