Meyer: Buckeyes 'Not Ready Yet' to Take on Virginia Tech

By Tim Shoemaker on September 2, 2014 at 2:45p

It's only Tuesday, but Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said during the Big Ten's weekly coaches teleconference his team is "not ready yet" to take on Virginia Tech on Saturday at Ohio Stadium in the Buckeyes' home opener.

Meyer said he anticipates he'll have a better idea on Thursday of if his team will be ready to play but still wants to go through practice Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ohio State's home opener is a night game in Ohio Stadium and Meyer said in terms of recruiting, this weekend is "probably the biggest of the year."

Meyer went on to add that night games are important in recruiting for two reasons: No. 1 is the atmosphere and No. 2 is the logistics and being able to get the recruits here and not be rushed.

Meyer said the Buckeyes did not do any film study of their defense against Navy, but offensively he said he was impressed with both running backs Ezekiel Elliot and Curtis Samuel.

“The two tailbacks I thought did very good," Meyer said. "Ezekiel Elliot played with relentless effort and great downfield blocking. Curtis Samuel, I thought played outstanding for his first game.”

Meyer also said redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett's debut was what he expected. He also said he learned about some of his leadership later from his teammates.

"He's a very cool, collect guy," Meyer said. "I thought he handled himself very well."


The Big Ten went 12-2 in Week 1 of the regular season as Wisconsin and Northwestern were the only teams to lose. In Week 2, 13 of the league's 14 teams will be in action as Indiana is the only team with a bye.

On Tuesday, the Big Ten coaches held their second weekly teleconference of the season. Below is a summary of what each coach had to say.

Brady Hoke (Michigan):

  • “We’re a work in progress as a football team overall. We did some good things a week ago but those are in the past.”
  • On the Notre Dame game: "It's a big game. Big game to play in and coach in."
  • Hoke was asked twice about injuries on his team, but said, "We're not going to talk about any injuries."

Gary Andersen (Wisconsin):

  • Backup quarterback Joel Stave is out with a "day-to-day" injury and was not available during Saturday's loss to LSU. "I Didn’t think it was right to tell everyone he couldn’t play a couple days before the game.”
  • On wide receivers having to make more plays: “We played against some very talented DBs, but we have gotta be able to create some separation.”
  • Andersen said he will be pulling for Michigan State this weekend against Oregon. “I’ll be pulling for the Big Ten, without question.”

Bo Pelini (Nebraska):

  • On Ameer Abdullah, who was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week: “Ameer is obviously a tremendous player, tremendous kid. He’s worked very hard. He did everything well and didn’t disappoint.”
  • Nebraska plays McNeese State on Saturday, an FCS school. Pelini on the talent of FCS programs: “There are some FCS schools that could beat a lot of lower-tier Division I schools. That’s been proven time and time again.”

Mark Dantonio (Michigan State):

  • In the marquee matchup of the weekend, the Spartans travel to Oregon to face the Ducks. Dantonio on facing the Oregon offense: “Oregon is certainly cutting-edge in terms of their offensive philosophy. They have very good players who are doing what they’re asked to do.”
  • Dantonio on having to carry to Big Ten banner this weekend: “This is about Michigan State and Oregon and how they matchup, but there’s no question we go there representing the Big Ten.”
  • Dantonio was asked if a win against Oregon this weekend would change the perception: "We won the Rose Bowl last year," he said.

Kirk Ferentz (Iowa):

  • Ferentz was asked about Iowa's strength of schedule this year: “For us, it’s about playing whoever is on our schedule, playing to the best of our ability and trying to improve each week."
  • On this weekend's opponent, Ball State: “They’re very, very balanced offensively and run the ball extremely well. They really make you defend in all regards and they’re a very aggressive defensive team, as well.”

Jerry Kill (Minnesota):

  • On playing Middle Tennessee State this weekend: "I think our kids are well aware that you’ve gotta take it one week at a time and just go out and play.”

Kyle Flood (Rutgers):

  • Flood said there was no party on the plane back from Seattle after defeating Washington State: "The plane ride was very quiet. Everyone fell right asleep. We got back to campus around 9:30 a.m."
  • On the victory itself: “We were fortunate to be able to make one more play than they did. I think Washington State is an excellent football team.”

Tim Beckman (Illinois):

  • On the Illini picking up a 28-17 win over FCS Youngstown State: “The game last week, it’s a ‘W.’ We were playing a good football team in Youngstown State and we felt that they were very capable.”

