Archives for October 2010

Buckeyes win 52-10. Fans like the 52 part.

So that went pretty much according to plan. Kudos to Minnesota for not only getting points on the board, but by doing it in non-flukey fashion in non-garbage playing time. Offense continued to roll and rack up very un-Tressel like numbers, putting 52 points on the board. (and I apparently love using dashes)

Outside of the initial scoring drive, the defense played well again. Seniors Brian Rolle and Cameron Heyward played particularly well. It seemed like Rolle was everywhere, even after leaving the game early with an ankle injury. Heyward was in the backfield almost at will. The secondary looked confused at times, but the front push got pressure. And then we got sacks!! And fumbles. And touchdowns. Scoring on defense, the black truffle of Tresselball.

Offensively, Pryor is looking stronger and hopefully getting closer to 100%. We’ll need his legs (and those 11 yard per carry) for the final three games. It’s really nice to see Boom Herron take the reins on the running game with authority. I was surprised that this was Boom’s first 100 yard game.

Carlos Hyde has evidently supplanted Jaamal Berry as the #4 back. This is both promising and a little troubling to me as I really thought Berry was on the cusp of blowing up. I’m not complaining, as I really like Hyde’s explosiveness and I have really enjoyed watching him run. In the end, I want what’s best for the team but I am still a huge fan of Berry. (Oh, I like them all!)

Kick coverage continues to be a sore spot.

I’m usually not one to complain too loudly about the commentators but Holy Moses on a Crutch, the commentating for this game, on prime time national television was Charles Barkely level TRBL. Why Craig James gets to be involved with college football at all is a travesty by itself, but goodness gracious that was hard to listen to.

So the Buckeyes are back in the Big Ten race, albeit a little handicapped, but with three games to go, things are looking good for the Buckeyes.

Week #9 – Open Thread and Live Chat

I meant to get this up earlier, but here’s this week’s open thread. I would have got it up earlier, but I was too busy playing with my new toy (iPhone).

The Minnesota Live Chat will go up later.
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Week #9 – Minnesota Preview

How to preview a game where one team is clearly superior in almost all facets of the game? What is there to say that isn’t stating the obvious or working in cliches?

I haven’t seen much of Minnesota this year. Can you blame me? They have been all over the place. They played USC tough one week and lose to Mt. Rushmore Community College the next. Their coach doesn’t even survive the season. Color me bored.

So with such a lackluster opponent for Ohio State, we must look elsewhere for gristle to chew on. What are this week’s storylines?

Terrelle Pryor’s growth. Minnesota will offer little defensive resistance which should allow Terrelle Pryor to have the opportunity to continue to get better. He’s obviously grown comfortable with Dane Sanzenbacher but he hasn’t had a lot of time to utilize Jake Stoneburner. The emergence of Corey Brown has been a pleasant surprise but Posey’s fading into the background has not. The passing game has room to improve. Yes, Pryor has definitely been able to minimize his errors and the Minnesota game should give him a great chance to continue to do so.

The Running Game finds an identity. Against Purdue, the running game racked up over 180 yards, but it was to the tune of 3.8 yards per carry. Yes, you take away the sack yardage and that number improves. Slightly. Ever since the second half of the Wisconsin game, the offensive line has looked more aggressive but it still hasn’t gotten over that hump. Maybe Minnesota gives us them that final push of confidence, which will need going in to the final three games.

It’s clear the Boom Herron has taken control of the starting position and has ran like a man twice his size. Saine has accepted his role and seems to be flourishing in it, working and contributing well in both the passing and running games. Hall and Berry continue to make the most of their carries, but Boom is the clear Number One. He’s even working on his own little mini-version of the Stiff Arm of Justice.

Pressure the QB? It’s getting to be a broken record and maybe not even an important one. Many fans have been harping on the lack of quarterback pressure, especially pressure that results in sacks. Ohio State is ranked 104th nationally in sacks per game with an unhealthy 1.25. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. In those same rankings, Ohio State’s pass defense is ranked 5th in the country. So maybe those sacks aren’t as important?

Either way, we are still waiting for Cameron Heyward to hit the QB Buffet. Nathan Williams has visited it a couple times, but it is All You Can Eat, guys. Dig in!

