The Chase: T-Minus 100 Days

By Kyle Rowland on May 23, 2013 at 9:30a
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The surveyor

The offseason feels like years when all is normal. With an absence during bowl season, the November to August lull is unbearable for some in Buckeye Nation. Ohio State fans pride themselves on being diehards that live vicariously through the Buckeyes. No games for nine months amounts to torture.

Fear not, Thursday marks the 100th day until the opener. And while it’s only Buffalo, the excitement is growing with each passing day. The 2013 season signals an official rebirth of the Ohio State football program. Last year may have featured Urban Meyer’s maiden voyage and an undefeated season, but the Buckeyes weren’t immersed into the national title chase.

That changes on Aug. 31 when Ohio State begins the season almost certainly ranked in the top five. Leaders were all over the roster last year. Meyer is searching for those indispensable players this year. It could be the difference between seven wins and 12 wins, as he alluded to prior to last season.

“Talent will get you about seven or eight wins,” Meyer said. “Discipline will push it to nine, maybe, and leadership is where magic starts happening.”

Buffalo Bulls

Date: August 31
Location: Ohio Stadium
2012 Finish: 4-8, 3-5 MAC East (T-4th)
Previous Meeting: First meeting

The anticipation surrounding the 2013 season opener began minutes after the Michigan game ended last November. Going bowl-less combined with an undefeated season has ratcheted up the hype meter in Columbus. Even the hornless Buffalo Bulls coming to Ohio Stadium will get 105,000 Buckeye fans giddy. Jeff Quinn’s bunch has experienced a few down years, but Buffalo is expected to bounce back this season. There’s experience all over the field, especially at the playmaking positions, be it offense or defense. Winning at Ohio State is a stretch, though. But once the Bulls get into the MAC schedule, a championship is a possibility.

San Diego State Aztecs

Date: September 7
Location: Ohio Stadium
2012 Finish: 9-4, 7-1 Mountain West (T-1st)
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 27-6 (2005)

San Diego State was the emergency callup when Vanderbilt slighted Ohio State earlier this year by backing out of what was supposed to be a season-opening game. The Commodores got a home game on ESPN instead, opting to steer clear of the Buckeyes. For Ohio State, the Aztecs are a quality replacement. They’ve had winning seasons three straight years with their resurgence starting under then-head coach Brady Hoke. Rocky Long has continued what Hoke built. Quarterback Ryan Katz is gone, but Adam Dingwell completed 57 percent of his passes as a backup last year. The problem for San Diego State is the offensive line’s spotty play. They allowed a whopping 35 sacks last season, nearly three per game. Stats like that will have Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and the rest of the Ohio State defensive line foaming at the mouth. The Aztec defense is also a bit raw and undersized, which could give way to a Braxton Miller field day.

California Golden Bears

Date: September 14
Location: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
2012 Finish: 3-9, 2-7 Pac-12 North (5th)
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 35-28 (2012)

XBRAX

Buckeye Nation certainly doesn’t forget the upset Cal nearly pulled off a year ago. The Bears almost put an end to what would be an undefeated Ohio State season – and that was in a down year. Now Cal is armed with a new head coach – Sonny Dykes – and a high-powered offense. At Louisiana Tech, Dykes was in charge of one of the top offenses in the country. He, along with veteran offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, has installed the same air raid offense – or bear raid, as they refer to it in Berkeley – that led the nation in scoring (51.5 points) and total offense (577.9 yards) in 2013. A 3-9 record might not show it, but the Bears are not low on dynamic players, even with the absence of wide receiver Keenan Allen. Running back Brendan Bigelow, who broke two long touchdown runs against the Buckeyes last year, is back but sat out the spring due to a knee injury. Speed has become the norm in most of college football, but the Pac-12 has been right there with the SEC in establishing the trend. Dykes and Co. hope to take it to another level. The first trip on the road is always a dicey situation, combine that with a trip across the country and there is reason for Ohio State to cool it on the ‘easy win’ talk. At the turn of the century, Cal had its turn at the top of the conference totem pole. Archrival Stanford has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent seasons, so it’s Dykes’ job to return the glory in the East Bay. 

