Bucknuts.com recruiting editor Duane Long held an afternoon Chat, where the topics ranged from recruiting to the Texas game. Then, Bucknuts.com assistant editor Dave Biddle held a Chat Tuesday night.
We have more coming. On Wednesday, Inside Texas publisher Clendon Ross will host a Chat at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Gary Housteau will Chat at 1 p.m. Thursday and Steve Helwagen will Chat at 1 p.m. Friday.
Below are the archives from Tuesday's two special Chat sessions.
Duane Long Chat
TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Sep 6, 2005 2:11:53 PM)
Duane, any conclusions reached yet regarding our o-line play vs. Miami?
Hineygate (Sep 6, 2005 2:12:01 PM)
duane, want to get your assessment of the o-line play in the miami game. anyone you were particularly impressed or disappointed with?
WestonBuckeye (Sep 6, 2005 2:12:12 PM)
What happened with Serjio Welch? Didnt see him at all. I thought he broke the 2 deep at CB
jowags32 (Sep 6, 2005 2:13:59 PM)
How many yards do you see Beanie getting this year? Is there truly a better tailback as a hogh school senior this year?
buckeyeD (Sep 6, 2005 2:15:30 PM)
What do you make of Mark Johnson asking for a call from Fickell and wanting to come in for a visit... Do we have a shot at this kid... I'd really love for him and Bowman to team up with Gibson and Homan... What are the chances we land all 4?
PigMan (Sep 6, 2005 2:15:31 PM)
Duane, I am assuimng Haw was "unofficially" suspended for the Miami game. I didn't see Marcus Freeman either. Any word on why these two guys didn't see the field Saturday?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:15:37 PM)
I think the o-line played just fine. It is a different look than we expect out of Buckeye running attacks. I think Pittman fits it perfectly. He is a get in the hole back. The spread is about speed.
WestonBuckeye (Sep 6, 2005 2:15:51 PM)
what happened with Serjio Welch? Didnt see him at all. I thought he broke the 2 deep at CB
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:15:55 PM)
Hineygate (Sep 6, 2005 2:16:01 PM)
who impressed and disappinted you on the o-line?
buckeyeD (Sep 6, 2005 2:16:07 PM)
chris im guessing
jowags32 (Sep 6, 2005 2:16:34 PM)
palmer (Sep 6, 2005 2:17:09 PM)
How come Marcus Freeman didnt see the field on saturday?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:17:23 PM)
We heard alot about Sirjo over the summer then he just disappeared.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:19:42 PM)
Johnson really seems to want to come out here. I think we are going to be very disappointed in the weekends visits. The transcripts for so many players have not come in and others have not been reviewed yet. It is very disppointing.
PigMan (Sep 6, 2005 2:20:01 PM)
What out of state kids are coming in this weekend that we have a realistic shot at landing?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:21:40 PM)
We are not going to know for awhile. Keep your fingers crossed. Those transcripts are going to tell the tale. I am not optimistic about the numbers. I was hoping for 10 or more officials. Now I would be happy with 5. It is that bad. SOme big name kids too, like Jamar Hornsby.
buckeyeD (Sep 6, 2005 2:21:46 PM)
Freeman/Haw, why no PT?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:22:16 PM)
Freeman is injured. Haw is in the doghouse. We will see how far this week.
redondo (Sep 6, 2005 2:22:21 PM)
Hi Duane - How concerned should I be about short yardage situations? If it's longer than a sneak, i say "Yikes!". I thought the option play will work just about once more this year. Thank you.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:23:49 PM)
I am not concerned. I think too much is being made about this. This offense is not the one we grew up with. Look at how much, or should I say how little, I was run. I think it will be fine.
ChilliBuck (Sep 6, 2005 2:23:58 PM)
How did Everett grade out at cb. Didn't see him challenged much.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:24:56 PM)
I have not looked at the DBs. It is hard when not at a game. The defense was sound with him in there. That is the best way to look at it.
12-0 (Sep 6, 2005 2:25:07 PM)
2 things i didnt get to see the game the didnt carry where i live. ok-tcu was the one. Do we look really good (maybe 2002ish) and I loved wathcing the Mi defense get run all over even tho they won they looked weak in the defense dpt. Any one interested in seeling a tape of the game I am interested.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:26:41 PM)
I think this was the best openign game in alot of years. I go back to TCU during the Cooper years.
Hineygate (Sep 6, 2005 2:26:48 PM)
does the new offense change our recruiting needs and priorities?>
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:28:36 PM)
It could. We could see more smaller quicker receivers. That would be the big thing. A kid from Va, Damon McDaniel, has his transcript in. The hope is he gets cleared in time for the game. He is in that 5-11 180 range. You can still use the bigger receivers but smaller fits better.
