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Buckeye Talk: Ohio State podcast by cleveland.com
62 minutes | 2 days ago
Emergency Pod as Ohio State vs. Illinois is canceled: What does it mean for the Buckeyes?
The Ohio State football game at Illinois was canceled on Friday night after the Buckeyes had too many positive tests for coronavirus in the football program. That is the second game the Buckeyes are missing this season, after a previous cancellation because Maryland had positive tests.Nathan Baird made it to Champaign while preparing to cover the game Saturday, while Doug Lesmerises stayed in his basement. After the news that the game was off, they got together for an emergency podcast to discuss why it was canceled, whether next week's game vs. Michigan State will be played, and what this all means for Ohio State's season and playoff chances.Read cleveland.com/osu for continuing updates on the Buckeyes and subscribe to a free trial of text messages for direct info on the team by texting 614-350-3315.Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | 3 days ago
Ohio State vs. Illinois picks and preview as COVID affects the Big Ten
On this Ohio State vs. Illinois preview from Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means give their picks for the game as COVID hangs over the Big Ten Conference, with Minnesota vs. Wisconsin canceled this week and Ohio State reportedly dealing with positive cases within the program.Make sure you read cleveland.com/osu to stay updated on everything happening with Ohio State football if any news changes.Meanwhile, this should have been Ohio State vs. Michigan week -- so would the Big Ten have been better off keeping the Buckeyes vs. Wolverines in this weekend slot? Plus, who's going to win the showdown between traditional powers in trouble as Penn State and Michigan prepare to play?Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
9 minutes | 4 days ago
Buckeye Talk Headlines: November 26
Ohio State is No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
124 minutes | 5 days ago
Ep. 303: Ohio State's playoff positioning, pass rush, latest 5-star recruit and Heisman race
On this big Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means tackle four main areas over two hours.The first College Football Playoff rankings, with Ohio State at No. 4. Why are the Buckeyes behind Clemson, and is it a big deal?The performance of the Ohio State pass rush lately, both what OSU coaches and players said about it and what a rewatch from the Indiana game told us about it. There's a little talk about potential secondary changes in here as well.The latest 5-star verbal commitment for the Buckeyes, Texas receiver Caleb Burton in the Class of 2022. How did the Buckeyes land him and why are their having so much recruiting success in Texas?The Heisman Trophy race and where Justin Fields fits in it. There are five quarterbacks lumped together and how does Fields stack up and what can he do to separate himself?Busy pod, and you'll have two days to listen to it. We'll catch you back with a fresh, full picks and preview pod on Friday.Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
75 minutes | 7 days ago
Where will Ohio State be in the first College Football Playoff rankings, and what's up with Dabo Swinney? Monday Madness
So much to cover as Nathan Baird and Doug Lesmerises take a tour of college football on this Monday Madness edition of Buckeye Talk.Among the topics: the Ohio State pass rush, Justin Fields' Heisman standing, whether Indiana or Northwestern is better, why Georgia didn't switch quarterbacks sooner, what's Dabo Swinney's problem with COVID caution, how bad is Nebraska, does Ohio State have anything to fear against Illinois, why won't BYU play Washington, will Notre Dame lose to North Carolina and what will the initial College Football Playoff rankings look like when they're released on Tuesday?Enjoy this Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
130 minutes | 8 days ago
Ohio State vs. Indiana postgame: Are the Buckeyes in trouble because of their pass defense?