Randy Edsall (Maryland):

  • On Maryland starting quarterback C.J. Brown: “He’s a really good runner, he’s a good passer. I think he’s a winner and you just see what he does for you on the field and he does so many things for us.”

Darrell Hazell (Purdue):

  • Hazell was asked on the mood of the team after picking up a win: “Our guys are walking differently right now. They’re seeing themselves differently.”

James Franklin (Penn State):

  • Franklin was asked about the coaches poll and said he doesn't want to get rid of it, but also said, "The only poll that matters is the one at the end of the year."
  • Franklin was asked about the potential Rutgers-Penn State games in the Big Ten: “I’m really excited about playing Akron this week.”

Kevin Wilson (Indiana):

  • The Hoosiers have a bye in Week 2 and Wilson said he has mixed emotions about having an open date this early in the season. Doesn’t like it if he only has one, but because IU has two it’s different.

Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern):

  • Fitzgerald admitted the Wildcats let the score dictate their effort in last week's lost to California. "We've got to get our minds right in the moment," he said.




Tater_Schroeder's picture

I love how frank Urban is. I have all the confidence in the world he'll have this team ready come Saturday.


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Bucksfan's picture

I just can't help but think how Tressel would have fielded that question:  "I hope we'll be ready (laughter).  Virginia Tech is a really good football team.  I haven't had a chance to look at them yet in depth, but Frank Beamer does a really great job down there with that staff, and so forth.  So we'll just have to wait and see two tough football teams playing on a Saturday night in the Horseshoe.  I know our guys are fired up."

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ManBearPig's picture

There I corrected it for you:

"I hope we'll be ready (laughter) AND  Virginia Tech is a really good football team AND I haven't had a chance to look at them yet in depth, but Frank Beamer does a really great job down there with that staff, and so forth AND So we'll just have to wait and see two tough football teams playing on a Saturday night in the Horseshoe  AND  I know our guys are fired up."

buckskin's picture

And then a PROVEN Tressel D would shut them down. Here's hoping our D this week totally shuts them down.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Wow, is Bucksfan actually Jimmy T?  That sounds so spot on...

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

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kalabuckzoo's picture

I couldn't help but read this as Frank Urban.  Then I had to google the name just for fun.  

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Find anything interesting?! 


Run_Fido_Run's picture

I love how frank Urban is. 

I also like how urbane Frank (Beamer) isn't. 

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D-Day0043's picture

Rodger, Rodger. What's the clearance, Clarence?

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ibuck's picture

What's your vector, Victor?

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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

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CGroverL's picture

What's your vector, Victor?

You ever seen a grown man naked? Do you like movies about gladiators?

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Airplane isn't known very well by the "kids" here. I'm old at 41 now. One of the best comedies ever....

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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southbay's picture

On the other hand, Frank Beamer doesn't seem very urban.

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fear_the_nut70's picture

"Not ready for VT, huh?"  Seems like that rests squarely on the HC shoulders, whose job it is to prepare the players to play.  Knowing UFM, this is more master motivator stuff.

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bucksk1n's picture

I agree.  95% of what Urban says is to motivate his players.  He really doesn't care how it plays in the media or the fans.

If you take that into consideration Urban's comments are a lot easier to understand.  He's always playing mind games though it doesn't always look like it.

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Barnsey69's picture

No coddling zone at the WHAC...they'll be ready.


Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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CC's picture

I'm starting to fade on Fitzgerald.  I pull for them as the underdog, but since we played them last year they haven't won very much.

D-Day0043's picture

They haven't won at all. El Guapo ate their soul.

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chirobuck's picture

Lol....thats the only explanation I think....if they played all their games like they played against us that night they would have finished in the top 15 probably with a bowl win.....we may be able to look back years from now and be able to point to that game as a turning point for an entire program


^ best post ever ^

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

It's not hot yet, but the seat is not as cool as it was just a year ago. As shitty as last year ended, this one began for Northwestern.

Buckeye419er's picture

I love the way Urban says he'll have to wait till Thursday to see if they are ready. As if they won't play if they "aren't ready" lol. Sorry that just struck me as funny. I understand his thinking and the fact that he wants the guys to continue working and not to think they have this thing won already but still funny. 

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TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

I may get dv like hell but I absolutely cannot bring myself to pull for MSU.  I wish I could and I know the importance of it for the Big Ten but I just cant do it. 

