Helwagen Chat: Aug. 25 Archive

Here are excerpts from Thursday's Chat session with Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen.

edbuck51 (Aug 25, 2005 1:12:40 PM)
What did you think of JT's orchestration for ESPN yesterday? Is this guy a master or what?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:13:27 PM)
Yes, he is the master orchestrator

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:14:07 PM)
I only caught the first 10 minutes of the show. We got to watch practice from the bleachers in one end zone. Amazing what cameras above and down on the field and having the coaches miked can do for your vantage point ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:15:37 PM)
But, certainly, OSU planned what they wanted to show and really it fit their plans. With the scrimmage later in the day, they were just in shells in something that was just kind of a glorified review/walkthrough/fundamentals practice. They went 11 on 11 but there was no tackling. Just guys working on taking steps and executing. It was access but access to what exactly? Not a whole lot, and that's fine. That's how it should be. Just something to whet the nation's appetite for the Buckeyes.

ImBack45 (Aug 25, 2005 1:15:44 PM)
Hi Steve, The line in the Miami game has dropped three points in three days Should we be worried here? I guess I was in the minority in that I was actually willing to give the opening line of 17. What do you think?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:16:53 PM)
Well, that may be due to Zwick's lingering health problems, although he appeared to be close to full-go yesterday, as well as immense respect for Miami (Ohio). They return a 3,000-yard passer and quite a bit besides him. They will move the football between the 20's, I imagine. But getting in the red zone, will they score TDs. Not more than 2, I think.

pm (Aug 25, 2005 1:17:05 PM)
Steve, If OSU had to, could we win it all with Zwick instead of TS?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:17:12 PM)
Oh man, great question. ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:18:57 PM)
Bill Conley laid this out for me. He's been to a few more practices than I have. From his vantage point, everything on offense -- the spread -- seems more suited for Troy Smith's abilities. He can run the QB draw out of the spread. Heck, they're even working on some option. Wow. My guess is if Smith were hurt or was not able to play, they'd go to Plan B -- running the ball and controlled passing game with Zwick. Win them all with that offense? Uh, I think they're chances of winning them all seem to predicated on Smith's speedy return ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:20:26 PM)
I did not catch Chris Spielman's radio show yesterday, but I was told that after watching the morning practice down on the field, he went on the air and declared that Smith would start against Texas. He feels he gives them the best chance to win. A former player from last year's team confirmed the same to me last night -- if Tressel believes 10 gives them the best chance to win and everything else is kosher. I have always believed Zwick would start the first 2. Maybe that plan will change. We shall see.

edbuck51 (Aug 25, 2005 1:20:46 PM)
We are blessed with four good looking QBs. Do you agree with me that when its all said and done Schoenhoft will be the best of the lot? That is the liveliest arm I've ever seen in Columbus, including Art Schlichter.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:21:52 PM)
He has come in and lit some people up in a good way. I think he has picked things up quickly. He really had a great Big 33 game after having a tough Ohio game. That gave him some confidence and with Zwick out, he's gotten a ton of reps he would not have normally had. He will still make some errant throws, but I agree on the arm. He can throw the football now.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:22:21 PM)
Best of the lot? He'd need a win over Michigan under his belt before he would move out of Smith's shadow, at least.

turd (Aug 25, 2005 1:22:27 PM)
what are your shoughts on todd not being able to control the nerves?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:24:04 PM)
This is where jersey scrimmage stats need to be taken with a grain of salt. He was in there mostly against the ones. So was Pittman. Of course, they're not going to march up and down the field on that defense. But the good thing is that may be the best defense this offense sees all year. Grain of salt. Todd has mostly worked with the twos and threes until now. He's getting a taste of frontline duty. I don't think anybody jumps right into that and excels from day one. Give him time. I want to see how he does in the game on the 3rd.

edbuck51 (Aug 25, 2005 1:24:09 PM)
Do you think Cordle's injury will turn into a redshirt for him? I know he played in the spring, but missing fall camp is tough to overcome.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:25:16 PM)
I agree, missing camp is a killer. They seem to be preparing Datish to be the utility OL backup. My guess, is Datish will spell a tackle on one series, a guard on the next and maybe even Mangold once games are solidified. Cordle impressed them in the spring and they want him ready for 06. Depends on how quickly he comes back. He may be out another 2 weeks or so.

