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 Mar 8, 2022


 Nov 13, 2018

Buckeye Born, Living in Md.
 Sep 16, 2018
great discussions on Buckeye football with the off there wall comments (book series, food.. ) keeping it funny and different. great listening for a Buckeye.

Sam
 Aug 31, 2018
Used to be a loyal listener. Lately the podcasts has become a rambling mix of nothing, food, and baseless conclusions. These guys literally tired me out to the point of exhaustion. Done listening.

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The latest analysis on Ohio State football, basketball and recruiting from cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means. Usually, quite a good time.

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Ohio State lives: Emergency Pod
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Utah beat USC on Friday night, in much the same way Michigan beat Ohio State last week. The result? The Ohio State Buckeyes are likely back in the College Football Playoff. With the way the selection committee described it last week, the Buckeyes were probably in with a USC loss, especially when the Trojans blew a 17-3 lead and fell 47-24, showing continued issues with their defense. The 11-1 Buckeyes aren't perfect, but they will almost certainly be the choice as the No. 4 seed in the playoff when the playoff bracket is announced Sunday. But you know that. On this emergency pod, you can talk along as Doug Lesmerises tells you things you already know. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2022
Still betting Ohio State to win the national title; picks for USC and TCU: and a MAC Championship best bet
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On this Friday edition of Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker still have a lot to talk about with Ohio State football from a betting perspective, even though the Buckeyes aren't playing this weekend. Plus, they make their usual national picks. In the first segment (0:30), Doug and Tyler talk about why Ohio State's national title odds went way up after the Buckeyes lost to Michigan, then came back down after bettors started betting them. Now Ohio State is 10-1, and is that a good bet, given their chances of making the playoff? Plus, TShoe talks about what the lines might look like for an Ohio State-Michigan rematch, and an Ohio State-Georgia semifinal. Then (22:34), the guys make their picks for the conference championship games in the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12. There are several games Doug and Tyler agree on, which might be bad for Tyler. Finally (41:42), TShoe has one best bet this week, and it's the MAC Championship. Then the advice centers on fighting the urge to bet more in a small week of games. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2022
Ohio State's playoff limbo; Buckeyes on the All-Big Ten team; and more
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On this Thursday episode, Buckeye Talk comes to you in three parts. First, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk about the Ohio State Buckeyes who made the All-Big Ten team, starting on the offensive side, then going (17:27) to defense, and then (35:45) looking at individual awards. Then Doug (42:42) goes through a few topics on his own, including Brian Hartline interviewing at Cincinnati. Finally, (58:47) Nathan and Stephen discuss Ohio State's playoff situation, which seems to be coming down to USC losing to Utah on Friday night. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
Jim Tressel, rivalry coach; transfer cornerbacks; and more suggestions Ohio State can use to beat Michigan
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, the call went out to Ohio State text subscribers to send in concrete suggestions that Ohio State could try to help the Buckeyes prepare for Michigan next season. From adding players to changing assistants to a different offensive focus to play calling responsibilities, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means ran through about 15 of the best and most interesting suggestions that were sent in. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Ohio State-Michigan rants: From play calling to Ohio players to social media and more
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises took in everything Ohio State text subscribers had to offer for the last two days and decided on these 10 points to hit on this slightly different version of a rants pod: 6:30 -- Ohio State losing to Michigan for the first time in the social media age 18:22 -- Whether stability breeds winning, or winning breeds stability 21:42 -- Play calling issues for Ryan Day and Jim Knowles 45:30 -- Ryan Day in equal talent games 50:00 -- How Ryan Day is in the opposite place of Jim Tressel 58:21 -- The right balance of Ohio players on the roster 1:03:46 -- Is recruiting bringing in enough talent at all positions? 1:11:54 -- OSU fans eventually get mad at all coaches 1:19:11 -- This loss was worse because it was unexpected 1:23:37 -- Comparing Ryan Day to Mark Helfrich Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
Ohio State's slim playoff chances; Luke Fickell to Wisconsin; mashed potatoes; and more
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On this Monday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are taking a bit of a step back from Ohio State's loss to Michigan to look at the Buckeyes in the national picture and to discuss Big Ten coaching. The pod will get back to what happened in The Game and the state of the rivalry in the next few days. Here, Doug and Nathan start by discussing if Ohio State could back into the College Football Playoff as a No. 4 seed and how the selection committee might view the Buckeyes vs. USC right now. Then (31:56) it's onto Big Ten coaching and the surprise hiring of Luke Fickell by Wisconsin. Who will be the best coaches in the Big Ten in two years? Where does Ryan Day fit? And, just to get a read on fans, texters were asked if they'd fire Day right now if they were in charge. Doug and Nathan discuss those survey results. Finally, (1:21:31) it's Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eatin' and Whatcha Thinkin' as Wakanda Forever, Thanksgiving food (again), Nathan's cough and if everyone will be happier in a 12-team playoff are discussed. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Ohio State loses to Michigan postgame: What went wrong for the Buckeyes, and what to do now
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On this postgame edition of Buckeye Talk after Ohio State's 45-23 loss to Michigan, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means break down Ohio State's second straight loss in The Game and what it means for both programs. First (0:30), the discussion is about where Ohio State's defense failed against Michigan's offense. That includes the idea that the Wolverines were propelled by two players who could have been Buckeyes. Then (40:30), the discussion turns to the Ohio State offense, which scored just three points in the second half. From play calling to personnel, why didn't the Buckeyes score more? Included in that is a discussion (1:18:30) about whether Ryan Day should have gone for it on fourth-and-5 in the third quarter. The final discussion (1:37:49) is all about Day and where the coach and program go from here. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2022
Ohio State-Michigan game preview and picks: The effect of emotion, surprise players and injuries
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On this game preview edition of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means dig in deep on the matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan, while Michigan writer Aaron McMann stops by for a segment to lend his expertise. First, the guys start (0:45) on the Ohio State offense vs. the Michigan defense. Will C.J. Stroud provide some magic? Will Dallan Hayden carry the rushing load? And is the Michigan pass rush a problem? Then (40:43) it's a quick look at potential surprise players for The Game, as the guys give their choices. Then (47:54) it's Ohio State defense vs. Michigan offense. Will the Jim Knowles plan work? And might Michigan wind up relying on quarterback J.J. McCarthy more than ever? Then it's a visit from McMann (1:02:30), who provides a look at what Michigan might be like if star running back Blake Corum is out or severely limited. Finally (1:32:28), Doug, Nathan and Stephen make their picks for The Game. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2022
How to bet rivalries, and how often Ohio State and Michigan coaches beat the spread in The Game: Betting the Buckeyes
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On this week's version of Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are back to talk about Ohio State football and national college football from a betting perspective. First, (1:00) they discuss how to bet rivalries and how intangibles factor into a bet. Then they talk about the 7.5-point spread for Ohio State-Michigan and how much more Ohio State was favored by several weeks ago. Tyler gives his numbers for the game, and the guys agree on which side of the total they like, and Doug suggests a parley. Finally, TShoe suggests his Ohio State bet of the week. Then (17:38) it's onto the Power Five conferences with Doug and Tyler each making five bets there. Doug is very excited about his record last week. In the final segment (40:06), Tyler picks his upset special and gives out his three best bets of the week after going 3-0 on best bets last week. Then it's time for another gambling tidbit, and this one is a little more sophisticated. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2022
Broken hands; rushing smart; jumping Georgia; setting back Michigan; and how chippy will The Game be? Rapid fire
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On this Thanksgiving Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are taking rapid fire questions from text subscribers about Ohio State football and the The Game. Among the topics covered: How should Ohio State rush JJ McCarthy? Will CJ Stroud remember Desmond Howard and take it out on Michigan? Tommy Eichenberg's broken hands Jaxon Smith-Njigba expectations How chippy will The Game be? Could Ohio State jump Georgia with a win? How does the media feel this week? Could Jayden Ballard play a role Saturday? Ryan Day can't overthink or be too conservative A draft of Thanksgiving side dishes How much would a loss set Michigan back? Should OSU fans rush the field with a win? What base was Jim Harbaugh born on? Would OSU fans accept a new version of The 10-Year War? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. And Happy Thanksgiving. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2022
Jack Sawyer; a toughness battle; delays of game; and cherishing the rivalry: Ohio State rants
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On this Wednesday episode of Buckeye Talk rants, Doug Lesmerises takes another list of rants from text subscribers (sign up for free texts at 614-350-3315) and runs through what's on the mind of Ohio State fans and what matters the most during Ohio State-Michigan week. Topics discussed include: How Jack Sawyer might be used Don't get trapped in a toughness battle Wishing The Game wasn't Thanksgiving week Cherishing the privilege of the game in what might be the last, best version of it Comparing Michigan to Tresselball Homefield for Ohio State How Doug says im-por-tant Divulging little tidbits about The Game Kicking off at noon Predicting this game would be 11-0 vs. 11-0 Paris Johnson getting just one year at left tackle Stop spoiling The College Football Survivor Show Ohio State's issue with delays of game Is Tim Walton the next Bill Davis? Does Ryan Day get too much criticism? Hating weather talk And more. Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
What Michigan does, from pass rush to run blocking, and how Ohio State can handle it
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Welcome back to a bonus Buckeye Talk, as Ohio State-Michigan week means a Tuesday pod when there usually isn't one. Doug Lesmerises kicks off this pod with his breakdown of the Wolverines, first discussing three aspects of Michigan's offense (1:30), then looking (18:53) at three parts of Michigan's defense. There will be a Michigan writer on the pod later this week, but this was a look at the Wolverines through the lens of the Buckeyes. Then, Doug is joined (28:06) by new cleveland.com writer Jimmy Watkins. His beat is rivalries and that means on his first day on the job Monday he was in Ann Arbor for Michigan interviews. He checks in with the vibe and news from Jim Harbaugh and Michigan players. Finally, (46:32), Nathan Baird has an interview with L. Jon Wertheim, one of the producers of a new documentary on the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. Many more pods to come this week. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
The perfect Big Ten season helped create 11-0 Ohio State vs. 11-0 Michigan
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are thinking all about Ohio State vs. Michigan -- and maybe a little bit about Thanksgiving food. First, they offer an appreciation (4:30) for both the Buckeyes and Wolverines getting through the regular season undefeated so far to make this matchup happen. Then (9:20), they talk about the polls, where the Buckeyes have always been clearly ahead of the Wolverines. Then (14:03), it's back to the idea of both Ohio State and Michigan making the College Football Playoff, which is more real after Tennessee's loss. Then (26:36) the five best teams in the Big Ten are compared to the five best teams in the other major conferences to spark a discussion about quality depth and what's good and bad about it. Ryan Day's thoughts on Ohio State and Michigan maybe playing back-to-back games someday (41:56) are discussed, before a brief discussion about Iowa (50:28) taking control of the race in the Big Ten West. Finally, (52:54), it's Whatcha Thinkin', Eatin' and Watchin', where Doug has a theory about this more national version of The Game, and Thanksgiving plans are shared. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
Ohio State beats Maryland postgame: Will Dallan Hayden play a major role in an undefeated version of The Game?
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are in the Maryland press box to break down Ohio State's 43-30 win over the Terrapins on Saturday. But everything about this OSU win pointed toward what will now be a showdown of undefeated teams in a week, as both Ohio State and Michigan improved to 11-0. In the first segment, text subscribers share their level of confidence in the Buckeyes right now, while Doug, Nathan and Stephen break down the OSU run game and talk about the role freshman tailback Dallan Hayden could play next week. In the second segment (35:55), the talk turns to the Ohio State passing game, C.J. Stroud and the number of targets the receivers are getting. In segment three (47:54), it's on to the Ohio State and how much it can be trusted in a big game, and which defensive stars could show up next week. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2022
How a half-point move affects our Ohio State bet, plus a formula for sagging teams: Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk
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On this episode of Betting the Buckeyes, Tyler Shoemaker and Doug Lesmerises talk about Ohio State football and national college football from a gambling perspective, as they always do. Doug has a microphone issue on this one, but TShoe is loud and strong and the content is great, so thanks for hanging in. First, they talk about Ohio State-Maryland, what Tyler's formula would set as the line for this game and how to adjust for teams that are sagging down the stretch. Then it's the Ohio State bet of the week and how a half-point move may or may not change the angle. Then (16:43), it's on to Power 5 picks, where, honestly, neither Doug nor TShoe has done that well this year. Why? Then it's picks on USC, Texas, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Purdue and other teams. Finally (38:14), TShoe gets into the weeds with his upset special and his three best bets, and he offers a tidbit of gambling advice. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
Ohio State-Maryland preview and rapid fire: A Marvin Harrison Jr. Heisman case, Taron Vincent, Lathan Ransom, game picks and more
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On this Friday game preview edition of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means make their picks for the Ohio State-Maryland game on Saturday. But first they discuss some interviews with Ty Hamilton and Dallan Hayden and share some news about Ohio State practicing in the snow and how C.J. Stroud looked this week. They also take several questions from text subscribers, including on: Marvis Harrison Jr. as a Heisman candidate The Jaxon Smith-Njigba outlook Overlooking Taron Vincent Lathan Ransom's style of play How they talk about Ryan Day and what angered some listeners Some thoughts on the pod Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
Josh Fryar; C.J. Stroud picked a challenge; hospital food; injury questions and more: Ohio State rants
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is sorry the rants took so long this week, but they're finally here. Topics covered include, in order: What's affecting the national view of Ohio State? Josh Fryar ready to help Up-tempo offense A lack of Heisman interest Hospital food Football in context A Block O moment Angering Iowa C.J. Stroud picking a challenge The wrong shade of scarlet College hoops interest in November Reacting to big plays James Franklin and Chris Holtmann Ohio State's injuries Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
C.J. Stroud's Heisman path and the player who could stand in his way; plus an Ohio State-Michigan doubleheader; and crypto and bass clarinets
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are here to: Break down the Heisman Trophy race (1:15) and where Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud stands in it. What one other player has the best chance to derail Stroud's Heisman path, and what are the numbers inside the race? Then (40:40) it's a look at the Big Ten West battle and what would have happened if the Big Ten had already done away with divisions like the Pac-12. Finally it's time for (1:01:49) Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eatin' and Whatcha Thinkin' with a look at TBDBITL through fresh eyes, Unsolved Mysteries, bass clarinets and crypto. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
Ohio State beats Indiana postgame: C.J. Stroud gets right, RB injuries, Kam Babb's moment and more
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird break down Ohio State's 56-14 win over Indiana. To open, did someone pick the score exactly right? Huh. Weird. Then, should the postgame pods be more raw? (2:45) How did it feel for Nathan, who was sick, to watch the game at home? (4:43) Then, a dive into the OSU short-yardage issues. (7:48) Then a deeper look at the running back injuries for the Buckeyes. (30:30) Then how bad Indiana football is right now. (42:00) Then a reason to subscribe to the texts. (52:04) A look at how the cornerbacks played and what the rotation might be in the future. (54:38) How Josh Fryar did starting at right tackle and what it means. (1:00:10) The defensive line rotation. (1:03:43) Marvin Harrison Jr. is wild. (1:08:40) The C.J. Stroud and Kam Babb connection and Babb's big moment after his touchdown. (1:11:00) Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2022
Back to a reliable Ohio State bet, plus advice on parlays and Bielema belief: Betting the Buckeyes
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Betting the Buckeyes is back after a week off. That means Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are discussing Ohio State and national college football from a gambling perspective. In the first segment, TShoe and Doug scout out an Ohio State bet of the week and talk about how to bet in bad weather, like the Buckeyes faced last week. Then the middle segment has their picks from the Power 5 conferences, with playoff contenders Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon and TCU all in the gambling mix. Then it's the final segment and the upset pick of the week, as well as TShoe's three best bets. Finally, the advice tidbit is Doug asking Tyler how to handle parlay bets, because Doug recently lost one and it made him mad. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
Ohio State vs. Indiana preview and rapid fire: DL rotation, game picks and more
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On this Friday game preview Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means make their picks for Ohio State hosting Indiana on Saturday, with the Buckeyes favored by 39.5 points. But first, because they are expecting a blowout, they take questions on a variety of topics, including: Is Ohio State now a defense-first team? What's with the defensive line rotation? Keeping listeners sane Advice for a first OSU game Receiver drops C.J. Stroud running the ball Kyle McCord playing time Why the offense seems like it's getting worse Comparing OSU to Michigan running backs What texters say about their balance of football and men's basketball passion And then they make their picks for the game. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
Is Ohio State or Michigan on top? Big Ten fan satisfaction rankings
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This Thursday Buckeye Talk episode is homework that nobody actually wanted. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means created their own Big Ten fan satisfaction rankings for each of the 14 schools, combining how good the schools are at football and men's basketball and how much fans care about each of the two programs. The formula is this: Each school was broken into two percentages that equal 100 to show how much football matters at that school compared to men's basketball. A school might be an even 50-50, or it might be 90 football and 10 men's basketball, or 75 men's basketball and 25 football. That's a way of showing how much fans care about each of those two sports compared to each other. Then, each of the 28 football and men's basketball teams was ranked on a scale of 1 to 14, with 1 being very unsatisfied and 14 being completely happy. Each of those rankings was then multiplied by the caring percent. And then the two numbers were added together to get that schools satisfaction rating. For instance, a team given an 8 in men's basketball that had a 40 percent care rating for basketball would get 320 points, and then a 6 in football for a 60 percent care rating would create 360 points, and overall, that team's satisfaction number would be 680. See!? It's a math podcast! Doug, Nathan and Stephen talk it out and reveal their 1-14 rankings. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Disclaimer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Ohio State rants: 2 real run game issues, and the key to making Buckeyes fans happier
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is taking rants and strong takes from Ohio State text subscribers and then talking them out. The topics covered, in order: Whether Ohio State is the Kansas City Chiefs and all the issues that go into trusting the Buckeyes or not The lack of running backs getting in the groove, why short yardsage is the real run game issue The idea of the Buckeyes needing a humbling loss Eating Chili's in the basement Showering at night or in the morning Getting sick of the soft label Should Ohio State actually be an underdog to Michigan? Are the right five guys playing on the offensive line? Birthday parties at McDonald's Michigan struggled for a half vs. Rutgers Listening to Buckeye Talk during marathon training A baseball comparison The Buckeyes lacking one thing each year Issues with our OSU YouTube videos Apples taste good Fans having trouble enjoying this season and what might change that This pod was a little scattered -- Buckeye Talk. So thanks as always for listening. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Ohio State basketball preview: Buckeyes are 4 freshmen, 3 transfers and a season that could go anywhere
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Ohio State basketball opened the season with a 91-53 win over Robert Morris on Monday night, and on this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are using that first win to inform their discussion about what this 2022-23 season might be like for the basketball Buckeyes. Three new transfers and four true freshmen were part of the nine-man rotation in the opener, which was a sign of things to come. The breakdown of this episode: * A look at the transfers and a discussion of expectations for this season (0:30). * Rapid fire analysis of all 10 players who could be part of Ohio State’s rotation (17:05). * The early OSU schedule and the strength/weakness of the Big Ten and what it all means for the OSU season (35:30). Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Back to football talk on Wednesday. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
Ohio State vs. Georgia; playoff race shakeup; Big Ten West mess; and getting hypnotized
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are talking about the Ohio State Buckeyes on the national scene, and diving back into a part of Ohio State’s game Saturday. This episode: * The Georgia-Tennessee game and what it meant for Ohio State (1:19) * Clemson and Alabama lose and create a shakeup in the playoff race -- what does it mean for the Big Ten? (14:45) * Illinois loses and the Big Ten West race gets messier (31:33) * Another look at the OSU run game from Saturday, and when the Buckeyes won and lost their battles up front (41:28) * Whatcha Watchin’, Whatcha Eatin’, Whatcha Thinkin’, including Doug’s latest experience with getting hypnotized (53:25) * A final discussion of Ohio State’s reality of potentially needing two styles of offense (1:12:19) Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Disclamer: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Bet must win. Ends 11/20/23 @ 11:59pm ET. Stepped Up SGP: 1 Token issued per eligible game. Opt in req. Min $1 bet. Max bet limits apply. Min. 3-leg. Each leg min. -300 odds, total bet +100 odds or longer. 10+ leg req. for 100% boost. Ends 1/8/23 @ 8pm ET. See eligibility & terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Ohio State beats Northwestern postgame: What did the wind tell us about the Buckeyes?
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk from Evanston, Ill., Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means dig into Ohio State's 21-7 win over Northwestern. The Buckeyes said they had never played in wind like that, but why wasn't Ohio State able to run the ball earlier, even in very rough conditions? That is discussed at length, as is what worked and didn't work in the passing game, how the OSU defense held up and held down the Wildcats, and more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2022
Ohio State vs. Northwestern preview: Denzel Burke, Miyan Williams, long snappers, bad weather and hot dog ice cream
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On this game preview Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are here to break down Ohio State at Northwestern on Saturday. No gambling pod this week, so this is the only Buckeye Talk that will appear in your Friday feed. The breakdown: How bad weather may affect the game (0:20) Denzel Burke and the OSU cornerbacks (7:16) Defensive tackle Mike Hall's emergence (14:49) Defensive tackle Tyleik Williams coming off a big game (19:08) The health of running back Miyan Williams (23:52) A new long snapper (27:38) Really good left tackles the last two weeks (29:49) Northwestern's best offensive weapon (39:05) The Wildcats' DC problem (42:21) Why Georgia-Tennessee matters to Ohio State (44:45) Our OSU-NU game picks (53:22) Hot dog ice cream (1:00:54) Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Comparing C.J. Stroud to Justin Fields, a football team to face aliens, tunnel fight solutions and more: Ohio State rapid fire
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It is a giant rapid fire Buckeye Talk this Thursday, as Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means steer clear of Ohio State play-calling and answer questions related to everything else. In order, the topics: Picking a college football team to play aliens Transfer portal balance Saying talent-equated Get rid of old stadiums Is C.J. Stroud or Justin Fields better? Year 2 Ohio State running backs Offensive assistant titles Could assistants leave after this season? Is Burger King bad? Getting the name right for J.T. Tuimoloau Preventing tunnel fights Tailgating at Penn State Rental car insurance "It is what it is" More playoff games -- J.J. McCarthy or C.J. Stroud? A Michigan doomsday question Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Ohio State rants: Debating Ryan Day's play-calling, Buckeyes are No. 2 in the playoff rankings and more
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On this Wednesday rants Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises gets stuck on one topic longer than usual. But it's a pretty important one -- the play-calling tendencies of Ohio State coach Ryan Day the last two weeks, especially in the run game. Maybe 60 percent of the 100-plus rants sent in were on this topic, so the pod breaks down this way: Segment 1: Doug mostly lays the groundwork for the discussion with some stats and comparisons to other college offenses. Segment 2: Rants from every angle about the play-calling. Segment 3: A look at the initial College Football Playoff rankings for the season that have Ohio State at No. 2 behind Tennessee. It's a different rant episode than usual, but thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
Inside Ohio State's run game struggles, if OSU will be No. 1 for the playoff committee, and Renaissance Festivals
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are back for the usual discussion. That means a deep dive into an aspect of Ohio State, a look at the national college football scene, and then a list of what's on their mind outside football. First, (4:50), they talk about the bubble screens Ohio State ran against Penn State and why they didn't work. Then (18:24) the discussion moves to the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season coming out on Tuesday night. Doug and Nathan predict where they think the Buckeyes will be and break down all the conflicting into for the committee. Then (38:54) it's back to the run game, and what happened with scheme, the blocking and the running backs on the 19 primary run calls against the Nittany Lions. Finally (1:15:38) the guys do Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eatin', Whatcha Thinkin', which includes a healthy dose of the Ohio Renaissance Festival that Doug attended Sunday. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Ohio State beats Penn State postgame: JT and MHJ go wild, and the offense is ... what?
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It's the postgame Buckeye Talk from Ohio State's win over Penn State. But Doug is worried he's going to get locked in Beaver Stadium. So he has to hurry: Part 1: Offense good or bad? Part 2: JT Tuimoloau, Marvin Harrison Jr, C.J. Stroud and Cade Stover shine Part 3: Run game ... what do you think? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2022
A TreVeyon Henderson angle that could hit two ways for Ohio State: Betting the Buckeyes
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On this Friday episode of Betting the Buckeyes, Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are, as always, looking at Ohio State football and college football from a gambling perspective. First, Tyler suggests an Ohio State bet for this week and it may be a change from the old reliable Ohio State angle that had been cashing. Then (13:37), Doug and Tyler each make a betting suggestion in each of the Power 5 conferences. Look out Illinois and Bret Bielema? Finally (31:42), Tyler offers another upset special after hitting last week, gives his three best bets, and offers a tip about betting trends. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Ohio State vs. Penn State game preview: What will be the Buckeyes' plan of attack?