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faux_maestro's picture

I'm right there with ya. I was at the 1998 game, hate those guys and I don't care that Dantonio is there. Especially after the B1G championship game.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

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Scarlet Veins's picture

I certainly understand the hate for MSU right now...that's my knee-jerk reaction as well, but, I for one like the added competition in the BIG.  Think big corporations in this country, if one is selling a good product and everyone else is selling the same product but it's garbage, then where's the motivation to make the product from good to great?  Competition will breed and motivate teams to do better in this conference, including our Buckeyes...can't wait until Nov. 8th.  I hope Sparty busts Oregon in the mouth - Go Big Ten.

“I don't know how fast he is, but I've never seen anyone catch him.”

Jim Tressel

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MichiganBuckeye222's picture

being up here in Michigan, I can tell you that Sparty has been running his mouth for a couple of years, and we need to shut it up soon.....A loss at Oregon will break them....

For those of you who don't get it, UofM was right...they are little brother.

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.


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Bobo Buckeye's picture

No, nobody runs their mouths like the Duck fans!!! You want to shut Sparty up, BEAT THEM, but don't let that honor fall to the Oregon.  In the online community, there is no species more insufferable than those Quack f*ckers!

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brbrbuckeye's picture

Oregon is about to get beat up and bloody.


buckskin's picture

Guess what MichiganBuckeye; little brother Sparty is all grown up and has been kicking his "big" brothers ass the last couple of years.  And I mean whipping some ass with that D.

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jonping67's picture

All Buckeye fans should be rooting for MSU against Oregon for three reasons....

  1. It knocks a highly ranked team out of the teams unbeaten
  2. It helps the B1G's national reputation
  3. If OSU loses a game along the way, but has a win over MSU, we might get in with 1 loss.
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faux_maestro's picture

I'm rooting for MSU, I just don't get the love fest around here lately for Sparty. Lots of people on this site talk about not being able to hate Sparty, mainly because of Dantonio. I love the man for what he did at OSU but I hate that team.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

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countrybuckeye's picture

Don't know what exactly to say to you.  May I ask why the 'hate that team' is based upon.  Please consider your (supposed) 'hate' for TTUN, and relate it to Sparty.  Sparty, IMO, has worked for their current status -- made a change to a coach who coaches-up his players -- and delivers results on the field, without "excuses" (like TTUN).

"Momma told me there would be days like this."

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faux_maestro's picture

I hate U of M because. Because of what they did to my Buckeyes from 1988-2000. Because they ruined my childhood/teen years. Because they are Michigan. I hate MSU because of 1998. I was a junior at OSU that year. That was supposed to be THE YEAR. We had the best team in the country, the best defense, the best quarterback OSU had had up to that point in my life. That was the year the monkey would finally be forcibly removed from our collective backs. I was in the stadium that day when they beat us. It was so damned infuriating to watch the 4th quarter of that game. The final INT happened right in front of me, on my end of the stadium. That was supposed to be a TD, and we were supposed to be feeling the old metal south stands rocking with delirium as we scored the game winning touchdown. Instead, the stadium was eerily quiet, like a funeral, but with random 18-22 year old dudes screaming the F word in between sobs. I know they have worked their ass off to achieve what they have. I don't care. I hope they beat Oregon, for the sake of the B1G and our collective reputation. But I will never stop hating them. After all, I don't give a damn for the WHOLE state of Michigan.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

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BucksfanXC's picture

I love seeing this response.

Personally I went to MSU so they are my second team that I cheer for unless it's gonna hurt OSU in any way, and here cheering for them helps OSU so Go Green!

But back to your post, this attitude towards MSU is a big change from the complete disinterest that used to be the norm for MSU from OSU fans. MSU is not just climbing in the B1G, they are the defending champs and went and won the Rose Bowl, which is something the B1G hasn't been doing too often (only non-OSU team to win it in over a decade and OSU only had the one in 2010). MSU deserves the hate, they don't deserve to be ignored. They've earned it whether many here will admit it or not.

“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

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I almost always root for Big Ten teams in out-of-conference games., but I'm not a fan of Team Dantonio. So, in this game, I look at it as a no lose situation - either one of annoying Oregon or Dirty Sparty must lose.

fear_the_nut70's picture

I have never bought into the pull for conference opponents thing.  At some point, everyone in this conference has dealt us a loss, and I hate them for it.  Plus, everytime I even think about doing this, I think about the mouthbreathers chanting "SEC, SEC, SEC" and I come to my senses.  The whole conference superiority thing strikes me as a way for the less relevant teams (e.g. Kentucky) to try and somehow make themselves more relevant.

