Ohio State football podcast covering Buckeyes football and basketball by host Kyle Lamb and the staff of BuckeyeGrove.com at least twice weekly. Catch our companion podcast, Scarlet And Great, every Wednesday with hosts Johnny Lunsford & Cory Thompson. Follow on Twitter @kylamb8 or @UnscriptedOhio1 It's your destination for all things Buckeyes with the occasional discussion of the Browns/Bengals, Reds/Indians, Cavs, Blue Jackets, Crew and more.
Monday's College Football Playoff Championship Game was a tough one for Ohio State fans to watch, playing the what-if game. What-if the Buckeyes would have only held on to beat Georgia? What-if the Buckeyes would have not waited until the Michigan game to play their worst football? What if a play here or there would have just gone differently?We look back on a difficult year for the nation's No. 4 team, a year that woulda, coulda, shoulda ended with a National Championship. Here on the Big Me Kickoff.
Just days after getting the commitment of the No. 2 player in the class of 2024 the Buckeyes have lost the commitment of the No. 1 player in 2024 in quarterback Dylan Raiola. Now the Buckeyes are without a QB in that class but have a whole year to figure things out. What's the next step for Ryan Day's Buckeyes on the QB front?
It is going to be a tough weekend for Ohio State football fans as the Buckeyes are sitting home idle after a difficult loss to the rival from up north and now any chance at the College Football Playoff rests in the hands of teams like Kansas State and Utah.A loss by either USC or TCU could/should open the door for Ohio State to march back into the field of four and a shot at a national championship, something that surely would soothe a lot of raw nerves after the loss in The Game.But do either Utah or Kansas State have legitimate shots at helping the Buckeyes out in these instances? Both games are sitting at/around a three-point line and a look back in history will show that Utah already handed USC a loss and Kansas State was well on its way to handing TCU a loss.We are reaching out here on the Big Me Kickoff to some friends around the industry to talk to experts who cover each of the underdogs and are inviting them on to tell us why Ohio State fans should not abandon all hope of making the playoff.We are joined by Alex Markham of UteNation.com in the Rivals.com network as well as Derek Young of K-StateOnline.com in the On3 network to get the latest on each of their teams, what to expect in these games and hopefully some good news for the Buckeyes.Don't miss out, be sure to join us here.
The anticipation for ‘The Game' continues to build as we get closer to No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan meeting at Ohio Stadium with so much on the line. That is why on this edition of the Big Me Kickoff we went to an old friend of the site in Michael Spath to get the latest from the Wolverines side of things. Injuries have been a recent concern with Jim Harbaugh's team, how much would the absence of Blake Corum mean for the Wolverines? Can Michigan win a passing game against Ohio State? How does this defense compare to last years? And most importantly, what is the prediction out of Ann Arbor (Mich.) for this one?All of that and so much more in this edition of the Big Me Kickoff, don't miss out.
It has been a few years since Ohio State has played at Maryland and while none of these players were really involved in the 2018 game that saw Ohio State need to go to extra time to finally put the Terps away, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day remembers it well from his day as a coordinator with the Buckeyes.It is the game before Michigan, the Buckeyes are banged up and there are a million reasons that people want to be concerned about this game. Is that a reasonable take or just the usual jitters that a fan goes through with so much on the line?We talk to Scott Greene of TerrapinSportsReport.com to get his take on Ohio State's next opponent, the Terrapins of Maryland as the Buckeyes are just a week away from the biggest game of the season.
The Big Me Kickoff is back and the schedule keeps the Buckeyes on the road with a trip to Evanston (Ill.) and the Wildcats of Northwestern.This has been anything but a good season for Pat Fitzgerald's squad as a 1-11 season is a very real possibility for this team. Everything looked so much more promising to start the year in Ireland with a win over Nebraska but since then nothing has gone right. The Buckeyes draw this reeling Northwestern team this week, a week after a hard-fought win at Penn State. You would expect this week to be much easier, but that doesn't mean that the Buckeyes can just mail it in and expect to show up and not face any adversity. Mother Nature is trying to see to that. We are joined by an old friend, Louie Vaccher of WildcatReport.com to talk about the Cats and what they hope to accomplish against the Buckeyes, no matter how difficult those goals may be. Don't miss out as we talk Buckeyes vs. Wildcats here on the Big Me Kickoff.
