Lamb, Biddle Chat Archives: Sept. 26

Bucknuts basketball reporter Kyle Lamb stopped by for a chat on OSU hoops with premium subscribers on Tuesday afternoon. Then, Dave Biddle conducted a Chat for subscribers Tuesday evening. Read below for the transcripts. Look for Jon Miller of HawkeyeNation at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Gary Housteau at 8 p.m. Thursday and Steve Helwagen at 1 p.m. Friday!

Here is the archive of Kyle Lamb's basketball-themed Chat on Tuesday:

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:43:29 AM)
Hey folks!

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:43:34 AM)
We'll get ready to begin here in just moments

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:44:40 AM)
Sorry about the lack of advertisement for this chat... I meant to post a link over the weekend and got so busy I forgot to do so

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:47:51 AM)
All right folks. I think you guys can begin sending your questions in now. Hopefully it will just be a late-arriving crowd

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:50:41 AM)
I'm not sure if I'm having problems or not, so anyone feel free to send something so that I know its' working! haha

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:51:02 AM)
Ooookay now we go!

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 11:51:10 AM)
obvious question... oden injury update?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:52:11 AM)
He's really progressed well. His wrist is healing at a better rate than originally expected, meaning he's "ahead of schedule." Right now the tentative timeframe for his full return seems to be around early or mid December, but it could still be later and it could still be earlier.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:52:50 AM)
I would expect him to regain partial use of his wrist in the coming days and begin shooting jumpers perhaps in a month or so. That's just my own non-medical prognosis, however, so don't hold me to that

MJ (Sep 26, 2006 11:53:43 AM)
Any new recruits?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:54:51 AM)
Ohio State is doing a nice job in my opinion just sticking with the same guys and really working hard at landing them. I think Dorenzo Hudson is the "newest" guy you can consider in the mix. It will be interesting to see how things develop with him and Ohio State, as he's tentatively expected to take an official visit in late October. He would be the 5th member of the 2007 recruiting class if he decides to join the fray

MJ (Sep 26, 2006 11:55:32 AM)
Who will start for OSU?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:56:46 AM)
There are a ton of possible combinations. I tend to think the safe bet would be the Jamar Butler, Daequan Cook, Ron Lewis, Ivan Harris/Matt Terwilliger/Othello Hunter, Greg Oden combination... with Harris/Hunter/Terwilliger (2 of 3) starting until Oden returns. But you'll also see the 2-PG look with Butler and Mike Conley a lot too

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 11:57:12 AM)
first day of practice?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:58:09 AM)
Individual workouts began about 10 days ago... first day of practice is Friday, October 13. Ohio State basketball media day is October 12, although none of the freshmen will be made available to the media by Thad Matta from what I understand (that's his normal policy) so we will only likely hear from about 4-5 guys.

rbuck (Sep 26, 2006 11:58:32 AM)
Kyle, Will Matta wait for Buford, or will he look for a comittment sooner from someone else, rather than later from Buford?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 11:59:47 AM)
There's no question Ohio State is willing to wait out Buford. I believe Ohio State feels especially good about their chances, especially if Michigan State doesn't press on quite as much pending their scholarship situation. I know they're hot and heavy on Delvon Roe and I think they would still like to land Paul Williams, so timing could be a big issue here. But Buford probably wants to be sure of himself, and Ohio State will not get impatient.

Tripol (Sep 26, 2006 12:00:13 PM)
Has Kelvin Sampson made himself an outcast among B10 coaches by approaching other team's verbals (Gordan and Buford)?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:01:43 PM)
Well Buford isn't a verbal so I'm not sure if you meant someone else or not (ha ha). But to answer your question, I do know there have been some coaches that aren't thrilled with his decision to go after committed recruits in the conference so aggressively. My take is that if it's OK for any coach to recruit a committed player, then it should not be less OK for a fellow-conference coach to do it. That said, I do not like the practice in general, but the player has the ability to "just say no" and if they don't do that, you can't fault any coach for recruiting him.

Tripol (Sep 26, 2006 12:02:15 PM)
Still hoping to see him debut in NC.

MJ (Sep 26, 2006 12:02:17 PM)
Does OSU have a real chance against UNC and Florida without Oden?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:03:20 PM)
Sure they have a chance, but while Ohio State could match up with those teams on the perimeter, no matter how improved Matt Terwilliger may be this season, trying to win a game on the road with Terwilliger having the task of guarding Joakim Noah and Tyler Hansbrough is not thrilling for the Buckeyes.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:03:46 PM)
With Oden, I give Ohio State a 40/60 shot in those games. Without, I'd say it's more like 20/80

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:04:13 PM)
any insight on why split season ticket holders were sent full season ticket apps? ticket office to busy to send out splits this year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:05:24 PM)
That's a good question. I'm not really sure what the plan is thus far. A lot may have to do with the seating situation, which if I'm understanding correctly, might not be changing much (if any at all) this season. Perhaps they are filling season applications first and those that do not get season tickets will be given a split season option? That's just a guess. I would have to look into that further.

buckOfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:05:44 PM)
What has the incoming freshman class been up to this summer, as far as strength and conditioning? I hear they have been hitting the weights hard and have gained a considerable amount of strength and quickness.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:07:21 PM)
Reports from Ohio State suggest that the coaches are extremely impressed with the work ethic and progress shown by the incoming freshmen this summer. Physically, they all look the part, especially Oden who despite his injury, somehow managed to really get a lot stronger. Othello Hunter did not get on campus until September, so he's behind the 8-ball with regards to strength and conditioning, but he's also making some real good progress because of his athleticism right now.

buckicrazy (Sep 26, 2006 12:07:30 PM)
How many players will see time in the games? Do you see OSU rotating alot of players?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:07:51 PM)
There are 9 scholarship players this season eligible to play and I am positive you will seen all of them.

