Buckeyes Bleed Bucky Out

By Kyle Rowland on September 28, 2013 at 11:33p
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Back in scarlet.

COLUMBUS – Braxton Miller jogged on to the Ohio Stadium turf more than an hour before kickoff. He showed little emotion, carrying a businesslike attitude. Four hours later, Miller triumphantly bounced around on the field where he returned after a three-game absence.

It wasn’t the classic that head coach Urban Meyer believed it would be, but for Ohio State, a 31-24 victory puts them in the catbird seat of the Leaders Division – the King so to speak. 

A 281-total yard performance hushed any semblance of a quarterback controversy. Miller finished 17-of-25 passing for 198 yards and a career-high tying four touchdown passes. An additional 83 yards came on the ground, as the fourth-ranked Buckeyes grinded out their 17th consecutive win, the longest streak in the nation.

“We saw the old Braxton today once he got running around,” wide receiver Philly Brown said.

Miller declared himself 100 percent and said his knee brace was simply a precaution. Before Miller took questions from the media, he thanked backup Kenny Guiton for stepping in and keeping Ohio State’s offense humming. He also referred to Guiton as a big brother, saying he was proud of him.

“I’ve been working really hard the last couple weeks,” Miller said. “I felt pretty good. My leg felt good. Energy-wise, I wasn’t out of shape.” 

It was clear early on that Miller was in his usual form, which is spectacular or sensational depending on who you ask. It took the Buckeyes just four plays to score their first touchdown of the night, doing so in one minute, 55 seconds.

The offense moved with efficiency, rushing for six yards, throwing for nine yards, rushing for 15 yards and then capping the drive with a Miller-to-Evan Spencer touchdown pass from 25 yards out.

Ohio State’s defense set the tone on the game’s first play. All week, the Buckeyes heard about Wisconsin’s vaunted rushing attack. The Badgers’ backfield includes the nation’s active leading career rusher and the top rusher of 2013. But James White and Melvin Gordon ran into the Great Wall of Columbus in a frenzied Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.

No. 23-ranked Wisconsin went three-and-out on its first two series, totaling minus-2 yards. Not only was the run game stuffed, the Buckeyes’ missed nary a tackle. The Badgers ended the night with 104 rushing yards, nearly 250 yards less than their season average. Gordon finished with 74 yards, the first time this season he's been held under 100. White had 31 yards and a touchdown.

Instead, Wisconsin went to the air. Quarterback Joel Stave had one of the finest outings of his career. To the surprise of many, it came at the expense of All-American cornerback Bradley Roby.

Stave competed 20-of-34 pass attempts for 295 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The recipient of half those completions was the acrobatic Jared Abbrederis, who caught 10 passes for a career-high 207 yards and a touchdown.

“No. 4, he's got my vote for All-Big Ten,” Meyer said of Abbrederis.

Trailing 7-0 with negative total yards, the Badgers proceeded to march right down the field behind the arm of Stave. He completed four passes on an eight-play scoring drive, culminating in a 36-yard touchdown pass to Abbrederis. The Buckeyes answered with a high-powered drive, gaining at least five yards on every play of a six-play drive. Devin Smith scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass to end the first quarter scoring with Ohio State leading 14-7.

After the opening quarter, the defenses settled down. But the scoring continued midway through the second quarter with each team scoring on three consecutive drives. The Buckeyes opened a 10-point lead on a 45-yard field goal by Drew Basil.

Undaunted, Stave continued his assault on the Silver Bullet secondary. He brought the Badgers within three points after an 11-yard scoring strike to Same Arneson made it 17-14.

It looked like Wisconsin would take momentum into the locker room, as it had Ohio State facing a 4th-and-2 from the Badger 40-yard line. Meyer elected to go for it and go for it Miller did. A breakdown in the secondary left Brown wide open in the end zone – a familiar nightmare scenario for Wisconsin in Ohio Stadium. Forty yards later, the Buckeyes had a 24-14 halftime lead. An already electric crowd reached high voltage level.

But Ohio State failed to put its foot on the Badgers’ throat like it had done the previous three weeks against overmatched opponents. The Buckeyes failed to score on its first two possessions of the second half, though they did hold Wisconsin to a similar fate. Linebacker Curtis Grant sacked Stave for a nine-yard loss on first down before Roby redeemed himself for a short time by intercepting Stave deep in the Badgers’ own territory.

“I didn’t really get a chance to see what happened,” Stave said. “Just miscommunication. We’ve got to make sure everyone’s seeing the same thing on the field and running the routes and throwing to where you think they’re going to be.”

Ohio State faced little resistance, scoring seven plays later on Miller’s fourth touchdown pass of the game and second to Brown. A 31-14 lead with barely more than 17 minutes remaining was thought to be insurmountable, but Wisconsin did its best to make the home fans nervous.

White scored on a 17-yard run on the ensuing drive and made it a three-point game with 2:05 left. A failed onside kick gave the third-largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history reason erupt in euphoria.

A short time later, however, Meyer was in the postgame interview room, voice cracking, delivering the news about senior safety – and captain – Christian Bryant. An emotional Meyer smacked the podium with full force

“Just tough news,” Meyer said. “That’s the hardest part of this whole job, to see that happen. My goodness. I just love that kid. That darn kid has done so much or our program, come so far. Incredible leadership skills, and he’s going to be even more valuable outside of football. I love that guy. Doggone it. Hard part of the game.”

In a sport where wins of any kind are cherished, but also put in the rearview mirror soon after the final whistle, Bryant’s injury puts things in perspective for Ohio State. It also makes next week’s trip to undefeated Northwestern more unnerving.

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

Had that one ready to post.....   YES - GO BUCK

rdubs's picture

Good defense, especially from front 7.  Still have to tighten up the secondary which might be tough if Bryant is out for a while...

Hovenaut's picture

Of course ABC cuts away, did Bryant walk off on his own power? Heard the crowd cheer like as if he did. 
 

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Iwearmocs's picture

He was carried off, put no weight on his left leg I believe.

ibuck's picture

Wisconsin outgained OSU overall, and Abbredaris has career numbers—in 1st half.  If you think OSU has a good, not great, D, look at what Oregon is doing to Cal. If the D doesn't improve A LOT, and fast, this team could easily trip at NW, and probably can't beat a top 10 bowl team. 

