The Dubgate Waits for Primetime

By Jason Priestas on September 14, 2013 at 6:00a
65 Comments
MILLER KILLT 'EM

Ohio State-Cal doesn't kick until 7 p.m. tonight, but unlike last week, the non-conference action is pretty hot this Saturday.

Start with the noon clash between Nebraska and UCLA (ABC), the first of four B1G-Pac battles on the day. The Bruins were the first to punch holes in Nebraska's defense last season and the Cornhuskers will be eyeing redemption.

Louisville-Kentucky is also worth a look, if for nothing else than to see what small-time hate looks like. It's kind of adorable, actually. The noon hour features the typical run of meh Big Ten games including Akron at Michigan (BTN, Go-Go-Tressel magic), Bowling Green at Indiana (ESPNU) – you are three-point favorites, IU, it's time reexamine your station in life – and Youngstown State (MANGINO!) at Michigan State (BTN, 2 p.m.).

Once the noon games are over, you'll tune into CBS, like everyone else in America, to catch Alabam-Texas A&M. Aggies got their yell-on last night and their ready for Saban.  Following that clash, it's go time in Berkeley.

Here's your Cal game preview and Bucknotes to print off.

Kickoff (ET) matchup tv internet favorite
12:00 p.m. No. 16 UCLA (1-0) at No. 23 Nebraska (2-0) ABC   NEB (-3)
12:00 p.m. No. 5 Stanford (1-0) at Army (1-1) CBSSN   STAN (-30)
12:00 p.m. No. 7 Louisville (2-0) at Kentucky (1-1) ESPN WatchESPN LOU (-15)
12:00 p.m. Akron (1-1) at No. 11 Michigan (2-0) BTN BTN2GO UM (-37½)
12:00 p.m. Tulsa (1-1) at No. 14 Oklahoma (2-0) ESPN2 WatchESPN OU (-24½)
12:00 p.m. Bowling Green (2-0) at Indiana (1-1) ESPNU WatchESPN IU (-3)
12:00 p.m. W. Illinois (2-0) at Minnesota (2-0) BTN BTN2GO MINN (-24½)
2:00 p.m. Youngstate State (2-0) at Michigan State (2-0) BTN BTN2GO MSU (-23½)

 

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gwalther's picture

My ideal sporting day:
1. Ohio State demolishes Cal, no injuries are sustained.
2. The B1G sweeps its matchups with the PAC-12.
3. Alvarez doesn't just beat Mayweather, he KOs him.
 

Class of 2008

collisionbend's picture

I'd like to add to that, if I may...
4. Akron has a big day against ttun (gotta give the Zips some love).

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

 
BeijingBucks's picture

and with 4:10 left to play they have the lead!!??
 

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Seattle Linga's picture

Oh o - TTUN is marching - come on Zips

Seattle Linga's picture

Terry Bowden just got off the phone with Tressel - time to come back

gwalther's picture

Tressel was responsible for entire game plan. Would've been a W if he was also coaching on the sidelines..clearly.

Class of 2008

741's picture

I love me some Kenny G but he cannot do that!

BeijingBucks's picture

Ugh... I guess 7am kick off is better than the 3:30 time slot.  But this means I must sleep through all the other games to wait for the bucks.  Sometimes working abroad has its downside.

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

BSTP DeCon's picture

If you like to pregame 12 hours in advance, by all means. However, the game actually starts at 7 P.M...

INTLBUCK's picture

I have felt your pain many times, Beijing. Reward yourself by sticking around after for Northwestern and Wisconsin...you'll be feeling great while we are trying to stay awake. 
Have you ever tried a Slingbox? Saved my Buckeye-life many times. Coupled with a DVR, and a US based loved one with Directv and high-speed Internet, it is solid gold. 
Go Bucks. 
www.slingbox.com

BeijingBucks's picture

Hmm that slingbox is an interesting notion. I have to watch it live (just have to!) but love the idea of the DVR... I'm on it

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

INTLBUCK's picture

Agreed. I am a live guy as well. However their are times when meetings, travel, and Internet capability makes it impossible. I have used the Slingbox option for both live and recorded games. My father just upgraded to the 500 model and the quality is amazing. I can then actually go into his DVR and watch the game as needed. For example, last week I was in Bermuda, had a meeting until part way through the SDSU game, then found a hotspot on the beach, and watched the game from the beginning starting an hour late, from my iPad on the beach, and eventually got caught up to live. It was awesome....
Let me know if you need any advice or help getting set up. All you need is high speed Internet on your end. Then someone in the US with high speed and cable or satellite wo will set one up for you on theirs. Apparently Dish just joined forces with Slingbox as well on their actual receivers. Smart move for them. 