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are breaking down Saturday's game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions. First, they start with the most interesting things they heard from Ryan Day and Ohio State players on Wednesday and Thursday. That includes more discussion at Jaxon Smith-Njigba's health, Julian Fleming's return home for this game, and how C.J. Stroud views the Penn State defense. Then (39:16) there's a crossover discussion with the Penn State podcast Blue-White Breakdown as Doug includes some segments of his visit there with Penn State reporters Bob Flounders and Dave Jones. Finally (51:37), Doug, Nathan and Stephen return to make their picks for the game. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Some Kirk Ferentz talk, plus Ohio State's offensive line, Jim Knowles is underpaid and a Penn State Halloween party: Rants
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The rants are late this week, and for that Doug Lesmerises apologizes. But they are here, with Ohio State text subscribers sending in great thoughts to ponder. The topics: The importance of the Ohio State offensive line and sticking with the run game An Ohio State fan at a Penn State Halloween party Letting a kid pick his or her favorite team, and will Bama still be good in 10 years? Was Ohio State slow to change the offensive game plan against Iowa? How great was the Jim Knowles hire? Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt Rapid rants, including standing at games and souffles C.J. Stroud Corey Dennis Kirk Ferentz and what Doug thought of his multi-day arc with the Iowa coach Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Julian Fleming's role, hot players, staff improvements and the brotherhood: Ohio State rapid fire
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On this Wednesday episode, we're switching it up. Instead of Ohio State rants (which will come your way Thursday), this is a rapid fire Q&A with Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means taking questions from text subscribers. In order: (0:30) The 2023 OSU schedule (7:30) Julian Fleming and his role this season (18:05) OSU players that could get hot down the stretch (23:43) How the coaching staff could improve (32:16) Backing in to parking spaces (41:13) How much the idea of the brotherhood affects Ohio State's performance on the field That last one went long, so it wasn't very rapid. But thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Rants back tomorrow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
Will Ohio State dominate every remaining pass defense? And out of control head coach power
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are back to break it down. First, a look at the opposing pass defenses that the Ohio State Buckeyes could face in their quest for a national title. How might Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and Michigan fare in trying to slow down C.J. Stroud? Plus, a second look at how Iowa defended the Buckeyes, and an answer to whether the Ohio State offense is the best unit in the nation. Then (47:53), based off Doug's column on Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, the discussion turns to when head coaches have too much power in college football and what can be done about it. Finally (1:03:11), it's Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eatin', Whatcha Thinkin', covering, among other things, an inaugural visit to The Cheesecake Factory and Doug's evolution as an athlete. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Ohio State beats Iowa postgame: Offense tested, while defense dominates sad sack Hawkeyes
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk from Ohio State's 54-10 win over Iowa in Ohio Stadium, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are breaking down how the OSU passing game got it rolling late and how the OSU defense smothered Iowa's desultory offense all game. First, the guys look at C.J. Stroud and how he played almost two different games. The Iowa defense provided a real test early, but the passing game broke it open late. What part of the game told you more? Then (28:41), the guys talk about the return of Jaxon Smith-Njigba, which didn't last all that long. Also, the Ohio State running game never got going against the Hawkeyes -- does that matter? Finally (57:10), it's a look at the dominating day for the Ohio State defense against the stumbling Iowa offense. Can the defense carry the Buckeyes when needed? And could Penn State next week be a version of Iowa, but tougher? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2022
The offenses for Ohio State and Iowa are such opposites, the betting line for this game is weird: Betting the Buckeyes
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On this episode of Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker start with a discussion of the gap between the offensive outputs of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Iowa Hawkeyes this season, and what that means for the gambling perspective of Saturday’s Ohio State-Iowa matchup. TSHoe, as always, has a suggested Ohio State bet for that one. Then it’s onto five picks from each of them, one each in the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Big Ten. Doug is working out a theory this week -- nervous team unders. He picks out some overachieving teams playing big games and finds some bets to make on the under. Tyler, meanwhile, is letting the math lead his picks, including some more first-quarter bets where he’s been digging in to find more of an edge lately. Then it’s the Underdog Pick of the Week, plus Tyler’s three best bets. And finally, the weekly tidbit of sports betting advice. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
Ohio State-Iowa preview and picks: Buckeyes' passing attack vs. Hawkeyes' nepotism
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are previewing Ohio State vs. Iowa on Saturday. First, Doug is joined by John Steppe of the Cedar Rapids Gazette to break down what Iowa does pretty well and what Iowa does very poorly. Then (25:47), Doug, Nathan and Stephen talk about the most interesting things learned from Buckeyes like C.J. Stroud, Marvin Harrison Jr. and J.T. Tuimoloau this week. Then (54:58), the guys make their picks for the game, with Ohio State favored by 29.5. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
Ohio State recruiting rapid fire: Carnell Tate, Caleb Downs, Matayo Uiagalelei, Brock Glenn and more:
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are answering questions about Ohio State football recruiting from text subscribers. Among the topics covered: Is there any chance Tennessee flips OSU receiver commit Carnell Tate? Which defensive line recruits from Damon Wilson, Matayo Uiagalelei and Keon Keeley might the Buckeyes land? Could Ohio State flip safety recruit Caleb Downs back from Alabama? What are the prospects for OSU 2023 QB recruit Brock Glenn? How might the increasing success of teams like USC, Texas and Tennessee affect Ohio State recruiting? Is there a personal relationship that might help safeties coach Perry Eliano land a 5-star? And much more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
Jim Knowles' Tennessee plan; beware the angry Buckeyes; ranked wins; and Iowa scars: Ohio State football rants
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises is again taking rants from Ohio State text subscribers. Topics covered, in order: Iowa scars and what the Buckeyes should expect vs. the Hawkeyes Ohio State's history of successful revenge How wins over ranked teams should be counted Giving Emeka Egbuka credit Why passing is the way to win Comparing Ohio State's history of NFL QBs to other programs How Ohio State should view Tennessee, and what Jim Knowles thinks of the Vols' offense Rapid rants, from cold baseball to nugget sauce C.J. Stroud and the Heisman race Is Michigan overrated or should the Wolverines be respected? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
Could Ohio State and Michigan both make the College Football Playoff?
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are celebrating a wild weekend of college football that didn't include the Ohio State Buckeyes, who were off. After several unbeaten teams lost, including Alabama, Doug and Nathan each give their projected four-team playoff bracket for the first time this season. Could both Ohio State and Michigan make the playoff if they're 11-0 when they meet? Doug and Nathan outline all the possibilities there. At 27:45, they start to reveal their playoff brackets. At 42:20, they discuss the offenses that impressed Saturday and whether they could give the OSU defense trouble. Then there's a Heisman Troop discussion around C.J. Stroud. In the final segment (59:46), it's Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eaten', Whatcha Thinking'? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Reranking Ohio State football’s 25 best players at the halfway point
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On this weekend Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are taking another look at the Ohio State football roster while the Buckeyes are off and splitting their regular season in half. They have six regular-season games to go, and they have collected six wins, thanks in large part to the skills of these 25 players. In the preseason, Doug, Nathan and Stephen did a ranking of the OSU roster. Each of them assigned a value between 1 and 20 points for a player’s value to the team and another value of between 1 and 20 points for the player’s rare talent. Then the text subscribers (sign up for a two-week free trial at 614-350-3315) rated all the players on a 1 to 10 scale for a Q rating -- how good they think the player is and how much they like him. The result was a 50-point rating for each player, and a top 25 list of the Ohio State football players with the most influence. And six games in, everyone did it again. Four players dropped out of the top 25 and four players moved in. Several players moved up or down by more than 10 spots. All of that is detailed on Buckeye Talk to get you through the weekend until the preview of Ohio State-Iowa begins next week. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2022
Ohio State football’s odds to win it all, and Michigan and Alabama picks: Betting the Buckeyes
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On this Buckeye Talk episode of Betting the Buckeyes, Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are diving in even without an Ohio State game this week. In the first segment, they discuss TShoe's evolving strategy of betting the first quarter, as he continues to dig into the numbers on that. He's 5-1 on OSU bets like that this season, and even without the Buckeyes, he has a team to hit with a first-quarter bet. Then Doug and TShoe look at the odds for Ohio State and other teams to both make the playoff and win it all this season, and they discuss futures bets and how you should think about them. In the second segment (18:19), the guys make their picks for five major games this week. They disagree head-to-head on the Penn State-Michigan game, so that battle is on. Finally, (37:15) Tyler gives his upset pick and his three best bets for the week. The best bets have been consistent winners lately, and an old favorite team pops up again. At the end, they discuss how to read the market late in the week and how that should influence your betting. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
Ohio State football midseason awards, from C.J. Stroud to Cade Stover to Mike Hall Jr.
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk Podcast, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are joined by Richie Kyburz, a Buckeye Talk listener who won the Buckeye Talk NCAA Tournament bracket contest six months ago. A spot on the pod was one of the prizes and it took this long for Buckeye Talk to get itself together and get Richie on the show. With Ohio State halfway through the regular season and off this week, this episode is handing out midseason awards and making a few predictions for the rest of the season. The rundown: Offensive Player of the Year so far (6:53) Defensive Player of the Year (15:28) Offensive surprise (29:12) Defensive surprise (38:12) Best position coach (43:38) Player you now think is a future star (54:45) Biggest worry rest of the way (1:07:00) Predicting first-team All-Big Ten players (1:19:25) Outrageous Predictions for the second half of the season (1:28:02) Richie's view on the 12-team playoff (1:37:55) Thanks to Richie for joining the show, and thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Snakebitten Ohio State stars, SEC bias and the greatest WR room in history: Ohio State rants
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On this Wednesday edition of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is back with rants about college football and Ohio State football that he had saved up from test subscribers. Topics covered in order: Snakebitten Ohio State football stars through the years, like Jaxon Smith-Njigba Is college football in a bad spot? Ohio State's offensive line the best in years Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Ohio State Plural or singular sports usage Ohio State's WR room among the best ever Getting Dawand Jones to stay for next season Playing young cornerbacks How does the Big Ten's depth compare to other conferences? SEC bias -- where it's earned and not earned Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, Baron Browning, Alabama almost lost, the perfect backup QB and wings
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird start with a conversation about backups quarterbacks around the country. Alabama almost lost with backup Jalen Milroe on Saturday and Kansas almost won with backup quarterback Jason Bean. Would the Buckeyes be able to win with backup Kyle McCord this season? And what makes the perfect backup QB? Plus, a look at how much all the best teams this season have played their No. 2 quarterback. Then, (27:46) Nathan and Doug look more specifically at Ohio State and the offensive infrastructure that would aid a backup QB. That means receivers Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka, the offensive line, and the play calling of Ryan Day. Would all that make most backups look good? Doug and Nathan then (46:10) look at how Baron Browning is succeeding in the NFL and once again lament how Ohio State didn't use him correctly. Finally, (57:46) it's Whatcha Watchin', Eatin' and Thinkin', with thoughts on squeezing in movies, Abbott Elementary, wings places, driverless cars and TV spoilers on social media. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
Ohio State beats Michigan State postgame rapid fire: Cornerbacks, running backs, backups and more
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk after Ohio State's 49-20 win over Michigan State, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means take postgame questions from text subscribers. As a reminder, those questions usually aren't "Why is Ohio State so good?" So the Buckeyes are 6-0 heading into their off week and very possibly playing like the best team in the country. But the majority of questions were centered around three topics: With Miyan Williams out Saturday and TreVeyon Henderson leaving the game after hitting 100 yards with a minor injury, should OSU fans worry about the running back health? And how important are the running backs to a championship OSU season? Why doesn't Ryan Day let the second-team offense, specifically backup QB Kyle McCord, do more? Why are the cornerbacks continuing to struggle at times, what can be fixed there, and which opponents could take advantage of what looks like the weak spot in the defense? Other topics covered include Mike Hall Jr, the explanation for Ohio State's pick-six, and kickoffs going out of bounds. Again, Ohio State played very well and should inspire a lot of confidence in fans, but this is what was on the minds of the Buckeye Talk faithful halfway through the regular season. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2022
A rare good week to bet on both Ohio State and Alabama: Betting the Buckeyes
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On this Friday episode of Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk, Tyler Shoemaker (the official bookmaker of Buckeye Talk) and Doug Lesmerises break down Ohio State vs. Michigan State from a gambling perspective and make picks around college football. First, TShoe and Doug discuss whether oddsmakers are late to the party on Ohio State's first-half and first-quarter offensive success, and what that means for betting Ohio State. Plus Doug tells a gambling story from college that involves baseball cards. Then, (20:33) Doug and TShoe slide into their national picks, where they have a particular angle on Alabama this week. And Doug also has thoughts on Quinn Ewers and Texas. The pod wraps up (33:03) with Tyler's best best and upset special, and if his upset pick hits, it'll change the College Football Playoff race. Tyler also coins the phrase Bet Peeves. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
Ohio State vs. Michigan State game preview: Buckeyes’ angry offensive line ready to roll
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means preview Saturday's matchup in East Lansing between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans. The guys drive right into a deep breakdown on both sides of the ball, first asking how Michigan State's still leaky pass defense can slow Ohio State, then looking at Michigan State's problems running the ball this season. Then, (26:52) Nathan and Stephen divulge the most interesting conversations they had with OSU players this week, talking Paris Johnson Jr. and Dawand Jones, Marvin Harrison Jr. and his cleats, and Luke Wypler. Finally, (46:55) Doug, Nathan and Stephen make their picks, and discuss some good news for a loyal Buckeye Talk listener. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
Big Ten coaching roulette: Finding new jobs for Brian Hartline, Bret Bielema, Tony Alford and more
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Doug, Nathan and Stephen try something new on this Thursday Buckeye Talk. In the wake of the firing of Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, it's time to spin the Big Ten coaching wheel. Doug, Nathan and Stephen had to decide whether current Big Ten coaches kept their jobs based on the rules of this game: 3 coaches had to stay in the current jobs. 3 coaches had to move from one Big Ten job to another. 3 people associated with Ohio State (mostly current or former assistants) had to take over a Big Ten program. 3 other new hires had to be picked. And the final 2 spots were wild cards that could be done in any of the four categories. The result was a discussion of every Big Ten coaching job and whether the right person is currently in the job, but with a twist. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Ohio State rants: Punt returns, super teams, injury load management and spoiled milk
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It's rant time again on this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, and here's what Doug Lesmerises and the Ohio State text subscribers covered about Ohio State football and a few other topics: Injuries and load management Punt return strategy A better Ryan Day nickname C.J. Stroud rhythm OSU QBs in the NFL Rapid fire rants, including on spoiled milk Leading questions in news conferences Don't worry about Paul Chryst Could Ohio State be this season's super team? A vote on Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
Miyan Williams' success, Paul Chryst's firing and fixing the Big Ten West
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It's Monday on Buckeye Talk, which means Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are hitting three big areas: Looking back on Ohio State's Saturday game, a larger view of college football, and Whatcha Watchin', Eatin' and Thinkin'. First up, a deep dive into Miyan Williams and his huge rushing game Saturday in Ohio State's win over Rutgers. How he did it, what his role should continue to be and how he's made his mark on the Buckeyes. Then (34:15) it's the Sunday night firing of Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst. Were the Badgers right to do it, who might replace him and what's wrong and can be fixed with the entire Big Ten West? Finally, (59:25), Whatcha Watchin', Eatin' and Thinkin', which ranges from The Godfather to pancake advice. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
Ohio State beats Rutgers postgame: Ryan Day's angry finger, Zach Harrison's presence
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk after Ohio State's 49-10 win over Rutgers on Saturday, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are diving into three main areas, with a long discussion of Miyan Williams' big game coming on the Monday pod. First on this one, a look at one of the best games of Zach Harrison's career and what his presence on the defensive line might mean in the second half of the season. Then (24:03), a look at C.J. Stroud's night and how opponents are trying to focus on the OSU passing game and how the Buckeyes are handling it. Finally (40:48), the on-field finger-pointing confrontation between Ryan Day and Greg Schiano and what it told us about Day. Plus, why it happened. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2022
Ohio State owns Rutgers against the spread, and there's a smart Buckeye bet again: Betting the Buckeyes
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It's Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk, and Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are here to talk Ohio State-Rutgers and national college football through a gambling lens and to offer some best bets for the week. First, Doug and TShoe discuss Ohio State as a 39.5-point favorite over Rutgers and look at the history of the series, where the number is almost always big. Last year, Ohio State was only favored by 15 and Doug remembers how odd that was. TShoe has a particular bet he likes for Ohio State that fits with a fast start by the Buckeyes. Then (19:09), it's time to make picks from every power conference, as Doug tries to bounce back from another week of struggles. Maybe LSU's Brian Kelly will save him. At the end (40:17) Tyler offers his three best bets and a HUGE upset pick of the week. He's feeling good after hitting his upset special last week. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
Ohio State vs. Rutgers preview: Forget feelings, allow the backups to let it rip
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On this Buckeye Talk game preview of Ohio State vs. Rutgers, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means do their best to make the Scarlet Knights seem interesting. At the start, Doug mostly complains about how hard that is. At 9:19, the game breakdown gets into Ohio State's current injury status and whether Jaxon Smith-Njigba might play; the few players on Rutgers to watch; and how OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles may attack Rutgers' third-string quarterback. Then at 37:02, it's time for the game predictions, plus a look back at a preseason Mark It Down Monday and how Doug, Nathan and Stephen did with those predictions. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
Heisman race reset, Keon Keeley, Ohio State's cool factor and is Penn State a threat? Rapid fire
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are back with rapid fire questions from text subscribers. Topics covered include: Ohio State football's cultural relevance The Keon Keeley recruitment What if there's a three-way tie in the Big Ten East? Are there any threats to Ohio State before the Michigan game? What national teams should OSU fans be rooting for and against? Could we ever cover Michigan? Which OSU game next year will be streaming on Peacock? A reset of the Heisman Trophy race, and is C.J. Stroud viewed as the front runner or not? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Kyle McCord, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and the best OSU team in 50 years: Rants and takes on Ohio State
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and the text subscribers are offering rants and takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes. The topics covered: How backup QB Kyle McCord is used Tommy Eichenberg as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year The success of offensive line coach Justin Frye Rutgers stinks Wisconsin stinks LeBron James Rapid fire rants The future of Jaxon Smith-Njigba C.J. Stroud in the Heisman race This is the best Ohio State team since the Super Sophs in 1968 As usual, a lot of ground is covered and a lot of takes offered. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
Should Ohio State be No. 1? Plus snap counts, bagels and the Big Ten's 4 good teams
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are back to put Ohio State in the national context, reexamine Ohio State's win Saturday, and do Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eatin', Whatcha Thinkin'. First, for the opening 45 minutes, the national conversation: Should Ohio State be No. 1 ahead of Georgia? How did Nathan vote in the AP poll? Discussing the 19 undefeated power conference teams and how many are good How are Michigan and QB JJ McCarthy looking? Is Minnesota the best team in the Big Ten West? Then, at 45:02, the OSU discussion: How Ohio State handled Nick Herbig, Wisconsin's best defensive player Snap counts for the Ohio State defense against the Badgers C.J Stroud's ranking among the national leaders in passing stats Then, at 1:08:32, Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eatin', Whatcha Thinkin': Bo Burham, Keegan-Michael Key and gentle humor Fast food bagels and air fried chicken A smelly pooch mystery, and memories from the 1998 McGwire-Sosa home run race Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Ohio State Buckeyes beat Wisconsin with angels on their shoulders: Postgame Pod
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means run through No. 3 Ohio State's 52-21 win over Wisconsin in Ohio Stadium on Saturday night. First up, the Ohio State defense, which proved that Graham Mertz isn't good and gang-tackled Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen all night. The Buckeyes held down the Badgers while missing their top three cornerbacks. Then at 24:41, the talk turns to the Ohio State offense -- the two running backs, the offensive line, tight end Cade Stover, and the receiver play without Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Also discussed is Ryan Day's play-calling, which may have been as good as it has ever been. Finally, at 1:00:08, the focus turns to quarterback C.J. Stroud, who threw five touchdown passes but admitted he has to make sure he doesn't get bored handing the ball off. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2022
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin is Jim Knowles vs. Graham Mertz: Game Preview
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Here's the preview for Ohio State vs. Wisconsin on Saturday night in Ohio Stadium, as the 3-0 Buckeyes will host the 2-1 Badgers. In the first part of this pod, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means look at Ohio State's defense vs. Wisconsin's offense and theorize about how much the Badgers might need to throw the ball. Then it's Part 2 (27:02) and the Ohio State offense vs. the Wisconsin defense. This is the usual question -- Can Wisconsin handle the Buckeyes' passing game? In the third part of the episode (37:39), Doug, Nathan and Stephen make their picks, and then discuss the Wednesday practice absence of cornerback Denzel Burke. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Betting ratings have Wisconsin as a top-15 team, and prepare to live bet Ohio State
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On this episode of Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are talking about the possible live betting opportunity on Ohio State on Saturday night. TShoe's ratings have Wisconsin as a top-15 team, so the fact that Ohio State is favored by 18.5 points might be a bit high. Might it take a quarter for Buckeyes' defensive coordinator Jim Knowles to adjust to Wisconsin? If so, a first-quarter Wisconsin score could set up a live betting chance on Ohio State, and Doug and TShoe discuss what that means. Then, it's time for picks, with love of a Pac-12 team, belief in a Big Ten team, and expected mercy from an SEC team. Finally, Tyler gives out his upset special and his three best bets of the week. Then there's a tip about betting over/unders, even as Doug messes up the advice by falling for a quarterback. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Ohio State rapid fire: Is 2022 the Buckeyes' best shot at a title? Plus third downs, I-formation and winning is fun
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are back to rapid fire topics presented by Ohio State text subscribers. The topics covered in order are: Is Ohio State's better chance at a title next season, or is 2022 the best collection of talent for a title? What are the thoughts on the I-formation and new offensive looks? Will Jaxon Smith-Njigba sometimes be a decoy? How should the Will linebacker snaps by divvied up between Steele Chambers and Cody Simon? Do the Buckeyes look like they're having fun? They should be How is Ohio State on third-and-short this season? That leads into a look at how the Buckeyes stack up on third down in a lot of areas Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Ohio State football rants: Cornerback concerns, Sonny Styles, TreVeyon Henderson, renaming the defense and more
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises one again entertains rants, takes and strong opinions on the Buckeyes from the cleveland.com Ohio State text subscribers. The topics covered, in order: A bad take heard at a bar The OSU standard vs the Browns Taking a grandpa to an OSU game Alex Grinch Night games Feedback on Ryan Day or Urban Meyer Ohio State puts out a wrong injury report Are the defensive ends wrecking plays? Michigan's quarterback revenge Cornerback concerns Sonny Styles The defense isn't bend, don't break How C.J. Stroud handles himself compared to past OSU QBs Ryan Day vs. Kirby Smart How should TreVeyon Henderson be viewed, used and counted on That's a whole lot of rants and takes. Thanks for listening to them on Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
How Ohio State's defense stacks up nationally, what Nebraska can learn from the Buckeyes, and tasty squash
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are breaking the pod into three segements. First, from the start to 23:35, Ohio State football: A rewatch of how the defense played vs. Toledo A big-play breakdown for the OSU offense and defense Snap counts for the linebackers, defensive ends and receivers And more Then, from 23:25 to 1:04:27, national college football and how the Buckeyes fit in there: How Garrett Wilson played in his second NFL game Sunday Where Ohio State's defense ranks compared to other top teams The Michigan-Maryland matchup coming Saturday Penn State's win over Auburn What Nebraska should learn from Ohio State and whether Urban Meyer, Tom Herman or Brian Hartline could make sense for the Cornhuskers Then from 1:04:27 until the end, it's Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eatin', Whatcha Thinkin': TV shows that are good and/or annoying us Squash Job interviews and what happened to Craig Kilborn? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Ohio State beats Toledo postgame: C.J. Stroud is smooth and in control
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are here to talk about Ohio State's 77-21 win over Toledo. First, a discussion of C.J. Stroud and the passing game, which continues until the 41:33 mark,. Then, it's onto the injury to TreVeyon Henderson and the OSU run game until the 1:00:11 mark. And finally, it's the Ohio State defense and how it handled Toledo quarterback Dequan Finn until the end of the pod. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2022
An Ohio State first-half bet, and Mr. Math vs. Mr. Emotion: Betting the Buckeyes
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It's Betting the Buckeyes again on Buckeye Talk, as Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are back to talk Ohio State and college football from a gambling standpoint. To start this episode, they run through the lines on Ohio State-Toledo and TShoe offers the bet he likes best around the Buckeyes. Then they talk about trying to get in a coach's head in the second half of a blowout. Then, Mr. Math and Mr. Emotion each make a pick in each of the Power 5 conferences. The bets run from Iowa to Maryland, from LSU to North Carolina State, from USC to Baylor. And then the pod ends with TShoe giving his Upset Pick of the Week and three best bets. Tyler is rolling with his bets so far this season, so get on board. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Ohio State vs. Toledo Game preview: Will Jaxon Smith-Njigba play?
