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By Matt McCoy
Indiana should get a heavy dose of Carlos Hyde when it visits Ohio State Saturday afternoon...so says former Buckeye coach and 610 WTVN football analyst Earle Bruce.
On Bucksline Thursday night, Coach Bruce said, with a weather forcast calling for cold and breezy conditions with snow flurries in the forcast, he would run Hyde early and often.
"There's two ways to demoralize a football team. One is give the ball to a back and let him go 'Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom' down the field, or else, throw it over their head," Earle said. "But when it's a wind and you can't throw down the field (effectively) then you have to nail in on the fact that, here's where (Hyde) earns his scholarship."
Hyde is coming off a career best 246 yard rushing performance at Illinois last week. It left him 53 yards shy of 1,000 for the season. WTVN analyst and former Buckeye quarterback Stan Jackson predicts that Hyde will pass the century mark in the first quarter.
"You watch the Indiana defense, they're terrible against the run," Stan said. "I think he will gut them, (Ohio State) has a great offensive line in my opinion and I think they're ready to really ride Carlos."
Hyde is one of the 18 seniors playing their final game in Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 on Channel 6. Our Best Buckeye Coverage pre-game show on 610 WTVN starts live from Riverjam at 10 a.m. Saturday. We'll take you right up to kickoff and will have Urban Meyer's post-game comments live after the game. Join us.
Also--join us at Bucksline next week on TUESDAY night. Because of Thanksgiving, we'll have our normal night of Thursday off so our Michigan week show, from the Buffalo Wild Wings on Bethel Road, will be Tuesday, November 26, from 6-8 p.m.
To listen to hour number one of Bucksline click here
To listen to hour two of Bucksline click here
By Matt McCoy
When Ohio State honors its 18 seniors prior to Saturday's final home game against Indiana, a junior will be in the group as well....That is, a junior athletically.
Defensive back Bradley Roby is a fourth year senior. He was a redshirt his first year at Ohio State, and nearly left for the NFL draft after last season but decided to return. This year, however, the decision has already been made. Roby is gone after this season.
"We talked and he's going to move on," Buckeye coach Urban Meyer said. "And that's all you ask. You don't ask for five years nowadays. It's no secret, there's nothing wrong with that. I think it's great for him and great for Ohio State. I think we're set to get his degree too in the spring."
This group of seniors has a chance to make Ohio State history in its final Ohio Stadium appearance. A win would establish a new Buckeye record with 23 victories in a row. The win streak is historic but Meyer said that's not the only reason he thinks the class is special.
"Not every senior class is good...some of them it's time to go...the last two we've had here have been not good, but great and it's going to be real hard (to say goodbye)," Meyer said. "They have their own personality to them and I think they're probably led by the offensive line and C.J. (Barnett)...they're kind of the ring leaders of that group and Philly Brown is a guy who's earned a lot of respect around here and there wasn't a whole lot of respect in his world two years ago."
In addition to breaking the win streak record, a victory Saturday would also clinch the Leaders Division title and a berth in the Big Ten title game.
To listen to all of Coach Meyer's comments Wednesday night click HERE:
Basketball Buckeyes now 4-0, but....
No. 8 Ohio State downed American Wednesday night 63-52 to improve to 4-0 but it was not the kind of performance coach Thad Matta was looking for.
The Buckeyes shot only 36 percent from the floor (26 percent in the first half) and had four more turnovers (14) than assists (10).
In his post-game press conference, Matta listed the issues as if he were reading an indictment.
"We were slow to balls, our transistion (wasn't good) especially in the first half, we were running on top of each other, we didn't have spacing, we were bobbling passes, we just didn't have it at the level we needed to have it."
One player who did have it was big man Amir Williams who made six of his nine shots and scored a career high 16. Shannon Scott added 13, with nine rebounds and Aaron Craft had nine points with seven steals.
