Biddle Chat Archive: Nov. 14

Bucknuts assistant editor Dave Biddle dropped by Tuesday evening for a chat with premium subscribers. We have a transcript posted below.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:43:34 PM)
Hello and thanks for dropping by. Fire away whenever you're ready!

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 5:44:01 PM)
What is the weather going to be like for the game, and what effect will it have on the outcome?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:44:53 PM) is saying high of 49 with a 30 percent chance of rain. I would prefer a dry field, it would help the Buckeyes' passing game. But it doesn't sound like the weather will be a big factor.

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 5:45:08 PM)
What will um complain about this year? The turf? Drug dogs? Late start? BUCKEYES were just too darn good?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:46:11 PM)
It will have to be the latter because I don't think OSU is going to give them anything to complain about this time. And it's funny that UM fans (and even writers) use that as an excuse for the '04 game. Michigan got up 14-7, and then OSU had to come back to win in Troy Smith's coming out party. Doesn't seem like the dogs had them too rattled to beging the game.

buckmark (Nov 14, 2006 5:46:16 PM)
Right up top Dave....what's your prediction?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:46:53 PM)
21-10 OSU. I could see a 14-10 game in the fourth quarter and the Buckeyes scoring the clinching TD. Even if my score is off, I think it will be low scoring.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 5:47:02 PM)
Does it seem like we have problems defending the pass down the middle of the field?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:47:35 PM)
OSU defends the deep ball very well. In this game, I think Michigan will try and dink-and-dunk them to death, with a few boots and screens mixed in.

TampaBuck (Nov 14, 2006 5:47:47 PM)
Dave...Michigan's defense against the run is leading the nation but they have not faced the spread offense this year to my knowledge. Do we run for more yards than most people expect on Saturday?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:48:34 PM)
They have faced spread teams (like Indiana) just no good ones. I actually think OSU will struggle running the ball, but will be effective enough to win. Troy Smith and the passing game will pick up the vast majority of yards.

buckmark (Nov 14, 2006 5:48:41 PM)
Do you expect any commits this week?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:49:14 PM)
Probably not this week, but I think we will start to see them roll in as the high school season comes to an end and OSU goes full-force into recruiting with a (hopefully) seven-week break between games.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 5:49:21 PM)
Has anyone been able to get to Henne without blitzing? Will we get pressure with our d-line?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:50:32 PM)
Even teams that have blitzed have not been able to get too much pressure on Henne. But this OSU defensive line will be by far the best the Wolverines have faced, and yes, I do think OSU will get pressure at times from its front four. But they will have to mix in some LB and safety blitzes. And you know they will. Heacock loves those safety blitzes

buckmark (Nov 14, 2006 5:50:36 PM)
Can our OL handle scUM's DL?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:51:32 PM)
I think it will be a stalemate, and that will be good enough for OSU. I am really impressed with this Michigan DL and I don't know how someone couldn't be. They have two NFL first round picks in Branch and Woodley. But OSU has a very good offensive line. Boone is back. I think Rehring

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:51:54 PM)
Rehring's had a great year. And of course Barton, Downing and Datish are as solid as they come. I see a stalemate in that matchup.

littaguy (Nov 14, 2006 5:52:04 PM)
Hi Dave, I know it is Michigan week, but since it is still early in the chat, any word on what went down at St. Ed's? Caught a bit on WTAM in Cleveland that Gibbons is out as coach.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:52:33 PM)
I have not heard anything about that. I've been so wrapped up in THE GAME coverage and everything that goes with it. I will have to check the JJ Huddle boards and see what's going on with that.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 5:52:42 PM)
What would you say is UM's biggest weakness? What is ours?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:53:28 PM)
UM's biggest weakness is pass defense and defending running quarterbacks. Offensively, even if MM is back, is he really full strength? I don't see anyone who can really stretch the field. Breaston won't be able to get behind OSU's DBs like he did Indiana's.

buckmark (Nov 14, 2006 5:53:33 PM)
Tressel seems to always have a new wrinklr for this game in the offensive scheme. Any thoughts about what we may see?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:54:35 PM)
If I knew that I would be much smarter than Mr. Bucknuts tells me I am. But you are right, we will definitely see some new plays and formations thrown at Michigan. Some "Tyress" if you will. But that's why they are secret plays, only Tressel and crew know what they are.'

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 5:54:43 PM)
It seems all the talk is about the um d. I think, based on the season, um better worry about tOSU's "D"! What about you?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:55:51 PM)
It's really amazing that we're sitting here talking about the No. 1 scoring D in the country and No. 8 total D. So much for OSU struggling this year defensively huh? And honestly, I think most Buckeye followers myself included thought this defensive line would be great and overall the defense would be solid. But no one expected it to be this good. It's a credit to how hard the players worked and to Heacock and his staff.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 5:56:01 PM)
How much of Beanie do we see against the tough run defense?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:56:41 PM)
I think he will get about 8-9 carries in this one. And those will be needed carries. I could even see him getting the ball a little more if he holds on to it. Much like what we saw in Iowa City.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 5:56:52 PM)
Hey Dave, Eddie George mentioned that SCum had the advantage because they won't have to deal with all of the extra stuff surrounding the game - how does JT try to handle this with his team?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:57:34 PM)
Well, they are in lockdown mode this week, so I don't think that will be a factor at all. I just look at it as it's a huge advantage for Ohio State to be playing the biggest game in the history of the rivalry in the Horseshoe.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 5:57:40 PM)
do u think hart will have much success running the ball against us our run d's been a little stiff of late

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:58:17 PM)
No, for the third straight year, I think OSU will be able to shut down Hart for the most part. Henne will have to beat them with his arm and I don't think he can do it. He will make plays, but if he throws enough he will make his share of mistakes.