turd (Aug 25, 2005 1:25:30 PM)
what do you think of the self presure all the guys are putting on themselves to get it done when they need to like in 02. my thoughts are they are focusing too much on that and putting way too much pressure on themselves and if that time comes which it shouldn't with this offense they will have done themselves in with overthinking?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:26:37 PM)
You hope that doesn't happen. The last 2 years were kind of letdowns for the players, so the seniors, in particular, know their legacy is at stake this year. That's a lot hanging over their heads. Just go play the games and see what happens. I haven't sensed that pressure as a negative. They really seem to enjoy each other and practicing and playing the game.

robochef (Aug 25, 2005 1:26:45 PM)
Hey, Steve. Beautiful weather out today. Josh Huston had a good day yesterday in the scrimmage going 8 of 11. But what worries me are the 2 blocked kicks. Nobody on the radio has keyed on that either. Should that be a reason to worry?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:28:22 PM)
The one block was a great play by a lineman, maybe Tim Schafer to get a hand up. The other block Huston just kicked it into the line. He made 3 kicks in excess of 40 yards. He's getting there. Hey, they used to be happy around here if a guy made 60 percent of his kicks. Now 80 percent is just OK. The feeling should be that the defense and offense will win field position battles and most FGs should be chip shots. Huston says all the right things. Looks like the light bulb has snapped on for him.

edbuck51 (Aug 25, 2005 1:28:35 PM)
Did you get a look at the o-line yesterday. #77 looks like he's going to be a monster on the inside.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:29:09 PM)
Yeah, I think Sims will do a great job at guard. He and Mangold side by side could be devastating. This line should be a strong point for the team by season's end.

turd (Aug 25, 2005 1:29:16 PM)
what are your thoghts on this teams chances on a rainy day have to rely on piuttman and the boys? i personally am hoping for great weather since i don't have the most faith in our running game

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:30:16 PM)
We don't know, you're exactly right. Until they go out and have a 200-yard day as a team, the doubts will linger. That may not happen against any of the nonconf opponents. At some point, they will need to lean on the running game. My feeling is it will work out. I have faith in Bollman and this OL to get it going.

Guest (Aug 25, 2005 1:30:20 PM)
Is there any word on the progress of Santonio Holmes' ankle issue?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:30:31 PM)
buckeyeram asks about Holmes ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:31:05 PM)
He was back in pads yesterday and went through drills. Seems to be rounding into form. Kept him out of the kick scrimmage as a precaution, it seems. My guess is he will be close to 100 percent by next Sat.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:31:18 PM)
They need him. He's a key cog as a receiver and blocker in this offense.

ImBack45 (Aug 25, 2005 1:31:27 PM)
Steve, do you still think a Michael Robinson led Penn St. team will be tougher than playing an extremely talented offensive football team like Minnesota in the Dome?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:32:29 PM)
Both tough challenges. I can't believe JoePa is going with Robinson over Morelli. I figured it would be Morelli throwing to Robinson and Williams. Their nonconf is suspect with UC as maybe their toughest test. Both teams could be unbeaten when they play at HV ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:33:11 PM)
Minnesota is doggone tough. Both of those teams have the personnel to jump up and beat one of the big 3 or 4, especially on their home fields. OSU is 9-0 all-time in the Metrodome, though. Go with the trend to make it 10.

robochef (Aug 25, 2005 1:33:17 PM)
Is Mo Wells falling n the depth charts at rb? or is it an upperclassman thing? or is it due to the fact that the "depth chart" you guys just made was a guess. I would have thought that Mo Wells would be higher than Schnittker and use Schnittker as a "situational" back.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:34:49 PM)
The depth chart was a guess. Again, if I'd watch two weeks worth of reps and knew precisely what was going on, I could give you a more definitive answer. Moving Schnittker to tailback certainly makes it a crowded house there. Wells and Schnittker could be situational players. I expect Mo to play one way or the other, though.

buckwild23 (Aug 25, 2005 1:35:06 PM)
Hi Steve, How are the young Bucks looking? Any Freshman on the team capable of helping the Bucks this year?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:36:13 PM)
Yes, a number of freshmen appear to be in the two-deep, names like Alex Boone at OT, Lawrence Wilson at DE. Maybe Jamario O'Neal at safety. Malcolm Jenkins in two-deep at corner. Could see guys like Robiskie and Wells on special teams. Those are probably the most notable ones.