AJW_16's picture

Yikes.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

CharlieBuckeye's picture

UCLA v NEBRASKA will be interesting for no other reason than to see if the Huskers "D" will be able to stop the Bruins.
I know the majority of people want to see A&M get beat by Bama; but I have a feeling A&M's defense will be he difference and not just Manziel. Can't say why I have that feeling but it's there.
Michigan State hangs on to win and Penn State beats UCF.
Most importantly - our Defense puts a stranglehold on the Bears and are the stars of the game tonight. The "D" line comes up big for us. The "O" continues to evolve. Buckeyes 42-14.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

BeijingBucks's picture

Aggies... 'They're ready for Satan...' Shrug minor pet peeve which separates us from SEC sites....

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

INTLBUCK's picture

Hating having to root for Johnny in order to root vs. Alabama, but I guess it has to be done....

BOJ's picture

I am with you--catch-22; but you gotta do what you gotta do.

CHESAPEAKE-VA-BUCK's picture

Fully agree! I don’t want to see someone with Manziel’s lack of quality in his person to be the next two time Heisman winner. So even as much as I do not like Bama, I’ve got to go with them this time…

"Woody is a God-fearing man. It's good to know that he's afraid of somebody." --Archie Griffin
 

CUBS's picture

I think Texas A&M beats Alabama. I had Bama out of the BCS (bowls too) in the preseason and I'll stand by it. I think Bama's defense was exposed a bit vs VT and their O-line looked like crap. I don't think itll be Texas A&M's defense that wins the game, but Bama's offense isn't all that exciting. For some reason Manziel just fools every single defense he goes against. I like Texas A&M to beat Bama 28-24. Although, I despise the fact that there is a Johnny Cam.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Hoosiers better watch out, BGSU has a pretty decent squad this year.  I look for the bucks to win by a couple TDs, i do not think Wisconsin wins and i do think the huskers get redemption.  I haven't quite figured out Illinois but i don't think the Washington win over Boise State is as big as years past.
 
Go Bucks Michigan Sucks

Michigan Sucks!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

The Illinois game is pretty intriguing.  They are playing at Soldier Field in Chicago instead of in Champaign (it's the "Chicago Homecoming").  I'll be having that game on my second living room TV.

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

FROMTHE18's picture

oooo here we go, Gameday dubbing this the greatest game of all time already

b_pbucksfans's picture

I can't wait for the UL vs. UK game so I can watch all world Ryan Timmons demolish some NCAA records.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Phil Steele:
No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes at California Golden Bears
Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
Last year, the Buckeyes escaped with a 35-28 win, benefiting from three missed Cal field goals and some questionable officiating. This year, even with quarterback Braxton Miller questionable for the game, look for the Buckeyes to roll up the points against a California defense that gave up 434 yards in the first half to Portland State a week ago.
Pick: Ohio State 41, California 20
"benefiting from three missed Cal field goals and some questionable officiating."
Yep, had to throw questionable officiating in there...

LEBRON

alust2013's picture

What game isn't subject to questionable officiating? I see it in about every game, going both ways.

...and Michigan still sucks.

Earle's picture

Theoretically, I'm in favor of the later start times, except for now when I have almost 9 hours to wait for kickoff.

SOCK PUPPETS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!!!

BSTP DeCon's picture

Me too, except when I'm not in America and I have to wake up at 2AM to watch it (like now lol).

FROMTHE18's picture

Going to have to tackle and be solid in coverage or it could be a very long night for the defense.  Our o line needs to push people around tonight, if they can be average, just average, I think our offense will move the ball but man does Braxton/Kenny need to be protected...cant be letting them get free hits.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Some great games today!  I'll be parked in front of the TV all day watching some football!  Thank God the greatest time of the year is here!!
Go Bucks!  Beat those Bears!!!