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means preview Ohio State's home game with Toledo at 7 p.m. Saturday night. First, they run through the news and insight on Ohio State, including the latest on what Ryan Day said about the health of star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Then they look at Toledo's best players, Ohio State's history against Ohio teams, and how often Toledo has given a game to ranked opponents. Then they make their picks, with the Buckeyes favored by 31.5. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Too critical of Ohio State? Struggling to put the Buckeyes in context after 2 games
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are taking a cue from text subscribers and discussing how they try to evaluate the Ohio State Buckeyes early in a season like this. Ohio State owns a 21-10 win over Notre Dame and a 45-12 win over Arkansas State, and what do those wins tell us about how good the Buckeyes are? What should it mean that star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba missed most of the first game and all of the second? How about the fact that Notre Dame was upset in Week 2 by Marshall? Doug, Nathan and Stephen discuss comparing the Buckeyes to their own high standard and to the best teams in the country, discuss what past seasons tell us about early-season evals, and pick out the individual player matchups and scheme successes that they think translate vs. all competition. Also, do the Buckeyes play down to their competition or not? It's all on this Buckeye Talk. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Ryan Day too nice? Too many night games? 10 Ohio State football rants and takes
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, the Ohio State text subscribers and Doug Lesmerises are ready to rant again about the Buckeyes. The topics covered, in order: Where Toledo coach Jason Candle is wrong about Ryan Day Ohio State football is playing too many night games At The Shoe, there aren't enough bathrooms and the music is too loud What the Notre Dame and Wisconsin losses do to Ohio State's schedule Good Tommy Eichenberg When C.J. Stroud will run it Michigan should be ranked higher than Ohio State Big non-conference games don't help the Buckeyes Jaxon Smith-Njigba being out is helping Ohio State Leaving Stroud in blowouts is driving some fans nuts Ryan Day's niceness makes some people miss Urban Meyer That's a lot. Hope you like it. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Did the four-team playoff format cost Ohio State more national championships?
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Ohio State has been on the playoff bubble more than any other national power during the eight years of that version of the postseason. How differently would the recent history have looked had the powers that be implemented a 12-team playoff in 2014? Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means went year-by-year through the actual brackets to see who the Buckeyes would have played. Did limiting the playoff to four teams cost OSU another national championship along the way? Or more than one? Up front, Nathan recaps some highlights from taking a second look at the 45-12 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday. If this is a bend-don't-break defense, is that a positive at this stage considering the opponents? On the other hand, some components of this defense are playing very well, and the potential ceiling remains much higher than what the Buckeyes were working with a year ago. In the final segment, Nathan looks at some national results with OSU interest. That includes Michigan's volcanic eruption against Hawaii and J.J. McCarthy's newly minted status as the Wolverines' starting quarterback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Ohio State beats Arkansas State 45-12: Postgame pod
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Ohio State did not really pull away from Arkansas State until early in the third quarter. Yet as we saw around college football on Saturday, that was not the worst possible outcome for the Buckeyes. Nathan and Stephen give some context to the 45-12 victory through questions from our Buckeye Talk Subtext subscribers. How good will this offense be when Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming return, or will the production stay the same when the names change? What is going on with cornerback Denzel Burke? Has this receiving corps taken a step back in terms of speed, and does it matter? Also, we react to Notre Dame's loss to Marshall and discuss where Ohio State should be ranked going into Week 3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2022
Liking the Ohio State under, and will Michigan cover a huge Hawaii number? Betting the Buckeyes
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Betting the Buckeyes is back for Week 2 after last week's debut, as Tyler Shoemaker and Doug Lesmerises return to discuss the weekend in college football from a gambling standpoint. First up on this episode, Ohio State is favored by 44.5 over Arkansas State and the total is 68.5. TShoe has a clear angle on one of those bets, and Doug and Tyler discuss getting inside the mind of a head coach in a blowout. Then it's time for Doug and TShoe to each make one bet from each Power 5 conference. Last week, both went 3-2 on these picks, and this week, there's a direct disagreement on Michigan's big number vs. Hawaii. Plus, the USC-Stanford game feels a little fishy, and Doug forgets what conference Texas A&M is in. Then, TShoe finishes the pod with his picks in the weeds, where he really hopes to make you some money. Ohio State will play Toledo next week. This week, the Rockets are part of one of his best bets. Thanks for listening to Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
Ryan Day's offensive ego, and Arkansas State-Ohio State game preview
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are previewing Saturday's game in Ohio Stadium, when Ohio State will host Arkansas State. But they're also discussing something Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said on Thursday. On this episode: From the start to 25:49, a discussion of Day saying ego can't get in the way of the run game and that starts with him From 25:40 to 44:01, breaking down Arkansas State and their major players From 44:01 to the end, making game picks and picking the Buckeyes that everyone should be most curious about on Saturday. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
Ohio State rapid fire: Defensive line snaps, beat moves, practice updates and more
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, it's rapid fire once again, and then the latest practice update at the end. But to start off, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are answering text subscriber questions and talking Ryan Day and chowder. Topics covered were, in order: Ranking what bothered the offense most Saturday Tyleik Williams and defensive line snap breakdowns What would getting Bronny James mean for the OSU basketball team and the football team? Best game day traditions at Ohio State and what must you do if you attend a game What should you watch for vs. Arkansas State on Saturday How did Paris Johnson play in his first start at left tackle? What if the Buckeyes had made two more plays and won 31-10 vs. Notre Dame? Could Marvin Harrison Jr. still break the OSU touchdown record? Advice for parents Why does it seem like reporters on the Ohio State beat have changed jobs lately? Then, Nathan and Stephen offer the latest updates from interviews after practice on Wednesday. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Miyan Williams, Ryan Day play calling and more: 10 Ohio State rants and takes
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, it's time for more rants and takes on the Buckeyes as Doug Lesmerises welcomes 10 strong opinions from the OSU text subscribers (sign up for a free trial at 614-350-3315) and comments on all of them. In order, the topics are: C.J. Stroud Band noise on broadcasts Miyan Williams Josh Proctor-Lathan Ransom OSU vs. Notre Dame compared to Georgia vs. Clemson last year Stroud running Were we cranky on the postgame pod? When to say Buckeye Talk jokes Being an OSU fan can be exhausting Ryan Day's play calling Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
Ohio State compared to Georgia; Michigan's QB issues; and walking tacos
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It's the in-season Monday episode on Buckeye Talk and this is the plan this season as Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird will bring you this pod each Monday. Part 1 is Ohio State; Part 2 is national college football, Michigan and OSU in context; and Part 3 is Whatcha Watchin', Whatcha Eatin', Whatcha Thinkin'? Part 1 in this episode looks at how many explosive plays Ohio State made compared to last year and discusses the Buckeyes defending their Kings of The North title. Part 2 looks a bit at Georgia and Alabama, how Nathan will vote the Buckeyes compared to those two teams on his AP ballot, and what's up with Michigan. Part 3 is bean fields, Urkel, sisters and keys in electric sockets. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2022
Ohio State beats Notre Dame: Postgame Pod
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It's the first Ohio State football postgame pod of the 2022 season, as Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means break down the Buckeyes' 21-10 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in Ohio Stadium. It's late. You know how postgame pods work, right? They talk about what happened in the game and what it means? You get it. Enjoy this weekend Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2022
A first-quarter angle on Ohio State's explosive offense vs. Notre Dame: Betting the Buckeyes
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We're trying something new on Buckeye Talk. We're not taking anything away, but we're adding something extra to the mix. That's this weekly gambling show on Buckeye Talk called Betting the Buckeyes, and it brings in old friend Tyler Shoemaker as the official gambling expert for Buckeye Talk. He'll be here every Friday on this preview show with Doug Lesmerises to do three things: Offer a gambling perspective on the OSU game, since Tyler is an OSU fan who understands balancing your heart and your money. Make a gambling pick in each Power 5 conference, and Doug will do the same as they square off in a classic showdown of Smart vs. Not So Smart. Offer best bets with the Upset of The Week, and some other best bets from around the country. It's something new and fun in the Buckeye Talk feed as many states have legalized sports betting and Ohio prepares to do so on Jan. 1. If you gamble on college football, or if you are thinking you might want to try, this pod will appeal to you. If you don't have any interest in gambling, but you still like Ohio State and college football, there's some discussion in here that will interest you. The breakdown this week: Intro to 12:43: Breaking down the betting lines on Ohio State-Notre Dame, and Tyler offering a bet for the game that he likes the best. 12:43 to 21:39: How Tyler got into gambling and what's his method and success rate with his system. 21:39 to 35:27: Doug and Tyler each make a pick on a game in the Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC, SEC and Big 12. 35:27 to 45:11: Tyler gives his Upset of the Week and gets in the weeds to make some other under-the-radar picks he likes the best. 45:11 to end: Don't bet over your head. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk and thanks for giving this new episode a try. See you back for Betting the Buckeyes next Friday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Notre Dame can't cover Ohio State's receivers: Buckeyes Game Preview
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are here to break down Saturday night's matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Notre Dame and make their picks for the Buckeyes vs. the Fighting Irish. A separate pod on Friday with Doug and Tyler Shoemaker will discuss the OSU-ND game from a gambling perspective, and also make some picks from around the country. But here, this is the lineup: Start to 5:30: An OSU injury update 5:30 to 11:20: C.J. Stroud gave his teammates a gift 11:20 to 17:09: Where Ohio State ranks in the national composite of roster talent 17:09 to 22:18: 3 Buckeyes to watch 22:18 to 35:30: The Notre Dame offense vs. the Ohio State defense 35:30 to 41:02: The Ohio State offense vs. the Notre Dame defense 41:02 to end: Game picks Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Don't miss the postgame pod late after the game Saturday or early Sunday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Ohio State rapid fire: A title in the next 5 years, red-zone confidence and more
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This Thursday Buckeye Talk is a rapid fire and a news update to get you ready for the Ohio State-Notre Dame opener on Saturday night. The last 15 minutes of the episode, starting at the 1:27:06 mark, is an update from Wednesday night interviews with Ohio State players, as Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means provide updates on what they saw and learned. But most of the pod is rapid fire answers to rapid fire questions from OSU text subscribers. In order, the topics are: What's the play call the first time the Buckeyes are in a third-and-2 Saturday? How big of a recruiting night will Saturday be? Discussing OSU as a playoff No. 1 seed and No. 1 team in the AP poll Are Ohio State's history of home non-conference losses a concern How could C.J. Stroud seize Heisman Trophy momentum Could the Buckeyes go, egads, 9-3? What's our view on white pizza? A possible explanation for why Ohio State has three kickers Ohio State's lingering red-zone issues, how much must they improve? How do we rate Ohio State's chances of winning a title in the next five years? It's a great discussion thanks to great questions from texters. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
10 rants and takes on Ohio State football
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is looking for a name for what this in-season episode is likely to be each Wednesday -- Doug and the Ohio State text subscribers combining to offer 10 rants and takes on the Buckeyes and what matters most with the football team. For this first effort, here were the 10 topics covered, in order: A Lathan Ransom breakout What Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer will do vs. the Buckeyes Should Jim Tressel dot the i? When C.J. Hicks should start at linebacker If a lack of cornerback depth will cost Ohio State a shot at a title How often Ohio State should play Notre Dame Whether the Buckeyes need to get four sacks Saturday Ryan Day seeing an edge in his team Whether Day will pass Nick Saban as the best coach in college football Is the defense overrated or underrated and who are its playmakers? We'll continue to work out (and eventually name) this format. As always, thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
Kings of The North -- Ohio State's rare place in college football
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means attack a topic they've been talking around for years -- the idea of the Ohio State Buckeyes as The Kings of The North of college football. What does that mean? How did it happen? And will it continue? In the first segment through the 26:23 mark, Doug explains his first part of the series, how Ohio State is the only Northern team to win a national title this century, but Notre Dame, Michigan and Cincinnati may all be on the upswing. In the second segment, from 26:23 to 47:23, Nathan explains the database of regional recruiting data he helped create, and what those numbers show about Ohio State's success in bringing recruits from the South and Southwest to retain their Northern supremacy. In the third segment, from 47:23 until the end, Stephen looks at the recruiting battles ahead, talking teams like Penn State and Iowa, but especially Notre Dame, when it comes to schools challenging the Buckeyes in their backyard and going out into the world as other Northern draws for recruits from other regions. You kind of have to listen to this pod or read the three-part series at cleveland.com to get the idea here. It's a theory, with some numbers and reporting to back it up. And with Ohio State hosting Notre Dame on Tuesday, it was time to finally do this. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Our College Football Playoff picks: Mark It Down Monday
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The 2022 college football season is here, and Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are making their playoff picks on the final Mark It Down Monday before the Ohio State Buckeyes open the season against Notre Dame on Saturday. In this episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug, Nathan and Stephen start by sharing what they think will happen with Buckeyes. Will they make the playoff? And if so, what will their seed be? Then it's on to sharing all four of their playoff teams. And finally, they pick their College Football National Champions. Thanks for making Buckeye Talk part of your week, and don't forget to read cleveland.com/osu for even more Ohio State football coverage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Will Ohio State go 12-0, and which foe has the best chance to beat the Buckeyes?
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises finishes his offseason project that was designed to arrive at a final percent chance of the Ohio State Buckeyes going undefeated during the 2022 regular season. To discuss those numbers, Doug is first joined by Tyler Shoemaker, the officially unofficial bookmaker of Buckeye Talk who shares his own numbers on the chances of the Buckeyes winning each game and then getting 12-0. Then Nathan Baird and Stephen Means join to go through all 12 games, agree or disagree on Doug's percent chance on each game, and discuss the final undefeated number. There's also a quick lesson on the undefeated history of the Buckeyes over the last 70 years and of other teams in the playoff era. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Brian Hartline on how Ohio State's receivers room will function
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are talking Ohio State receivers. Wednesday night, Brian Hartline and the OSU receivers met with reporters, and all of that is covered on this episode. The topics discussed went in this order: Start to 11:02: Jaxon Smith-Njigba 11:02 to 24;25: Marvin Harrison Jr. 24:25 to 35:23: The WR rotation 35:23 to 37:37: Emeka Egbuka 37:37 to 47:27: Julian Fleming 47:27 to 56:42: Special teams 56:42 to the end: Jayden Ballard Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
Lathan Ransom, Kourt Williams, Denzel Burke and growth in the Ohio State secondary
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means dive into their interviews Tuesday with cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, safeties coach Perry Eliano and several OSU cornerbacks and safeties. The start of the pod through the 22:12 mark focuses on cornerbacks. Then from 22:12 to 44:38, the focus is on safeties. And then from 44:38 to the end of the pod, the discussion is Doug's obsession with Kourt Williams. How is the top-end talent in the secondary? How is the depth? How is the health? Get all that and more on the latest Buckeye Talk. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Is the Michigan game a must-win for Ohio State this season?
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It's the final opponent preview podcast of the preseason, as it's time to talk The Game. For this episode of Buckeye Talk on the 12th game of Ohio State's season, Doug Lesmerises doesn't have an opposing team beat writer as his co-host -- he has the Buckeye Talk text subscribers. Doug sent a lengthy survey out to texters, and on this pod he runs through the answers and reads interesting takes on the game. How good will Michigan's defense be without Aidan Hutchinson? How intense are rivalry feelings for OSU fans right now? And, most importantly, at the end, there's a discussion of whether this game qualifies as a must-win for the Ohio State football program and Ryan Day. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Will Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud win the Heisman Trophy? Mark It Down Monday
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It's another Mark It Down Monday, and as the 2022 college football season draws near, it's time for Nathan Baird, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means to check in with some major predictions. In this episode, it's the Heisman Trophy. And the major question is whether Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud will win it. The pod starts with a discussion of the history of Ohio State and the Heisman, and some Buckeyes who have finished higher up in the voting since Troy Smith brought home Ohio State's last trophy in 2006. Then Nathan, Doug and Stephen each mark down their top three players for the award. At the end of the season, Heisman voters pick a top three, and this is prediction of what that will look like. Stroud is discussed at length. But there's another Ohio State player that also appears on one of the ballots. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Will C.J. Stroud run the ball more for Ohio State in 2022, and should he?
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C.J. Stroud said Thursday he feels stronger and healthier entering his second season as Ohio State's starting quarterback. He also dropped the intriguing nugget that he is faster than he's ever been in his life. Does that mean the Heisman Trophy finalist will make more plays with his feet in the season ahead? Well, probably not, and Nathan and Stephen discussed what a little extra speed might truly mean for OSU's quarterback in 2022. Also, Kyle McCord is excited about the progress he has made and is preparing as if he must start the next game. Freshman Devin Brown is still catching up to the speed of the game. All of that and more from the three scholarship QBs and assistant coach Corey Dennis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
What the new Big Ten TV deal means for Ohio State fans
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, news changed the plan. The Big Ten announced its new TV deal Thursday morning, and Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are here to react to it First up is that initial discussion with Doug and Nathan on what the deal means, from the start of the show until the 18:55 mark. Then Doug comes back to comment on what Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith had to say about the new deal. That goes from 18:55 to 29:03. And then Doug reveals the answers to a texter survey on the new deal and networks, which goes until the end of the show. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Evan Pryor's season-ending injury and the Alpha Dog on Ohio State's defensive line
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Ohio State football's deep and talented defensive line sat down for their preseason camp interviews Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. But a development on the other side of the ball dominated the day's conversation. Evan Pryor was expected to have at the least an enlightening redshirt freshman season. He showed some of his growth in the spring game and by many accounts was having a strong camp. But he suffered a season-ending knee injury Monday. Nathan and Stephen discuss the ramifications and what the Buckeyes will and won't do in response. On the defensive side, we gathered Larry Johnson's reaction to retirement rumors, Mike Hall's big camp, where Tyleik Williams must improve and more about the tackles. We also learned who has been training the most at the Jack and some details on the fluctuating body sizes of Jack Sawyer and J.T. Tuimoloau. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Ohio State AP voting, run game, captains, tight ends and Whatcha Watchin'/Eatin'
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are running through a lot about Ohio State football, and a little about life: 2:00 -- The AP poll, and where Nathan voted the Buckeyes, and what voting is like 17:19 -- Kam Babb picked to wear the Block O jersey 22:36 -- Ohio State named six captains 31:10 -- More on Nathan's bus guy, Mike Hall 32:50 -- What offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said about his future 39:05 -- How Wilson said the run game is looking so far this preseason 46:50 -- Cade Stover, Mitch Rossi as the top tight ends 55:12 -- What Doug and Nathan are Watchin' 1:00:09 -- What Doug and Nathan are Eatin' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Ohio State football stat predictions, from C.J Stroud passing yards to Marvin Harrison Jr. TD catches: Mark It Down Monday
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This a big, beefy Mark It Down Monday, with Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means making stat predictions for all the things that matter in the 2022 Ohio State football season. Forcing a pick on numbers is a great way to zero in on your thoughts on the team, and that happens over and over again in this pod. Here are the stat topics discussed and when they come up on the podcast: C.J. Stroud passing yards (9:08) Jaxon Smith-Njigba receiving yards (25:00) TreVeyon Henderson rushing yards (37:00) Marvin Harrison Jr. touchdown catches (51:30) Evan Pryor or Miyan Williams, who has more yards? (1:00:37) Julian Fleming or Emeka Egbuka more yards? (1:05:01) Cade Stover receptions (1:06:01) Egbuka punt return touchdowns (1:10:05) Defensive ends playing the most snaps (1:12:19) Defensive tackles playing the most snaps (1:14:16) Leader in sacks (1:16:53) Leader in tackles (1:22:21) Leader in interceptions (1;28:12) This was a fun pod to record, hopefully it's just as fun to listen to. Thanks for making Buckeye Talk part of your week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Watching a full Ohio State football practice and what we learned
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In this Friday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are eager to share what they learned after watching Ohio State's full practice Thursday, which is a rare treat on the OSU beat. First, you get to gather first-hand info about depth charts and position groups. Second, you get to watch a bunch of football. All of that is good. So this pod is running through every position group with who the starters and backups look like, which guys might have popped, and where are the Buckeyes deep or maybe a little short. In order, the discussions are: 6:36 -- Cornerbacks 12:29 -- Safeties 17:30 -- Linebackers 26:20 -- Defensive line 38:14 -- Receivers 49:10 -- Tight ends 55:30 -- Running backs 56:55 -- Special teams 59:43 -- Offensive line 1:05:18 -- Quarterback Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
Driving the bus for Ohio State Buckeyes ready to break out this season
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, it's time to get on the bus. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and the text subscribers offer up the Ohio State football players they believe in the most for the 2022 season. Which players will pop? Which backups will earn more playing time? Which good players will be great? Which great players will become legends? That's the question, and the text subscribers answered that in a poll that gave then 34 players as choices and asked them to pick one player they believe in more than most fans, one guy for whom they are driving the bus. Doug, Nathan and Stephen then used that poll to work through almost all the bus driving options on the roster. They each gave their bus picks. The read comments from texters about why they picked certain players. And they led up to a top 10, and then the No. 1 choice, for the most popular OSU bus players this season. The whole episode is the bus, so there's no way to give real time stamps here. It's all football. It's almost every Buckeye that matters. And it's bus driving time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Jim Knowles breaks down the Ohio State defense, and inside the LB plan
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are coming off interviews with defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and five Ohio State linebackers, and there's a lot to discuss. Among the topics covered: Start to 17:30 -- An injury at cornerback and the effect it could have 17:30 to 28:44 -- A role for Kourt Williams? 28:44 to 31:24 -- Crypto in a convenience store 31:24 to 38:48 -- The defensive line mix 38:48 to 41:14 -- The starting linebackers 41:14 to 48:30 -- Freshman safety Sonny Styles 48:30 to 55:35 -- The 2018 recruiting class 55:35 to 1:03:55 -- Middle linebackers Tommy Eichenberg and Cody Simon 1:03:55 to 1:11:16 -- Will linebackers Steele Chambers and Chip Trayanum 1:11:16 to End -- Knowles wants a top-5 defense Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Paris Johnson, Dawand Jones, Justin Frye and Ohio State's new offensive line
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are talking offensive line after meeting with eight Ohio State offensive linemen and Buckeyes' offensive line coach Justin Frye on Monday. The topics on this episode include: Start to 3:20: Ohio State's ranking in the preseason coaches poll 3:20 to 11:18: The Buckeyes who made PFF's preseason All-Big Ten team 11:18 to 23:23: Frye, the first-year OL coach 23:23 to 39:59: Starting tackles Dawand Jones and Paris Johnson Jr. 39:59 to 44:52: Starting center Luke Wypler 44:52 to 54:53: Starting guards Donovan Jackson and Matthew Jones 54:53 to the end: The backup offensive linemen, especially Josh Fryar and Zen Michalski Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Predicting Ohio State's first-team All-Americans this season: Mark It Down Monday
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It's Mark it Down Monday, and Nathan Baird, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are picking the Ohio State football players they think will be first-team All-Americans this season and earn trees in Buckeye Grove. But first, they discuss check-in at the Ohio State team hotel on Sunday night and what some players wore. Then (8:59), a discussion begins about the latest Ohio State basketball recruiting commitment, which leads into a debate over whether the OSU football team or basketball team will finish with a higher-rated recruiting class for 2023. Both are currently No. 3. Then, Doug has an idea (24:20) to expand Buckeye Grove to include quarterbacks who weren't first-team All-Americans, but did finish in the top 5 of the Heisman Trophy voting. After that, the discussion about offensive skill players who could be All-Americans begins (35:40.) Then the debate moves on to the offensive line (57:54). And then the podcast wraps up (1:09:45) by looking at which defensive players, if any, have the best All-American chances. This Buckeye Talk gets into a lot, but it's smooth. As always, thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Could TreVeyon Henderson be dominant this season?