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 5:58:24 PM)
I feel confident in our kicking game to win it with 03 sec left. What about you?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 5:59:10 PM)
I'd be sweating bullets but I like your way of thinking better. Now are we talking about a Pettrey 25-yarder, or 50. Hasn't really mattered much of late with him. he's been money, especially for a freshman.

hondo (Nov 14, 2006 5:59:18 PM)
Any inside scoops you can give us regarding Saturday?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:00:10 PM)
About the only thing is Alex Boone is reportedly 100 percent (not 90 percent and getting better, but 100 percent). Health is not a factor with him.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:00:34 PM)
I will post the last two questions... they didn't come up...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:00:53 PM)
the first wanted to know if hart would have success running the ball v OSU

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:01:15 PM)
the second wanted to know if i'd be confident in a game-winning FG for OSU with three seconds left

TampaBuck (Nov 14, 2006 6:01:27 PM)
Michigan had 255 total yards last year including 32 on the ground at home. I don't see Michigan driving the length of the field against this defense in the Shoe. Get ahead early and don't turn it over and we should be in good shape. Thoughts?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:02:17 PM)
If Ohio State wins the turnover battle, it will win. I've said it many times that OSU has the better team and all things being equal, the Buckeyes will win. Michigan's only shot IMO is to win the turnover battle.

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 6:02:26 PM)
I saw on espn the last 5 scores of thee Tressel era the only game we lost was 37-21 the other games they scored 21,21,21,9 we must keep them 21 or under and we win. Your thoughts

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:02:54 PM)
Yes, if Michigan is held to under 21 points, OSU will win. This will be a low scoring game IMO.

eckleybuck88 (Nov 14, 2006 6:03:00 PM)
Do you think Roy Hall has a big game? He had a great catch against Iowa will we see more fades to him?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:03:40 PM)
We were just talking about that on the radio show that Hall hasn't done much this year, but he looked good against Iowa (a very big game at the time) and I think they might use him as a little bit of a secret weapon against UM.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 6:03:53 PM)
I heard today that there is going to be 300 recruits at the game on Sat., that a record?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:04:48 PM)
Bukibill is saying he heard there will be 300 recruits at the game... I am not sure if that's a record, but it's sure a lot. I don't think this game will have a HUGE effect on recruiting, but it could sway a few players like O'Dowd.

hondo (Nov 14, 2006 6:04:52 PM)
Do you think Manningham is 100%, and will he he affect the game?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:05:49 PM)
I don't think he's 100 percent, but I think he's pretty close. He has to be a little rusty, but I'm sure he will be close to full speed on Saturday. I honestly don't see him making a big impact. I think Malcolm Jenkins is looking forward to that matchup, as well as Antonio Smith and Washington.

Heater and his Monkey (Nov 14, 2006 6:05:53 PM)
Dave--give it to us...what's the score of The Game?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:06:04 PM)
21-10 OSU

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 6:06:12 PM)
Been doing some aruguing with some guys. Who would you rather have Pitt or Hart

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:07:04 PM)
Give me Pittman, but I think Hart is very good. Definitely a close call there. No question Pittman will be the better pro back, but for college backs they are pretty close. Most national guys would probably say Hart, but give me 25.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 6:07:13 PM)
Is there any chance we land this Rob Gronkowski TE kid?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:07:44 PM)
Yes. Even Bob L, who is sometimes pessimistic when it comes to OSU recruiting, says Rob always talks well of OSU and he thinks OSU has a very good shot.

kleintime16 (Nov 14, 2006 6:07:51 PM)
How confident are you feeling about a W?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:08:14 PM)
Probably more confident than I should be. This reminds me of the Texas game last year when I was just sure that OSU would win playing at home. And we know how that one turned out.

hondo (Nov 14, 2006 6:08:28 PM)
I heard Burgess has a sprained ankle, do you know how dinged up he is?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:09:12 PM)
I also heard he was dinged up in the Indiana game, but Michigan is so tight-lipped about injuries (when they're not floating BS rumors) and it's hard to say for sure. I'm confident he will start though.

Heater and his Monkey (Nov 14, 2006 6:09:23 PM)
If you're attackin the _ichigan D, it seems to me that you have to spread it out and go from the shotgun or ShotGinn. How about a ShotGinn formation speed option with Smith and Ginn. We last used that against ND in the Fiesta Bowl. Could surprise them.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:10:29 PM)
Michigan is not a slow team, but they don't have enough speed to cover OSU in the spread. I agree that spreading them out and using the strengths of the best player in college football is the way to go. And that includes some runs from Smith out of the shotgun. Everyone knows it's coming, but can Michigan stop Troy from running?

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 6:10:35 PM)
what kind of rotation do you see us running this game? OL? LB? RB?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:11:16 PM)
Nothing like what we have seen for the majority of the year. I think the starters will play the majority of snaps. OL won't change at all. Heacock likes to rotate defensive players, but he will back off a little bit this week....

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:11:28 PM)
I think Pit will get about 20 carries and Beanie 8-9

hondo (Nov 14, 2006 6:11:35 PM)
Do you think Michigan is thinking about the 1-4 record? Especially Carr?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:12:54 PM)
It's got to be in their head. Just like they were in OSU's head during the Cooper years. OSU denied it at the time and I'm sure UM would deny it now, but you can't get dominated by your rival like that and not have it affect your mentality. Tressel has a HUGE mental advantage over Carr and his staff rihgt now.

losu1 (Nov 14, 2006 6:13:03 PM)
Any word on whether Robiskie's ankle is hurting him. I think he could play a big role in this game if healthy.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:14:03 PM)
I have not heard anything about an ankle injury for Robo. If Hall steps up, Robiskie won't be needed as much, but he's been a playmaker all year. OSU is so deep at receiver, have to love the top five of Ginn, Gonzo, Robo, Hall and Hartline

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 6:14:18 PM)
How many yds do you think Hart will get and how many yards do you think thier offence will get.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:14:51 PM)
I think Hart will get about 70 yards and overall their offense around 280.