The Big Me Kickoff show is here to huff and puff and blow down the stories of Penn State either being a world beater team or world beaten team. What can we make out of Penn State? It's a team that has looked really good at times this season but also fell apart late against Michigan in its most anticipated game of the year up until that point. We are joined by Nate Bauer of BlueWhiteIllustrated to talk about the Nittany Lions. Can Sean Clifford lead Penn State to its first win over Ohio State in six years? How is the defense different under Manny Diaz? Should people be upset that this is not a night game?All of that and more in this edition of the Big Me Kickoff show as we get you ready for Ohio State's road test against Penn State on Saturday at 12pm (FOX).
In this edition of the Big Me Kickoff, we are talking about the Buckeyes and the Hawkeyes and trust us when we say that these two teams are not equal when it comes to playing football. The Buckeyes have proven to be a balanced team on both offense and defense while the Hawkeyes are anything but that. Iowa has a solid defense, but the offense has been anything but productive as the Hawkeyes have only seven offensive touchdowns on the season through six games and things don't appear to be getting any better in terms of offensive flow. We are joining and old friend this week as we talk to Tom Kakert of HawkeyeReport.com to get some intel on the Hawkeyes. What makes this defense so good, what makes this offense so bad and what can the Hawkeyes do to try and change things up before the Buckeyes, if anything?All that and more on this edition of the Big Me Kickoff.
It's the Big Me Kickoff and just because the Buckeyes don't have a game this weekend does not mean are not doing a show. We have seen half the regular season take place already and next week starts the second half run for Ryan Day's Buckeyes. What can we expect out of this team over the next six (plus) games?Speaking of runs, have you heard about the commentator talking about spending 28 dollars at Taco Bell on a meal? What would you need to order to get to $28 of food on a border run? We take a shot there. Plus, this is your show, your questions, your direction. Be sure to get involved and not miss out. Check out BuckeyeHuddle.com to get all of the best Ohio State Buckeyes coverage. Our team of contributors will have you up-to-the-minute with recruiting, team coverage and so much more. Join the fastest growing community in all of BuckeyeNation at BuckeyeHuddle.comJoin Now: https://buckeyehuddle.com/community/account/upgrades/
It's the Big Me Kickoff and we are back to get you ready for another weekend of football. The Big Ten schedule this week is not the best with Rutgers and Nebraska set to kick things off on Friday night and the schedule really does not get much better than that moving forward. We run through the list of who is set to play this weekend and while some of the lines are close, will the nation be tuning in?Ohio State obviously is on the road this week after playing five games at home to open the season. This ain't your big brother's Sparty team however as Michigan State enters this game reeling from a three-game losing streak and looking seemingly lost on both sides of the ball. People are focused on a six-game stretch between these two teams, but we will tell you why that is the outlier in terms of this series. All of that and more in this edition of the Big Me Kickoff. Don't miss out.
In this edition of the Big Me Kickoff, we turn our attention to the next game on the Ohio State schedule as Rutgers comes to town. The last two games in this series have been a little more competitive than the previous six but the margin between these two teams is still vast.While all the headlines say that Iowa may have the worst offense in the Big Ten, Rutgers has a serious claim to that title and going against an ever-improving Ohio State defense coupled with the best offense in the nation, the prospects don't look good. We are joined by a friend of the site, Richie Schnyderite of TheKnightReport.com to talk about this upcoming game. What makes the Scarlet Knights tick, and is there anything there that could trip up the Buckeyes? Don't miss out, only here on The Big Me Kickoff. Check out BuckeyeHuddle.com to get all of the best Ohio State Buckeyes coverage. Our team of contributors will have you up-to-the-minute with recruiting, team coverage and so much more. Join the fastest growing community in all of BuckeyeNation at BuckeyeHuddle.com Join Now: https://buckeyehuddle.com/community/account/upgrades/
The Big Me Kickoff is back LIVE here on a Friday to talk about the upcoming game with the Wisconsin Badgers. We all know this was supposed to be a battle of ranked teams, maybe even top-10 teams up until the moment that Wisconsin decided to play fast and loose against Washington State and fall from the rankings. Let's talk about the upcoming game for about an hour here on the even of the third night game for the Buckeyes in four weeks. Your questions keep the show moving along, so please don't be shy, let your voice be heard and join the conversation.Check out BuckeyeHuddle.com to get all of the best Ohio State Buckeyes coverage. Our team of contributors will have you up-to-the-minute with recruiting, team coverage and so much more. Join the fastest growing community in all of BuckeyeNation at BuckeyeHuddle.comJoin Now: https://buckeyehuddle.com/community/account/upgrades/
It is time for the Big Me Kickoff and we are heading behind enemy lines to get a little intel on Ohio State's upcoming opponent, the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin has been a bit of a difficult team to figure out as of late. Everyone expected Saturday night's game to be a battle of undefeateds up until the point that the Badgers dropped one against Washington State, an unexpected outcome. Like past Wisconsin teams, the Badgers can run the ball among the best of them with a three-headed rushing attack, are we paying enough attention there? On the other side of things, Graham Mertz has never really quite lived up to his billing as a star quarterback, but could 2022 be his year? Things have looked good so far but we all know that non-conference schedules don't always paint a true picture.On the other side of the ball, the Badgers defense is good as always but is there on unit that is a little more thin than people know? How good is Nick Herbig at linebacker and how is the line play?All of that and more on the upcoming edition of the Big Me Kickoff with Kevin Noon.
