We are just one week out from the Buckeyes finally being back in action again. This time next week I hopefully will be writing a recap about how well the team looked against Marshall, and how few concerns there are heading into the Miami (FL) game. At this point there seem to be a few more question marks than most of us would like and next week will provide some much needed answers.
The next seven days will be brutally slow, and while you wait, here are some of the things you should be reading.
1) The Buckeyes released the first depth chart of the season today.
Most the reaction around the web has been pretty apathetic about it, but it actually offered quite a few insights. First, a ton of youngsters have made their presence known throughout the two-deep. True freshman like Jonathan Hankins, Christian Bryant, Corey Brown, and Andrew Norwell all find themselves on the list. That doesn't even include the bevy of redshirt freshman and sophomores who help make up a big portion of the depth chart.
Second, the Buckeyes are obviously not near as deep at defensive end as we would like. Adam Bellamy finds himself backing up Cameron Heyward, showing how thin the position really is. Honestly though, the only other option would be Melvin Fellows. With Solomon Thomas behind Nathan Williams and Keith Wells now gone, there really are no other experienced options. Outside of Heyward, Williams and Thomas there is not another upperclassmen on the defensive line depth chart. Something that could hurt down the stretch.
Then there is C.J. Barnett jumping Orhian Johnson on the depth chart at safety. This was the only real surprise, unless you have been under a rock and didn't hear that Sweat has jumped Sabino. There has been some panic because of the Barnett's size and lack of experience, but all those in the know claim this all due to Johnson being injured.
Another note at safety is that Christian Bryant has bypassed Nate Oliver on the two-deep at Star.
For once Columbus and Ann Arbor have been united about something, the fact that no one wants "The Game" moved. Unfortunately, Delany and company seem dead set on making this a reality. It appears UM-OSU will play each other earlier in the year and have an opportunity to meet again in the Big Ten Championship. While I understand the desire to split teams up to create a balanced conference, we all know this has to do with money. Delany is dreaming about a Buckeye-Wolverine war to determine the Big Ten representative in the Rose Bowl, and all the money that would produce.
What is even crazier is that Gorden Gee seems so excited about it. He may just have lost a lot of fans with his comments on the subject. Anyway, like I stated weeks ago, the realignment is going to cost the Buckeyes something. None of the current options on the table come without some wrinkles that need to be worked out. Like it or hate it, tradition will be changing.
3) UM players just gave the Buckeyes some bulletin board material.
Some 19 Wolverine players got grilled with a variety of questions by AnnArbor.com. As expected, most of the answers were pretty much useless. The one question that should catch the attention of Buckeye Nation was on who the most overrated player in the Big Ten was this year. The winner? Well, Terrelle Pryor of course.
I'd really like to spend my time coming up with witty comebacks or well thought up put downs, but I have no clue who to make fun of up in Ann Arbor. Rich Rodriguez is such a joke I don't need to waste my precious time pointing it out any further, and I can't make fun of the players because I don't know who any of them are.
I guess I just don't know why UM players are talking about anyone else being overrated. So hypocritical...and it will make Nov. 27th all the more fun!