mike4180 (Sep 26, 2006 12:08:14 PM)
Besides maybe Hudson will our next committment be any time soon? Or are we going to have to wait until next spring or summer?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:10:17 PM)
It's now looking like all of the possible 2008 targets will probably wait until at least after the season before they make their choices. In reality, I've always advocated taking your time, taking visits and playing out the process. There's really not a lot of benefit to committing somewhere before your junior season. That's really too early unless you're absolutely sure of yourself. But while it doesn't look like anyone is planning to commit in the near future, maybe Anthony Crater or William Buford or someone finishes their visits and decides Ohio State is the right place for them? I don't think that will happen, but anything is possible

buckicrazy (Sep 26, 2006 12:10:35 PM)
Have you heard anything out of the individual workouts as far as who is surprising poeple?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:11:41 PM)
Talent wise, Othello Hunter is looking good. As I said earlier, he's behind everyone else in the strength and conditioning aspect, but he looks the part. I don't think anyone else has really been a 'surprise,' per se, but Matt Terwilliger has improved a good amount in the reports I've heard.

MJ (Sep 26, 2006 12:11:55 PM)
Where will Eric Gordon end up, OSU?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:12:40 PM)
In the limited amount I've followed this, sources I hear from that seem to have their finger on the pulse believe Indiana will probably end up with Gordon. But the kid is still torn, so it's tough to say.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 12:12:49 PM)
How comfortable is the coaching staff with the preseason final 4 talk? Are they concerned that the guys are buying into the hype?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:13:12 PM)
Tripol asks how comfortable the coaching staff is with Final 4 talk and whether the players are buying into the hype...

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:14:11 PM)
I don't think Thad Matta will ever complain about high expectations. I think that's exactly what he wants. It's the reason he went out and recruited Greg Oden - because he thinks his program should be at that level. I also don't think he minds his players buying into hype as long as they are never willing to settle, they continue to work hard and always strive to get better.

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:14:26 PM)
any thoughts on Ohio State's initial ranking in the polls?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:15:05 PM)
I would have predicted No. 3 for Ohio State to start the season, but because of slight uncertainty with Oden's injury, I would guess they end up anywhere from No. 3 to No. 7 or 8

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:15:29 PM)
(Florida No. 1 and North Carolina No. 2 is my expectation by the way)

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:16:12 PM)
Heck, while I'm at it... No. 1 Florida, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Georgetown

buckOfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:16:31 PM)
I see Ivan Harris stepping in and taking over for Matt Sylvester as kind of a spark plug off the bench, a big play when we need it type of guy. Do you agree? What will be Ivan's role?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:17:06 PM)
I think Ivan will have a similar role to last year - a guy that is asked to make a big shot, work hard to grab rebounds and be another scoring option for Ohio State

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:17:16 PM)
any word on uniform changes for this year? any chance we bring back the grey unis?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:18:01 PM)
There are definitely new uniforms, and I understand there will be grey alternates as well. But as to what they look like - I've seen so many variations I don't know which ones are the "real" mccoy.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 12:18:09 PM)
How tall is Hunter?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:18:17 PM)
MJ asks about Hunter's height.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:18:24 PM)
Hunter is a legit 6-8

buckOfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:18:40 PM)
What are the chance Jamar Butler has a outstanding year and leaves early? Is he better at this point ih his career then Scoonie Penn was?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:21:06 PM)
Butler would have to improve his shooting consistency I think to elevate his status high enough to leave early. I don't see him leaving even if he were able to. I don't think he's better than Scoonie, but I think Scoonie was one of the best college guards in the last 10 years. Butler has a lot of the value to his team that Penn did, but I don't think he has that Penn meanstreak just yet. He did start showing it late in the year which could really help if he carries it over to 2006-2007

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:21:19 PM)
you hinted at it earlier but are there going to be any seating changes this year? moving the press from behind the basket? getting more students near the court?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:22:03 PM)
People are staying mum on that subject, so it's tough to say. My hunch is that they will follow through with the media being moved over a bit and maybe some students behind the East basket, but that may end up being the extent of it for this year.

skeelo (Sep 26, 2006 12:22:19 PM)
what impact can we expect from hunter? i hear he may lack a killer instinct.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:23:35 PM)
Consistency is one of the things he probably will need to work on. He is going to have to get stronger. I think missing out on the summer will really hurt him in a physical game because he's got all the tools to be a great player, but he does need to get stronger. He's got the ability to shoot from deep, score inside and make a great play with his feet, but there will come a time he's going to have to muscle up. Will he be able to do that?

buckOfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:23:52 PM)
What is the latest on Terence Dials?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:25:19 PM)
Last I heard Dials was playing in the summer with the Toronto Raptors. I don't know if he's still with them as a free agent or not.

jbm2292 (Sep 26, 2006 12:25:48 PM)
Which of the current commits for 2007 and 2008 can play the point if needed?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:26:51 PM)
Well, Evan Turner is technically capable of it, but he's not a true point guard and his talents are best suited on the wing. Walter Offutt is a combo guard, so he will be able to play point guard in the future. I think Ohio State would like Anthony Crater to be that guy though.