In this edition of the Big Me Kickoff, we are focusing in on the upcoming game with the Toledo Rockets. This in-state team has had success in past year knocking off major foes including the likes of Penn State, Michigan, Iowa State and other and in 2021 came oh-so-close to taking down Notre Dame. Despite only being a couple hour car ride away from Columbus, what do we really know about the 2022 Rockets? We know that their schedule has been maybe even weaker than Michigan's with games against LIU and UMass to date, but their level of competition takes a steep climb as they take on Ohio State on Saturday night under the lights at Ohio Stadium.We are catching up with a long-time friend as Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade provides some more context into who the Rockets are, what they have accomplished and what their chances are in this one. All of that and more in this edition of the Big Me Kickoff.
The Big Me Kickoff is here and it is all about the week one opponent of the Buckeyes as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish come to town for a battle of top-five teams. We have spent the entire offseason looking at what the Buckeyes may look like for the 2022 season but what about their first opponent?We caught up with a friend of the show, Ryan Roberts of IrishBreakdown.com to talk about this epic week one game. How are the Irish different with Marcus Freeman at the helm compared to Brian Kelly? What should people know about quarterback Tyler Buchner? How good is this Notre Dame defense? Is 17.5-points too many or does Vegas know something?And we can't talk to someone who covers Notre Dame without bringing up that whole Big Ten question. That and so much more on this edition of the Big Me Kickoff, don't miss out. Check out BuckeyeHuddle.com to get all of the best Ohio State Buckeyes coverage. Our team of contributors will have you up-to-the-minute with recruiting, team coverage and so much more. Join the fastest growing community in all of BuckeyeNation at BuckeyeHuddle.comJoin Now: https://buckeyehuddle.com/community/account/upgrades/
College football gets underway in two days and the Buckeyes are inside of 10 days from their season opener against Notre Dame as fall practice is wrapping up and game week is almost here. The Big Me Kickoff could not be any more excited about these developments as the Buckeyes continue to receive plenty of praise on the national level. An ESPN sideline reporter had a chance to take in Ohio State's practice on Wednesday and came away more than impressed with what she saw. We have her comments and talk about what this could mean if her beliefs ring true.Plus, we have been going through on BuckeyeHuddle looking at the top returning players on the offensive side of the ball across the Big Ten. How many Buckeyes make the cut?All of that and more on this edition of Big Me Kickoff, don't miss out and be sure to join us on Friday as the plan is to go live with a fan feedback show.Not a member of BuckeyeHuddle yet? There is no better time than now, be among the first to join the site and don't miss a single thing. Join Now: https://buckeyehuddle.com/community/account/upgrades/
College football is back this week with the kickoff of “zero week” but do Buckeyes fans have zero interest in the slate of 11 games? We talk about that and more in this edition of the Big Me Kickoff. There is a Big Ten conference game with Nebraska and Northwestern playing on the Emerald Isle with a game in Dublin, but will there be enough interest from fans stateside who don't have a rooting interest in either team?What about another game involving a Big Ten team with Illinois hosting Wyoming. There was plenty of buzz about Bret Bielema taking over as head coach of the Illini but how much is anyone talking about that program right now and how damaging could a week zero loss be?And of course we are talking about the Buckeyes. Earlier today we had a chance to talk to Ryan Day and Jim Knowles. How healthy is this team going into the week one game against Notre Dame? How much of the defense is installed? Who are a few players that are standing out? All of that and so much more as the season is less than two weeks away and anticipation is building at a monumental pace.Check out BuckeyeHuddle.com to get all of the best Ohio State Buckeyes coverage. Our team of contributors will have you up-to-the-minute with recruiting, team coverage and so much more. Join the fastest growing community in all of BuckeyeNation at BuckeyeHuddle.comJoin Now: https://buckeyehuddle.com/community/account/upgrades/
In this edition of the Big Me Kickoff we are talking about the recently released AP Poll and should anything really be read into that at this point or if it is just more noise to start the season? Who has the Buckeyes ranked too low and does that really matter?One thing that was not low was the dollar figure that the Big Ten's television partners came to the table with as the B1G just signed a historic deal. While we don't know every single detail about it, we do know that FOX, NBC and CBS will all be very much in the Big Ten business starting in 2023.And what kind of changes could be in the world of college athletics, at least in the Big Ten. With comments from both commissioner Kevin Warren and Ohio State AD Gene Smith, what could be different in the near term?All of that and more. Check out BuckeyeHuddle.com to get all of the best Ohio State Buckeyes coverage. Our team of contributors will have you up-to-the-minute with recruiting, team coverage and so much more. Join the fastest growing community in all of BuckeyeNation at BuckeyeHuddle.comJoin Now: https://buckeyehuddle.com/community/account/upgrades/
It has been a little bit since I have been with everyone here on the Big Me Kickoff but let me re-introduce myself as we get started talking some Buckeyes football. A lot going on and I have plenty on my mind as I talk transfer portal and several other topics as we get closer to the start of the season as the Buckeyes look to bounce back after a 2021 season that ended on a high note but didn't exactly get across the correct finish line.