Heater and his Monkey (Nov 14, 2006 6:15:00 PM)
Worried about our kicking game?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:15:53 PM)
Not Pettrey. But honestly, Trapasso has me a little concerned. He's solid, but I haven't seen much improvement and he seems to struggle with pooch kicks. Also struggles with consistency (which is understandable for a soph)

yooperbuck (Nov 14, 2006 6:16:14 PM)
Hi Dave. What is the latest on Boone?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:16:24 PM)
I've heard he's 100 percent and will start.

stump44 (Nov 14, 2006 6:16:39 PM)
I like the matchup between our O and their D much more than vise versa! What about you?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:17:38 PM)
I'm not sure. I think both matchups are good for OSU, but it will go back and forth all game. Sometimes OSU's offense will roll, other times I could see some three-and-outs. I see OSU's defense keeping points off the board, but UM could have some success moving the ball between the 20's.

buckmark (Nov 14, 2006 6:17:44 PM)
Have you had a look at how the new sod has taken? How has the weather been (I live in AL).

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:18:23 PM)
OSU is saying everything went well, but we won't know for sure until Saturday. They said last time it went well and it was a near disaster. No one's fault, just bad weather, but we won' t know until warmups on Saturday.

TampaBuck (Nov 14, 2006 6:18:30 PM)
What happened to O'Dowd and his cancelled visit this weekend?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:18:58 PM)
I am not sure. I just learned about that myself via a private message (after I incorrectly posted he would be here this weekend). I will have to call him and try and see what's up.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:19:11 PM)
Do you believe that about Boone?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:19:26 PM)
Yes, absolutely. He was healthy enough to play either of the last two weeks.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:19:40 PM)
Do you think Desmond Howard will show up on the Gameday set?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:20:02 PM)
I would say no... but if he does I would recommend body armor.

losu1 (Nov 14, 2006 6:20:08 PM)
Can Boone handle woodley one on one and do you think our interior o line can handle branch and taylor.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:21:06 PM)
I think he can here and there. But OSU will mix it up and chip with a TE or RB, sometimes double him, sometimes let Boone block him one-on-one. You can believe that's the one guy that OSU is game-planning against. Leads the Big Ten in sacks and sure-fire first-rounders.

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 6:21:28 PM)
Hey Dave I lost signal in middle of my question... IN the PSU school up north 2006 game I just watched up north dominated the front seven but PSU's inexperienced qb's were able to score TWICE on two long screen passes for TD's. Is this an area of their D we can exploit ?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:21:54 PM)
Well, that was kind of late in the game when the outcome was no longer in doubt if I remember it right. Penn State made a couple late plays, but overall got their butts handed to them.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:22:25 PM)
Not sure if I answered your question... I would doubt that the screen pass will be a big part of OSU's offense this week though.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 6:22:38 PM)
Will we come out in the shot-gun and start throwing short - slants, flats, etc....or option and off tackle? How much will field position determine the first five plays?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:23:23 PM)
I think OSU will come out much like they did last year in the shotgun-spread. I look for them to try and establish the pass first, then break out the running game as the safeties are back.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 6:23:33 PM)
We're up for a lot of major awards this year...with a win on Saturday, what do you think we rake in?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:23:47 PM)
Question from Heater about postseason awards...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:24:33 PM)
I think if OSU wins, they will lock up the Heisman (and all the other QB/offense awards like Maxwell, Davey O'Brien, etc.) and honestly I think that might be it...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:24:52 PM)
Pitcock missing a few games hurt his stats, even though he leads the team with 8 sacks...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:25:22 PM)
I have no faith in the Butkus voters and especially can't imagine them giving it to a sophomore like Laurinaitis.

thegame (Nov 14, 2006 6:25:36 PM)
One of the posts talked about how long Troy holds the ball. I'm not much of a coach, but noticed it too. Also, we seem to have a challenge running to the right. Are you seeing this too and do you think it's and issue?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:26:18 PM)
Troy does hold on to the ball long at times, but he has such good pocket presence and escapability that he gets away with it...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:27:05 PM)
Yes, OSU loves running to the left behind the biggins (Boone and Rehring) with someone else like Datish or Downing pulling. They haven't been as successful running to the right and it's a mystery to me because Barton and Downing are future NFL OLs.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 6:27:11 PM)
Any truth to the rumor that Barksdale is going to commit while on his official visit this weekend?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:27:29 PM)
Buckibill asking about Barksdale possibly committing this weekend...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:28:02 PM)
I thought he would be a Buckeye all along, but I'm not sure when he's going to make the announcement. I would guess it won't be this weekend.

buckmark (Nov 14, 2006 6:28:15 PM)
I have a feeling we will see the TE's for OSU play a pretty big roll. Itseems they have been more utilized as the season wore on.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:28:50 PM)
It's been hot and cold for the TEs, but the good news is that Nicol has been solid when called upon. I would guess he will have two receptions this week... no more than three.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:28:59 PM)
All of the fans, pundits and insiders seem extremely confident this week. It's getting scary on borderline overconfident. Do you have any worries the team could get overconfident?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:29:46 PM)
I think Tressel does a good job of keeping them grounded. This team came into the season with high expectations with the No. 1 ranking and never lost its focus. But you are right, most everyone (present company included) is probably a little overconfident for this one.

BuckeyeFanForLife00 (Nov 14, 2006 6:30:12 PM)
How do you think 2007 finishes? and who do you see starting off the 2008 class-the Nate Oliver of 2008

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:30:59 PM)
I think the Buckeyes will land either O'Dowd or Davis, but not both. They will get Barksdale and Martin, Hines if they want him, Scott (DB from Fla) and a couple more...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:31:17 PM)
I think Mike Adams (OL from Dub Coffman) will be the first commit of the '08 class.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 6:31:32 PM)
Do you think Troy Smith runs this game? he's seemed so comfortable in the pocket this year, but agianst a tougher defense do you see him using his legs more to make plays?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:32:08 PM)
Yes, I think Troy Smith will run a lot this game...more than he has all year. The question is whether UM will put a spy on him. Herrmann never did. Will English?

