Ohio State went into Berkeley with a backup QB, a young D and a hostile environment to bring home a 52-34 victory against the Golden Bears. OK, so maybe the environment wasn’t THAT hostile, but the rest is true. OK, maybe he IS the best backup in the NCAA, but it was his first start. So, really, the score and the thing about the D are true. But, I digress.
Buckeye fans will take over your home, eat the food in your fridge, and drink all of your beer:
The crowd at California Memorial Stadium was insane. It’s well known that there is a large contingent of Buckeye alums and transplants out west, but this exceeded even my expectations. I’m not sure why, though. There have been large volumes of Buckeye fans in attendance at other West Coast stops, even when they play USC. This was pretty close to a 50/50 split, though, so it was like Cal fans just forgot there was a game. It sounds as if the only areas strongly dominated by Cal fans were the student and young alumni sections, and the University Club. Well done, Buckeyes.
The D is doing its job, people:
This may sound a bit hypocritical coming from me. I have also blasted the D. I’m turning around, however, based on one simple thing…the main purpose of the D is to ensure the other team scores fewer points than their team does. They are doing this. It’s not always pretty, but it’s getting done. Most of the TDs are on freak big plays, and an offense like Cal’s will certainly have a big play or two. The simple fact, however, is that the Offense is scoring 44.7 PPG and the D is giving up 20.3 PPG. Also, if you’re into that kind of thing, the Buckeyes have beaten the spread 2 out of 3 games. So say what you will, but they are actually exceeding expectations.
Also, the rushing D is fine, giving up a mere 89.7 yards per game and just 1 TD. The Buckeyes have seen a few pass-happy teams, so it’s possible the stats will improve based solely on this fact.
Remember all of those years Buckeye Nation whined about not having a big play offense? Well, this is like that, only with the D. It boils down to the fact that there are massive expectations and this is a fan base used to hard nosed, grind it out, defense heavy football. Those days are gone for now, and this is what you have. Stop whining and enjoy the 15 game win streak.
Jordan Hall is quietly assembling a Heisman campaign:
I’m using hyperbole here to emphasize how awesome Hall has been, but it seems like he is being largely forgotten by the media. Braxton gets the love, of course, and Kenny G in his absence is blowing minds, but Hall is assembling quite the profile.
Hall currently leads the B1G in scoring with 38 points, good for an average of 12.7/game. He’s 3rd in all-purpose yards with 151 YPG. He’s 3rd in rushing with 134/game. When you look at those above him in the rushing category, namely Gordon from Wisky and Weisman from Iowa, it’s even more impressive. Wisky and Iowa are two teams that rely very heavily on the run and Hall is making strides in rushing, but adding the receiving potential. He’s doing the…oh, I’ll say it…Percy Harvin thing rather well.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if Hall has a game like Eddie George had against the Illini during his run that he will enter the Heisman talk. Does that mean he will win? Nah, probably not. But then again, no one was really talking that much about Johnny Football in September 2012, either.
People love band-smack:
Some Cal fans were offended by TBDBITL, some other Cal fans jumped in to defend TBDBITL. Some accused the bands of having a bromance thing going on. Or is that bandmance? Anyway, it’s ridiculous and this is an example of the anguish that was brought upon some in Berkeley by the OSU band. If you browse around that forum a bit more, there are other posts on this subject.
This fixation on TBDBITL probably goes a long ways towards explaining why fans sold out in large quantities to Buckeyes. It’s hard to build a football program when all anyone cares about is what’s going on with the bands. I love TBDBITL dearly, mind you, but there is a game going on, too.
I can admit when I was wrong:
My score prediction was way off. This game wasn’t as close as the score. I’m woman enough to call myself out.
On to the next one against FAMU.