Chas15 (Aug 25, 2005 1:37:41 PM)
What should we expect from the running game? Are they going to run all base plays because of lack of depth or could this force them to use a more deceptive attack? Do you think it will be a respectable attack because of "better backs" and/or a better line?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:39:18 PM)
They will use some but not an abundance of I-formation, it seems. They will go one-back and run out of that against spread defenses and Smith and Ginn will get carries out of the spread/Shot Ginn. Better line will make it a better attack, no doubt. Hard to be any worse (VBG).

hamiltuckbuck (Aug 25, 2005 1:39:29 PM)
Steve, what's going on with the great O-line class of 04? Only the

ImBack45 (Aug 25, 2005 1:39:32 PM)
Are you surprised Mitchum, Skinner and Person have not made more of an impact? It seems Cordle and Boone jumped right over them. Not too mention Conroy and Winner are ahead as well.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:42:16 PM)
Yeah, lot of questions about those guys. We have another Hawk situation with Rehring (i.e. he was not the most acclaimed of the group he came in with at his position, but he's the first to start ... of course he also enrolled early too). Those guys are progressing. Mitchum may be a half step ahead of Person and Skinner. Give them time, just second year guys. There is a plethora of talented upperclassman depth in front of them. People ask why Conroy is in the 2-deep. It's because he is a senior, probably 22 or 23 years old and has a matured body and knows what Bollman wants. Those others are still growing and learning. Boone is a freak, so it's no surprise he jumped over anybody. Cordle came in for spring ball and learned a valuable trade, snapping the ball. That may explain some of his quick rise. Don't give up on them. I know Bollman has not.

TexasBuckeye (Aug 25, 2005 1:42:48 PM)
Any new insights or thoughts on the kicking game after the scrimmage?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:44:06 PM)
Yeah, Trapasso should be more than serviceable. He has a strong leg and is a football player more than just a punter. Huston looks like he finally has some consistency about him. You can tell from talking to him how much this last chance means to him, too. He wants to show his 6 years here weren't a waste. And, if Holmes and Ginn aren't around for any reason, Youboty is a hell of a third option. He turned the corner yesterday and was gone.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:44:32 PM)
And Pretorius ain't half bad either. He could be the kicker the next 3 years.

edbuck51 (Aug 25, 2005 1:44:44 PM)
The company rhetoric is saying the d-line needs to reach the top level for this defense to be successful. Obviously these guys need to produce, but do they really need to be as good as the '02 guys for the Bucks to flourish? Hawk, Carp, Schlegel and Freeman look like they only need decent support to carry the load to me.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:46:06 PM)
Good point. They just need to play strong assignment football. Nobody is asking them to go out and win games. They do need more heat on opposing passers. That's hard when I'm sure they're going to see a ton of three-step drop and quick release opponents. But then you have the Tate's and Basanezs who just stayed alive all night last year and picked them apart. Can't have that. Somebody needs to step up and make a play.

buckwild23 (Aug 25, 2005 1:46:19 PM)
Steve, Let's be realisic...How is the O-Line looking? I believe this will be the determining factor in whether Ohio State has a good season. I like Rob Sims to Guard, Ohio State needs more athletic guards who can run..But, Will Steve Rehring be the answer at Left Tackle?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:47:15 PM)
Yeah, I think the OL will be good, maybe great by season's end. All veterans now and they have some nastiness about them. If Rehring doesn't get it done, look for Boone to get a shot. Barton seems set at RT and Downing is a pretty good one at RG.