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:27:06 PM)
status of new/revised contract for Thad?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:28:15 PM)
When AD Gene Smith was asked about this in August, he said they would not discuss contract extensions in the fall. But then he was on the radio last week saying the wheels were in motion and something was close. I do not look for anything to be released by way of an extension until the spring when Matta's contract was due for an automatic review anyhow. But we'll see if it comes out before basketball season.

mike4180 (Sep 26, 2006 12:28:21 PM)
How did Gates visit go? Do you still think we may lead for him?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:29:05 PM)
It was a very casual visit. More of a 'social' event from what I hear. Ohio State is in very good shape, but I constantly hear Xavier and Ohio State when talking about Yancy. I also hear Michigan in there as well.

buckOfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:29:12 PM)
What is the latest on the Jim O'Brien saga? Tell me it will be cleared up by season starts.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:29:58 PM)
The appeal system takes a long time. Don't count on it. I do not personally believe Ohio State will successfully win the appeal, although perhaps the numbers get knocked down a little bit.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:30:14 PM)
I've got time for a few more questions

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:32:08 PM)
anyone on this years team make all american (whether it be 1st team down to honorable mention?)

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:32:48 PM)
I think Jamar Butler and Greg Oden both stand a real chance of being All-American... probably only 3rd Team or Honorable Mention. But needless to say, that's still a high honor

mike4180 (Sep 26, 2006 12:33:09 PM)
Can Crater or Conley either one play the 2? They both seem like true pg to me. Unlike Conley and Butler. Butler seems more of a combo guard>

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:35:02 PM)
This Butler/PG issue has been discussed for 2 years. If Jamar Butler isn't a true point guard, I don't know what is. He's the 'quarterback' of the team. He has great instincts. He can beat people off the dribble. He is a terrific on-the-ball defender. He's strong, smart and can shoot. He's also improved his ball-handling from being a freshman to a sophomore. If that's not a PG I don't know what is. That said, Conley is also a true point guard, and because of Butler's range and abillity to score and play off the makes it easy for them to be on the floor at the same time.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:35:44 PM)
With Crater and Conley, I think the same applies, as both can score and both will be able to shoot. But we'll have to see how they develop first (not to mention, Crater has to first pick Ohio State or this is a moot point ha ha).

buckOfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:35:59 PM)
What are your predictions for the Lady Bucks as well as the men's team?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:38:02 PM)
Well, if Ohio State's women's team doesn't make a deep run in the NCAA this season, Buckeye fans should be really disappointed. With Jessica Davenport around one more season and the addition of Ashlee Trebilcock, a transfer from UCLA, Ohio State needs to do it this year...

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:39:22 PM)
I also think Marscilla Packer needs to pick up where she left off as a true scorer (not just an inconsistent shooter). Losing Debbie Merrill will hurt, but I expect Tamarah Riley to step up into the four. Andrea Walker will be a nice addition at 6-5 off the bench as a freshman for Davenport. Walker was a top 30-50 player from Pennsylvania.

hardfive (Sep 26, 2006 12:40:13 PM)
optimistic thinking...where is the final four this year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:41:32 PM)
The men's is in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and the women's Final Four is in Cleveland, Ohio... which I'm sure Buckeye fans would love to see an appearance by Ohio State with the Championship in Ohio

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:41:57 PM)
One more question before we wrap up!

bookiewookie (Sep 26, 2006 12:42:36 PM)
Which of the freshmen to expect to see significant playing time?

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:42:46 PM)
Easy answer: all of them (ha ha).

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:43:07 PM)
Seriously though, all of the freshmen will play (and will need to play) an integral part in Ohio State's season.

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:43:40 PM)
OK folks. That's the day for me. Thanks for joining me today and we'll do this again probably the week of the start of practice (second week of October).

Kyle S. Lamb (Sep 26, 2006 12:43:44 PM)
Take care everyone!


Here is the transcript of Dave Biddle's Chat from Tuesday evening:

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:44:14 PM)
Hello everyone! Fire away whenever you're ready!

TampaBuck (Sep 26, 2006 5:44:37 PM)
Any changes in the 2 deep this week?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:45:15 PM)
No, although I expect Ross Homan to play more snaps than Kerr. Kerr played a lot against PSU and was solid, but Homan is going to continue to play more.

TampaBuck (Sep 26, 2006 5:46:07 PM)
Freeman continues to struggle against the run. Any more of Terry this week?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:47:06 PM)
Yes, especially on running downs. They really like Terry v the run. Freeman is athletic and they're trying to give him some time, but Terry has been a little more impressive up to this point IMO.

brutustheoes (Sep 26, 2006 5:47:11 PM)
Dave did you get any info on the Iowa injuries?Thanks for all you do!

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:48:02 PM)
Two starting offensive linemen have sprained knees and did not practice on Tuesday - redshirt freshman center Rafael Eubanks and sophomore LT Dace Richardson. Iowa insiders seem to feel that Richardson has a better chance of playing. Ferentz said at his Tuesday press conference that he has a "minivan load of players hurt, but not ruled out for Saturday." One of them in DE Kenny Iwebema - his arm was in a sling after the Illinois game.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:48:51 PM)
I think starting DT Mitch King and starting FS Marcus Paschal are two of the others nursing "minor" injuries, but Ferentz kept it pretty close to the vest apparently.

Poz79 (Sep 26, 2006 5:48:55 PM)
Prediction for Saturday?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:49:34 PM)
24-17 OSU. I think this is going to be a very tight game all the way through with the Bucks scoring a TD in the fourth to win it...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:50:04 PM)
Weather report is looking good (of course, is awful, never accurate)... high of 64, low of 46, only 20 percent chance of rain now.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:50:23 PM)
But that is going to be a crazy hostile environment -- some in Iowa are calling it the biggest game ever at Kinnick.

kleintime16 (Sep 26, 2006 5:50:35 PM)
Here's one I've been thinking about for a ittle bit. What are the chances that we see some junior seniors on the defensive side of the ball next year. I think only Terry and Grant would be seniors, on the O there's Pittman, Ginn (who'll be gone) Gonzalez, Barton. What would the chances be that Tressel opts for a junior captain? Laurinaitis? Jenkins?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:51:30 PM)
I don't think we will ever see Tressel allow a junior to be a full-time captain. Even in 2002, Krenzel was a "rotating captain." But you're right... it's going to be tough finding defensive captains next year.

