A Look Around The Country

Upset Saturday shakes up the Playoff Race

Welcome back to my weekly column, A Look Around the Country. I’ll be highlighting notable games from the week before, the week ahead and of course, the Heisman and Playoff race. Special features include an in-depth look at the Buckeyes and a Michigan update, mainly for folks to bask in their misfortunes. Feel free to comment with your opinions, I hope you enjoy!

Georgia, Ole Miss, UCLA, Notre Dame all went down on Upset Saturday but that does not mean they are out of the playoff picture completely. Alabama and Florida both looked great and so did Oklahoma. This race is far from over.

Notable Games Last Week

Oklahoma 44, West Virginia 24

The Sooners won big over West Virginia and have gotten themselves into the Big 12 race. I mentioned this last week, but everyone is paying attention to TCU and Baylor as playoff contenders. I am starting to think Big Game Bob has one more big season in him. OU takes on Texas this week in the Red River Rivalry. Hate to see it because I like the guy, but Charlie Strong may not have much time left in Austin.

Alabama 38, Georgia 10

Who said the Tide was dead? Ok, I did. Alabama silenced a lot of doubters by demolishing Georgia and putting themselves back atop the SEC. I still think the Tide drops 2 more games this season but if they were to win out, they’ll be back in the Playoff.

Ohio State 34, Indiana 27

So, that was closer than expected. The Buckeyes nearly derailed their perfect season in Bloomington of all places but were able to escape in the final minute. The offense has been average thus far but Zeke Elliott exploded and even came close to Eddie George’s single game rushing record (314 vs Illinois, 1995). Urban has said that he thinks the offense is close to something big, which is good to hear. I do think they will get their act together and we will all be able to look back on this with good humor. Be patient.

Florida 38, Ole Miss 10

Gator Chomp! Florida was able to handle the Rebels quite handedly and are now in the driver’s seat of the SEC East race. I am very surprised that they won especially in the way that they did it. Jim McElwain has done a great job in year one and will be a popular candidate for Coach of the Year. Ole Miss will need to go back to the drawing board.

Clemson 24, Notre Dame 22

Clemson was able to hold off a late surge by the Irish for a 2 point win in Death Valley. Despite the victory, I am not high on the Tigers and expect them to lose at least once. Notre Dame can win out and maybe make the playoff, but they would have to be very impressive the rest of the season. Clemson’s big game with Florida State still looms.

Big Games this Week

Maryland at Ohio State

So, that was closer than expected. The Buckeyes nearly derailed their perfect season in Bloomington of all places but were able to escape in the final minute. The offense has been average thus far but Zeke Elliott exploded and even came close to Eddie George’s single game rushing record (314 vs Illinois, 1995). Urban has said that he thinks the offense is close to something big, which is good to hear. I do think they will get their act together and we will all be able to look back on this with good humor. Be patient.

Saturday, October 10 at Noon on Big Ten Network

Northwestern at Michigan

I’ve never been more excited for a Northwestern-Michigan game in my entire life. Both teams are ranked so I would expect the Big House to be rocking for this one. If Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats are able to pull this one out (and I think they will) they could very well be a top 10 team and will be a frontrunner for the Big Ten Title Game. This will be their toughest game for the rest of the season so if they win, they could be a playoff favorite !?!?!?? headed into December. Unreal.

Saturday, October 10 at 3:30pm on Big Ten Network

California at Utah

College Gameday will be in Salt Lake City for a game that is usually watched by nobody, including the team’s fans. Utah is the favorite in the Pac 12 and I see them taking care of business quite easily against Cal. It’ll be played at 10pm eastern so if you stay up that late, enjoy yourself.

Saturday, October 10 at 10pm on ESPN

Michigan Update

Michigan shutout Maryland in impressive fashion and take on a ranked Northwestern team next. But it doesn’t get any easier as they play Michigan State next week in Ann Arbor. Spoiler Alert: Sparty is going down.

Heisman Watch

1. Leonard Fournette, LSU

2. Trevone Boykin, TCU

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

4. Derrick Henry, Alabama

5. Seth Russell, Baylor

6. Nick Chubb, Georgia

My Playoff if the Season Ended Today

*Editor’s Note: This will be a volatile poll every week based on performance in the past week and resume to date, very similar to the Playoff Committee.

