Helwagen Chat: Nov. 9 Archive

Here are excerpts from Thursday's Chat with Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen. He conducts these Chat sessions each week for Bucknuts.com subscribers. One of the key topics this week was the status of Chris Wells. Click here for excerpts from this week's Chat.

mattman587 (Nov 9, 2006 10:44:47 AM)
Steve, what are your thoughts on the 5 for 5 schollarship request?

ottobuck (Nov 9, 2006 10:48:14 AM)
What kind of special teams does NU have and what's the weather going to be like?(remember one wk at a time)

edbuck51 (Nov 9, 2006 10:48:15 AM)
Do you think there is any chance Rutgers can get Louisville tonite? I don't see it happenin'.

tyrellwho? (Nov 9, 2006 10:48:29 AM)
do we see the juggernaut that is Ohio State's offense back this week? Does Beanie play a bigger role in the backfield?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:49:14 AM)
OK, we'll work backwards to frontwards and start sending ??? whenever you want. mattman587 asked about the 5 for 5 scholarship request ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:51:06 AM)
I guess that would be OK. I know in the old days taking the fifth year was not a certainty for redshirts. It was there if they wanted it or if the coaches wanted them or needed them to have it. I guess when you had unlimited scholarships only the best guys were "invited" back for 5th years. I don't have a big problem with it. It takes 5 years nowadays to graduate for most people (not me of course, I did it in 12 quarters). But it is hard to do. I think this will help graduation rates if guys stay in school with the chance to play a fifth year.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:52:32 AM)
ottobuck asks about NU's special teams and weather for Sat. ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:53:13 AM)
Weather.com says high of 41, cloudy and windy, chance of precip early, but the game is at 2:30 local time. Sounds a little colder than last week at Illinois. ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:54:17 AM)
Joel Howells is 5 of 9 on field goals, Larscheid averages 38 on punts, not sure if they have a return threat, they average 6.2 yards on punts and 18 on kicks.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:54:31 AM)
edbuck asks about Rutgers-Louisville ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:55:45 AM)
I think Rutgers has a chance. Depends on whether Rutgers can score with that great UL offense and whether the Rutgers defense can force 2 key turnovers by the Cards. Rutgers will be playing on emotion, certainly. Weather will not be a factor. I think UL wins, but Rutgers plays them tough.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:56:07 AM)
tyrellwho? asks about the OSU offense and Beantown Wells. ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:56:48 AM)
Yes, I think Ohio State will gear it back up this week. Illinois' defense, statistically and athletically, was pretty good. NU's will be missing Nick Roach, one of their top guys. ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:57:26 AM)
As far as Wells, my guess is they will get him 10 carries to see if he is ready mentally and physically for Michigan. If he passes that test, he may get 5-8 totes against UM, maybe more if that game somehow gets in hand.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:57:48 AM)
But they need him to beat Michigan. Pittman will not do it alone, not against a UM defense allowing 30-some ypg on the ground.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:58:07 AM)
OK, I think we're caught up with the previous ???. Please send in any questions you'd like to see answered.

tyrellwho? (Nov 9, 2006 10:58:15 AM)
What kind of things can we expect to see NW try to do offensively against us?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 10:59:14 AM)
My feeling is NU will try and establish Sutton and the running game. That has been their bread and butter in what has been a terrible year for the NU offense. Bacher is slowly gaining confidence, but the OSU defense could chew him up and spit him out if they aren't careful.

expresblfc (Nov 9, 2006 10:59:25 AM)
Your thoughts on the Wells'... does Chris play vs scUM and does Mo ever fit in here

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:01:09 AM)
I said above, I think Tressel gives Chris Wells a chance. They truly do need him if they expect to beat Michigan, in my opinion. You go down swinging with your best people, I say. Mo Wells would be helped, certainly, if Pittman moves on. He'd have a leg up on Saine and Herron, at least, next year. Every time Beanie fumbles or misses a blocking assignment, that helps Chris Wells as well. But he is just not an every down back. He is another Derek Combs or Maurice Hall -- great in situations but diminishing returns if you try and play them for 50 plays.

tyrellwho? (Nov 9, 2006 11:01:24 AM)
How good of an X's and O's guy is NW's coach Fitzgerald? Is he more motivational speaker and less chess player?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:02:46 AM)
Well, he doesn't have the experience of a Tressel or a Paterno. Northwestern has to go that unorthodox route, though, to inspire its less athletic but very cerebral players to deliver the effort every time out. If he is surrounded by good assistants and does a good job recruiting kids he can win with (like Jordan Mabin from Nordonia and David Arnold from Copley, etc.), they will be fine.