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 2:28:52 PM)
This whole dual quarterback thing has got me worried. Does anybody remember Jackson/Germaine? Why not pick the better player?
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 2:29:17 PM)
2003VRod asks "This whole dual quarterback thing has got me worried. Does anybody remember Jackson/Germaine? Why not pick the better player?"
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:32:04 PM)
JT loves his kids. He wants all of them to be happy and get paid for all the hard work. When one is clearly the better it is one thing. Right now Zwick is coming off his best game in a Buckeye uniform in my opinion, but Smith is coming off his best too with his last appearance, the Michigan game. Zwick has had better games statistically but he was accurate and made great decisions Saturday so how do you sit him?
Hineygate (Sep 6, 2005 2:32:19 PM)
who is damon mcdaniel? do you mean he could be cleared for the texas game?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:33:07 PM)
He is a receiver from Va. The hope is his transcript gets cleared in time for him to take an official visit.
buckeyeD (Sep 6, 2005 2:33:12 PM)
Do you see us getting Aaron Brown?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:34:11 PM)
Yes, but his visit has been complicated by a Saturday afternoon game in Cleveland. We are going to have to see what happens.
redondo (Sep 6, 2005 2:34:19 PM)
Hi Duane - I watched Michigan and No. Illinois. They interviewed Bo in the booth in the second half. Bo said he thought Michigan's defense lacked speed particularly in the backfield and they tackled poorly. What are your thoughts?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:34:28 PM)
Princeton plays in Cleveland.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:35:44 PM)
I didn't see the game so I can't say. I don't know their personnel yet for this year. I felt like they were lacking speed last year in the secondary but very much at LB. If the personnel is the same for the most part I would agree with Bo.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 2:35:56 PM)
It looked like Miami dod a nice job of caomtaining TGII on the end around and his punt returns. Your observations? What happened?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:37:38 PM)
I think you will see alot of that this year, at least early on. I have said it for some time now on the boards. Teams are going to make sure Ginn is not going to beat them. He has showed he can. I think he pressed a bit. He is trying to turn every touch into a highlight reel play. He needs to play receiver and take what he can get sometimes.
PigMan (Sep 6, 2005 2:38:03 PM)
What is wrong with Freeman? And is Haw in the doghouse for something beyond his marijuana citation?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:39:18 PM)
A miniscus. I think it is something to do with a knee. Haw is in the doghouse for the weed. He did it post-season so there was no way to punish him until now.
Seabus (Sep 6, 2005 2:39:34 PM)
Duane, late joining but I wanted to ask you about the defensive end play last week. This was my biggest concern coming into this season defensively and one of the plays that just sticks in my head from the Miami game was Kudla just speeding around the OT before dislodging the football from Betts. Pure speed rush and crushing the QB. Will we see this all year?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:41:22 PM)
I think we will see the scheme make every effort to have someone with speed running free on every play. We saw a much more aggressive scheme. You have a former line coach from the Silver Bullets as the DC and the assistant he is closest to, Luke Fickell, was part of that defense.
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 2:41:49 PM)
Hi Duane- How much better are the Offensive and Defensive Lines of Texas?
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 2:42:02 PM)
buckwild23 asks "How much better are the offensive and defensive lines of Texas?"
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:45:15 PM)
Quite a bit. Especially on offense. I think the Buckeye defense is up to any challenge. I am really confident abotu this game. Too many fans are up in arms about the Texas-LL game. LL is not Miami of Ohio. YOu have to remember Miami of Ohio actually received votes for the top 20. LL is still shellshocked from the storm. Don't tell me they had their mind on football. They were likely going to get hammered anyway but you can't think they were at their best.
highlander133 (Sep 6, 2005 2:45:32 PM)
What did you think of the RB's picking up the rush? I saw Pittman whiff or nearly so in the first half a couple times, and Wells get overpowered near the end.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:46:48 PM)
That could be a problem. I noticed it too. It is one of the bad things about the one back the offense seems to be favoring. There is no FB in there to pick up pass rushers.
jowags32 (Sep 6, 2005 2:46:54 PM)
Do you think they were holding Mo Wells back alittle?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:47:34 PM)
What do you mean hold Wells back?
jowags32 (Sep 6, 2005 2:48:11 PM)
Not utilizing his ability to get outside on screen passes, toss sweeps, etc
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:50:02 PM)
No, I think they were just running the offense. Maybe they are holding something back but I can't see a reason to put him in there at all if they were going to avaoid showing him at his best. This is the problem with smaller backs for me.They can only look good on certain plays.
michibuck (Sep 6, 2005 2:50:13 PM)
Are OSU and Notre Dame's academic standards for incoming recruits, now about the same?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:52:30 PM)
I don't know for certain but I am sure that the Buckeyes are not getting some players because of the new standards. This problem with the transcripts would not have happened under the former standards. Early season visits are almost pointless under the new standards. This needs a solution. Texas is the biggest home game on the schedule. Not being able to load the stands with recruits for this prime time game is hurting recruiting.
TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Sep 6, 2005 2:52:43 PM)
Having kids "cleared" in order to visit -- is this something that all of the schools do, or is just our Harvardesque admissions department?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:54:26 PM)
It seems to be something Ohio State is doing on their own. No official visits until the admissions office is confident a player will be able to qualify.
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 2:54:39 PM)
In watching the games this weekend, I think there were a number of smaller sized TBs who were or could be game changers. Of note, Booker of FSU and Walker of Notre Dame. We don't seem to have these guys in our program, or if we do, we do not design plays to utilize their speed / shiftiness or do not allow them to improvise much (if at all). While I am exicted about Chris Wells, am I wrong to sense that we have missed out on an opportunity at TB? Can Maurice Wells fill this gaping hole?
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 2:54:48 PM)
Most of the pressure on the QB came from the LBs on blitzes with the one Kudla exception. We need the front four this saturday. Who gets the job done?
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 2:55:15 PM)
ChilliBuck asks "Most of the pressure on the QB came from the LBs on blitzes with the one Kudla exception. We need the front four this Saturday. Who gets the job done?"
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:57:31 PM)
Like with the running attack fans are not getting the new scheme on defense. You are still thinking in straight the ends providing the pressure. That is not what is going on here.
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 2:57:37 PM)
Duane, Anyone starting to get noticed based on their performance the last few weeks??
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 2:59:21 PM)
indy2buck asks "In watching the games this weekend, I think there were a number of smaller sized TBs who were or could be game changers. Of note, Booker of FSU and Walker of Notre Dame. We don't seem to have these guys in our program, or if we do, we do not design plays to utilize their speed/shiftiness or do not allow the m to improvise much (if at all). While I am excited about Chris Wells, am I wrong to sense that we have missed out on an opportunity at TB? Can Maurice Wells fill this gaping hole?"
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 2:59:31 PM)
I did not mean to hit send. I was not done with that last response. The point of this defense, is to get someone with speed free. The straight 4-3 is with the DEs providing the pressure. That is not the objective with this pseudo-zone blitz. There is a difference between having to blitz and wanting to blitz. Saturday was about wanting to blitz.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:02:17 PM)
Wells can fill that hole. You are asking the wrong guy about using players like that. I think it is much overrrated. In this current offense a big back is better because of the blocking. We saw Pittman and Wells be liabilities as pass protectors.
jowags32 (Sep 6, 2005 3:02:23 PM)
Were you surprised that Brian Robiskie got in the game?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:03:07 PM)
Very surprised about Robiskie but then I think there were a number of messages sent in this game.
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 3:04:06 PM)
takethetitle asks "Duane, Anyone starting to get noticed based on their performance the last few weeks?" (I think he means high school players)
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:05:11 PM)
Jahmal Brown really opened some eyes in game one.
buckeyeD (Sep 6, 2005 3:05:16 PM)
what messages are you referring to?
rbuck (Sep 6, 2005 3:05:18 PM)
Do you care to expand on the messages that were sent in the game?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:07:53 PM)
Rehring at guard and Boone playing. Where were Person, Mitchum and Skinner. I don't recall Dukes playing but we saw Robiskie. Wilson played but did Barrow? Where was Welch? How about Patterson and Lukens? Did either play other than on special teams? What about Sian Cotton? Curtis Terry?
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 3:08:11 PM)
Dukes was in there late and I thought I saw Barrow a bit. Other than that...
highlander133 (Sep 6, 2005 3:08:22 PM)
Are you surprised to see Laurinatis (sp?) in the two-deep so soon? On a related note, why move Brandon Smith to TE in an offense that will rarely use two TE sets? Where is Marcel Frost?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:10:37 PM)
I think no bigger message was sent than to Curtis Terry. They went so far as to burn a redshirt year for Laurinatis. I think they were saying to Terry that they need someone there for next year and he ain't it right now. There are so many players hurt at TE. We won't know what is going on there until some players get back. I think Frost is hurt. I don't know.
AirborneBuckeye (Sep 6, 2005 3:10:42 PM)
Lukens played as well with the 2's
AirborneBuckeye (Sep 6, 2005 3:10:55 PM)
Duane, are you worried about long term red zone production in the spread?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:12:04 PM)
I am ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS worried about red zone production in a spread. Especially the way the Buckeyes are doing it with obvious changes in personnel when going to the I.