It has been a weird relationship between the Big Ten and Notre Dame and it does not appear that things are any closer today than they were months or years ago. Conference expansion has put this back on the front page of the news however and is now the last best chance to get Notre Dame into the conference? There are a million reasons why this is a move that so many people want but at what point does the Big Ten call it quits and get on with its life? All of that and more in this edition of the Big Me Kickoff.Be sure to join me on my DISCORD channel as well, get show updates, ask questions and so much more: https://youtu.be/zNRzkXC4OY8
Big Me Kickoff is back with another live show and since the last time we talked, all heck has broken lose in terms of conference expansion. Never in my days did I expect to see USC and UCLA in the same conference as Ohio State and Michigan, and yet we are there now. Now could Notre Dame be giving up its independence to join the payday of the B1G or more importantly, not to let time pass it by? All of that and more in this LIVE edition of the Big Me Kickoff.
The SEC may have had the first salvo in the next wave of conference expansion with the addition of Texas and Oklahoma but the Big Ten was laying in the weeds and on Thursday it was learned that USC and UCLA may be on the move. The news was first reported by Jon Wilner of the Pac-12 Hotline. After Wilner went public with the news, many others did their own digging to confirm the reports as the two major powers of Southern California were well on their way to leaving for the Big Ten as early as the start of the 2024 season. But what does this mean? Obviously, it moves the Big Ten to 16 teams, but could other teams be following, should they be? What does this mean for recruiting? What does this mean for all of the other aspects that surround expansion?We give our way too early thoughts on this here on this edition of the Big Me Kickoff as we put conference expansion in the spotlight.
We went LIVE with one of our Big Me Kickoff viewer generated shows and talked about Ohio State recruiting, including a big week at the receiver position. Plus we talked about the upcoming official visit weekend, who looks good and who could join the class? How about NIL and how one Buckeye is giving back to those who protect him on the field? All of that and so much more as we go for almost two hours talking all things Buckeyes with a little pop culture mixed in for good measure.
We are halfway done with Southern Swing and in just a week have seen so much. Have you not been able to keep up with us? That's okay, we have a midway point cheat sheet to get you up to speed. We have seen so many great players along the way and we want to give you a better idea of what the landscape of recruiting looks like, not only for the class of 2023 but beyond. Be sure to join Marc Givler and he joins Kevin Noon on this special edition of the Big Me Kickoff for all of the latest.
In this edition of the Big Me Kickoff, we look back at our mock draft and grade our picks versus the actual picks from Thursday night. It was a wild night with trades, surprises and so much more as a pair of big-time receivers found themselves moving while six first-year receivers had their names called. That list includes the likes of Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jameson Williams, who all went back-to-back-to-back. Are those good fits for each of those players? Should Ohio State fans continue to claim Jameson as a Buckeye and if so, does that work both ways?What else really stood out about this wild first round? Join host Kevin Noon as he breaks down the draft and looks ahead to the later rounds, all here on the Big Me Kickoff.