edbuck51 (Nov 9, 2006 11:03:01 AM)
What percent of the recruits coming to the Michigan game do you think are just coming to be at The Game vs. being really interested? I know it's part of the process, but somehow you have to feel a little used.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:04:08 AM)
That is a good question. Many of them were locked in 2 months ago when the prospect for this undefeated showdown was a possibility but far from a certainty. I'm not sure who they get out of this group. Historically, visits for Michigan weekend have not yielded a whole lot. Let's face it, it's going to be an absolute zoo down there, particularly if they win.

edbuck51 (Nov 9, 2006 11:04:16 AM)
Is the field going to ready for next week? Is the Field Turf decision a done deal? As much as I love the grass, the field has been a major disappointment this year.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:05:34 AM)
By all accounts, the field should be in good shape for this game. Amazing the lengths they have gone to. In the old days, they just would have played on a crappy field and not worried about it. Not sure any decision has been made for next year. I agree, they are in the 7th year, I think, with the lower field and it's a disaster over there. They are growing grass in a sump pump, it seems.

section22 (Nov 9, 2006 11:05:48 AM)
It looks to me that Wells may be holding the ball too tight, and that causes it to fall out of his arms. Happens to nervous pee wees a lot.

Guest (Nov 9, 2006 11:05:51 AM)
Our depth chart at RB seems a little tenuous right now to be sure?

ottobuck (Nov 9, 2006 11:05:54 AM)
I heard or read(from H.S. coach) part of Well's problem is because of his long arms? Any info?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:06:34 AM)
He is definitely nervous. Gonzo put it rightly, though. You need to forget it. You can't get those bad plays back. No idea on the long arm thing. Never heard that before.

mattman587 (Nov 9, 2006 11:06:41 AM)
In regards to Pittman, I've heard that he is a probable for bolting to the NFL. Is this what you've heard and if so, do you see him going in the first round with the likes of Peterson, Hart, Lynch, Bush?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:08:12 AM)
Pittman told reporters 2 weeks ago he wants to come back and try and win the Heisman. If he does an about face, that would be his prerogative. Holmes kind of did one last year, so it would not be unprecedented. Not sure where Pittman would fit in at the pro level, to be honest. He's like 195-200. I just can't say. Definitely a first day guy, not sure about first round, though. You have to be awful good to be up there.

rbuck (Nov 9, 2006 11:08:23 AM)
Why so hush, hush on when Oden will be back? He's had the screw out for almost 3 weeks now, don't you think he'll be playing sooner rather than later. My guess is in the next two weeks and he WILL play at UNC.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:09:16 AM)
My guess is more mid-December. They are waiting another week it seems to examine him and see where he is. If he doesn't play against UNC or Florida, no big biggie. They could use him against UC. Otherwise, why risk it? Nothing to gain.

Guest (Nov 9, 2006 11:09:32 AM)
If they decided to take the Big Ten back to ten teams and play the round robing like the Pac-10 does (I love this), who would you eliminate from the conference?

mattman587 (Nov 9, 2006 11:09:36 AM)
How is B. Davis going to do in UNC?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:10:36 AM)
Well, let me just say, he will find it was a whole lot easier recruiting the best players in Broward and Dade counties to stay home and play for the U than it will be to get guys to go to Chapel Hill, where everybody is just waiting for bkb season. They've had Julius Peppers and ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:11:28 AM)
He needs a good energetic staff. Obviously, it helps that NC State is kind of struggling. They'll need to do well down in Ga. and on down to Fla. and north to Maryland. There is a reason it's primarily a basketball league.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:11:43 AM)
Does the O-line play concern you?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:13:47 AM)
They have been so good for most of the year. The numbers say Illinois stacks up the run and that's what they did. Tressel obviously believed 17-0 and then 17-3 were all he needed. He had no inclination whatsoever that Illinois would drive down and score. Illinois was 3-4 plays away from potentially winning that game -- recovering the onside kick, a big pass play to set up the tying TD, a field goal in the top of the first OT and an OSU turnover in the bottom of the first OT ... and voila! you've got an upset. That was just too close for comfort. The play calling did not help, and Tressel admitted that was faulty to run the same plays in the same situations over and over.