beatiowa (Sep 26, 2006 5:51:37 PM)
Why is someone with Grant's speed backing up Little Animal in the middle? He should be on the outside helping making plays. Let Kerr back up the middle

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:52:51 PM)
I was very surprised by that as well initially, but Grant actually fills the hole pretty well. Plus, they feel very good about the other backup OLBs in Homan and Terry. Grant just needs to keep plugging away because he does have talent, but Laurinaitis has just locked up that MLB spot. Maybe Grant will get a look on the outside eventually, but right now Fickell says there are no plans for that.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 5:53:10 PM)
Night time chats are the best. So many more people have the opportunity to chat when it's at night that just can't during the day. Thanks. My opinion is that to attack the Buckeyes defense, you throw to the flats and flow most running plays either wide or on counter plays. How do you attack this D if you are Kirk Ferentz?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:54:18 PM)
I would try and establish the run (which is going to be very difficult against this D-line) and then use play action with Tate. Problem is, they have very young WRs and I like how OSU's DBs matchup. But you can't replace having experience at the QB position and Tate has plenty. It's easy to forget he was the Big Ten offensive player of the year as a soph. in '04.

TampaBuck (Sep 26, 2006 5:54:28 PM)
Tate is the most mobile QB we have faced to date as the first 4 weeks were pocket passers. Can we get pressure on him with the front 4 or should we expect more zone blitzes or possibly a spy for Tate in Iowa City?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:55:32 PM)
I don't think they can spy him all game, but occasionally I think that would be a good idea. Heacock wants to get pressure with his front four and I look for OSU to start off that way. If they have to blitz, they will. Heacock likes the zone blitz just like Dantonio. But he will try and disrupt with just the front four and with Iowa nursing some injuries on the OL they might be able to pull it off.

Poz79 (Sep 26, 2006 5:55:39 PM)
Any Ben Martin news, will he be ending his recruitment soon?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:56:10 PM)
Yes, I think he's a Buckeye. He just wants to make sure and there is really no reason to rush at this point. But I would be shocked if he went elsewhere at this point. Word is he loves Tressel.

brutustheoes (Sep 26, 2006 5:56:21 PM)
It seems like those injuries could have an impact. Another question Dave how does Iowa stop our running game. It is better than lsat year and after losing those two lb's I cannot see how they are better against the run. We have a huge size advantage up front!

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:57:32 PM)
I think OSU is going to have success running the ball. Iowa's DL is undersized and they are breaking in new 'backers like you said. Their MLB Klinkenborg is actually very good, but I think OSU will be able to get some things done in the running game. Huge size difference between OSU's OL and Iowa's DL.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 5:57:43 PM)
After a so-so day, with a G-R-E-A-T Heisman highlight thrown in for good measure, how does Troy bounce back this week? What kind of stats do you think he'll pull from this game?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 5:58:44 PM)
I don't think he will have huge numbers since I look for Tressel to use the running game more this week. But who knows, it could go either way. If Iowa is stacking the run, OSU will not hesitate in going deep and Troy could put up some big stats. But I look for somewhere around 200 passing yards and 40 rushing. 1-2 TDs.

TampaBuck (Sep 26, 2006 5:58:52 PM)
Young is a solid back and Tate can run and throw but does Iowa have enough weapons on the outside to sustain drives against the improving, lightning fast Silver Bullets? I believe Tate's favorite target is his TE.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:00:04 PM)
Their best WR is redshirt freshman Dominique Douglas, but he has never played in a big game. Tailback Albert Young is their leading receiver and Scott Chandler the 6-7 TE you mentioned is the No. 2. Iowa is definitely lacking big playmakers this year. They lose both starting WRs from last year.

caryl (Sep 26, 2006 6:00:13 PM)
If there is going to be a dry field in Iowa, do you think we will see some different formations and open-up the offense for some plays that the Iowa defense has not seen

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:01:24 PM)
I think the weather could be a big factor and that's why I'm glad the new forecast is not calling for rain. At Wisconsin '03 and PSU '05 weather played a factor just as much as the hostile environment... So, yes, if the field stays dry, I look for OSU to open it up more than they would in the passing game. But I think the bread and butter this week will be Pittman and Beanie on the ground.

kleintime16 (Sep 26, 2006 6:01:36 PM)
Looking back on the week leading up to the Texas game, there was a lot of skepticism about going in there and pulling out a W. Do you REALLY think that Iowa is better than Texas? I know the atmosphere and so forth, Tate etc, but they lack in talent when compared to Texas, my feeling - if OSU plays the way they did against Texas, they win by 3 or more scores

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:02:36 PM)
Yes, simply because there is such a huge difference between a senior QB like Tate and a freshman QB like McCoy. I never thought for a second McCoy could beat OSU. Also, Ferentz is a very good coach. There is no doubt in my mind that Tressel and Ferentz (in that order) are far and away the best coaches in the Big Ten...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:02:53 PM)
Plus, Austin was not really a hostile environment. Kinnick will be.

Mack741 (Sep 26, 2006 6:03:01 PM)
Dave: Speaking of Homan... I don't recall him in on DEF at all this week? Saw him on special teams late in the game, but that was it... Is there a story there?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:03:20 PM)
He might have tweaked his hammy, but they didn't say anything. I'll see what Heacock has to say tomorrow.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:03:33 PM)
Were you surprised that the national reaction to the ugly win over PSU was so positive? Many outlets pointed out how well the OSU D played as opposed to focusing on the offensive struggles. I believes OSU even picked up some 1st place votes.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:03:42 PM)
question from beatiowa...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:04:30 PM)
A little bit, but maybe OSU has finally earned its keep. The rain played a factor as everyone knows and they finished strong, but in past years they probably would have taken shots at the offense.

marinebuckeye (Sep 26, 2006 6:04:37 PM)
Does momma Martin like OSU now Dave? I had heard she wanted him to go to ND...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:05:21 PM)
I think at first she really liked ND in part because of the proximity to her former home in Gary, Ind. But I think Tressel won her over. Well, at least he won her son over. I can't tell you for sure which coach she prefers. But I have a guess!