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 6:32:21 PM)
Maybe it just me. But the games that i have been able to see. Beanie looks really good and if he can find a few holes to run it (without fumbling ) he could be the difference maker. To me he really looks good. He looks close to breaking one and when he gets hit he always seems to get an extra yd or two.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:33:03 PM)
Take away the fumbles and he has been lights-out impressive. Always gets those extra yards as you mentioned. But Pit's the bell cow and I don't think Wells will get more than 10 carries this week. But he could make a big impact with those 9-10 jaunts.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 6:33:15 PM)
I'm sure you read about Pitt saying that he actually liked Michigan and would have gone there if they hadn't offered second. Does that many any sense to you? Please tell me that most recruits aren't that foolish (although they are only 17-18 yrs).

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:33:42 PM)
Well, young kids do dumb things... the important thing is that Pit grew out of it and made the right choice :-)

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 6:34:00 PM)
Dave, I agree I think Ohio State has the best team. But remember the PSU and ILL. games? IF the weather is lousy our passing advantage as seen against PSU evaporates. UP NORTH plays physically like PSU but they are better. Against ILL we were just flat in second half. But PSU was supposed to be a rout. What happened? PSU was driving TO TIE THE SCORE with less than five minutes in the game! Cant you see another similiar scenario with a much better opponent in school up north than PSU?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:34:38 PM)
If the weather is awful, yes, it could help Michigan. But the forecast doesn't seem to be too bad (high of 49, only 30 percent chance of rain). Definitely not ideal for passing, but not too bad for late November in Ohio.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 6:34:45 PM)
I'll tell you that I think that this game is the national championship game. I would much rather play Florida, USC, or Notre Dame than Michigan. Do you feel the same way?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:35:30 PM)
Yes, absolutely. I strongly believe these are the two best teams in the country. And although no one wants to see it (myself included) that's why there's a realistic chance we could see a matchup. But I would hate that because it would basically render Nov. 18 meaningless.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:35:40 PM)
I live in Cali, but talked to my mom today in Canton. She said the whole state is buzzin'. Have you ever seen it like this for The Game?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:36:19 PM)
Notre Dame '95, Mich '02 and Texas '05 were close, but this one definitely takes the cake. Usually you don't feel the "buzz" around town for THE GAME until about Wednesday. Definitely started early this year, and rightfully so.

Bigworm (Nov 14, 2006 6:36:25 PM)
Are there any areas that you feel we do not match up well vs tsun?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:36:53 PM)
Well, I can't imagine OSU having too much success in the running game. OSU will move the ball on the ground enough to win, but that's one area where Michigan will probably have some success.

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 6:37:02 PM)
Do we win this in the air. Sorry but i be shocked if we get 80 yds on the ground. What do you think we will get on the ground

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:37:13 PM)
Probably 100 yards overall.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:37:20 PM)
I know about Rivas, but how is Michigan's punter? Field position will certainly be at a premium.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:38:07 PM)
He's a redshirt freshman named Zoltan Mesko and has actually been a little better than Trapasso this year. Garrett "The Gut" Rivas is solid, but he has never been extremely consistent through his career.

OSU23-mich12 (Nov 14, 2006 6:38:13 PM)
What is our weekness? Extra point kicks?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:39:19 PM)
Ha! That must be it. OSU has missed as many PATs as FGs this year (3). OSU doesn't have many weakness, but I would still like to see better tackling (which is really greedy since they are the No. 1 scoring D and No. 8 total D in the country)

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:39:23 PM)
Are you impressed with how tough Smith is on the run? #10 can put his head down and move the pile.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:40:13 PM)
Yes! He looks like a fullback at times with his running style. He is usually the one that knocks the defender back, not the other way. Troy is one of the strongest players on the team. he's probably lost a little speed, but not too much.

losu1 (Nov 14, 2006 6:40:19 PM)
Will Ginn play fast in this game? Since his toe injury he seems very tentative.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:40:53 PM)
He looked tentative to me two weeks ago, but I thought he looked good against NW, including on a kickoff. I don't think it's a big deal anymore. It was pretty painful for a week, but he's fine now.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 6:41:04 PM)
ABC must be going to really do THE GAME bigger than big. First they advertised it starting at 3:30. Then, they said coverage would start at 3:00. Yesterday, ABC says coverage starts at 2:30. I did not watch tv today, so maybe it is even earlier. Noon?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:41:23 PM)
You didn't hear? They are starting pregame coverage for THE GAME tomorrow morning...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:41:42 PM)
Just kidding... but yes the pregame stuff will be going on all day, including ESPN's GameDay

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 6:41:48 PM)
Does a win this week help us with Dionte Allen?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:42:06 PM)
I would have to think so. He's one of those recruits that could be swayed in a game like this.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 6:42:18 PM)
How does Jenkins match up with Mario? I remember Amos shutting him down.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:42:45 PM)
I personally think jenkins is one of the best corners in the country and I think he matches up very well. he will be the best corner manningham faces this year and maybe in his college career.

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 6:42:56 PM)
first seris what do you think Tress will do. imho, I think pass, smith run and then pass

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:43:14 PM)
I think OSU will start out in the shotgun-spread and slowly work the ball down the field like the opening drive last year.

kleintime16 (Nov 14, 2006 6:43:19 PM)
IS IT SATURDAY YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????? Man, I can't focus at work, can't get things done at home. This is not good.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:43:36 PM)
I hear that. Wait, my job is to focus on THE GAME... I'm good/

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 6:43:49 PM)
I heard Troy on his news confrence. Is it me or does he sound like JT Jr.?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:45:02 PM)
We were talking about that the other day how the players have been "brainwashed" by JT on how to talk to the media. They really echo his comments most of the time. That's why it's fun to interview guys like Downing and Barton who will really tell you what they think. barton had a "one year media ban" for the comments he made about the QB situation two years ago.

kleintime16 (Nov 14, 2006 6:45:09 PM)
Predicting an OSU victory this sat, who else do you see in the NC game?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:46:08 PM)
Wow, it's so hard to say. Right now I would say USC if they run the table, but I could also see the winner of Florida or Arkansas if they meet in the SEC title game. I am really hoping Rutgers beats West Virginia (which I don't think will happen) and goes undefeated and really adds some intrigue to the situation.

eckleybuck88 (Nov 14, 2006 6:46:26 PM)
I just can't help but look at Texas and Iowa, TS steps up the plate and delivers. He has been beyond stellar against UM. The only way i think UM wins is if Smith has a bad game. Do you forsee any reason for a potential break down? If not do you think Smith has the potential to lead this to a 14 point or greater win?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:47:04 PM)
Yes, if Troy gets rolling he could lead OSU to a comfortable victory. But I don't think that will happen. He will have a big day, but Michigan's defense will keep it close until the fourth quarter.