Florida A&M Rattlers

Date: September 21
Location: Ohio Stadium
2012 Finish: 4-7, 4-4 MEAC (T-6th)
Previous Meeting: First meeting

There’s at least one yawner every season for Ohio State. The Florida A&M game is at the top of the list in 2013. It’s hard to justify fans paying $75, but there will still more than likely be a sold out crowd in Ohio Stadium for the occasion. The Rattlers have a long and storied history, winning the Black College Football national championship 12 times and the 1-AA title once. The program has sent more than 60 players to the NFL, including current head coach Earl Holmes, who played for the Cleveland Browns in 2002. Florida A&M struggled last season and hasn’t seen much success in recent games against FBS schools. The same is expected when they come to Columbus.

Wisconsin Badgers

Date: September 28
Location: Ohio Stadium
2012 Finish: 8-6, 4-4 Big Ten Leaders (1st)*
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 21-14 in overtime (2012)

JUMP AROUND

Wisconsin’s reign as the Big Ten’s ruler is nearing its end. It technically happened last season, but Ohio State and Penn State’s NCAA issues allowed the Badgers to swoop in for a third straight championship. Bret Bielema is at Arkansas, the quarterback situation is uncertain, Montee Ball is in the NFL and Jared Abbrederis is the only playmaking wide receiver still on the roster. Bielema’s departure was the most stunning coaching move of the year. He’s a Midwesterner to through and through that graduated from Iowa and was Barry Alvarez’s handpicked successor. That saga is over now, and it’s Chris Andersen – an Urban Meyer disciple – who must pick up the pieces. Russell Wilson’s one-year stay gave Wisconsin fans a glimpse of how much a difference-making quarterback can do. The team is light years from that kind of production just two years later. Maryland’s Danny O’Brien was a disaster in 2012 and Joel Stave was inconsistent in relief. The offensive line also wasn’t up to typical Madison standards. Twelve starters return – six on both sides of the ball – which is a fairly barren cupboard. It could be a longer winter in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin game will also serve as the nightcap for Eat Too, Brutus IV.

Northwestern Wildcats

Date: October 5
Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.
2012 Finish: 10-3, 5-3 Big Ten Legends (3rd)
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 45-10 (2008)

At the first glance, Ohio State’s schedule is easy to gloss over. But the October 5th date at Northwestern is arguably the trickiest of the bunch. Once it was confirmed as a night game that sealed the deal. First off, the Wildcats are good and have been for several years under Pat Fitzgerald. The work he’s done in Evanston has been nothing short of remarkable. Northwestern is coming off a 10-win season and with several key parts returning, it’s not farfetched to say the teams could play twice. The Buckeyes have struggled some at Ryan Field in the past, and even though there will be plenty of scarlet and gray in the stands, it’s still a road game at night in a rabid atmosphere. If Ohio State leaves undefeated, Michigan becomes the only serious hurdle to 12-0.

Iowa Hawkeyes

Date: October 19
Location: Ohio Stadium
2012 Finish: 4-8, 2-6 Big Ten Legends (T-5th)
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 20-17 (2010)

Ohio State has not played Iowa since the Big Ten went to a divisional setup. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes have played many classics over the years, including their two most recent meetings. But Iowa has spiraled downhill recently with staff turnover coinciding with a high number of losses. Kirk Ferentz may finally be on the hot seat. The offense has been dreadful the past two seasons. The quarterback and leading receiver are gone, so maybe it will spark a resurgence. Where the Hawkeyes can make hay is defense. Even in losing season the unit has churned out production and talented players. The defensive line will need to be patched up, but a strong group of linebacker could cover up mistakes. 

Penn State Nittany Lions

Date: October 26
Location: Ohio Stadium
2012 Finish: 8-4, 6-2 Big Ten Leaders (2nd)*
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 35-23 (2012)

It was a season to remember for Penn State in 2012. Many thought the downfall would begin, but head coach Bill O’Brien allow it, even after a disastrous 0-2 start. Reality could hit this year, though. Scholarship limits are starting to be felt and several key leaders graduated. Sixteen starters return, but depth could be a major issue. The offensive line and defensive front seven – strengths a year ago – are decidedly weaker this season. Factor in a night game to Ohio Stadium and the prospects of an upset shrink.