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 3:12:13 PM)
what is the word on bill nagy and bryant browning? offers in the future?
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 3:12:29 PM)
palmer asks "What is the word on bill nagy and bryant browning? offers in the future?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:13:04 PM)
Nothing new but I expect offers to both.
Seabus (Sep 6, 2005 3:13:09 PM)
Duane, what is your analysis of the Buckeyes pulling a DT off in nickel situations versus the typical LB? I have never seen that before.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:14:41 PM)
I think it allows more speed on the field. It also creates a 3-4 instead of a nickel which makes it a much better run defense than the nickel does.
NYbuckeye (Sep 6, 2005 3:14:47 PM)
Zwick showed the he could scramble when needed. What makes Smith that much better ? Is it his decision making ability on when to run ?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:15:58 PM)
You can't compare Zwick to Smith running the ball. He ran a couple of times and handled it well. Smith running around is like having a receiver loose in the secondary.
TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Sep 6, 2005 3:16:10 PM)
What are your thoughts on the D being able to line up with 2 (!) guys, Carp and Kudla, who can line up at DE and drop into coverage? That has to be heck for a QB.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:17:51 PM)
I think it creates a major headache. It is at least a distraction to the OTs. They are going to be concerned about the speed so they will want to know where they are, then they drop into coverage and someone else comes. I love it.
jowags32 (Sep 6, 2005 3:18:08 PM)
Where is Devin Jordan in the depth charts? I have never seen so much depth at WR at OSU ever.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:18:55 PM)
I have no idea. I doubt Jordan plays here.
geoff (Sep 6, 2005 3:18:59 PM)
Duane, I believe the announcers during the game made note that we had switched to a zone blocking scheme which I believe you had been advocating all along. Was this the case and did this account for the improvement we saw in some of the offensive line play on Saturday?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:21:19 PM)
Not so much a zone blocking scheme as I have been for something quicker. You have to have some real road graders and as big back, like Chris Wells, to run alot of that counter trey. It takes so long. I think we saw more quick stuff. I think it is long overdue.
buckeyeD (Sep 6, 2005 3:21:24 PM)
just how good is jenkins going to be?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:23:00 PM)
I think he is likley an early entry player. Size and instincts. He has the complete package. I like that he was fearless and could not be happier to be out there. He believes he belongs. You can't be the man unless you believe you are the man.
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 3:23:10 PM)
Not sure if this has been addressed yet but who do you think the Bucks will take for fullback next year?
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 3:23:31 PM)
Northeast_Fan asks "Not sure if this has been addressed yet but who do you think the bucks will take for fullback next year?"
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:24:53 PM)
I see nobody out there on the radar and the if this is going to be the offense there is little need for one.
redondo (Sep 6, 2005 3:25:03 PM)
Hi Duane - I thought I saw a lot of true freshmen playing saturday. I don't get why all the analysts think Pete Carroll invented the idea and has cornered the market on having freshmen play. What is your take? Thank you.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:26:38 PM)
Just more gushing over Pete. You want a guy who played freshman? Nobody played more freshmen than John Cooper.
Seabus (Sep 6, 2005 3:27:08 PM)
Duane, do we see less blitzing from CB's or Whitner against Texas? How does our scheme change to keep Young in the pocket? (as an aside, watching corners blitz I felt like it couldn't even be Ohio State out there, whoa!!)
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:29:16 PM)
I think what happens in film study this week will say alot about the Buckeye scheme. They will want to see how well he threw against LL. If he is not much better I think we see little blitzing. If they think he has improved I think they will try to get to him on every play with somone. I don't know about Youboty but I think Whitner can get that big hoss off his feet.
highlander133 (Sep 6, 2005 3:29:20 PM)
How did you feel Schlegal showed? He seemed to be a step faster, and looked a little more in shape than last year?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:30:01 PM)
I don't recall Schlegel doing a great deal.
jowags32 (Sep 6, 2005 3:30:06 PM)
I noticed that B. Mitchell was the first nb on the field. Do you think this is based on experience because I thought O'neil was the nb?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:32:31 PM)
I really can't say. I have not heard anything. Maybe O'Neal got dinged. Maybe a message was being sent. Maybe O'Neal did not have his assignments down yet.
labsbeabmm (Sep 6, 2005 3:32:44 PM)
Wells is really small. Could you see him as a third down back and receiver if C. Wells is as advertized and they recruit another back this year?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:36:56 PM)
I think that is what his role is going to be regardless of Wells. I ahve always believed that. I have been debating this with fans since he first stated Ohio State was one of his favorites. Fans see the highlight films and think he is all that and a bag of chips. At this level it is different. Too many big fast and very strong people. I want any Buckeye to succeed as much as anyone. This one, like any small back, is going to have to show me he can be an every down back in the Big 10. I am surprised at the number of people who are talking about his size now that they have seen him on a college field against some really big kids. I have tried to tell fans that from day one.