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 6:47:19 PM)
School up North has become "quarterback U" in the past fifteen years according to many experts. Now that the college qb has become the key to winning a national championship, Ohio State which traditionally has been weak at quarterback has guys like Zwick Smith Schoenhoft and Henton, which might be our best crop ever. Is this an aberration? Or have we successfully upgraded with Natl. Champ quality qb recruits for good? Are we now at the same level as school up north and USC in qb recruiting so that a Ryan Mallet , Carson Palmer type might actually take a real look at us? Or do we have to stick with the diamond in the rough ( Antonio Henton who I love and looks like a potential great one) cause many top qb's still think of Three yards and a cloud and wont even consider OHIO STATE?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:48:43 PM)
I think it's no coincedence that as soon as Tressel took over, the QB recruiting jumped a couple levels at OSU. Cooper was terrible at recruting QBs for a "good recruiter." I think OSU will still struggle landing the top national QBs, they tend to be primma donnas who want all the attention during the recruiting process, but I think Tressel will land any Ohio QB that he wants going forward.

bucknut23 (Nov 14, 2006 6:48:53 PM)
Do you think we can get pressure on Henne w/o the Blitz? The Screen pass scares the pants off me!

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:49:37 PM)
Here and there I think OSU will get pressure with just its front four. But Heacock will mix in some LB and safety blitzes... with DeBord back as offensive coordinator, Michigan has fallen back in love with the screens and boots as you mentioned.

buckeyeincal (Nov 14, 2006 6:49:59 PM)
Does Beanie play this week before we get past the 50? Hate to see us give scUM the ball like last year with field position after we get something rolling.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:51:11 PM)
You might be on to something there. I think Beanie will get about 8-9 carries, but maybe most of them will be in Michigan's territory. But really I don't think Tressel will look at it that way. If Beanie is going to play they will have enough faith in him to give him the ball anywhere on the field, especially in short-yardage situations.

buckeyeincal (Nov 14, 2006 6:51:17 PM)
Whats your prediction for the game score?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:51:19 PM)
21-10 OSU

hondo (Nov 14, 2006 6:51:31 PM)
I know you brought up comparing your feelings about this game to the Texas game last year. Thats the same feeling I have and thats what worries me. I was depressed for weeks after that game. Can you see the same thing happen here?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:52:17 PM)
Well, fortunately Vince Young isn't playing :-) ... Yes, it's conceivable that Michigan could win this game and we will all be depressed for weeks, that's why it's the greatest rivalry in sports. But I think we will all have a very happy Thanksgiving.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 6:52:23 PM)
Why would Pittman go to the NFL? He would not be a first round guy, so why not stay?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:52:34 PM)
Ashton Youboty... paging Ashton Youboty

buckeyeincal (Nov 14, 2006 6:52:50 PM)
This has been the greatest year for us with scUM. LLLLLoyd goes undefeated then loses in The Shoe. They can't fire him. We get him for awhile longer!

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:53:16 PM)
I like your way of thinking and couldn't agree more. They won't fire Lloyd, but I still think next year will be his final year no matter what.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:53:25 PM)
If the Bucks score with less than a minute remaining and the score is 48 - 10, do you think JT will go for two?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:53:46 PM)
No. But it would be great to have to make that decision.

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 6:54:00 PM)
My question was yes PSU was totally dominated. However, the only two big plays PSU made on offense were short screen style passes to the tailback before up north could sack whatever of the 3 qbs they had out there. The first set up their field goal and the second looked a little broken but went for six. I didnt know if it might be a weakness.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:54:44 PM)
I don't think it's a weakness for Michigan's D. I would just say that PSU finally broke through and made a couple big plays when the game was no longer in doubt.

buckeyeincal (Nov 14, 2006 6:54:59 PM)
How many yards does Hart have this week?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:55:07 PM)
I think about 70.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:55:13 PM)
Ballard seems to be progressing. What are your thoughts on his future?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:55:54 PM)
I really like him. Big, strong kid that can run. Yes, he wouldn't be the No. 2 TE if Marcel Frost didn't find his way off the team, but he definitely has a bright future and the playing time that he's received this year has been so valuable.

TampaBuck (Nov 14, 2006 6:56:13 PM)
Do you think the O'Dowd situation means Anthony Davis looks real good?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:56:43 PM)
Possibly. With the Jenkins connection I have felt good about Davis, but it will depend on how much he wants to stay home. I think Davis will be a Buckeye.

buckeyeincal (Nov 14, 2006 6:57:02 PM)
Who do you see from OSU that makes the difference (above normal or regular standards) and surprises us in this one in a favorable way?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:57:42 PM)
I would go with Roy Hall. Like we talked about on the Radio Hour he was a nice secret weapon against Iowa and I think we could see the same this week. Hall over the middle making tough catches and moving the chains.

dontlikebo (Nov 14, 2006 6:57:54 PM)
thanks to BUCKNUTS....out on left coast and know more than anyone in this area thanks to this site and direct tv!! How will Jamario go and do you think he wants to give Mario any payback from All Star game!!

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:59:09 PM)
He and Mario were on the same team in the North-South Classic if that's what you're referring to. Thanks for the kind words... I think Jamario won't play a tremendous amount of snaps this week. No question OSU's top 4 DBs are Jenkins, Mitchell, Smith and Washington. We won't see as much nickel this week, but we will still see it enough and O'Neal will be in there.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 6:59:17 PM)
Like Bo said, "if you can't score from the one, you don't deserve to beat Ohio State". If you don't win on the 18th, you don't deserve a chance on the 8th.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 6:59:43 PM)
I would have to agree with that. Might end up being unfair to OSU or Mich, but that's the way it needs to be. You can't make the Nov. 18 game meaningless.

