Braxton Miller came into 2011 carrying enough hype to fill the entire Ohio Stadium and the hearts of a fan base that stretches from one coast to the other. He was the anti-TP. As any true freshman will do, especially under the circumstances that has engulfed current-day Ohio State football, he has struggled to find his way all season long. His heroic, last-minute touchdown strike to beat Wisconsin in September made him legit. A win today - in this situation, under these circumstances - makes him Legendary.
Only one true freshman has won The Game taking snaps from under center in the storied rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan, and it had never been done wearing visitors’ whites. That one was our own Terrelle Pryor three years ago, but the circumstances were far different.
In 2008 the freshman Pryor simply “managed” The Game. He was a pedestrian 5/13 for 120 yards with only one turnover. The story of that game was 224 combined rushing yards, with 3 touchdowns, by Beanie Wells and Boom Herron – coupled with the Silver Bullets holding Michigan to only 198 total yards with two turnovers –in a 42-7 victory for #10 Ohio State. Today circumstances are far different.no comments
With the way college football lends itself to regionalized fandom there are natural rivalries everywhere, some bigger than others. Pitt and West Virginia’s Back Yard Brawl is a pretty big deal. So is Army v Navy, Auburn v Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and even Oregon v Oregon State in their Civil War. Texas and Texas A&M was a huge, historical rivalry but that’s coming to end with the Aggies’ exit to the SEC and the Longhorns pouting about it. Texas still has their Red River Shootout with Oklahoma to look forward to, but it’s not THE Game. None of them are.
Rivalries exist in every sport, but none quite like The Game. The Yankees and Red Sox is a big one but they’ve played more than 2,000 times, including eighteen times last season alone. That’s not “The Game.” It’s a good rivalry, but it isn't at the very top of the list.
The NFL has their share of rivalries as well, from Broncos-Raiders to Cowboys-Redskins, but they lack the passion and luster of a college football rivalry. Most of those matchups found in the NFL are within a division as well, meaning the play twice a year. For the same reason Duke-North Carolina hoops isn’t The Game (yes, they play a home-and-home every year as well), neither is anything found in the NFL.
“The Game” is reserved for that one-time battle between universities separated by a state line and an uncontrollable hatred for one another. Its 107 meetings in 114 years. It’s the Ten Year War, Bo v Woody, O$U v scUM, Ohio v That Team Up North, and its 2,926 days since your team beat ours. It’s The Ohio State University v the University of Michigan. Buckeyes v Wolverines.
This Saturday marks the 108th renewal of the series so let’s put on our Scarlet and Gray glasses and take a quick look backwards at it all before jumping back to the present day and putting our focus back to this Saturday’s clash. After all, we don’t get to today without yesterday...no comments
They sure are an angry, bitter bunch. Losing 9 out of 10 to Tressel will do that to a group.
We used to do a “quotable” post each week that pulled all of the coach-speak from the prior 7 days together into one place. This week we’l bring it back, with a bit of a twist, and just quote some of the Michigan fans found on multiple, public online message boards.
By the way these weren’t aimed at BHC because we don’t hang out on scUM boards and make posts. We just go over and hover like the creepy dude at the mall.
By the way their new, portly head coach Brady Hoke has taken to calling us “Ohio” rather than “Ohio State” and their fans have picked up and ran with it. It’s kind of cute.
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It’s officially Thanksgiving Day and we’re just two days out from another successful trip to Ann Arbor. It has certainly been a rough football season (following an even rougher off-season) but college hoops are finally here and we have high hopes for the 2011-2012 basketball Buckeyes.
That being said, rather than talkin’ Bucks on the NFL’s day to shine, we’ll chose to discuss everything the very young Buckeye House Call is thankful for, and it isn’t a short list.
We’ve now been publishing for two months and have gone through a design and graphics change, a domain change, and we’ve started building our online social presence through Twitter and Facebook. It’s been a lot of effort - a few headaches – a bit of stress - and a ton of support...no comments
What began as hope soon turned into speculation last week before evolving into full blown rumor of confirmation yesterday, unnamed sources cited: Urban Meyer will be the next head coach of The Ohio State University football program.
We’re all but sure this can now be looked at as fact, all circumstances considered, which has even more speculation swirling about Meyer’s future coaching staff. Rumor (still) has it that if Meyer were to sign on to join the Buckeyes, he’d be handed a large budget to put together the coaching staff of his choice. Many names have been thrown out there, some of which our fan base isn’t familiar with. We’re going to try to change that.
It’s important to keep in mind that the only staff Meyer has today is the one who applies his make-up in the ESPN studios. He isn’t the head coach of any university and we’re simply profiling a few people to add some familiarity and faces to a few names that are out there.
First and foremost the resounding thought out there is that Luke Fickell will remain on-staff under Urban Meyer, likely as Assistant Head Coach with some added responsibilities.
Now on with a few unfamiliar faces and a few we've seen before...no comments