Willie (Nov 9, 2006 11:14:10 AM)
Sorry if this already posted, I am new at this. I feel for OSU to beat TTUN, we have to throw and score early. I do not see this team being able to run the ball at all (under 70 yards). If they get a lead and can just pound Hart, we are in trouble. But, if we can throw effectively early and score and force them to throw, they play into our strength. What do you think?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:15:28 AM)
Agreed, another Smith to Gonzo out of nowhere bomb would be helpful, maybe Teddy can run a double move (like Lee Evans always used to against OSU) and get deep. Agreed on the pounding Hart part. I think UM can run for 150, maybe, against this defense. Need UM to have to throw and play from behind. Henne and his receivers have not clicked since ND, I don't think.

expresblfc (Nov 9, 2006 11:15:40 AM)
Is it a felony or a misdemeanor if you get arrested rushing the field for the ScUM game? My wife is concerned for me...lol

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:15:49 AM)
I don't know how you'd term that ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:16:03 AM)
Maybe just label it pure ecstacy and take your chances ... LOL.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:16:31 AM)
I have watched some of the Michigan fan-generated videos on YouTube the last couple of days regarding the 02 and 04 games ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:17:34 AM)
I was always against the Holbrook-inspired crackdowns ... until I saw those tapes. Wow. Something really did need to be done. These aren't students and they aren't well heeled alums. They're just drunken idiots how found their way somehow down to campus to drink, litter, urinate and start trouble.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:19:12 AM)
This is my message to anybody who reads this ... enjoy the game and win and lose with pride and dignity. Ohio State and Columbus do not need another black eye. Treat the visitors with courtesy, like you'd want to be treated there. Off my soap box .

section22 (Nov 9, 2006 11:19:20 AM)
Are NFL scouts allowed to watch practices during the season?I am wondering how much interest there is in Troy Smith.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:20:19 AM)
I don't know the answer to that. My guess is in the Cooper regime there was some of that. Not sure if Tressel wants distractions of some guy in a teal Dolphins golf shirt on his sideline at practice. I honestly don't know and have not heard a draft projection on Troy. Somewhere first day, but he's only about 6-0 or 6-1.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:20:28 AM)
This just in ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:20:46 AM)
Good news is James Laurinaitis is a finalist for the Butkus Award!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:20:57 AM)
Ole Miss' Patrick Willis is also a finalist.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:21:00 AM)
Bad news is ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:21:17 AM)
PSU's Paul Posluszny is about to steal his second Butkus. He is the third finalist.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:21:42 AM)
He's not even the best LB on his own team. Damn shame, but the fix is in because I think Philly Rotary presents it.

tyrellwho? (Nov 9, 2006 11:21:49 AM)
Does Antonio Smith get drafted? any prediction if its first or second day?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:22:19 AM)
Yes, but remember he's only 5-9. He has to be like Winfield ... he has to do it better than the rest. Probably a second day guy.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:22:23 AM)
Paul Posluszny isn't even the best linebacker on Penn State.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:22:39 AM)
Yup. What a travesty that he's even in the top 3. Was not a factor against Ohio State.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:22:55 AM)
What exactly is wrong with Boone?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:23:28 AM)
You hear knee, but he was seen running fine off the field. They are taking no chances. This is his second week he will miss.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:23:34 AM)
Can we expect any kind of running game against Michigan? Pass to set up the run? I bet we run the ball a lot this week to get prepared for The Game.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:24:37 AM)
You got it. After you average 2.5 ypcarry against Illinois, you better pound out the kinks or prepare to go 0-fer against UM on the ground. My guess is Troy Smith will get some "cheap" ground yards with well timed QB draws. then again, no such thing as a cheap yard in that game, where 1 yard is really worth 2.

DantheMan (Nov 9, 2006 11:24:44 AM)
Sorry, I am late, did you cover the issue of the thumb injury to Troy and the knee "procedure" of Boone?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:25:22 AM)
I did not interview Troy this week. Sounds like just a nasty sprain of some sort and rest is the only thing that can probably cure it. Boone they say is a knee. Probably a precaution so he is ready for UM.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:25:26 AM)
Can we get to Henne with our d-line? I think getting pressure on him and slowing down their running game are the keys to the game. Your thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:26:24 AM)
Yes, I think so. They've only given up 12 sacks, but I wonder if that is a function of who they've played as well.

tyrellwho? (Nov 9, 2006 11:26:29 AM)
do you think Wallace ends up signing with tOSU and Matta?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:27:12 AM)
I heard they deliberated late into the night Tuesday about it and could not decide. I'm not even sure who the other schools are for him because some have bailed. Maybe Louisville or Florida. I just don't know. My guess is it does happen eventually when he is comfortable.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:29:34 AM)
How will Michigan cover Ginn, Gonzalez, Robo, Hall, etc? Does it open up running lanes?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:30:11 AM)
I suppose it might. Maybe that's how OSU will attack Michigan. Spread the field and run inside-out if something develops, he can bounce it, like he likes to do.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:30:21 AM)
I have to tell you that Louisville scares me.... probably more so than any other team. That offense will be very hard to stop. Who do you see as the biggest scare for the Buckeyes?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:31:46 AM)
That offense against a good defense scores 20-24 points. Not 44. And they can't stop a good offense. WVU's Pat White gets the courage award for that third quarter. While Slaton was wasting away on the pine with whatever that was, White took a beating and led WVU down the field singlehandedly like 90 yards for a score. UL's defense just isn't up to the task. OSU could get 250 yards rushing and have the ball for 38 minutes.