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 7:00:05 PM)
Dave, this is my insurance question. In case it pours rain, we come out flat and turn the ball over, or school up north tired of seeing how everybody is picking us and pulls a '69 or '96 on us and we lose a close game. I still think we are a top two team over FLA. USC and obviously overhyped and overweight chucky. I mean stuff happens USC lost to Oregon State, and when they lost to Texas last year they still finished #2 over PSU and us who won their last game. Why shouldnt we be number 2 if its a close loss without these pretenders needing to lose again.?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:01:01 PM)
The computers (and maybe even the voters, but probably not) might completely agree with you and put the loser of OSU or UM as the No. 2 team. There is no doubt in my mind that OSU and UM are the top two teams in the country, but I still think the loser will be SOL in Pasadena (who ever thought we would say that?)

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 7:01:11 PM)
Do you know of anyone picking UM?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:01:43 PM)
GoBlueWolverine publisher Tom Beaver picked the Wolverines 24-23 on our radio show this week.

dontlikebo (Nov 14, 2006 7:01:55 PM)
Do not know if been asked, I see Beanie being possible difference in game with his combo speed strentgh style, how do you think he performs in his 1st "the game"???

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:02:24 PM)
I think he will do pretty well. I don't see him getting more than 10 carries, but I think he will do a solid job especially in short-yardage situations.

buckeyeincal (Nov 14, 2006 7:03:19 PM)
Will Ginn leave his dress at home Saturday. I hope he plays all out like Gamble did aagainst KSU after playing tentative late in his career.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:03:47 PM)
Didn't Gamble catch some flack for being a little soft in the KSU game? Ginn never brings a skirt, just track shoes

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 7:03:59 PM)
Wanst there but do you think this will be louder than the 02 and Texas crowd

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:04:21 PM)
Yes, I think so. And pushing the kickoff back to 3:30 will help. The 'Shoe will feel like a night game in the second half.

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 7:04:27 PM)
How is Ray Small? Is he going to play? Or is he still recovering from that nasty hit he took vs. Minn. We could use a game breaker like him.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:04:53 PM)
I think he's fine, but since he's the No. 6 or 7 WR I don't think he will play much this week. They just wanted to get his feet wet this year, but we won't see him much on Saturday.

TxBuckeye (Nov 14, 2006 7:05:14 PM)
Is MM 100%? He hasn't looked that good the last 2 games. HOw will TSUN cover all our WR? Zone? Hall on Ginn? will they double Gonzo? Who'll cover Robiskie? and will Harris spy Smith? Wow! tough job for TSUN. What's your take?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:06:16 PM)
I think Manningham is close to 100 percent but will probably be a little rusty since he didn't play much the last two games and missed a couple games... UM will have its hands full trying to cover OSU's receivers in the spread. I think they will mix it up, but probably more zone than man...

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:06:44 PM)
I think they will spy Smith at times. They didn't like to do it under Herrmann, but I bet English will put more of an emphasis on it.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:07:16 PM)
If this game is close and epic like it probably will be, how could the loser fall very far in the standings? Michigan already beat ND, Florida lost to an Auburn team that has weaknesses, and USC flubbed at OSU (a .500 club), I mean losing in this game shouldn't really bring a horrible punishment.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:08:10 PM)
I agree, but like we've been saying I just think the voters will bump the loser back a few spots not wanting to see a rematch in the title game. But since the computers won't care, since they are not subjective, they very well could put the loser at No. 2. It will be interesting to see what happens.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 7:08:28 PM)
What will the pregame around the stadium look like with the 3:30 kickoff? Do you think it impacts the atmosphere inside the stadium at all?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:09:10 PM)
Yes, many fans will be a little .... uh ... more prepared to be as loud as possible. i always thought the noon start was too early and i'm sure the tailgaters feel the same way.

bucknut23 (Nov 14, 2006 7:09:15 PM)
Thanks for the chat Dave............again Bucknuts insders rein SUPREME!

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:09:22 PM)
Thanks for dropping by!

dontlikebo (Nov 14, 2006 7:09:27 PM)
how many yards does Henne throw for, and does the Animal pick him???

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:09:52 PM)
I think Henne will throw for around 180 ... No, I think Spielman's record is safe for now... at least until the bowl game.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:10:02 PM)
Have you heard who the honorary captain is this week?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:10:26 PM)
I have not. With so many ex-Buckeyes in town, maybe they will just go with a group effort. I have not heard anything so far.

kleintime16 (Nov 14, 2006 7:10:46 PM)
Here is something to think about ... OSU's offense on average for the season is outscoring opponents by 11 points per game and the D is keeping opponents below their average by 17 points per game .... MICH's offense on average is outscoring their oppoents by a TD while their D is forcing opponents 13 points below their season average. ........ This said, OSU is averaging 36 points a game and their D is averaging a TD per opponent. MICH is averaging 30 PPG and their D is giving up 12 PPG. Given these stats, this looks to be a pretty close affair with the score looking similar to what Dave has predicted. thoughts?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:11:32 PM)
Good breakdown. And another thing to consider is that OSU has beaten the six common opponents by an average of 14 points more than Michigan. I don't put a lot of stock in that, but it's just something interesting that Steve Helwagen came across.

rutan1 (Nov 14, 2006 7:11:39 PM)
how many scholarships do you see available for '08? do we bank some this year to get some elite prospects in '08?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:11:52 PM)
Yes, I think they will bank a couple so they have around 20 for 2008.

tarheel bucknut (Nov 14, 2006 7:12:04 PM)
just got in how many carries shoul we see from beannie and if we see afumble will he ride the pine like mo wells did last year.... and that fumblestill makes me sick

