Eleven Warriors Round Table: Week Two

By Jeff Beck on September 6, 2013 at 11:30a
It's the Eleven Warriors Roundtable, ladies and gentlemen!

We've got one week behind us, and my-oh-my are we ready for another. Once again you've come to the right place for your pre-game primer. We're cycling through the Eleven Warriors crew for all of the answers, and this week you've got Michael "Citronella" Citro (squashes opponents like bugs...working nickname), Ross "The Body" Fulton and Johnny "Ginsu" Ginter. Let's pop this off.

Were your expectations met for the Buffalo game? Why or why not?

Michael: Yes and no. I expected a much better start from Ohio State and they came roaring out of the gates. However, I also expected the Buckeyes to be relentless and I don’t think you could reasonably argue that they kept up their intensity, particularly when you consider they were outscored by a MAC school over the final three quarters.

Ross: Yes and no. I would have obviously liked to have seen Ohio State not have a let down after getting out to an early lead. It also became difficult to judge because of injuries to starters such as Corey Linsley. But Braxton Miller demonstrated improvement as a passer and the defense played fairly well given they were largely missing the few returning experienced starters. The Buckeye offense also demonstrated they can have a tough one-two punch with Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde once he returns.

Johnny: Yes and no. I didn't really expect anything spectacular because, you know, gotta shake the mold off, but I was hoping that the team would have fixed their problem with giving a full game's worth of intensity.

What was your favorite moment of last week's game?


Michael: It was the opener, so the whole thing, really. But I especially loved it when Ohio State finally unleashed the Braxton. Miller appeared under orders to not expose himself in this game, at least in the first half. When he broke off that 40-yard run, it was a sign that he wasn’t going to let the game get any closer.

Ross: Seeing the Buckeye offense click in jumping out to a 23-0 lead.

Johnny: Braxton Miller scrambling. I am a total sucker for dodging, dipping, diving, ducking, and dodging, especially from quarterbacks.

What was your least favorite moment of last week's game?

Michael: The obvious answer is Khalil Mack’s pick six. But instead I’ll say Dontre Wilson’s fumble. It provided a spark for the Bulls and maybe eroded Wilson’s confidence a bit. I think without that he probably sees more snaps, as well.

Ross: Seeing starters drop like flies with cramps and other ailments.

Johnny: The Mack INT return for a touchdown. As soon as I saw his blur I knew that Mewhort had whiffed on his block and that bad things were about to happen.

The defense only had one sack against Buffalo, do you expect that to change against San Diego State?

Michael: I do expect it to change, because with Bradley Roby back in the lineup, I don’t see Ohio State playing such soft corner coverage. If the quarterback has to hold the ball longer, it increases the chances of Spence, Washington or Bosa getting to him. I also think the Buckeyes will work more blitz packages in as the season goes on.

Ross: I am not so much concerned with sack totals as I am with whether the defense is making life uncomfortable for the opposing quarterback. That being said, my guess would be yes only because San Diego State uses more of a pro-style passing scheme.

Johnny: Yes, I think they'll be much more aggressive on the edge with blitzes now that Roby is back in the fold.

Week 2 marks the return of Bradley Roby and Rod Smith. What would you like to see out of both players this Saturday?

Michael: A pick six from Roby and 100 yards and a score out of Smith would be nice. I’d settle for typical lock-down coverage from the former and some strong between-the-tackles runs from the latter.

Ross: Roby to be Roby. As to Smith, if the coaches think he is good enough to play, then to get some carries so that we can get more of a rotation at tailback.

Johnny: Rod will likely be relegated to special teams duty, but I want to see Roby continue to live up to the hype as a shutdown corner that we've built up for him.

With the aforementioned return of Smith, how will Jordan Hall's role change, if at all?

Michael: I think Hall will still be the primary tailback, at least to start the game, but we might see some two-back sets with Smith, as we saw with Hyde and Smith last year.

Ross: Perhaps some but not as much as people think. I am of the opinion that Hall is a good tailback and his quickness is a good fit for Meyer's inside zone play. Hall may play a bit as the H receiver in the slot, but I expect him primarily at tailback. 

Johnny: I don't think it will, to be honest. You don't take out a dude who racks up 159 yards on the ground. Instead, you keep letting him pound away at opponents until his feet are little nubs and his brain is a fine powder in his skull. That's the Dantonio way! 

Who do you predict to win offensive champion of the week? Defensive?

Michael: I have a good feeling about Philly Brown this week on offense. On defense, I like Ryan Shazier to have a big game.

Ross: Philly Brown and Roby. 

Johnny: Miller and Roby. Dude's good, and I think they take some of the self-imposed shackles off Miller this week.

What's your final score prediction?

