Eleven Dubcast: Ohio State Withstood One of the Best Defenses It Will Face This Season, and Now Faces The Best Awful Team In America

By Andy Vance on November 5, 2021 at 2:50 pm
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Welcome to the bye week of our Buffalo Wild Wings World Tour tour of Central Ohio! We returned to the basement for this week's episode, but will be back on the road next week thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, the Official Sports Bar of Eleven Warriors.

Johnny and I, replete with Halloween candy and CFP-related #takes, took up the microphone to do battle with the injustices of major college athletics, namely the utter madness that is slating Alabama at No. 2 in the initial rankings and giving the Fighting Luke Fickells the ol' double birds by ranking them clear down to No. 6.

We spent an extended period of time discussing what we liked from Ohio State's grind-it-out win over Penn State, one of the best defenses the Buckeyes will face this season, and an equal amount of time banging our heads against the desk that Ryan Day's team committed about a million false start penalties and totally spazzed in the red zone (no, we never overreact on the Dubcast, why do you ask?).

Finally we preview the matchup with Nebraska, the team we lovingly think of as the "best awful team in America".

Plus: Ask Us Anything (which you can do at dubcast@elevenwarriors.com) wants to know what most surprised Johnny as a new parent, and how we would have ranked teams in the initial CFP standings if we were on the committee.


0:00 Ohio State looks like a team that has made great strides this season but that maybe hasn't reached its ultimate form just yet.

2:00 Ohio State's much-maligned defense is actually... not terrible! Love that #thiccsix from Jerron Cage, and the Silver Bullets look like they're eager to be known as ball hawks.

9:54 The targeting rule is a good idea *in theory* that is horrible in practice. It is overly punitive and Ryan Day makes a great argument that its application is iniquitable by nature.

17:56 Ohio State's offense is the best in the country statistically, but ran into some trouble against Penn State. The Nittany Lions defense is one of the better units the Buckeyes face this season, but untimely penalties cost the team points in the red zone.

26:00 Noah Ruggles earned himself a Lou Groza Award bid as the MVP of the Penn State game. Special teams play for the win!

32:10 The Buckeyes debut at No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings. This is fine. Alabama at No. 2 on the other hand? Pure madness.

48:45 Ohio State opened as a 15-point favorite over Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are the "best awful team in America," so how worried should Buckeye fans be about a letdown in Lincoln?

57:26 Ask Us Anything! Johnny is a new Dad... how's that going? Also, we give our CFP rankings if we were suddenly on the committee. Oh, and Andy didn't like the color rush unis, so there.

81:00 Quick Cals: Ohio State's wrestling program is kicking ass on the recruiting trail, Chris Holtmann got a huge recruit in the Class of 2023, and Brian Hartline is pretty happy in Columbus.

That's it for this week's show – next week we'll be back on the road so join us at Buffalo Wild Wings Thursday night at Easton Town Center!

You (yes, you!) can come hang out with us for three more fantastic Thursdays of fun, where you can participate in a live version of Ask Us Anything, eat wings and other delicious sides and convince Johnny and I to consume the spiciest food available on the BWW menu starting at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Here's where and when you should come hang out:

  • November 11th – BWW's Easton Town Center, 3969 Morse Crossing Columbus OH 43219
  • November 18th – BWW's Taylor Square, 2386 Taylor Square Drive, Reynoldsburg OH 43068
  • November 26th – Dublin, 6595 Perimeter Dr. Dublin OH 43016

We'll start the show at 7 p.m., so make sure to get there early to watch us awkwardly try to set up a bunch of expensive audio equipment and/or say hi.

Thanks as always to Travis for the cool, cool logo, thanks to you for listening and checking out the Dry Goods store, and we'll see you next week!

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