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

I agree that NW could be a trap game, but they can definitely compete against anyone in the Top 10 right now.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Would we compete on the coolness of uni's? If we play Bama or Oregon we lose by at least 20.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Poison nuts's picture

I honestly believe this team can compete with any team in the country. Transitive properties don't apply IMO. This team raises & lowers it's competitive level based on the level of competition. While that isn't ideal, it still translates to a team that can compete with any team out there. Do we beat Oregon or Bama? Not sure, but those would both be great games. 
None of us knows for sure what would happen, but going back to everyone's favorite stand-by argument, the 2002 Buckeyes proved that if you win them all, you can beat a more dominant team & the 2006 Buckeyes proved that looking dominant all season doesn't equate to winning against a team that didn't look great throughout the year. Just let them keep playing the games...there's no need to decide what would or wouldn't happen based on 5 games.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

How does the toughest game on the schedule qualify as a trap game?

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

bigbill992001's picture

You're right, IBUCK, the 2ndary is really loose or maybe the gameplan was loose.   At this point a quality WR and an average QB can exploit us, especially since we dont have a lot of pressure coming from up front.
 
On another note, I dont care what anyone says, BM is NOT 100%.   He looked a step slow and tentative when running.   Im surprised he got 22 carries and im surprised we didnt get to see much of Hall.

German Buckeye's picture

Even if we run the table and win the BIG Championship game, afraid all the pollsters will give us is the Rose Bowl vs Stanford or Oregon, whoever comes in 2nd in the PAC 12.  As Ramzy wrote the other day, we needed to destroy Wisconsin, simply stated, we didn't. 

zbd's picture

OSU and Roby didn't look very good. A w is a w.  Better improve for next week at Northwestern.

bigbill992001's picture

Actually, Roby hasnt looked like his old self all yr.   Certainly not like an AA.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Great win against a tough opponent; as someone stated earlier, awesome at times, pedestrian at others. Wisky is gonna make some noise this year. Our team needs to play a full 60 minutes.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

xrox's picture

Glad we don't have to play them twice this year.

DrBuckeyePete's picture

So many perplexing things from this game 
1) 22 rush attempts for Braxton
2) 1 rush attempt for Hall
Offense did not really seem to flow at all. Couple big plays really bailed us out of this game. On to the next one.
 

Ohio State Alum '10 
Go Bucks! 

Geraffi's picture

I think Braxton running was just conservative play calling. The offense was completely vanilla after we went up 31-14.  Too conservative if you ask me. But I disagree. The offense was flowing and the team played well over all. Just need to keep the pedal down for four quarters. 

DrBuckeyePete's picture

Yeah, you're probably right. 
Also, why can't we allow Dontre to return punts? Philly is less than sure hands back there... seems to bobble at least one a game. 

Ohio State Alum '10 
Go Bucks! 

B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

AMEN!!!!!!

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

unknownmusketeer's picture

Dontre has not been as solid with the ball as someone like Hall.

2morrow's picture

Offense played the second half not to lose. With all of the supposed offensive weapons, it was disappointing. Secondary is not good and just took a hit losing Bryant. A win is a win, but we will probably drop even further in the polls.

B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

I could use less of Braxton running with the Dan Marino knee brace

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

buckeyedude's picture

U have to give the Sconsin, their coaches and Stave and Abbrederis credit. They played a good game. That is a very good team in my opinion that should only have one loss. That Borland LB for them was unbelievable.
Didn't cover the spread, but I think there's a lot for the Buckeyes to learn from.
And I am very glad we have El Guapo back.

 

 

nm_buck's picture

+1
whiskey always punches back.  ALWAYS.  this was a GREAT win for us.

osupolo's picture

Borland kept them in the game in the second half (imo). When the Buckeyes tried to go to the ball control ground and pound offense, like they have done all season in 2nd half, Borland stuffed Brax/Hyde seemingly every time. I thought the Buckeyes second half stall would cease to exist once Hyde came back but Borland had a different idea. We can put points on the board with the ball controlled offense this season with Hyde,  just not against Borland. 

Geraffi's picture

Borland was a beast. When he stood up Hyde, man on man, he proved to me that he's the best LB in the B1G without a doubt. 

Paulillo's picture

Amen BuckeyeDude, let's give Wisconsin some credit. We shut down their run game, but they found some success through the air with some good passes and just a great performance from Abbrederis. However, we still got the W!

D-Day0043's picture

That was the Tressel spread offense... :-)

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KingsRite's picture

I think our offense looked a little flat at times. Roby didn't have a very good game at all and seemed to be outsized. Great effort and happy for the streak to continue!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

DefendYoungstown's picture

Roby has played poorly all year, he was smoked at Cal and just abused tonight.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

jaxbuckeye's picture

I only blame Roby to a degree.  We can't expect even the best of cornerbacks to cover all day.  At some point it goes back to the defensive line and the coordinator. There is no way the QB should have that much time on a 5 step drop.

gbdawg's picture

Not pretty but a win

RedQueenRace's picture

It's a win.  I'll take it.
Meanwhile, Oregon goes up 34-0 on Cal.

D-Day0043's picture

In a monsoon none the less. It is in Eugene though.

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rdubs's picture

Cal also has like 25 fumbles already.

D-Day0043's picture

And we had a Curtis Grant sighting!

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741's picture

Grant absolutely had his best outing as a Buckeye. Very exciting!

nm_buck's picture

Whiskey ALWAYS plays us tough in the shoe.  Don't read too much into the fact that the game was close... every team has close games... it's the ones who grind it out and come out ahead that end up being champions.  This team will continue to improve... mark my words.
This win vs whiskey means we must lose TWO divisional games to be eliminated from the B1G championship.  That ain't gonna happen.  We need to win next week for the polls, and for our own confidence.  We win on the road, in primetime, at Evanston and we will be considered legitimate contenders.
Just take care of business, one week at a time.
Go Bucks!!!!

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Contenders for what exactly?  :P
Seven more regular season games to get in sync.  Not sure why the bucks did not run the option more often which has worked so well for us all season and allows our superior speed to work to our advantage.  Not enough intermediate passing.  Braxton has been out three games, give him credit for the four TD passes.  Wish he was a better game manager like Kenny though.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

bigbill992001's picture

You're right, S&G, I for one dont wanna end up playing in the Rose Bowl but if we dont start killing people, we'll never overtake Clemson or Ore.    And, SEC teams get in the NC game with TWO losses.

headina's picture

Ohio state is above Clemson in the poll that matters and should strengthen their spot beating a ranked team while Clemson played wake Forrest... Also in my opinion Alabama is very beatable and has to play LSU who lost tonight, and probably Georgia in the SEC title game who wants revenge badly. If ohio state takes care of business the rest of the way they will be in the NC game. It always seems like there will be 5 undefeated teams but at least 3 trip up. Always. 

GO BUCKS

ChillitownBuck30's picture

This^^^. Regardless what people may say it was a big win

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”

B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

The whole time I was thinking wear them down with Hyde and then light them up with a fresh Hall in the 2nd half. Clearly I thought wrong.