1. Ohio State (beat Indiana, plays Maryland)

2. Michigan State (beat Purdue, plays Rutgers)

3. Baylor (beat Texas Tech, plays Kansas)

4. LSU (beat Eastern Michigan, plays South Carolina)

Just Missed the Cut

5. TCU (beat Texas, plays Kansas State)

6. Utah (Bye week, plays Cal)

7. Clemson (beat Notre Dame, plays Georgia Tech)

8. Alabama (beat Georgia, plays Arkansas)

9. Florida State (beat Wake Forest, plays Miami)

10. Notre Dame (lost to Clemson, plays Navy)

Men of the Scarlet and Gray B1G Power Poll Week 6

The Votes are in!!

Teams Points Record Last Week
Ohio State 8 5-0 (1-0) 1
msu 17 5-0 (1-0) 2
northwestern 25 5-0 (1-0) 4
michigan 33 4-1 (1-0) 3
iowa 37 5-0 (1-0) 6
indiana 2 57 4-1 (0-1) 9
wisconsin 63 3-2 (0-1) 5
penn state 67 4-1 (1-0) 10
illinois 74 4-1 (1-0) 12
minnesota 78 3-2 (0-1) 7
nebraska 80 2-3(0-1) 8
rutgers 96 2-2 (0-0) 11
purdue 104 1-4 (0-1) 14
maryland 108 2-3 (0-1) 13

First week of Big Ten play excluding the big rivalry game between Penn State and Rutgers that was played a week ago. Michigan State stumbled beating Purdue by only 3. Buckeyes offensive struggles came back, thank god for Zekemode. TTUN received their second shutout in a row (yawn). Play someone with an offense yeah your defense is good but its only now week 6 see me in 4-5 weeks. Hoosiers move up with a loss and show they should be in our opinion a bowl team. Surprisingly Illinois is still motoring along and its not showing yet in our poll. Purdue finally got out of the basement now if they can start getting some wins to help Darrell Hazell keep his job.

As always feel free to let us know if you feel we got it right or if tou would change something.

Men of the Scarlet and Gray Podcast Homecoming Weekend

Another week another episode of MotSaG Podcast. Chip and I review the Hoosier game. We discuss some of the offensive struggles, coaches or Cardale who’s the problem. We take our first question from some of our listeners. That was a fun part of the show since both Chip and I love interacting with you, our listeners. You can submit a question on twitter by using #askmotsag or email us at askmotsag@motsag.com we really do hope more of you send questions in and we get to interact with more Buckeye fans.

We also had the privilege of previewing the upcoming Maryland game with the beat writer from the Baltimore Sun Daniel Gallen. It was really great getting some insight into the Terps football program. Daniel was gracious enough to join us for our Big Ten game predictions along with one big national game.

We want to thank everyone for listening to our show means so much to us that so many are enjoying our show. Next week our friend Kevin McGuire will be stopping by to discuss the Penn State game, that show will be another great episode as we always love having him on and talking college football with him.

B1G Weekly Recap: Iowa Knocks Off Wisconsin, Sparty Survives Purdue

The first full weekend of conference games for the Big Ten was filled with dramatic finishes, as only two of the seven games were decided by more than one score. Iowa went in to Camp Randall and took down no. 19 Wisconsin in a turnover-fueled battle. In the lone nonconference game of the week, Penn State needed a late 4th down stop in their own territory to avoid the upset against Army.

Michigan 28, Maryland 0

The Wolverines’ hot start continued into B1G play when they went on the road and easily dispatched Maryland. Despite leading just 6-0 at halftime courtesy of two Kenny Allen field goals, there was never much doubt of who was going to emerge victorious in this one.

Jake Rudock put up a very Jake Rudock-esque line of 16-32 for 180 yards while tossing a touchdown and an interception. The Wolverine defense was the star again this week, allowing just 105 total yards and holding the Terrapins to 1-18 on 3rd down. The Wolverines return home next weekend to host Northwestern while Maryland will try their luck on the road at the number one team in the country.

Michigan State 24, Purdue 21

It was a tale of two halves in a rain-soaked East Lansing on Saturday afternoon. Michigan State looked every bit of the no. 2 team in the country as they jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead behind two LJ Scott rushing touchdowns and a touchdown pass from Connor Cook to R.J. Shelton.

