"Their defensive front. I'm not sure, anybody is better in the country."
-Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer on Ohio State at his press conference today
That wasn't Beamer's only high praise on the afternoon at his weekly press conference. He also mentioned that his offensive coordinator, former Urban Meyer quarterbacks coach (and MIchigan man) Scot Loeffler will probably just "scare us about what we're getting into", were they to pick his brain on what to expect come Saturday.
Beamer also went on when asked about so-called 'SEC speed' relative to the Big Ten that basically folks don't always think Big ten teams are as fast, but with "this one, you don't say that."
You can read more transactional news and a comprehensive round up on all thing Frank Beamer press conference at the Roanoke Times from their outstanding beat writer Andy Bitter.
"12.Ohio State (1-0)"
-LGHL's Chad Peltier at Football Outsiders
Our Chad Peltier has Ohio State post-Braxton and post-Navy close-ish call as the 12th best team in the country, not deviating much from the preseason F/+ rankings (which we swear by and are native to F.O.). "The most difficult dilemma was in how far to drop the talented teams who lost last weekend, like South Carolina, Clemson, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma State," Chad adds.
12 feels about right, given the sample size that we have. I will say that Navy is a bit more stout than some bragging about 7 score wins versus borderline FCS teams are giving them credit for, but OSU is still a flawed work in progress, post-Braxton. Expect to see the Buckeyes fall to somewhere between eight and 12 when the Week 2 college football polls both come out tomorrow.
"Obviously, being a true freshman, hopefully we'll get him involved here soon. But he'd probably be no. 7 today"
-OSU WR coach Zach Smith, to Dave Biddle, Bucknuts
The Buckeyes are thought to be stacked with young talent at wideout, and the current six man rotation includes multiple underclassmen, like Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, and Michael Thomas. But what about speedster Johnnie Dixon, one of the big names during spring and fall camps? Ohio State's Zach Smith was asked about the WR depth chart, and said that while they hope to get Dixon involved soon, he's probably the 7th man on the list.
Smith also added that redshirt freshman James Clark is "right there" with Dixon on the depth chart. Getting both players involved against Virginia Tech might be a little tricky, but hopefully they can find a way to get on the field and contribute soon this season, since Ohio State will need all the speed, depth and playmaking ability at wideout that they can get.
"Ohio State falls to Albany, 4-0"
-Ohio State Sports Information
Sadly, not every Buckeye squad was successful over the weekend. The women's field hockey team dropped to 0-2 on the season after losing to undefeated Albany on the road, despite freshman goalie Liz Tamburro making 14 saves. The Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Syracuse, 3-2, on the 29th, but will host the Miami Redhawks on Friday at 5 p.m., as they try to break into the wins column.
STICK TO SPORTS
- This high school basketball court looks pretty dope.
- More people will apparently pay to watch people play League of Legends than watch say, Illinois football.
- Tailgate food that doesn't suck.
- Upside down head man would like to motivate you.