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

DefendYoungstown's picture

For the life of me I can't understand why Hall didn't see the field besides kickoff.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Paulillo's picture

Agreed, that was really strange. He's been a stud this year.

B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

And how about the new division alignment...not much competition in the west division. 

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

M Man's picture

What a great game for the Buckeyes.  It doesn't need to be a perfect game to be a great game.
 
I never expected Braxton Miller to come back and look so sharp.  I thought that Guiton earned this start.  (Nothing against Brax.)  Very very impressive night.  Fun, good quality game to watch.

DaiTheFlu's picture

Dude. Please can be more of a jerk so I would dislike you? You seem way too cool for a TTUN fan...

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

D-Day0043's picture

Was Hall hurt?

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good win.
Wisconsin's front 7 is tough. I doubt there is another LB in the country that beat Carlos Hyde in the circle drill, like Borland. Braxton seemed to be running at about 85 percent, partly because maybe he wasn't fully comfortable/confident yet running with the brace. 
As for the defense, Roby had a rough night, or else it probably goes down as a really good defensive effort. Wisconsin was allowed to continually hold in pass protect. This is a young defense that will continue to get better.  

lsjSnail's picture

He freakin dances too much and does that hop thing and falls on his own once a game, all last year.

German Buckeye's picture

Totally agree - I thought someone else was wearing 34 - didnt run with power in all but 1 or 2 runs all night - simply looked tentative.  Very disappointed.  No Hall or just a couple runs.  I don't think Braxton's vision is as good as Kenny's. 

Jonnferrell's picture

Well, next week will be interesting at Evanston.  Two ranked opponents in a row.  I can't wait!

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

buckskin's picture

Way to pull it out Bucks!!  Surprised they ran Braxton so many times.  Love Hyde, but kind of disappointed J. Hall didn't get a couple carries.

buckskin's picture

Shut down the running game!!!!!  Great effort.

ToTheHouse's picture

2nd half...playing to WIN...or FROM losing...Coach don't won't qb controversy, but I think we see a different flow with K.G. ! A W is A W !

JakeBuckeye's picture

Kenny G played against the defenses of San Diego State, Cal, and Florida A&M...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Nah. If Kenny played Ohio State would have scored 100.

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

Harold's picture

Call it like it is...Roby was a complete wreck. He wasn't much better at Cal...what is his deal?

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Well ... if not for his interception the bucks may not have walked away with the W.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Harold's picture

He's an All-American...if he doesn't play terrible we may not need that pic from him. I love the Bucks but I watched the game and he was repeatedly embarrassed. I know what kind of play he is capable of...I am just wondering when we will see that again.

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

He was also critical in helping destroy Wisconsin's run game.

bigbill992001's picture

That INT was an absolute gimme.   My grandma coulda made that play, a duck.

Brutus's picture

I will bet you a billion dollars your grandma could not make that play.  Literally, a billion dollars.

bigbill992001's picture

You're prolly right, but im pretty sure grandpa could.   Roby didnt have to move, the ball hit him in the gut.   And, had all the zip of a boche ball.

BuckeyeChris's picture

The pick, in fairness, was the result of pressure up front and a horrible decision by Stave. The ball was thrown right to Roby. Just being honest. 

D-Day0043's picture

Killing his draft stock.

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2morrow's picture

Go back to at least the um game last year and he, in my opinion, is way over rated. He is a really good tackler in the run game but doesn't seem to be all that great in pass coverage. Last year teams seemed to shy away from him early because of his reputation - they started to go at him more toward the end of the year. Like they said early in the game - Wisc hoped he was covering  Abberdarris (sp). At least we are 5-0 - but we have a lot to improve upon. I really like our D line, and receivers.

Paulillo's picture

He had 17 pass break-ups last year which tied the OSU single season record. Seems to me that he's pretty good in pass coverage. Maybe tonight wasn't his best performance, but he'll be fine.
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/06/23105/bradley-robys-top-5-pass-break-ups-of-2012

saltybuck61's picture

Roby has never been the best cover corner. He was repeatedly beat even last year. However, his speed and ability to recover allowed him to make ridiculous plays. He also has excellent ball skills. There were several throws where he just timed his swat a bit late. I was surprised that this didn't happen all the time last year. He will be fine in the long haul. It is difficult to cover someone for 10 seconds straight too. More pressure/less holding on Spence might make it easier on him.

AC1972's picture

Not a complete wreck,  but we could use less Roby talk and more Roby action. 

B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

Braxton looked like a stud throwing the rock. Ball was flying out and he had a tight spin on the ball.

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

nm_buck's picture

I was one of the 18% who predicted less than 120 yds rushing for whiskey...
I didn't think abbredaris would get over 200 yds with Roby on him tho...
gotta give credit to whiskey's front 7 on D... especially borland.  that dude is GOOD.

M Man's picture

Borland is an Ohio guy, right?
But a Badger legacy.  He's been great since he was a true freshman.  And overcame a very serious injury -- torn labrum requiring surgery that wrecked his sophomore season.  (After Freshman of the year in 2009.). And he fought a bad hamstring much of last year. We are seeing the real Borland in games like this one.

vitaminB's picture

Gameday tried to make it sound like we thought he was too small to play for tOSU, but he was a lifetime Badger fan.  Played well tonight.  Tip of the Cap.

Hocking Hick's picture

More worried about the OL than anything else.  They couldn't move the pile when they had to.

"I'm here as a red light is in the street."  - Howard Finster

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Wisconsin might end up being a top 10 rush defense this year and yet the Buckeyes ran for 194 yards (4.5 yds/carry). It's hard for even a top-level run game to run against a top-level run defense when the defense knows that most plays will be power runs. If Dontre hadn't fumbled out of bounds on his first carry, I suspect that he would got a little more action in the 2H and might have peeled off a couple of extra first downs.

ep's picture

Rough night for Roby, but Abbrederis is the real deal, and Stave's going to be really good, just a sophomore.  A win over Wisconsin, no matter how ugly the 2nd half was, is ALWAYS a good thing.  The win-streak and undefeated season is alive, GO BUCKS.

FLAMikey's picture

Abbrederis is good, but 200+ yards when they don't have another decent receiver?
Pass D continues to be the biggest chink in the Buckeye's armor, and I continue to wonder if Kerry Coombs is an A-list CB coach.
 
 

brylee's picture

Abbrederis will be a thorn in our side for the next two years!

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

He's a Senior

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Colorado Johnny's picture

Wrong. The NCAA has already granted him a 7th year of eligibility for his beard with an option for an 8th if he manages to stub a toe or two in the final two games. Not joking

BuckeyeChris's picture

Yeah, he's on the John Kolesar plan (Kolesar, who I am pretty sure played at Michigan for 28 years). 