The second half was the Markell Jones show, including two 4th quarter touchdown runs before finishing with 157 yards, as he lead put the Boilermakers on his back and got them to within 3 points with less than 7 minutes to play before the magic ran out. Purdue drops to 1-4 on the season and will try to turn things around back in West Lafayette when Minnesota comes to town and Michigan State remains undefeated and hit the road at Rutgers as a tuneup for their trip to Ann Arbor in two weeks.

Penn State 20, Army 14

One of these days, Christian Hackenberg will show why some NFL scouts had him as a potential no. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. This was not one of those days. Hackenberg was just 10-19 passing for 156 yards and a 3rd quarter touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki. The Nittany Lions were actually outgained by Army (293-264) and had less first downs (19-14) over the course of the game.

Nick Scott opened the scoring in the 1st quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run but finished the day with just 54 yards on 12 carries. Penn State is back in conference play with a home game this week against Indiana.

Northwestern 27, Minnesota 0

You might as well give the B1G Coach of the Year trophy to Pat Fitzgerald now, as the former NU linebacker has the Wildcats humming on all cylinders as they improved to 5-0. Clayton Thorson was effective again against the Gophers, completing 14 of 19 passes for 128 yards and using his legs to find the end zone twice from short yardage.

Minnesota managed just 173 yards of offense (99 passing, 74 rushing) while turning the ball over twice. The Gophers will be looking to even their conference record when they take a trip to Purdue and Northwestern will also hit the road in a Top 25 battle in Ann Arbor.

Iowa 10, Wisconsin 6

Sometimes a dramatic game is not necessarily a good game. That was the case in this one in Madison. The teams combined for 541 yards of offense (Iowa 221, Wisconsin 320) while turning the ball over six times and committing 14 penalties. Jordan Canzeri carried the load for the Hawkeyes but a C.J. Beathard pass to George Kittle from a yard out in the 2nd quarter was the difference.

Wisconsin rushed for just 86 yards as a team and Joel Stave was 21-38 for 234 yards but was picked off twice. Iowa takes their 5-0 record back home for a date with Illinois while the Badgers try to get back on track when they visit Nebraska in a do-or-die matchup for both teams.

Ohio State 34, Indiana 27

It took a red zone stand from the Silver Bullets as time expired, but Ohio State managed to escape Bloomington with their undefeated record intact. Ezekiel Elliott was the star for the Buckeyes as he rushed for the second-most yards in school history. Three second half touchdown runs of 50+ yards certainly helped that cause.

The Hoosiers took a big blow when star running back Jordan Howard went down with an ankle injury early in the game. Howard tried to tough it out but was never really effective and left the bulk of the carries to Devine Redding. Redding found the end zone twice but had just 45 yards on 30 carries on the day. Ohio State heads back to Columbus for a Homecoming matchup against Maryland and Indiana will look to bounce back against Penn State in Happy Valley.

Illinois 14, Nebraska 13

In this upset of the week, Illinois took down Nebraska in Champaign following a strong 4th quarter from Wes Lunt and company. Down 13-0 heading in to the final frame, Lunt found Marchie Murdock from 22 yards out early in the quarter and then connected with Geronimo Allison from the 1-yard line with just :10 left in the game to complete the comeback.

Tommy Armstrong struggled all day for the Cornhuskers, completing just 10-31 from 105 yards while throwing an interception. Nebraska will be desperate to avoid an 0-2 start to B1G play when they host Wisconsin and Illinois looks to keep the good times rolling into Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes.

What was the biggest surprise of the weekend? The Spartans and Buckeyes struggling or the Wolverines and Wildcats posting big shutout victories?

All Things Buckeyes:


If you have been mindful of how sloppy and out of sync the Ohio State offense has been over the past three weeks, I wouldn’t be too quick to doubt them any longer.  The end of the lack of offense is coming and it will come in just in time for the BIG Conference play.  Ohio State will pick up the pace and join the offense as a force to be reckoned with.  I am predicting that the Buckeyes will progressively grow as a dynamic offense.  After the Western Michigan game, I think the Buckeyes finally realized that they have the capability to once again be called a juggernaut on the offensive side of the ball.  Coach Meyer had been struggling to anoint a starting quarterback, but after Cardale Jones’ improved performance against a Broncos team, Meyer removed the dreaded “OR” on the most recent depth chart.  Now Jones has starting gig and I am sure that he will turn it up within the next few weeks because now he doesn’t have J.T. Barrett chomping at his heels.  Now he doesn’t have much to think about besides winning, and winning big.  I am almost certain that Jones torches the next two teams.  Indiana is currently 4-0 and afterwards we play a terrible Maryland team.  If there is a way to light a fire for the offense, I will offer the next two teams as tribute to prepare for Penn State and the rest of the Big Ten.