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:05:32 PM)
Did you see Laurinaitis was put on the Bednarik Watch List? I guess his play is starting to turn some heads. I think he's making too many plays downfield though as opposed to right on the line. Of course, help from the OLBs would work too. Your thoughts on Laurinaitis' play/improvement?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:05:48 PM)
From Heater (sorry, some are coming up as "guest")...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:07:40 PM)
He's a playmaker, a student of the game, and will only get better. The pessimist in me says two of his interceptions were gifts, but the fact is that he made the plays. I really like him, but think he's a year or two away from really being one of the best defensive players in the country. But he's definitely one of the best LBs in the Big Ten right now. And seems to improve every week. Needs to crack down on the missed tackles a little bit, but that will come with time. He has good form.

theoriginalwhizzinator (Sep 26, 2006 6:07:47 PM)
do you think we can continue rotating players or do you think they will run a more set line up?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:08:32 PM)
They will continue rotating, just not as this rate. I think it will continue to taper off a little bit. It's the middle of the season already. They know who their best players are and I think we will see less guys play more snaps this week.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:08:39 PM)
Score prediction?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:08:48 PM)
24-17 OSU.

gemcity (Sep 26, 2006 6:08:57 PM)
What does the offense need to do to get rolling again?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:10:14 PM)
The rain killed their momentum against PSU. Once this offense gets in a flow, they are nearly unstoppable because of their versatility. They just need a good start like Texas (even though they didn't put points on the board the first drive, they drove the length of the field) get the confidence going and they will be fine. Getting off to a strong start will be HUGE this week.

theoriginalwhizzinator (Sep 26, 2006 6:10:21 PM)
i seem to remember last time at iowa city matt roth blew up everything we tried to do--do they have a similair d-line player this year that we may have trouble blocking?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:11:03 PM)
No, Matt Roth was a beast and I'm surprised he's not making more of an impact in the NFL with the Dolphins. Iwebema (junior DE) is their playmaker off the edge, but he's nursing a shoulder injury.

theoriginalwhizzinator (Sep 26, 2006 6:11:16 PM)
who do you think we have this year that could make all big 10----all--america?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:11:41 PM)
On defense, I think Pitcock will be All-American. Jenkins, Patterson, Laurinaitis and Jenkins will be All-Big Ten...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:12:37 PM)
Offense, Troy Smith will be an All-American and possible Heisman winner, Pittman, Gonzo and Ginn could be honorable mention All-Americans. Datish, Downing and Barton All-Big Ten.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:12:52 PM)
The depth chart continues to have Brian Robiskie as the starter ahead of Roy Hall. Is that due to the progression of Robo or the injury of Hall? In other words, injury or no injury, has Robo passed Hall?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:12:59 PM)
(from Heater...)

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:13:33 PM)
I think it's all about the strong play from Robiskie. If Hall didn't get hurt, it might have taken Robiskie longer to pass him, but it doesn'

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:13:56 PM)
doesn't matter now. Robie is the clear No. 3 and reminds me a lot of Michael Jenkins at the same age.

reallytired (Sep 26, 2006 6:14:29 PM)
With our D averaging 8.8 ppg and the new rule taking offensive plays away, and our offense that is familiar with each other as they come, why don't we try the no huddle?????

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:15:18 PM)
It's such a complex thing, but after watching the Bengals execute it so well, I am intrigued by the idea. I don't think Tress will ever go to it, but it's interesting. I think Troy could pull it off, but we won't see it.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:15:30 PM)
When are we going to see more of C. Wells? He seems to only come in on short yardage situations. I want to see him in some open space, off tackle.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:16:23 PM)
Right now, that seems to be his primary role. We will see him a lot more in future weeks, but right now he is the bruiser and Pittman is the workhorse. That's how it will be in big games, but Beanie will be able to show his stuff and earn more PT against the BGs, Indianas and Illinois of the world.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:16:42 PM)
Dave, I'm having a heck of a time staying connected...but I'll press on. Last year, Smith was effective passing (nearly 200 yards) and rushing (100+ yards). Will they take that same approach this season? Or will they protect Smith as they have so far this season and not look for him to run much?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:17:49 PM)
I don't think we will see Smith run nearly as much as he did in last year's game, but it will still be part of the gameplan. I don't think they will use it much early, but if they need to go to it, they will. They seem to want to limit the amount of shots Troy is taking this year, but you can throw that stuff out the window in big games like this.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:17:53 PM)
Seems like O'Neal got on the field a bit more against Penn State. Can we expect to see more of him? Where is Amos?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:18:48 PM)
I think his primary role will continue to be special teams. I think Russell and Mitchell have locked down the safety spots, and Smith and Washington are playing nickel. O'Neal is playing some nickel and safety, but I don't think he will play much more than he has...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:19:36 PM)
Amos is just behind some good players at corner. He continues to get some decent PT, but Jenkins, Washington and Smith have things locked down pretty well right now. Kurt Coleman is another guy I thought might play more. But Amos and Coleman are going to be very good corners in time IMO. Maybe not this year though.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:19:49 PM)
Where are the other LBs? They seem to have their moments, Grant INT, Homan, Kerr, Freeman, but none (other than Baby Animal) are making the kind of impact that we all expected.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:20:43 PM)
In their defense, everyone except Laurinaitis isn't really getting a chance to stay in the game for long stretches. But you bring up a good point. And I think the coaches feel the same way. None of the other guys have really established themselves, so they will continue rotating all of them until somebody does.