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

Abbrederis is a redshirt senior, so only one more year to have to deal with, max. That's if he doesn't head to the NFL, which I think (or hope) he will.

Colorado Johnny's picture

You obviously dont know what redshirt senior means

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

Sorry, I thought he redhirted 2010, thus he was eligible for a 5th-year senior year of eligibility.
He redhirted 2009, meaning this is his 5th year. Even better, we don't have to face him again.

German Buckeye's picture

He's an A list screamer and yeller though, will put his lungs up against ANYONE

FLAMikey's picture

-Can't argue with that!

Buckifan4Life's picture

Roby is no lock down corner. Sorry, he can't be out on an island like we thought he could. Very frustrating watching him get beat. The INT was a zone coverage, pass rush created INT. What the hell was with the play calling in the 4th QTR too? We play not to lose instead of to win now?

Hall 1 carry???

Not happy at all...

Buckifan4Life's picture

Downvote me all you like, I'm telling it like it is.

Don't be a coward though, tell me why you disagree...

nm_buck's picture

I didn't DV you... I would only point out that all great teams have games like this.  Geezus you'd think we lost the game listening to half the posters...
 
in 2002 on our NC run, we BARELY beat Purdue with a last second miracle hail Mary Holy Buckeye pass... yet somehow still took home the crystal.
Step away from the cliff people....

DefendYoungstown's picture

This isn't the first time this year Roby has been abused, remember Cal? He's not the same player he was last year.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

German Buckeye's picture

Did you read Ramzy's article this week?  We needed to destroy Wiscy to even be considered a top 5 team - bet Stanford moves ahead of us in the polls based on this game.

awlinBrutus's picture

because we didn't just play akron. you happy now -1

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

Jonnferrell's picture

Well, pass rushes usually cause an Interception.  Most QB's who have all day to throw find someone friendly to throw to.  But have +1 anyhow.  

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

Buckifan4Life's picture

A lock down corner should be able to get interceptions without being in zone coverage. Why do you think we were in zone more as the game went on? Roby was getting thrashed. QB's don't challenge lock down corners often. That wasn't the case tonight. Maybe you didn't watch the game.

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

Roby got absolutely demolished in that game.  Kid's got to step up if he wants to play on Sundays.

Buckifan4Life's picture

Not a typical Silverbullet secondary.

Alabama would thrash this team if they played next week. I REALLY hate to say that...

weirdscience's picture

Not sure about that. We'd have to be more aggressive on offense to hang with Bama, but I think our guys could get it done. 

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Are you serious? Bama is so overrated it's ridiculous 

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Buckifan4Life's picture

You're smoking too many Buckeye leaves. Alabama is still at another level. I was happy with our D-line tonight. It's a start. CB being out is gonna hurt though.

DefendYoungstown's picture

+1 Agreed, Bama or Oregon would man handle us by 3 td's. Love the Buckeyes but being realistic.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

AndyVance's picture

Ummm, not to be an ass, but for everyone claiming that Alabama would beat us by three touchdowns, you did see that they only scored two all night against Ole Miss last night, right? So unless you think three field goals and a safety are enough to beat us (the rest of their stat line last night), it's not unreasonable to think we could hang with the Tide this season.
There are other teams that worry me more than the defending national champions at this point in the season.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Bama QB > Stave
Bama WR's > Wisky's #4
Let's be honest.  Do you think Alabama goes to Arizona State and losses?  Well?

Seabass1974's picture

Depends on who the refs are.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

AC1972's picture

We could compete with Bama and Oregon. Not saying we would win, but we would not be embarrassed. 

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

It's amazing to me how Muss & Herbie always manage to make it sound like Ohio State is getting beaten badly...even when they're up by 3 scores.
 

ticodillo's picture

I was so happy  with the 3/out and then the quick td and thought we might have a complete game, but then they started abusing Roby and I was brought back to reality.  Why the weird A##$ play calling, and why can't we be vicious on D?  We look so vulnerable where is the Silver Bullet Swag? We gotta get the d sorted out, we can score at will , but we just need to get better on d. 

D-Day0043's picture

I am beginning to think that Herman presses to get Miller his runs and it constricts the offense, rather than just letting it flow naturally. You have to implement all of the weapons you have into your offense. It keeps the defense off balance. You have to trust their abilities.

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Poison nuts's picture

Fully agreed!!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

vitaminB's picture

Need Washington State to come alive here in the second half
 

hspbuy1's picture

I was hoping to see the diamond backfield tonight. I thought Brax looked sharp early. Our D holding their rushing game down was great.

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Harold's picture

bryant out for the year...ughh

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

D-Day0043's picture

Aw $hit... What was the injury? Broken arm?

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vitaminB's picture

where did you see that?

Harold's picture

Ankle surgery...

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

Harold's picture

Urban said it...sucks

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

D-Day0043's picture

Hopefully they can get him a medical redshirt.

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D-Day0043's picture

For the love of god, stop just rushing 3 linemen on defense. It never works. You can't rush 3 against Wisconsin's 5 linemen. That place is a O-line factory.

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ticodillo's picture

dude we got to Stave and made him make bad passes when we rushed more. We need to be more vicious on D!! 

vitaminB's picture

I liked what they did on the last series, rushing 3 and bringing Shazier on a delayed blitz.

D-Day0043's picture

That's fine as long as there is a fourth rusher. I saw Grant try it once and he ran into the back of his own man and just stayed there.

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Paulillo's picture

Let's not forget that Grant also had a big sack in this game though.

awlinBrutus's picture

their LT was hooking spence ALL night and riding him like a hobby horse. twice plain as day in the 4th qtr.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

D-Day0043's picture

Spence and Washington! It was ridiculous! Their tackles had their arms around their throats.

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b_pbucksfans's picture

I have a feeling Mr. Roby will be back for his senior year after his performance the first 4 games. He probably dropped from a high 1st to 2nd-3rd round in 1 game. Extremely proud of the front 7 after holding their 3 headed running back monster to 104 yds! On to the next one!

Deadly Nuts's picture

Bryant needs ankle surgery according to Meyer

LEBRON

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Felt like a win until I heard we lost Bryant. It's a win, but with pass-happy NW coming up and Roby not up to par our secondary is a BIG concern right now. Who knew?

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

vitaminB's picture

Bryant played great tonight.  Get him a 5th year, Urb.

SeattleBuckeye's picture

You're not thinking clearly. Philly Brown is a good return man and has great hands. Just made a bad play.