This week we rolled out our only 2022 NFL Mock Draft of the season and we are going to stick with it. We only went one round because anything beyond that is just guessing, but then again, is that not the purpose of a mock draft in the first place because we can assure you most teams don't really know what they are doing at this point of the game. Be sure to join host Kevin Noon on the Big Me Kickoff as we go through the top-32 picks of the draft, talk about the Buckeyes who make the cut, what your favorite (and least favorite) teams are doing and so much more.
game, we are focusing on something entirely different.This upcoming season will mark the 12th year of the Big Ten Championship Game in football and will be the ninth year of the current configuration of East versus West after three years of Leaders versus Legends.It has been extremely one-sided since moving to a more geographical system with the East holding a perfect record of 8-0, Ohio State winning five titles during that run with Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan filling out the other wins by the B1G East.As talks of College Football Playoff expansion are off-and-on, there has been talk about the importance of the championship game in the first place and if the game were to remain, potentially doing away with divisions all together and just having the top-two seeds meet in the championship game, even if that meant a rematch of say… Ohio State and Michigan.Is the Big Ten West just worthy of a participation trophy when it comes to the B1GCG or is that too much of an East-centric view of things?We bring in Jeffrey the Greek from the EyesOnB1G podcast to get his views on this matter. We mixed it up with him on social media a week ago and agreed that this issue needed to go to one podcast or the other to try and settle it.Be sure to join us here on the Big Me Kickoff to hear both sides of the argument and come to your own conclusions.
The Big Me Kickoff is back and we are shifting gears to talk about the NFL Draft. We know that the Buckeyes will be well-represented, not only in the draft in general but also in the first round with players like Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Who comes off the board first and what makes each player tick?Who might be the next Buckeye off the board after the pair of receivers? What about the Browns and Bengals, what do they need to accomplish, especially with the Browns not having a first-round pick and the Bengals addressing their offensive line during free agency?And speaking of free agency, what a wild offseason this has been. Are we out of fireworks or should we expect more on draft night?We are joined by John Vogel of Football Sapient and he helps us break it all down here on the Big Me Kickoff, don't miss a single minute.
The Big Me Kickoff is back with a special guest here on this Friday in advance of a big Ohio State recruiting weekend. We are joined by Mike Farrell, the 'Godfather' of football recruiting and a 20-plus-year veteran of the recruiting wars.Farrell has been around so long that he knew Ohio State head coach Ryan Day when he was just a young coach back in New Hampshire and see his rise from assistant to head coach of the Buckeyes. What do the Buckeyes have in Day, where is he different and where is he the same as former boss Urban Meyer?What are some of the best recruiting stories through 20-plus years in the industry and how has the industry changed over the course of the years?Who did he rank right, who did he rank wrong, who did he not rank at all and is still taking the blame for?And Name, Image, Likeness is a game changer when it comes to recruiting, what does Farrell think about its impact over the entire landscape?
It is the Big Me Kickoff and we went LIVE with your questions and thoughts about a variety of Ohio State topics. Ohio State recently completed its annual Pro Day, who looked good and turned heads for the NFL? Was CJ Stroud giving an advanced peak of what his 2023 Pro Day may look like? Spring Practice is back in action, what are we learning from this spring work as the Buckeyes look to turn the page to the '22 season? And what will it take for the Buckeyes to get over some hurdles in men's basketball? The season came to an end in Pittsburgh, what should we make of that all? All of that and more here on this edition of Big Me Kickoff with Kevin Noon.
The Big Me Kickoff is back with a LIVE show on Wednesday at 12pm (EST) with the start of Ohio State spring football. What are some initial thoughts in what promises to be an important spring football season for the Buckeyes with new coaches and new faces up and down the roster? The Ohio State basketball team is ready to kick off its B1G Tourney run, is there any hope for a deep run in either tournament? And the NFL Combine took place last week and seven Buckeyes made it to the event, who helped their cause? All of those topics are on the table and more but being a LIVE show, you control the rundown as we will be here for it all.
We are back with the Big Me Kickoff and while there is not much kicking in basketball, we are heading to the hardwoods to talk about Ohio State's stretch drive in the Big Ten regular season. Ohio State finds itself only one game back in the loss column with four games left to go, four games that all should be winnable. But then again, nothing has really been easy in the Big Ten this year, for any team as the Buckeyes will have to play those four games over the span of seven days. What do the Buckeyes have left, why is winning at least three of the next four so important and could a Big Ten title be in the cards? It is not as far off as you may think.Plus, what is with these social media rants that we have seen about how some Ohio State fans feel about Chris Holtmann's job performance? We know we won't change anyone's minds, but I give my two cents about some pretty irrational comments that I have seen over the course of the season. We don't do it often but when warranted we will do a full basketball show and that is the case here, so don't miss out and join us here on the Big Me Kickoff as Championship Week is almost here.