When it comes to scroring, the defense has scored at least once in the last three games.  So far our best offense is when the playmakers on defense make an impact while the opposing offense is on the field.  Against Hawaii, Vonn Bell recovered a fumble and scored.  Against Northern Illinois, Darron Lee had a pass thrown his way and he took it back to the house for six.  And lastly, and more recently Adolphus Washington blew up a Half Back screen and intercepted for a fat man touchdown.  The Defense has been on fire as of late and they are anxiously awaiting for the arrival of the offense.  The Defense has had a field day on opposing offenses.  Through four games the Buckeyes have registered 14 total sacks as a defensive unit, they have forced 9 total turnovers (4 interceptions and 5 fumbles recovered).  The Defense is currently allowing 12.3 Points Per Game!  Although having defense is a luxury at this point the offense will need to pick up the pace a bit, but I am not too worried about it.  Defense wins Championships, so until the offense finds itself, I have no problem watching the Silver Bullets wreak havoc on opposing offenses.


I normally don’t get this excited for conference play, but this year I look forward to the Buckeyes playing familiar foes in the BIG 10.  This week we play a feisty Indiana Hoosiers team at Indiana.  The last two seasons the Buckeyes have handled business, but will this season bring something different?  I don’t think so, but I have a feeling that this game will be a good one for at least one half or a quarter while both teams try to figure each other out.  Once Jones finds the gas pedal, the Buckeyes will easily pull away.  Could I be wrong?  Sure, but it may not be likely.  After this week we play at the Shoe against a 2-2 Maryland team who is struggling mightily after dropping games to two potent offenses, West Virginia team and Bowling Green.  Yes, Bowling Green beat them on their home soil!  So after the two conference games, it should prepare the Buckeyes for a home game against rival Penn State.   That should be one heck of a game because last years walk-off sack is still fresh in their minds and I guarantee that the Nittany Lions are out for revenge.  That should be another good one!  After the Penn State game, the Buckeyes travel to Rutgers, then they have a home game against Minnesota and then travel the Champagne, Illinois to battle for Illibuck.  After those games comes the most lethal part of Ohio State’s conference schedule, a home game against rival Michigan State and a road game at the Big House, against TTUN.  Conference play is going to be tough and I am hoping for the best and I am trying not to downplay anything.  Every conference game will be tough.  Some will be more so than other.  Here’s to an exciting Big Ten season.  Go Bucks!!!


I am predicting a slow start against Indiana.  The Buckeyes will use the momentum from their defense to carry the offense again before the offense picks it up.  The Buckeyes will sack QB Nate Sudfeld early and often and they will force him into bad situations.  I am predicting at least 3 sacks, 1 fumble and 2 interceptions with one defensive touchdown.  Cardale Jones will go off evenly distributing the rock to his long list of offensive weapons.  There will be a Braxton Miller sighting too.  I am predicting Jones to have around 235 passing yards with 4 total touchdowns (3 passing and 1 rushing).  I know that the Buckeyes will be on upset alert week in and week out, but I just have a gut feeling that this game will set the stage for the rest of the season.  Buckeyes win in style on offense and defense:  38-24.


Here is something new!  I will see how in tune I am with The Ohio State Buckeyes.  I will try to predict the stat lines from week to week.  Let’s see…


Cardale Jones:  26/46, 235 yards, 2 TD 8 rushes, 47 yards, 1 int

Ezekiel Elliot:  24 rushes, 127 yards, 1 TD, 2 receptions, 24 yards

Curtis Samuel:  12 rushes, 64 yards, 1 reception, 16 yards

Michael Thomas:  9 receptions, 79 yards, 1 TD

Jalin Marshall:  3 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD

Braxton Miller:  4 receptions, 56 yards, 6 rushes, 22 yards

Nick Vannett: 2 receptions, 12 yards


4 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 FF, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception for TD

FINAL SCORE:  38-24 (give or take TD for both teams)

“I don’t know if this is going to throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting paid on the side”


In the second part of this “Show me the money” series we will take a look at college life in the eyes of the college athlete and the question “should student athletes be paid?” from the player’s perspective.