Purdue Boilermakers

Date: November 2
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
2012 Finish: 5-7, 3-5 ACC (4th in Atlantic Division).
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 29-22 in overtime (2012)

The Buckeyes have made a habit out of making the Purdue game memorable in storybook seasons – 1968, 2002 and 2012 all accompany that list. If they know another memorable chapter is coming in 2013, they’d gladly sign up. Ohio State has lost at Ross-Ade Stadium its past two trips to West Lafayette. Falling in that trap again would likely doom any national championship hopes. Former Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell now heads up the Boilermakers, who are looking for a turnaround similar to what occurred at Kent State the past two seasons. Hazell nearly took the moribund program to the BCS. He inherits a Purdue program that hasn’t delivered on immense potential the past two seasons. That hope spring eternal once again, as eight starters return on offense and seven on defense. Quarterback Rob Henry will be the spark but few playmakers return, and Kawann Short’s departure makes the defensive line less fearsome and trickles down the rest of the defense.

Illinois Fighting Illini

Date: November 16
Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Ill.
2012 Finish: 2-10, 0-8 Big Ten Leaders (6th)
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 52-22 (2012)

Urban Meyer and Tim Beckman had far different experiences during their first season in the Big Ten. Meyer was lauded for taking a 6-7 team and turning in an undefeated season, while Beckman’s squad went from 7-6 to 2-10. It took less than one year for boosters to call for the embattled coach’s firing. Already, Year 2 could be make-or-break. Nine starters return on offense, which could prove lively for the Fighting Illini under new coordinator Bill Cubit. Nathan Scheelhaase enters his senior season as the starting quarterback. Whether he stays there or not remains to be seen. It’s been an up-and-down three seasons for Scheelhaase, who’s been both excellent and dreadful. The linebacker corps should be stout, but the lines on both sides of the ball will be stretched thin. On offense, that could lead to Scheelhaase being under duress and the run game being ineffective. Opponents could experience the opposite on offense – success running and throwing the ball.

Indiana Hoosiers

Date: November 23
Location: Ohio Stadium
2012 Finish: 4-8, 2-6 Big Ten Leaders (5th)
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 52-49 (2012)

The Indiana game served as the turning point last season for a sketchy Ohio State defense. The Hoosiers have steadily improved under head coach Kevin Wilson, who brought a high scoring game plan with him after years of success as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator. Quarterback Tre Roberson returns from a season-ending knee injury, but Wilson indicated the position is an open competition between Roberson, Cam Coffman and Nate Sudfeld. All three played last season and produced. Indiana has the offense to compete in the conference; defensively, though, it can barely stay above water. The Hoosiers ranked 103rd in total defense and 101st in scoring defense in 2012. Fix the D and Indiana could be bowl bound, something that hasn’t happened in Bloomington since 2007.

Michigan Wolverines

Date: November 30
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
2012 Finish: 8-5, 6-2 Big Ten Legends (2nd)
Previous Meeting: Ohio State 26-21 (2012)

EATIN' GOOD

It’s the biggest game of the year on both team’s schedules every year. It’s a game where the cliché ‘throw out the records’ is relevant. For Ohio State, it could carry even more significance in 2013. When you glance at the previous 11 games, the opportunity to travel north to Ann Arbor with an unblemished record is as good as it’s ever been. Brady Hoke won his first game in the rivalry, but it came against a down Ohio State team. Last year, it looked like Michigan had the opportunity to play spoiler until some questionable second-half play calls doomed the Wolverines’ prospects. Urban Meyer and Hoke have upped the intensity in this storied rivalry and their players and the fans have fed off of it. Devin Gardner takes over quarterback duties fulltime, which could be an upgrade from the days of dynamic but inconsistent Denard Robinson. Missing on defense is most of the core from last season’s group that was near the top of every defensive statistic in the Big Ten. That’s not what you want when Braxton Miller is the opposing quarterback. And for the first time in the series’ history, Ohio State and Michigan could play twice.

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DannyBeane's picture

Honestly the Cal game and the Purdue game are the two games that have me sweating bullets. Cal has me worried because what Sonny Dykes did down at LA tech was mind blowing. They almost beat Texas A&M and averaged 50 points a game? That is crazy good. Even though this is a year in transition for them I still expect them to be dangerous. Especially since its a home game for them.
Purdue scares me because their land is obviously cursed. Somewhere some how some Native Americans were buried their while a gypsie cursed the land in addition to a haitian voodoo priest placing a hex on all buckeye football players that enter the land. Have I covered all the horror movie racial stereotypes? Either way F*@$k Purdue. 