On this postgame Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises are all over No. 3 Ohio State's 42-35 win over No. 9 Indiana.Did you watch it? It was crazy. Ohio State led 35-7 early in the second half, but Justin Fields threw three interceptions and got sacked five times, and Indiana's Michael Penix threw for 491 yards, and ... seriously, just listen to the podcast.It's lit. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | 10 days ago
The Ohio State-Indiana Picks Preview ... interrupted by the verbal commitment of 5-star QB Quinn Ewers
This Friday Buckeye Talk Podcast started out as one thing and then turned into another thing.As usual, the Friday pod previews Saturday's OSU game, with Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means making their picks on the Buckeyes vs. Indiana in a top-10 matchup and a couple other Big Ten games. It's done in a live Zoom call Thursday evening ... and it got very live.In the midst of the podcast, 5-star recruit Quinn Ewers, the No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2022, announced his verbal commitment to Ohio State. Suddenly, there was more to preview than just a game. There was a QB future to gaze into.So the pod shifted halfway and started covering both topics -- what's ahead for the Buckeyes on Saturday and what's ahead in the QB room for years to come.Wild pod. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
137 minutes | 11 days ago
Ep. 302: Rapid fire Ohio State questions, freshmen WRs and crazy losses talk
On this big Thursday Buckeye Talk Podcast, things got a little nuts.,First, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discussed a text subscriber survey on the 5 types of Ohio State football losses, and which types hurt the most and the league. Intriguing.Then came a look at Wednesday OSU interviews that shed some light on what's up with defensive end Zach Harrison and the freshmen receivers for the Buckeyes.Then was a quick look at possible topics for the next Nonsense Bracket, including Christmas movies, gas station snacks and 80s and 90s sitcoms.Finally came about 10 rapid fire questions on the ceiling of the Ohio State offense, why families can no longer sit in the stands at Ohio Stadium, how to store ketchup, what's happening at LSU and which cereal box character we would be.It got weird, which just means it's another Buckeye Talk episode from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
54 minutes | 12 days ago
Grading and discussing all 5 Ohio State starting offensive linemen
On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises dig in on the Buckeyes' offensive line. They analyze all five offensive line starters using PFF grades and after rewatching the first three games of the season. Plus, what are the running backs doing, or not doing, to help the offensive line look better?This episode is all about Thayer Munford, Harry Miller, Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis and Nicholas Petit-Frere and what they're bringing to the table this season.Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
8 minutes | 13 days ago
Buckeye Talk Headlines: November 17
The Buckeyes are scheduled to host Indiana in a top-10 matchup Saturday. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
54 minutes | 14 days ago
The Big Ten West has overtaken the East, and the Ohio State-Indiana betting line helps explain: Monday Madness
We kick off a week of coverage and analysis of No. 3 Ohio State's home game vs. No. 9 Indiana with the Monday Madness edition of Buckeye Talk. We learned Sunday afternoon that the Buckeyes are favored by three touchdowns in this top-10 matchup. Nathan Baird and Doug Lesmerises -- demonstrably the worst two line-pickers among the three hosts thus far -- discuss why that number seems about right despite the game's billing.That separation also helps explain why the Big Ten West is the league's better division top-to-bottom right now. With traditional powers Michigan and Penn State a combined 1-7 at the halfway point, teams such as Northwestern, Purdue and Iowa are trying to join Wisconsin as the Big Ten's runners-up in prestige in 2020.Doug and Nathan also banter about their usual Monday Madness topics: the AP Top 25, upcoming storylines for Ohio State and College Football Playoff scenarios.Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
72 minutes | 15 days ago
Indiana-Michigan State live postgame pod, looking ahead to Hoosiers' threat to Ohio State
With no Ohio State game to analyze on Saturday, we could not break with tradition and blow off the postgame pod. So we watched the Buckeyes' next opponent, No. 10 Indiana, beat Michigan State 24-0, and invited our Buckeye Talk text subscribers to help assess the Hoosiers' threat.Indiana receiver Ty Fryfogle had a huge game, and paired with Whop Philyor, the Hoosiers have a pair of playmakers who can challenge Ohio State's still-solidifying secondary. Quarterback Michael Penix, who missed IU's game against OSU last season, has burned multiple defenses early on with his gunslinging ways. However, the Hoosiers have also taken advantage of an abundance of short fields early in the season. Can they consistently drive the field against the Buckeyes?On the other side of the ball, can Indiana's physical defensive backs become the first to successfully match up with Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Even if the Hoosiers do that, does that open the door for a big running game for Justin Fields? Again, the question comes down to whether IU can succeed for 70-75 yards per possession.We also discussed a bad day of football overall in the Big Ten and Penn State's continued free-fall to 0-4.Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
71 minutes | 17 days ago
Ohio State football's surprising Defensive MVP so far and other midseason awards
It's the Friday edition of Buckeye Talk, which normally means predictions for Ohio State's game on Saturday. The Terrapins' coronavirus outbreak forced that game to be cancelled, however. So after picking three other Big Ten games -- where five of the six contests feature road favorites -- we moved on to recap the first half of the Ohio State season.We took Justin Fields out of consideration for Offensive MVP, so truly we and our Buckeye Talk texters were all voting for second place. Does one receiver deserve mention over the other, or is the second-most valuable Buckeye up front? On defense, what seemed like a wide-open field narrowed to two overwhelming winners from our texters. Safe to say neither of them would have garnered much support if we were predicting OSU's defensive MVP before the season.Who is Ohio State's most improved player in 2020, and who is poised for a breakout second half? Also, which player has left us scratching our heads, and what remains our biggest unanswered question about the Buckeyes? This podcast resets our understanding of OSU as the second half begins next Saturday against Indiana.Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
120 minutes | 18 days ago
Ep. 301: The Ohio State vs. Maryland football game is canceled, so what's ahead for the Buckeyes?