AWinfield (Sep 26, 2006 6:20:51 PM)
I have not seen much of Nick Patterson since Garrett Wolf made him look real slow running down the sideline. Any news on where he is now on the depth chart?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:21:31 PM)
He's backing up Anderson Russell and I don't expect Russell to give up that spot anytime soon. It might take an injury for Patterson to see meaningful PT.

hypoluxo (Sep 26, 2006 6:21:39 PM)
what was your prediction on the Texas game?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:21:44 PM)
27-17 OSU

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:21:55 PM)
Didn't give the D nearly enough credit!

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:22:03 PM)
Can we run the ball on Iowa. Nothing seems to indicate to me that we won't be able to. If we can run we can pass, right?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:22:57 PM)
Yes, I think OSU will be able to run the ball. I really like the matchup of OSU's OL v Iowa's DL. And there is no question that if you can establish the run early, it will open up the passing game. It becomes pick your poison. That's what this offense has over other offenses in Tressel's tenure. Versatility.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:23:05 PM)
Anything from the recruits that were here last week?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:24:13 PM)
Status quo on Barksdale... I interviewed him earlier in the week. I think he'll be a Buckeye, but will keep everyone guessing until the end... I'm still trying to get in touch with Greg Little... Sounds like Kyle Long, Michael Brewster and Mike Adams all loved the visit and could be OSU leans at this very early juncture.

TampaBuck (Sep 26, 2006 6:24:25 PM)
We fell off the wagon and went back to Tressel Ball last week on a bad field in the rain but I look for a full arsenal in Iowa City this week. Tress is the master at being predictable in the lower tier games and being ready for the big ones! He never runs it up on anyone. Your thoughts on Tressel's big game coaching?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:25:34 PM)
I think Tressel plays conservative in lesser games, and plays loose in big games. Look at Michigan and Notre Dame last year. Bucks came out chucking in both games. He is the best big-game coach in the country IMO... or at least on the very short list.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:25:41 PM)
Is Roy Hall now passed up by Robo?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:26:33 PM)
I think so, but no one is writing off Hall. He is just now getting healthy and will continue to play more. The Bucks play a lot of 4 wide, but Hartline has also been impressive. But I think Robiskie has locked down the No. 3 role.

theoriginalwhizzinator (Sep 26, 2006 6:26:41 PM)
Will we get a big dose of Curtis Terry the rest of the season? He looks like he can just blow plays up at any time. I think he could be a great difference maker coming down the stretch. Your thoughts?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:27:29 PM)
I think Terry will be used more and more, especially on running downs. But the staff has always liked Freeman and they are being patient with him. But time is running out. So far, I think Terry has been more impressive, but the coaches still have Freeman in there and they are the ones that know what they're talking about.

osubuckiii (Sep 26, 2006 6:27:44 PM)
How do we handle Chandler? At 6-7 he could be too big for a safety, but too quick for one of the backers.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:28:19 PM)
I think they will mix it up. Some zone coverages, sometimes put a 'backer on him, sometimes a safety. I would prefer a LB over a S.

Poz79 (Sep 26, 2006 6:28:31 PM)
People said ESPN had an agenda with OSU, now they're the Buckeye's own pregame show! What worries you more, games like this with national attention or more low key games like MSU?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:29:29 PM)
I think this will be a tougher game than MSU. OSU must be desensitized at this point in terms of big games. They have played in so many since 2002.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:29:48 PM)
I think that L. Wilson is capable of becoming a monster, but so far we haven't seen it. I know that R. Rose is a (young) beast, so where does this go? Where does Worthington fit into that mix? Does Gibson become a pass rushing DE/LB or is it too early to tell?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:30:49 PM)
Wilson and Rose are going to be very good players, but they are behind Richardson, Gholston and Barrow right now. Gholston was the talk of spring and people expected it. Barrow has been the surprise for me. But I guess I shouldn't be, he looked great in the all-star games in '04...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:31:34 PM)
But I think Rose and Wilson will be fine players here. They just might not get a chance at a lot of PT until next year. Wilson must be having trouble with all that new weight. That's the only thing I can think of. He's still learning to play at 275 and not 240.

marinebuckeye (Sep 26, 2006 6:31:45 PM)
Dave, report card time....Where are we now compared to where you thought we would be at the beginning of the season? Offensively and defensively...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:32:31 PM)
The offense is right about where I thought it would be. In fact, I thought the stats would be a little bit better, but the sloppy game v PSU threw off the stats. The offense gets a A- to this point...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:33:38 PM)
The defense is ahead of where I thought it would be. I expected a B- defense and we've seen a B+ or A-. But the defense will have its share of down games and the offense will need to take over. The offense is still the strength of the team, but no question the defense has exceeded expectations. I thought the DL would be great, but the back 7 has impressed.

AWinfield (Sep 26, 2006 6:33:47 PM)
It is good to see Datish playing at a high level, as the line continues to find the right mix, do you see anyone that could step in and surprise us?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:34:28 PM)
If anyone, it would be Skinner. He's the first man off the bench, Well, him or Schafer. But I think they like this starting five very much. I think it will stay this way the rest of the season barring injury.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:34:45 PM)
When do we see Ginn break out?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:36:02 PM)
Probably not this week. I expect Iowa to try and take him out of the game. But if they do that, Gonzalez has proven time and again that he will make you pay. Even on special teams it's tough for Ginn to really break out because teams are kicking away from him. He got some opportunites v PSU, but they did a good job of containing him on the wet surface. Teddy will have some huge games the rest of the year, but probably not this week.

