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2012 Buckeye Tree

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  1. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    2012 Buckeye Tree

    Red = User matches

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
    Week Opponent Result Off PoG Def PoG
    1 @ Georgia Tech W 66-7 Franklin Johnson
    2 Bye
    3 Texas
    4 Cal
    5 Northwestern
    6 Bye
    7 @ Wisconsin
    8 Iowa
    9 @ Indiana
    10 @ Penn State
    11 Michigan State
    12 Purdue
    13 @ Michigan
    14 Clemson
    15 Bye
    Con Bye

    Most Valuable Player Offense: (added after season)

    Most Valuable Player Defense: (added after season)

    Freshman of the Year: (added after season)
  2. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Season Preview:

    Ohio State had a disappointing year in 2011, losing 3 games on the season. Despite the down season the Buckeyes won another conference championship and advanced to the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately they faced off with LSU for the second time and did not fare any better. Turnovers killed OSU and Buckeyes head into 2012 season looking for redemption.

    The focus in the offseason was fixing the offense. A new offense coordinator was brought in to assist coach Bravejaf. He is bringing a new scheme that will hopefully help Buckeyes decrease turnovers and increase points scored.

    The success or failure of the offense falls on the quarterback so rising junior Matt Franklin has to step up this season. He put up some prolific numbers last season, throwing for 3,385 yards and 31 touchdowns. Unfortunately he also threw 21 interceptions, including 3 in the bowl loss to LSU. Another big piece of the offense is rising senior Jamaal Berry. Berry has averaged over 5 yards per carry in his career but he has never carried it more than 100 times in a season. He needs to stay healthy and move the chains.

    The new offense will also require more work from the receiving core. Starters Devier Posey and Lamar Thomas are playing football on Sunday so new receivers will have to step up. Duron Carter, James Jackson and Billy Crowell are expected to be Franklin's top targets. As a true freshman Crowell led the Buckeyes in receptions and receiving yards from the #5 hole. This year he will get more focus from defense so he needs to work harder to get his catches. Rising sophomore Brian Brown and true freshman Devin Burley round out the #4 and #5 WR spots for Ohio State.

    A big question for Ohio State this season is the offensive line. The team will start two freshman and one sophomore this season. The only returning starter is Marcus Hall and he switched from guard to tackle in the offseason. True freshman Tony Martinez and redshirt freshman David McGill will be manning the left side of the OSU line.

    On the other side of the ball the Buckeyes should be very strong. Superstar Nathan Williams will be missed on the defensive line but Melvin Fellows (20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks) and William Mobley (26 tackles for loss and 9 sacks) are back for Ohio State. The linebacker core also loses key parts but there is very little drop off in talent. Dorian Bell returns to man the left side and Storm Klein moves to starter on the right. The only question is in the middle. Redshirt freshman Jesse Harris is expected to start in that position but Buckeyes also have OLB Jason Arnold ready to go if Harris struggles.

    The defensive secondary should be the strength of the team and it is one of the best units in college football. Travis Howard :)RS: SR) and CJ Barnett :)RS: JR) return to cornerback spots. They combined for 10 interceptions, led by Barnett's 6 picks. Barnett flirted with NFL but elected to stay in Columbus for at least one more year. Oharian Johnson :)RS: SR) and Jamie Wood :)RS: JR) will play the safety roles. Johnson had 74 tackles last season and Wood had 64 tackles.
  3. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Week 1: @ Georgia Tech

    Ohio State went to Bobby Dodd stadium and embarrassed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Ohio State had one of its best team performances under current coach Bravejaf. This did not look like the same team that lost 3 games the previous season. On the offensive side of the ball quarterback Matt Franklin looked like a different player. He made some big passes and more importantly avoided turning the ball over. Franklin threw 3 touchdown passes in this game and he only played in the first half. Billy Crowell, Duron Carter and Devin Burley were the recipients of these touchdown passes. On the ground the Buckeyes mixed in some wildcat plays, option plays and tradition run plays. Jamaal Berry finished the game with 59 yards rushing and he punched in 2 short touchdown runs. James Jackson played his traditional wide receiver role but he also played some quarterback in the wildcat formation. He gained 31 yards rushing on 5 carries in this game.

    The Buckeyes did most of their scoring in this game from 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter until the end of the first half. During that time they scored 49 points, including three defensive/special teams touchdowns. The first defensive touchdown was scored by defensive end Keith Wells. GT's quarterback Washington fumbled an option pitch and Wells picked it up for the score. The other defensive touchdowns were scored on fumble recoveries on kick returns. CB Dominic Clark and WR Devin Burley scored after Tech's kick returner fumbled the ball. Buckeyes safety Oharian Johnson forced on of those fumbles and he also grabbed an interception in the second quarter.

    The Buckeyes get a week to prepare before taking on the Texas Longhorns in week 3. Texas is coached by former LSU head coach Bulgy, the same coach who beat Ohio State twice last season.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Bucks 21 35 3 7 66
    GT 0 7 0 0 7

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Bucks GT
    Total yards 442 157
    Rush/pass yards 224/218 96/61
    1st downs 19 6
    3rd down conversion 5-9 (55%) 1-10 (10%)
    Red zone conversion 7-6-1 1-1-0
    Turnovers 0 4
    Time of possession 23:25 8:35

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4
    Bucks GT
    Pass Franklin 13-18 218 yards 3 TD/0 INT Washington 4-12 61 yards 0 TD/ 1 INT
    Rush Oliver 12 car 64 yards Watson 11 car 48 yards
    Rec Crowell 3 rec 81 yards 1 TD Moore 1 rec 40 yards
    Def O. Johnson 10 tack 1 tfl 1 INT 1 FF 1 defl Sweeting 13 tack 1 defl

    Offensive Player of the Game: Matt Franklin

    Defensive Player of the Game: Oharian Johnson

    Play of the Game: Keith Wells scoop and score

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