Helwagen Chat: Sept. 1 Archive

We have excerpts of Steve Helwagen's Chat session from Thursday. Plus, remember Gary Housteau will Chat at 1 p.m. Friday.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:09:04 PM)
Another reminder, Gary Chats at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Duane Long is tentatively set for Monday, although we realize that is a holiday. Dave on Tuesday, Clendon Long of Texas Scout.com site 1 p.m. Wed., Gary next Thursday and me again next Friday. Whew!

pdm (Sep 1, 2005 1:09:39 PM)
Steve, Any upsets in week one?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:11:05 PM)
Yes, two I am tracking Bowling Green over Wisconsin at Madison. Omar Jacobs could give them fits and you have to like his ungodly 40/4 TD-to-INT ratio. With no Jim Leonhard back there (was he on the 6-year plan or what?), you have to like that. And Boise State with the hot QB Zabransky against Georgia between the hedges. Ga. in disarray.

vabucksnut (Sep 1, 2005 1:11:12 PM)
Steve: JT has consistently been a low scorer in early games. Dont you think it would send a message to run up the score?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:13:15 PM)
Lot of dynamics in play here. They want to jump on Miami and kill their will early and put the game away. Make no mistake, this is a dangerous game, going against a QB that threw for 3,500 yards last year. I question MU being able to run on OSU, though. But you know OSU does not want to show a full package against Miami. They want to unleash against Texas. So yes, they want to set the proper tone for their team and their future opponents and serve notice without showing too much. Should be an interesting game.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:13:53 PM)
My feeling is the OSU defense will definitely be ready for Texas after this game. I see Texas is a 40-point fave over La.-Lafayette from the Sun Belt. Will that help them get ready for a road game at OSU? Hmmm.

BuckeyeInSeattle (Sep 1, 2005 1:13:59 PM)
The vision from last season that haunts my nightmares is Justin Zwick throwing off his back foot while falling away from the line of scrimmage. Has he made any progress stepping into his throws this spring?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:14:49 PM)
His spring game (10 of 27) was nothing to write home about, although conditions were poor. He and Ted need to get on the same page. Zwick only completed 2-3 passes to Ginn last year. That will be something to watch. I think.

rogisugly (Sep 1, 2005 1:15:09 PM)
Why is Marcel Frost riding pine? Does he have a lame attitude or is he just not as good as we thought he was?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:16:55 PM)
He was part of that group of players that, for whatever reason, missed about a week of preseason camp due to disciplinary concerns. Tressel has not come out and said that those guys will not play in this game -- the others were Cotton and Schafer, I believe. But the fact others are listed ahead of them tells you they will only play late or if needed. For Brandon Smith to come over and become the backup on one week of practice says a lot. Don't discount Frost. I think he'll play some good football for them this year. I just don't get the impression it will be this week.

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Sep 1, 2005 1:17:14 PM)
Steve, what's your sense of the general mood/attitude of the team, compared to last year (or other years, for that matter).

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:17:57 PM)
They are pumped. The leadership is strong. I think they realize they have a chance to do something special here. They need to get it done this year. They could lose 8 starters off this defense at season's end.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:18:11 PM)
They think last year was a missed opp, so they want to atone as well.

DuluthBuckeye (Sep 1, 2005 1:18:38 PM)
Steve, I know that the bucks put up huge numbers in the last two games but can we really expect that type of performance all year? I don't see the bucks coming out this saturday and running up 500 yards.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:20:26 PM)
I agree. I don't think you'll see that. If they approach 400 yards and are somewhere in the 30s in terms of points, I think you'd have to look at that as a step in the right direction. I want to see multiple big plays (more than 25 yards). That will be the key to me. If they can make some big plays -- even running the ball -- that will loosen things up. Teams will have to make adjustments against the offense. That's been the problem. When you have no vertical ability, you become so easy to defend because everybody has the speed to track down plays in the first 2-3 yards. ...

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:21:51 PM)
An example, and this was a high school game, was St. X vs. Colerain last weekend. Colerain did not complete a pass. And they don't have the running game with Goodman and Simpson like they had last year to overcome that one dimensional tag. They became too easy to defend. St. X stacked the box and slammed the door on them all day long. I thought Connor Smith had a great game, but they were just overmatched at the point of attack.

pdm (Sep 1, 2005 1:22:05 PM)
Steve, After the Miami game, how will JZ adjust to the role of backup?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:24:41 PM)
Good question, my feeling is they will keep him involved one way or another. He will not become a forgotten man once Troy comes back. I think Tressel knows he may again need Justin. Beyond the fact that Troy could still find himself in the dog house (and you like to believe with an 0-2 count he'll protect the plate ... how about a baseball reference?), the style of offense they'll be playing with him running the ball will put Smith in position where he could get dinged up. I think they'll find ways to keep Zwick sharp ...

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:25:04 PM)
We talk like he is going straight to the bench. But if he plays well Sat., he may be in there longer than you might think.

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Sep 1, 2005 1:25:11 PM)
Do you think we will see a more aggressive approach from our CBs in coverage this year, or is the "soft cushion" alive and well?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:26:19 PM)
Youboty has that ability. I want to see how they work Everett. Will he be up on receivers or give the cushion on the boundary side like Fox did? That's a big question. You have the safety help with Salley and Whitner -- both good tacklers -- to erase any major mistakes. The secondary will be on the firing line on Sat.

rogisugly (Sep 1, 2005 1:26:31 PM)
My brother and I are bucknuts new to Charlotte and we run into some serious haters. Everybody stills thinks that Tressel is a cheater and we run a dirty program. Do you think anything can be done to change OSU's perception to the national public?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:27:32 PM)
Just time and staying out of the headlines. The dirty reputation at FSU has subsided since they haven't been on the front page lately. People still think Alabama and Tennessee have problems. They just need to steer a clean ship for a few years and those perceptions will dissipate.

rbuck (Sep 1, 2005 1:27:41 PM)
Do you see Ginn getting his baptism on defense during the Texas game? It seems that with Gamble the game had to either be at night or a colder climate for them to let him go both ways?? Your thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:28:15 PM)
Ted said he has not practiced at all at corner. The emergence of Jenkins and Brandon Underwood may give you your answer. It doesn't seem likely, but I guess on the goal line he could help them maybe.

DuluthBuckeye (Sep 1, 2005 1:28:31 PM)
Do you think we will see Carpenter at DE to allow Freeman to see the field in the 4-3? I know there has been alot of talk of running a 3-4 but i don't think that's possible. You can't move guys from a one-gap to a two-gap technique on every other play. You'll have guys thinking way to much. I do like the idea though, of putting Carp down at DE in passing situations to get that speed off the edge.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:29:33 PM)
He has worked some coming off the ball in some drills we saw. He has become a jack of all trades. Tressel said we would also see him at tight end. Bobby is a born-and-bred football player for sure. I don't know how far they will veer from their base in this first game, though.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:29:59 PM)
46-1/2 hours to game time, by the way.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:30:09 PM)
The RVs are pulling into the lots as we speak.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:32:14 PM)
While I'm waiting on ???, I will point out that we have the first of a six-part video series on the front page now ...

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:33:06 PM)
We have video of Cincinnati Princeton OL Aaron Brown. This is not junior tape. This is tape I shot last weekend in his game, a 7-0 thriller, against McNicholas. He looked pretty good to me. We also have an interview with him.

BuckeyeDave (Sep 1, 2005 1:33:11 PM)
Cinti-Princeton vs. Centerville. Your prediction? I've heard Princeton has a defense to be reckoned with this season.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:35:10 PM)
I did not catch Centerville's score from Friday. I'll assume that they won. They were 10-0 last year, I know. Princeton has some kinks it needs to work out on offense. They drove for the one score, but couldn't get much else done. McNick has Steve Klonne, the former Moeller coach, as its head coach. His son, I believe, was the QB and they moved the ball between the 20s pretty good. But Princeton just slammed the door on them in the red zone. The ball was in the air in the end zone at the end of each half and they didn't let them score. That's big for Princeton to have that confidence. I'll take Princeton, I guess, if they can mount any kind of offense.

DuluthBuckeye (Sep 1, 2005 1:35:35 PM)
Steve, give us your impression of the Datish move to LT. Is Datish that talented or is Rehring just not ready?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:36:45 PM)
Datish must have had a good camp. That's all I can figure. Rehring is still just a second-year player. This is Datish's fourth year. Tressel said both would play. It's almost like a platoon. Bollman is going with the experience, I guess. Datish has repped as well at center and guard, so I look for him to open at LT and move around a bit, giving Rehring a chance to play some.

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Sep 1, 2005 1:36:52 PM)
If we need to go to a jumbo package with three TEs, I'd love to see Rehring and Boone lined up over the tackles. Wow. Speaking of Boone, will we see him this week?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:38:04 PM)
Probably 50-50 on Boone. I think they'd like to get him in there if they feel they can. Putting Datish at tackle may be an indication that Boone's not as close as we originally believed. Yeah, if they can't grind some meet with Rehring and Boone in there, they may as well stop trying.

DaHawg (Sep 1, 2005 1:38:08 PM)

DaHawg (Sep 1, 2005 1:38:11 PM)
Steve, All of the "O" line talk this year has been about the depth. How about the effectivness of this group? Will this be a good, great or just a deep "O" line?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:40:14 PM)
How about good and deep, working toward great. They're only great, in my book, if they win a championship. But there is every indication they should be pretty good. Pass blocking in the spread -- particularly with an athletic QB -- should not be a major feat. They don't need to hold their blocks forever. However, the litmus test will be when they need to line up and get 2 yards, can they do it. It will help to have the 240-pound battering ram back there in Schnittker. He should be falling forward for first downs when they need them. He may take most of the abuse, allowing Pittman to stay healthy and do what he does best -- run in space, etc.

BuckeyeDave (Sep 1, 2005 1:40:38 PM)
What do coaches look for in a Free Safety? Size? Speed? What other characteristics?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:42:07 PM)
They list Salley as the free safety and Whitner as the strong safety. Some of their secondary coaches have insisted that the two positions were interchangeable. I assume they are looking for somebody at free safety who knows the game, has great vision, makes great reads, closes like heck on the run game and can, above all, tackle in space. If the free safety can't tackle and just gets dragged along, that's when you give up some big gains.

osudrinker (Sep 1, 2005 1:44:42 PM)
How good does the class of 2007 seem to be in regards to the class of 2006 in football? Are there going to be many 5 star players and what positions are going to be strong in that class?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:45:40 PM)
There are some people starting to say they think 2007 will be better than 2006 here in Ohio. That would be amazing, given that Scout has 11-12 Ohio guys in the national top 100 (Don't look for that to be the final result, more likely 8-9 in the final list, and that won't be because of bias, either.) ...

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:47:44 PM)
I really like LaSalle DE Ben Martin, great size and speed, I see him developing as a 6-6, 260-pound end. He was a difference maker as you'll see in the tape when we post it. The Gamble kid from Massillon is moving up the charts. You have Jordan Mabin at Nordonia, Devon Torrence at Canton South, Chris Smith the QB from S.Point, Eric Thomas a DE at Benedictine. These guys are building some strong credentials now.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 1, 2005 1:47:52 PM)
Wow....I have a wedding in D.C. this weekend....I should have declined! Oh well, maybe I can catch some of it earlier at a bar or something. Thank goodness it wasn't on the 10th!! Go Bucks!!

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:49:25 PM)
Yep, no weddings in Cols. on Sept. 10. I called ABC today because we were getting a lot of questions about Iowa and people wanted to make those plans. The head of programming at ABC Sports told me he sees that as a noon game. They don't have to announce anything though until after OSU plays Texas and Iowa plays Iowa State. If they both win, it will be a no-brainer. They are locked in on ND-Wash. at 3:30, so they don't want another Midwest game in that slot, as I assumed.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 1, 2005 1:49:43 PM)
I hope Herbie will be well received.....and Corso and Fowler for that matter next weekend! Will security be even tighter than usual for Gameday?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:51:14 PM)
I imagine they'll have the barriers back so people can't interfere with the show. They'd be smart to have extra security. The thing is the live show airs from 10:30 to noon. They may do some live hits after that throughout the day, but how many people will be down there 9 hours before the game starts just to heckle? I know, there will be a few. But not as many as if it was a noon game or 3:30 game, certainly.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 1, 2005 1:51:32 PM)
When will you be sending out info for those of us that replied to the tailgate party?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:52:56 PM)
Hopefully by Monday. Everybody who RSVP'd should be in. We cut it off when we reached capacity and, to my knowledge, did not deny anybody. The party runs 4:30-7:30 and will be within a 10-minute walk of the stadium. Food and beverages will be supplied as supplies last and we'll be there to meet and greet as well. Should be a great day.