redondo (Sep 6, 2005 3:37:01 PM)
Hi Duane - I think Danielson is the best analyst in the college game and am pleased he's doingthe game this Saturday. What's your take? Do you learn anything from him, or is what he says, stuff you pretty much already know? Thank you.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:39:31 PM)
I learn something here and there from him but mostly I already know. What I love about Danielson is he is knowledgable enough to point these things out. Far too many of thses guys are analysts more than color men. All they do is review the last play and point out the obvious. Most games I turn the sound down.
Kirk (Sep 6, 2005 3:39:39 PM)
All right, I've been holding off on all these until we got caught up with the other questions, but now, the time has come to talk about Texas...
buckeyeD (Sep 6, 2005 3:39:47 PM)
Ohio State is giving one point right now... I say tOSU 24-14... gimme a quick prediciton
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 3:39:50 PM)
This probably has already been asked but what is your take on the big game this week?
highlander133 (Sep 6, 2005 3:40:00 PM)
Can we get a score for the Texas game? :)
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 3:40:03 PM)
Whats your #1 key to beating Texas? Containing Young?
Seabus (Sep 6, 2005 3:40:07 PM)
Texas score prediction Duane and tell us how it'll go down.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:40:12 PM)
I think 24-10.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:41:43 PM)
Young gets confused and I think a bit beat up. The offense shows a diversity that texas was not ready for. Weapons at every skill position and more speed than they anticipated. The crowd will be almost scary. In the end JT wins these games and Mack Brown doesn't.
buckeyeD (Sep 6, 2005 3:43:15 PM)
what are ur % chances that we get each of these guys... AJ Wallace, Ray Small, Robert Rose, Thad Gibson, Cumberland, Mark Johnson, Navarro Bowman, Aaron Brown...
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:44:44 PM)
I think the Buckeyes are odds on for all but Johnson and Bowman.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 3:44:46 PM)
Duane - thanks for your time. What is your opinion of Spielman as an analyst?
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:45:27 PM)
Great color man. I am not as impressed as a radio show host.
Tropical (Sep 6, 2005 3:45:29 PM)
Duane, who do you see as our speed receivers in two years? Beyond Ginn, Gonzalez and Holmes (all of whom will be gone in two years) who is it? Most of our recent recruits are size over speed.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:46:39 PM)
Hartline is not. Small fits perfectly. I still think Donald Washngton makes the field as a receiver. Don't forget about Dukes.
Duane (Sep 6, 2005 3:47:56 PM)
Take it easy and enjoy Saturday!!! See you on the board.
BillsPA (Sep 6, 2005 8:08:05 PM)
Hi guys, first time in the chat room. I was wondering what kind of offense formation will Texas primarily use.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:08:55 PM)
They run a lot of 3-wide with a tight end, but they can also run a traditional Texas power attack. And they can also spread it out with four, five wides. But we will mostly see the I and a lot of 3-wide.
beattexas (Sep 6, 2005 8:10:07 PM)
Hi Dave, what can the offense do to become more proficient in the red zone using the spread?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:11:11 PM)
It gives OSU so many options. They have the ability to get their playmakers the ball in space. Also, with Smith in there at QB, look for some Krenzel-like QB draws if Texas doesn't cover the middle of the field as it should. The main thing, obviously, is take care of the ball in the redzone.
BuckeyeBK (Sep 6, 2005 8:11:44 PM)
Hey Dave, What % do you think Troy Smith will play the game? And where is our biggest weakness versus TX, is it our o-line or our d-line?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:12:13 PM)
I think Troy will play three quarters, or close to it. I look for him to be in the game by the end of the first quarter regardless of the score.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:12:53 PM)
OSU's O-line will have its hands full with a very good Texas D-line, led by DT Rodrique Wright. But I think Mangold, Sims and crew will hold their own and it won't be a weakness for OSU.
BuckeyeBK (Sep 6, 2005 8:13:14 PM)
Do you expect the crowd to be like last year's Michigan game where the fans are on their field the whole time (a la 1995 ND)?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:13:53 PM)
Yes, I expect that the fans will be extra loud for this one and will be on their feet throughout the game. Night games in the Horseshoe are just amazing. Heck, Northwestern in 2001 sounded like a Michigan game.