tyrellwho? (Nov 9, 2006 11:32:14 AM)
You really think Hart and company go for 150 yds against us? You have to believe we are by far the best defensive line they have seen all year, and vice versa.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:33:22 AM)
Oh, I like Ohio State's front 7. They've been pretty good. Little shaky against the run early, but improving each week. I don't think Michigan gashes them by any means. I do think UM runs for more yardage than Ohio State does, not that that alone will decide the game.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:33:37 AM)
Troy Smith would be the difference, provided he is healthy, in my mind today.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:33:46 AM)
Could we have asked for a better "scare" week than last week? Just think, we regained our focus for our warm-up game against northwestern, and will take momentum, focus, and the national championship into a home game against our rival.... this is awesome!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:34:34 AM)
Agreed, Tressel and staff should have their undivided attention. That was a lights out performance on defense, too, but the TD drive shows them as well that they were not perfect. It is a perfect set-up, provided each team takes care of their business this week.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:34:41 AM)
Any word on any Michigan injuries?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:35:00 AM)
Nope, I think they are in good shape after getting MM back, although he had zero catches against Nut State.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:35:13 AM)
I know that historically recruits do not care about whether or not teams win on the official visits, but a win of #1 vs. #2 has to get some of those guys excited. I see several commits that weekend. Your thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:35:54 AM)
Nope, been tracking it for years and rarely does anybody commit in the throes of a great OSU home win over Michigan. In fact, in 98, they had 6-7 national recruits in and didn't get any of them.

rbuck (Nov 9, 2006 11:36:11 AM)
I've heard...take that for what it's worth. That Tress wanted last weeks game to be close, just not as close as it ended up. Just to give these young pups a reality check and know that it's not always going to be an easy 17 point win. I think it's a crazy theory, but when you look at how ULTRA conservative they went (so early), it kind of makes me wonder.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:37:07 AM)
Yes, he underestimated Juice and Brasic. How about those dueling QBs leading them right down at the end. And it wasn't like OSU backed off into a prevent. They knocked Juice out of the game in the middle of the drive. I honestly believe he though 17-0 and 17-3 was enough to win it and he took his ball and went home.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:37:16 AM)
Any recruiting news that you would like to tell us about? Did you catch any high school games last weekend?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:38:16 AM)
Ben Martin may be seeing Fla. this weekend, which is a development. Had a head to head last weekend with Saine and Dane (each tremendous) and another this week with Herron (tremendous with over 200 last week) against Oliver at Cleveland Browns Stadium. I did not see any prep games last week and won't see any this week with the road trips.

DantheMan (Nov 9, 2006 11:38:26 AM)
Bad news weather-wise, but typical for Big Ten country in November: Saturday in Chicago, windy and about 40 degrees, some snow at some point during the day but probably not at game time. Could be nasty. What do you think? Button it down? Can we move against NW with the same second half game plan as against Illinois?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:38:51 AM)
No, I think you'll see more of the plays we saw the preceeding 5 weeks when they were shreading people.

DantheMan (Nov 9, 2006 11:38:57 AM)
Biggest scare for the Bucks? Not Louiville: but whether Troy Smith's bad thumb would be like Cornelius Greene's bad thumb in the 73 game (10-10 tie )>

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:39:11 AM)
Yeah, that's not good. They need him to be Troy to beat Michigan.

DantheMan (Nov 9, 2006 11:39:20 AM)
I read where Beanie's high school coach had a problem with his fumbles because his arms are so long. Can our OSU orthopedic staff shorten his arms? If DJ Jones can come back with a hole in his heart, Beanie can certainly take one for the team. :)

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:39:56 AM)
That's funny. This medical staff does work miracles. Think about Daniels and Bollman and Gentry and Taliaferro. They work miracles at OSU every day. Now shortening a man's arms ...