BuckeyeDave (Sep 1, 2005 1:53:14 PM)
A friend (not a Buckeye fan) is getting married on Nov 19th! What time do you project for kick-off for the michigan game?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:54:34 PM)
The man from ABC said 1 p.m. That is his projected game that day. They have not announced it and may not until as late as early November, protecting against -- as he says -- the chance that once in 30 years the game doesn't mean that much. Just a prudent view from their standpoint. That game has been on ABC every year since the late 1980s.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:54:59 PM)
But he expects they'll have it.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 1, 2005 1:55:07 PM)
Well Kirk picked OSU over USC in Pasadena and Lee picked OSU over LSU in Pasadena so hopefully that will ease some of the tension. :)

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:57:12 PM)
That's stunning to me. But USC is ripe for the picking. Lee's pick came before the hurricane. You wonder if that tragedy will have a psychological effect -- good or bad-- on LSU's season. This is the worst natural disaster I've seen on American soil since I've been alive. In terms of a tragedy, it ranks with 9/11, although that was a premeditated terrorist attack and not a natural disaster.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 1, 2005 1:57:30 PM)
Awesome....only wish I had an extra $700 for a ticket!!!

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:57:34 PM)
Have faith ...

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:57:45 PM)
Ticket prices could come down as game day approaches.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:58:23 PM)
In 1995, I wanted to get a ticket for my wife and her grandmother to go to the Notre Dame game. For weeks, people wanted $300 a ticket. I found a pair for $300, though, the week of the game.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 1:58:45 PM)
This is right up there with the Fiesta Bowl. Those seats were going for nearly $500 after kickoff.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 1, 2005 1:58:50 PM)
Yes, that is a horrible tragedy down there.....if prices don't come down, where would you recommend going to watch it?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:00:19 PM)
All of the bars in and around campus will be jammed, I'm sure. Depends how much revelry you want to be a part of, I guess. Maybe tailgate near the stadium before the game, then head down to the Arena District to Brothers (the old Jillians) or someplace to watch it. If OSU wins, the party will go on all night, I'm sure.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 1, 2005 2:00:29 PM)
And yes, I love beer!!!

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:00:47 PM)
We'll take great Columbus sports bar suggestions now.

wwt (Sep 1, 2005 2:00:51 PM)
I can't believe some people are so nervous about Miami. These are the same people that are talking NC one minute and then worrying about Miami the next. If we can't take care of Miami - at home - we don't deserve a thing.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:02:14 PM)
Agreed, that will be one of my 10 pressing questions on Friday, whether this team is NC material. They need to make a statement. I'm not saying a 30-point win or anything absurd. Just a statement that they're on top of their business and ready for Texas. I say 31-14 OSU and I'm sticking with it. Could be like 14-7 at the half and the Buckeyes pull away in the second half.

BuckeyeDave (Sep 1, 2005 2:02:22 PM)
Its too bad the rose Bowl is a contractual sell-out!

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:03:33 PM)
Yes, there won't be any public sale of tickets this year for that game. There will always be a secondary market, though. Tickets to the OSU-ASU Rose Bowl could be had outside the stadium for less than face value because there was no Calif. team involved. With an NC game, though, that won't be the case this time around.

twodays (Sep 1, 2005 2:03:37 PM)
Are there any students going to be at the game or do their tickets not start until school is in session? Don't no to many students who can pay $700 a ticket. I'm bringing a bunch of buddies from Florida and I've promised some cute coeds>

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:04:20 PM)
Yes, I believe there will be students at the Texas game. I do not believe they can upgrade their tickets for re-sale. That starts with the Iowa game, if my facts are correct.