5280_Buckeye's picture

I just don't get why everybody is scared of Cal.  Their fans suck so rule out home field advantage.  Plus we struggled against them 3 games into our first season with a new coach and yet still won the game.  If we tackle even one iota better than last year it will be the Buckeyes by 3 or 4 TDs.  After all, the roles are completely reversed this time around..
Purdue, on the other hand...I feel like they slip LSD into the Gatorade when we play there. The missed extra point happened because Basil was scared of the yellow snakes shooting straight into the air denying his access to good vibrations, and therefore tried to kick the ball at one of them.  Is there any other way to explain why Pryor and Miller have looked like wide eyed psychonauts who don't have a clue in hell what is going on when we play in West Lafayette?  They're just running from the Orcs in the black jerseys and WTF IS THAT TRAIN NOISE??

Would you rather spend a week in Somalia with some of the most violent criminals on earth, or a night at Old Country Buffet with Brady Hoke watching him eat Every. Last. Bite.?

USMC11917's picture

Meyer took a 6-7 team and turned them into 12-0. I don't know much about the LA.Tech coach but he accomplished good things at a school not known for having outstanding talent. (Sounds like what Meyer did at Utah) The team played well against A+M. California didn't impress last year but I saw some decent athletes on their roster. If Dykes game plan clicks with those athletes then consider me cautious.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I expect this again:
 

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

5280_Buckeye's picture

You're absolutely correct. Northwestern's D can't stop us, nor can anybody else's in the conference for that matter.  I don't care if freakin Iowa puts up 60 points on us, cuz we will put up 75.

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DJRoss926's picture

Few things:
1. Night games at Northwestern always scare me. See: 2004.
2. Suggesting that Iowa can score 60 points against any major college football opponent should be grounds for admission to a mental institution. 

5280_Buckeye's picture

Where do you think I'm posting from?  I snuck into the nurses station

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OSUs12-OH's picture

Just to play devil's advocate to all this talk of Cal.  Why?  I'd say if any OCC opponent will be tough, it's San Diego St.  OSU's offense won't sputter as it did last year at times.  I'd say the same for the defense as well.  They're young, but they're going to be very impressive.  Cal isn't what I think we should worry about as long as OSU can tackle their RBs.  They also lost their best WR to the pros and Reverend Maynard isn't exactly a tough QB and neither will Kyle Bohem (not to mention he's inexperienced).  Not sure if it's because it's an away game or what but Cal isn't going to be that tough IMHO.  
Now Purdue I agree could be a scare game and I've mentioned this on other threads.  Mainly because of how they have a former Buckeye assistant as their HC and he knows how to win (ala his time at Kent State wasn't too shabby).  Now this being away and this other circumstances could make for a disaster game.  I'm just hoping these team embraces The Chase, but they should take it one game at a time, just like last year.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

5280_Buckeye's picture

Just a thought- has Purdue ever been the first loss of the season?  I feel like something about losing early makes a trip to Ross Aide a Kafkaesque nightmare when it should be a walk in the daggum park. If we are undefeated going to Purdue, we win that game. I would bet on that.

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OSUs12-OH's picture

Yep....2009.  It wasn't the first loss of the season because good ole Tress played WAY to conservative at home vs USC.  However TP and OSU lost to Purdue away.  He had a HORRIBLE game but no one ever brings that up...wonder why...??? I've noticed when it comes to TP it's a speak no evil, hear no evil or see no evil when it comes to him.  Interesting right???

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That's not true at all. Pryor gets criticized like any other player when they have a bad game.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Then he did...try that now and see how many DVs you get in I'd say about 24hrs on this site. I've never and I mean NEVER seen so many Buckeye fans defend him then here.  All the ppl I know and converse with away from this site feel the same way...he was a bit overrated and yes, yes he beat TTUN and lead them to two bowl wins (those were some of THE WORST TTUN teams...may be ever and those bowl opponents may have been a bit overrated too).  Anyway, I'm going to stop now before everyone proves my point.  

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The only time people usually do that is when someone acts as if "Tatgare" was all on Pryor.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

chitown buckeye's picture

5280_Buckeye-"Just a thought...Has Purdue ever been the first loss of the season?"
OSU12-OH- "Yep...2009. It wasn't the first loss of the season...."
???? Found this comical...

"I'm having a heart attack!"