TampaBuck (Sep 26, 2006 6:36:09 PM)
Any noticable in season differences as far as conditioning goes between Lichter and Johnson? We seem to be stronger and better conditioned this year although we have played a lot of guys.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:37:03 PM)
The big thing I keep hearing from players is explosion. They say Lichter really stresses explosion. I'm sure Johnson did too. The players like Lichter and I think his past history of working with high profile pro athletes helped him earn immediate credibility.

marinebuckeye (Sep 26, 2006 6:37:17 PM)
Does Hall make any type of impact this season or does he just fade away into the sunset?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:37:54 PM)
I think he will make a couple big plays this season in big games. His seasonal stats aren't going to look pretty, but I think he will have a few big catches for OSU in some big games. Maybe as early as this week.

AWinfield (Sep 26, 2006 6:38:08 PM)
Tressel seems to play the conservative card at home with teams he thinks he can out talent, do you expect a more wide open approach at Iowa?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:39:20 PM)
I think he does coach looser in big games. This week, I look for the running game to be the bread and butter early, but they will mix it up. The word I keep bringing up about this offense is versatility. They don't really have a weakness and can do many things well. And they're deep.

TampaBuck (Sep 26, 2006 6:39:28 PM)
Any news on silent verbals from the 4 official visits last weekend?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:39:56 PM)
I didn't hear anything about silent verbals.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:40:15 PM)
So many questions, so little time: Who is the next assistant coach to bolt for a head coach position and at what point does Luke Fickell have to leave so has the chance to continue to grow as a defensive coordinator without the co-coordinator title?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:40:20 PM)
(from Heater...)

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:40:47 PM)
I think it will be Hazell. He is destined to be a college head coach IMO. My only question is whether it will be after this year, or next...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:41:37 PM)
I think Heacock and Fickell will continue running things together. I think Luke wants to be a lifer here and maybe the future head coach, so I don't think he has a problem with it. Heacock could be a head coach if he wanted, and he was a HC at Illinois St, but I think he wants to retire here.

hondo (Sep 26, 2006 6:41:46 PM)
Dave, can we expect a better officiated game Saturday night? There were some some terrible "no calls" against PSU, especially holding.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:42:18 PM)
It's so hard to say, but there were definitely some holding calls missed v PSU. You know it's really bad when the usually mild-mannered Heacock is running on the field yelling!

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:42:29 PM)
Hello Dave , how are ya doing tonight. I have 2 questions 1 it seems there is more of a national buzz about tOSU and in perticular about JT and his coaching staff your thoughts, and 2 Iowa injuries?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:42:41 PM)
(question from frostbuck)

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:43:10 PM)
I think most of the nation has finally got the memo that Tressel is one of the best coaches... and maybe he doesm'

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:43:16 PM)
doesn't get lucky all the time!

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:43:49 PM)
As for Iowa injuries... two of their starting offensive linemen have sprained knees and did not practice Tuesday - redshirt freshman center Rafael Eubanks and sophomore LT Dace Richardson. Iowa insiders seem to feel that Richardson has a better chance of playing. Ferentz said at his Tuesday press conference that he has a "minivan load of players hurt, but not ruled out for Saturday." One of them in DE Kenny Iwebema - his arm was in a sling after the Illinois game.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:44:04 PM)
why havent we been able to land that big ol prospect? with us being such a high profile school i dont see why they dont want to come and play for us. i am aware of all of the 08 ol players we are after but in the past 3 or 4 years the big ones just dont want to come to TOSU

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:44:10 PM)
(from trafficus)

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:45:27 PM)
One reason might be that Tressel focuses so much on Ohio and isn't a guy that is going to baby some primma donna out of state recruit and tell him everything he wants to hear. But it will come with time. Tressel has a great national rep right now and guys like Anthony Davis and Kris O'Dowd are listening. But Tressel's track record on big OOS guys has not been great, you're right.

reallytired (Sep 26, 2006 6:45:34 PM)
Do you see Iowa daring Teddy to run back a punt or kick off???

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:45:58 PM)
He will get a few chances, but I think most of the time they will kick away from him. I look for some corner punts, but that can lead to shanks.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:46:12 PM)
When you think about our WR depth it is really encouraging. After Ginn and Gonzo we have Robo, Hartline, and Smalls, all who have looked great this year. So we lose Ginn, look who we have back next year!

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:46:57 PM)
Yes, and a guy like Albert Dukes who everyone was high on a year ago is now running seventh on the depth chart. They've really done a good job building WR depth, even losing some last-minute recruiting battles with Jarrett and Washington.

tony2246 (Sep 26, 2006 6:47:22 PM)
It really seems like they should have red-shirted Coleman

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:47:52 PM)
I think he looked so good in spring and fall that they thought they needed him for depth. But, so far, there have been no injuries in the secondary.

hondo (Sep 26, 2006 6:47:58 PM)
Dave, have you heard how D'Andrea is doing since his surgery? Have you heard what his future plans are?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:48:28 PM)
He is going to try and make it back for OSU's pro day in March. Tressel said the surgery was successful. But you have to wonder how much more that knee can take.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:48:37 PM)
Will we ever see the full back or even two running backs in the backfield again? I have to believe that Pittman and Mo Wells would be tough to defend.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:48:43 PM)
(from AWinfield)