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NH-IO's picture

Here is how I think about it - forgetting the conference perception in terms of the playoffs, etc - which is sweeter, beating a crappy 7-4 Michigan ( or MSU, or Wiscy, or...) or beating an undefeated team and just crushing all their hopes and reams for the season?  I root for every Buckeye opponent in all their games (unless a loss benefits the Buckeyes more).

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jbirmmd's picture

This is the right perspective.  Ultimately, it has to come down to what would benefit OSU more, and I think it undoubtedly benefits us more if our conference is viewed as strong and if we beat quality opponents. 

The only exception is if one truly doesn't care about national image or awards, including the NC.  If the only concern is winning the conference, then we would want all the teams to be awful and mentally defeated by the time we play them, but if we want to be part of national discussion on All American, Heisman, NC, etc, then we need a strong conference and to beat teams with good pub.

However, if it benefits us more for a team to lose, then I'm all over it. 

CGroverL's picture

I get you. You are at +7 right now, though. If I had written your EXACT words, I'd have gotten downvoted by at least 10. People here sometimes hate to hear the truth and since I defend Rod Smith (as the best true RB this season) and constantly defend Luke Fickell, lately I have been downvoted 50+ H.S.

I pull for all Big Ten teams  (except M*ch*gan)  in bowl games only. I can't pull for MSU against Oregon and was torn during the Wisconsin/LSU game. I guess that Ohio State really needed that Badger team to win (I can't believe they gave up) and need Sparty to win as well.

It's funny though...For SO LONG, BTN and other broadcasting networks have said so much about strength of schedule and how tough it needs to be. This year though (especially to Chuck Long and others at BTN), it seems as commentators look at weaker schedules as better schedules. This is what happens when you throw in a 4 team playoff for the title, I guess. Personally, I STILL wish it were like the old days when an unbeaten Big Ten team going to the Rose Bowl would mess up the national championship picture and sometimes there were co-champions. Sure, I want ONE TRUE CHAMP, but I still don't think that a playoff or a bunch of computers is the way to go. There STILL will be controversy as the #5, #6, and possibly #7 teams that don't get into the playoffs will cause it just because. Plus, the odds of having 4 unbeaten teams is VERY slim, so the teams that have wins over the 4 playoff teams will think they proved themselves worthy as well. The way things are working out already, it seems as if a one-loss MSU team would be thought of as more worthy than a one-loss Buckeye squad. I realize that the head to head matchup makes that moot but the Bucks are being pushed out ALREADY.

Having winners of so-called "power conferences" is not the answer. Even though MSU won last season's Rose, if Sparty does not win Saturday, people will start claiming that the Big Ten is NOT one of the "power conferences" and only week one has happened so far.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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AC1972's picture

Nebraska plays McNeese State on Saturday, an FCS school. Pelini on the talent of FCS programs: “There are some FCS schools that could beat a lot of lower-tier Division I schools. That’s been proven time and time again.”

Uh, yea.  I think Michigan certainly knows this.

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D-Day0043's picture

So does Virginia Tech. ;-)

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Dmac3212's picture

Noprth Dakota State might be a mid level team in the BIG, and thats no knock on the B1G they are severely underrate nationally. 

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MN Buckeye's picture

They won the national championship last year, although their coach has now moved on to Wyoming (of all places).

Dmac3212's picture

they have won 3 in a row!!

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

So Anderson didn't think it was right to release information on Stave right before the game, so he releases it after the fact???  This doesn't seem like the right thing to do either.  I know he was second guessed a lot for going with Mcevoy and leaving him in, but throwing this out after the fact and with the reasoning he gave doesn't make much sense.  It's one thing to keep your opponent in the dark for gameplanning purposes, but everyone knew McEvoy was starting anyways, so why not just say before the game that Stave was out?

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HYDEYOKIDS's picture

He said he didn't think it was right to announce a couple of days before the game not right before. This could be so Les Miles couldn't game plan for it and because he was not sure then if Stave would be able to play.

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OSUpawn's picture

Those can't be actual "quotes" from Hoke, because I don't see any ahh... yeah ah...

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

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Buckeyeholicwompa's picture
A brusque Urban Meyer. Its the uphill climb till Thursday.  Can't. Wait. Either. Way.  Go Bucks!!
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buckeye phi's picture

Betcha Frank Beamer's saying his team isn't ready, too.