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, it's time to talk running backs. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means watched a part of the second practice of Ohio State's preseason Friday and then talked to members of Ohio State's running backs room. That meant assistant coach Tony Alford and backs TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams, Evan Pryor and Dallan Hayden. Covered on this episode: How much better might Henderson be as a sophomore? What might Williams as the complementary power back look like? How will the Buckeyes figure out the Williams-Pryor rotation behind Henderson? What's Hayden like? What got Alford fired up Friday? How did the Buckeyes really run the ball last year? What will be the balance in playing younger defensive players this season? And more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
Ohio State starts preseason camp: Day 1, what we saw and heard
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means dig into the first day of Ohio State football preseason camp. The Buckeyes practiced Thursday morning, and Doug, Nathan and Stephen were there to watch, react and then ask Ryan Day about it. Topics covered in this episode include: Who looked like the starters at every position in drills? What's the word on the backup offensive line? A linebacker who might have a bigger role than expected A kicker on the move? The breakdown at the safety position A revelation about WR Julian Fleming Day reacts to his top-10 defense comment And more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Where Ohio State football is, and isn't, hitting recruiting home runs
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird look at recruiting home runs. By their definition, those are roughly top-100 national recruits that aren't from Ohio and don't have pre-existing ties to Ohio State. These are national recruiting battles where the Buckeyes go and win, beating the best teams in the country for the best players in the country. How many home runs are the Buckeyes hitting under Ryan Day compared to Urban Meyer? How many of the recent home runs are at quarterback or receiver compared to other positions? How many are on defense, and how might the Buckeyes hit more home runs on that side of the ball? Doug, Stephen and Nathan dig into all of that, plus the flip of 2023 tight end Ty Lockwood from Ohio State to Alabama. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Ohio State football's recruiting slide, and looking ahead to Day 1 of preseason camp
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Since Thursday, Ohio State football saw targets commit to Alabama and UCF, saw one member of its 2023 class decommit, and also landed the quarterback it needed for the class. Oh, and the class of 2025 is officially underway with the commitment of Jontae Gilbert. Stephen and Nathan discuss that four-day stretch and try to put it in context. Also, they look ahead to Thursday's first practice and, more importantly, the expected window of time that will be open to reporters. What will we have our eyes on when we have our first chance to watch the Buckeyes since the spring? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Predicting Ohio State's 22 starters vs. Notre Dame: Mark It Down Monday
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It's a Mark It Down Monday on Buckeye Talk, and it's getting very specific about Ohio State's opener against Notre Dame on Sept. 3. Who will start for the Buckeyes on both sides of the ball in that game? This is a way for Nathan Baird, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means to talk about the Ohio State position battles, as preseason camp prepares to start this week. But it also puts them on the spot for a prediction: Name the 11 players who will take the first snap on offense and the 11 who will take the first snap on defense. This is a good exercise to run through the entire roster before practice starts. As always, thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Betting the Buckeyes, QB dads and how the Big Ten laid a foundation
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On this Friday edition of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises visits with former Big Ten sportswriter Teddy Greenstein, who now is a senior editor at PointsBet, to talk about three college football topics: Betting on Ohio State and the Big Ten this season, and the future of legalized betting in Ohio The development of high school QBs and Teddy's new book, "Quarterback Dads" How the Big Ten reached this position of strength in college football and how much former commissioner Jim Delany helped lay the foundation These are three areas that should interest Buckeye fans, and as always, thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
Is Ohio State football's 2024 roster good enough after recent recruiting losses?
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Ohio State football's recent string of runner-up finishes for top defensive prospects have jarred some fans' confidence in the program's recruiting efforts. Each of those decisions, though, involved an individual player considering his own unique needs and preferences. When you add them up, how much do they actually affect the team the Buckeyes will put on the field in the future. Doug, Nathan and Stephen broke down the potential 2024 roster and simply asked if each position group was national championship caliber. The results were somewhat surprising, with more strength than expected at some positions but major questions lingering with some of the most important groups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Ryan Day expects a top-10 Ohio State defense this season. Can it happen?
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Ohio State coach Ryan Day put a number on how much improvement he expects from his defense under new coordinator Jim Knowles this season. Day said the standard is a top-10 performance, and regardless of what measurement you use, that is a big jump for a defense that limped through 2021. Doug, Nathan and Stephen discussed whether that is a realistic goal for the coming season and what that sort of turnaround would look like. Also, what we learned from C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Ronnie Hickman as they took their turns at the mic before Big Ten Media Days wrapped up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Inside the minds of Jim Harbaugh and Kevin Warren at Big Ten media days
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are reporting from Big Ten media days in Indianapolis. Tuesday, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and half the league's coaches and featured players spoke, but it was kind of the boring half. No Ohio State, no Wisconsin, no Penn State, no Michigan State. That meant the focus was on what Warren said about the future of the league, and what Jim Harbaugh and Michigan players said about the Wolverines after they beat Ohio State, won the Big Ten and reached the College Football Playoff last season. First, the guys talk Harbaugh. They they talk Warren. Then they talk what to expect when Ryan Day and the Buckeyes talk Wednesday. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Where we voted Ohio State, C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba in our preseason Big Ten poll
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On this Mark It Down Monday edition of Buckeye Talk, Nathan Baird, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are marking down their Big Ten predictions for the season and unveiling the results of the 12th annual cleveland.com preseason Big Ten poll. Thirty-six reporters from around the Big Ten voted in the poll, picking the order of finish in both the East and West Divisions, the Big Ten champion and the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. The guys discuss the overall voting in all those areas while also revealing their personal ballots. This is all a buildup to Big Ten Media Days, which start on Tuesday. Cleveland.com will be there, and cleveland.com continues to produce the most official preseason poll for the league. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Ryan Day's future, Notre Dame-Big Ten predictions, J.T Tuimoloau and more rapid fire
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It's a Friday rapid fire Buckeye Talk to wrap up the offseason as the Big Ten prepares to host its media days next week. Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird take more than 15 questions from text subscribers, with topics including: Whether a national title would make Ryan Day more or less likely to stay at Ohio State long-term Recent recruiting misses and what it means for coaches like Jim Knowles, Tony Alford and Justin Frye If Ohio State might be voted the No. 1 team in the country with a Week 1 blowout of Notre Dame Predicting if and when Notre Dame will join the Big Ten How a big J.T. Tuimoloau year might affect Ohio State's title chances What will there be more of over the next three years -- Ohio State national titles or Ohio State losses to Michigan? And more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
Maryland scared Ohio State 4 years ago, could it happen again?
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It's the 11th game of the Ohio State season to be previewed here on Buckeye Talk, and Maryland football is about as interesting as it has ever been in the Big Ten. On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Ahmed Ghafir, the founder of Insidetheblackandgold.net, joins Doug Lesmerises to talk about Maryland football, which features one of the best QBs in the Big Ten (Taulia Tagovailoa) and two of the better receivers (Dontay Demus Jr. and Rakim Jarrett). That offensive firepower could challenge a lot of teams in the Big Ten -- if the defense is just good enough to let the Terrapins hang around. The matchup will be Nov.19 at Maryland. Since Ohio State's trip there in 2020 was canceled because of the pandemic, the Buckeyes haven't visited College Park since 2018, when they barely escaped with a 52-51 win. Eleven previews down and one to go -- thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
C.J. Stroud and the top of the Most Influential Buckeyes list
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Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means (with the help of the Ohio State text subscribrers) created a list of the 25 Most Influential Ohio State players for 2022, and this is the fourth and final podcast discussing those players. The first pod dealt with players 25 through 17, the next with players 16 through 11, the next with players 10 through 5, and now on this Wednesday episode, it's the top four. And of course, quarterback C.J. Stroud is among them. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Why Ohio State is the most desirable football program in the country
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are talking desire and meatloaf. Sports Illustrated created desirability ratings for college football conference purposes last week, and Ohio State was No. 1 on the list. Doug and Nathan discuss that rating. Then in the second part of the episode, they draft a top 21 of all the Power 5 programs in the country when it goes to their desirability as a conference member. Finally, it's another Watcha Watchin', Watcha Eatin' as Doug and Nathan catch up on TV and food. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Is Ohio State football a lock to win 11 or more games in 2022? Mark It Down Monday
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Ohio State football enters the season as a national championship contender in most estimations. But the sports books have only set the Buckeyes' over/under win total at 10.5 as preseason approaches. Why is that, and is OSU a virtual lock at that number? We brought on Buckeye Talk's favorite betting numbers guy Tyler Shoemaker to discuss whether OSU is a smart bet. We also used this Mark It Down Monday to each make five over/under win total picks from around college football. Is Doug down on Wisconsin again this year? Has Nathan come around on Cincinnati? Which national power does T-Shoe see as a sneaky playoff bet? This episode is loaded with futures betting talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Where second-year Buckeyes like Marvin Harrison Jr., J.T. Tuimoloau and Jack Sawyer fit in our Influential top 10
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk episode, it's the third installment of the top 25 Most Influential Ohio State football players for the 2022 season. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means previously covered players 25 through 17, and players 16 through 11, in two earlier episodes. Now it's players 10 through five, and it's heavy on young guys. Five of the six players discussed in this episode are second-year Buckeyes from the 2021 recruiting class. There's one more influential pod ahead next week, but for now, thanks for listening to this Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
Can Indiana compete with Ohio State after a miserable 2021 season for the Hoosiers?
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The preview of Ohio State opponents for the 2022 football season continues with the Indiana Hoosiers, who will visit on Ohio Stadium on Nov. 12. That will be the 10th game of the season for the Buckeyes, and it may not be very competitive. Indiana is coming off a 2021 season that started with a lot of hope and ended with a 0-9 Big Ten record. The two coordinators changed, quarterback Michael Penix transferred, a lot of players were added in the transfer portal, and this is a new version of the Hoosiers who will try to rebound. Will it work? Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star joins Buckeye Talk to talk with Doug Lesmerises about that. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
Making Buckeye Talk better after 1,000 episodes
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On this Wednesday episode, Buckeye Talk is all about Buckeye Talk. No football in here. This podcast started in September 2015, and now seven years later, there have been somewhere around 1,000 episodes of Buckeye Talk. To acknowledge that, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means took this episode to talk all about the show and solicit feedback and comments. Are the guys too negative about Ohio State? How many OSU podcasts do listeners follow? How many days a week do people listen? What type of episodes do they want more of and less of? Do they think Doug, Nathan and Stephen know what they're talking about, and are they fun? And then two big questions -- does Doug talk too much and are the episodes too long? The preseason is right around the corner, so this is a last detour before the football talk gets more in depth. As always, thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk, and specifically, thanks for listening to a Buckeye Talk about Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Where do Emeka Egbuka and Zach Harrison belong among the most influential Ohio State Buckeyes?
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On this Tuesday episode, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means continue to work their way through the most influential Ohio State football players for the 2022 season. The list of the top 25 started on the Friday pod with players 25 through 17. Now six more players are discussed, going from No. 16 to the edge of the top 10. Two players on this episode are fourth-year defensive end Zach Harrison and second-year receiver Emeka Egbuka, who are two examples of the differences in production, potential, opportunity and age that factor into a list like this. Two more Influential pods are ahead. For now, enjoy this one, and thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Who will be Ohio State's second-leading receiver behind Jaxon Smith-Njigba in 2022? Mark It Down Monday
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Not since Michael Jenkins in 2022 has Ohio State entered a season with such a clear-cut No. 1 choice in its receiver corps. Jaxon Smith-Njigba already has one record-setting season behind him and could be en route to another. But who will emerge as the second most productive receiver in that corps this fall? Doug, Nathan and Stephen predict the runners-up in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches -- and a couple of surprise categories. It's the first Mark It Down Monday previewing the coming season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Ohio State football's most influential players for the 2022 season
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are back with a new project. It's the most influential Ohio State football players for this season, and on this episode, the guys explain the concept and then run through players 25 through 17 on this list of the 25 most influential Buckeyes. Doug, Nathan and Stephen each rated players in two categories -- their Value and their Specialness -- and then the text subscribers contributed their Q ratings of players as well. The result? The Buckeyes who will affect fans most this season, those who are the most interesting, exciting, talented, valuable, fun, productive players on the roster. The nine players discussed in this episode range from kicker Noah Ruggles to backup quarterback Kyle McCord to transfer safety Tanner McCalister. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
Why does Northwestern often hang around with Ohio State?
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We are up to the ninth game of the season in our Buckeye Talk preview of Ohio State's 2022 schedule, as Louie Vaccher joins Doug Lesmerises to talk about the Buckeyes' trip to Northwestern on Nov. 5. Louie covers the Wildcats for WildcatReport.com in the Rivals network, and on this episode, he joins Doug to discuss Northwestern's habit of hanging around with the Buckeyes. In their last five games dating back to 2013, the Wildcats have led in the second half of three games and been within three points in the second half of another. Northwestern's quarterback problems and how they might or might not be fixed this season, and who should start at QB vs. the Buckeyes. How much the Wildcats are missing their long-time defensive coordinator. What Northwestern playing a close home game with Ohio State in 2013, on a day when ESPN broadcast GameDay from Evanston, meant to the program. Then there's one more brief guest at the end of the pod. Three more games left to preview before the season starts, and thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, TreVeyon Henderson and the Ohio State football predictions we hit and missed in 2021
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In May 2021, few if any expected Jaxon Smith-Njigba to have Ohio State football’s most prolific receiving season. As late as June 28, no one would put their name on a potential Buckeye loss to Oregon on Sept. 11. Yet by Aug. 16, in the middle of preseason camp, major questions were beginning to leak through about a potential lack of playmakers on the OSU defense. Sometimes even when the Buckeye Talk crew made an incorrect prediction, the discussion around that choice told us a lot about what unfolded in the following months. As we prepare to resume our Mark It Down Monday season preview series, we looked back on the predictions we made in 2021. We made some very accurate statements: Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave as first-round draft picks, C.J. Stroud as a Heisman Trophy finalist, true freshman TreVeyon Henderson leading the team in rushing. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Jim Knowles, Dylan Raiola, Tanner McCalister and more football rapid fire
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On this Tuesday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means offer a shorter version of their typical rapid fire pod, taking nine questions from text subscribers over the course of an hour. And they are all directly about Ohio State football. No conference realignment talk for the moment. How long will Jim Knowles remain Ohio State's defensive coordinator? How important is run-pass balance to the offense? What are the expectations for Oklahoma State transfer Tanner McCalister? What veteran defender could have a big 2022 season? Should Ohio State have to worry about a flip from 2024 QB commit Dylan Raiola? And more. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Drafting former Buckeyes as future head coaches, from Terry McLaurin to Kenny Guiton
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk celebrating the Fourth of July, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are here with a draft. This is based off the idea that 15 years ago, both Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman and Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline were Ohio State football players. So now, let's took 15 years into the future, and imagine which people associated with the Buckeyes could be Ohio State's head coach, or a head coach at another Big Ten or major college football program, in 2037. Doug, Nathan and Stephen each drafted six people, one each from these six categories, all of them either one-time Ohio State players or coaches: Current head coaches anywhere Current Ohio State assistants Current assistants anywhere else Current Ohio State players Former Ohio State players not currently coaching Wild card Who went first? Who might surprise you? Listen to the latest Buckeye Talk to find out. Thanks for making us part of your week, and enjoy your Independence Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
The Big Ten wins the expansion game: News, surveys and answers on USC-UCLA fallout
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On this Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird report back from Friday morning's news conference with Kristina Johnson and Gene Smith on the Ohio State view of Big Ten expansion. They discuss the future; why revenue sharing in the Big Ten will remain equal; Smith's brief, frustrated dalliance with Ohio State going independent; what text subscribers said about USC and UCLA in a survey; and whether the Big Ten won this whole expansion thing. There are questions and answers, which makes it another Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
What USC and UCLA to the Big Ten means for Ohio State
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Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are back together for the big breaking news of the Big Ten preparing to add USC and UCLA. As discussed on this episode ... "Whaatttt?" The guys dive in on this Thursday Buckeye Talk. as college football continues to change. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Is Michigan blowing its chance at a recruiting surge off its Ohio State football win?
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Michigan is coming off its first win over the Ohio State football program in over a decade allowing the Wolverines to win the Big Ten Championship and make their College Football Playoff debut. It would be understandable to think that the program could build on that with a fruitful summer on the recruiting trail helping close the gap between them and the Buckeyes some. Instead the opposite has happened. OSU has continued building one of the nation's best classes while Michigan has just lost the only top 100 recruit its 2023 class had. Has Michigan missed its opportunity? Stephen Means and Nathan Baird discuss that and more. Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Predicting Ohio State football’s 2023 recruiting class 2.0
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Commitment season is upon us for Ohio State and the rest of college football. Stephen Means is joined by the return of Nathan Baird from baby duty as the two project the Buckeyes’ 2023 recruiting class answering these important questions. • How many 5-stars and top 100 recruits will the class have? • Will Kayin Lee be the only commitment of the week? • What’s going on with five-star Caleb Downs? • Will this class end up with a quarterback. And much more. Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Will Drew Allar or Sean Clifford be the QB when Penn State hosts Ohio State?
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We're up to Game 8 of the Ohio State season on our Buckeye Talk game previews for 2022. On this episode, Doug Lesmerises talks to Bob Flounders of Pennlive.com about Ohio State's trip to Penn State on Oct. 29. What's the state of Penn State football and should the Nittany Lions be prepping soon for their own playoff season after watching Michigan last year? How will Penn State plan to keep up with Ohio State in the NIL world? Will veteran Sean Clifford or freshman Drew Allar be the quarterback by the time the Buckeyes come to town? How major of a hire is new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz for Penn State? Will freshman Nick Singleton solve the run game problems of a year ago? And much more. Thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
What if C.J. Stroud didn't pick Ohio State? BuckeyeFly Effect
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On this BuckeyeFly Effect, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means consider an intriguing What If. What if quarterback C.J. Stroud didn't pick Ohio State late in the recruiting process in the Class of 2020? Where might Stroud have gone? What would Stroud's career look like right now? What effect would that have had on OSU QBs Kyle McCord, Jack Miller, Quinn Ewers and others? Would the Buckeyes have been a national contender last season, and a title favorite this season? Would Ewers be getting ready to start for the Buckeyes in 2022? Would the view of Ryan Day change at all? There was no guarantee that the Buckeyes would get the Southern California quarterback. So this isn't a crazy idea. That means it's an interesting edition of BuckeyeFly Effect on Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Brian Hartline or Marcus Freeman? Is this a make-or-break season for Ohio State football? And more Rapid Fire
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are taking questions from text subscribers. Among them: Is Marcus Freeman or Brian Hartline the more likely candidate to be Ohio State's next head coach? Is this a make-or break-year for the Buckeyes in terms of their national status? Is Emeka Egbuka or Julian Fleming more underrated entering this season? Would we rather write a long story or record a long podcast? What will Evan Pryor's role be? How about Zach Harrison's role? How about C.J. Hicks? And what do we miss most about Nathan Baird, who will return next week? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Carnell Tate's commitment and the future of Ohio State's receivers room
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises talk about the latest five-star pledge to the Buckeyes. Ohio State landed a verbal commitment from receiver Carnell Tate on Monday, and he became the highest-rated player in Ohio State's 2023 recruiting class. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver is ranked as the No. 3 receiver and No. 28 overall player in the 247sports composite ratings. Stephen and Doug discuss how Ohio State landed him, how he fits into the OSU roster, and what the Ohio State depth chart at receiver looks like over the next three years. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
What? Ohio State hasn't beaten Iowa in eight seasons?
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On this Monday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is joined by John Steppe of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and thegazette,com to preview Ohio State's seventh game of the 2022 football season -- against Iowa in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 22, with the Buckeyes coming off a bye. Ohio State hasn't beaten Iowa since 2013, primarily because the teams have played just once since then, and the Hawkeyes upset the Buckeyes in Iowa City in 2017. Iowa is coming off a 10-4 season that included a loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Championship Game. Kirk Ferentz is entering his 24th season as the head coach of the Hawkeyes. There's a quarterback decision to be made, and a search for some playmakers is on. But led by linebacker Jack Campbell and defensive coordinator Phil Parker, the defense should be pretty good again. It's the Hawkeyes back in Columbus, and it's time to talk about it on the seventh episode of Buckeye Talk breaking down a 2022 OSU opponent. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
A 92-year-old Ohio State-Michigan game is the weirdest rewatch yet: Buckeye ReTalkables on Buckeye Talk
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Oh yeah, Buckeye Talk is really going back to 1930. On this Friday episode, it’s the first Buckeye ReTalkable in some time, as Buckeye Talk on occasion likes to rewatch and relive Ohio State football games of the past. But a game has never been this old before. Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird on this episode break down the 1930 Ohio State-Michigan game, which was played in mid-October in Columbus and won by the Wolverines 13-0. There are some stars of the era in this game, including Wes Fesler, the OSU All-American and future head coach. Also worth watching is Michigan quarterback Harry Newman, a three-year star for the Wolverines who might have won a Heisman Trophy if the award had existed then. The Heisman didn't debut until 1935. There's also discussion about Ohio Stadium's history, and how close Notre Dame legend Knute Rockne came to coaching the Buckeyes. This is different for sure, but we hope you enjoy this old-timey style of Buckeye Talk. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
QBs Ryan Montgomery and Tavien St. Clair, RB Donovan Johnson and other Ohio State recruiting targets to know
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Stephen Means is back to talk with Doug Lesmerises, giving another recruiting report after watching two days of camps at Ohio State on Tuesday and Wednesday. Among the topics: Two young in-state QBs set to make an appearance in Columbus this week A 2025 running back who worked out with Tony Alford The latest on the search for offensive tackle recruits The Glenville pipeline returning? There are two major OSU targets at the Cleveland high school And more. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Drafting the 10 most important Ohio State recruits of the last 10 years
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are drafting. The draftees? The 10 most important Ohio State football recruits since Urban Meyer arrived in 2012. How good the player was for the Buckeyes, and how much he helped Ohio State win, does matter. But so does what the player represents, and whether he established something at Ohio State that led to more recruits following in his footsteps. There are quarterbacks and defensive ends and running backs and more drafted here. But who is No. 1? Stephen and Doug agreed on that. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Does Michigan State have the second-best QB and WR in the Big Ten behind Ohio State?