DaiTheFlu's picture

He dropped a couple of passes as well. That's happened several times this year. But then he makes huge catch after huge catch, which is maddening.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

nm_buck's picture

If Bryant is out, how is Ron Tanner?

vitaminB's picture

Has one pick on the year, if I remember correctly.

J.Mo's picture

I would expect Tyris Powell or Devan Bogard to be next in line before Tanner...

KingsRite's picture

Ron Tanner is a fast, hard hitting guy. Might not be a bad choice.

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Estrada's picture

It seems like he's made half of all of the tackles made on kickoffs.  Kid seems to have a nose for the ball, not a bad quality to have as a safety.

SeattleBuckeye's picture

You have to trust the staff to have the best guys on the field, given the situation. We really don't know what's going on watching from home.

bucksfan92's picture

This game should never have ended this close. For the life of me I cannot understand our soft coverage, especially on WRs that have no speed whatsoever.  Then we just completely shut down the offense after they scored to cut the lead to 10.  That is exactly when you need to get aggressive and go get more points.  All I can say is that I am ever so happy the B1G sucks this year, we are will get away with not being very sharp and still getting Ws, but right now I have a hard time putting us in the top 5.

Buckifan4Life's picture

Be careful, you'll get down voted for stating your opinion. You can only say positive things...

The thing I hate most about Michigan fans is that they wear rose colored glasses constantly and there is never wrong with how there team performs. I'm starting to feel that way here. I am an alumni member and love OSU, but I'm not going to turn a blind eye to what I am seeing.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Come down off your cross.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Crikey mate, Johnston is turnin' ought ta be a helluva American footbaw kicka!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

argyle182021's picture

I was at the game tonight and it seemed like he did whatever he wanted. Most kicks were end over end with backspin. His last punt was a spiral and pinned them inside the ten on their last drive. That kid puts it wherever he wants it. Player of the game IMO. I'm looking forward to seeing him really uncork one, if that opportunity ever comes. 

stubbzzz's picture

How long was that last punt?  looked like a fifty or even sixty yarder to me, but I didnt see what yardline he punted from.  regardless that was a great punt.

AC1972's picture

Yea.  There's that. Dude is a serious weapon at punter. I imagine he talks to Urbz before the punt and just asks him where he wants the ball....

SeattleBuckeye's picture

They won the game when they went up by 17. If they play tight coverage, they get burned on double moves and risk losing the game on long passes. Jesus, trust the staff!  When is the last time they have lost?!

ScarletNGrey01's picture

The earlier post "this was the Tressel spread offense" was hilarious, think that is what you are driving at also.  I am a little surprised the bucks didn't open things up a little more on offense in the forth quarter, Meyer never struck me as a play it safe guy, but a win against a top 25 ranked opponent is great.  Unfortunately, everyone is looking for style points these days.  I still see a lot of upside to this team, more than half the regular season to get fine tuned.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

AC1972's picture

To answer your rhetorical question: NEVER!
so, there's that....

Eph97's picture

For all the praise heaped on Tom Herman, I have yet to see the so called "brilliance" in his playcalling. It looked pretty pedestrian against the first decent opponent. Almost like Treselball in the second half with predictable qb keepers by Miller. Hell, OSU hasn't had a high powered offense that blew teams out since the '98 season.
As for the defense, yes they sold out to stop the run but Roby was absolutely torched. Someone who is supposed to be a top 3 corner in college should not be getting abused like that by a future slot receiver.
I'm just hoping as Urban gets more of his guys in the on field performance improves. With the alleged talent disparity between the two programs, the final score certainly did not reflect it.

biggy84's picture

Hell, OSU hasn't had a high powered offense that blew teams out since the '98 season.
I think you missed the '06 team with Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.

Bamabucknut's picture

I thought Miller ran at least 12 times he shouldn't't have ... the defense was exposed(Poor tackling....poor pass defense).Definately not the way a #4 ranked team should handle a #23 ranked team.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Braxton Miller never lost to Wisconsin. (We don't play them next year)

LEBRON

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Maybe a stupid question ... but could we not potentially play them in the B1G Championship game next season?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Deadly Nuts's picture

smartass... Yeah that could and probably will happen.

LEBRON

SeattleBuckeye's picture

My goodness, I, too, have some trepidation about how OSU will perform against an elite SEC team, especially against the pass, but let us give the team credit for knowing how to win. WI is the best team they'll face all season, and the outcome was never in doubt. The Bucks have a great team, and the best coaching staff B1G money can buy. Let's be happy.

D-Day0043's picture

We are not in the SEC. We are in the B1G. We will only have to deal with them possibly one game. That is why we brought in Urban Meyer, because he knows how to beat them. ;-)

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SeattleBuckeye's picture

I certainly hope so, because a national championship is the only respectable goal. Winning the big ten is like winning the pee wee league.

D-Day0043's picture

Seriously, he usually always has his teams ready for big games. Give him a month to prepare for a SEC team and he will get it done.

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SeattleBuckeye's picture

Every fiber of my being wants to believe you are right. See you in Pasadena on Jan 6.
 

D-Day0043's picture

He went undefeated last year with a team that should have only won about 7 games. Coaching goes a hell of a long way in college football, and he is one of the best. Look at what Fickle did and then look at what Urban did with the same group. There is no coincidence. The man can flat out coach and he knows how to get the most out of a team with limitations, and this team is STILL limited, but look at the progress. They have already thrown more TD passes in 5 games than they did all of last year. They are no longer one dimensional, and it is with virtually the same personnel that the leading receiver had 14 catches 2 years ago.
This team is going to be one of the baddest mother f'ers on the block for years to come.

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Squirrel Master's picture

You guys are all crazy! Up 31-14 in the second half of the game and Urban goes super conservative. You guys didn't see the switch? They shut it down.
You all want a score domination but from what I saw, OSU thoroughly beat Wisconsin for 3 quarters and then take the foot off the petal and try to work the clock. You see a wide receiver going off for 200+ yards receiving, I see a stable of running backs that averaged 346 ypg and get only 104. I see Gordon on the sideline done for the night when Wisconsin needed him most. I see a quarterback that everyone doubted throw for 4 touchdowns and some real zingers! 
I see a team that just shows everyone that they are the better team and they win. It might not get the style points that you all crave, but at the end of the season they will be ready. Will those blowout, scoring running teams be ready when a true test hits them in the face? I think only Alabama can take what OSU can put out. At least for now!
2 more undefeateds fall to upsets and now become spoilers! OkSt and LSU are now our allies and will challenge Bama and Oklahoma/Baylor for OSU.
Northwestern won't be easy!

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Hovenaut's picture

Well said SM....they may not have had those style points, but they didn't fold either.