In this edition of the Big Me Kickoff, to take a page out of Johnny Cash's playbook, we've been everywhere. This job has its perks and getting to see road games is one of those perks, covering the Ohio State football team. But we know that we are not the only ones who get to go on the road as Ohio State fans are known far and wide as some of the most dedicated fans when it comes to traveling with the team and turning road venues into their own versions of The Horseshoe. So, as we are still months away from the season, it got us to thinking about the upcoming road schedule and venues like Penn State and Michigan State, among others. Where have you been? Where would you like to go? Do you try and stay as close to the stadium as possible, or do you stay in the middle of all the action?This will lead us to a later question down the road about traveling, but for now here on the Big Me Kickoff, we want to hear your answers as to where you have been, what you like and what you don't like on the road. Join Kevin Noon and spend the next 25 minutes or so talking about life on the road.
It's the Big Me Kickoff show and we had so many other things planned for National Signing Day, even with the Buckeyes only signing two players on the traditional date. No, news out of Ann Arbor (Mich.) has us all a flutter to talk about the potential loss of head coach Jim Harbaugh. Why exactly do the Vikings want him? Is this good or bad for the Buckeyes? Who are the Wolverines going to look at? We don't have a lot of answers but here on the Big Me Kickoff show, we have plenty to talk about with host Kevin Noon.
It is the Big Me Kickoff show with Kevin Noon and we are talking about the latest happenings around the world of college sports. The Big Ten Conference may be looking at changing how it goes about doing things with a potential move to eight league games from nine and doing away with divisions. All of that comes from a report from The Athletic and we are here to talk about that. Do those moves put the Big Ten on a better footing in keeping up with the SEC or is it a case of making all the wrong moves?Plus, the 2022 season is still months and months away but we know that Ohio State opens up against Notre Dame, a team without a conference (by choice) but still considered very much part of the Power Five. There was a day and an age where the Buckeyes would open up against Power Five (or the equal name of the time) to start the season. There was a good decade where Ohio State did not do that but now we see that becoming more of a regular thing. Is that something that we should expect moving forward?So much going on, even without any college football games for several months, be sure to lock it in here with the Big Me Kickoff on a weekly basis, not missing anything with host Kevin Noon.
Here on the Big Me Kickoff, it was a wild weekend from the NFL ranks as we saw four playoff games all decided by one score or less. It would be easy to lament about the college season being over but there is plenty of time for that, how crazy were the games over the past two days?Was Sunday night's AFC game evidence that the NCAA overtime rules (at least the first and second periods) are superior to the NFL rules or does the old saying of, “Don't put yourself in a decision to let a coinflip beat you” ring true. And was it really a case of a coinflip determining the game? We jump back into Ohio State talk but talking about what kind of output changes we can expect making wholesale changes from one defensive staff to another by looking back at the last two times that Ohio State made major changes on that side of the ball to address slipping numbers. And we are also looking at what kind out offensive output the Buckeyes are losing from the 2021 team to the 2022 team. Is the drop-off from the 2021 team better, worse or on-par with past seasons?All of that and more with your host Kevin Noon on the Big Me Kickoff. Don't miss out.
It's the Big Me Kickoff show and we are going LIVE. Last week we posed the question if Ryan Day and the Buckeyes could have made so many coaching moves if a loss to Michigan did not happen and a Big Ten title was earned. We gave you the weekend to think this through and now it's time to talk this out. Was it a blessing in disguise? What are expectations from this new coaching staff? All of that and more on the Big Me Kickoff with Kevin Noon.
In this edition of the Big Me Kickoff, we take on a topic that might not sit well with everyone. Was Ohio State's loss to Michigan necessary to make such sweeping changes to the coaching staff? Sure, Ryan Day is the head coach and could make changes at any point as the leader of the team, but how much more difficult would it have been to do that if the Buckeyes were to make the playoffs once again with a win in the Big Ten Championship Game? Everyone around Ohio State wants to beat Michigan and giving up a battle to win the war seems like a foreign idea and nobody for Ohio State was asked to lay down their arms. But with the gift of hindsight, can you say that maybe it was not as much of a year-ruining event if Ohio State is able to get significantly better on defense due to these moves?It's the Big Me Kickoff with Kevin Noon and I give my two cents on this question.
Big Me Kickoff is here after a couple of weeks off (well, we were on everyone else's shows) and a Happy New Year out there to all of our listeners. The College Football Playoff Championship Game was last night, and we have a new champion. Was it a great game or just a mediocre game with a couple of fun moments?The Buckeyes finished No. 6 in the final AP poll of the season and that just continues the narrative that few teams have been as consistently good as Ohio State even if national championship trophies have remained elusive. Who do I like to make the CFP in 2022-23? You better believe I have the Buckeyes in the mix but who else? I have two from the SEC, once again, but the second team may surprise you, as well as my fourth team. Plus, plenty of changes with two new coaches (so far) for Ohio State football and a football schedule announcement coming up on Wednesday. All of that and more in The Big Me Kickoff with Kevin Noon, don't miss out.
