Friday, October 31, 2014

BUCKEYES' NEAR LOSS MAY BE BLESSING IN DISGUISE

COLUMBUS — Some may say that Ohio State's double overtime win against unranked Penn State last Saturday wasn't something Buckeye Nation should be proud of, being that they were two-touchdown favorites going into the contest.

I am certainly not one of those pundits. In fact, I think it may have been the 13th-ranked Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) most impressive win of the season.

You see, the Penn State defense — tops in the FBS coming into the game — was hands down the most stingy unit the Buckeyes have faced this season. Add in an extremely hostile primetime crowd at Beaver Stadium, and you have all the ingredients of an upset loss.

Friday, October 24, 2014

BUCKEYES BELIEVING IN THEMSELVES AS THEY TRAVEL TO HAPPY VALLEY

COLUMBUS — Who would have imagined following the first two games of the 2014 season that Ohio State would be right back in the college football playoff hunt a little more than a month later?

After stumbling out of the gates with a narrow (unimpressive) victory over Navy, and a loss to less-than-stellar Virginia Tech, the No. 13 Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) have been on a massacre, pummeling their opponents in the four weeks since by nearly 40 points per game.

The youthful Buckeyes have scored more that 50 points in each of the past four games, and are only getting better and more efficient every time out.

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKEYES LOOKING TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING INTO RUTGERS

COLUMBUS — Ever since their loss to Virginia Tech, the 13th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) have been one terribly tough nut to crack.

While the defense has demonstrated a little more consistency over the past month, the offense has morphed into perhaps the finest head coach Urban Meyer has ever coached.

I know, that's a quite a huge statement, being that Meyer has two national championships on his resume. 

But ever since that loss to the Hokies, the Buckeyes have been going Vegas on the scoreboards, lighting up the opponents for 56 points and 624 yards per contest. Those numbers rank tops in the nation — minus the first two outings where Meyer admitted he was a "little conservative."

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BARRETT, 20TH-RANKED BUCKEYES FLYING HIGH INTO MARYLAND

It is quite apparent over the past two outings that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has taken the leash off of his youthful offense.

After posting just 55 combined points over the first two weeks of the season — against Navy and Virginia Tech — the 20th-ranked Buckeyes (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) have exploded for 58 points per contest since in routs over Kent State and Cincinnati.

"I was really excited to get our skill going, and we didn't do a good job early in the year," Meyer said Monday, during his weekly media luncheon in Columbus. "Navy, we were a little conservative because of a really new quarterback. Virginia Tech, I wish we had that one over again.