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Ohio State's first road game of the 2022 football season won't come until Week 6 when the Buckeyes visit the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. On this Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is joined by Matt Wenzel of MLive.com to discuss what could be a top-10 matchup, just like it was last season when the Spartans came to Ohio Stadium in late November. Is Mel Tucker, making nearly $10 million a year, in for the long haul at Michigan State? Can he make the Spartans a regular 10-win team and a thorn in the side of the Buckeyes like the Spartans were during the best days of the Mark Dantonio era? Is Payton Thorne potentially the second-best quarterback in the Big Ten behind C.J. Stroud? Is Jayden Reed potentially the second-best receiver in the Big Ten behind Jaxon Smith-Njigba? Could Michigan State's last-in-the-nation pass defense be vastly improved? The week-by-week schedule preview is now halfway home. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Inside the world of fast food, from Cane's to Wendy's, from Chick-fil-A to Piada
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Doug Lesmerises could not be more excited for this totally off-topic Buckeye Talk on this Monday. He welcomes The Wolf of Franchises, who runs a website, podcast and Twitter account dedicated to how franchises work, and that means writing and talking a lot about fast food businesses like Cane's, Chick-fil-A and Wendy's. On this episode, Doug and Wolf discuss what kind of money the best franchises make, how much it takes to open a franchise, and then Doug throws out some local Ohio ideas that he thinks could go national. Also, Doug wants to create a business that will buy back his guinea pigs. If you've ever wondered how the business of fast food works, this is the pod for you. And on Tuesday, Buckeye Talk will be back to football. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
What if Ohio State had beaten Michigan last season? BuckeyeFly Effect
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It's time for another BuckeyeFly Effect on Buckeye Talk, where the past is reconsidered. On this episode, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird (this was recorded before Nathan's paternity leave) look at the ramifications of Michigan's victory over Ohio State last season. What if the Buckeyes had won instead? Would Ohio State have gone on to win the national title? Would C.J. Stroud have won the Heisman Trophy? Would Ohio State have made the four assistant coaching changes it made after the season? Would Jim Harbaugh still be the head coach at Michigan? Would anything have changed Ohio State's motivation and mindset for a national title run this season? And more. One win, a lot of possibilities. The Wolverines won 42-27 last season, their first win in The Game since 2011. How much changed because that happened? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
Brandon Inniss, Caleb Downs and Ohio State's 2023 class plans and priorities: Recruiting Rapid Fire
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means go back to their text subscribers to answer more questions about Ohio State's recruiting. Among the specific players from the Class of 2023 who are discussed: WR Carnell Tate, WR Brandon Inniss, S Caleb Downs, RB Justice Haynes, OT Samson Okunlola, OT Olaus Alinen, CB Daniel Harris, S Joenel Aguero, LB Tackett Curtis, LB Arvell Reese, DE Keon Keeley, DT John Walker and more. Among the topics covered: Recruiting vs. Notre Dame Are QBs starting to come to the Midwest? How is Ohio State stacking up to Penn State and Michigan? Is Ohio State having trouble recruiting on the offensive line? And why new OL coach Justin Frye needs some time The 2023 QB battle With a lot of official visitors coming to Ohio State over the next three weekends, these questions and answers should catch you up on where the Buckeyes are with their 2023 class. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
Brian Hartline's excitement, Ohio State's future offensive line, and another QB offer: Buckeyes recruiting camp
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On this Wednesday episode from cleveland.com, Stephen Means brings his knowledge from watching two days of Ohio State recruiting camps on Monday and Tuesday to Buckeye Talk and discusses it with Doug Lesmerises. What receivers did Brian Hartline get fired up about and have to offer? What is Ohio State's 2023 quarterback recruiting strategy with another offer made to a QB this week? How did the future interior of Ohio State's offensive line look? What are we learning about Ryan Day as a head coach through these camps? Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
The secret to great sportswriting, plus Rutgers has an interesting QB
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It's time for Week 5 as Buckeye Talk continues to devote an episode to each game of Ohio State's 2022 football schedule. On Oct. 1, the Buckeyes will host Rutgers for homecoming with a 3:30 kickoff, and on this Buckeye Talk, Steve Politi of nj.com is here to talk about that. But there's only some Rutgers talk, including about quarterback Gavin Wimsatt, who is Rutgers' version of Quinn Ewers. He reclassified and enrolled in college early last year, but as the No. 202 overall recruit in that class, he stuck around. And he has a chance to be Rutgers' quarterback for a long time, and maybe the best quarterback Rutgers has seen in quite a while. But Doug and Steve also talked about the process of sportswriting for a big chunk of the pod, talking about Rutgers coverage, writing about New York sports, and some of Steve's favorite stories he's ever done, from Mexico to The Masters to the Olympics. And then Doug wraps up with why he thinks this once again won't be much of a game. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Ohio State's $13 million NIL ideas, Doug chickening out, and French Vanilla: Rapid Fire
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk that is dropping early over the weekend, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means take a bunch of questions from Ohio State text subscribers, many of them centered around Ryan Day saying the Buckeyes need $13 million in NIL money available to them to keep their football roster together. There's a lot of information shared there, but there are also discussions of: Doug's potential new nickname Why Doug didn't push a guest harder on a topic while Stephen was out Ohio State's 2005 team The effect of NIL on Ohio State's current recruiting class Favorite cities to visit Paris Johnson Jr And more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2022
Reasons to believe in Wisconsin as a legit opponent for Ohio State
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, you may not believe it, but Doug Lesmerises is buying the Wisconsin Badgers this season. Sophomore running back Braelon Allen could be a superstar. Badgers defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard has proven he's one of the best in the business. And what if Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz, a former big-time recruit, is good? On this latest opponent preview episode, Doug gets some tremendous insight on Wisconsin from Zach Heilprin, the sports director at 96.7 The Zone in Madison. They talk about the recent history of the OSU-Wisconsin series, whether the Badgers have any chance of defending the Ohio State passing game, how Allen stacks up in the history of Wisconsin running backs, and the hiring of new offensive coordinator Bobby Engram. This is an opponent worth knowing for OSU fans, as the Badgers will be Ohio State's first Big Ten game of the season when the Badgers visit Columbus on Sept. 24. And Zach drops some great knowledge. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Ohio State recruiting camp breakdown: QB battle, offers earned and an 8th grader
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means is back and he joins Doug Lesmerises to discuss the recruiting camp they attended at Ohio State on Wednesday. What two 2023 quarterback prospects were there and who earned an offer? What other players earned OSU scholarship offers, including one who had current Buckeyes shouting support? Who was the player not yet in high school that came from Georgia to impress the coaches? The Buckeyes have several more recruiting camps ahead in June, but there was some action at this one. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk break it down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Crunching the numbers on official visits, and what it means for Ohio State's top recruiting targets
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This Wednesday Buckeye Talk gets into the numbers of recruiting, as Doug Lesmerises is joined by Bud Davis, who has his PhD in Geology, but who also happens to find the data of college football recruiting rather interesting. Doug saw some of Bud's work on official recruiting visits on Twitter and invited him on the pod to get deeper into the topic. How important is it for a school to be the last official visit for a recruit? What percent of recruits commit to schools that aren't their last official visit? Is there something in the numbers that should inform schools on how they schedule visits, or should inform fans about how to read a prospect's visit schedule? Also, Bud goes into the numbers on recruiting and building a championship roster, and the numbers on the transfer portal and what players are moving the most. Then Doug looks at some of the prospects making official visits to Columbus in June and tries to apply Bud's data to get a read on what might happen with those players. It's a different look at recruiting, and thanks for giving it a listen on Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
Ranking Buckeyes like Tyleik Williams, TreVeyon Henderson, Dawand Jones and Zach Harrison among the best players in college football
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, friend of the pod Anthony Treash swings by to talk with Doug Lesmerises. Anthony ranked the top 10 players at every position in college football this offseason, and a lot of Buckeyes made his lists. So where did he put players like defensive end Zach Harrison, defensive tackle Tyleik Williams, offensive tackles Dawand Jones and Paris Johnson Jr., receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, quarterback C.J Stroud and running back TreVeyon Henderson? And why? Plus, a few Ohio State opponents for the 2022 season are discussed, as are some players on teams that the Buckeyes could meet in the College Football Playoff. It’s a good overview in May of where the best Buckeyes are in the context of college football. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
Inside the world of comedy in Columbus
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Something totally different on this Monday Buckeye Talk, with a lot of football talk ahead for the rest of this week. But for this episode, Doug Lesmerises is talking comedy. First, he interviews Kyle Kazanjian-Amory, the founder of Don't Tell Comedy. That's a pop-up comedy brand that will have six shows in Columbus from Monday June 13 to Saturday June 18. Each show is BYOB and costs $25. Doug and Kyle discuss how he came up with Don't Tell Comedy, the state of comedy today and how you book people to tell jokes in a barbershop. Then Doug talks to Simon Fraser, a 24-year-old stand-up from England who has lived in Columbus for several years and was recently named the funniest person under-30 in Columbus by a poll of about 15 people. Simon talks about becoming a comedian, how much Ohio knowledge he needs to be funny here, his process of writing jokes and what it's like putting together a tight hour of good material. This dives into the process of comedy and hopefully you find it interesting. If not, catch you back for football talk on Tuesday. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2022
Will Urban Meyer coach again? And could Toledo be the latest MAC team to give Ohio State a game?
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises gets in the same room with Kyle Rowland and Dave Briggs of the Toledo Blade for a live, in-person podcast and things get a little crazy. Kyle and Dave are here to break down Ohio State's Week 3 opponent, the Toledo Rockets, who will be playing one of the biggest games in program history at night in Ohio Stadium on Sept. 17. Could Toledo win the MAC this year? How often has Ohio State played a MAC team this good? How often should the Buckeyes play MAC schools? Who are the most dangerous Rockets on both sides of the ball? And then it's time to get creative, as Doug, Dave and Kyle talk about Urban Meyer's coaching future -- and what if he restarted his head coaching career where it began two decades ago, in Northwest Ohio? Meyer spent two years leading Bowling Green ... what if he did that again? This one's fun, and thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
What Ohio State football needs to do to win a national title this season
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On this Thursday episode of Buckeye Talk, it's back into the file of podcasts recorded before Nathan Baird went on leave. That means Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are together to draft the most important things Ohio State football needs to do to win a national title in 2022. Yes, draft. This is possibly the most intangible draft done so far on Buckeye Talk, but there's a lot of specific football talk that lets you know what Doug, Nathan and Stephen think are the most important things on offense, defense and in the locker room (and about Ohio State's opponents) when it comes to Ohio State's coming season. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
Big Ten Playoff Preview: Is Ohio State a playoff lock? And C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba as Heisman candidates
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com ... it's actually The College Football Survivor Show. That national college football podcast is being dropped in this feed for a day because it's filled with Ohio State talk and is certainly of interest to Buckeye Talk listeners. Doug Lesmerises is joined by his Survivor Show co-host Shehan Jeyarajah and Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com to go through the leading playoff contenders from the Big Ten, the playoff dark horses, the Big Ten game of the year in the playoff race, the leading Heisman contenders in the Big Ten, the Heisman dark horses, and more. Doug and Shehan do The College Football Survivor Show twice a week, and if you have listened, thank you. If you have not listened, this is a little taste and maybe you'll want to try The College Football Survivor Show wherever you find Buckeye Talk. Regardless, this episode matters to Ohio State fans, because every Big Ten playoff discussion is all about the Buckeyes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Ohio State president Kristina Johnson and AD Gene Smith on the future of college football
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises talks about and plays clips from his Monday evening interview with Ohio State president Kristina M. Johnson and athletic director Gene Smith. Johnson was recently named to the Big Ten's spot on the College Football Playoff Board of Directors, and Smith recently suggested that college football could be managed by the College Football Playoff instead of by the NCAA. That could give Ohio State a pretty big voice in shaping what's next for the sport. Johnson and Smith talk about that, plus they share their views of the current use of outside collectives to give players money under NIL. And Doug talks about Smith's ideas on the future of football divisions in the Big Ten. This is a little different Buckeye Talk, with more interview clips than usual. But it's worth hearing straight from Johnson and Smith. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Ohio State football's greatest games of the century, with NFL insider and OSU grad Albert Breer
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises welcomes a special guest while unveiling the new 64-game bracket of Ohio State football's best wins of the century. Albert Breer from Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com and Sports Illustrated, one of the best NFL reporters in the country, jumps on to discuss his life as an Ohio State football fan and OSU grad who entered school in the John Cooper era and left in the Jim Tressel era. The best games of the 2002 and 2014 title seasons are discussed, including the game that helped get Albert fired from his first job. It's a 20-year journey through his best moments of OSU fandom, and it sets up the bracket that will now start to be voted upon by text subscribers. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
The Nick Saban feud, and a Big Ten world with no football divisions
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is back with his thoughts on the news of the day. First, he tackles the public feud between Alabama coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, what he likes and doesn't like about it, and why college football is living by the rules of the jungle. Then it's on to the idea of the Big Ten giving up divisions. How would have Big Ten Championship Game matchups have looked in the past in that world? How often will this mean the Buckeyes vs. the Wolverines for a Big Ten title, and is that a good thing? And if the Big Ten goes to a few permanent rivals to play every year, who should those teams be for the Buckeyes? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com,. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
What raises for Ryan Day and Chris Holtmann tell us about Ohio State football and basketball
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises looks at the raises and extensions for Ohio State football coach Ryan Day and Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann announced this week, compares them to salaries for Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel and Thad Matta in the past, and tries to use the money to analyze the current state of the football and basketball programs. First, it's the new deals for Day and Holtmann in context of each other. Then it's a dive into Day's contract, why it happened and what it means for his future. And then it's a look at Holtmann's extension, how it fits in the Big Ten and the nation, and what it means for how much patience AD Gene Smith may have with the basketball Buckeyes. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Drafting the Ohio State Buckeyes most likely to be All-Americans in 2022
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, the crew is back together as this podcast was recorded before Nathan Baird went on paternity leave. That means Doug Lesmerises, Stephen Means and Nathan are taking turns drafting the Ohio State football players most likely to be named first-team All-Americans and first-team All-Big Ten choices this season. Does that mean picking the best players in order? Not necessarily. The competition at some positions is steeper than the competition at others. But this draft will give you more info on what Nathan, Doug and Stephen are thinking about the best Buckeyes for 2022. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Imagine 11-win Coastal Carolina coming to play Ohio State -- Arkansas State used to be that
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It's another schedule breakdown for the 2022 Ohio State Buckeyes, and after discussing the Notre Dame opener last week, it's on to Week 2 and Ohio State's home game vs. Arkansas State. Mitchell Gladstone of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette joins Doug Lesmerises to talk about Arkansas State and second-year coach Butch Jones, the former boss at Cincinnati and Tennessee. The Red Wolves come from the Sun Belt Conference, where they were dominating and winning league titles about eight years ago before falling on some tougher times. But the Sun Belt plays good football -- imagine if fellow Sun Belt team Coastal Carolina, which has won 11 games each of the last two seasons, was coming to Columbus. Doug and Mitchell talk Arkansas State's best players, the state of and hopes for the program, the Red Wolves defensive coordinator with Ohio State ties, and a little Ja Morant. Hope you enjoy this schedule breakdown, and thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
Will Ohio State basketball be better or worse after losing 86 percent of its points?
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means look at the 2022-23 Ohio State basketball team, a 13-player roster that will include: Two players from last season's rotation Two injured players returning to health Three transfers One redshirt freshman Five true freshmen That's the team for Year 6 of the Chris Holtmann Era, and will it be good enough? That group includes the No. 5 recruiting class in the country, but only Zed Key and Eugene Brown from last year's contributors. Doug was so confused and frustrated by the roster, he did a terrible podcast. But Stephen tried to hold it together. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
An NFL QB debate -- Would you take C.J. Stroud or Justin Fields?
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A week ago on Buckeye Talk, a draft of the best Ohio State players in the NFL right now led to another question. Where would C.J. Stroud fit in that mix? And specifically, how would he stack up as an NFL quarterback compared to Justin Fields, who is entering his second season with the Chicago Bears? So on this Buckeye Talk episode, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means dug into that idea. Doug, Stephen and the OSU text subscribers each rated Stroud and Field in five categories as potential NFL franchise quarterbacks. Who came out on top when those ratings were added up? And then in the simple question of which QB you'd take as an NFL GM, who won that vote? These are two good NFL options with different styles, so dive in to this OSU NFL QB discussion. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Inside the brewing Ohio State-Notre Dame football recruiting battles
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Ohio State will open up the 2022 season against an opponent it will see enough of on the recruiting trail going forward in Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish and the Buckeyes have plenty of 2023 recruiting targets in common. OSU may have the upper hand in the head-to-head battles, but Notre Dame enters the summer with the nation’s top recruiting class and new momentum under new head coach Marcus Freeman   Stephen Means is joined by Kyle Kelly, who covers Notre Dame recruiting for Rivals, as the two discuss the ongoing battles between the two programs in their fight for Midwest supremacy and a national recruiting title.   Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
The Notre Dame matchup that could give Ohio State problems, and why the Buckeyes should still win
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, it's time to start a weekly series that will take us through the end of July. One by one we will break down every opponent on the Ohio State schedule, in order, by interviewing a writer that covers that team and getting down to the matchups and meaning of the game with the Buckeyes. It's a big one to start -- Notre Dame. Eric Hansen, Ohio native and veteran writer now covering the Fighting Irish for InsideNDSports.com is the guest on this episode, talking everything about Notre Dame's best players, whether these teams should play more often and his memories of the last home-and-home series from the mid-90s. There's a lot of info in a short amount of time, and then a final wrap from Doug with his view of the game. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
5-star quarterback Dylan Raiola commits to Ohio State football
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For the third time in the Ryan Day era, Ohio State has landed a five-star quarterback in Dylan Raiola out of Arizona. Raiola kicks off the Buckeyes’ 2024 recruiting class while continuing the program’s run of successful quarterback recruiting. Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means discuss the first member of Ohio State’s 2024 recruiting class and what it means for the 2023 class still looking for a quarterback. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Everything we learned from Ohio State football assistant coaches
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On this early Monday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means take turns revealing the most interesting and important conversations they had with Ohio State football coaches on Friday. The coaches who met with reporters were: Receivers coach Brian Hartline Running backs coach Tony Alford Offensive line coach Justin Frye Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles Special teams coach Parker Fleming Strength and conditioning coordinator Mickey Marotti Head coach Ryan Day From Kourt Williams to Jaxon Smith-Njigba, from C.J Stroud to Zach Harrison, from TreVeyon Henderson to Noah Ruggles, there are a lot of tidbits to share. That's why this Monday pod is dropping a bit early. Catch you back on the Tuesday episode from cleveland.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2022
Drafting the 32 best Ohio State players in the NFL: Buckeye Talk-Orange and Brown Talk crossover
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It's a first on Buckeye Talk and the Orange and Brown Talk podcasts as the two shows merge into one on this Friday, with the Ohio State podcast and Cleveland Browns podcast from cleveland.com coming together for a common cause: Drafting the best former Ohio State players currently in the NFL. To do that, Stephen Means of Buckeye Talk and Ashley Bastock and Dan Labbe of Orange and Brown Talk joined Doug Lesmerises of both pods to go over the roughly 70 Buckeyes on NFL rosters right now. That includes veterans like Cameron Heyward and Johnathan Hankins, rookies like Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, defenders like Denzel Ward and the Bosa brothers, and offensive stars like Terry McLaurin and Ezekiel Elliott. Eight rounds, four drafters, 32 Ohio State players picked. Who went first? Who didn't get picked? Who won the various debates about players on the same teams or with similar resumes? Thanks for joining us for this special episode, which is appearing in both podcast feeds. Whether you are a fan of the Buckeyes, the Browns, or both, thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Why Ohio State's in-state 2023 offensive line recruiting is so important
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On the Thursday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means look at Ohio State’s offensive line recruiting for 2023, spurred by the commitment on Wednesday of Austin Siereveld. He’s the third Ohio State high school player on the offensive line to commit to the Buckeyes for 2023. How does that compare to recent years in OSU in-state offensive line recruiting? Which of the three 2023 offensive lineman, as Siereveld joins Luke Montgomery and Joshua Padilla, could play the earliest? And how does Ohio State’s overall 2023 class look now that it has reached 10 players? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Ohio State transfer talk -- Building an entire defense from departing Buckeyes
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are once again talking transfers. Players who want to be eligible to play at their new schools this fall needed to be in the transfer portal by May 1 (or get a waiver later), so the portal may calm down for a bit now that the deadline has passed. So where do things sit with Ohio State? Where does Ohio State place in national transfer rankings? How many Buckeyes have left compared to how many arrived, and how does that compare to Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, USC, LSU, Michigan, Penn State and others? Which Buckeyes that left will be missed the most? And what do you think of the entire starting defense you could build from OSU players who have left the program since August? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Is Ohio State DBU? WRU? Edge Rusher U? And the lack of leadership in college sports: Tuesday Madness
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Nathan Baird and Doug Lesmerises take on their usual structure for an offseason Madness episode. There's an Ohio State topic, delving into which position or positions the Buckeyes rightly own when it comes to the NFL Draft. Then there's a national college sports topic, this time focusing on the continued potential changes in the sport and the complete lack of leadership at the top of the NCAA. That means a few suggestions for a new NCAA president to replace the outgoing Mark Emmert. And then Watcha Watchin', Watcha Eatin', as Nathan and Doug talk TV and theater, cilantro and peanut butter. Thanks for listening to a Tuesday Madness on Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
An Ohio State record falls, and Haskell Garrett goes undrafted: NFL Draft Wrap
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are here to talk through the final day of the NFL Draft and the two Buckeyes who were picked, and one who wasn't. And they run through the final totals for the Buckeyes and the Big Ten to put this draft and the modern draft era in context for Ohio State. First, Ohio State didn't lead the Big Ten in draft picks. Who did? Then it's time to discuss Tyreke Smith and Thayer Munford getting picked and Haskell Garrett not getting picked. Finally, an OSU draft record fell. But where does Ohio State fit in the list of teams in the modern draft age? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Nicholas Petit-Frere and Jeremy Ruckert find fits, as Ohio State leads Big Ten in draft: Day 2 Wrap
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On this late Friday, early Saturday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means wrap up Day 2 of the NFL Draft for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Among the topics: No Buckeyes in Round 2 How Nicholas Petit-Frere in Tennesse and Jeremy Ruckert with the New York Jets fit with their new teams after going in Round 3. How Ohio State stacks up through three rounds to other programs around the country. A big draft for Luke Fickell and the University of Cincinnati. What Ohio State players might be picked on Saturday. Nathan's last live pod for a couple months as he prepares for the arrival of a baby this weekend. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2022
Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave picked back-to-back in Round 1: NFL Draft reaction
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On this late Thursday night Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means react to the Ohio State Buckeyes taken in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Garrett Wilson went No. 10 the New York Jets. Chris Olave went No. 11 to the New Orleans Saints, who traded up for him. And their former teammate Jameson Williams went No. 12 to Detroit. How are their fits? What does the draft mean for Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline? And who made the best draft prediction? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
Predicting Ohio State in the 2023 NFL Draft -- Will C.J. Stroud be the No. 1 pick?
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, it's draft talk during NFL Draft week -- but it's a year ahead. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means look ahead to the 2023 NFL Draft and predict when current Buckeyes will be drafted. Will quarterback C.J. Stroud be the overall No. 1 pick? Will Jaxon Smith-Njigba be the first receiver drafted? How many Buckeyes will go in the first round? How many Ohio State players will be drafted overall? Which OSU safety will be drafted higher, Ronnie Hickman or Josh Proctor? Does WR Julian Fleming project as a draft pick a year from now? All that and more as Doug, Nathan and Stephen peer into the future on Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Can Ohio State still land two 2023 running backs?