Getting healthy. Ohio State has its bye week the first weekend in November. With all the injuries the team has suffered, this comes at an opportune time before the guantlet of Penn State (snicker), Iowa and Michigan (snicker). Let’s get everyone healthy, let’s finish the season strong and let’s see how this plays out.

So for the storylines, let’s do a little prognosticating: How many passing yards does Pryor have? How many sacks does the defense get? What is the final score?

I’m saying:
Passing yards: 320
Sacks: 3
Final Score: 52-0, another shutout for the Silver Bullets.

Minnesota by the Numbers

Statistically Speaking
Ohio State
Value (Rank)
Value (Rank)
Rushing Offense (ypg) 205.4 (24) 194.1 (101) Rushing Defense (ypg) Ohio State++
Passing Offense (ypg) 244.0 (43) 212.3 (60) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 161.8 (12) 162.2 (118) Pass Efficiency Defense Ohio State+++
Total Offense (ypg) 449.4 (20) 406.4 (90) Total Defense (ypg) Ohio State+
Scoring Offense (ppg) 40.8 (6) 31.9 (100) Scoring Defense (ppg) Ohio State++
Rushing Defense (ypg) 85.3 (5) 140.6 (76) Rushing Offense (ypg) Ohio State+
Passing Defense (ypg) 148.4 (5) 246.1 (41) Passing Offense (ypg) Ohio State
Pass Efficiency Defense 94.2 (3) 135.3 (47) Pass Efficiency Offense Ohio State
Total Defense (ypg) 234.0 (3) 386.8 (58) Total Offense (ypg) Ohio State+
Scoring Defense (ppg) 14.0 (9) 24.4 (78) Scoring Offense (ppg) Ohio State+
Turnover margin 1.38 (3) 0.38 (40) Turnover margin Ohio State
Penalty Yards/game 37.1 (9) 45.9 (31) Penalty Yards/game Push
Sacks (/game) 1.25 (104) 1.13 (28) Sacks Allowed (/game) Minnesota++
Sacks Allowed (/game) 2.25 (78) 0.38 (120) Sacks (/game) Ohio State
3rd Down Conv. (%) 42.3 (41) 46.5 (107) 3rd Down Conv. Def (%) Ohio State+
3rd Down Conv. Def (%) 30.4 (10) 40.2 (60) 3rd Down Conv. (%) Ohio State+
Redzone Offense (%) 90.9 (11) 86.2 (84) Redzone Defense (%) Ohio State+
Redzone Defense (%) 80.0 (51) 90.9 (11) Redzone Offense (%) Minnesota
  Difference <25 in National Rank = Push
  Difference >25 in National Rank = Ohio State
  Difference >50 in National Rank = Ohio State+
  Difference >75 in National Rank = Ohio State++
  Differences >100 in National Rank = Ohio State+++

Presented without comment.

As always, stats are grabbed from

Troy Smith to start for the 49ers.

This Sunday in London, England Troy Smith will get the start for injured QB Alex Smith over lifetime back up David Carr. In what could be described as maybe his last chance to prove he is a NFL QB he is going to be given one more shot. Luckily for him he is going up against a dreadful Denver defense. I for one dont feel like anyone has given Troy his chance to earn a starting job and he has never been able to wow people in practice I suppose to earn his shot. If anyone would be willing it is Mike Singletary who seems to like what Troy has to offer.

Singletary said of Troy “Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win this game,” Singletary said. “He has enough of the offense to play.” I for one hope he is right and this isnt a desperate move. Sadly though the 9ers have a bye week next week and they expect Alex Smith back after the Bye. Here is to hoping Troy has a monster game and wins the starting spot. I know I will only be eating fish and chips and Bangers and Mash this weekend to show my support for Troy.

Now all I can hope is Ted Ginn Jr also gets a start and they both can find the magic that made them both Buckeye Legends. Please football Gods allow this to happen Pretty Please.

Poll Dancing: Week Eight

(This is a guest series by MotSaG reader Jason Nafziger. He’ll be taking a weekly look at the college football polls and pointing out the absurd, the laughable and the head scratchers. Please note that Jason is not talking about the BlogPoll. Or my ballot to the BlogPoll.)

