Smith. Wells. Laurinaitis. Ginn. Heyward. If you know these names, then you have obviously been watching Ohio State football for the past couple of years. Ohio State has a deep tradition of football so rich that it makes other supposed traditional schools like Florida, LSU and Texas A&M pale in comparison. I’m always insulted when I hear other schools that have less tradition than Ohio State compared to each other; it makes my skin crawl and my blood boil. To compare Florida and Ohio State football is like comparing the Eiffel Tower to the Giza Pyramids. Sure both are grand and world famous, but the Pyramids were built thousands of years ago and represent one of the most powerful empires of ancient times and no offense to France, but other than Napoleon Bonaparte, what have you done for me lately?
Yesterday I watched in shock and utter disgust as the Florida Gators once again defeated the Buckeyes, only this time it was more of an even score of 24-17. I don’t need to remind Buckeye Nation of the last time these two teams played, but it wasn’t pretty. Watching this year’s Buckeye team was hard. It's bad enough that I’m a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, but the Buckeyes? They aren’t supposed to lose seven games - they aren’t supposed to play in the Gator Bowl - they aren’t supposed to lose period, right?
I’ve thought long and hard about the players on this team and came to one conclusion. They gave up.no comments
Since the announcement that Urban Meyer accepted THE job at The Ohio State University, his impact on the 2012 recruiting class has been felt in a few states. I, for one, am excited to see how Coach Meyer improves the reach on our recruiting program, in Michigan, in Illinois, in Pennsylvania, in Georgia, and in Florida; bring some of that Big Man speed that the SEC has been known for, to OSU. OSU never has trouble landing the skilled players, but our seasons always hinge on our offensive and defensive line play. It looks like Coach Meyer recognizes the same thing based on his early recruiting involvement.no comments
Welcome to the first edition of a new weekly feature here at BHC - Buckeye Recall. It will appear every Monday morning and recap the previous week’s Buckeyes storylines while previewing the week ahead.no comments
With the NFL regular season coming to an end this evening, here is the full list of former Buckeyes who will be participating in the 2011-12 NFL Playoffs beginning next weekend. We here at BHC wish them all of the luck possible. Congratulations to each and every one! Go Bucks.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Victor Oladipo scored the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds left Saturday, and Jordan Hulls scored 17 points to lead Indiana (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) past second-ranked Ohio State 74-70.
Indiana (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) is the ninth team to defeat both a No. 1 ranked team and the No. 2 team in the same season since 1996-97. The Hoosiers are only the third team to beat both teams in the same month.Ohio State (13-2, 1-1) had a five-game winning streak snapped. Aaron Craft led the Buckeyes with 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15.
The teams traded leads throughout the final eight minutes, but it was Oladipo's layup that gave Indiana a 71-70 lead. Hulls then hit 1 of 2 free throws, making it 72-70 and after William Buford missed a go-ahead 3-ponter with 4.5 seconds to go, Christian Watford sealed the victory with two more free throws.no comments
Who: Ohio State vs. Indiana
When: 6:00 p.m. ET
Where: Assembly Hall
Know Your Opponent: The Hoosiers are 12-1 coming off of their first loss against Michigan State on the road. Being their first loss, not much is known on how they will react but most likely - with a top ranked team coming into Assembly Hall - they aren’t going to lay down. Indiana is led by freshmen Cody Zeller in points and rebounding but are far from a one man team - they have a slew of quality players that developed and got better in the off season. Indiana has five players that average over 10 points a game, including sixth man Will Sheehey, who may not play due to an ankle injury. The shooting numbers are near the top, if not the best in the B1G, shooting over .500 in field goal percentage and right at .450 in three point percentage. The defense is good but not great. According to Ken Pomeroy, Indiana’s defense is ranked 23rd in adjusted defense. There aren't any glaring weaknesses statistically but Indiana will only go 2 deep off the bench without Sheehey. Their assist to turnover ratio is a little over one but against Michigan State and Kentucky they had 10 AST and 13 TO - with 12 AST and 18 TO, respectively.no comments
As you all know this is my last week in Cleveland before I start my journey in college. It has been a good week so far. I've been waking up and lifting at 8 o'clock all week, non-stop. My coach has been trying to kill me all week and I personally like to thank him for that. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
I also want to thank the "Buckeye Nation" for stepping up and helping me against the scUM poster on Twitter. Like I said previously, they have no class. They are obviously worried about us if they are taking time out of their day to talk about us. This goes to show that mentally we have them. They can't focus if all they are worried about is us. Buckeye Nation I promise that we will destroy them next year and leave it all on the field. I will make sure that my teammates are ready for the game. But we're going to take the season one day at a time.
God has blessed us with all the tools we need to be successful. Buckeye Nation fasten your seat belts for this long, fun, exciting ride. We're going to need you guys to be the 12th man on the field!! Let's take our program back to the top!!
Editor's Note: Due to NCAA rules this will be Tyvis' final week posting through our Buckeye House Call blog. We would like to personally thank Tyvis for his time, effort, professionalism, drive, energy, and heart - and for trusting us to publish his voice. We here at BHC are proud of him as a player AND a person. He has a bright future ahead of him no matter what direction life decides to take him. Stand tall, young man. Godspeed.
From now on you'll be able to catch Tyvis (including this post) over at his own new blog that Jeremy Birmingham (@BirmBuckeye11w - ElevenWarriors.com) and I designed, and you can ALWAYS catch him over on Twitter at @TyvisPowell_1