wwt (Sep 1, 2005 2:04:28 PM)
Steve, I need to ask another question about what you saw at the Colerain game last weekend. Did you see a team that was a shadow of itself compared to last year or is St. X for real?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:05:55 PM)
They just don't have the skill they had a year ago. Goodman was a special QB. St. X is also damn good. I'm not saying I expect St. X to go unbeaten because they still have to play Moeller, Elder and other great teams down the line. Combo of the two. I'm not going to count Kerry Coombs out yet, but they need to figure some things out offensively and in a hurry.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 1, 2005 2:06:00 PM)
Oooooh....you have to have a student ID with a student ticket right?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:06:24 PM)
Yes, the tickets are marked "need OSU ID" so there is no confusion. Without an ID, you can't get in.

Nutz4Bucks (Sep 1, 2005 2:06:39 PM)
I think people are nervous beciase they know that JT will not want to run ANY significat plays on offense if he doesn't have to. Trying to beat a good team with vanilla plays, and given our margin of voctory with both large and small opponents in the past few years, are what I am most nervous about personally. I know we have the talent, but JT's conservative approach has made things inetresting for us all. :-)

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:07:49 PM)
Good points. My feeling is it all depends on down-and-distance and score and field position. Early in the game on their own end, they'll probably be running the ball. In good field position, it will be in the air. Maybe after they've built a lead, they'll run the ball. They need to establish both facets.

DantheMan (Sep 1, 2005 2:08:04 PM)
If I am at the stadium before kickoff of the Texas game, how will I be able to tell if I am getting stuck with a student ticket or other ticket that needs valid ID?? Thanks.

DantheMan (Sep 1, 2005 2:08:07 PM)
Sorry about the last question, I see you just answered it. :)

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:08:13 PM)
No problem ...

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:08:54 PM)
As I said, the tickets will be clearly marked that the bearer needs an ID to enter the stadium with a student or faculty/staff ticket. There is a much larger scenario people need to be aware of, though ...

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:10:34 PM)
OSU does not rip tickets any more. It just scans them. There is nothing to prevent somebody from entering the stadium with a ticket or 2, then handing them through the bars to a friend, who then resells what appears to be a valid ticket. However, when the person enters the ticket would not be vaild and/or the original bearer would be at the assigned seats. Could be a messy situation. Fake tickets will also be out there. The buyer needs to beware. If a situation sounds too good, it may be.

BuckeyeDave (Sep 1, 2005 2:10:38 PM)
There was a rumor floating that President Bush would attend the game. Do you know anything about that?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:11:32 PM)
We have not heard anything more about that. That could add another layer of security issues if he plans to attend. I wonder, given this latest tragedy, whether he would be there or not. If he comes, OSU may have to take its security to an even larger measure.

BuckeyeDave (Sep 1, 2005 2:11:40 PM)
What kind of changes can we expect as a result of FoxSports purchase of Scout?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:13:33 PM)
Fox announced a deal in principle to purchase Scout. That deal actually will close in the next few weeks, we understand. Once that is complete, I am sure they will begin to integrate some of Scout's online functions into their Internet division. The major thing I hear is more and better video, including more team video. Fox is known for their video production online. Plus, with them taking over as the home of the BCS next year, it was a no-brainer to pick up Scout as a marketing partner for those games. (ABC still keeps the Rose, though.)

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:14:34 PM)
I am sure we will know more about Fox's plans as the next few months unfold. I look for no major changes in the short-term, maybe some noticeable changes over the next 4 to 6 months, though. We believe this will only be for the better. This will put us in front of many more people, certainly.

Nutz4Bucks (Sep 1, 2005 2:14:43 PM)
Man! Can we just play the game already?!? All this waiting and anticipation will probably cause most of my vital organs to stop working by Saturday! (lol) Let's get it on!