BillsPA (Sep 6, 2005 8:14:32 PM)
I've heard that TX O-Line is very strong. I really love our entire D, but will our DL be able to handle the TX O-Line enough to stop some runs and let the LB's loose on the field?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:15:45 PM)
OSU's D-line just needs to somewhat control the line of scrimmage and let the linebackers run around and make plays. As long as the D-line isn't getting blown off the ball -- and I don't think it will -- the Bucks will be where they want to be defensively. But Texas does have a very good O-line. The strength of the team, in addition to Young, is their big guys up front (both O-line and D-line)
spielmanforpres (Sep 6, 2005 8:16:00 PM)
Dave, there seemed to be missed block on the O-Line letting a D-Lineman through on Zwick's INT in the red zone saturday. Bad pass for sure, but let it slide due to first game hiccup? I thought Zwick was in complete control all game long.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:16:28 PM)
Yes, Downing was beaten on that play. Considering it was Zwick's only bad decision of the afternoon, yes, I think you let that one slide. Overall, he played well IMO.
BuckeyeBK (Sep 6, 2005 8:16:35 PM)
Does Aaron Brown commit this weekend?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:17:10 PM)
I'm not a recruiting expert, but I think Brown will be committing to the Bucks fairly soon. Whether it's this weekend, I don't know.
osuboozer (Sep 6, 2005 8:17:35 PM)
OSU didn't show everything they have up their sleeve against Miami. What do you see them adding to their arsenal against Texas?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:18:26 PM)
It's funny you mention that -- we were just talking to Ginn about this at interviews tonight. He admitted that OSU only used its basic stuff against Miami. This week, I think we will see more touches for Ginn. Every way you can imagine.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:18:52 PM)
Also, look for more misdirections and QB roll outs.
BuckeyeBK (Sep 6, 2005 8:18:59 PM)
How many times you do you see Ginn touching the ball? Is the TX secondary able to contain OSU's WR?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:19:18 PM)
I think he will get the ball 20 times, including special teams.
spielmanforpres (Sep 6, 2005 8:19:39 PM)
Will we see Eric Haw saturday and how much?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:20:13 PM)
I think we will, but not very much. He still seems to be buried on the depth chart, but I expect him to pass Schnittker at some point. Probably not this week though.
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 8:20:34 PM)
Will Pittman be able to run on Texas?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:21:06 PM)
It will be tough, but I think he will get the job done. I don't expect 100 yards unless he breaks a big one, but I think he'll be effective and will slowly open up the passing game.
BillsPA (Sep 6, 2005 8:21:15 PM)
Do you believe in the SI cover curse? :-)
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:21:31 PM)
I do not. Krenzel was on the cover after OSU beat Michigan in 2002 and things worked out well in Tempe.
BuckeyeBK (Sep 6, 2005 8:21:45 PM)
Are any of the OSU's true Freshman going to be able to have an impact on Saturday's game?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:22:32 PM)
I think we will continue to see more and more of Malcolm Jenkins and Jamario O'Neal... especially Jenkins. Also, James Laurinaitis has moved into the two-deep at OLB, replacing the injured Marcus Freeman. Mo Wells will also get some carries.
beattexas (Sep 6, 2005 8:22:43 PM)
Will you be attending the Bucknuts tailgate party?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:22:54 PM)
Yes I will and I look forward to meeting you guys.
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 8:23:19 PM)
I know it really doesn't matter but do you think OSU will jump the rankings too #2 if we win relatively easily against Texas.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:23:33 PM)
Even if OSU wins by a point, I think it moves to #2.
BuckeyeBK (Sep 6, 2005 8:23:43 PM)
What's the biggest storyline that we are discussing on Saturday at about 11:45 pm?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:24:08 PM)
I would guess the play of Troy Smith. Either that, or OSU's inability to stop Young. But I think it will be the former.
BillsPA (Sep 6, 2005 8:24:23 PM)
Do you anticipate OSU going to R. Hall deep more often this year? With his height and weight/strength, I don't know if many CB's can bring him down one on one. Dink passes and he can be gang tackled etc.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:25:05 PM)
I don't think we will see too many deep balls to him, but I think they will continue to use him as a possession receiver. I thought he looked very good Saturday and I believe he will be a big part of the offense for the rest of the year.
pbakerii (Sep 6, 2005 8:25:30 PM)
Do you think Ginn will get more blocking this week? I saw several plays were it looked like the office just stood there.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:26:46 PM)
OSU's players need to remember they can't just stand around and watch the highlight reel. Ginn does need a little help out there. Just a little. Yes, I think the blocking will be better this week all-around. They had to watch themselves miss several blocks on film (including the O-line).