5280_Buckeye's picture

Well it's just good to know people around here actually care about what you write before sharing their opinion with you. 
"Do we play Nebraska this year?"
"Yea we do. well no not this year but yeah next year so uh huh"
 

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yrro's picture

Didn't we lose to USC already that year?

cplunk's picture

Because this Cal isn't last year's Cal. This Cal is new coach Sonny Dyke's offense. 
Sonny Dyke's offense is all of the things our defense struggled with last year- misdirections, screens, soft-spot zone attacks, etc. Add to that our defensive line and linebackers being very young.
Plus, How effective was Dykes's offense? Well, last year at Louisiana Tech his team scored less then 40 points exactly once.
Before you poo poo that too much due to their conference, bear this in mind: versus Johnny Football and Texas A&M, that offense almost won. They lost 59-57. La Tech also beat Illinois 52-24 at Illinois and Virginia 44-38 at Virginia. 
Give Sonny Dykes the higher talent level at Cal and that team can beat anybody on any given day.
There is no doubt we're more talented and a better team, but playing an offense that is exactly the type we've struggled against early in the year, on the road, with a young frontline on defense, is certainly a situation that should set off alarm bells.
It is one of those games where I could easily see us winning by 50....and just as easily see us wondering how in the heck we let them hang around and beat us at the end.

5280_Buckeye's picture

I think our offense might be decent as well. Like, we probably will struggle with theirs, but I'm relatively sure that they will be rather perplexed when trying to stop our f**kin scoring machine that can pretty much do everything but fly at this point.

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Unky Buck's picture

I agree that the Cal game should be one of concern. The talent level in Cal should be far ahead of what the talent level was at La Tech, but it doesn't mean those players are capable of running that offense. What Urban did with us last year is remarkable, but it's a rarity to have that sort of success with a first year coach and an offense that is completely different than anything they ran before. There are going to be some hiccups in that offense that is predicated on timing and accuracy. Again, not every play will be a failure so they will move the ball, well at times even, but I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll be able to make the necessary stops.

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acBuckeye's picture

The ONLY game that concerns me is that last one in November at that piss hole up north. The rest of our schedule is a complete mismatch.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I don't want to come off as an arrogant fan, but if Ohio State doesn't beat Northwestern by at least two scores, i'll be disappointed

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

5280_Buckeye's picture

Dude I'll be disappointed if any team other than scUM has a pulse going into the 4th quarter.
Edit: ok NOW I see how expectations might be a bit high lol; however, the Bucks are gonna fuck some B1G ass up.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm more worried about Nebraska than M*chigan.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

5280_Buckeye's picture

At what point, the conference championship game? Cuz I haven't seen them on the schedule yet lol

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

 the conference championship game?

Yep.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

5280_Buckeye's picture

Braxton>Martinez
*dont know many other Brasky players*
OSU>NU
I mean, they did give up 60(!!!) to Wisky just last year, at the end of the year.

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5280_Buckeye's picture

Actually guys you know what, it's gonna be a great season until we have to go to Champaign.  There is no way we hang with the run n gun, high octane, score at will, make ya ill, thrill afta thrill with the instinct ta kill Illini offense.  If we get lucky we keep it within 30 points.
*This is what other teams' fans think when they have a game in Columbus, minus the poetry slam style description because people from Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania etc are just honest to god stupid. Just embarrassingly unintelligent. UNLESS they are Buckeye fans*

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Unky Buck's picture

Not to nitpick on word usage, but I'm assuming that you meant to say "of remarkable"...

The work he’s done in Evanston has been nothing short unremarkable.

If this was about Kirk Ferentz, then yeah, makes total sense! But given it's Fitzgerald and he has the 'Cats always competitive, it'd be worth changing, lol.

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USMC11917's picture

Agreed, see my post below!

Unky Buck's picture

Yeah, I actually had to think that over for awhile. He actually changed it to include "of" in front of it, but he still left it as "unremarkable" so maybe he didn't see it either.

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Hovenaut's picture

Still three months away, but this game by game pre-preview sure helps.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Dayton Buckeye's picture

Can't get here soon enough. Penn State worries me.  I think they will be better than people think.  Wisky is always tough and TTUN will be better next year.
I think the Big Ten will be much better next year.  (I know they could not get any worse)

cinserious's picture

Braxton's feet is where magic starts happening.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

stittracer99's picture

Cal is a tough game to get a read on. Our boys better show up ready to play. I think they do and I think RDS leads our D and exacts revenge on Bigelow and their run game for several missed tackles last year.
Northwestern is also a little scary with their spread offense, as that always seems to give us fits (IU last year).
And Ross-Ade stadium has been an absolute house of horrors for us. Hopefully Meyer can do what Tress seemed to not be able to do and pull out a gimme win in West Lafayette.
Should be another undefeated season and a chance at a title game shot on the line vs TTUN. Gotta like Meyer's chances to win in The Game against Baby Huey

9Route's picture

Good news boys.
My aunt lives in Piedmont, CA. And guess who just moved into the neighborhood in January? Sonny Dykes. Yep, two houses down. Their kids play in the yard together. And, an assistant coach also moved in down the street.
Needless to say, I'm trying to get my relatives to pick the new Cal coaching staff's brains. She would be wise to pose as a Cal fan, to get inside info.. If I get any, I'll be sure to pass it along, (on here though, not on Twitter b/c I don't want the media getting a hold of it and Cal knowing.)