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Ohio State football has only offered eight running backs in the 2023 recruiting class with hopes of landing two. Mark Fletcher was the first to come on board doing so in April but others on the list have committed elsewhere or cut down their options with the Buckeyes on the outside looking in. As the cycle heads into May, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird take a look at OSU's top remaining options, its chances of landing each and whether it should widen the field to reach its goals. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Will players or coaches get more credit if Ohio State's defense improves in 2022? Monday Madness
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Ohio State football came out of the spring with a lot of optimism about the work it accomplished on defense. If the Buckeyes reverse the slide of last season, who will receive more credit -- the young players who might improve regardless in 2022, or the revamped coaching staff? Doug and Nathan debate that on this Monday Madness-themed episode. Also, are coaches like Villanova's Jay Wright bailing on college sports because of the transfer portal and NIL? If so, what needs to change? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Could Ohio State's offense possibly be overhyped? Rapid Fire
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird answer more questions from text subscribers, starting with one texter who is worried about overthinking the Ohio State offense. Could the Buckeyes, with all that skill talent, be overhyped? Doug and Nathan go through the reasons of why that could or couldn't be true as the idea applies to the receivers, to TreVeyon Henderson, and to C.J. Stroud. Also, other topics include: A breakout year for J.T. Tuimoloau? Would you eat bread off the ground? The best player on the team at doing his job Attacking areas in recruiting where teams have a new coach The potential weak spot of the defense Developing a superstar tight end And more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
NFL Draft talk with PFF's Austin Gayle on Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Aidan Hutchinson, C.J. Stroud and more
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OK, maybe you don't want to hear a ton about a Michigan player on Buckeye Talk, but we wouldn't be bringing you this interview if we didn't think it provided value to Ohio State listeners. On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird interview Austin Gayle of PFF about the PFF four-part podcast series on Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson called "Hutch." And then Doug, Nathan and Austin discuss the draft prospects of several Buckeyes. Among the topics in this episode: How Ohio State tried to block Hutchinson last year How Hutchinson compares as a prospect to Chase Young and the Bosa brothers Garrett Wilson as a prospect and an area he could work on Chris Olave and good NFL comp for him What C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba could look like as draft prospects next year And more. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Ohio State's 2022 NFL mock draft: Where Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Jeremy Ruckert and others will be picked
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On this Buckeye Talk episode for Wednesday, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means take up the annual tradition of doing a live draft for every Ohio State Buckeye who might get picked by the NFL. The first round of the draft is Thursday, April 28, so Doug, Nathan and Stephen get down to the business of drafting: WR Garrett Wilson WR Chris Olave OT Nicholas Petit-Frere TE Jeremy Ruckert DE Tyreke Smith OL Thayer Munford DT Haskell Garrett There's also a discussion about the NFL possibilities for RB Master Teague. So get ready for the 2022 NFL Draft with this version of the draft on Buckeye Talk. Thanks for listening,. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Tough OSU transfer decisions, where safeties best fit, and sports we love and hate
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, it's another round of questions from text subscribers focusing on three ideas: How Ohio State players reach their decisions to transfer, what that tells us about a certain OSU recruiting class, and what is Ohio State's history in the portal so far? Sports that Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird love to watch and cover, and sports they don't like so much Fitting the right players together at safety for the Buckeyes this season Doug and Nathan appreciate you listening and making Buckeye Talk part of your week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Most surprising and least surprising aspects of Ohio State's Spring Game
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Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird delve into a post-Spring Game rapid fire edition. Topics include: • What about the Spring Game surprised us the most, and what development did not come as a surprise at all? • Should OSU be concern about how the No. 1 defense looked vs. the No. 1 offense? • What did we eat on Easter Sunday? • What to make of Julian Fleming and Kourt Williams not being on the field Saturday. And much more from our Buckeye Talk Subtext subscribers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Wrapping up Ohio State's spring game, and the best players and moments
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On this weekend Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discuss everything they saw and heard at Ohio State's spring game on Saturday in Ohio Stadium. On offense that included a backup running back who could scoot. On defense that included some second-year defenders showing they're ready for more action. Off the field, that included a touching video tribute to the late Dwayne Haskins, and then some ideas about how to make the spring game even better. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2022
Drafting Ohio State's best players for the Spring Game
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Stephen Means and Nathan Baird get to once again put their GM hats on as Ohio State football prepares for its 2022 Spring Game. With Doug Lesmerises serving as commissioner, Stephen and Nathan Draft a full starting offense and defense as they discuss who the Buckeyes' best players are when everyone's fully healthy. Listen along to see how the guys build their team, then sign up for the text (614-350-3315) to vote on which team you like better. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Discussing Malik Hartford, Mark Fletcher and a potential 2023 Florida gold mine for Ohio State recruiting
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Ohio State's 2023 recruiting class started off in April by picking up commitments in back-to-back weeks as the program once again sets out to win a recruiting championship. Malik Hartford gave the class its second safety alongside Cedrick Hawkins while Mark Fletcher is the first of two potential running backs. Speaking of Fletcher and Hawkins, the 7-on-7 teammates could be the beginning of a significant haul for the Buckeyes in the state of Florida in a cycle where they've already offered 33 players. Stephen Means and Nathan Baird talk Ohio State football recruiting as we enter the spring and summer months. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Dwayne Haskins' 6-TD game as Ohio State dropped 62 on Michigan in 2018: Buckeye ReTalkable
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On this Tuesday episode, it's a Buckeye ReTalkable to celebrate Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was killed over the weekend. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means rewatch and discuss Ohio State's 62-39 win over Michigan in 2018 in Haskins' one year as Ohio State's starter. The discussion goes beyond the game though to focus on Haskins' record-breaking season, as he threw for more yards and more touchdowns than any Big Ten quarterback in a single season. In The Game, Ohio State won at home as a four-point underdog, with Haskins leading Paris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, freshman Chris Olave and the rest of the offense against what was the No. 1 defense in the nation coming in. Thanks for joining us to celebrate this great Haskins game and season while remembering his legacy as a Buckeye. Listen to the Monday Buckeye Talk for more personal remembrances about Haskins' entire path to and career at Ohio State. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Remembering and celebrating Dwayne Haskins and his Ohio State legacy
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On this Monday episode, Buckeye Talk celebrates the legacy and impact of Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was killed over the weekend at the age of 24 after he was struck by a vehicle. Doug Lesmerises is joined by former Buckeye Talk co-host Bill Landis to talk about their time covering Haskins together, dating back to 2014 when they visited one of his high school games in Maryland when he was a junior. Haskins had a fascinating and captivating career arc, from his recruitment, to his status as the backup in 2017, to saving the Michigan game that season, to his record-setting 2018 season. Doug and Bill talk all about Haskins as a player and as a guy they greatly enjoyed interviewing and covering. At the end, Doug reads some remembrances from text subscribers about why Haskins was so special to Ohio State fans. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Ohio State cornerbacks and safeties are getting aggressive in this defense
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk episode, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk about what they learned from interviews with safeties and corners on Friday. Among the players discussed: Josh Proctor Jordan Hancock J.K. Johnson Tanner McCallister Kourt Williams Cam Martinez And more. Plus, there's the introduction of Buckeye Talk Studios, and a reminder of why the Spring Game is worth the trip. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Ohio State football transfers yet to come, and assistant coaches making big money
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On this Thursday episode, Nathan Baird and Doug Lesmerises take you through a Thursday Madness. That means an Ohio State football topic, then a topic of more national interest, and then Watcha Watchin', Watcha Eatin'? First, Nathan and Doug discuss the current football roster numbers and where the needed transfers are likely to come from. At which positions do the Buckeyes still have too many players? Then it's on to the raises for OSU assistants Brian Hartline and Tony Alford and where Ohio State ranks among assistant pay in college football. Finally, what are Nathan and Doug watching and eating? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
C.J. Stroud's fascinating football brain and Kyle McCord's spring of clarity
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C.J. Stroud loves talking ball, and the Buckeye Talk crew kept hitting him with football film-watching questions at Wednesday's media session with the quarterbacks. Ohio State's returning starter provided some insight into how he sees the game going into his third year in the program. What did that conversation tell us about the kind of quarterback Ryan Day ultimately wants for this program? Also, this once seemed like a crucial decision-making spring for Kyle McCord. Instead, he goes in knowing he must prepare to be ready on a moment's notice but also potentially setting himself up to be the clear starter in 2023. We discussed how things are lining up for the sophomore. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Would an Ohio State-Michigan playoff game be awesome or too stressful? Plus transfer talk
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means start off with a discussion of the transfers of Bryson Shaw and Lejond Cavazos. Plus, the winner of the Buckeye Talk NCAA Tournament bracket is announced, and the arrival of basketball transfer Tanner Holden is analyzed. Then it's time to get into the main part of the pod -- what would happen if Ohio State and Michigan played in a College Football Playoff game? Duke and North Carolina just played in the Final Four in basketball. Would the Buckeyes and Wolverines in a football playoff game be a great experience or overwhelming? A texter survey helps get a handle on the situation. And do Nathan, Doug and Stephen think it will eventually happen or not? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Resetting Ohio State football's depth chart, plus a little Thad Matta talk
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On this Buckeye Talk episode for Monday, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means cover a lot of ground on the football Buckeyes, and talk a little basketball at the end. Leading off is a discussion of why Ryan Day might, in Year 4, have a team that really shows what he wants from an ideal football roster. Also, Day no longer has to be afraid of the unknown, because the bad stuff happened last season. It's hard to explain, but the first 30 minutes is some good OSU football theory. Then there is a rundown of the two-deep based off what Stephen observed at Saturday's practice, and based off what Day said Monday. And finally, a discussion of Butler hiring Thad Matta as its basketball coach and whether OSU fans would want Matta back. Good show. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Talking Donovan Jackson, Paris Johnson, Cade Stover, Dawand Jones and more
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means run through what they learned from talking to Ohio State offensive linemen and tight ends on Thursday. Among the players and topics covered: Donovan Jackson Paris Johnson Jr. Luke Wypler's anger at re-watching the Michigan game Dawand Jones and his wingspan Cade Stover on his move back to tight end Matthew Jones New OL coach Justin Frye And more. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Ohio State basketball vs. Kansas in the 2012 Final Four: Buckeye ReTalkable
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It's the first basketball Buckeye ReTalkable here on Buckeye Talk, with good reason. The Final Four is back in New Orleans this weekend, and the Kansas Jayhawks are there again as well. That's two of the three pieces from Ohio State's last Final Four trip in 2012. It was in New Orleans, and it was against Kansas. And Ohio State should have won. The Buckeyes haven't returned to a Final Four since then, so Doug Lesmerises, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird rewatched and relived the last game. Jared Sullinger. Aaron Craft. William Buford. Deshaun Thomas. Thad Matta. They're all here, as is the 13-point lead Ohio State built in the first half and then gave up. Before you watch this 2022 Final Four, join us for this look at the 2012 Final Four on another Buckeye ReTalkable. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
Rapid Fire: Are expectations for Jim Knowles' Ohio State's defense already unrealistic?
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means take questions from text subscribers for an hour. Is there too much pressure on Jim Knowles to fix Ohio State's defense? How much hype should the wide receivers have? Can Tanner McCalister be Jordan Fuller-esque? Could the OSU defense be a top-15 group this season? Is Big Ten basketball outdated? Who'd benefit more if Chris Holtmann ever left on his own? Why don't Doug and Stephen like fishing? Who has the more annoying celebrations in sports? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
Two hours of pure, blissful Ohio State football talk
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Ryan Day, defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson combined to talk football for 90 minutes during news conferences after Ohio State's sixth practice of the spring Tuesday. It was glorious. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means felt like they gained so much insight, they talked for two hours about everything the coaches said about where the Buckeyes are right now. Among the players discussed: C.J. Stroud Jack Sawyer Donovan Jackson Paris Johnson Jr. Cade Stover Matthew Jones Kourt Williams Josh Proctor Ronnie Hickman J.T. Tuimoloau Mitchell Melton Javonte Jean-Baptiste C.J. Hicks Tommy Eichenberg Reid Carrico Ronnie Hickman Teradja Mitchell Steele Chambers Chip Trayanum And more. The guys liked talking all football for a long pod. They hope you enjoy listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
What mock NFL Drafts tell us about why Michigan beat Ohio State: Monday Madness
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With the NFL Draft one month away as of Monday, Doug and Nathan reset where Ohio State's players sit in national mock drafts. What did we learn from Pro Day that suggests Buckeyes could move up or down? Also, how do the first-round projections for the Big Ten compare to recent years? Is the conference's identity beginning to shift? Finally, a round of Whatcha Watchin' Whatcha Eatin' that leads us to the Chris Rock-Will Smith Oscar altercation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Will Ohio State football's Jaxon Smith-Njigba have the greatest receiving season ever in 2022?
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Jaxon Smith-Njigba surprised many by turning in the most prolific receiving season in Ohio State history in 2021. Could he be on the verge of something even more history this fall? Smith-Njigba would need to average 137.3 yards over 15 games, or 147.1 over 14 games, or 158.5 over 13 games to break the FCS record of 2,060 receiving yards. Since he averaged 157.1 over his last eight games of 2021, the question is worth asking. Is the Buckeye receiver set up for a record-shattering season, and what would that mean for his Heisman Trophy chances? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
Ohio State football's edge rushers and defensive tackles continue their friendly rivalry
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Ohio State football's defensive tackles and edge rushers already have a wager on the board for who will finish with more sacks in 2022. What those players do this spring will help decide that question. On Thursday we updated the progress of J.T. Tuimoloau, Jack Sawyer, Tyliek Williams, Mike Hall and several other defensive linement. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
Did C.J. Stroud make the biggest impression at Ohio State's Pro Day?
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C.J. Stroud threw at Ohio State football's Pro Day to give Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson some familiarity when running routes for NFL coaches, general managers and scouts. But he also acknowledged the experience gave him an early glimpse for when he gores through the process as early as next year, as well as a chance to showcase his own talents for those evaluators. Nathan and Stephen discuss what they saw from the receiver drills as well as Master Teague's impressive performance, the potential of players like Tyreke Smith and Nicholas Petit-Frere and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
What we saw and heard at Ohio State football's third spring practice
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Doug, Nathan and Stephen were all at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for Tuesday's third practice of the spring -- the first in full pads, and the first since spring break. What caught their eye during the periods open to reporters, and what did coach Ryan Day say they shed light on the team's progress? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Ohio State's basketball season ends, should the Buckeyes be better next year?
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No. 7 seed Ohio State ended its basketball season Sunday with a 71-61 loss to No. 2 seed Villanova. The Buckeyes had opened the NCAA Tournament with a win over No. 10 seed Loyola on Friday. On this Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises wrap up the Buckeyes' season. Was this season an underachievement? What's next for E.J. Liddell and Malaki Branham? What could Ohio State's team look like next and will the Buckeyes be better? Ohio State hasn't made the Sweet Sixteen, and that drought is too long. When will it end? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Should Ohio State football be considered the national championship front-runner?
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Another Friday Fiasco (aka an off-season Monday Madness). Today's topics: • Ohio State has the third-best betting odds right now to win the 2022 college football national championship. Should it actually be the front-runner? • From Cinderella upsets to bracket pools to party atmospheres, March Madness is arguably the best American sporting event. Could a 12-team football playoff ever come close to matching it? • A rundown of some of the best bracket names in the Buckeye Talk pool, including one with an extra special meaning. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
How long will Ohio State basketball last in the NCAA Tournament and other rapid-fire questions
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With football, basketball and real life all colliding this week, we decided to go rapid fire on today's episode? • Who is Ohio State football's best defensive player right now, and who will it be at the end of the season? • Could Jim Knowles debut with a top-10 defense? • Does OSU need to change its approach to be better in the red zone? • Is OSU basketball's recruiting class a big reason why Chris Holtmann has job security? • Plenty of nonsense, including worst road trips, OSU football coach fashion trends and our pick for our emergency frozen food choice. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
Who has the best combined football and men's basketball programs in the Big Ten?
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Yesterday we drafted all of the Big Ten football and men's basketball coaches. Today we are taking another combined look at those sports. Which Big Ten school has the best current pairing of football and men's basketball programs? Also, where does Ohio State rank, and how much is basketball really holding it back? Doug, Nathan, Stephen and our Buckeye Talk text subscribers give their answers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Drafting the best Big Ten football and men's basketball coaches in one list
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means smash the worlds of Big Ten football and Big Ten men's basketball together. They draft the 21 best head coaches from those two sports combined. That means football coaches like Ryan Day, Mel Tucker and Jim Harbaugh are getting compared to basketball coaches like Chris Holtmann, Tom Izzo and Juwan Howard. Who makes up the top tier? Where do Day and Holtmann fall in the pecking order? Which two Big Ten schools won't have either of their coaches drafted in the top 21? Thanks for listening to this Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Ohio State basketball in the NCAA Tournament: Chance at a run, or another early exit?
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Ohio State basketball is a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament against No. 10 Loyola in Pittsburgh on Friday, and Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises are here to discuss it on the Monday Buckeye Talk. Is E.J. Liddell a little frustrated with his team after the Buckeyes have lost four of five? How healthy will Ohio State be for the game? Loyola can shoot 3-pointers and play pretty good defense. Can Ohio State handle that? How many points do Liddell and Malaki Branham need to combine to score for Ohio State to win? Ohio State has been an NCAA Tournament quality team in all five of Chris Holtmann's seasons. Just seven other teams in the country can say that. But does it matter if the Buckeyes don't do anything in the tournament? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Can Evan Pryor make a move in Ohio State's running back room this spring, and Harry Miller's important message
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Doug and Nathan recap what they learned from Ohio State's running backs after practice on Thursday. They also discussed offensive lineman Harry Miller's retirement and increased awareness for mental health struggles among college athletes. Then they wrap things up with a round of Whatcha Watchin' Whatcha Eatin', including discussion about a suitcase full of chicken tenders. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
Which Ohio State receivers are moving up the depth chart this spring?
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We know Jaxon Smith-Njigba will headline the Ohio State receiver room in 2022. Doug, Nathan and Stephen discuss what else they learned from the rest of the players at that position after Thursday's spring practice. How big is Marvin Harrison Jr., really? How is Julian Fleming feeling this spring? At which receiver spots is Emeka Egbuka working out? What has it meant for Jayden Ballard to hear praise from Chris Olave and Ryan Day? A deep dive into where this group stands as spring begins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Paris Johnson Jr., Donovan Jackson and offensive news from Ohio State’s first spring practice
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means go over everything they learned about the Ohio State offense from the first day of spring football practice Tuesday. Among the topics and players covered: Leadership Paris Johnson Jr. Donovan Jackson Harry Miller Joe Royer Evan Pryor C.J. Stroud Kyle McCord Jaxon Smith-Njigba Touching worms Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Who stood out on defense during Ohio State football's first day of spring practice?
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Ohio State football kicked off the spring practice schedule on Tuesday giving players their first chance to work with a coaching staff featuring four new members. That includes new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles who spoke about the first day and all the changes coming: -Will Kourt Williams finally carve out a role at safety in his third season? -Is Cade Stover officially back at linebacker ending his time at tight end? -Are there any candidates for the new JACK/LEO role? -What exactly is the name of all the positions in Knowles' knew defense? Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discuss all of these questions and more on this Tuesday episode of Buckeye Talk, Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Is Chris Holtmann the Andy Dalton of college basketball coaches?
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Is the Ohio State basketball team fun to watch? On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises ponders that question while taking some questions and comments from text subscribers as Ohio State finished the basketball season 12-8 in Big Ten play after Sunday's loss to Michigan. Ohio State is a No. 6 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and looking like a No. 6 or No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament? Is that good enough in Year 5 for Chris Holtmann? Or is he proving to be the Andy Dalton of college basketball coaches? Listen as Doug talks it out on the latest Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
NFL Combine wrap on Perry Eliano, Thayer Munford, Haskell Garrett and more
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On this Saturday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird give their final thoughts on Ohio State at the NFL Combine before heading home. How did Nicholas Petit-Frere and Thayer Munford do in testing for offensive linemen? What did defensive linemen Haskell Garrett and Tyreke Smith say during their interviews? What did Cincinnati cornerbacks Sauce Gardner and Coby Bryant say about Perry Eliano, their former coach who has been hired at Ohio State? Does the combine function like it's supposed to anymore? And ... a question about Tate Martell? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2022
Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson run fast; NPF embraces combine; basketball wins big
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This Friday episode of Buckeye Talk is broken into three parts. First, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird talk through the NFL Combine workouts for Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, who both ran fast and helped their NFL causes on Thursday night. Doug also discusses his combine interviews with Thayer Munford and with a very enthusiastic Nicholas Petit-Frere. Then, Doug talks with Diante Lee of PFF, who has been on Buckeye Talk before breaking down Ohio State film. They discuss the OSU receivers, Jim Knowles, Ryan Day, C.J Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and more. Finally, Doug and Stephen Means talk through Ohio State's basketball win over Michigan State on Thursday night, which was led by a surprising performance from backup big man Joey Brunk. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Talking Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jeremy Ruckert at the NFL Combine
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Ohio State hasn't seen a receiver drafted in the first round in 15 years. That's going to change in the 2022 NFL Draft. On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird report from Indianapolis after talking with Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jeremy Ruckert at the NFL Combine. Doug and Nathan discuss what the players said about how they see themselves as NFL players, what their plans and hopes are for their combine testing, and there's also a brief discussion about why Doug couldn't sleep after Ohio State's bad basketball loss on Tuesday night. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
NFL Combine preview: What Garrett Wilson, Tyreke Smith and other Buckeyes hope to show this week
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird run through the recent history of Ohio State at the NFL Combine and then look at the seven Buckeyes invited to Indianapolis this week: Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Nicholas Petit-Frere, Tyreke Smith, Jeremy Ruckert, Thayer Munford and Haskell Garrett. Both Doug and Nathan will be in Indy this week to bring you more podcasts, texts and stories on the Ohio State players there. In this preview, they'll outline the one thing each Buckeye should be trying to accomplish in front of NFL decision makers. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Basketball rapid fire: NCAA hopes, faith level in Chris Holtmann, the changing rotation and more
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises answer almost 20 questions from text subscribers about the basketball Buckeyes, after a week that included a huge road win at Illinois and a disappointing road loss at Maryland. What's the best and worst the Buckeyes could do in the NCAA Tournament? What should be the starting lineup and rotation? Should Ced Russell play more minutes? How much better will the backcourt be next year? Should Chris Holtmann try to rest some of his best players down the stretch? Would it be better for the Buckeyes to lose early in the Big Ten Tournament? What's the level of faith in Holtmann right now? Are E.J. Liddell and Malaki Branham one of the best duos in the country, and how far can they carry the Buckeyes? This covered a lot of ground, so thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Ohio State vs. Cincinnati, 2002, and why it will never happen again: Buckeye ReTalkable
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Buckeye Talk is back with another Buckeye ReTalkable, this time reliving the 2002 Ohio State vs. Cincinnati game in Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Why? Because Cincinnati is the football capital of Ohio right now with what the Bearcats and Bengals did this season, so Cincinnati football is hot. And this game, 20 years ago, would have been the biggest moment in Bearcats football history to that point if they had been able top pull off the upset. Meanwhile, No. 6 Ohio State was without an injured Maurice Clarett for this game, the Buckeyes put Chris Gamble on defense for the first time in this game, and Craig Krenzel showed off his ability to make winning plays at quarterback at the right time. The game can be watched in a shortened 38-minute version of YouTube, so watch that and listen to this on the latest Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
Is Ohio State hurt by delaying playoff expansion?
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The College Football Playoff has announced it will remain at four teams for the next four years. What do Ohio State fans think of that, and is that a good or bad thing for the OSU football program? On this Thursday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means examine what text subscribers said in a survey about their playoff feelings and what it means for the Buckeyes. This will give you a good handle on what fans of Ohio State think of the college football playoff format. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
What do Juwan Howard and Woody Hayes' punches have in common? Midweek Madness
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Doug and Nathan moved the Monday Madness format to Wednesday. Among today's topics: • What does the Juwan Howard vs. Wisconsin incident tell us about sportsmanship in college sports? • Should ESPN's preseason SP+ ranking raise expectations for the Buckeyes, internally and externally? • Should OSU fans be disappointed that playoff expansion has not happened? • Another segment of "Whatcha Watchin'? Whatcha Eatin'? ... Which delves into a crucial discussion on Wordle strategy. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk -- five days a week on Ohio State football throughout the offseason. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
How crucial is Richard Young to Ohio State's 2023 recruiting class? Buckeye Football Futures
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Nathan and Stephen are back with a rapid-fire edition of BFF. Among the topics: • Should fans be worried that the Richard Young pursuit could leave OSU in a 2020-like running back situation? • Are we making too much of positional fit with offensive linemen like Luke Montgomery? • Where will Ryan Montgomery be ranked when the first 2025 rankings come out? • Which top 2023 linebacker from the south is OSU more likely to eventually sign? Thoughts on those issues and more on this recruiting-only episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Would an all-Ohio State alum team contend for the Super Bowl?
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Doug and Nathan break off of discussing current Buckeyes to discuss the ones who have moved on to the NFL. Would a team made up of only OSU alums be a Super Bowl contender? Obviously few teams can match the pairing of edge rushers and secondary that the former Buckeyes could put on the field. But is the offense powerful enough, and more specifically, is Justin Fields ready to lead a team this talented in the playoffs? Listen in and join the debate by becoming a Buckeye Talk text subscriber. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
What does Luke Montgomery's commitment mean for Ohio State's 2023 class? Buckeye Football Futures
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Ohio State needed major offensive line prospects in its 2023 class, and it landed one Thursday in Findlay's Luke Montgomery. Stephen was there and brings back the details of Montgomery's decision, including the rule Justin Frye played in closing the commitment and what role Montgomery can play in growing the class. Also, we answer our text subscriber questions on LeBron James as an OSU recruiter, whether the 2023 class can end up ranked No. 1 overall and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
Life in the transfer portal as explained by a Buckeye currently in there
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk episode, Doug Lesmerises interviews Ohio State defensive back Lloyd McFarquhar to get a first-hand look at what it's like in the transfer portal. McFarquhar joined the OSU program as a preferred walk-on in 2018 and after four seasons in scarlet and gray, he was interested in maybe finding a school where he could play more. So while he continues to work out with the Buckeyes, he has been talking with teams and thinking about a transfer for the fall. What's the process of going in the portal? How did the OSU coaches handle it? Who were the receivers McFarquhar loved to match up with in practice while running on the scout team? This is a portal peek and a fun conversation on Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Does Gene Smith think college football should do away with conference championship games in favor of the CFP?
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Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith's hour-long press conference with the media discussing a wide range of topics: -What are Smith's thoughts on College Football Playoff expansion? -Does Name, Image and Likeness need federal regulation? -Are he and Ryan Day discussing a potential contract negotiation? -Should we reassess the value of the conference championship game? Stephen Means, Nathan Baird and Doug Lesmerises discuss all of those things and more on this Wednesday episode. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Could the 2023 Ohio State Buckeyes still be a super team?