Wisconsin always plays tough, and they actually have a competent coach now.

It turned into a chess match. Ohio State held advantage, check mate.

5-0.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Very well said +1

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Come on man.  We must have been watching a different game.  Wisky drops an interception and on the next play we get a TD with one second left in the half.  On the facemask penalty, Braxton had turned it over.  We were a couple of breaks from losing.  Defense put no pressure on Stave.  All day to pass for those yards.  Braxton is expected to be off, but he still perplexes me on the zone read.  Where was Hall?  Playing at home, knowing the nation was watching, they should have done more.

BuckeyeinExile's picture

You can always say we were a couple breaks from losing, but what about the two or three picks we had and dropped. What about that ridiculous "almost catch" in the second half by Spencer (?) on his back. As much as you say we were a few breaks from losing it was also a few breaks away from us winning by two or three scores.

johnblairgobucks's picture

So the coaching staff's plan was to take a 2nd 1/2, 3 score lead and let Wisky have the ball with a chance to tie/win the game in the final minutes?
Just asking.  Fun game to watch, it was.

CALPOPPY's picture

So Squirrel, you are saying that you are a 'glass half-empty' kinda guy?

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

D-Day0043's picture

Well there is this to complain about...
The Buckeyes are 17-0 under Urban Meyer biaches! As much as I question some of their tactics, they obviously know what the hell they are doing.
Seriously though, stop rushing 3 defensive lineman... :-P

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topgun67's picture

sorry guys.. hate to say we are not a great team yet.. our D needs a lot more game experience and better fundamentals... tackling has been epidemic for a while now, and not getting fixed. 
offense playcalling is lacking... we aren't using enough assets out there.. we need some creative plays as well w/ J Hall, Wilson, etc... 
why we run so much w/ Braxton 2nd half?  i don't get it... Tressel ball?  i don't get it.. playing not to lose?  that doesn't help.
 

ATXbucknut's picture

On to the next one...
http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BVThdVvCIAAtPLp.jpg

jaxbuckeye's picture

Very disappointing, even in victory.  Too many issues to list.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Sorry Jax, I upvoted you by accident. Can someone that's proud of what The Buckeye's have accomplished and are happy with the win help me out?

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

jaxbuckeye's picture

Oh whatever man.  God forbid someone isn't happy every freaking moment.  So I deserve to be downvoted because I'm disappointed in their performance and now you're asking someone to downvote me?  Shove it up your ass.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Your my favorite internet tough guy.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Has nothing to do with being an Internet tough guy.  It has everything to do with people like you jumping all over other posters if they dare say anything negative.  You can be critical AND be a fan.  If you can't see issues with this team then I don't know what to tell you.  You insult me and expect me to say nothing?  Yeah sure.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I like to insult in person Jax. I've grown weary of the constant bitching after every Buckeye victory. The effort and the sacrifices that the team and staff put in for the opportunity to represent the University on the football field deserves some measure of respect. To take the field, give their best, win the game, and get blasted by their "fans" chaps my nuts.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

How was what I said bitching?  I didn't go on a tirade.  Said I was disappointed in victory and there were too many things to list.  I said that because there were a ton of things I COULD have cited if I wanted to be bitchy.  Do you think I don't understand the sacrifice?  Do you think I don't understand these are kids?  Now I don't respect them?  As someone who played and has a son who plays, I absolutely understand everything involved.  I want them to do well as much as anyone and simply stated I was disappointed that we missed a huge opportunity to make a statement.  Bottom line is there was no need for your statement.  I said nothing that was inflammatory or disrespectful.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I've been reading your posts for the last hour, Jax. Bitching may be to strong, yapping dog might be more appropriate. I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings Jax. I misread your post and upvoted it. When I read it again and realized my error, I had no choice but to reply.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

My wife asked what people were saying... I told her there were some ready to jump off the top of the 'Shoe. She said, "I thought they WON!?!!"
I know what Ramzy said; he makes a good point EXCEPT for the fact that there are at least 8 more games, probably 9 if we continue to win and make it to the B1G Championship. There will be upsets and close calls for EVERYONE (including 'Bama, OR, Clemson, etc.
We knew this team was extremely talented, but also young. I got a bit nervous when we had to punt with over a minute left. Flashback to last year and the comeback Wiscy made against us. But they dialed up the D and forced Bucky to turn it over on downs.
The talent is there on D... Holding Wiscy to well under their rushing average is quite an accomplishment. Yeah, Stave played out of his mind and Roby got burned more than we'd like; BUT IT'S A GREAT WIN!!
I'm sure Alabama blogs are going insane today, too. They were only up 9-0 at half, and looked very beat-able by a competent offense (which Ole Miss does NOT have)!

jaxbuckeye's picture

Oh so now it's "yapping dog".  Whose the internet tough guy now?  I GUARANTEE you'd only say that behind your keyboard tough guy.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I can guarantee I would. I've proven myself to be ignorant and to have total disregard for my personal safety when faced with confrontation.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Way to roll, Cajun; way to roll!
That gif perfectly summed up the situation. It was starting to come across as, "Oh, yeah? Well what's that make YOU?"
I'd like to hear UFM's analysis of the game after watching film. I'm not sure he'd be quite as panicked as some of our fellow Buckeyes.

awlinBrutus's picture

you haven't stopped.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

stubbzzz's picture

We all see the issues with the team, but Debbie downers are never popular man.  What do you expect?  save it for when we actually lose.  We beat a good team. Now is a golden opportunity to be happy. don't waste it.  

Heartless_Scarlet_Army's picture

It's a downvote bro, chill. Not everyone is going to support negativity, it happens (didn't downvote you by the way)

jaxbuckeye's picture

Come on, look at the way he said it.  It is insulting.  He can say he disagrees and is proud of them.  I can respect that.  He purposely did it in an insulting way as if I am somehow a traitor or less of a fan. 
I was simply pointing out this was a golden chance to make a national statement and they didn't do it for a number of reasons.  Therefore I am disappointed.  What is wrong with saying that?

johnblairgobucks's picture

Well, I did downvote you during the recent basketball Elite 8 run, but not tonight.   Sure we beat Wisky, that Ying means we'll certainly have our Yang of issues.
 
 

jaxbuckeye's picture

I'll admit I was a bit harsh with Thad, even though I backed it up with supporting statements.  I could understand that to a degree.  But this stuff of downvoting someone simply because you disagree with them is petty and childish.  Just scroll up and you can see it. 

jaxbuckeye's picture

I love this site and the information we get is incredible.  But it's the vile mob if you say anything that's even remotely negative, even in a constructive way.  We beat up other sites for how their posters behave but being a 100% homer is nothing to be proud of either.