“I don’t know if this is going to throw us into an NCAA investigation, but during my senior year, I was getting paid on the side”


said Houston Texans superstar and former University of Tennessee runningback, Arian Foster. Foster said that it was a tough pill to swallow to know that he would go out and play on Saturdays in front of a sold out crowd of 107,000 people and have a “good game” as he says “running for over a hundred yards or whatever, then staying to take pictures and sign autographs; Then walk back to my dorm and reality would set in. I’d open my fridge and there was no food.” Foster went on to say that kids don’t say anything because “if you say anything, you’re hurting your chances of getting to the next level. Its a beautifully designed evil scheme to keep kids quiet.” Former UCLA tailback, Johnathan Kennedy says a typical day for a UCLA football player is as follows:

5:30am – wake up
6:00-9:00am – work out
10:00am-1:00pm – class
2:00-3:15pm – meetings
4:00-6:00pm – practice
7:00-9:00pm – tutoring
10:00-11:00pm – homework

The point that Kennedy and Foster were trying to make is that Universities and the NCAA shouldn’t profit billions annually, while the athletes who put in the manual labor are called amateurs when they should be treated like employees.

So how many billions is the NCAA making a year? 12.1 billion to be exact, and that number is only growing.The money they are making is being produced by ticket sales, donations, television contracts, sponsorships and royalties from licensing and merchandise, and it’s all tax free. That’s $12.1 billion tax free and the players get sanctioned for trying to capitalize on their own talents.

So Why is it wrong for college athletes to be paid? Why is it taboo? To quote Michael Rosenthal from SportsIllustrated,


“Suppose you had a really talented math student without a lot of money but he had excellent math skills and he wanted to get paid for his math skills and then turn around and give that money to his dad for his church, there would be beautiful stories written about what a great kid this is; but when that was what Cam Newton supposedly did, and the skill was football, it was big scandal.”

I’ll leave you with this. I don’t see the current model of how college athletes are treated with respect to amateurism, lasting much longer. Hidering people from benefiting from potential endorsements is wrong. Capitalizing billions from the hard work of young men and women who spend most of their waking lives working on their craft, without allowing them to benefit monetarily, simply because you don’t want to lose the money it would take to pay them, is wrong.

A Look Around the Country

Pac 12 teams shine in Week Four

Welcome back to my weekly column, A Look Around the Country. I’ll be highlighting notable games from the week before, the week ahead and of course, the Heisman and Playoff race. Special features include an in-depth look at the Buckeyes and a Michigan update, mainly for folks to bask in their misfortunes. Feel free to comment with your opinions, I hope you enjoy!

At the beginning of the year, who saw Utah beating Oregon by six touchdowns? Not me. Another barnburner included UCLA demolishing Arizona by 26. Both teams have shot up in the polls and look to contend for the Pac 12 crown now that the Oregon reign appears to be over.

Notable Games Last Week

TCU 55, Texas Tech 52

The Horned Frogs should have dropped this one in Lubbock, but they were able to escape after a score late in the game. TCU was picked by many to be in the playoff this year but have been underwhelming thus far. Trevone Boykin has been amazing but their defense is terrible and will ultimately lead to a loss.

UCLA 56, Arizona 30

Josh Rosen and the Bruins were able to take care of business against Arizona and are now the favorite in the Pac 12 to reach the Playoff. They end the season with Utah and USC which sounds much tougher than it did a year ago. Until then, expect them to continue climbing up the polls.

Utah 62, Oregon 20

Going into Autzen Stadium and beating Oregon by 42 is no easy task. Now that Utah has done it, many experts have crowned them as the number 1 team in the land. I am very impressed with them thus far but do not see them continuing on this trajectory. The Utes still have USC and UCLA and I expect them to drop one of those. Mark Helfrich and Oregon have to go back to the drawing board now.

Big Games this Week

West Virginia at Oklahoma

Slowly but surely, the Sooners have been improving and are now increasing their rankings in the polls. All eyes have been on TCU and Baylor, but we might see Oklahoma creep back into the Big 12 picture (their archrival, Texas, sure as hell isn’t). West Virginia has also improved throughout the year but I think there’re still a step or two away.