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:12:49 PM)
I think we'll see about 9-10 carries from Beanie. And yes, that Mo Wells fumble completely turned that game around last year. OSU was rolling up to that point and then went into hybernation until the last half of the fourth quarter.

chuangtsu (Nov 14, 2006 7:12:56 PM)
Does Ginn stretch out the defense early?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:13:16 PM)
Possibly, but I think they will save the deep balls for later in the game after a few runs so they can bring the safeties up.

caryl (Nov 14, 2006 7:13:43 PM)
What do you think about Lloyd Carr blowing-up yesterday during an interview with ABC?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:14:52 PM)
I haven't heard much about it, but that's just typical Carr if you want my honest opinion. I've heard he's a decent guy, but his actions do not reflect that. I think he is classless and it doesn't surprise me to hear that he stormed out of an interview with ABC yelling profanities.

rutan1 (Nov 14, 2006 7:14:59 PM)
does the outcome of "the game" depend on scUM's ability to get to Smith? or will turnovers/fieldposition make the difference?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:15:23 PM)
I think all of those are big factors, but I don't think Michigan can win this game unless they win the turnover battle (now I sound like Tressel)(

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:15:29 PM)
How would a player on either team be able to study this week?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:15:47 PM)
You better hope you have classes like racquetball and ballroom dancing :-)

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 7:15:52 PM)
Thanks Dave!

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:15:59 PM)
How did Spielman ever make 29 tackles in this game?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:16:20 PM)
Because Michigan's offense was on the field all day and Ohio State's defensive line was awful. Jamie Morris ran all over them.

hondo (Nov 14, 2006 7:16:28 PM)
Thanks Dave.

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OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 7:16:42 PM)
I see Freeman having a big game. Huber Heights kids come up big against um!

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:17:16 PM)
What in the name of Will Allen are you talking about? Lol. Freeman has really come on of late and is especially good against the pass. He is playing more physical now.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 7:17:26 PM)
Why take Hines this year... he won't get on the field with all of the guys in front of him.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:17:48 PM)
I like Hines and I think he will be the one Glenville player that comes to OSU this year. have to keep the pipeline going

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 7:17:59 PM)
With Rutgers surprise season there is talk A. Davis might stay home. He was at the Louisville game High fiving Rutgers guys... any idea if this rumour has tracks?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:18:24 PM)
It could just be one of those things where he's thrilled that the hometown team is finally doing well and he roots for them... but still wants to play for a better program like OSU.

Guest (Nov 14, 2006 7:18:34 PM)
Great Chat, have to run! Go BUCKS!

ohs (Nov 14, 2006 7:18:41 PM)
do you think a win here swings anyone in particular?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:19:08 PM)
It could. Someone like Dionte Allen could go one way or the other depending on what happens Saturday and what kind of vibe he gets.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:19:13 PM)
Do you know who is dotting the "I" this week?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:19:29 PM)
No, I do not. I will be a band member, no one famous like Jack.

dontlikebo (Nov 14, 2006 7:19:41 PM)
Henne throws180, Hart rushes for 70, hold return yardage to 50-70.......sounds like 27-14 swwwweeeet victory. Assuming all players come back...predict next years score. Any chance Henne leaves??? Would love to see Forcier/Mallet at the helm of the Titanic next year

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:20:15 PM)
No way Henne will leave early. No way Ginn will stay. Way too early to predict next year's game, but I would never bet against Tressel v Carr.

HH (Nov 14, 2006 7:20:21 PM)
Does Carr get fired when he gets the loss?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:20:42 PM)
No, even if they lose out he will get one more year before retiring. His contract runs out after next year and they will let him honor it.

ohs (Nov 14, 2006 7:20:48 PM)
are there any tricks we pull out of the bag for this weekend?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:21:24 PM)
I'm sure there will be, but I'm not privy to any of them. But there will be a few "Tyrees" thrown in there just to confuse Michigan and give them something they've never seen. And they will do the same thing to OSU.

tarheel bucknut (Nov 14, 2006 7:21:41 PM)
couple things, give an over under of how many tipped balls they get. It seems on alot of 3rd downs troy has a ton of passes get batted at the line on slants. Also do we surprise them a litle withrobert rose off the edgeor is he a year away from taking a game over. I have seenhim in ther with any first teamersbut i think that is a stud in the making

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:22:32 PM)
I would put the o/u at 1.5 for tipped balls from Troy. Probably one, maybe two, but no more than that... I also think Rose will be a star here, but i don't expect him to play too much this week. Richardson and Gholston will log the majority of the snaps.

ohs (Nov 14, 2006 7:22:46 PM)
Is Boone ok? will he be able to block woodley?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:23:33 PM)
Yes, Boone is 100 percent I'm hearing. I think he will need some help at times against Woodley from TE or RB, but overall I think he will hold his own. All OSU is looking for in that matchup is a stalemate. Woodley is going to make some plays, but they can't allow him to be a big factor.

rutan1 (Nov 14, 2006 7:23:37 PM)
can the defensive line dominate and shut down hart? or is scUM's OL better than that?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:24:50 PM)
I think this is an average Michigan line for their standards. Still very good, but not great and not as good as we saw in the 90's with Hutchinson Jansen and some of those guys. Jake Long is very good and overall it's a solid line, but I think OSU's defensive line is better than Michigan's O-line. Michigan's starting center Biel is from Washington CH, Ohio and was not highly recruited.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:24:55 PM)
Any chance Tressel wins coach of the year this year, or should it go to K. Ferentz?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:25:19 PM)
LOL! You are saying you don't feel real good about Glen Mason's chances (I won't even throw John L. Smith in there)

ohs (Nov 14, 2006 7:25:31 PM)
seems like they are going to need every weapon, i hope smith can do it. Can Troy win the heisman if we lose on saturday?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:26:12 PM)
Yes, he CAN, a la Eddie in '95, but that would sure open the door for Quinn. I think Smith will probably win it either way if he has a good game though.

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 7:26:18 PM)
Are you here till midnight ? I'll put on some coffee!