LOS ANGELES – We are closing in on 48 hours until the 2022 Rose Bowl and the first opportunity for Ohio State to address some questions and concerns that were brought up after a disappointing regular season finale against "that team up north".There are varying amounts of excitement about Ohio State's game with Utah in the Rose Bowl but we are not buying for a second anyone's statements that "they don't care" or that they "are not watching the game" because we know that is just frustration talking. What can we expect out of this game on Saturday? Will Ohio State's advantage in talent be the difference or will Utah's likely enthusiasm edge be the difference maker? We know that Ohio State is going into this game with less than a full range of weapons with opt-outs, transfers portal names and other items taking 85 scholarships players down to the 60s. But you only play 11 at a time and generally games are not won because of players 65-85 on a roster in a year. Will Ohio State have an answer for a tough Utah team that has taken over the Pac-12 with a physical style of play? Do the Utes have enough playmakers to outscore the Buckeyes? Do the Utes have the players to replicate the successes that both Michigan and Oregon showed against the Buckeyes over the course of this season?Of course, we don't know any of this at this point and won't know until foot meets leather on January 1st and the game really gets going. Join me for this free-form edition of the Big Me Kickoff where I talk through a couple of things and try to come to a few conclusions from a rainy Southern California just a couple of days out from the big game.
Big Me Kickoff is here, and we are looking at the Big Ten games for the upcoming bowl season. No, we are not talking about the Rose Bowl for Ohio State or the Orange Bowl for Michigan, there will be plenty of time for that as time goes on. Instead, we are talking about the other games that start on December 28th and run through New Year's Day. With opt-outs and other moves, will the Big Ten have a winning record or does the fact that the Big Ten gets three teams into the New Year's Six cost the bottom of the bowl teams as everyone has to punch above their own weight?It is the Big Me Kickoff show, join me and let's talk some bowl games.
Big Me Kickoff is here and starting off the week with some talk about the recent Heisman Trophy ceremony. Sure, CJ Stroud did not win the biggest individual award in college football but he handled himself over the weekend like a real professional, even if someone else in the public eye did not. We will have more on that as well as who we like to be on that stage once again in a year for the 2022 edition of the award. How do you get the Ryan Day to wherever rumors to stop? We have an idea and it is a pretty simple one but it ain't going to come cheap. And we are talking a little college basketball to round out the show as the Buckeyes are once again a top-15 team. Be sure to join Kevin Noon for his Big Me Kickoff here on Friday at BuckeyeScoop and don't miss a single thing.
The Big Me Kickoff show has made its way to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation, and it only fits that the top college football award and the top college football podcast go hand-in-hand. We obviously are here to follow Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud around the process as the redshirt freshman is one of the top-four vote getters and while many people feel that this might be Bryce Young's award to lose, crazier things have happened. Join Kevin Noon from Times Square as he has all the latest on Heisman Eve and gets you ready here on the Big Men Kickoff show for all the happenings on Saturday night.
The Big Me Kickoff is back, and we are talking coaching moves as the Buckeyes have made a big one. There has been plenty going on as Ohio State made a move on Tuesday when it was announced that Ryan Day has found a new defensive coordinator in Jim Knowles, most recently of Oklahoma State. What do we know about Knowles? We went to a friend of the show to talk to Eli Lederman of the Tulsa World to find out more about Ohio State's newest hire. Eli had the chance to spend a good part of Tuesday with the veteran coach at the Broyles Award. How did things go down on that day, what is Ohio State getting and what should fans expect?All of that and more on the Big Me Kickoff show with Kevin Noon. We are talking Jim Knowles and more on this edition, don't miss out.
It is a bit of a strange day here for the Big Me Kickoff, we are talking Buckeyes even though the Buckeyes don't have a game to play this weekend. We are done talking about “The Game” (but we know others that won't stop talking about it, let's see how things look 360 days from now with that approach) but there is still plenty to talk about as the Buckeyes are idle this weekend as conference crown their champions. We take a look at all of the Division 1 championship games, starting with action tonight between the Pac-12 and Conference USA and then move into a busy Saturday that will see the rest of the champions crowned. Who do we like to win these games, who should you be rooting for if you want to see the most chaotic outcome possible? We touch upon all of that. The Big Ten announced its all-league teams earlier this week and major award winners. Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud pulled off a feat never accomplished before but that apparently was not enough for the Walter Camp Award, snubbing the Ohio State quarterback from its list of finalists despite the league determining that Stroud was the best offensive player in the league. And we even talk a little bit of basketball in this one. Ohio State came out and shocked college basketball and then-No. 1 Duke on Tuesday. What does that mean moving forward? How did the Big Ten fare in its annual challenge with the ACC? What made Ohio State's upset win against Duke all the more impressive? We touch upon that as well. There is plenty to talk about here in the Big Me Kickoff this week. Spend the next 30 minutes with host Kevin Noon as he goes through all of those topics and more on his weekly show.