FROMTHE18's picture

man, I hate Kirk Herbstreit...

OSU069's picture

LOL Desmond Howard just said our offense is better without Braxton.

LouGroza's picture

That guy always finds a way to disrespect OSU. He always shows his true colors and is as unprofessional as it gets. To sit there and say "Oh, yeah, they are much better with Guiton than with Braxton" is ridiculous. Think Urban and the staff are smart enough to start Guiton if he is actually better than Braxton. He always goes one step farther. wow.

FROMTHE18's picture

I like Desmond's act, even if he is a Michigan dude...he stands up for his alma mater and makes no excuses for being biased. Herbstreit is an SEC wannabe who tries to make informed statements but they come off as biased (mainly in regards to SEC teams) and ignorant as Desmonds, except Herbstreit tries to pretend he's being fair

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Perhaps that is why Herbie was harping on his SEC counterpart on TV this morning that he should join the B1G - on several different topics!  No, Herbie is B1G through and through he just goes out of his way to be unbiased.  Herbie is a Buckeye and it disturbs me when people from Ohio State try to beat him down!  No offense, but you are mistaken when you say his loyalties are elsewhere!

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

BenArazi4's picture

 
 
I beg to differ, I actually agree with Desmond.  Braxton's talent thrives off of lots of broken plays, Kenny G most certainly runs the offense better.  It wasn't a shot, he just distributes and manages the game much better with better reads, better execution and better leadership.  Braxton's simply a better playmaker.

 
 
 

LouGroza's picture

Everyone loves the backup QB whether in college or the NFL. Keep in mind, one reason the backup initially excels is he is an unexpected twist for the defense. I want to see Kenny play when the defense can game plan all week for him. That is the only way to know his level of play compared to Braxton. Braxton is game planned for all week by every defense he goes against. They know his strengths and weaknesses. To say Kenny Guiton is better for this team than Braxton Miller is saying Urban and his staff are inept in their jobs and I have an issue with anyone other than elite level coaches with many years experience making those statements. I love Kenny Guiton and he does a great job as a backup QB.

BenArazi4's picture

 
Now you are putting words in my mouth, saying this coaching staff is inept is the last thing I would say.  Kenny runs the offense better, that much is clear however he does not have the dynamic playmaking ability Braxton does.  It is obvious that this staff values the dynamic playmaker at the QB position more than the better game-managing/decision making QB.  Guiton is definitely better a reading the defense and probably a better passer, better leader, better decision maker.  Once again, it is obvious that the staff values the playmaking ability of Braxton more.

 
 
 

FROMTHE18's picture

Man, itd be easy to play a College Gameday drinking game, every time the word "explosive" is used or "SEC" take a drink, youll be smashed before Corso has to put on the headgear 

BSTP DeCon's picture

You should try taking a drink every time they say "tuna" or "fish" on Wicked Tuna. Got plastered by the second show!

BenArazi4's picture

 
If Bama doesn't decapitate Johnny, then I think A&M has a good chance of beating Bama and boy do I hope they do.  Johnny isn't too smart running his mouth all the time, he just put a target on himself and someone this season will decapitate him.

 
 
 

b_pbucksfans's picture

I want Bama to punish Manziel and A&M. If we do go undefeated, I want Bama in the NCG. Plus Manziel just looks/acts like someone I'd like to strike across the face.

CHESAPEAKE-VA-BUCK's picture

I know this is off topic, but what is the latest on Miller? Is the G-man getting the game for himself? Or will he be sharing time with Miller? For this game, if miller is not at 90% or better, I’d rather see him resting up while Kenny cleans house. 

"Woody is a God-fearing man. It's good to know that he's afraid of somebody." --Archie Griffin
 

pjtobin's picture

I love when we have late games. It gives me all day to prepare for my Buckeye festivities. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

ejoceans's picture

Kenny G would start for a lot of big schools so its no surprise that some of you think he is better than Braxton for this team.  Braxton just brings too much to the table and while Kenny is pretty dang good, he's no XBRAX!  Kenny is a hell of a pocket passer tho! He will get drafted for sure IMOA

Lets do this Brutus

btalbert25's picture

I honestly think it's laughable.  Kenny is a good QB, but he's basically as good as he'll ever.  He has a fair arm, and an average runner.  His best attribute is that he makes good decisions.  Braxton last year was deemed the 5th best player in college football, and he has improved tremendously as a passer.  So is Kenny better than the 5th best player in college football? 