buckwild23 (Aug 25, 2005 1:47:28 PM)
Steve, What does Shaun lane moving to Running Back Mean? I thought Ohio State was thin at the Corner position?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:48:30 PM)
It tells me that they got one look at Malcolm Jenkins and Andre Amos and knew they were OK. Michael Roberts has also finally decided to join the party, too. They felt so good they moved O'Neal to safety and Lane to RB. Sirjo Welch and Brandon Underwood are still in the mix. I think they'd like to see more out of Welch.

turd (Aug 25, 2005 1:48:37 PM)
steve, last free saturday feel like hitting the little white ball around? new albany links style?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:48:48 PM)
I'd do it, but I'll be at Nippert with Connor Smith et al.

edbuck51 (Aug 25, 2005 1:48:56 PM)
Do you think we'll see near as many passes to the TEs as we saw in yesterday

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:49:19 PM)
Yeah, they have some weapons there. Nicol is out for a few more weeks. But Hamby, Frost and Brandon Smith can get it done.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:50:25 PM)
A reminder, this is a moderated Chat. That means all questions and comments come to me. We do that to maintain order so the answers follow the questions. I post your questions in order as I get to them. We have a number of questions backed up in the queue. It could take 10-15 minutes to get to them.

buckimike (Aug 25, 2005 1:50:30 PM)
It has been well documented about Holmes's blocking ability. Is there another receiver that stands out as a blocker?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:51:06 PM)
I know Gonzalez knows he has to do a good job at it. Hall, at 235 pounds, should be a great impact blocker, as should Lyons. That will be a key as to whether those guys play a lot.

robochef (Aug 25, 2005 1:51:17 PM)
What are Sims' chances of being an AA at the guard position. He was all conf at best as a tackle, now he is in his natural position. Do the rewards go up from here?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:51:45 PM)
Possibly. Judging line play can be subjective. If the Buckeyes move the ball and score points, there will be plenty of plaudits to go around.

robochef (Aug 25, 2005 1:51:48 PM)
Any word on the Captains yet? That should be announced here soon.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:52:25 PM)
It happened a year ago today -- 9 days out from the opener. Keep your eyes and ears open. If it doesn't happen today or tomorrow, may not happen until Tuesday's luncheon.

buckimike (Aug 25, 2005 1:52:32 PM)
Doug Worthington's name does not seem to pop up much so far. Is Wilson that good or is Worthington having some trouble getting acclimated. Seems Worthington was the bigger hype coming in

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:53:01 PM)
I think he's in the mix and could play. We'll know if he's in there against Miami. Gholston's injury may open the door for him a little bit, perhaps.

buckimike (Aug 25, 2005 1:53:12 PM)
Any word out of the Miami camp? Injuries,players excelling etc

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:53:29 PM)
I have done nothing on Miami. We talk to the coach on Monday and I'll file a preview then.

poz79 (Aug 25, 2005 1:53:32 PM)
I saw that Myron Rolle has done chats with sites from some of the schools recruiting him, could you see that happening at Bucknuts with an interested player?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:54:03 PM)
We've done some of those. Unless we're on site with them, it takes a smart kid to do it. I heard the Rolle Chat on PSU did not come off as planned.

buckeyeram4 (Aug 25, 2005 1:54:10 PM)
How do we match up across the board on the offensive and defensive fronts with Miami (OH)?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:55:43 PM)
I'd say really well. They have 4 starters back on the OL and 3 back on the DL. DE Marcus Johnson had 7-1/2 sacks last year and will need to be contained.

buckwild23 (Aug 25, 2005 1:56:01 PM)
Is their any truth to the A.J Hawk rumor?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:56:11 PM)
I have no idea what you're talking about.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:56:29 PM)
He caught a pass in yesterday's scrimmage 20 hours ago so unless something has changed since then.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:56:41 PM)
Please elaborate and I'll try and address it.

robochef (Aug 25, 2005 1:56:48 PM)
Any news on Cliff Reynolds the Marine that was goingto walk on to OSU a few years back?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:57:15 PM)
Somebody updated his status a few months back. I guess it never worked out for him to get either in school or on the team. Not sure where he is now.

buckwild23 (Aug 25, 2005 1:57:28 PM)
On the free board, their was a rumor that A.J. Hawk hurt his knee?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 1:57:59 PM)
I didn't see him hurt it yesterday at the scrimmage. Maybe it happened in the course of the scrimmage or this morning. I have no update on that.