Michael: Ohio State wins 38-20.

Ross: 42-13

Johnny: 52-6. I think this is the performance that people wanted to see from the Buckeyes last week.

The journey to Mars is estimated to take between 150-300 days. If you could only choose one current Buckeye player to make the trek with you, who would it be?

Michael: I wouldn’t want anyone healthy to miss any games, so I’d invite one of the injured guys…maybe Adam Griffin or J.T. Barrett.

Ross: Is there a female on the team???

Johnny: Probably whoever can put up with my nasty midnight farts the most. I'm not opening up that airlock for anything.


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Ethan's picture

I expected to see a number of things when I clicked this article. Nasty midnight farts were not on the list. 

bodast67's picture

Johnny is definitely thinking outside the box though...




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droessl's picture

Johnny will name his spacecraft "The Dutch Oven"

Hovenaut's picture

That puts the term "Dutch Oven" in a whole new light.

*EDIT* As Droessl states above!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Citro: Ohio State wins 38-20

So next week it will be #4-5 Ohio State vs Cal. lol

Ross: Is there a female on the team???

Exactly my thoughts. Is kidnapping inviting Elika or Meyer's daughters not allowed?

Johnny: Probably whoever can put up with my nasty midnight farts the most. I'm not opening up that airlock for anything.

Between this and the Crouch story, I won't be able to eat for hours.

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

Buckeye_Ryan's picture

Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, Dodge!

Born a Buckeye, raised a Buckeye, will die a Buckeye.

Hovenaut's picture

Patches O'Houlihan would be proud.....

hail2victors9's picture

Instead, you keep letting him pound away at opponents until his feet are little nubs and his brain is a fine powder in his skull. That's the Dantonio way!

It's funny because it's true!

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Dude - do you know how fucking freaky this is?!?!?!  I am sitting on a Via Canada train as I type this heading to Quebec City!  Wow - that is just wild!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Ahh Saturday's picture

Least favorite moment:
Of course, I wasn't happy about Wilson's fumble or the pick six, but before either of those plays Braxton missed a wide open Devin Smith on a play that would've gained at least 30 yards, and could've gone to the house if Smith can put one move on the safety.  It was the first bad pass Miller made in the game, and it seemed to stop the momentum of that 23-0 start.

johnny11's picture

I really hope Rod gets on the field and tears it up not just on special teams. I want to see more designed runs and scrambling out of Braxton. I would also like to see Braxton go through his reads faster. He did progress through them. Which was better than last year, but it seemed at times he is still a little slow to do so. Other than that just expect another big win from our beloved Bucks.

buckz4evr's picture

I think Braxton is at his best when he scrambles.  A can only recall 1 or 2 times he made great plays off designed runs.  That is one area I would love to see him improve.  Hopefully this year he proves me wrong.

lsjSnail's picture

I thought his scrambling was his worst asset according to last year. 

Shaun OSU's picture

I think you need to go back and watch some highlights from last year. Miami (OH), UAB, Nebraska, Indiana...all of those games had huge designed runs, just off the top of my head.
Braxton scrambled for positive yardage hardly at all last year. He had something like 1200 yards rushing and I believe over 1000 of it was on designed runs. Compare that to Manziel who had 1400 yards rushing and got the vast majority of them off of scrambles.
Now, last week they only called like 1 designed run for him, so almost all of his 77 yards rushing were based on scrambles. Hopefully he continues to scramble more, because that will add a whole new dimension to his game, as last year all he could do was rush on designed plays. Any time he left the pocket last year he would try to find someone downfield to throw to. That can result in great plays like Wisconsin and Cal, but sometimes he needs to tuck it and pick up the 20 yards right in front of him.

IBleedSandG's picture

I'm digging the new Roundtable graphic. Nice work!


BucksfanXC's picture

Came here to say this. Subtly sweet

“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

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks. Matt cranked that out. The FNG is making his mark early.

The Buck Guy's picture

"Johnny: Miller and Roby. Dude's good, and I think they take some of the self-imposed shackles off Miller this week."
Agreed, and I heartily look forward to it too.  Meyer said that he wants to see more designed runs for Miller and more pressing by the CBs, so I'm sure we get our wish this week.

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Still very early in the year.  There is a long way to go.  The team is going to dramatically improve over the next few weeks.  They also had some pretty good spots against Buffalo, so I think they will develop into a great team.  Time will tell.
Go Bucks!

unholy bucknut's picture

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say C. Grant is your defensive champion this week. I think this is the year he lives up to his expectations. He had a pedestrian first game but he was around the ball all game I think this is the week it all comes together.

Bradyhokescholesterol's picture

Good lord, I want this to be true as hard as I can possibly want.