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 8:27:06 PM)
I think Troy Smith is close to as good as Young. Why don't other people (mainly the media) see this in my eyes? Or am I just really biased.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:27:42 PM)
Well, from the national media's point of view, they just haven't seen that much of Smith. He and Young both had their breakout game against Michigan, but Young has a full year of starting under his belt.
beattexas (Sep 6, 2005 8:28:54 PM)
You are probably not a meteorologist, but what's the weather forecast looking like for Saturday night?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:29:26 PM)
According to weather.com, we are looking at a high of 80 with isolated thunderstorms in the Captial City on Saturday.
osuboozer (Sep 6, 2005 8:29:40 PM)
What do you see being the main deciding factor in who wins this game?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:30:29 PM)
I think it all boils down to OSU's ability to stop the run and contain Young. If they can hit him and affect him early, OSU could roll. If Young gets his confidence down, it could go the other way. But I look for the Bucks to win by 10.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 8:31:01 PM)
Dave - Thanks for your time. Its Ohio St ball. First and ten from the twenty at the center of the hashmarks. Ohio St's first offensive play. You're the coach. What play do you run and why?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:31:37 PM)
I'd run a pass/run bootleg with Smith. Give him the option of throwing it, or running.
pbakerii (Sep 6, 2005 8:31:54 PM)
When will Texas arrive in Columbus, and does ether team practice on Saturday with a late start?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:32:31 PM)
Texas will arrive Friday afternoon and will have a walk through at Ohio Stadium around 4:30. Neither team will practice Saturday afternoon on the field.
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 8:33:24 PM)
What is the bands schedule?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:33:51 PM)
I know they usually do the Skull Session about two hours before gametime. Other than that, I'm not sure what they will be doing.
tony2246 (Sep 6, 2005 8:34:02 PM)
Dave, I'm quite concerned about this game...but I also think if we are going to lose this year ....let it be early.....and let it be this game.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:34:31 PM)
Yes, if you are going to lose, you would rather lose to Texas than, say, Michigan. But 10-1 won't get OSU to Pasadena this year. They will need to run the table at 11-0 IMO.
tony2246 (Sep 6, 2005 8:36:37 PM)
Dave, can our defensive line hold their own in this game.....and are there any other areas that you think Texas can dominate us?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:37:16 PM)
Led by Pitcock, I think OSU has a somewhat underrated D-Line. You also have two seniors in Green and Kudla that are more than ready for this game. Texas has a very, very good O-line, but I do not see it dominating OSU's D-line.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:37:47 PM)
Unless Young blows up (which I don't think he will) I don't see any areas where Texas will dominate OSU.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:38:16 PM)
They have advantages on both lines, but I wouldn't call it a dominating advantage.
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 8:39:07 PM)
Has Texas played a huge night game away like this one (maybe Oklahoma)? I don't think they realize how crazy it will be. Also do you ever see OSU michigan playing at night and do you ever want them too?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:40:27 PM)
I don't think Texas has ever played a night game like this before. Their players are somewhat downplaying the affect the OSU crowd will have (Texas has played in several big games in front of hostile environments -- like at Texas A&M) but I think they are in for a surprise. I keep going back to that Northwestern game in 2001. If that was that loud, look out this Saturday.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:40:46 PM)
No, OSU and Michigan will probably never play at night.
ohs (Sep 6, 2005 8:41:03 PM)
what happened to Freeman? How long is he out?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:41:30 PM)
He has a torn meniscus (much like Clarett in 2002) and is out two weeks. Probably back for Iowa.
tony2246 (Sep 6, 2005 8:42:23 PM)
I hear chatter on Bucknuts that Zwick and Smith could both break the huddle on the first snap. I don't see that happening. I would be surprised to see Smith before the fourth series....and if he plays well.....I believe he'll see the majority of the snaps. Your thoughts?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:42:46 PM)
No, they won't be on the field together. I think Smith will be in there by the third series at the latest and will play the rest of the game.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 8:42:58 PM)
Duane thinks Coach Tressel is sent a message to terry by not playing him Saturday. Any idea why he is in Coach tressel's doghouse?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:43:15 PM)
I have no clue. Tressel never lets us in on why certain players are in his "doghouse."
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:43:56 PM)
And you can't really blame him for that. Certain things need to stay in-house.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 8:44:05 PM)
There are a lot of folks on the board that think this offense is designed for Smith rather than Zwick. Your thoughts?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:44:19 PM)
I think that's true to an extent. But you could also make the argument that it'
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:44:25 PM)
it's designed for Ginn.
tony2246 (Sep 6, 2005 8:44:48 PM)
Speaking of doghouses....how many players are currently in the doghouse - Haw, Frost, Terry?????