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On this Tuesday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means revisit a discussion they had last July, when they came to the very early conclusion that the 2023 Ohio State Buckeyes could be a super team. Then, the idea of Quinn Ewers starting at quarterback for Ohio State in 2023 was a big part of that equation. Now, he's gone, so who will quarterback the Buckeyes in 2023, assuming C.J. Stroud is in the NFL? The guys run through the potential starters at every position and decide if the super team idea still has merit. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Does Ohio State have a better basketball program than Michigan?
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises discuss Ohio State basketball's collapse against Rutgers and its statement road win over Michigan. Chris Holtmann is 4-1 against Juwan Howard since Howard was hired as the Wolverines' head coach in 2019. So that leads to a question: Despite already winning a Big Ten title and getting a team to the Elite Eight while Holtmann has failed to do either, does the head-to-head record make OSU the better basketball program? We also touch on E.J. Liddell's National Player of the Year candidacy, new 2023 commit Austin Parks and give out thoughts on Super Bowl LVI. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Ryan Day vs. Chris Holtmann; Buckeyes in the Super Bowl; WR recruiting: Rapid Fire
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are back for another round of questions from text subscribers. The topics include: Whether Ryan Day or Chris Holtmann had the steeper learning curve as an Ohio State head coach Which Buckeye has the best chance at Super Bowl MVP? The WR recruiting strategy Doug's view of Corey Dennis Ryan Day and the OSU defense What Michael Thomas would look like in this OSU offense The Big Ten team for Ohio State to worry about in 2022 Did Jim Harbaugh cost Michigan its momentum? Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
Was building Ohio Stadium the most important act in Ohio State football history?
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On this Thursday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is joined by author John Baskin, who wrote "Lords of Smashmouth: The Unlikely Rise of an American Phenomenon." The book covers the history of Ohio State football from its inception to the current day, from John Wilce and Francis Schmidt, to Paul Brown and Woody Hayes, to Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer and Ryan Day. The book zeroes in on all the most important moments and people in the history of the Buckeyes, and not just that they were important, but how and why they came to their place in OSU history. Doug and John focus in particular in this conversation on Ohio Stadium, Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, and the history unfolding right now in the Day era. This episode is a great look at John's book and interesting nuggets from OSU history. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Rapid Fire: Debating if Ohio State is underachieving, if the D will be top-15, and Super Bowl food
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means take questions from text subscribers for an hour. Is Ohio State underachieving compared to its recruiting? Why isn't the new field design a little more exciting? What linebackers could transfer? Could the OSU defense be a top-15 group this season? Should JT Tuimoloau shift to defensive tackle? What other pods do we listen to? Could NIL keep some players thinking of the NFL at Ohio State for another season? What are our go-to Super Bowl foods? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
How will Ohio State approach its 2023 quarterback recruiting?
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On this Tuesday episode of Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird discuss the upcoming decision of Ohio State offensive line target Luke Montgomery and what landing him would mean for the 2023 class. Then they break down how the Buckeyes are handling quarterback recruiting in this cycle. OSU has already offered six players with three still undecided and it takes a patient approach to achieve its goal of finding a highly-rated field general in every cycle. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Is Michigan's coordinator turnover Jim Harbaugh's fault? Monday Madness
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Doug and Nathan bring back Monday Madness in a new offseason format. THE BIG STORY: What the last two weeks mean for Michigan, what they mean for Jim Harbaugh and how it might affect the rivalry with Ohio State going forward. THE BUCKEYE STORY: Thoughts on an NFL reunion between Justin Fields and a former Buckeye receiver -- or receivers. Also, how progressive should OSU be with its new field turf designs? WHATCHA WATCHING, WHATCHA EATING? Doug and Nathan on what they have been consuming lately. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Discussing C.J. Hicks, Jyaire Brown, Tanner McCalister and Ohio State's new defensive players
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk about the eight new offensive players they interviewed Wednesday as part of the late national signing day: Linebackers C.J. Hicks, Gabe Powers and DeaMonte Trayanum, defensive lineman Caden Curry and defensive backs Jyaire Bronw, Tanner McCalister, Kye Stokes and Ryan Turner. The five new offensive players on campus were the focus of the Thursday podcast. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
Getting to know new QB Devin Brown, and wrapping up the 2022 recruiting class
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk about the five new offensive players they interviewed Wednesday as part of the late national signing day: Quarterback Devin Brown, receivers Caleb Burton and Kyion Grayes, tight end Bennett Christian and offensive lineman George Fitzpatrick. Those are the five early enrollees on offense for the Buckeyes. The eight new defensive players on campus will be the focus of the Friday podcast. Also, it's a final wrap on that 2022 class, as the Buckeyes signed two final players to finish with 21 in the class, which was ranked No. 4 in the nation by 247Sports.com. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Ohio State's athletic department announced its $60 million pandemic debt -- Does that matter to the football program?
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Lots of ranting on this one, about banks taking over chain restaurants, about naming rights for college football stadiums, about the Buckeyes at the Senior Bowl, about Jim Harbaugh and the NFL, about Name, Image and Likeness rules, and about whether anyone really cares about money discussions in college football. It's Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird, and it's your Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Talking to Ohio State's 4 new assistants: What we learned from Knowles, Walton, Eliano and Frye
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On Monday, Ohio State's four new assistant coaches met with reporters for the first time. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, safeties coach Perry Eliano and offensive line coach Justin Frye spoke for about 30 minutes each, and Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means were there to ask questions and get first impressions. Ryan Day also spoke to reporters about the new hires, and about other things happening with the roster. All that means this Tuesday Buckeye Talk is chock full of info. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Should Ohio State basketball be viewed as an underdog team?
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises use Ohio State's last-second loss at Purdue on Sunday to try to put the basketball Buckeyes in context this season. And Nathan Baird, a former Purdue basketball beat writer, joins for a bit to help use the Boilermakers to put the Buckeyes in context. Also covered: Is Ohio State or Purdue the better team, and better program, right now? Eugene Brown III played maybe his best game Sunday -- is he showing signs of making a leap? Why doesn't Ohio State have more big guys? Both E.J. Liddell and Malachi Branham showed again they're big-time scorers down the stretch. And finally, should Ohio State be viewed as an underdog program right now? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
What are the recruiting expectations for Ohio State football's new assistant coaches?
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On this Friday episode of Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird discuss Ohio State football's recruiting efforts during the two-week contact period in January. With three new defensive assistant coaches and another on the offensive side, what are the expectations for Jim Knowles, Perry Eliano, Justin Frye and Tim Walton on the recruiting trail as they re-establish relationships with OSU targets while establishing new ones as well? They also discuss the late Feb. 2 signing period where the final two 2022 commits are expected to officially become Buckeyes and their chances of potentially adding one more commit. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
Talking Jim Knowles, Ryan Day, Brian Hartline, Marcus Freeman, Jim Harbaugh and more with national writer Adam Rittenberg
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This Wednesday Buckeye Talk is an hour-long conversation between Doug Lesmerises and ESPN national college football writer Adam Rittenberg. Adam gives his big-picture view on Ohio State coaches Ryan Day, Jim Knowles, Brian Hartline and Tony Alford, and then the talk turns toward coaches and programs affecting Ohio State like Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame; Jim Harbaugh and Michigan; the QB situation at Penn State; and what's happening in the Big Ten West. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Ohio State's projected defensive depth chart for 2022
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, it's time for the defensive depth chart, following the offensive depth chart on Monday. Nathan Baird projected the 11 starters and 11 second-teamers for the Ohio State defense next season, and Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means chimed in with their views on the top 22 defenders for the next OSU season. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Projecting Ohio State's offensive depth chart for 2022
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Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means dig deep on this one while starting to look ahead at the 2022 football season for Ohio State. Nathan projected the two-deep for the Buckeyes' offense and then they talked it out, beginning with a full hour-long dive into just the offensive line. Then it was onto the receivers, tight ends, running backs and quarterbacks, as each group was analyzed for the projected starters and backups, and then rated as to whether it will be better, not as good or the same as that group last season. This is deep, over two hours for just the offense, so strap in. The defense will be up Tuesday. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
The Ohio State 2018 spring football game: Buckeye ReTalkables
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It's time to get back to Buckeye ReTalkables, with the 11th edition of Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means reliving a game from Ohio State's past with you. This one is a little weird, but it is timely. With Tate Martell's football career ending this week -- his college career is over and he's focusing on business ventures -- and Joe Burrow leading the Cincinnati Bengals into the playoff this week, the crew decided to revisit the last time those two, and a host of other famous Buckeyes, shared a field. It's the 2018 spring football game, which proved to be the culmination of the quarterback battle between Burrow and Dwayne Haskins, with Martell involved as the third option. But this game also features Nick Bosa, Chase Young, Paris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Thayer Munford, Josh Myers and a standout performance from Demario McCall, among other things. It was the last spring game for Urban Meyer, and it features Ryan Day and Brian Hartline on the sideline, but not yet in their roles at the heart of Ohio State's success. It's worth a rewatch, and you can find it on YouTube. The goal of the pod -- should the Buckeyes have seen on this day the QB that Burrow would become? And should Martell have gone on to start at quarterback for some other team? Thanks for listening to this Buckeye ReTalkable on Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
Rating the state of Ohio State's football program, from head coach to recruiting to overall talent
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means check in with what will become a postseason podcast staple: Rating the Ohio State football program from 1 to 10 in various categories. Doug, Nathan and Stephen all give their ratings, along with what text subscribers submitted as their ratings, for: Head coach, offensive assistants, defensive assistants, offensive talent, defensive talent, recruiting, adjusting to changes, Big Ten standing and national standing. The discussion helps shape how you view the program, and it's a great way to wrap up a season. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
The defensive line's future, plus Dawand Jones, Kerry Coombs and Tony Alford
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means run through several items of note, including a look at the future of the Ohio State defensive line, talking both players and future coaches. Also on the agenda: Kerry Coombs hired at Cincinnati Dawand Jones staying at Ohio State for the 2022 season Tony Alford's promotion to run game coordinator Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Buckeye Talk Awards for Ohio State's 2021 football season
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On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmersies, Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and the text subscribers vote for several Ohio State football awards for the 2021 football season: Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year True Freshman of the Year Surprising Player of the Year Play of the Year Some of the voting is tight and some of the discussion is heated. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
Is this season's expectation Sweet 16 or bust for Ohio State basketball?
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises check in on the Ohio State basketball team as it gets into the Big Ten play. In Year 5 of the Chris Holtmann era, the Buckeyes have yet to make. it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament despite having rosters that showed flashes of the ability to do so. The 2021-22 roster has a quality blend of experienced upperclassmen with talented young guys that looks like it can not only put together a quality tournament run but compete for a regular-season Big Ten title. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
Defensive coaching changes: Kerry Coombs, Al Washington out; Tim Walton, Perry Eliano in
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means address the latest Ohio State football coaching news. Defensive assistants Kerry Coombs and Al Washington will not be back, and the Buckeyes are hiring Tim Walton and Perry Eliano. What do the new coaches bring, and what went wrong to end the careers of Coombs and Washington in Columbus? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Ohio State's revised 2022 schedule, and an idea for a Penn State vampire trophy
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The Big Ten revised its 2022 football schedule on Wednesday and Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are here to discuss how the changes affect the Buckeyes. None of the opponents changed, and regardless of the schedule order, Ohio State is potentially looking at six top-25 opponents in the regular season next fall. Also, Doug wants to make Ohio State-Penn State an annual Halloween rivarly. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
National championship game reactions and what Brian Hartline and Justin Frye titles mean for Ohio State
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Doug and Nathan react to Georgia's victory over Alabama in the national championship game -- including Stetson Bennett's rise from Buckeye Talk caricature to winning quarterback. Also, what's with all the titles on Ohio State's offensive coaching staff, and does it tell us anything about how it will operate going forward? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Ohio State football's post-signing day 2022 commitments, and an early look at 2023 priorities: Buckeye Football Futures
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Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discuss the three latest, and possibly final, additions to Ohio State's 2022 signing class. Hero Kanu has already signed. Will Omari Abor and Carson Hinzman both join him in February? Also, a look ahead to the 2023 priorities and what dominoes may fall first as that class picks up momentum. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Where does Ohio State really rank among the best teams in the country? Plus new OL coach and a new safety
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means look at where the Buckeyes should be ranked in the final AP poll, and where they would rank if you were just playing games based on talent and potential. There's a historical look at Ohio State in the top five, and a question for texters about whether they view this as a good season. Plus, a little talk about the likely new offensive line coach and the latest safety addition for the Buckeyes. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
Why did Ohio State part ways with Greg Studrawa, and where does it turn next?
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Doug, Nathan and Stephen discuss Ohio State's decision to separate with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. How much did recruiting play into this decision? What qualities must Ryan Day address as he seeks to fill this position? Are more staff changes still coming? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
Ryan Day and Jim Harbaugh contract talk, plus James Laurinaitis, Master Teague and more
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk about the contract situations of Ryan Day and Jim Harbaugh. First, they discuss Master Teague heading to the NFL and James Laurinaitis going to work at Notre Dame. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
More post-Rose Rapid Fire on Brian Hartline, Emeka Egbuka, C.J. Stroud vs. Bryce Young and more
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Doug, Nathan and Stephen run through a round of questions sent in by texters after the Rose Bowl, dealing with topics ranging from Emeka Egbuka to Al Washington, Jeff Hafley to Brian Hartline, C.J. Stroud to Taron Vincent, and more. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. The guys might take a break for a couple days after this one. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
Ohio State wins the Rose Bowl, on a historic passing day for the Buckeyes
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Ohio State beat Utah 48-45 in the Rose Bowl, and Nathan Baird in Pasadena and Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means in Ohio are here to break it all down. The historic passing game for C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, the second-half rally by the defense, the halftime speech from Demario McCall, the tweets that started flowing from Marcus Williamson during the game, how much the OSU program needed this win, where the Buckeyes now stand compared to Michigan, what Ohio State may have looked like against Georgia and how Kirk Herbstreit started off the new year criticizing players. Plus, Matt Barnes is moving on and what other assistants may not be back? A long pod after a wild game. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 02, 2022
Ohio State vs. Utah Rose Bowl picks and over-unders
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On this final Buckeye Talk episode before the Rose Bowl, and final Buckeye Talk of 2021, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means make their picks for the game, give last-minute nuggets of news, talk about the most interesting thing about the matchup and wonder what it might mean if the Buckeyes lose as four-point favorites. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk and Happy New Year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2021
Could Jaxon Smith-Njigba and C.J. Stroud set records in the Rose Bowl? Rapid fire
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On this Thursday rapid fire Buckeye Talk from the Rose Bowl, Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises run through 16 questions from text subscribers. Among the topics: Could Jaxon Smith-Njigba and C.J. Stroud set records in Pasadena? Over-under 125 rushing yards for TreVeyon Henderson? When could we see a OSU-USC Rose Bowl in the playoff? Which old Ohio State defender would you add to the Buckeyes for this game? Does Nathan raid the min-bar on the road? And more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2021
Cade Stover's new Rose Bowl role, plus Thayer Munford, Kevin Wilson and more
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Nathan Baird brings news from California after talking to Ohio State offensive players and Utah defensive players in the run-up to the Rose Bowl. Doug Lesmerises and Nathan talk about Cade Stover, Thayer Munford, Kevin Wilson, Devin Lloyd, Clark Phillips and more. Plus, why specific matchups seem to matter so much this bowl season. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Could Kourt Williams break out in the Rose Bowl? Plus Zach Harrison, Matt Barnes and more
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird dig in on the info Nathan learned about the Ohio State defense and the Utah offense during Rose Bowl interviews in California. Could this be a breakout game for OSU's Kourt Williams? What is Zach Harrison thinking about the NFL Draft? How did Matt Barnes handle the coaching changes this season? What does Utah running back and one-time OSU recruiting target Tavion Thomas think of the Buckeyes? How dangerous are those three Utah tight ends? Which Buckeyes weren't at practice Tuesday? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Nicholas Petit-Frere and Haskell Garrett opt out of the Rose Bowl
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On this Monday night Buckeye Talk, it's time to check in with Nathan Baird from California, where coverage of Ohio State vs. Utah in the Rose Bowl has begun. Doug Lesmerises talks with Nathan after his day at Disneyland with the Buckeyes, where news of four Buckeyes deciding not to play was revealed. Get the news and analysis on that, plus find out what else Ryan Day, Dawand Jones, Bryson Shaw, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and C.J. Stroud had to say. Also ... does Nathan know anything about Disney? And what Pixar character did he once dress as for Halloween? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2021
Rapid Fire with Doug on recruiting regrets, coaching hires, Rose Bowl status and more
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It's a quick rapid fire Buckeye Talk to get you through until Nathan Baird starts checking in from California later on Monday. For now, Doug Lesmerises takes a few rapid fire questions about the Rose Bowl status, the best national coaching hires, recruits the Buckeyes should have targeted and passed on, Kerry Coombs vs. Ed Warinner and more. Plus, Doug's wife makes a quick appearance. We'll get back on a more normal schedule this week, and thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2021
Ohio State-Utah Rose Bowl breakdown: A linebacker missile and a Michigan run game
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means take their first deep dives into the Rose Bowl matchup. How good is Utah QB Cam Rising? How tough is the Utah run game? Why do the Utes use tight ends like they're the Browns? On defense, is Devin Lloyd the best linebacker Ohio State has faced? Is the Utah secondary vulnerable? Could C.J Stroud throw for 500 yards and make nothing else matter? And why does Utah have so many punt problems? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
Buckeye Talk Rapid Fire questions on Jim Knowles, Julian Fleming, Michigan bravado and more
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On this rapid fire Buckeye Talk Wednesday episode, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are here to answer a bevy of text subscriber questions: What would it mean for Ohio State if Michigan wins a national title? Should the Buckeyes have landed Elias Ricks in the transfer portal? What's the best Christmas present we ever got? Should there be optimism around Julian Fleming for next season? Which current freshman will have the biggest 2022 impact? What player could be a candidate for a position switch? Should Justin Fields have stayed at Ohio State for the 2021 season? Who is the best Spiderman? What happens if new coordinator Jim Knowles doesn't fix the defense? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. . See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
What if Chris Olave had gone pro and Jameson Williams didn't transfer from Ohio State to Alabama?
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On this Monday episode of Buckeye Talk Stephen Means, Nathan Baird and Doug Lesmerises run through rapid fire questions from Ohio State text subscribers. The guys discuss Urban Meyer, Quinn Ewers' departure and what Ohio State's defensive coaching staff might look like after the Rose Bowl. They also have a lengthy discussion about Paris Johnson Jr. finally getting to play left tackle and the butterfly effect of Chris Olave coming back sending Jameson Williams to Alabama. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
A weird year betting the Buckeyes, and bowl season best bets
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On this weekend Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is joined by Tyler Shoemaker to discuss a weird year of betting the Buckeyes, and a terrible year for Doug, Nathan and Stephen when it came to making picks on the Buckeyes. Tyler explains how he did better than Doug, Nathan and Stephen. Then it's time for some best bets for bowl season, and some betting advice from Tyler as Ohio prepares to have legal sports betting by next football season. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2021
An interview with Joshua Perry on Urban Meyer and the state of college football
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It's a special Friday Buckeye Talk as Doug Lesmerises is joined by former Ohio State linebacker and current Big Ten Network analyst Joshua Perry to talk about Urban Meyer and the end of the former Ohio State coach in Jacksonville. Perry played for Meyer for four seasons from 2012 to 2015 and then went on to the NFL, so he knows the difference between what a college coaches does and an NFL coach does. Plus Joshue shares how his media career started and talks about the current state of college football. It's a great interview. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
The most important things we heard at Ohio State's pre-Rose Bowl media day at the Woody
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Doug, Nathan and Stephen talked to 15 Buckeyes at the team's pre-Rose Bowl media day in Columbus on Thursday. What did the learn about NFL Draft decisions and potential opt-outs? Who gave the most honest answers about the Michigan loss and those questions about OSU's toughness? Those answers and much more on this rapid fire-style Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Resetting Ohio State's ideal roster, as Ryan Day explains Signing Day
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means share what they learned from Ryan Day's Signing Day news conference on Wednesday. What does the flip to Texas for cornerback Terrance Brooks mean? That's actually kind of the man subject for individual players. But there's a long discussion of what Day thinks of how Ohio State should be using Name, Image and Likeness in recruiting, And then the best part is Day sharing what he thinks is the ideal number of players at each position on the roster, and then the guys going through each position to discuss the numbers and quality at each spot. But there's some weird, random talk in here, too. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Ohio State signing day preview: Does a top-five class necessarily deserve an "A" grade?
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Doug, Nathan and Stephen break down the Buckeyes' 2021 class on the eve of national signing day. C.J. Hicks, Sonny Styles, Devin Brown and Terrance Brooks headline the class. But despite being ranked No. 4 nationally with more commitments to come, the class also has obvious holes. How does 2022's haul hold up compared to the OSU standard? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Buckeye Talk Rant: On Ryan Day, Urban Meyer and the NFL
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Doug Lesmerises is back with a short Buckeye Talk Rant to tide you over until another full pod on Tuesday. First, Doug talks about the report attempting to link Ryan Day to the Chicago Bears. Then he speaks briefly about Urban Meyer's continued struggles in the NFL. Thanks for listening to a Buckeye Talk Rant from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
C.J. Stroud in NYC; plus Ryan Watts and Jim Knowles news
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Nathan Baird was in New York on Friday, talking with Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud, and Stroud's friends and family, as the Buckeyes' redshirt freshman spent the day going around the city as a Heisman Trophy finalist. On this special Saturday Buckeye Talk, Nathan talked with Doug Lesmerises about what he saw and heard from Stroud. Then, Nathan and Doug covered the news of Ryan Watts' transfer and of the announcement of new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles' salary. Thanks for listening to this special bonus Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2021
How C.J. Stroud is like A.J. Hawk, and getting to know the OSU QB
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means keep it a little tighter than usual. But they do have some new insights into Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud after the Heisman Trophy finalist held the longest interview session of his career with reporters. They know Stroud a little better now, and hopefully after this episode, you will, too. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Resetting Ohio State's 2022 class one week out from signing day: Buckeye Football Futures
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Nathan and Stephen run it back with a Buckeye Football Futures episode looking ahead to the start of the early signing period. What other commitments could happen between now and national signing day on Wednesday? Where does this class still need to add talent? (Note: This episode was recorded prior to Jim Knowles' hire as defensive coordinator.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Emergency Pod: Ohio State hires Jim Knowles as its new defensive coordinator
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Ryan Day announced on Tuesday that Ohio State had hired Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles as the Buckeyes' new defensive coordinator. What do we think of the process that led to Knowles? What's his background? What's his fit? What's his scheme? How do fans feel about it? How big of a hire was this for Day? And, by the way, what's up with the offensive lineman in the transfer portal that Greg Studrawa just visited? It's a big emergency Buckeye Talk with Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means and another round of Ohio State news and analysis. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
C.J. Stroud is a Heisman finalist, and what are his chances of winning next year?
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk about the four Heisman Trophy finalists announced Monday night: Alabama QB Bryce Young, Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson, Pitt QB Kenny Pickett, and Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud. This is the third OSU quarterback in the last four years to make it to New York as a finalist, so what does that tell us? Is Stroud setting himself up for an even better Heisman run next season? What's the perception of the Buckeyes' QB? How does he compare to Justin Fields and Dwayne Haskins as Heisman finalists? And looking at the last 30 years of Ohio State starting quarterbacks, what does that tell us about Stroud next season? Thanks for listening to this Heisman Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Ohio State will face Utah in the Rose Bowl ... so now what for the Buckeyes?
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Ohio State will play Utah in the Rose Bowl, and Buckeye Talk is here to discuss it. This is your Monday episode released a little early on Sunday night. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk about the level of interest from fans in this Rose Bowl matchup, whether Ohio State might have some players opt out, and what OSU fans think of a playoff featuring Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati. There's also a discussion of the chances of C.J. Stroud to make it to New York as a Heisman finalist. Those four finalists will be announced Monday evening. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Emergency Pod: Quinn Ewers is leaving Ohio State
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On this late Friday night Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means break down the news that freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers is transferring from Ohio State. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2021
Who are the most interesting players on Ohio State's roster right now?