crowtown (Aug 25, 2005 1:58:13 PM)
How important is a win against Texas going to be for recruiting? Or is the atmosphere a better draw so to speak

crowtown (Aug 25, 2005 1:58:19 PM)
Do you "expect" any commits after the Texas game. If so care to elaborate

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:00:07 PM)
It will be a big, festive occasion, particularly if OSU wins. I don't think Texas understands fully what it's in for. This should be the loudest game ever. Recruits will have to be impressed by the setting, regardless of the outcome. I have no knowledge of anybody planning to verbal anytime soon. Maybe Tyler Moeller. I hope to see him Sat. They have some impressive players like Wallace and Brown due in for the game. Can only help them.

marksgforce (Aug 25, 2005 2:00:13 PM)
Any word on how Troy is doing? Has he continued to separate himself from the pack? Are you surprised at how well Robby has showed up to play?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:01:21 PM)
That's what Chris Spielman thought, that Troy was the clear cut No. 1. As I said earlier in the hour, he thinks Troy should come back and start against Texas. The idea that somebody else might start and OSU could fall behind 10-0 or 14-0 is not appealing. Schoenhoft has made the most of his chances. It's helped that they have restricted Troy's reps and Zwick's been hurt.

marksgforce (Aug 25, 2005 2:01:38 PM)
Anyone's stock dropping in camp? Anyone dropping out of the two-deep?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:02:09 PM)
Not really. If they have, probably just due to injuries like Nicol and Gholston. Maybe Welch at corner.

marksgforce (Aug 25, 2005 2:02:17 PM)
Were you surprised by the confidence level of Coach Conley's "smell the roses" article? And ... impossible question ... but what do you hear about him and JT's relationship? Icy? Warming up? Do they talk?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:04:05 PM)
He's calling his shot. I like OSU's chances, but I'm only saying 10-1 and No. 3. He is saying as high as No. 2. Good for him. I'm sure you hope he's right. I don't think Coach Conley and Coach Tressel have a bad relationship. They just don't work together any more, and in Coach Tressel's world with all of his responsibilities there isn't much outside of his job that he seems to be involved with -- especially at this time of year.

marksgforce (Aug 25, 2005 2:04:23 PM)
What kind of season do you predict Miami to have overall with a new coach? Are they top 20? Will they be a MAC contender?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:05:03 PM)
They should contend in the MAC East, though I believe BG may now be in their division because Marshall left, so that makes it harder. I think they will be right there and if they win the division, certainly a top 25 team.

BuckeyeDave (Aug 25, 2005 2:05:09 PM)
Whats the latest on the Bucknuts tailgate?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:06:53 PM)
We are having one for sure. Look for the announcement in the next few days. Will run from 2-7 and will be within a 10-minute walk of Ohio Stadium. We'll only be inviting Bucknuts.com premium subscribers. They may bring one guest. Because of space, we may need to cap the guest list. As it stands, only the ones who make the final list will get the location details, etc. Should be a great event. We'll have food and beverages, but, again, only as supplies last. Stay tuned for more. I know Mr. B, myself and Gary plan on being there.

marksgforce (Aug 25, 2005 2:07:17 PM)
We've had some very nice Longhorn visitors to the bucknut board -- and some flamers. Overall, a lot of pride in the program. Any chance of getting one of their insiders over here for a pre-game chat?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:08:12 PM)
Yep, we'll get that scheduled in. Bill Conley chats Monday of this week, Dave Biddle on Tuesday, me and Gary late in the week. Then for Texas week, Duane will Chat on Monday, Biddle on Tuesday and Gary and I late in the week. Maybe on the Wed. we can get a Texas expert in.