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:45:25 PM)
I think Haw will finally move into the shed this week and out of the doghouse. Marcel Frost is still a big question mark. I had him pegged as one of the breakout players on offense this year.
osuboozer (Sep 6, 2005 8:45:56 PM)
I heard that the defense is preparing for Vince Young like they prepared for Kansas State game against Roberson. That game plan was pretty good. Have you heard anything about that?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:47:03 PM)
I have not heard about them duplicating the K-State gameplan, but that would be a good place to start. I think the defense just wants to put a hurting on Young early. That is their main objective. Affect him early and he will not be the same QB for the rest of the game (much like the Oklahoma St QB last year in the Alamo)
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 8:47:49 PM)
Is Roberson the closest opposing player to Young that Ohio St has seen in recent years? Who do you think is playing the Young role in Ohio St's practices?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:48:45 PM)
Josh Harris from Bowling Green was probably the closest. Smith used to play Roberson on the scout team. Now that he's no longer on the scout team, they were probably forced to use Schoenhoft this week. Not exactly a body double for Young.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 8:50:13 PM)
Schoenhoft has been reported to be surprisngly nimble of foot though!
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:50:37 PM)
That is true. He moves very well for a big man (6-6, 235).
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:50:48 PM)
But not nearly as well as Young.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:51:59 PM)
Isn't someone going to ask how long until Krenzel leads the Bengals to a Super Bowl :-)
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 8:52:49 PM)
The top 3 QB's seem as solid as any OSU has had since I remember. Next year should be even better. Was there a better group? All have different styles which makes it even more impressive of a group.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:53:31 PM)
This is definitely the most depth and talent OSU has had at QB at one time (at least as long as I can remember).
tony2246 (Sep 6, 2005 8:54:48 PM)
Wasn't Tomczak, Karsatos, and Tupa all on the same team?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:55:17 PM)
Yes, Tupa was a freshman in 1984. I don't think he was as impressive as the young QBs in the stable right now (Boeckman and Schoenhoft)
osuboozer (Sep 6, 2005 8:55:56 PM)
Do you think the reason that OSU is ranked as low as they are is their running game? Do you think it is underrated?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 8:56:47 PM)
The Bucks did move up to #4 in this week's AP poll. I think they are ranked where they should be, until they beat Texas. I don't think OSU's running game is underrated because they haven't proven they are a good running team yet. That could change this year, but right now, the jury is definitely still out.
osuboozer (Sep 6, 2005 9:01:20 PM)
Do you think Texas will take a chance and punt the ball to Ginn and Santanio or will they play it safe and punt the ball away from them? How are Texas' special teams?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:02:20 PM)
OSU will have an advantage in special teams, but Texas is decent in this area. The horns have a senior punter who averaged39.7 yards per punt last year. I think they will try and kick away from Ginn and Holmes, but that could mean some 20-yard shanks. Either way, OSU wins the special teams battle.
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 9:04:48 PM)
Dave, what is your final score prediction? I say 34-13 Buckeyes.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:04:54 PM)
I'm going with 27-17 OSU
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 9:06:03 PM)
Have you heard anything about a PK named Stokes from Merrillville, IN? (Same HS as James Aldridge.) I saw him kick 5-7 from 42 and then 5-7 more from from 47. All but one were right down the middle!
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:06:38 PM)
I have not heard of him. Is he a senior?
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 9:07:26 PM)
My game prediction: Much the same storyline as the Fieats Bowl against K-State. A big lead until the 4th, then conservative play allows Texas to get close, but not close enough.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:08:06 PM)
Just win baby
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 9:09:14 PM)
Hopefully all bucknut subscribers can get tickets and be loud. I sure will do my best. I plan on losing my voice in the first half.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:09:27 PM)
Save yourself. They need you to be on your game in the second half!
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:10:41 PM)
Any final questions before we call it a night?
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 9:10:58 PM)
Thanks for the chat Dave. See you on Saturday and GO BUCKS!
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:11:16 PM)
Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I know we've all been looking forward to this week for a long time.
late (Sep 6, 2005 9:11:22 PM)
How concerned should the Buckeyes be with two true froshs in the two deep at DB?
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:11:45 PM)
That is somewhat of a concern, but I think it speaks more to the abilities of Jenkins and O'Neal. Both are future stars at OSU.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:12:31 PM)
That would probably be Duane and Gary (but Steve knows his recruiting info as well)
Guest (Sep 6, 2005 9:13:02 PM)
Thanks Dave, Go Bucks
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 9:13:06 PM)
Great chat as always! Thanks Dave.
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:13:17 PM)
Thanks everyone for the great questions!
BuckeyeDave (Sep 6, 2005 9:13:21 PM)
O - H !!!
OSUdrinker (Sep 6, 2005 9:13:28 PM)
DaveBiddle (Sep 6, 2005 9:13:53 PM)
Good night everyone. Look forward to meeting whoever stops by the tailgate.