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HumnHilghtFreel
09-02-2006, 12:18 PM
Anyone else going to it? My sister and I got tickets yesterday through a friend of hers. It's gonna be my first time at an OSU game, so I'm excited! lol

smith288
09-02-2006, 02:08 PM
I went to a couple of games and there really isnt anything like experiencing a Buckeye home game.

RedFanAlways1966
09-02-2006, 02:51 PM
I went to a couple of games and there really isnt anything like experiencing a Buckeye home game.

Yep... and many other college stadiums. I have been to games at Michigan (when Desmond Howard did his Heisman stance in the endzone vs. OSU) and Tennessee too... those atmospheres were amazing too. I am sure there are many other stadiums w/ that electricity thing. I am happy that dburke gets to experience the Ohio Stadium thing for the 1st time. It will be something that you will not forget for a very loooooonnnnnng time.

It may also be the 1st time dburke gets to see the nation's #1 team play in person (pre-season pick or not). That is something that you do not get to see very often. I saw OSU play as #1 back when Joe Germaine was their QB (1997?). I also saw Miami (FL) play at Cincinnati (1985?) in Nippert Stadium when the Canes were #1 and both were independants... Miami had Vinnie Testeverde at QB and Michael Irvin at WR that year. I cannot remember the exact final of the UC-Miami game, but it was like 42-17 Miami. Not as bad as I expected it to be!

Hope you come back, dburke, to give us OSU fans a happy-report! :)

Matt700wlw
09-02-2006, 04:39 PM
Stacey Dales-Shuman doing sideline.

Another plus!

jmcclain19
09-02-2006, 04:47 PM
Over-rated

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Over-rated

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HumnHilghtFreel
09-02-2006, 08:46 PM
I just got back home and it wasn't too bad for my first time.

The defense needs some work, but that's to be expected when you lose so many people to the draft.

Can't complain too much though. Nothin like an opening day win and now I'm back in time to watch the Reds get the W too

Cedric
09-02-2006, 08:50 PM
Over-rated

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap**clap*

Over-rated

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap**clap*

You gonna let me stay at your house when the Buckeyes come calling in January?

HumnHilghtFreel
09-02-2006, 09:11 PM
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y108/tokenblckgy/OSU2.jpg

This is the best shot I could get with my camera phone

traderumor
09-02-2006, 10:54 PM
Over-rated

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap**clap*

Over-rated

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap**clap*They could have made the score anything they wanted to today. Tressel has always taken the foot off the gas rather than embarrass another team that was clearly overmatched. They went to basic offense and defense packages once the score was 28-0 and made it look very easy in doing so. If you want to cheer that, point the clap towards Berkely ;) not to mention they'll be tested soon enough.

bucksfan
09-02-2006, 11:16 PM
Just got home from the game - not bad for a 1st game against a good MAC team. Great to see scores on the 1st 4 possessions. Smith, O-line, Pittam, Ginn, Gonzo, et al looked pretty sharp.

Only negative was some of the idiot "fans" we had behind us - constantly criticizing every last thing - and they were complete idiots to boot. The fact that people "expect" 63-0 scores and perfection out of college kids (playing other college kids trying just as hard, mind you) just irks me to no end. And I am sure Tressel is working as hard at his job (or maybe about 10x harder) than most of the jokers that always complain about him ever thought about working at their jobs. Sorry about the rant - I am all for 2nd guessing (e.g. Why did they send Freeman again? Why not use Nicol more in the 2nd qtr? etc - just examples) - but to stand there the flippin' game and constantly spout idiotic nonsense about "running up the middle again", calling Tressel "Cooper", and complaining about Pittman, were some of the dumbest people I have ever heard at any game. I keep reminding myself about the other 97% of people that were just there to rrot their team on.....

Go Bucks!!!

jmcclain19
09-03-2006, 03:06 AM
You gonna let me stay at your house when the Buckeyes come calling in January?

Sure. When Auburn and West Virginia play in January at Cardinals Stadium, anyone who has tickets and needs a place to stay is more than welcome at my house :p:

GAC
09-03-2006, 07:51 AM
They could have made the score anything they wanted to today. Tressel has always taken the foot off the gas rather than embarrass another team that was clearly overmatched. They went to basic offense and defense packages once the score was 28-0 and made it look very easy in doing so. If you want to cheer that, point the clap towards Berkely ;) not to mention they'll be tested soon enough.

Exactly. Tressel is not gonna embarass an opposing coach, regardless of who it is. And I think that is simply class on his part.

And they did turn the ball over twice inside NI's 10 yd line (once by a freshman Wells on the fumble).

He was throwing in alot of different people/packages in this first game - especially on defense - in just trying to get a feel for what they got.

But with this offense I don't think Tressel, who is a ball control/field position type of guy, is gonna be as conservative as some think he is.

I do wish he would have let Troy finish that drive at the end of the game though, when they were down on NI's 9 yd line.

I just shook my head at Justin Zwick after his first play. :lol:

max venable
09-03-2006, 10:10 AM
Plus...I think you'll find out that NIU is a pretty darn good team. They'll most likely win the MAC this year. OSU cruised in this game. It very easily could have been 55-12...but not with Tressel coaching. Spurrier yes, Mac Brown, yes. Tressel...never.

max venable
09-03-2006, 10:13 AM
I do wish he would have let Troy finish that drive at the end of the game though, when they were down on NI's 9 yd line.



My thought exactly. I didn't understand Tressel's thinking taking Troy out right then.

One comment on the Zwick fumble though...did anybody else think that Zwick was already down before the botched hand-off? The announcers didn't pick up on it...and it wasn't reviewed but the replay showed that his knee was down.

Highlifeman21
09-03-2006, 10:19 AM
Next week, take Texas, give the points.

My guess on the early line, Texas giving 8 at home.

GAC
09-03-2006, 10:19 AM
My thought exactly. I didn't understand Tressel's thinking taking Troy out right then.

One comment on the Zwick fumble though...did anybody else think that Zwick was already down before the botched hand-off? The announcers didn't pick up on it...and it wasn't reviewed but the replay showed that his knee was down.

I never thought of watching for that.

But Zwick was down before he even came into the game! :lol:

Caveat Emperor
09-03-2006, 02:21 PM
Next week, take Texas, give the points.

My guess on the early line, Texas giving 8 at home.

Even if I knew nothing about college football, I'd bet on Texas just because it seems impossible that a QB named "Colt McCoy" will be anything other than a total badass in any game he plays.

LoganBuck
09-03-2006, 05:53 PM
The game plan was super vanilla. They just lined up and beat NIU without throwing any wrinkles. My biggest problem with the game was the Linebackers and Safeties, inability to make tackles and to read and react to the short passing game. Marcus Freeman had a particularly poor game, as he made the wrong read and got run over several times. For all that ability I thought he would be the best of the LBs. He sure has room to improve. Ross Homan was easily the best LB they had. Not a good thing when a freshman from a Division IV high school steps in the first game of the season. The Good news, he will only get better, he sure has a motor.

Caseyfan21
09-03-2006, 06:00 PM
Don't worry too much about the play calling. Tressel's style is to not let the team put in a new formation or a new play until the previous one is perfected. The first game of the year OSU will use very few formations and plays on both sides of the ball. I'm 100% positive they were saving some and not letting Texas see everything.

I did see them use a few plays on offense that they didn't break out until about midseason last year. That shows me that they have already gotten to those plays in the playbook so the offense is well ahead of last year. The defense is a totally different story. They were only using basic formations and I doubt with the youth that they were saving stuff. I hope they can get some more formations and sets in this week to try and confuse the young Texas quarterback.