Saturday, October 3 at Noon on Fox Sports 1

Minnesota at Northwestern

Who would have thought that this would ever be a big game in the Big Ten? Northwestern is ranked 16th in the AP Poll while Minnesota’s (who should be ranked) only loss is to TCU. It seems that every year Pat Fitzgerald has the Wildcats on the brink of a West Division crown but the wheels always come off. With a wide open race to Indianapolis, maybe this is the year. Expect a classic in Evanston.

Saturday, October 3 at Noon on Big Ten Network

Alabama at Georgia

The Tide have underachieved this year which is something that Georgia almost always does (thanks to Mark Richt who by some miracle still has a job). However, Nick Chubb has been a wrecking ball this season and should be a problem for Nick Saban’s coveted defense. Lane Kiffin hasn’t been able to get his offense going either. Sanford Stadium will be rocking both between and in-between the hedge rows for this one. Tuscaloosa will cease to exist at around 7pm Eastern time.

Saturday, October 3 at 3:30pm on CBS

Ohio State at Indiana

The Buckeyes took a step in the right direction against Western Michigan with Cardale Jones taking all of the reps as QB. He is now listed as the sole starter on the depth chart, which means he’ll get the majority of the reps in practice instead of splitting time with J.T. Barrett. The defense didn’t play as well as they have been, but I don’t think its cause for concern. The Hoosiers are 4-0 and although they haven’t played anyone yet, look halfway decent. There will be more IU fans at Memorial Stadium than usual but I still expect it to turn into Ohio Stadium West.

Saturday, October 3rd at 3:30pm on ABC or ESPN 2

Notre Dame at Clemson

Death Valley is one of the great atmospheres in college football and Saturday Night will be no different with the Irish coming to town. But I don’t expect it to be electric for long. Notre Dame is for real (despite injuries) and I see them running through the Tigers. Clemson looked horrible as they escaped Louisville last week and that will translate into this game. People need to start taking Notre Dame seriously.

Saturday, October 3rd at 8pm on ABC

Michigan Update

So, Michigan is good. After blasting BYU 31-0 in impressive fashion, it appears the Wolverines are on their way back with Jim Harbaugh at the helm. With two months before the Buckeyes roll into Ann Arbor, it’s starting to look like that may be one for the ages.

Heisman Watch

1. Leonard Fournette, LSU

2. Trevone Boykin, TCU

3. Nick Chubb, Georgia

4. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

5. Josh Rosen, UCLA

6. Derrick Henry, Alabama

My Playoff if the Season Ended Today

*Editor’s Note: This will be a volatile poll every week based on performance in the past week and resume to date, very similar to the Playoff Committee.

1. Ohio State (beat Western Michigan, plays Indiana)

2. Michigan State (beat Central Michigan, plays Purdue)

3. Baylor (beat Rice, plays Texas Tech)

4. LSU (beat Syracuse, plays Eastern Michigan)

Just Missed the Cut

5. Ole Miss (beat Vanderbilt, plays Florida)

6. Notre Dame (beat UMass, plays Clemson)

7. UCLA (beat Arizona, plays Arizona State)

8. Georgia (beat Southern, plays Alabama)

9. Utah (beat Oregon, plays Cal)

10. TCU (beat Texas Tech, plays Texas)

Men of The Scarlet and Gray Podcast Invading the Hoosier State

Chip takes charge of the show today. He was responsible for steering into the Hoosier State after we discussed kicking Western Michigan Broncos back to the mitten state. We went over what we felt impressed, gave us cause for concern and even handed out a grade to the Buckeye football team as a whole. Surprisingly its not as high as it will be at the end of the season but good enough for now. Key is to keep getting better.

We go into Indiana and get with Kyle Swick of the Crimson Quarry to discuss the undefeated Hoosiers. Kyle explains to us who to keep an eye on, keys to the Hoosier offense. Can they step up and stop a potentially potent offense? Did the special teams improve of will Jalin Marshall have another great game.