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Ohio State fans are sad that their team is not playing for a Big Ten championship this weekend. No game means Buckeye Talk also missed out on one of its time-honored traditions -- our annual cutthroat draft to divvy up the postgame interviews in the victorious locker room. Nathan, Doug and Stephen use that draft as a way to talk about the most interesting players on the team as bowl season and the transition to the offseason begin. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
What are Ohio State football's chances of finishing with the nation's top 2022 recruiting class?
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USC just pulled Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma, Brian Kelly left Notre Dame for LSU and the Irish are expected to promote Marcus Freeman in his. So what does a crazy week of the college football coaching carousel mean for an Ohio State football program just two weeks away from Signing Day? On this ThursdayBuckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird talk Buckeyes recruiting starting off with their most recent commit in Devin Brown, what he means to an already loaded QB room and much more. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Marcus Freeman, coaching changes, linebackers and more: Buckeye Talk Rapid Fire
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On this big Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means run through a bevy of questions from text subscribers. Among the topics: Which new Notre Dame coach would be the worst news for Ohio State? What type of defensive coordinator candidates should the Buckeyes look at? What's the over-under on expected number of OSU coaching changes? Who should be Ohio State's No. 2 running back next year? How can the linebacker room change? Should the Buckeyes have taken the ball to start the Michigan game? What were the biggest variables in Ohio State's loss? Are the Buckeyes built for comebacks? What are their bowl possibilities? Should there be chatter about the Chicago Bears and Ryan Day? Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
The offensive issues that cost Ohio State against Michigan, and does the plan need to adjust?
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This is the deep dive into the Ohio State offense vs. Michigan on Saturday, following the Monday pod where the OSU defense against the Wolverines was examined. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means cover everything here from the OSU problems with Aidan Hutchinson, to the issues on third down, to the run play stop that helped set the offense back in the second half. After this, Buckeye Talk will spin forward, but here's one more episode of diving deep into the Buckeyes' loss in Ann Arbor. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Where Ohio State's defense failed against Michigan, and what it means for 2022
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We ditched the usual Monday Madness so Doug, Nathan and Stephen could delve into what went wrong in The Game. This podcast covers the defensive side of the ball. Were things as bad on rewatch as they seemed in real time, or did we come away with a new perspective? Also, what did a closer examination of the loss tell us about possible staff changes ahead and what this team will look like on the field in 2022? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
Michigan beats Ohio State postgame, what went wrong for the Buckeyes and what needs to change
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Doug, Nathan and Stephen break down Ohio State's 42-27 loss to Michigan. This was recorded in an empty Michigan Stadium pressbox and posted from a snowy highway. You know what it's about. Thanks for listening See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2021
Ohio State vs. Michigan The Game preview, picks and over-unders
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Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are here to wish you Happy Thanksgiving and to get you ready for Ohio State-Michigan on Saturday with their game preview of The Game. They are joined by Michigan beat writer Aaron McMann of MLive.com to break down both sides of the game, from the potential MVPs to the under-the-radar players who could create a legacy for themselves. Then Doug, Nathan and Stephen make their picks, which they have been terrible at doing this year. Thanks for listening as always to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, and we'll catch you next for the postgame pod on Saturday from Ann Arbor. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
Faith in Ohio State's tackles, Michigan's new Ohio drill, and fixing college football awards
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discuss what they heard from Ryan Day and four OSU captains on Tuesday. Plus, what's Jim Harbaugh talking about before The Game. Among the topics: How OSU offensive tackles Nicholas Petit-Frere and Dawand Jones have been playing lately Michigan's new Ohio drill this season How should the voting for college football awards be changed. And much more. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Ohio State's greatest wins in The Game, and Michigan's greatest villains
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On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Mount Buckmore is back for Ohio State-Michigan week. Rather than ranking the top four players from Ohio State history, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and the texters are ranking top fours from the Ohio State-Michigan game. First up are the greatest Ohio State wins in the rivalry, from 2006 to 1987 to 1968 to 2016 to 2002 to 2018 and more. Next up -- the greatest Michigan villains. These are the players and coaches for the Wolverines who either dealt the Buckeyes tough losses or just annoyed fans. The big question -- does Jim Harbaugh belong on the Mount Buckmore of Michigan villains? Also, the podcast starts off with a discussion of how Michigan fans might feel about Ryan Day -- how much would they view him as a major OSU villain? Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
How good is Michigan's defense, and will it matter if Ohio State's offense keeps playing like this? Monday Madness
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Doug and Nathan take their first look at Michigan, starting off with an examination of new defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald's scheme and whether it can slow down the Buckeyes. Then they examine quarterback Cade McNamara and the emerging threats from the backfield. Lastly, the usual Monday Madness categories, including thoughts on a potential OSU-Cincinnati playoff matchup. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Ohio State beats Michigan State postgame, as C.J. Stroud puts on a Heisman performance
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means break down Ohio State's 56-7 win over Michigan State. Was it more important for the OSU offense or OSU defense? C.J. Stroud made his Heisman case Looking ahead to Michigan Should we compare the OSU offense to LSU 2019 and Alabama 2020 again? And more. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2021
Ohio State vs. Michigan State game preview, picks and over-unders
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Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are here to preview Ohio State-Michigan State and make terrible picks on the game that you should probably ignore, given their records this season. But there is a good discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the Buckeyes and Spartans as MSU beat writer Matt Wenzel of MLive.com drops by for some back-and-forth. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
The Buckeyes playing their last home game that will be missed the most in 2022
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On this big Thursday podcast, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discuss the OSU seniors who will be playing their final home game against Michigan State on Saturday and some of the juniors that could be playing their final home game. Which of them will be missed the most next season? The guys hold a draft to determine that. But first, a discussion of the Buckeyes from last season who are missed the most this year. There's an obvious No. 1 pick -- or is there? Then it's back to determining how Ohio State will replace players like Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Jeremy Ruckert, Nicholas Petit-Frere and others next season. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Is Garrett Wilson the perfect Ohio State football recruit?
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Ohio State hosts a top-10 matchup against Michigan State on Saturday ... and Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means do dig into that in the last third of this Wednesday episode. But Doug had an offseason type of idea that he wanted to drop now, after listening to OSU WR Garrett Wilson at Tuesday interviews. Is Wilson, the former five-star recruit from Texas with Ohio roots, who is now poised to be a first-round NFL Draft pick after his junior season, the perfect Ohio State recruit? Doug has a theory, Nathan and Stephen have some answers and insights, and that makes this a typical offseason Buckeye Talk dropped right in the middle of the playoff race. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Ohio State basketball season preview bonus pod: Can the Buckeyes be a Sweet 16 Team?
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We get it. It's the middle of the most important stretch of the football season. Basketball is probably not on your mind yet. So that's why instead of having a small portion of a pod sectioned off for hoops talk, we just decided to give you a bonus Tuesday pod this week. Chris Holtmann's team started its season last week and is already 3-0, but those games have already presented questions. What's this team's ceiling? Are they just going to do what they've done the past few years and flame out in the NCAA Tournament? Who's good other than E.J. Liddell? Well, Doug Lesmerises has plenty of those same questions and Stephen Means has answers to all of them on this OSU basketball season preview pod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Will Ohio State's offensive line success vs. Purdue carry over to Michigan State and Michigan? Monday Madness
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Nathan and Doug delve deeper into the Ohio State offensive line's nullification of Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis in Saturday's 59-31 victory. More importantly, what does it mean against Michigan State and Michigan teams with multiple talented edge rushers? Plus the usual early talk on the betting line, reacting to Pro Football Focus grades and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
Ohio State beats Purdue postgame, as the Buckeyes win two big individual matchups
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means break down Ohio State's 59-31 win over Purdue. Topics covered include: The Buckeyes winning the battles against Purdue stars David Bell and George Karlaftis The OSU tackles coming to play Working Miyan Williams in as a backup running back The return of Garrett Wilson What to make of the OSU defense Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2021
Ohio State vs. Purdue preview, games picks, over-unders and the Boilerspoiler curse
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means break down the Saturday afternoon kickoff between the Buckeyes and Boilermakers in Ohio Stadium. How much are George Karlaftis, David Bell and Aidan O'Connell a threat to the Buckeyes? How much might OSU lean on linebacker Steele Chambers? What should be made of the fact that Ohio State is just 5-4 against Purdue in their last nine games? And what are the guys picking for Saturday? Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
Debating Ohio State's best Heisman candidate, if the Big Ten is fake good, and afterthought chicken
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On this big Thursday Buckeye Talk, the texters once again come through with some great questions and Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means answer them not in rapid fire ways, but with some longer, more detailed responses. Among the topics: How Evan Pryor might factor in as a No. 2 back now and in future years Whether C.J. Stroud of TreVeyon Henderson is Ohio State's best Heisman candidate The Big Ten Coach of the Year race Ohio State's defensive line coming on Growing beards Is the Big Ten fake good? Is this a bonus season for the Buckeyes, or maybe not a very interesting season? Which 2014 OSU player would you add to this team? The effect of NIL on this season The best place for chicken fingers, should they be sauced or not, and why afterthought chicken is never the right move Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
The Ohio State question that maybe doesn't need to be asked
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird run through what they learned from Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson on Tuesday, as Doug questions whether he asking the wrong question all day. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Why did Ohio State only score two touchdowns against Nebraska, and will the next three tests be even tougher? Monday Madness
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Nathan and Doug both take a closer look at the various offensive dynamics from Ohio State's 26-17 victory at Nebraska. How much of the problem stemmed from the Buckeyes not playing up to expectations, and how much came from Nebraska defenders stepping up? And, if it's the latter, what does that mean against tougher opponents the next three weeks? Also, looking at the playoff situation after the weekend's shake-up. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Ohio State beats Nebraska postgame, how are things with the OSU offense?
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises break down Ohio State's 26-17 win over Nebraska. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2021
Ohio State vs. Nebraska preview, game picks and over-unders
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Fighting off Nebraska fatigue, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means preview the Buckeyes vs. the Cornhuskers on Saturday. This is the sixth straight year the two teams have played, but they'll take a break after this season, thankfully. Which West team is up next as Ohio State's cross-division rival? Is Adrian Martinez playing Ohio State for an 11th time? Why is Nebraska's best receiver a Montana transfer? Car rentals? Volcanos? It's hard not to get slap happy on this one. It's a classic sign of Nebraska fatigue. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
Bonus Ep: Shouting about rankings on The College Football Playoff Show
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This is this week's episode of The College Football Playoff Show dropping into your Buckeye Talk feed as a one-time tease. It's a bonus ep for you to try out the weekly national show that Doug co-hosts with Shehan Jeyarajah. And if you like it, you can then subscribe to get The College Football Playoff Show every week. There's some talk about Ohio State's ranking, and a lot about Cincinnati, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and everything the committee got right and wrong. Thanks for allowing this one-time drop in. And we hope you'll enjoy it and then make The College Football Playoff Show part of your podcast week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
True of False: Ohio State football's offense is better than Georgia's defense?
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We tried something new and it may become a staple. Our texters sent us their "true or false" questions about everything from Quinn Ewers' transfer potential to whether Chris Olave is OSU's third-best receiver to whether the Buckeyes will have the Big Ten East locked up before The Game. And you know we had to involve Chili's in some way. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
Ohio State is No. 5 in the playoff rankings; and Brian Hartline's Ohio State future
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means discuss the first College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night that had the Buckeyes at No. 5. That's the first 25 minutes or so. Then it's on to what they learned from Ryan Day and Brian Hartline on Tuesday, with thoughts on route running, offensive line play, targeting rules and Hartline's future as a coach. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Buckeye Talk Rant: This could be the best College Football Playoff Committee yet
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We're trying something new here on Buckeye Talk. The headlines, which used to drop on Tuesdays, are no more. So instead, Doug will attempt to drop a short discussion each Tuesday to bridge the gap between the Monday and Wednesday episodes of Buckeye Talk. He'll talk mostly about an issue related to college football or Ohio State football, and then he'll sometimes hit on an issue in the world he's wondering about. For this first Rant, the topics are whether this might be the best College Football Playoff Selection Committee yet, and the deal with rug stores. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Should Ohio State be a top-four team in the first College Football Playoff rankings? Monday Madness
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Doug and Nathan look back at Ohio State's victory over Penn State, including a closer look at why the Buckeyes had so much trouble getting their offense going. Then they delve into the usual Monday Madness topics, including why Michigan State should and probably will be ahead of Ohio State in Tuesday's first playoff rankings reveal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Ohio State beats Penn State postgame, so how good was that win for the Buckeyes?
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Ohio State beat Penn State 33-24 on Saturday night, and Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means were there to cover it. And now they're here to talk about it. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2021
Ohio State vs. Penn State game preview, picks and over-unders, and does the OSU offense make nothing matter?
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means preview the Buckeyes' matchup with Penn State on Saturday night in Ohio Stadium. This is the best secondary that Ohio State has faced, but just how good are the Nittany Lions corners and safeties? Can PSU QB Sean Clifford, if he's healthy enough, and receiver Jahan Dotson give Ohio State any trouble? Or does none of this analysis matter because the OSU offense is so explosive and efficient, it renders all other pregame discussion irrelevant? Doug, Nathan and Stephen make their picks for the game, as well as for Michigan-Michigan State and Iowa-Wisconsin. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
Should the Big Ten ditch divisions? And the Ohio State-Oregon ranking debate
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It's the big Thursday episode on Buckeye Talk as Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means speak words into microphones. Should the Big Ten change its division structure? Should the divisions be shuffled? Should they change every year and be random? Should divisions be eliminated in favor of all 14 teams being grouped together with a title game of the top two finishers? And if things change, do the Buckeyes need to play Michigan and Penn State every year? That's the first hour, spurred by Penn State coach James Franklin wanting the league to talk about division changes. Then the guys finish with some more rapid fire questions, including an Oregon-Ohio State debate with the first playoff rankings out next week. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
Ohio State's huge recruiting weekend; and is the OSU offense better than last year's Bama offense?
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird hit four main topics with the help of the text subscribers: What commits might the Buckeyes get next with lots of major recruits visiting for the Penn State game Saturday? Would you rather have Bijan Robinson or TreVeyon Henderson? Is Ohio State's single-high safety defense gone for good? How does Ohio State's 2021 offense compare to Alabama in 2020 or LSU in 2019? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Who is the Big Ten's second-best quarterback, and could it be Ohio State's Kyle McCord? Monday Madness
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Nathan and Doug open with some second-look reflections on Ohio State's 54-7 victory at Indiana. Then discussion turns to the lost luster of Saturday's Penn State game after its nine-overtime loss to Illinois. Is Michigan the second-best team in the Big Ten, and does it have a case for being ranked ahead of Ohio State? How many teams would swap their starting quarterback out for Kyle McCord if they could? And the beginnings of a conversation we'll revisit later on eliminating Big Ten divisions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Ohio State beats Indiana and Stephen Means is a genius postgame pod
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk after Ohio State's 54-7 win at Indiana, Stephen Means takes a victory lap for predicting the Buckeyes would score 45 first-half points and Ohio State almost hit that mark by holding a 44-7 halftime lead. Then Nathan Baird and Doug Lesmerises belatedly join the pod to discuss, among, other things: C.J. Stroud posting another big game What defenses should have learned from Indiana's plan on Saturday The roles on the defense for Craig Young and Steele Chambers Kourt Williams' bright future A potential Ohio State-Georgia showdown for the national title Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2021
Ohio State vs. Indiana game preview: Game picks, over-unders and best defense OSU has faced
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On this Friday game preview, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means look at just how good the Indiana defense is that Ohio State will face in Bloomington on Saturday night. The six defenses left for Ohio State in the regular season are all ranked higher than any of the six defenses the Buckeyes have faced so far. Will Indiana's top cornerbacks play? Would Hoosiers linebacker Micah McFadden be the best player on Ohio State's defense? If Indiana stopped Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III last week, will OSU back TreVeyon Henderson be controlled this week? The Indiana offense isn't very good, but the defense should give the Buckeyes their best test yet. So should you take Ohio State as a 21-point favorite or not? Also, there's a brief discussion on giving up on your dreams as a kid. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Rapid fire Ohio State questions, the College Football Playoff and proper wedding toast etiquette
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On this big Thursday episode Buckeye Talk, We went rapid-fire as Stephen Means, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird answer texter questions ranging from Ohio State football's College Football Playoff chances, what the wide receiver rotation will look like next season what a potential Georgia-OSU national championship game would mean for the sport. Then we get into some nonsense discussing proper wedding toast etiquette. one food you can't live without and Doug gives out some parenting advice. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com,. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Steele Chambers, Harry Miller, a new recruit and the tests ahead for Ohio State
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, the discussion centers around information gleaned from interviews with Ryan Day, linebackers coach Al Washington and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. And Doug Lesmerises, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird also discuss the new recruiting pledge of edge rusher Kenyatta Jackson, a top-100 player for the Class of 2022 from Florida. Other topics: An increased role for LB Steele Chambers? Why the Buckeyes are rotating on the offensive line Harry Miller's status returning from injury The projected starting offensive line for next year The Big Ten skill players that will test the OSU defense in the weeks ahead Belly buttons Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com,. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Handing out midseason awards for Ohio State football: Monday Madness
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With no game to recap, Nathan and Doug delved into the entire first half of the season and handed out some midseason awards for Ohio State. Then they ran down the usual Monday Madness categories, including what Purdue's upset of Iowa means for the Buckeyes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
The 4 greatest Buckeyes on Ohio State's overall Mount Buckmore
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It's the final Mount Buckmore episode on Buckeye Talk as Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means bring this section of podcast episodes to an end, at least for now. On this episode, the guys and the text subscribers decide the four overall Buckeyes that should represent the Ohio State football program -- all the players, all the coaches, every position -- on a single Mount Buckmore. Mount Buckmores for groups already have been chosen -- coaches, quarterbacks, runnings backs, receivers, defensive ends, cornerbacks and linebackers. This is the big one. And there are some obvious choices and some less obvious ones. You can listen to all the previous Mount Buckmore episodes in this feed if you want to catch up. Thanks for listening to this final Mount Buckmore on this off week for the Buckeyes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
Drafting the 30 best Buckeyes so far this season
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During this off week, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are resetting the best Buckeyes so far this season. They draft the 15 best offensive players so far this season, based on how well they think they'll play the rest of this year, and the 15 best defensive players. It's a comprehensive look at the 30 best players on the team for 5-1 Ohio State. Briefly off the top, Doug talks about former Buckeye Devan Bogard, who died this week at age 27 in an apartment fire. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
How Kerry Coombs responded to his demotion and what it means for Ohio State football
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Ohio State's usual Tuesday press conference featured defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs, who spoke for the first time since responsibility to call the defense was handed to Matt Barnes after the loss to Oregon. Nathan and Stephen discuss what they heard from Coombs and what it means for his future with the Buckeyes. Also, reaction to Ryan Day's mid-season assessments. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
Who are the 10 most important Ohio State recruiting targets? Buckeye Football Futures
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Nathan and Stephen use the off week to catch up on the state of Ohio State football recruiting. Who are the 10 most important targets right now regardless of class? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Buckeye Talk Headlines, Oct. 12
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The Buckeyes add another Big Ten Freshman of the Week award. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Is C.J. Stroud the favorite for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year? Monday Madness
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Ohio State is idle this week as it reaches the midpoint of the season. Doug and Nathan look back at the win over Maryland and discuss C.J. Stroud's ascent and Steele Chambers' role in an unorthodox linebacker room.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Ohio State beats Maryland postgame: Are the Buckeyes the third-best team in the country?
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On this postgame Buckeye Talk pod after Ohio State's 66-17 win over Maryland, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk about the game and the five major ways Ohio State has improved since its loss to Oregon. They do that with the help of the text subscribers. But they quickly move to a big-picture question -- Is Ohio State the third-best team in the nation? Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2021
Ohio State vs. Maryland game preview: Game picks, over-unders, and what if OSU played Cincinnati?
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means preview Saturday's Ohio State-Maryland game, which kicks off at noon as the Buckeyes' homecoming game. The guys talk about a couple key defensive players for the Buckeyes, and make their picks with the point spread and give their sides of the over-under. Then there's a little time to discuss the Iowa-Penn State game on Saturday, and to debate the idea of what would happen if the Buckeyes played the other playoff contender in the state -- Cincinnati. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Can Ryan Day join Ohio State's coaching Mount Buckmore?
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, the pod goes back to Mount Buckmore. This summer, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and the texters declared the four best Buckeyes at quarterback, running back, receiver, cornerback, defensive end and linebacker. Now, it's time to do the head coaches. On this pod, the primary questions are: Is Woody Hayes not only No. 1 for Ohio State, but would he make a Mount Rushmore for college football coaches all time? Is Urban Meyer or Jim Tressel No. 2 on the list of Ohio State's greatest football coaches? Which coach rounds out Mount Buckmore right now, and what does Ryan Day have to do to get into Ohio State's top four? And will he stay in Columbus long enough to do it? Thanks for listening to another special Buckeye Talk episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
A Buckeye sacrificing for the team, plus Kerry Coombs' future and Urban Meyer's situation
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means debate and discuss what they learned from talking to Ryan Day and some Ohio State players on Tuesday in advance of Saturday's game against Maryland. Which veteran Buckeye talked about handling a decreased role for the good of the team? Why are the Buckeyes experimenting with offensive line combinations? What does the future of former defensive play caller Kerry Coombs look like? Can Maryland's passing attack give Ohio State problems? And what does everyone think of Urban Myer's situation as an NFL coach after he had to apologize to his team? Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Buckeye Talk Headlines, Oct. 5
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Ohio State has the most expolsive offense in the country. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Are Penn State and Iowa poised to end Ohio State's Big Ten reign? Monday Madness
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After a quick look back at Ohio State's win over Rutgers, Nathan and Doug look ahead to the weekend. Specifically, they discuss Saturday's game between No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Penn State and how it sets the stage for the second half of the Big Ten season. Also, a more detailed breakdown of C.J. Stroud's performance, what OSU's depth on defense really means and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Ohio State beats Rutgers postgame: C.J. Stroud's big-time return, as the Buckeyes are easy money
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Nathan and Stephen are in New Jersey and Doug is in his basement for this postgame Buckeye Talk after Ohio State's 52-13 win over Rutgers. First the guys talk QB C.J. Stroud's five TD passes in his return from a week off to rest his shoulder. Did he look like a playoff quarterback? Then they hit the defense, before finishing with HOW WAS OHIO STATE ONLY FAVORED BY 15.5 IN THIS GAME? Thanks for listening to this postgame Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2021
Ohio State vs. Rutgers game preview: What the Buckeyes' defense needs to prove, plus picks and over-unders
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On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means preview the Ohio State-Rutgers game on Saturday with the help of Rutgers beat writer Keith Sargeant of NJ.com. Keith joins for the first half to talk about the Scarlet Knights players that OSU fans need to know, the progress of the program under Greg Schiano, and how real it was last week when Rutgers stayed within seven points of Michigan. Then Doug, Nathan and Stephen get down to an OSU offense that hasn't yet had all its pieces together; the expected healthy return of starting QB C.J. Stroud; and what the OSU defense needs to prove at Rutgers. Finally, the guys make their picks for this game, and briefly discuss Wisconsin-Michigan and Iowa-Maryland. Thanks for listening to another Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
How important is Michigan's misery to Buckeye fans, and could the Wolverines be good this year?
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On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means look at how Ohio State fans view Michigan and the rivalry. Texters check in on whether they want Michigan to be a great team and lose to the Buckeyes, or to lose every single week. There's a discussion about how fans' views on the rivalry have changed, and how the timing of when they became an OSU fan might affect that. Then, national college football writer and podcaster Alex Kirshner stops by to discuss his story for 538.com on why Michigan might be a team worth believing in this season. It's a full pod about the Ohio State fan perspective on Michigan, with some talk about the Michigan run game, on another big Thursday Buckeye Talk. Thanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Where Ryan Day and fans disagree about Ohio State QBs, plus how the defense is actually improving
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On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means analyze everything head coach Ryan Day, and defensive play caller Matt Barnes, said on Tuesday, and then compare that to what text subscribers are thinking about the Buckeyes. The first two segments are about quarterback, and how Kyle McCord's performance against Akron on Saturday affected the view of things. Day said C.J. Stroud is definitely the starter when healthy, but not everyone agrees that should be the case. It's a fascinating divide in the view of Ohio State's QB world. Then it's time to go position by position through Ohio State's back seven to discern where things are actually better compared to the Oregon loss. Barnes spoke for the first time since taking over calling the defense from Kerry Coombs, as the defensive picture starts to clarify a bit. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com. See acast.com/privacy for pr