February 12th, 2014 / Author: The Buckeye Ninja
Yes, yes. We haven’t really posted much. To be fair, 2014 has been a pretty awful year to be a Buckeye fan. There was the Orange bowl debacle, the almost blowout, almost comeback heartbreaker loss to Sparty in basketball. There was the whole month of January really for basketball. Then there was last night’s embarrassing loss to TTUN in basketball for the first time in Columbus since 2003. That was awful but the pain was lessened for us because, you know, it’s basketball.
On the bright side, the Spring Game isn’t that far away, and we always look forward to seeing performances that have hardly any bearing on the upcoming football season.
Seriously, has Mike Thomas testified against the mob yet or is he still in witness protection?
There’s recruiting news and apparently Urban the First and his staff pulled in a pretty nice haul. Like the Spring Game though, it’s tough for us to get too invested in recruiting news because so much of it is guesswork. It makes the NFL Draft look like real science – the same NFL Draft where more than half of all first round picks become busts.
Oh yeah, the NFL Draft is coming up. We believe we can speak for all Bengals fans when we say “eh, whatever.” Fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.
There’s baseball, where pitchers and catchers have begun reporting for Spring Training. Of course, we’re Reds fans which means we have the Skip Schumaker signing to get excited about. And…nope that’s about it.
So please to forgive for not posting much lately. Once March Madness kicks in we’ll be running another contest that hopefully we do a little better in than Bowl Mania. And hopefully we’ll be rolling out a bit of new content once a week or so until the bread and butter of our site starts again in August.
In the meantime, you can follow us on the Twitters. GOGOGO!
January 7th, 2014 / Author: The Buckeye Ninja
Join us and the leading lights of the Buckeye Bloggers’ Network as we discuss the ins, outs, what have yous, and the finer points of game as the Fightin’ Buckeyes of the Olentangy do battle on the hardcourt.
January 3rd, 2014 / Author: The Buckeye Ninja
Join us and the leading lights of the Buckeye Bloggers’ Network as we discuss the ins, outs, what have yous, and the finer points of game as the Fightin’ Buckeyes of the Olentangy do battle with the Fightin’ Dabos of BFSC.
December 18th, 2013 / Author: Ye Olde Buckeye
I am not a recruiting expert. I am barely a recruiting novice. There are many writers out there who are more competent. But for our reader I just wanted to provide a little update for this week’s activity.
Ohio State landed two big recruits this week from the 2014 class. Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, FL, espn #39 overall, and #4 receiver) chose the Buckeyes over Alabama and Miami. Miami would have been a likely choice, as his hometown team. It’s tough to turn down an Alabama offer too. It makes me especially happy that he picked the Buckeyes since Alabama already has a receiving commitment from Cincinnati’s Derek Kief (LaSalle HS, espn #204 overall). Apparently he liked the prospect of playing in Urban Meyer’s offense.
The commitment of Dixon came a day after Ohio State received news that Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, GA, espn #12 overall, and #1 linebacker) picked the Buckeyes over Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson. Urban Meyer has had quite a bit of success recruiting in the South, of course he knows the area well. McMillan is the fourth linebacker to pick Ohio State from the top 50 linebackers in the 2014 class. The other three are from Ohio.
According to espn, this week’s activity bumped our recruiting class up three places to number eight, overtaking Auburn, Texas, and TTUN. Scout.com has our rectruiting class at #7, Rivals.com has us listed at #3, and 247sports.com moved us up to #2. There are still quite a few big names for whom Ohio State is in the hunt. With only 19 recruits so far, we also have some more room in the class than some of the teams above us – not that certain southern teams care about oversigning. Most of the remaining names on our wish list are from outside of Ohio, but there are a couple of players from Cleveland Glenville that we might still sign.
I will do my best (which is very little) to keep you apprised of the situation.
December 11th, 2013 / Author: Ye Olde Buckeye
There once was a Buckeye football coach named Carroll Widdoes. He was born in 1903 in, like Manny Pacquiao, Corazon Aquino, Efren Reyes, and Tim Tebow, the Philippines. He went to Otterbein College, then he became an assistant coach to a young man named Paul Brown at Massillon Washington High School and later at The Ohio State University. When Brown joined the Navy in 1944, Widdoes became the Buckeyes’ head coach. His team went undefeated in his first year (9-0), and went 7-2 in his second year. Then he left and eventually became the coach and athletic director at Ohio University (which will confuse Brady Hoke to no end).
Here’s the thing. Widdoes’ 1944 Buckeye team went undefeated. They beat three teams in the top 20, two in the top 6. They had on their team the pride of Parma Senior High School, Les Horvath, the Heisman Trophy winner that year. They had some of the same players who won the 1942 national championship, including Les Horvath. They also were playing at the same time as Army’s dominant team (which included future Heisman winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis), with whom they were retroactively given a share of the title. But Ohio State doesn’t officially claim it.
Well I think we should. Maybe it’s the disappointment of losing the Big Ten Championship this year. Maybe I’m just trying to grasp at something positive. But I think we should claim it. We were undefeated and beat three top teams. The only decent way to compare the teams is not great for us, but it’s not damning. We both played Pittsburgh that year. Army won 69-7, while OSU won 54-19. Plus there’s a little bit of a conspiracy involved. Ohio State’s All-Americans from the 1942 title team Lin Houston and Gene Fekete (and probably others) joined the army and did not play for the Buckeyes in 1944. Now I’m not saying that the Army Black Knights football team started World War II to better their chances in the football world, but…..
There are precedents for claiming retroactively applied titles. All polls and rankings before Frank Dickinson named Stanford champion in 1926 (with the brief exception of Caspar Whitney’s rankings from 1905-1907, each of which crowned Yale champion) were retroactively applied. Here is a list of cases where schools only had retroactively applied titles and they officially claim them:
1926 – Alabama: BR, CFRA, HAF, NCF & PS
1926 – Navy: BS & HS
1927 – Texas A&M: SR
1927 – Georgia: BS & PS
1930 – Alabama: CFRA & SR
1944??? – Ohio State: NCF & SR
1950 – Kentucky: SR
(Polls and systems used in abbreviations above: Billingsley Report, Boand System, College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, Poling System, and Sagarin Ratings.)
From 1953 to today, no one has claimed a title when it was only given by retroactively applied polls or rankings. But some SEC schools claim their retroactive titles. Why can’t we?
December 10th, 2013 / Author: The Buckeye Ninja
Once upon a time we gave away an autographed baseball to the winner of this contest. This year we may, as has been our recent habit, give away nothing. Can you afford to take that chance?
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December 10th, 2013 / Author: The Buckeye Ninja
@BuckeyeEmpire @TheBuckeyeNinja Its the only legit poll in the nation bro…
— Marshall (@marshallsheldon) October 27, 2013
Yeah, so none of us really gave a crap for some reason. Strangely there weren’t any ties this week.
Dropped out: Northern Illinois, Duke, Arizona State
||Florida State (3)
Also receiving one vote: Arizona State, Louisville
Discuss among yourselves. Or don’t. Whatever
December 7th, 2013 / Author: The Buckeye Ninja
Join us and the leading lights of the Buckeye Bloggers’ Network as we discuss the ins, outs, what have yous, and the finer points of game as the Fightin’ Buckeyes of the Olentangy do battle with the Fightin’ Dantonios of Ingham County.
December 6th, 2013 / Author: Pete Hitzeman
What hasn’t been said already about Sparty’s defense? It leads the nation in total defense and rush defense (238 and 65 YPG, respectively). They’ve blown up offensive lines and blocking schemes all year, also leading the nation in negative yard plays. While yards per game matter, they perhaps aren’t the most useful measure of a defense, because they don’t list them on the scoreboard. That said, Sparty is third in the nation in points allowed, metering opponents to a stingy 11.8 PPG.
But the raw statistics may be misleading. Sparty’s defense has looked good primarily because it’s faced some atrocious offenses. The strongest offense they faced all year was Indiana (no, really), who put up 28 points on them. It’s well known that the biggest strength of the Sparty D is against the run, but the average rank of the rushing offenses they’ve faced is 54th. And that doesn’t include week 3 opponent Youngstown State, who isn’t even an FBS school. When they have been up against strong offenses, as against Indiana and Nebraska, they’ve shown some vulnerability. The Hoosiers put up 351 yards and 4 touchdowns against the vaunted East Lansing D, while the Cornhuskers tallied 392 for 4 scores, including 182 yards on the ground.
