Buckeyes John Simon Bright Spot in Mediocre Ohio St. Season

The Ohio State Buckeyes are having a very mediocre season. Their win at Illinois Saturday saved their season. It put them back over .500 and in the discussion for at least a minor bowl. Their offense is still terrible, but their defense has been very strong.

John Simon’s aggressive, relentless pursuit of the opposition is a big reason why. The junior defensive tackle from Youngstown, Ohio, is climbing up NFL scouts draft boards as this week he took home the Defensive Player of the Week Award from the Big Ten Conference.

[Read more…]

Ohio St. Buckeyes Give Illini 1st Loss of Season in Boring Game

osu buckeyes logo

It was ugly, and anything but exciting. Still, Ohio State gave the Illini their first loss of the 2011 season. Buckyes QB Braxton Miller didn’t even complete a pass until 13:06 left in the fourth quarter, when he found TE Jake Stoneburner in the middle of the south end zone to put OSU up 16-0. They held on to win 17-7.

Prior to that play, Miller was just 0-3 passing on the day. The Buckeyes were BORING and one-dimensional today, but it was enough to beat #15 Illinois whose offense failed to show up today.

The Illini offensive line failed to protect that well and never opened up any run lanes. QB Nathan Scheelhaase and Center Graham Pocic couldn’t even get the snap right out on numerous occasions.

[Read more…]

#15 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: Brutally Honest Game Preview

ohio state cheerleader

When was the last time Ohio State were underdogs to the Fighting Illini? Was Dick Butkus still on campus? When the 3-3 Buckeyes visit #15 6-0 Illinois Saturday, no one will expect them to win.

And why should they? Whenever Illinois and Ohio State are close to being on the same page, the Illini almost always win. Whenever OSU is way above Illinois (what happens in most seasons) OSU wins. This year, the roles are totally reversed as Ohio St. is 0-2 in the Big Ten for just the second time since 1993, and losers of back-to-back games for the first time in 88 games (2004), snapping the nation’s longest streak without consecutive losses.

But hey, they do rank sixth in the NCAA with 27.4 yards per kickoff return. And given the opening kick disaster for the Illini last week in Bloomington, this statistic might have more relevance than you think.

Illinois won five in a row in this series from 1988-1992, and that sadly includes their most recent home win over the Buckeyes (1991). This sounds a little bit BUCKNUTS!!! but the Illini do much better in Columbus, winning there four times in the past fifteen years, including the famous 2007 game when OSU was #1.

Buckeyes visit #15 6-0 Illinois on Saturday, no one will be expecting them to win.

[Read more…]

Ohio St. Suffering Through Down Season; Underdogs at Illinois

Brutus

When was the last time Ohio State were underdogs to the Fighting Illini? Sometime when Dick Butkus and/or Ray Nitschke was playing in Champaign? When the 3-3 Buckeyes visit #15 6-0 Illinois on Saturday, no one will be expecting them to win.

Ohio State is 0-2 in the Big Ten for just the second time since 1993, and they lost back-to-back games for the first time in 88 games (2004), snapping the nation’s longest streak without consecutive losses. But hey, they do rank sixth in the NCAA with 27.4 yards per kickoff return.

Illini Coach Ron Zook isn’t taking them lightly though- he believes this is the best rushing team they’ve faced this season. Carlos Hyde has stepped up in Daniel “Boom” Herron’s place. And Boom returns this week.

“Time to put on the big boy pads,” Zook said.

“this is a storied program and trust me they may be down a little bit, but they’re not out.”

[Read more…]

Three Ohio State Buckeyes Reinstated; Three Remain Suspended

ohio state buckeyes

Three Ohio State players: Corey Brown, Jordan Hall and Travis Howard have been reinstated after sitting out two games (both wins) and can play again once they each repay $200 to charity, according to a decision today by the NCAA.

Hall is the team’s starting running back, while Howard is a starting cornerback and Brown a backup safety.

The Buckeyes still remain without running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas until October because of their roles in a scandal that involved selling memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

Full, Updated List of Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL

Former Ohio State Buckeyes playing in the National Football League this season will number 37 when your peruse the 53-man opening day rosters. The 2011 NFL season gets under way tonight when the Green Bay Packers hosts New Orleans in a game that will feature four former Buckeyes: A.J. Hawk and Ryan Pickett will suit up for the defending Super Bowl champions and Malcolm Jenkins and Will Smith are members of the Saints.

The list of Buckeyes in the NFL includes seven players off the 2010 team: Chimdi Chekwa (Oakland), Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh), Jermale Hines (St. Louis Rams), Jake McQuaide (St. Louis), Terrelle Pryor (Oakland), Brian Rolle (Philadelphia) and Dane Sanzenbacher (Chicago Bears).

[Read more…]