Don't mind me, I'll just be watching this on repeat until Saturday.
Eleven Warriors Supercut: Every touchdown from Ohio State's 7731 throttling of Oregon State. pic.twitter.com/SxOPb7lOyB— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 3, 2018
- Ohio State can become the second program in history to reach 900 wins on Saturday.
- Inside the Box Score: Oregon State.
- Joe Burrow's former Buckeye teammates were ecstatic to watch his first start at LSU.
- Film Study: Ohio State's defensive mistakes were many, but are correctable.
- Greg Schiano says Ohio State's defensive performance on Saturday was not acceptable.
- Dwayne Haskins named Big Ten offensive player of the week.
- My buddy Cal takes over for me in Buckeye Fan Takes.
- Rutgers scouting report.
Word of the Day: Pother.
TWO-HEADED MONSTER. Folks, I'm beginning to think it's not really fair that Ohio State gets to have both Mike Weber and J.K Dobbins.
It's one thing to have star players, and lots of them, but it's a little absurd to have two former 1,000-yard rushers who can just take turns pounding an opposing defense while the other rests up on the sideline for his go.
It's like a damn water-cooled machine gun.
From Tim Bielik of Cleveland.com:
But if you play fast, you can't substitute. That means after the players completed a play, they have to hurry up back to the line of scrimmage and get ready for the next one. Then they have to do that again and again until either the drive is over or the offense needs to change up personnel.
That's a reason why Day and the Buckeyes have been trying as much as possible to give Dobbins and Weber as close to a 50/50 split in order to keep that tempo going. But he also added there's a magic number for plays to watch on drives.
"Sometimes when you go with a series that there is four plays. They're just rolling. You know, we had a couple of those drives," Day said. "But then if it gets into six, seven, eight, nine play range, it also depends on what he's involved in.
"If he just had a run for ten, and he turns around and runs the ball over here for another ten, and now you get to play four and five, and he starts to show fatigue, then that might be a time to get him out."
Early on, I wanted to see both of them on the field at the same time in two-back sets, but after seeing how they work as a tag-team instead, I'm all in on this.
CJ JACKSON BREAKOUT YEAR. For about a year, I've been of the opinion that C.J. Jackson was the most important player on the Buckeye basketball team, even if he wasn't the best.
This year, he might have to be both.
It’s usually wise to pick a breakout candidate off of a Chris Holtmann-led team. Keita Bates-Diop exploded last year. The Buckeyes were one of the most pleasantly surprising teams in college basketball, but they lost a lot in the offseason.
Jackson is the most important piece who returns. He averaged 12.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting and 37.9 percent from 3. Ohio State welcomes talented recruits and transfers, but it feels like Jackson will be a primary offensive option.
He’s small, but other than that, Jackson has plenty going for him. His pull-up 3 is legitimate and he beats defenders off the dribble with ease. Jackson averaged 3.9 assists as a sophomore, a solid clip for a guy who was sharing the ball-handling duties. He could average something like 15 points and five assists as a junior.
Jackson is legit, but I think he's even better when he's able to play off the ball as a shooting guard. And no disrespect to Andrew Dakich, but Ohio State really didn't have anybody else to play the point last year. With Keyshawn Woods joining the team this year, that's now an option.
In any case, I don't think it's even worth worrying about quite yet. My early #take on Chris Holtmann is you can take your preseason expectations for this team and just add about five wins to it.
FORMER BUCKEYES THRIVING. Joe Burrow wasn't the only former Buckeye wearing different colors this weekend. A few other one-time Ohio State players did some things for their new teams.
First off, we have this absurdity from Darius Slade, who somehow one-upped Joey Bosa's running back projectile walk-off sack against Penn State.
See, Bosa just drove a running back backwards into Christian Hackenberg's legs. Slade straight up picked a running back up of the ground, tossed him at his own quarterback, forced a fumble, and recovered it himself.
I dont know if anyone posted this particular play from the #ASUvsUTSA game but #SunDevilFootball DL Darius Slade blew up RB, BJ Daniels from UTSA. Slade just lifted a 62, 215 lb. man off the ground & tossed him into his own QB for a turnover. #Impressive #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/reuwwn9w2Y— Anthony DeFalco (@addefalco) September 3, 2018
Trevon Grimes meanwhile, scored the first time he touched the ball down in Florida:
And Antonio Williams scored one of North Carolina's two touchdowns in a 24-17 loss to Cal.
It's kind of insane that the immediate success of players transferring out of the program could now be a recruiting tool, too.
"Come to Ohio State, compete for a spot. If it doesn't work out, we will have prepared you to be better than anyone else anywhere else, and you still have a path to the NFL."
MICHIGAN MAN TELLS TRUTH, GETS SUSPENDED. You can honestly take your pick of early-season Michigan debacles over the past few years. There's Appalachian State's miracle, Toledo's triumph, and my personal favorite – a Utah running back striking Desmond Howard's Heisman pose in the Big House.
But we can now add to that list: "former Michigan player is so fed up he literally risks his job to dish #takes online."
In the midst of Michigan's bed defecation against Notre Dame, former Michigan receiver Braylon Edwards – a current BTN on-air analyst – Tweeted this since-deleted and extremely valid Tweet:
See, nothing Edwards said was necessarily wrong, but it still didn't go over well with his employer, as BTN suspended Edwards indefinitely on Monday, due to a "violation of the network's social media guidelines."
Jim Harbaugh was not pleased.
Harbaugh on Braylon tweet: " first of all, it's not true, factually. There's nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he described." said if he needs to call someone out, call Harbaugh out— angelique (@chengelis) September 3, 2018
So funny that everyone is worried my tweet as opposed to the real issue, 0-17 on the road against ranked opponents, 1-6 against rivals and the one win was against a 3-9 MSU. Last thing i will ask and really think about this before you get mad...is Michigan better than Iowa?— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) September 3, 2018
That's not really fair to Iowa, which has won its Division and beaten Ohio State within the past five years.
Edwards eventually apologized, but hilariously refused to apologize for calling the Michigan football trash, because he was right.
I would like to address the tweet from this past Saturday. I should not have attacked Ruiz and Patterson that hard or period individually. I apologize as a former student athlete and NCAA analyst. With that being said UM football still needs to step up so no apologies there.— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) September 3, 2018
INVASION, REBELLION, INSURRECTION, ETC. Over the weekend, rain and lightning forced Nebraska to cancel its season-opener with Akron.
This has caused a bit more drama than anticipated, as it's now unclear which school – if either – should be awarded damages for the cancelled game.
The contract Akron signed provides a quite creative list of reasons why a game might be cancelled and absolve either party of liability, but somehow "rain and lighting" was not one of them.
Nebraska releases Akron contract. Of the many sections, here are the two that matter most: Why the agreement would be void and what might happen if the game wasnt played for a reason other than those. pic.twitter.com/CNT17bVILh— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 3, 2018
"Disaster, fire, hurricane, tropical storm, flood, earthquake, war, act of terrorism, invasion, hostilities, insurrection, confiscation by order of the government, military public authority, or prohibitory or injunctive orders of any competent judicial or other governmental authority."
It seems as though whoever wrote this contract believed the game was being played in South Sudan and not Lincoln, Nebraska.
I'll be the first to admit that I've never been to Lincoln, but an insurrection or invasion does not seem imminent enough to be a key component of this contract, especially if that means omitting something like "lightning storm" from the list of things that might postpone a game.
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