We even had a great time giving our predictions and Chip has to copy everything I do to not allow me to catch up after a bad weekend. Riverboat gambling I believe was the mention. Kyle was nice enough to inform us about construction in Bloomington which is weird he said it was everywhere very bad and should stay at home. He told us some places to possibly enjoy a nice adult beverage and some food if able to get through the extremely bad construction. This show really is worth the listen. Chip did an outstanding job and Kyle was another great guest.

Check out this episode!

Let’s Get Defensive: Silver Bullet Edition

Although it is WAY TOO EARLY in the season, I cannot help but give props to the job that Coach Fickell, Coach Johnson, Coach Coombs and Coach Ash for reviving the unit that attracted me to become a full-fledged Ohio State Buckeyes fan.  What a sight to see!  Not only have they restored my faith in the defense, they also resurfaced as the Silver Bullets!  It brings me back to the days when my favorite Buckeye defender ran the show at the Mike Linebacker Position.  Surely, that is a very vague statement and seeing that Ohio State has seen numerous Mike Linebackers shine and run the show.  One comes to mind, James Laurinaitis!  A.J Hawk is also pretty high up there in my list.  You could say the same for Fullback turned Middle Linebacker, Zach Boren.  I get that nostalgic feeling when I see the defense flying around and making plays and having an impact on the game.  That is what you come to Ohio State for and with the new group of gems that Coach Meyer has collected, watch out world!  The Buckeyes are merely scratching the surface!

Ohio State is stacked from top to bottom.  There is no exaggeration either.  Literally at every position on Defense, we are stacked to the point to where the younger less-known players would become starters at other universities.  I know that it really doesn’t make sense, but if you keep your attention right here, it will!  I will talk about everything Defense on this piece.  From the current starters, to Buckeyes on the two-deep and beyond that are waiting for the opportunity to compete and to make plays.  I will also mention potential class of 2016 signees and targets.

Defensive End/Defensive Tackle:

With former great such as Jim Stillwagon, Will Smith and Mike Vrabel who have become productive Ohio State Alumni at the Defensive Line and recent Buckeyes John Simon, Jonathan Hankins, Cam Heyward, Mike Bennett and so fourth, you get where I am headed.  Ohio State produces quality players year in and year out.  The Buckeyes also produce a few busts, such as Vernon Gholston.  It is hit or miss and sometimes the game can sneak up on you or they leave too early and are unprepared for a much different game.  The Buckeyes look to add a few more names on this list of greats with Joey Bosa and Adolphus Washington nearing the end of their Buckeye careers, but I am not too worried about it.

This is arguably the deepest position and a definite strength for the Silver Bullets.  With the two-deep all but locked up, if you look past it, you would regret it.  So what if I told you that aside from starters, Joey Bosa and Tyquan Lewis and back-ups, Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard, they still look nasty.  Let’s see behind Holmes and Hubbard are Darius Slade, who was pushing for some playing time and Jashon Cornell.  Last time I checked, Cornell was a blue-chip prospect from Minnesota who oozes potential and New Jersey prospect, Darius Slade who a lot of people slept on.  That is a pretty deep three deep.  Throw in Five Stars Nick Bosa and Jonathan Cooper, then it quickly becomes a four deep.  Talent on top of more talent.  Like the current Quarterback dilemma, the rich get richer.  We are stacked on defense for years to come.  Imagine if Terrell Hall was still committed to the Buckeyes, but I think that it is safe to say that Alabama is benefitting from a “more flexible” and “coach friendly” defense.  No sour grapes and I wish the kid luck in the future.

This position isn’t as deep as the Defensive End situation, but things can change.  Adolphus “Diesel” Washington and Tommy Schutt man the trenches alongside Bosa and Lewis.  Behind them are Donovan Munger who is in a hotly contested battle with Michael Hill and Joel Hale who is ahead of Tracy Sprinkle.  Add Freshman Robert Landers ad DaVon Hamilton waiting in the background for their opportunity.  Factor that with incoming freshman Malik Barrow and recruiting targets,  Rashan Gary, Dexter Lawrence, Rashard Lawrence and Antwuan Jackson, the Buckeyes are only going to get deeper at another position of strength.  I am hoping one or two of the aforementioned names join the 2016, but if it doesn’t happen, we will still be okay.  Barring any unexpected departures for next years draft, I can see a few more targets joining in.