37-21 (Aug 25, 2005 2:08:27 PM)
THis may have been asked but ro the stats from the spring game Haw looked better than pittman and i think haw in the last practice had better numbers than pittman but it seems like they are more into pittman, what gives?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:08:44 PM)
Again, grain of salt, most of Pittman's carries against the ones, so his stats won't look as good.

buckwild23 (Aug 25, 2005 2:08:49 PM)
How soon can you find out? That would seriously hurt the team if A.J was out.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:09:05 PM)
There is no finding out. No availability with Coach Tressel until Tuesday.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:09:18 PM)
He is the only one addressing injuries.

poz79 (Aug 25, 2005 2:09:40 PM)
In the Big Ten what team do you think, if any will be a surprise that's not getting the national pub right now? Any that you think are getting too much credit and will struggle this year?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:11:00 PM)
Penn State, without a doubt. If they have any modicum of an offense, they should be at worst 4-4 in the Big Ten and 7-4 overall. Their defense rocks, although having Connor in limbo hurts. Too much credit? Maybe Iowa. They have the star power with Tate, Greenway and Hodge, but they lost a lot of key guys. They need to reload.

TexasBuckeye (Aug 25, 2005 2:11:06 PM)
Any information on the possible redshirt for Mike D'Andrea?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:12:05 PM)
Mike was in a shell and worked out on the side yesterday. Again, everything is predicated on the NCAA decision. He probably will not play until that comes down. If he knows he has 06 as an insurance policy, he would come in and play as late as midseason if he's deemed healthy. He does not want to play at less than 100 percent. Doesn't look like he'll be in there for Miami.

edbuck51 (Aug 25, 2005 2:12:09 PM)
Is Texas bringing their band to the "Olantangey River Shootout"?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:12:15 PM)
Have not heard.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:12:28 PM)
Would be great to have the full pomp and pageantry.

FLABUCK (Aug 25, 2005 2:12:37 PM)
Steve, is it just me or does it seem that the Texas sites are not interested in the Day in the Shoe, It seems they are not considering tOSU much.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:13:44 PM)
I haven't checked them. They see all these No. 2 rankings (AP and coaches) and they're believing their team is going 11-0 and to the Rose Bowl. They may be No. 2 on talent, but playing at Ohio State just ain't a good proposition. They need to be out of this world to win that game ... and on paper they ain't that much better than Ohio State -- if they are at all.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:14:24 PM)
I just do not see the Texas offense, with a new TB, scoring more than, say, 24 points on the OSU defense.

buckwild23 (Aug 25, 2005 2:14:27 PM)
All the pressure is on the #2 Team that night.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:14:45 PM)
I agree. They're going to find out what all the excitement is about that night.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:15:24 PM)
Anything else today before I scoot down I-71 for an evening date with Aaron Brown and the Princeton Vikings ... my God, high school football is HERE!!! Eight games in 3 days.

eggs (Aug 25, 2005 2:15:28 PM)
whos going to be satrting qb that night?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:16:07 PM)
I still say Justin Zwick. Tressel plays everything a certain way -- his way. He will do that to maintain the even keel of his team. But Troy Smith will play and light up the night when he takes that field. That's my guess.

robochef (Aug 25, 2005 2:16:18 PM)
If they don't believe we are a threat, that is there prolem...not ours.

FLABUCK (Aug 25, 2005 2:16:21 PM)
I was thinking the respect was not there, I just see them overlooking the Buckeyes and forgeting the record tOSU has against the Big 12

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:16:46 PM)
Yep 14-0 vs. Big 12 since 1977 loss to Oklahoma. 6-0 in night games at the Shoe. Take the trends every time.

FLABUCK (Aug 25, 2005 2:17:25 PM)
Have a good Weekend

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:18:22 PM)
It's gonna be great. I hope to have playing video of Brown, Winton Woods' Hosea Simpson, Chichester, LaSalle's Ben Martin, Colerain's Smith and Moeller and anybody else I can find down there. Plus, interviews from as many guys as possible. Should be a great, great weekend in the Queen City.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:18:37 PM)
Watch the ONN prep preview show at 11 p.m. tonight and 6:30 tomorrow night.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:20:08 PM)
Have a great weekend ... nine days to the real thing, and this is not a drill.

BuckeyeDave (Aug 25, 2005 2:20:10 PM)
Will you have any post-game reports from the Shootout?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 25, 2005 2:20:21 PM)
Yep, will do my best to share what I can as it happens.

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