CHESAPEAKE-VA-BUCK's picture

I agree with the fact that Kenny G is not as good as Braxton and by no means do I think he should play instead of Braxton when Brax is healthy. I do believe that the G-man is more than good enough, with the team he has around him, to proficiently beat Cal tonight and give a dinged up Braxton time to heal before we go into our B1G schedule. 

"Woody is a God-fearing man. It's good to know that he's afraid of somebody." --Archie Griffin
 

ejoceans's picture

I really think Brax needs another year under the college helm anyway.(that is if he wants to be an NFL QB)

Lets do this Brutus

btalbert25's picture

A&M isn't beating  Bama today.  It won't even be close.  Bama's O-line may be a disaster, but I'm willing to bet it's better than Rice who put up 31 on A&M and Sam Houston State who scored 28.  That's right, 2 schools I wasn't aware even had football scored 4 TD's on that A&M D.  
This game is also following a bye week for Bama, they've had extra time to game plan for it, and Saban does very well in so called "revenge" games.  Not to mention this team will want to rip Johnny's head off because he's a d-bag.  
I really don't see this being much of a game.  That doesn't mean I think Bama is awesome, I just don't think A&M is very good at all. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Damn - Akron was marching on TSUN until the QB threw it a bit high and the receiver let it go through his hands for an INT... oh well, it is fun to watch them struggle against the Zips!

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

KE's picture

Akron goes ahead of TTUN, and here's the best comment on MGoBlog: "I'm telling you...it's fucking Tressel. His curse will never stop haunting us."

 
TatumRuled's picture

Does anyone have the link to watch the OSU game online?

"Hell, Woody didn't recruit me; he recruited my mother!" -Jack Tatum                       

INTLBUCK's picture

One of the best online is:
www.rojadirecta.me
The best solution, however, is a Slingbox. Won't help you today, but if you risk missing a bunch of games, install one of these. It has saved my Buckeye-life many times. I was just telling another guy in the thread about it. 
www.slingbox.com

alust2013's picture

These Nebraska uniforms are so baaaad. So glad we have have Nike instead of Adidas 

...and Michigan still sucks.

btalbert25's picture

Isn't UK Nike?  Have you seen how awful their unis are today? 

INTLBUCK's picture

I figured UCLA would come back somewhat, but never thought Nebraska would implode to that point.  Stinks for the B1G, had a shot. 
You are right, embarrassing. 

Seattle Linga's picture

TTUN is losing to Akron with 4 plus minutes left - Zips are a 37 point dog!

JakeBuckeye's picture

TTUN escapes Akron and the Big House erupts in Big Ten/National championship-type elation. Perhaps its just me and me supreme homerism but I don't think the 'Shoe would be so happy right now.

BuckeyeVet's picture

The ghost of Jim Tressel damn near has Akron beating UM. The real Tressel coaching at Akron would have won with 4 tries from the 1 yard line like Akron had to end this game.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 
 

JakeBuckeye's picture

I didn't like the toss play call near the end nor the time management. Frustrated UM got out of that alive.

BuckeyeVet's picture

So true, Jake. At least the tradition of UM arm punts persists (3 today against Akron). Gotta keep  up with traditions. Would have laughed myself sick if they had lost, but at least it helps our SOS for them to stay undefeated for now.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 
 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Horrible horrible horrible clock management and play calling on 3rd and 4th down not to mention their kicker sucked badly missing 2 that I saw!  Having said all of that - some fairly heavy damage was done and Devon Gardner is a shaken man!!!  He is absolutely terrible

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

BuckGuy003's picture

Still think that was a first down as well, was really excited to have a new "Appalachian state game" to make fun of :/

INTLBUCK's picture

Missedagain struggling vs. Akron at home, yet remaining undefeated, is probably the best of all possible outcomes for Buckeye fans.  Safe Humiliation.