Buckifan4Life's picture

That's what they do...

Oldschoolbuck's picture

The Broncos better fix that offense; I don't think they scored on every possession. And Seattle's D - A complete disaster!! They haven't stopped their opponents on every play!!
(Sorry for no sarcasm font ...)

buckskin's picture

I cannot help you out Cajun.  This win reminded me too much of our 02 season when we won the league and national title.  I would rather have style points than a 14-0 record.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Why must I explain everything?  Do you not think there is a good chance of style points mattering?  A zero loss Pac 12, Clemson, Bama, combined with a one-loss Georgia and it won't matter if we're undefeated.  There will be NO NC.

lippertini's picture

JaX, I want to support you in your war against the Meyer-can-do-no-wrong world, but then you go and say "There will be NO NC" when you could have said something like we might very well need those style points to leapfrog an Oregon or Clemson with the same record, without getting all fatalist on us.
I also was surprised and disappointed to see Tresselball so soon in the game, as it almost became the team's undoing, a few lucky breaks for us go the other way and we lose tonight, I agree.  I'm still enjoying the win though, and it seems that you aren't, which I'm sure is part of why you're getting downvotes.
And now this fatalist crap where you KNOW the Buckeyes aren't going to win the NC this year?  You don't know that and it's obnoxious to pretend you do.  No one thought it was going to happen in 2002, but it did, remember. 
So criticism is one thing (and welcome as far as I'm concerned), but at least try to keep some balance and let us imagine you're an actual Buckeye fan who can enjoy a win against a ranked rival, too.
 
 

jaxbuckeye's picture

I didn't say there will be no NC this year.   I stated in the situation that I described, tOSU going against an undefeated Pac 12 champ, an undefeated Clemson, an undefeated Alabama and/or a one-loss Georgia then there will be no NC game.  That is not being a fatalist, that is being pragmatic.  Do you REALLY think we would be selected as one of the two teams in that scenario?
I NEVER give up hope in wins or us going to the NC game.  I watch EVERY game to the last snap. EVERY ONE.  I think you misunderstood the context of my statement.

lippertini's picture

I see your context and how you say you meant it, but I also see your declarative statement sitting all alone without you linking it to your context, making it read as a fait accompli.
I agree with your style-point premise (and more importantly that we could have lost as a result of the conservatism) just not how you stated it :)
Glad to hear it, GO BUCKS!

DefendYoungstown's picture

We're all fans, can't we all just get along?

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Apparently not. If you dare post anything deemed negative then you are considered a traitor or not a fan.  Ridiculous.

jaxbuckeye's picture

BTW, I respect everyone else's opinion, why are there some that can't respect mine?  I can count on one hand the total number of times I've downvoted someone.

SeattleBuckeye's picture

Do you really think, if you had two minutes alone with Urban Meyer, that you would have the balls to tell him he should have won with more style? You are not being called out for being critical. You are being called out for being unrealistic and unnecessarily negative.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Your statement is absurd and makes no sense.  Unnecessarily negative because I think style points matter?  Newsflash, there are a LOT of people that agree.  I would absolutely tell Urban that and I bet he would agree.  Did you not watch his interview after the game?  He was PISSED about the passing yards we gave up.  Knowing Urban the way we know him, can you honestly say he wouldn't think there are a ton of issues with this team?

SeattleBuckeye's picture

Obviously he has voiced repeatedly his concerns with lb play, missed assignments in the secondary, bad reads on option plays, etc, etc. But he acknowledges, like most rational adults, that he's dealing with 18-22 yo kids, and he knows how to enjoy a win. I suggest, if you are capable of happiness, that you do the same.

D-Day0043's picture

Seriously, I would have the balls to tell him to stop playing the corners 10 yards off the line of scrimmage and can that dime 3-2-6 defense. Fickell and Vrable would probably kick my ass though.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

We're not going to the NC game this year, we are destined for Jan 1, 2014.  UNLESS the secondary can turn things around in the next game or so.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

ejoceans's picture

What? No one in the big ten has a better secondary. We just can't let teams back in it and play tressel ball in the entire second half. Terrible second half offensively. Can't just run every down. Pissed to see them go easy in second half. Not a good look!

Lets do this Brutus

DefendYoungstown's picture

The last thing I expected from UFM/Herman was to play "tressel ball" to close out games.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

OK, so we had comments in here all week complaining that the Buckeyes weren't getting any respect because so many national figures were picking them to lose.
So NOW the worry is that those same national figures are going to downgrade them because they actually won, and by the exact margin of the point spread?
 

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will0327's picture

right man people can't help it....we did what we had to do 

OUR HONOR DEFENDED .....

jaxbuckeye's picture

Yes, that's the reality of the world we live in currently.  We are judged by the ghosts of our NC game losses.  Forget that we've won more BCS games than anyone.  Forget all the failings of teams like Oklahoma.  Forget that we beat Oregon already.  We have to go above and beyond just to be on an even playing field.  It sucks, but we have to remember that (unless of course Urban can work his diplomatic skills like he did to get Florida into the NC game)

will0327's picture

Ok who all voted under 175 rushing ? 
the front 7 is nasty
Is this Northwestern's first time playing against Braxton ? lol good luck 

OUR HONOR DEFENDED .....

BuckeyeinExile's picture

I'll be up front and say I didn't think our front seven would play as well and I never in my wildest dreams thought we would keep then to 104 rushing yards. This was a great game for the run defense, which is part of the reason the Roby and the dbacks looked rough. We sold out to stop the run which left us a little more exposed through the air.
Would you have rather had us give up 384 on the ground and lost or allow Stave to have a carreer day in the air and lose? (hypothetical question not directed at you WILLO) I think Wisconsin is better then 23rd in the country or whatever they were ranked. I honestly don't see them losing again this season unless it is in the bowl game.
This doesn't mean I think we can do no wrong, after all I said earlier in the week this was going to be a 10-17 point win when others were saying 55-14 and other ridiculous things. I think we are starting to get spoiled by video games and how easy they make it seem. That why football isn't played on paper.
I know the mindset has been National Championship or bust but my gosh people, what would you have given for the Rose Bowl for the majority of the Cooper Era? I still think a NC is in grasp but I would hate to coach a team to an undefeated record two years in a row and win the 100th Rose Bowl and still have fans say that this season was a failure.
We obviously have issues to work on on bith sides of the ball but it is definately nicer to do that after a win.
I can't wait to take the show to Evanston - remember they are on the shores of Lake M*chigan so we can hate them for that despite how likeable Pat Fitzgerald is. 

will0327's picture

Does Braxton really have a kid i saw that leak on twitter .....if so its explains a lot about the way he acts.