“ [#1 Oklahoma faces] #11 Missouri this Saturday. At night. On the road. Can you feel it?” – Me

Yeah, I’m patting my own back, deal with it. Perhaps just out to prove that the BCS is a complete traveshamockery, Bob Stoops essentially quit last week, punting with just over two minutes left in the game and his team down by nine. There is no way to justify this, and Stoops even admitted that a 9- point loss would look better later on than a 16-point loss (had an attempt to, you know, win failed, Missouri would have been in prime position to score again). It should be noted that in the previous two weeks, former #1’s Alabama and Ohio State each lost a road game by more than nine points. This is the world of the BCS, which has now successfully transformed the college football national championship into figure skating. Thanks.

1. Auburn

Last week, I discussed my suspicions about Auburn as a top team by pointing out that they have three 3-point victories so far against less-than-stellar competition. This week, they managed to beat LSU by seven at home. What got Auburn to this spot is the fallacy that LSU is a good team. Yes, they were undefeated up to this game and that is important. But that’s where the BCS stops looking, and that’s a big problem. Much like Auburn, LSU was just squeezing by, with only three of their wins by more than 6 points (two of those were against Vanderbilt and McNeese State).

Now, I hear your chants of the ’02 Buckeyes, and that’s a valid point; sometimes, you can win ugly all the way to the bank. (Although it’s frequently forgotten how that Ohio State team dominated its early opponents, some of whom were actually good.)

I’m not saying that Auburn is going to lose to Ole Miss this Saturday. At night. On the road. I’m just saying that sometimes patterns form for a reason.

2. Oregon

The Ducks bumped their offensive pace up to 0.92 points per minute with their 60-13 tar-and- feathering of UCLA Thursday night. If this team continues to improve on defense, it will be unstoppable regardless of the opponent in the title game. If not, well… at least we’ll get a hell of a shootout.

Then again, the Ducks play a resurgent USC this week. The Trojans are a rare team with nothing to lose or gain. Are the Ducks ripe for plucking?

3. Boise State

Boise State didn’t play last week, which is a lot like Boise State playing.

4. TCU

TCU beat Air Force 38-7. Right now, I’d pencil them in as the team who will beat Missouri in a bowl game.

5. Michigan State

While I must admit I am enjoying watching our old buddy Dantonio having success (and proving he can smile), as a Buckeye fan, I really hope Ferentz takes him out this week. If that doesn’t happen, I’m not sure if this team can lose. I’m also not sure how they’re not ahead of at least TCU.

The Breakdown (full Top 25): 24% SEC, 20% Big 12, 16% Big Ten, 16% mid-major, 12% Pac-10, 12% ACC, 0% Big East

Pryor Named Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist

Pretty good for a project QB.

FB: Pryor Named Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist

Junior leads the Big Ten with 18 touchdown passes; ranks 11 in NCAA in passer efficiency


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, which takes into consideration quarterback skills, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

Pryor leads a Buckeye offense that is averaging a Big Ten-best 40.8 points per game and is one of six active FBS quarterbacks with at least 1,000 career rushing yards and 5,000 passing yards. He leads all Big Ten quarterbacks with 18 touchdown passes and ranks 11th in the nation in passer efficiency with a 162.8 rating. Pryor has completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,775 yards and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all but one game. He also has rushed for 408 yards and three touchdowns, which include three 100-yard rushing performances.

The Jeannette, Pa., native had his best all-around game against No. 12 Miami (FL) in September when he threw for 233 yards and a score and rushed for a career-high 113 yards and another score in the 36-24 win. In the win over Ohio, Pryor set a school-record with 16 consecutive completions against the Bobcats, the second most in Big Ten history. Pryor would go on to set another school record the very next game against Eastern Michigan by accounting for six touchdowns in a single game: four passing, one rushing and one receiving.

Against Indiana Oct. 9, Pryor threw for a career-high 334 yards and three touchdowns and is coming off a 270-yard, three touchdown passing performance in the win against Purdue in just three quarters of play – a game in which the Buckeyes racked up 415 total yards in the opening half.

Pryor joins three other Big Ten quarterbacks on the list: Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi.