I'm just happy to be here

5280_Buckeye's picture

Yeah because housewives make the best undercover agents.  You're pretty sharp 9route good for you buddy!
Dude just being honest here you're the only person on here I would like to just see in real life. Just simply see what you look like. Are you my age? middle aged? a 60 year old kid? I just cant tell with you lol

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OSUs12-OH's picture

^^^This from 9 Route was WAY more comical than me pointing out that USC beat OSU first in 2009 before that blunder of a loss to Purdue away (considering your question about Purdue being first to give OSU a lose hasn't happened since 1984).  Not so sure about you, but OSU's coaches, us here at 11W will all be anxiously waiting your "insider info" on this one BRUH.  Hate that word but to each it's own. 

 

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

5280_Buckeye's picture

Dude I swear it was way cooler for him to say BRUH when his avatar was a dinosaur eating a mammoth ice cream cone

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OSUs12-OH's picture

Indeed...that was a much better fit. FO SHO;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

5280_Buckeye's picture

I just want him to explain how a regular fan might come across "inside information". I feel like we all pretty much hear that shit at the same time, so why would some fans say they know it first?  Maybe if they are in high school and their best friend is deciding between OSU and Bama or something

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9Route's picture

bruh, I'm highly irregular, (just ask my bowel movements) ...
as to your age question: I'll give you a hint --- I'm between the ages of 18-35
I will find out just how Cal will try to deploy their Defense against our Offense.

I'm just happy to be here

5280_Buckeye's picture

as much as i would love to converse with your shit i would rather assume that you are 27 years old, a single white male, probably a bed wetter for many years who tortured animals as a child. possible military background.  serious problems with your mother. every victim will suffer identical wounds

Would you rather spend a week in Somalia with some of the most violent criminals on earth, or a night at Old Country Buffet with Brady Hoke watching him eat Every. Last. Bite.?

5280_Buckeye's picture

if it works for the FBI it works for me. ya know, they're right most of the time

Would you rather spend a week in Somalia with some of the most violent criminals on earth, or a night at Old Country Buffet with Brady Hoke watching him eat Every. Last. Bite.?

5280_Buckeye's picture

That 80 yard TD run by Cal last year was a once in a lifetime play.  They aren't gonna catch those breaks this time around with Meyer actually having the team for a whole year and more at this point.
With Purdue its the Cid

Would you rather spend a week in Somalia with some of the most violent criminals on earth, or a night at Old Country Buffet with Brady Hoke watching him eat Every. Last. Bite.?

baddogmaine's picture

While I think it's rarely a good idea to take an opponent lightly I don't think that California is going to be be a real test. Dykes has an offensive system but his players don't know it yet, and might not be the right players to run it. They may become a real force but I'll be surprised if 2013 is a great year for them, definitely not by the second game of the year. Similarly, we have struggled with Purdue because of coaching matchups. If Hazell tries to replicate what the mustaches did then we could struggle again. But he isn't Hope or Tiller and probably has his own ideas, which will take time for the Boilermakers to learn and will be only as good as his players. Both coaching changes work to our advantage. I expect the coaching change in Madison to matter less for that team, because unless Anderson is an idiot he's going to play ball control behind a big offensive line. What hurts them is having fewer playmakers than in past years.
 
I was very surprised to read somewhere that NW on paper is pushovers. They don't have the best athletes, but they play disciplined and don't quit. Undersized disciplined defenses can neutralize a good offense - I still remember Navy against us a few years ago. This could be another Navy game, with every mistake we make being used against us. If we show up every week I think it is a two game regular season: Northwestern and The Game.

USMC11917's picture


Oh, Okay...Got it.

The work he’s done in Evanston has been nothing short of unremarkable.

Statements like these make me think real hard for several seconds.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Purdue is in the Big Ten not the ACC

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.