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:15:11 PM)
Agreed, I have so many things I want to write about and the time is fastly dwindling (is fastly a word?). Now down to 46 hours on the dot.

wwt (Sep 1, 2005 2:15:17 PM)
I was at the ND game in '95. There was just something in the air about the history of ND and all the crap OSU fans had taken from the games in '35/6. Texas is Texas and this is the first time and all, but I can't imagine this being any bigger than that ND game or the Michigan game in '02. I guess we can rank them all the same?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:18:16 PM)
Good point. That's all in the eye of the beholder. Texas is No. 2 now. If they're still No. 2 after the ULL game, then they will be the highest ranked nonconf team to visit Ohio Stadium in its 85-year history. Oklahoma was No. 3 in 1977. OSU has hosted at least 2 No. 1 Big Ten teams there (Purdue in 68 and Iowa in 85). Looking at the rankings, this would be the biggest nonconf game ever. The ND game was 60 years in the making and had 10 years of build-up from when they announced it, so that was a very big deal. ND had lost a game that year to NW, though, so some of the bloom was off the rose. The Michigan game in 02 was, in effect, a Big Ten title and national semifinal caliber game for OSU. The win made OSU the first Big Ten team to reach the BCS title game. They will ALWAYS be remembered as the first to do that, so that was very special in its own right.

wwt (Sep 1, 2005 2:18:49 PM)
I hear another rumor that Jerry Jones offered $250,000 for a private box and was turned down. Know anything about that?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:19:09 PM)
Lots of rumors flying everywhere. Can't believe if he offered that amount of money they would not accommodate him.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:19:15 PM)
Somehow, someway

Nutz4Bucks (Sep 1, 2005 2:19:43 PM)
Do you think JT will give both quarterbacks more than just one or two series before putting the other guy in? I'd like to see the "starter" get into a rythm before yanking him to give Boekman some experience. Miami will probably "hang around" for a few quarters, so I don't want them to fool around too much and get us into any trouble.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:20:42 PM)
Very good point. Many felt when Tressel inserted Zwick against NW in 03, it ruined McMullen's rhythm and you ended up with a lackluster 20-0 win (Irizarry dropped TD pass and all). I swear to God, if you ever need a cure for insomnia put the tape of that game against NW and turn down the sound. It was not watchable.

redondo (Sep 1, 2005 2:21:03 PM)
Steve - Last year the offense statistically was in the bottom 10 percent nationally for the better part of the season. What's the realistic goal for this year's team - top 50% Like maybe 58th out of 116? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:22:56 PM)
That is interesting. I don't see this team being a dominant throwing or running team. Probably on average in the high 300s, maybe low 400s depending on big plays every week. An average near 400 should be good enough to win most games with this defense. So, yeah, if they can be in the top half nationally on offense, that would be a good sign. That would take some pressure off the defense for having to be perfect (see Wisconsin, Lee Evans catch, 2003).

SoCalBuckeye (Sep 1, 2005 2:23:12 PM)
Hello Steve. I've been hearing that Mo Wells is seriously challenging Pittman for the starting RB job. Have you heard this???

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:24:20 PM)
Wells will play Saturday, that much we have been told. Pittman will start this game. Where it goes from there will be determined on who gets the job done. That should be apparent. You know that Tressel will want to protect the freshman as much as possible though.

wwt (Sep 1, 2005 2:24:45 PM)
So you think if I offered $250,000 I would be accommodated? :)

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:25:44 PM)
Yes, if you brought a valid cashier's check for $250,000 down to St. John Arena, my guess is they'd find a spot for you. I know at the Schott, OSU has its own box or 2 that they use to schmooze donors. Who do you need to schmooze with a check for $250,000 in your pocket?

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:26:31 PM)
Is there anything else for today? Is it good having Chats every day (ha ha)? Probly killing everybody's productivity.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:27:29 PM)
Look at it like this: You spent 90 minutes with us. It's so nice you probably should have spent 4 hours on a golf course instead. So you're really ahead by 2-1/2 hours.

BuckeyeDave (Sep 1, 2005 2:28:04 PM)
Thanks for your time. It was time well spent, IMO. GO BUCKS!!!

SteveHelwagen (Sep 1, 2005 2:28:20 PM)
No problem. Remember Gary tomorrow and then a Chat every day next week.

BuckeyeDave (Sep 1, 2005 2:28:23 PM)
O - H !!!!

Nutz4Bucks (Sep 1, 2005 2:28:30 PM)

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