2010 Davey O’Brien Semifinalists

Matt Barkley         SO           USC                         Pac-10

Kirk Cousins          JR            Michigan State      Big Ten

Andy Dalton          SR            TCU                         MWC

Blaine Gabbert     JR            Missouri                 Big 12

Robert Griffin III   SO           Baylor                     Big 12

Landry Jones         SO           Oklahoma              Big 12

Colin Kaepernick SR            Nevada                   WAC

Andrew Luck        JR            Stanford                 Pac-10

Ryan Mallett          JR            Arkansas                SEC

Taylor Martinez    FR            Nebraska               Big 12

Kellen Moore       JR            Boise State            WAC

Cam Newton         JR            Auburn                 SEC

Terrelle Pryor       JR            Ohio State             Big Ten

Denard Robinson SO           Michigan                Big Ten

Ricky Stanzi           SR            Iowa                        Big Ten

Darron Thomas     SO           Oregon                 Pac-10

2010 Blogpoll Ballot, Week #9 (Draft)

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Men of the Scarlet and Gray Ballot – Week 9

Rank Team Delta
1 Auburn Tigers
2 Oregon Ducks
3 Boise St. Broncos Arrow_up 1
4 TCU Horned Frogs Arrow_down -1
5 Michigan St. Spartans Arrow_up 1
6 Missouri Tigers Arrow_up 3
7 Utah Utes Arrow_up 4
8 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_up 2
9 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_up 3
10 Ohio St. Buckeyes Arrow_up 3
11 Nebraska Cornhuskers Arrow_up 4
12 Arizona Wildcats Arrow_up 2
13 LSU Tigers Arrow_down -6
14 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_down -9
15 Florida St. Seminoles Arrow_up 3
16 Stanford Cardinal Arrow_up 1
17 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_up 5
18 Hawaii Warriors
19 Iowa Hawkeyes Arrow_down -3
20 Oklahoma St. Cowboys Arrow_down -12
21 Nevada Wolf Pack Arrow_up 2
22 Mississippi St. Bulldogs
23 Arkansas Razorbacks
24 Michigan Wolverines
25 Syracuse Orange
Dropouts: West Virginia Mountaineers, Kansas St. Wildcats, N.C. State Wolfpack, Rutgers Scarlet Knights

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings »

I’ve been battling a little upset stomach (which has included violent vomiting) so my mind might not be completely right and things may be out of place. I feel good with 1 – 15, mostly. The last 5 look completely wrong. Syracuse? What is this, 1998? Or Basketball?

Anyway, help up sick brother out and help this look right.

Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Mole

Not only was Ohio State bitter about last weeks defeat at the hands of the Badgers, they were obviously still mildly upset with the Boilermakers over last years embarrassing loss in West Lafayette.

Ohio State opened up a 42 point half time lead on Purdue and put it into shutdown mode from there and shutout the Boilermakers 49-0.

Lead in the first half by Boom Herron and Terrelle Pryor Ohio State’s offense collected 415 yards of total offense and 23 first downs in the first two frames.


  • Boom Herron ran angry and is settling nicely into the starting tailback spot for OSU
  • Defensive shutout, first one of the season. A great way to comeback after a disappointing performance by the defense vs. Wisconsin.
  • Terrelle Pryor’s ho-hum 270 yards passing and 3 td’s….in the first half. He will end up breaking every passing record at Ohio State.
  • No major injuries. Looked like everyone that mattered stayed healthy.
  • No special teams letdown. Kickoff coverage was fairly good.
  • The return of Brandon Saine! He ran very well today.
  • Offensive line dominated on a consistent basis.


  • Michigan State won.
  • Still a lack of a pass rush. Does this DL miss Thaddeus Gibson that much?

Not too much to complain about today. Time to have another good week of practice and put together a dominating road performance next week in Minnesota, head into the bye week and bring on Penn State, Iowa and Michigan for the home stretch.

Gotta love Big Ten football!

Week #8 Open Thread (and Live Chat)

This thread is for you. The Purdue Live Chat will be located here as well. I’ll be watching the game on tape delay (Pumpkin Festival) but I’ll be joining the Live Chat once I catch up.

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