OUR HONOR DEFENDED .....

andretolstoy's picture

That was a bit of a flashy evening. Kind of like Vegas with metallic Buckeye leaves. I couldn't quite figure out the color of the stripe on the helmet. I guess if "Shirley Temple" was a color, I'd call that stripe Shirley Temple. I'm sorry. I begged that we never wear those again last year... but here they were again. At night, in front of millions, if not billions, of onlookers and about 75K's worth of millennial's who cheered on the trampling on of a hundred+ year tradition because it seems that they cannot, in all honesty, differentiate between marketing and twerking.
 
I'm not sure how good we are. Talent-wise we're top 5. Honestly, I think there were too many distractions for an honest to goodness football game where we could measure strength or actually, honestly, blame anyone for anything. I'm mean, what all took place at this game? LeBron showed up, Shirley Temple Uniforms were worn, everyone and their mother was honored at half-time, half the NFL scouting teams were in attendance, there were fireworks...fireworks?? The only thing that was missing was an encrypted message from Ovaltine and Apollo Creed dancing to "Living in America" at halftime ...
I think if we play like this next week, we either barely make out alive, or we lose a tight one.
We're better than this. Go Bucks!

Buckeye Chuck's picture

At night, in front of millions, if not billions, of onlookers and about 75K's worth of millennial's who cheered on the trampling on of a hundred+ year tradition because it seems that they cannot, in all honesty, differentiate between marketing and a  twerking.

 
I'm not sure how I feel about tonight's look either, but our uniforms have changed a good many times in the last hundred years.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

BuckeyeinExile's picture

Its all about recruiting my friends. If that is what it takes then so be it. Wearing alternate uniforms once or twice a year won't kill us. Its not like we are Oregon!

andretolstoy's picture

They have. I concede. But None of changes have been so outlandish as this particular uniform. This one is a mockery.

kdogg72's picture

We have the best problem in college football. The national media hates us, our fan base wants video game results, and all we do is get better and win every week. I for one remember a 6-7 season. 17-0 is damn impressive. I just find it funny that everyone is waiting for us to click like Oregon, Alabama, or Clemson.  These teams all lost last year, not in a bowl game, but during the meat of their conference schedules. Maybe they should click like us and just win EVERY game. Until we lose, consider me satisfied.

irishfury's picture

Great great post.  Love it.  Its how I feel.  How many other teams have won 17 in a row oh that right none.
Alabama only team that has right to talk.  I also know that both Clemson and Oregon will come back to earth when they face the good teams they play just like every year.

el duderino's picture

Amen. It's like everyone wants to jump to point out all of the team's weaknesses so that if they should hap to lose a game, people like Jax can be like I TOLD YOU SO.
Just win baby. Those style points that "matter"? Look at all the teams that got those. 2009 Oregon (or any recent Oregon team). 02 cryami. 98&06 Bucks. They all lost.
Can we save the chicken little-ing for when it's really merited? Please?

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ejoceans's picture

I couldn't agree more BUT they just need to keep their foot down on the other teams neck instead of playing tressel ball in the second half and letting wisky back into the game. Makes it look a lot closer than it really was!

Lets do this Brutus

Mikefletcher24's picture

I honestly don't care about the NC as much as beating Michigan. I was a kid when Woody and Bo roamed the sidelines and it was all that mattered every year. The NC was cool in 02, but the GAME. When we were #1 and they were #2 was probably the most important game I'll ever watch.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

That was a great game.  We had too long of a layoff after that, Troy Smith maybe spent a little too much time on the Heisman banquet circuit, and some darn coach (what was his name again, I forget?) spoiled our chance to win another NC.

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UrbanCulture's picture

our offensive and defensive lines lost that game for us IMO

dwcbuckeye's picture

Poor kirky seemed like he was wishing wisky to victorory, ah, to no availl.  Brax looked good, hyde did also. Sorry no hall but u should have expexted as much
 
 

captain obvious's picture

with all due respect
National Championship Teams should never have to rely on their punter
I said with all due respect

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buckskin's picture

Ricky Bobby agrees Captain Obvious.

captain obvious's picture

NO MORE BUCKEYE ON BUCKEYE HATE
 

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livinginthegrey's picture

I bet, if our fan base supported (over analyzed) any other team, for an entire season, we would be just as critical about certain games, or areas of a game too. We would also be overly excited about unproven talent, and have unrealistic expectations about results. I think it's the nature of knowing so much more about our team than the national media or normal fans. 
Great win tonight! I saw a lot of good things, and there are areas to improve, but all teams have both of them. 

73buckeye's picture

I think most of the fans being perceived as negative are judging what they saw last night against their expectations for this team. We have been hearing for months now how the Bucks have a wealth of talent, multiple top 5 recruiting classes, the best coaches money can buy, and are on a quest to beat the great satan Alabama (or other SEC demon) for the MNC. What we see though doesn't measure up to these expectations. We see an offense that for a good part of the game, seems unstoppable, but then inexplicably stops themselves. We hear about all the offensive weapons and innovative schemes (the diamond, Hyde - Wilson - Hall - Braxton on the field together, the "Percy Harmon role, etc) but end up seeing Braxton run 22 times and Hyde 17. We see a defense that has much talent miss tackles, be out of position, give huge cushions to receivers, and let teams back into games when we expect them to be put away.  Maybe our expectations are unrealistic. All wins are good, and the other team wants to win too, but we expect to be there at the end of the season with our hands on the crystal ball. 2002 was a magical, unexpected treat, but this isn't that kind of situation. Given the current state of the Big10, and the teams were competing against, this  team needs to dominate their opponents to have that chance again. When we see that's not happening, we get disappointed. Luckily, there is a lot of football still to be played and I'm optimistic we'll be in Pasadensa on the right day.

ernie

FLAMikey's picture

-Very well stated.

BuckeyeChris's picture

Just a few points: 
A win over Wisconsin is never going to be easy. Accept it, be grateful for it and move on. 
If you want evidence that there is a new approach, offensively, look no further than the last drive of the first half. Does anyone honestly think JT and The Walrus don't sit on the 17-7 lead, knowing OSU gets the ball to start the 3rd Qtr?  No doubt in my mind. None.
I was curious about the overall lack of a pass rush. Specifically, on the TD pass to to the TE it looked like we rushed two (2!) and dropped everyone else...yet, somehow, the TE (the TIGHT END!?!) got BEHIND the defesnse?! I just didn't understand that at all. 
P.S. Kiffin fired at U$C. 
 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Awesome win against the Badgers - as always, it was a slug fest and the only thing I missed was seeing Burt's fat pouty face!!!  The Buckeye Alumni group in Toronto was rocking it loud!!!

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