And they’ve never played against a running attack like the twin spears of Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller, not to mention Jordan Hall and Dontre Wilson, who round out the nation’s 2nd best rushing offense.
On the other side of the ball, playing against strong defenses is nothing new for the Buckeyes. Let’s not forget that Ohio State has already dispatched Iowa and Wisconsin, who have the 11th and 6th best defenses in the country. We put up 31 against Wisconsin and 34 against Iowa. We think the question is not “can OSU score against Sparty’s defense,” but “can Sparty run with OSU’s offense.” Sparty averages just 29.4 PPG to Ohio State’s 48.2. The one area that OSU hasn’t struggled on defense is against the run, where they’ve only allowed 100 YPG, 86 less than MSU’s offense produces.
Simply put, OSU has played successfully against strong defenses, while Sparty has only played one decent offense, two mediocre ones, and a whole lot of terrible ones.
While it’s true that we looked shaky last week, never underestimate the power of a wakeup call. The Buckeyes were heavily favorited against TTUN, and they went up there and had their eyes opened, courtesy of the enemy playing the game of their lives, at home. Any time Devin Gardner is completing leaping, back-foot passes across his body, you know somebody’s hit the code for God Mode. Fortunately, we still pulled out the win, and the difficulty with which the victory was achieved will serve to focus and galvanize Ohio State on both sides of the ball tomorrow.
By contrast, everybody (we included) thinks tomorrow will be a hotly contested affair. Actually, that’s putting it too nicely. We’re sure it’ll be a dogfight from end to end, and some of the most interesting battles will happen on the sidelines, as coaches and coordinators try to counter each others’ schemes and find weaknesses. If one side succeeds, the intensity of the fight may not show up on the scoreboard.
The fewest points the Buckeyes have scored all year is 31. The most points Sparty’s defense has allowed is 28. Something’s got to give. We forecast that Sparty’s offense will sputter when their running game fails to produce, and their defense will tire of getting run over by Carlos Hyde, and run past by Braxton Miller. If all of that happens, we’re looking for a Buckeye victory, 35-24.
December 4th, 2013 / Author: Ye Olde Buckeye
There is too much talk right now about which teams should be playing for the national championship. Many wise folks, Urban F. Meyer among them, are focusing on the task at hand: Winning the Big Ten Championship Game. As can be seen in a perusal of Ye Olde Buckeye’s previous posts, we like to look back at history and the record books when writing about football. This is no exception, except that the history of the Big Ten Championship Game only goes back to 2011. The previous two Championship Games (comprising the entirety of the Championship Game’s history) have been won by Wisconsin. This has been extremely annoying, considering the seasons we’ve had the past ten years or so. It’s not The Game (and nothing else is), but we still want our names all over that list of Big Ten Championship Game winners. Here is our chance to get the ball rolling.
As for our illustrious opponents, we do have some hatred stored up for them. Again, this will never be in the same realm as The Game, but there is some hatred. Switching over to the personal memoires:
I was a student at The Ohio State University (established in 1870) in 1995. I was at home in Dayton watching in horror as T8-3TUN spoiled our perfect season.
I was a student at The Ohio State University (established in 1870) in 1996. I was in Haverfield House watching alone with building rage as T7-3TUN spoiled our perfect season.
I was a student at The Ohio State University (established in 1870) in 1997. I was in the Big Shit House watching David Boston tussle with the traitor Charles Woodson, hoping that we would take our turn at spoiling a perfect season for them. Hatred was cemented.
But I was also a student at The Ohio State University (established in 1870) in 1998. I was in East Lansing for a volleyball tournament while our football team’s perfect season was spoiled by Sparty down in Columbus. Our team and Michigan State’s team (along with some random Notre Dame players) went to a room with a tv in their athletic facility between our volleyball games. We were mocked the rest of that terrible day. Even when we stopped at Subway on the way home, we were still wearing our Ohio State warm-up gear and were made fun of by some very unprofessional sandwich artists.
So, it’s nowhere near the history, hatred, and intensity of The Game, but we do have some recent history with Sparty playing the spoiler. This game is huge. And we want our names on that Stagg Championship Trophy. Go Bucks!