Good morning, Buckeye fans. Welcome to your Thursday Morning Hive—the first of several to come your way in the month of November. It was great to see the Buckeyes take the court to get basketball season underway with the exhibition contest against Walsh on Tuesday night, even if the results were less than stellar. By the way, Lenzelle Smith Jr. is sorry about that. Most of you probably didn’t shell out the money necessary to see the game on BTN.com and you were right not to do so. The game was pretty “meh” although there were a few highlights, such as Tank’s 25 points, three new Aaron Craft floor burns and five swats by sophomore center Amir Williams. In case you missed it, here is my write-up about the game.
The football Buckeyes are still the primary focus of your Ohio State-centric universe, however, and we’re ok with that. We welcome Illinois to the Horseshoe on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and this year we hope to better last year’s total of completed passes against the Illini, which was one. One stinkin’ pass. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict a tenfold increase in production in the passing game from last year’s game in Champaign. You’ll recall that new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman is the same guy who gave us fits last year with Toledo. The Illini, however, have struggled with all phases of the game this season. Although the Buckeyes are heavily favored, we’ve all seen this year’s team play to the level of its opponents repeatedly in 2012. Let’s not sleep on the Illini, ok? Here’s your Hive:
Buckeyes Will Battle Boston College in 2020, 2021
Gene Smith is at it again. Ohio State will add a home-and-home series with Boston College in 2020 and 2021, following similar recent announcements about TCU, Texas and Oregon. In fact, the BC games will take place in the same years as the Oregon match-ups. The Buckeyes will host the Eagles on Sept. 19, 2020, and will travel to Chestnut Hill on Sept. 18, 2021. Both Boston College games are the week after the Buckeyes play Oregon, but Ohio State is at Oregon before hosting BC and home against the Ducks the week before heading to Massachusetts. We don’t expect Jim Bollman to still be on Boston College’s coaching staff when these two meetings take place, so we won’t exactly get to exact our revenge for the last several years of substandard offensive line play and poor recruiting. The Buckeyes have met the Eagles on three previous occasions, winning each time. The Buckeyes outscored the Eagles 103-45 in those contests. Ohio State won at home in 1989, at Boston College in 1990 and in the Kickoff Classic at East Rutherford, NJ, in 1995. Yours truly attended the first and last of those three games—the most recent was the only time I’ve ever attended an Ohio State game with my dad and sister. It was a lot of fun, particularly because we were surrounded by Boston College fans.
Tim Tebow, Buckeye Fan?
Doug Lesmerises does some great work for the Plain Dealer. Last night he posted this story which included an interview with former Gator Tim Tebow. Said Tebow:
“I guess as hard as it is for me to say, I am a pretty big fan now of The Ohio State University.”
I can’t imagine why that’s so difficult to say. It comes out pretty easily when I say it. OK, so he attended a different school, but come on, it’s not like he has anything but fond memories of facing the Buckeyes. The article quotes Urban Meyer as saying he still talks with his former UF quarterback weekly, and Urbz would love it if Braxton Miller worked out with Tebow in the off-season. Tebow’s advice for the things Miller should work on most: leadership and poise.
Buckeye Women Advance to B1G Soccer Tourney Semifinals
Sophomore midfielder Ellyn Gruber scored just before halftime and freshman goalkeeper Jillian McVicker needed to make only one save as Ohio State eliminated Nebraska in the B1G soccer tournament by a score of 1-0. The No. 2 seed Buckeyes (14-4-1) took out the No. 6 seed Huskers (7-12-1) at Bloomington, IN, and will face No. 3 seed Michigan on Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the semifinals. The Wolverines defeated Wisconsin 2-0 on two second-half goals to advance last night.
All-B1G Honors for Cameron, Wu
Speaking of the women’s soccer team, Tiffany Cameron and Danica Wu of the No. 21 Buckeyes were named first-team All B1G selections on Wednesday. Cameron, a senior, has had a monster year for Ohio State, scoring 18 goals on the season—good for second in the conference and tied for fourth nationally. She holds OSU single season and career goal scoring records, and has been the B1G Offensive POW three times this season. Wu, a junior midfielder, has three assists on the year. Senior captain Kendyl Reed was named second team All-Big, and McVicker was named to the league’s All-Freshman squad. McVicker leads the conference in goals-against average, at 0.49.
Baldwin Wallace doesn’t mess around when it comes to self-imposed sanctions (postseason ban for all 23 varsity sports)…Ohio State is the No. 6 seed in the B1G field hockey tournament in Iowa City. They’ll face No. 3 seed TTUN today at 5 p.m…Yesterday, Charles told you about the big weekend for the OSU women’s hockey team. In the wake of Ohio State’s exploits, sophomore Taylor Keuhl was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week…In honor of Illinois hate week, here’s the program from the first Ohio State game I ever attended: