1) Obviously there is a lot of attention on Boise State throughout Buckeye Nation, especially because they could be headed to the national championship game if the Buckeyes falter in Big Ten play. The thought of a WAC team beating Ohio State out (or any other BCS qualifying school for that matter) has produced tons of complaining about the weak schedule that Boise plays. I have been one of those complainers. Pete Fiutak of CFN thinks we may need to tone down our frustrations though, as our schedule doesn't really look that much harder than that of the Broncos.
"Winning the Big Ten title sounds neato, but Ohio State is playing a four game season surrounded by a big bowl of yuck.
"I don’t want to hear anything about how beating Illinois, Indiana, Purdue (who just got cranked at home by a Toledo team that Boise State has to face), and Minnesota, for a team good enough to play for the national title, is any tougher than it is to beat San Jose State, New Mexico State, Utah State, and Louisiana Tech. All eight of those teams suck, and any team worthy of dreaming about the crystal egg thingy coming to the local Wal-Mart should beat any and all of them by three touchdowns.
"Winning at Nevada will inspire nothing more than a polite yawn, but winning at Iowa will bring mass celebrations with confetti, tasteful appetizers, and an influx of babies nine months later. But if it’s all supposed to be based on what’s happening on the field, then it can’t be ignored that the Wolf Pack obliterated Cal 52-31, Cal pushed Arizona to the wall in a 10-9 slugfest in Tucson, and Iowa lost to the Wildcats."
He goes on to claim that the Broncos very well may be able to handle the Buckeyes schedule. Interesting.
2) The big news today was that junior running back Brionte Dunn committed. Dunn is playing at GlenOak in Canton and is listed at 6-1 220 pounds. It's not just his size that makes this a high profile commitment for Tressel and company, it's the fact that Dunn has already amassed 1,300 yards in the first five games this season. The guy is running over and past people, and looks like some of the dominating running backs the Buckeyes have had the last several decades. The interesting thing is that he joins fellow running back Warren Ball in the 2012 class, and will also have to compete with guys like Roderick Smith, Carlos Hyde, Jaamal Berry, and Jordan Hall. Talk about loaded. Knowing what the Buckeyes have in depth both now and in the future, I sure would like to trade one of those guys for a cornerback!
"Pryor accounted for six touchdowns to help lead Ohio State to 73 points against Eastern Michigan, the most points for the Buckeyes since 1950. The junior quarterback completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 percent) for 224 yards and four touchdowns, rushed seven times for 104 yards (14.9 yards per carry) and another touchdown and also hauled in a 20-yard scoring toss. He matched a career high with four scoring strikes and all four went to wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, just the second time in school history two Buckeyes have hooked up on four scoring tosses in a single game. Ohio State’s 73 points rank ninth in school annals and are the most for the Buckeyes since tallying 83 points against Iowa in 1950. Pryor earns his first weekly offensive accolade."
4) The Indiana game time is set. The Buckeyes will host the Hoosiers on Oct. 9th at noon. The game will be on either ESPN or ESPN 2.
5) The latest depth chart released today still lists Jake Stoneburner. He is listed as an "OR," still leaving the possibility open that Fragel will fill in for him. It was reported yesterday that he had a high ankle sprain, and it will be interesting to see how the staff uses him the next two games as the Buckeyes will need him against the Badgers.
6) Watch the game highlights from EMU...here.
7) Finally, please don't judge us too much. We aren't this bad at picking, we just forgot to turn our picks in last week. FAIL!