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:26:44 PM)
Ha, we'll cut it off pretty soon after a solid two hours. Hey, this is THE GAME week and we're working long hours and loving it!

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:27:33 PM)
Isn't Michigan mostly a senior team? OSU is playing a lot of youngsters. Obviously there will be a lot of work to do at QB, but next year's schedule isn't the toughest we've had in the last few years. Should be another good year for sure?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:29:00 PM)
I seem to be in the minority here, but breaking in a rookie QB (probably Boeckman) I see OSU possibly losing 3 games next year. Now, they will have an EXCELLENT defense so I could be way off, but I think fans have been spoiled by Smith. There will be a huge drop-off at the QB position next year and I think a 10-3 season is in the cards. But yes, Michigan loses a lot of seniors this year, including their good defensive players. Well, Branch is ajunior, but I think he will go pro. He should he's a first round pick

dontlikebo (Nov 14, 2006 7:29:11 PM)
What hat does Corso put on saturday morning??? Pick an unsung hero for game (mine is Curtis Terry)

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:29:26 PM)
He'll go with Brutus for sure... going with Roy Hall as an unsung hero.

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 7:29:41 PM)
Any chance not a lack of Mario M. is BY DESIGN. I mean look how Carr set up ND by not showing Chuckie a thing then just going out and "unleashing the playbook" ( and the hurt) on slow overated ND. I mean he must have learned somthing from all these past losses to JT. Shouldn't we be aware of him trying to pull a JT on us?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:30:29 PM)
Oh yes, but I think Tressel already knows it and is preparing for it. No doubt MM could have played a lot last week, but they held him back. I don't think he will be a huge factor in this game, but no doubt UM is snadbagging.

rutan1 (Nov 14, 2006 7:30:38 PM)
do you eventually see the bucks offering sanders from northmont? or if the "dream team" of offensive linemen actually do come on board, does he get lost in the mix and go to iowa or scUM?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:31:12 PM)
I think he will probably end up at OSU (75/25) but it will depend on how they do with the OOS guys like Long.

manhattanbuck (Nov 14, 2006 7:31:24 PM)
Was NW pass coverage breakdown a letdown or potential problem? TSUN has Arrington and now a hot Breaston as well. Any problems for Smith and Washington? Thanks for staying late and answeering Dave!

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:32:08 PM)
I think OSU does a very good job on the deep ball and although UM will try a few of them, I don't think they will be successful. My concern is that OSU will be too worried about the deep ball and Michigan will dink and dunk the Buckeyes to death between the 20's.

tarheel bucknut (Nov 14, 2006 7:32:18 PM)
if we do win who would u rather see in th NC. i kow personally there would be nothing better than putting it on chubbs again

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:32:49 PM)
I would like to see Rutgers if they're undefeated... would they really be the second-best team in the country? No. But OSU sure wouldn't mind.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:32:54 PM)
Do you actually watch the game from down on the field? Is it inappropriate to cheer when you are working down there?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:34:18 PM)
I cover the games from the press box (absolutely no cheering) but in the fourth quarter I usually go down to the field. Down there reporters COULD cheer, but it's still taboo. You have to try and keep your feelings to yourself, but it's much harder when you are on the field and really feel the atmosphere. The press box is like a library. Not a very good view either. I actually prefer to watch games on TV.

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 7:34:26 PM)
Thanks for the Over Time! I can't believe the game is almost here. How much sleep will you get Friday night? I won't be able to sleep much!!!!!!

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:35:15 PM)
I think I will sleep pretty well after everything we have going on this week! But once I wake up I won't be able to think about anything else. I will have to sleep in as much as possible (another positive about the 3:30 start)

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:35:23 PM)
Which of the Insiders gets the most jacked up on Gameday?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:36:21 PM)
I would be up there. Gary as well. Bill Greene as well I'm sure. Never seen Duane on game day, but I bet he's pretty laid back. Steve is pretty laid back. Kirk is laid back. Kyle could go either way.

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 7:36:34 PM)
Does Herbie ask you for info?

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:36:45 PM)
Yes, I give him tips on how to pick up the ladies

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DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:37:17 PM)
No, the only time I've talked to Kirk was at the press conference for his high school Ohio/USA Challenge.

tarheel bucknut (Nov 14, 2006 7:37:22 PM)
when do we get next commit and any guess who it is

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:37:45 PM)
I think Ben Martin is going to pull the trigger soon. Maybe early December.

rutan1 (Nov 14, 2006 7:37:55 PM)
did the reported cooling of o'dowd by osu mean that davis has committed to the staff but is waiting for the AA game to announce? ala m. wells

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:38:28 PM)
It's very possible, but I couldn't tell you for sure. I think OSU is in very good shape with Davis, so it could be possible.

edbuck51 (Nov 14, 2006 7:38:38 PM)
This 12 game stretch seems too much to me. Hopefully the Bucks will make sure they have a bye week in all future seasons.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:39:13 PM)
I like it this way. They always seem to play poorly coming off bye weeks and I know the players like it this way better. And someone has to pay for all of these varsity sports at OSU!

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 7:39:23 PM)
I do get nervous on one thing. If Hart can punish us over 4 quarters, We must stop him. I dont think Henne can beat us.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:39:59 PM)
I think Heacock feels the same way. Stop Hart and take your chances with Henne. He will make plays, but will also make mistakes if he's asked to do too much.

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:40:27 PM)
Well everyone, I think we're going to wrap this up now. Thanks for the great questions and GO BUCKS! Over and out.

weownthem (Nov 14, 2006 7:40:39 PM)
thanks Later

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 7:40:42 PM)

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:40:50 PM)

rutan1 (Nov 14, 2006 7:40:53 PM)
great chat dave...thanks!

caryl (Nov 14, 2006 7:40:54 PM)
Thanks-Dave. You do great chats!!!

OTTOBUCK (Nov 14, 2006 7:41:03 PM)

DaveBiddle (Nov 14, 2006 7:41:05 PM)
Thanks everyone!

tarheel bucknut (Nov 14, 2006 7:41:09 PM)

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