On this big Thursday Buckeye Talk Podcast from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discuss the cancellation of the Ohio State-Maryland game on Saturday and what it means for the Buckeyes. It's a difficult discussion at times, as Doug becomes agitated while attempting to outline recent coronavirus cases in counties where Big Ten teams are located, and he curses the debates he is imagining in his head. But the podcast does cover why Maryland canceled the game, what it might mean for the College Football Playoff and how Ohio State's coronavirus situation currently ranks compared to other Big Ten teams.Then, around the hour and three minute mark of this two-hour podcast, Doug, Nathan and Stephen move to more football topics from a text subscriber survey, including Justin Fields' Heisman Trophy chances; the likely OSU starting QB next year; which two players out of Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and J.K. Dobbins would most help this team this season; and which team is the most likely to win the Big Ten West.The coronavirus discussion had to happen, but the plan will be to avoid a deep dive like that for the foreseeable future. Thanks for hanging in with Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
69 minutes | 19 days ago
From Shaun Wade to Trey Sermon to Josh Myers, the progress of some of Ohio State's most interesting players
On the Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means address what's happening with some of the most interesting Ohio State players this season, and what Ryan Day might do about it.Shaun Wade was reflective in an interview about how he can play better, so where does the highly talented outside cornerback go from here? How will the running back load be split up between Master Teague and Trey Sermon as the Buckeyes roll forward? Will the interior of the offensive line bounce back after some rough spots last week? What will the safety split between Marcus Hooker and Josh Proctor look like, and could Proctor play more? And could a young corner like Ryan Watts get some reps with some flux in the depth of the secondary?The Buckeyes have some interesting personnel decisions heading into a matchup with Maryland on Saturday, and Doug, Nathan and Stephen covered them all.Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
9 minutes | 20 days ago
Buckeye Talk Headlines: November 10
Ohio State prepares to visit Maryland See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
71 minutes | 21 days ago
The four College Football Playoff spots might be locked up: Monday Madness
On this Monday Madness version of Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Nathan Baird and Doug Lesmerises examine whether the four teams for the College Football Playoff might be set if nothing else crazy happens -- and Ohio State would be one of them.They also discuss the wild start in the Big Ten East; how many of the14 Big Ten teams have the right guy as their head coach; potential playoff expansion; how good BYU might be; and whether Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa should make the Ohio State secondary nervous heading into Saturday's matchup.It's a look at the national college football picture, and an early preview of the Buckeyes' next opponent. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
95 minutes | 22 days ago
Ohio State vs. Rutgers postgame pod: Which second-half problems could hurt the Buckeyes long-term?
On this postgame Buckeye Talk Podcast after Ohio State's 49-27 win over Rutgers, the text subscribers had some major questions and Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means tried to come up with answers.The Buckeyes led the Scarlet Knights 35-3 at the half, but things got a little loose after halftime. What issues were one-time things, and what could follow the Buckeyes through the season? Plus, how did Ryan Day react to all of them?Doug, Nathan and Stephen talked about what's really wrong in the secondary; what to make of the run game with Master Teague and Trey Sermon; how the offensive line played; how much of a problem were the Rutgers trick plays; are the defensive ends getting enough pressure; and what does it all mean for Ohio State's standing as a College Football Playoff contender?All that on a very busy postgame Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
71 minutes | 24 days ago
Rutgers preview and game prediction, and where would Brendon White fit in this Ohio State defense?
Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and former Buckeyes safety Brendon White make their returns to Ohio Stadium on Saturday with Rutgers. Before we gave our score predictions, we answered our Buckeye Talk text subscriber questions about whether White would have improved this OSU defense had he stayed for his final season. While he fell out of the 2019 rotation, would he have a first-string role with Marcus Hooker and Josh Proctor?Then we made our against-the-spread game predictions. Ohio State was favored by only 38 points as of Thursday evening. Why not more? We couldn't figure it out either, though it Gave Some of Us Pause as we made our predictions.Also, we each picked our other Big Ten games ATS. Come back to Buckeye Talk late Saturday night after the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
131 minutes | 25 days ago
Ep. 300: Is the Jim Harbaugh era ending at Michigan, and who should replace him?
On this big Thursday Buckeye Talk podcast from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means cover a lot of ground.First up, the latest with the Ohio State Buckeyes on Master Teague, Chris Olave, Cam Brown, Kerry Coombs, Pete Werner and more.Then, the champion of our Chain Restaurant Bracket is revealed.Next up, fallout from our recruiting discussion on 2022 QB Quinn Ewers, with the text subscribers agreeing with Nathan and disagreeing with Doug and Stephen.And then finally, the coaching situation at Michigan. Do OSU fans want to see Jim Harbaugh stay or go? Should he keep his job for the good of the Wolverines, or are they better off with a change? Is he actually in his last season? And if he's done, who will replace him? P.J. Fleck? Brent Venables? Matt Campbell? Luke Fickell?It's a big one, without much talk of Rutgers this week. Thanks for joining us on Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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