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:49:05 PM)
Yes, I think that might be one of the things they were saving for Iowa. I look for more traditional power-I this week.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:49:12 PM)
next years schedule looks pretty light. with the majority of the d coming back do you feel that we have a chance at running the table next year?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:49:29 PM)
Absolutely not. I think OSU will struggle next year. Which for Tressel means 9-3 at worst. Haha.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:50:00 PM)
But seriously, OSU is going to take a hit next year. It's a big deal breaking in a new QB, plus you're losing 3/4 of a very good DL. And who knows if Pittman will come back.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:50:11 PM)
What is Tate's current condition, close to 100%?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:50:43 PM)
I think so. Abdominal strains can linger for QBs, but I think he's fine. He could have played against Syracuse, but I think Ferentz wanted to make sure he was 100 percent for ISU and OSU.

ohs (Sep 26, 2006 6:51:00 PM)
what is our starting DT and OL next year? I'll say Vernon, Barrow, Denninger and Rose and then Boone, Barton, S. Rhering, Skinner and Whaley.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:51:41 PM)
I can't argue with that! I think you nailed it. I would like to see another DT step up, but right now I like the idea of Barrow at DT so Rose can see the field. Wilson will be pushing for a starting spot and will play a lot.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 6:52:05 PM)
I cannot remember Tressel ever calling for a fake punt or kick, do you think there could be a situation he would call for one?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:52:11 PM)
(from AWinfield)

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:53:02 PM)
They ran a fake FG in the national title game, but there was some talk that Groom did that on his own and Tressel was not happy. I think it's always in the playbook, but it's not really Tressel's style. He has punted from inside the 37 before, which is a cardinal sin. haha.

tony2246 (Sep 26, 2006 6:53:18 PM)
Speaking of Datish.....after watching the PSU game several times.....I didn't think he had one of this better games.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:54:16 PM)
It was the first time he was sloppy with his snaps to the shotgun, but that could be attributed to the wet ball. He wasn't getting good push in the running game, but he was great against Texas. I think Datish is a very good player, but he's still getting comfortable at center.

marinebuckeye (Sep 26, 2006 6:54:25 PM)
Dave, why are we only putting Ginn back by himself on kickoffs and punts? Last year it seemed to work out great with him and Holmes both back...

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:55:22 PM)
They are using two punt returners a little bit, but nowhere near as much as last year. Maybe because they felt they HAD to get both Ginn and Holmes back there (heck, Holmes is returning kicks and punts for the Steelers). I like the two punt retuners and hopefully we'll see it this week.

hondo (Sep 26, 2006 6:55:34 PM)
It seems every game there have been several dropped passes. That has to be frustrating for Troy. Is this just a matter of the WRs not focusing hard enough?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:56:13 PM)
I think overall the WRs have done a very good job, but against PSU there were some drops (even Gonzo) but that was probably because of the rain. Robiskie catches everything.

marinebuckeye (Sep 26, 2006 6:56:24 PM)
Dave, people keep talking about Hazell or Peterson being the next coaches we lose...What makes them stand out ?????

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:57:41 PM)
I have not heard that about Peterson. Not that he couldn't move up and leave, but I think he wants to stay at OSU for a while... As for Hazell, he has a great repoire with the players. He can chew them out, then hang out with them. Plus, the guy knows his football. He brought some very good ideas with him including the dual punt returners. Plus, every WR seems to excel under him.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:57:56 PM)
What was with Jenkins spiking the ball on the INT TD return? I have reviewed it several times and you can't tell. From one angle it clearly looks like he did, but the one closest to the "side" angle has him spiking the ball backwards and the ball lands just short of the goal-line... your thoughts?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:58:30 PM)
Just a boneheaded thing. Tressel joked today that "we tell our players to act like you've been there before... but then it occured to me that malcolm had never been there before."

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:58:44 PM)
I think the ball barely crossed the goal line before he spiked it. He spiked it backwards.

TampaBuck (Sep 26, 2006 6:58:53 PM)
Can we expect to see more of Robert Rose this week or do we wait for BG, Illinois, and Indiana?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 6:59:12 PM)
I think he will only see spot duty this week. But he looked great last week in the fourth quarter.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 6:59:47 PM)
I know it is WAY too early to start talking about next year, BUT.... we have back a great O-line, and one if not two great RBs (not including Saine), very good WRs, all of our LBs, almost all of our DBs, and our best DE. We lose our DTs, QB, and Ginn. Our next QB will have so much to rely on that he won't have to win games. We lose 1 game next year, two at most.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 7:00:18 PM)
I disagree. I think next year will be a three-loss season. Losing Troy will be huge. And you don't know if Pittman is going to come back. Plus, you're losing a pair of great DTs.

Guest (Sep 26, 2006 7:00:33 PM)
When do we see Roy Hall---I think if healthy he could make a big difference, no one has sen him yet on the filed. Your thoughts?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 7:01:48 PM)
I think he will be the No. 4 WR going forward and will make a couple big plays in big games. I don't think Roy will have any stats to write home about this year, but he and Troy are tight friends and I think Hall will have a few chances to step up and make some big catches. But I think it's too late to regain the No. 3 role. Robiskie has it locked down.

chuangtsu (Sep 26, 2006 7:02:01 PM)
Who are the three teams that beat us? We don't play anyone? Who will be having an up year in the big ten? See, only 1, maybe 2.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 7:02:51 PM)
I haven't taken a close look at the schedule, but next year is going to be a down year compared to this one. Enjoy this ride! Next year won't be a big drop-off like '03 to '04. But I can't imagine them doing any better than 10-2 or 9-3 with a rookie QB.

cain19 (Sep 26, 2006 7:02:56 PM)
Do you think Ginn is leaving for sure? What percentage would u give that he leaves.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 7:03:21 PM)
100 percent. I'm not even going to give the obligitory 99.9.

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 7:04:42 PM)
Thanks for dtopping by everyone! Any other questions before we call it a night?

DaveBiddle (Sep 26, 2006 7:05:56 PM)
Thanks everyone! Over and out.

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