In the midst of a busy week, there are a few important items to highlight in our weekly edition of N&N:
Lots of Champions: As would be expected there were plenty of players (especially on offense) who graded out as "champions" Saturday night. The offensive player of the week was Carlos "El Guapo" Hyde, who graded out at 84%, in rushing for 140 yards with 4 touchdowns. He did fumble once, but the fact that he got 56% of his yards after contact seemed to negate that in Urban's mind. Other offensive champions: Philly Brown, Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley, and Zach Boren. Not sure about Brax, as Meyer didn't mention him as a "champion" but did say he is playing well and called him a "very humble guy."
On defense there were a few champions in spite of the 38 points surrendered: Christian Bryant, who was named defensive player of the game, John Simon (with his 5 tackles for loss) and Bradley Roby (with two interceptions including the pick six).
Special teams should not be forgotten, and Philly Brown was named the special teams player of the game off of his long punt return touchdown. Meyer also named some of the "piranhas" on the kickoff coverage team: Devan Bogard, Najee Murray, Zach Domicone, and Adam Griffin. In general he praised the youthful coverage unit, mentioning that they are too small to be called "sharks" but are aggressive like eleven piranhas going after blood in the water.
In case you didn't see it, two Buckeyes earned B1G recognition for last week's game: Carlos Hyde is the Big Ten's offensive co-player of the week (sharing the award with UM's Denard Robinson), and Corey "Philly" Brown is the special teams player of the week.
One more note from the Nebraska game: Urban confirmed that Cardele Jones was suspended for the night for a "very ignorant comment." However, he also said that Jones is a good kid who goes to class, and, like most 19-year-olds, tweeted before he thought. Case closed. Oh, and thanks ESPiN for amking a huge deal out of this, as expected!
Jordan Hall will also be out again this week, which is disappointing, as his senior year is quickly passing by with little playing time. However Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith both looked good Saturday night, and bring an element of smash-mouth football to the team.
Urban let it be known that C.J. Barnett should be good to go this week as well. He was expected back for the Nebraska game but did not play, and brings more experience and depth to a secondary that has been less that stellar all year.
Last Look Back and First Look Forward: In the weekly B1G Teleconference which occurs each Tuesday, Urban shared a few tidbits.
- He praised Kevin Wilson, the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, about the third time this week that he has let it be known how much he respects Wilson. Urban has called him a "tremendous coach" and an "offensive genius". Urb even said he has been known to steal some of Wilson's innovations in the past.
- Meyer, who had already said the best part of being 6-0 is the chance to go 7-0, did mention that he fears overconfidence, as people are telling the Buckeyes how good they are. Personally, after two "big" games, I fear a letdown this week in Bloomington, and the Hoosiers showed last Saturday that they can score points.
- He also commented about the great recruiting atmosphere that was present at Ohio Stadium Saturday night. Indeed, what more could a coach desire? Great weather, record-setting crowd, exciting, high-scoring game, and a 25 point win! Wow! You have to think that will pay dividends in the future.
Kevin Wilson also shared a few thoughts:
- He mentioned that Ohio State is good, physical, and marked by ball security. Naturally, he especially praised Braxton Miller, saying he is one of the best players in the nation.
- Wilson also said he plans to play both of his healthy quarterbacks, Cam Coffman (who played well against MSU) and Nate Sudfeld this week versus the Buckeyes.
- Wilson said his team is improving, and although it hasn't showed up on the scoreboard, they are headed in the right direction.
Fun With Numbers: The Nebraska game had some epic statistics, and in general, Ohio State has some impressive numbers (something you could not say a season ago):
- The 63 points scored Saturday night were the most since hanging 73 on Eastern Michigan in 2010, and the most in a Big Ten game since scoring 69 against Minnesota in 1983.
- Miller's 186 yards rushing broke his own record for most yards rushing by a quarterback in a game. He is on pace to rush for over 1500 yards this year, and no Buckeye quarterback has ever run for even 1000 yards in a season.
- OSU has scored touchdowns on 20 of 24 redzone visits, which makes them third in the nation in that category at 83.33%.
- The Buckeyes have scored 53 points off of turnovers, while only giving up 3 points off of their own fumbles and interceptions!
- Travis Howard leads the B1G with 3 interceptions, and the OSU defense is second in the nation with 10 interceptions.
- John Simon is second in the B1G in tackles for loss with 7.5, with 5 of them coming Saturday night.
- Bradley Roby has defended 11 passes (which includes two interceptions) which leads the conference.
- Ryan Shazier is fourth in tackles per game in the B1G, averaging 9.8 per contest.
- OSU is fifth all time in the NCAA with 831 all-time wins, but trails Nebraska who has 850 career victories.