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:40:07 AM)
What is the deal with the linebackers? Who starts and in what way are they rotated? Where is Grant? Homan? Kerr?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:42:20 AM)
They have moved to a 3-man starting unit of Freeman at the Will, Laurinaitis at the Mike and Terry at the Sam. Terry will also play some at the Will, maybe, when Homan or Kerr comes in at the Sam. Grant spells 33 at the Mike, but only very rarely. Terry also goes down and plays the Viper DE when they go to a 5 or 6 DB package.

ottobuck (Nov 9, 2006 11:42:30 AM)
How many points is the "SHOE" worth?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:43:01 AM)
I think she's worth 7. Just my opinion. She was worth at least 4 in the PSU game because they got that false start at the 1 and had to settle for the FG instead of the TD.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:43:35 AM)
Man did it get loud down there or what. That "open" end is so huge and so close to the field now. They are more of an impact than the closed end.

DantheMan (Nov 9, 2006 11:43:52 AM)
Chuangtsu is a glass half full guy. Talk about making a virtue out of necessity.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:43:54 AM)
Oh, and I do not have a job... my employment status was discussed in a chat a few weeks ago... I am a full time student just out of the miltary, thank you very much!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:44:04 AM)
Wonderful, we are glad to have you!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:44:22 AM)
It is 3 p.m. Eastern. Not necessarily a stopping point, but is there anything else today?

MacAuley says BuckeyesBy24 (Nov 9, 2006 11:44:41 AM)
For a soph to be a Butkus fianalist is enough...for now.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:45:14 AM)
Agreed, really reflects well on what he's done this year and on Ohio State's defense as a whole. They've done so well these awards groups are searching for OSU guys to include.

dozerbuck51 (Nov 9, 2006 11:46:09 AM)
Steve, What is your thought on the D next year? Losing three/four DL will hurt.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:48:39 AM)
I agree 150 percent. They lose Pitcock, Patterson, Penton and Richardson. That's a lot. Yes, Gholston is coming back and Wilson is starting to show some things, but Heacock will need 5 more guys to step forward and replace the production. Pitcock is the nation's best DL, period. He's up for the Lombardi and the Lott. They set the tone for everything you saw this year. They are the ones who gummed up the works and made life easier for the DBs. Freeman has been up and down, Laurinaitis has been great and the other spot has largely been unsettled until Terry came along. ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:49:46 AM)
They will have Gholston, Freeman, Laurinaitis, Terry, Jenkins, O'Neal and Russell (sliding back in when 100 percent) returning. That's not bad in the back 7, but the front is where it all happens in terms of pressure, stopping the run and containing a mobile QB. We'll see what Heacock does. My money is on him coaching up some guys to get it done.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:49:57 AM)
I'm not a 'glass is half full' guy, I am a 'glass is completely full' guy! No matter what happens we go to our 4th out of 5 yrs BCS bowl game! How is that not completely full! We may even play for the NC!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:51:09 AM)
You, sir, have the right attitude. They've come this far and you want to perish the notion that they will lose any of these last 3 games. But nobody's self-worth or outlook on life should be adversely affected if they do. We need perspective. Then again, when we run a web site devoted to coverage of OSU sports, perspective is the last thing we need (ha ha).

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:51:31 AM)
We heard that Worthington would play some DT... did you see anything out of him?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:52:07 AM)
He's just a young pup out there learning. I'm sure after everything he's been through, he's just happy to be out there. He'll start actually impacting games next year. That's my guess.

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:52:35 AM)
What is the line for The Game?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:53:07 AM)
My feeling is Ohio State minus-6. Maybe that's too high. Maybe it's too low. Maybe an even 7.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:53:23 AM)
The pick I am leaning toward now is roughly ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:53:26 AM)
27-17 ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:53:28 AM)
Blue ...

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ottobuck (Nov 9, 2006 11:53:45 AM)
good one

chuangtsu (Nov 9, 2006 11:53:54 AM)
When is next Nevada chat? What is call for that game?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:54:23 AM)
His next Chat will be the Monday after the Michigan game. He may write a column on the game next week, though. He is a very busy man.

Guest (Nov 9, 2006 11:54:35 AM)
Great chat Steve! Enjoy our third to last Buckeye game of the year!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:55:00 AM)
Hey guys, anything else before I go off and enjoy our last 70 degree day of the year in Cols., O.?!

ottobuck (Nov 9, 2006 11:55:07 AM)
Too busy for THE GAME?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 9, 2006 11:55:22 AM)
What can I say, he makes his living with his other work.

MacAuley says BuckeyesBy24 (Nov 9, 2006 11:55:24 AM)
Thanks Steve GO BUCKS!!!

MacAuley says BuckeyesBy24 (Nov 9, 2006 11:55:39 AM)
O - H !!!

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