To listen to Coach Matta's post-game comments click here:
By Matt McCoy
Ohio State won by 25 points, scored 60, won its school record tying 22nd straight game...and was passed by Baylor in this week's Associated Press poll.
The good news for Buckeye fans is Baylor is still behind Ohio State in the polls that matter...the coaches and Harris polls--and in the overall BCS rankings. The bad news is that the gap between the two continues to narrow.
Alabama and Florida State are solid at first and second. The Buckeyes are third with an overall BCS average of .8869. Baylor is fourth, with an average of .8856. Oregon rounds out the top five.
The 35 points allowed by the Ohio State defense, as much as anything, probably allowed Baylor to close the gap. Voters clearly penalized Ohio State for a subpar defensive effort, even though there were mitigating circumstances.
The Buckeye linebacking corp was decimated with the injuries to starters Curtis Grant (ankle, back) and Joshua Perry (head--after slipping on ice). Neither played against the Illini so little used Cameron Williams and Joe Burger were thrust into action.
Next week, while Ohio State hosts another Big Ten bottom dweller in Indiana, Baylor plays No. 10 Oklahoma State. If the Bears win, no matter what Ohio State does, it's hard to imagine they won't pass the Buckeyes. What does it mean? Apparently, what could be a school record 23 game winning streak is impressing no one. The perceived weakness of the Big Ten is crippling Ohio State.
Even if the Buckeyes are passed by Baylor, it may not be permanent. After Indiana, the Buckeyes finish at Michigan and then seem destined to face the nation's No. 1 defense, Michigan State, in the Big Ten title game. Wins over both might be enough for Ohio State to hold off Baylor...but at this point, who knows. Bottom line, it won't matter, in terms of the national title game, unless either Alabama or Florida State falter.
To listen to Urban Meyer's comments following Ohio State's win at Illinois click here:
Dr. Miller and Mr. Hyde
It was quite an afternoon at Illinois Saturday for Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. The Ohio State quarterback, running back duo combined for 430 yards rushing on 40 carries, an average of 10.75 yards each time they ran the ball.
Miller got the ball rolling with his 70 yard touchdown run on the Buckeyes first series. He finished with a season high 184 yards on 16 carries. The windy conditions hampered Miller's passing, as he was just 13-29 for 150 yards and two touchdowns, with one of those two TD's to Hyde.
It was a monster performance for the senior running back who ran for 246 yards on 24 carries. He was already having a productive day, with 22 carries for 140 yards when he finished in style with touchdown bursts of 51 and 55 yards on his final two runs. Overall, Hyde had five touchdowns...four rushing and one receiving.
For the season, Hyde heads into Saturday's home finale against Indiana with 947 yards, putting him on the doorstep to become the first 1,000 yard running back in the coaching career of Urban Meyer.
One other note...apparently Ohio State running backs love Illini defenses. The top three rushing performances in Buckeye history have come against Illinois. Eddie George rushed for 314 yards in 1995...Keith Byars for 274 in 1984...and Hyde for 246 Saturday--all against Illinois. Archie Griffin is tied with Hyde for the third biggest rushing day, also going for 246, against Iowa in 1973. Hyde's 246 yards is a record for the most yards rushing for an Ohio State player on the road.
To listen to Hyde's comments following the Illinois win, click here
To listen to Miller's comments following the Illinois win, click here
By Matt McCoy
Urban Meyer has dipped his feet in the social media waters this season, with periodic tweets about the Buckeyes. Friday, as the team heads to Illinois with a chance to win its 22nd straight game, which would tie a school record, Meyer sent out consecutive tweets, the second of which included an inspirational highlight video.
If you are on Twitter and don't follow coach Meyer you can at @OSUCoachMeyer. His tweets on Friday afternoon were as follows.
"Best Fridays in Football-Week 10. Winding down the journey with an incredible group of seniors. Best thing about 9-0 is..."
That was followed by this, which included the video link below:
"A look back at The Chase thus far this season.."