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Didn't the Fiesta Bowl just end? Wow! It's football season again. Or in the case of Ohio State, yet another chance to rebuild its national image after taking gut punches in its past three Bowl Championship Series bowl games plus last year's blowout loss at Southern California. Full Story
FLABUCK

Cambridge, MA

#1 Aug 31, 2009
This is the year where everything comes together and we leave some opponents blood on the field. Tressel and Bollman want to shut up the nay-sayers and show they can lead an offense to put some points on the board. Defensively we will be ready to bust some heads wide open as usual. 5 days and counting.
Evan

Canton, OH

#2 Aug 31, 2009
If the depth chart is to be believed, Heyward is starting.
Buckeye from Toledo

Toledo, OH

#3 Aug 31, 2009
When AJ Hawk left I was ready to turn the TV off. But within a few weeks Jim L made me say AJ who? I believe the O line is more hungry and younger and I am learning that OSU will have the players every year. The question at the beginning of the year is not if but what is the players name. I expect this younger team to be better than last years. Maybe this year they can step it up and bring some respect to the Big Ten.
David H Mills

San Clemente, CA

#4 Aug 31, 2009
Tim & Ken, Love the coverage especially being out here in California. Keep up the great work. I'm excited about the potential of this team. Go Buckeyes!
Kermit from Delphos Oh

Mount Victory, OH

#5 Aug 31, 2009
I'm not trying to over simplify this but the season will ride on the O-Line as it always does. Miller, Boren, Brewster, Cordle, Shugarts. NO BROWNING! Not even as second team. He argueably stopped a 12 to 15 OSU scoring drives last year with false starts. Plus no one will ever confuse him with any solid lineman of the past. Just because your from Glenville doesn't mean your great. Isn't that right Jamario. It feels like a effort in futility in getting Bollman fired but at least get Glenn Mason in as Offensive coordinator. His teams could run the ball and at least having his running style there may force Bollman to change his,,,,Hmmmm whatever it is he does or better, not do. Plus we have our legacy coach for the dreaded day when tress retires.
RBuck

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 31, 2009
The OL still is a concern to me. But no matter, Miller or Shugarts will be an improvement over Boone.
NorthCoastSteve

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#7 Aug 31, 2009
Kermit, Relax. Browning will be fine on the inside. But you make an interesting point about Mason: His Gophers could carry the rock. And, if you remember, he had the job until.....well, Coach Tressel walked in.
typo

Curitiba, Brazil

#8 Aug 31, 2009
Don't be so hard on Bollman there, Kermit. I think the majority of BCS teams would love to have someone of Bollman's talents on their staff.

There is an article here on his record and another on his intangibles that help mold a team of diverse young men.

Do you even know how many NFL linemen he has developed? You want to just get rid of someone of that STATURE, to serve as a scapegoat?
Richard in Vegas

AOL

#10 Aug 31, 2009
It was a little chilling today to read the two deep, and see so many pure freshmen on the defense, including a walk-on at number two mid line backer that virtually escaped notice of reporters the entire camp. On the one hand, it is great that newcomers make an early impression, but on the other hand experience seems like such a big deal nowadays, that one has to wonder, and hold our breath. But, two weeks from now, we will have a pretty good idea.
blinb22

United States

#11 Aug 31, 2009
GO NAVY!
Dale Light

Philippines

#12 Aug 31, 2009
I think after the first two games this year we will have a lot answers. I am not real worried about the defense. When have we not had a stout defense under Tressel. Even when we got beat bad by Florida and USC it was more about the offense's inability to move the ball and putting the defense in bad positions than bad defense. The offense has always been my concern, even though it has had lot's of NFL talent. What excites me is that Prior gives the coaching staff a chance to open things up and show there is some creativity there. I'll always be a vest fan but I hope this year that offense looks creative and a little unpredictable.
gibby55

Gallipolis, OH

#13 Aug 31, 2009
looks like theres competition on the o-line sumthin that has been lacking in recent years or how else does boone end up overweight and still in the line up. have a good feeling bout this team, faster at wr and lb hope new comers and o-line have enough of a chip on there shoulders 2 get after usc and break this national perspective. GO BUCKS
Buckeyeholicwomp a

Fairborn, OH

#14 Aug 31, 2009
I have heard from an insider that the O-line men are slimmer this year, which is good. It comes down to either more athletic, faster, smaller linemen or big, fat linemen. It is very difficult to build speed and be able to move so much mass, (take for example Doug Datish.) I hope this years linemen are nastier nad faster.
xbuckeye2

Winter Haven, FL

#15 Sep 1, 2009
Tress needs to hand the play calling over to the offensive cordinator and if Bollman cant handle that responsibility than they need to find someone who can. Until than Im afraid these young, talanted and very athletic kids are going to get molded into tressal ball type players. Please prove me wrong and let the offense loose, they have the athletes to put up some big numbers but they need the right plays to be called. There are only a hand full of Head Coaches in the nation that should be calling the offensive plays and Tressal is not one of them.
Kermit from Delphos OH

Bucyrus, OH

#16 Sep 1, 2009
typo, yes I read the article about linemen in the NFL. Here's a point to ponder. In the last 8 years OSU has recruited more 5 star, blue chip line then Bruce and Cooper combined yet with those numbers Bollman still has only 8 in the NFL. So I would argue he only gets half the results of either Bruce or Cooper. Secondly how many posts in the past several years have been aimed at the lines ability to move the likes of YSU, Akron, N. Ill. etc.
TJ Tillman

Parkersburg, WV

#17 Sep 1, 2009
One of my main concearns as I watch the National championship game on ESPN classic. Everyone is saying are D line is going to be the dominat . I know the DE 's will be but how about the DT's in 2002 nobody could run at us espically up the middle. So since they elected Doug worthington captin (which I think he has been a major disapponitment) it is time for Captin worthington to step up being the fact he is a 3 year starter. need more TFL's than 5 the whole year from the DT's. think anbout it all the way back to Illinos loss USC LSU USC they ran the ball in the middle hope are so far hope he proves me wrong very overrated DT captian worthington can step up
Go Blue

West Palm Beach, FL

#18 Sep 1, 2009
This just in...it was announced today, that once again the Ohio Penetentiary System will take place in the yearly saturday work release program, therefore supplying the needed manpower necessary for the Ohio State buckeyes to compete with the likes of USC, Michigan, Penn State, and Iowa....you know, manly type teams.....
gibby55

Gallipolis, OH

#19 Sep 1, 2009
Go Blue wrote:
This just in...it was announced today, that once again the Ohio Penetentiary System will take place in the yearly saturday work release program, therefore supplying the needed manpower necessary for the Ohio State buckeyes to compete with the likes of USC, Michigan, Penn State, and Iowa....you know, manly type teams.....
this just in the bucks have been doing just fine competing with the likes of the teams u listed ahd without the number of future convicts usc field every year maybe we should open the ohio prison system up to rich rod so he can compete with..well anybody

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