Linebacker has been a strength for Ohio State.  Flat out!  With names like A.J. Hawk, James Laurinaitis, Ryan Shazier patrolling and leading Defenses and with Legends like Randy Gradishar, Pepper Johnson and Chris Spielman, Ohio State produces NFL ready prospects.  Although many of the LB’s fall through the cracks and end up out of the League, there is no telling what this seasons crop will or won’t do.

Carrying the Linebacking Tradition, Ohio State boasts stars and playmakers alike with Strongside Linebacker Darron Lee, former Five Star Raekwon McMillian and Weakside Linebacker Joshua Perry who all have firm grip on their respective position.  Behind him are Chris Worley, Camren Williams and Dante Booker.  They also have a bevy of future stars in Justin Hilliard, Jerome Baker, Dre’Mont Jones and Nick Conner.  With the depth at the Linebacker position, I can surely say that if the right recruits want in, Coach Meyer will find a way to add them to the class if other positional needs cannot be met.  Current commit Tuf Borland is the only commit at this position, I can comfortably say that we are done with the position.

Defensive Backs:

First off, I am a Broncos fan and another Buckeye great made some plays this week.  Former shut-down corner, Bradley Roby recovered a fumble to win the game for Manning and the Broncos.  Roby is from a long line of Buckeye Greats at the Defensive Back position.  Let’s see, Malcolm Jenkins, Kurt Coleman, Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Donte Witner, Chris Gamble, Nate Clements and Will Allen.  Add Legendary players like Jack Tatum to the fold and you can just imagine how deep routed the tradition is, when putting DB’s into the NFL.

So with Eli Apple and newly anointed starter, Gareon Conley locking the outside receivers up and with Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell laying the lumber and patrolling the middle that is a pretty lethal stranglehold when defending opposing offenses.  With Damon Webb, Marshon Lattimore and Denzel Ward in the Nickel that pretty much forces an offense to pick their poison.  The Safety position is also as deep as every other position on Defense and it has really become a recurring theme with Ohio State.  With Cam Burrows and Erick Smith picking up the slack for Bell and Powell whenever they need a rest or during mop-up duty there will be little to no drop-off.  Current Freshman, Eric Glover-Williams, Joshua Norwood and Damon Arnette with incoming Freshman, Wayne Davis and Kareem Felder coming in after National Signing Day.  Let’s not forget about the targets, Chauncey Gardener, Jordan Fuller or Damar Hamlin who all hold Ohio State offers.

So to summarize this article, WE ARE SET FOR YEARS!!!  If we could somehow manage to pluck a few blue-chip recruits in both 2016 and 2017, the Buckeyes will be loaded once again.  With the top classes in 2016 and 2017, we will continue to improve and eventually dominate College Football.  But I am a humble fan who takes it a week at a time, as all Buckeyes Fans should, but I digress.  This will be a lot of fun for a few more years.  If we also successfully defend our Crown, the recruiting floodgates will open, but until then, ONE GAME AT A TIME.

Men of the Scarlet and Gray Big Ten Power Poll Week 5

The Votes are in!!

Teams Points Record Last Week
Ohio State 8 4-0 (0-0) 2
msu 18 4-0 (0-0) 1
michigan 30 3-1 (0-0) 5
northwestern 32 4-0 (0-0) 3
wisconsin 38 3-1 (0-0) 4
iowa 46 4-0 (0-0) 6
minnesota 60 3-1 (0-0) 8
nebraska 64 2-2 (0-0) 7
indiana 2 73 4-0 (0-0) 11
penn state 74 3-1 (1-0) 9
rutgers 92 2-2(0-1) 13
illinois 94 3-1 (0-0) 12
maryland 102 2-2 (0-0) 10
purdue 111 1-3 (0-0) 14

This concludes the non conference portion of your schedule. Please buckle up and enjoy the ride that of Big Ten conference game play. Iowa, Northwestern, Maize and Blue, Indiana are all trying to make some noise will that transfer into conference play? Will the Big Ten still have five teams ranked in the AP or by the college football committee when its all said and done? Imagine if things keep moving the way they are Ohio State can possibly play three ranked opponents at the end of the season if they do their part and win out (includes B1G Championship game). Funny it was said that the Buckeyes would only face one ranked opponent funny how things change (thanks Bret and your 3 game slide).

Hang on tight Big Ten fans its about to become a bumpy ride, remember have fun its going to be over before you know it.