But the o-line is a cause for concern.  Can't blame Meyer for worrying about that.

The Hokies could be a real challenge -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

Interesting because the depth chart for the game was just released, no more or's listed.  It was obvious which unit worked better.

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CTBuckeye's picture

Glad to see Vonn Bell listed with an 'or' next to his name - played well throughout the game and stepped up in the second half.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

I thought Bell made a couple real important tackles coming down into the second level.  He continues to impress me. 

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countrybuckeye's picture

I see there are (5) "Or"s on the released 2-Deep.

"Momma told me there would be days like this."

buckeyecountry's picture

Bucks will make a statement Saturday night. JT will grow even more.

Woody16111's picture

Talking to a guy at work today he asked me what I thought of the Ohio State Defense.

My thoughts were you can't really grade the D against a team like Navy, though I thought our D Line was good, despite the views of other local talking heads and from time to time it looked like our DB's were a bit out of place. Overall though those things will happen.

I was encouraged to see that Urban seemed to echo that feeling as he commented that they didn't review defensive film from last week.

Vonn Bell looked really good when he came in; Darron Lee also looked very strong, really impressed by his efforts.

Brutus_Bully's picture

He better have them ready, this is his third season, Kevin Sumlin had the Aggies ready to play at S.C last week with a Freshman QB, why are we so far behind the eight ball? It wasn't like Braxton was taking any first team snaps all year.


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Onionballz's picture

We're behind the 8 ball?

Yeah Baby! - KK

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sivaDavis's picture

I don't think you really understand Urban talk yet. 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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SpielmanForPres's picture

Puzzling. We're not ready? Better happen fast coach. 

Great, Sparty carrying the B1G banner this week. Here's to hoping an OSU resounding win changes how people are perceiving them since Braxton's injury. 

WOLFofOHIO's picture

ohio state is playing virginia tech at the shoe AT NIGHT. i dont think VT knows what they are getting themselves into come saturday...but trust me..THEY'LL KNOW

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

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buckeyedude's picture

You got that shit ROYT!



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Buckeytrips's picture

I am going to miss this view of the shoe. I like the new tunnels but this view of the south stands always reminded me of the head of transformer and when the team entered the field it transformed into the "NUTHOUSE".

Bucksfan70's picture

"not ready yet"

is the emphasis on "yet" or does this actually mean "we're fucked"

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” - Jerry Rice

countrybuckeye's picture

It was Tuesday -- with I guessed Tuesday's practice still to happen.  In (4) sessions, the 'not ready yet' most certainly will change to 'ready _______'.

"Momma told me there would be days like this."

brbrbuckeye's picture

Urban talk is a different language, he is challenging the players. Of course he will have us ready.


DefendYoungstown's picture

Hmm, so they will be ready in 3 days???

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

mthompson331's picture

read the article 11W sent out about the Hokies and whether they can run on 63 and 92... I don't think anyone outside of columbus gets it. those two guys are going to feast on the interior lines of almost every one of our opponents. Darron Lee will be running downhill again, Grant is going to be plugging holes. VT averaged 5.4(i think) ypc against william & mary?! navy only averaged 5.9 ypc, and the silver bullets still ended up disrupting a few plays early, and more later.

the biggest question in this game to me is: are we going to see ANYTHING different from Herman? if the commentators start calling out the plays ahead of time, i'm going to cry. 

Can you... I dunno... *not* whine after a win?

Dougger's picture

Huge weekend for the B1G. I hope that crowd is so loud Saturday night that VT can't hear themselves think on the field. 

I like football

ohiobobg's picture

"I Didn’t think it was right to tell everyone he couldn’t play a couple days before the game" - is that Gary Anderson's 4th or 5th version of events?

"you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning"

BuryBuckeye's picture

Anybody else notice the guy flipping off Devan Bogard in the pic up top?

BucksHave7's picture

Umm......I've got $5M reasons why Urban needs to 'em ready against an unranked opponent at home.  Not digging that comment, just saying.


countrybuckeye's picture

That a Frank Beamer team is ranked somewhere in the 30's is sad, but 'whatever' -- They'll bring their best, and Urban is preparing his team for it.  He understands the psyche of his recruits (that is why he recruited THEM and not somebody else), and what they need from him to start the game, adjust & adapt during the game, and the "close-out" the game.

I see 38 21-10 for The Good Guys as a realistic outcome. (edited our  offense production, due to more respect for VaTech's defense)

"Momma told me there would be days like this."