Big Me Kickoff is back with a LIVE edition with Kevin Noon and Marc Givler and the new College Football Playoff rankings are here and we now know where the Buckeyes sit on the back end of their loss in ‘The Game'. Is there still a path to the playoffs or has that door closed? Is there anyone you should be rooting for, or against, in Championship Weekend? We discuss all of that. What's going on with Ohio State recruiting and is this the wildest start to the offseason in recent memory for the coaching carousel? Are targets once thought to be in, out? And where can you get a good burger or German meal around town? We even talk a little food here on the Big Me Kickoff. Don't miss out.
It is just one day before ‘The Game' and here at the Big Me Kickoff we are ready for the countdown to accelerate all the way until ball meets foot up in Ann Arbor (Mich.). We are joined by a long-time friend of the show, Michael Spath, a former coworker back at a previous shop and someone who follows this Michigan team as closely as anyone. What is the level of excitement around the Michigan program with this game getting closer? Everyone remembers that the 2020 edition of the game was canceled, does that add anything to this one? Can Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo change Michigan's fortunes with a pass rush and is the Michigan pass defense as good as advertised or is that a result of who the Wolverines have played to date?And on the other side of the ball, what to make of Blake Corum, Cade McNamara and Donovan Edwards?Plus, a pick on the game and what this game means to Jim Harbaugh's tenure with the Maize and Blue.All of that and more on the Big Me Kickoff, don't miss out.
Big Me Kickoff is here and we are wrapping up Ohio State's big win over Michigan State. Was that a true representation of what the Ohio State offense and defense can be or was it a perfect storm for the Buckeyes against a top-10 opponent? As ‘The Game' draws closer, fans are starting to get nervous about what Michigan was able to do last week against Maryland, was that the Wolverines rounding into form or just a result of Maryland falling into a late-season swoon? And what should we make of the upcoming College Football Playoff rankings? Join Kevin Noon on the Big Me Kickoff as he talks about all of those things plus much, much more.
The Big Me Kickoff is back for a second edition this week as the Buckeyes get ready for a top-10 match-up with Michigan State on Saturday for senior day at Ohio Stadium. While only separated by a couple of spots in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Buckeyes are nearly a three-touchdown favorite against the Spartans, is that fools gold or is Vegas on to something that we are not looking at? We are catching up with one of our favorite guests here for the Big Me Kickoff as Josh from the College Football Nerds joins us to talk about the upcoming game between Ohio State and Michigan State. The nerds have done a great job through the years of stripping past the obvious numbers and using advanced stats to really break down what games are going to look like. Plus, we are talking about the College Football Playoff, Cincinnati and a whole lot more in this 30-minute episode of your favorite kick-off show. Don't miss out, check it all out.
In this special Monday edition of the Big Me Kickoff, the Purdue Boilermakers came to town with sights set on spoiling the Buckeye season but the Buckeyes spoiled those plans in a hurry with a 28-point win. What went into Ohio State's plan to spoil the spoilers? Next up is Michigan State and we have seen plenty of SpartyNo moments through the years but Michigan State has also ruined an Ohio State season or two through the years, we make some opening comments on the upcoming opponent. And we are spouting off on the CFP rankings here on the day before the next update drops. What can we expect, if anything, from the next poll?All of that and more on the Big Me Kickoff. Let's get to it.
Big Me Kickoff is here, and the regular season is already 75-percent done and there are three games between the Buckeyes and a potential finish line at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to protect their crown as league champs. None of that talk means a thing if the Buckeyes are not able to take care of business each week and this week that business is all about the Boilermakers of Purdue.As we have told you all week long, no team seems to get to the Buckeyes more in the Big Ten than Purdue does, even with a highly lopsided overall series. What are we watching for this week? What do the Buckeyes need to do better? What does recent history say about this series? All of that is touched upon in this edition of the Big Me Kickoff with Kevin Noon. Plus, we look at some other key games in the Big Ten as well as outside of the conference. You better enjoy your big games this weekend because next week has very few, outside of a big one between Ohio State and Michigan State. But we are not going to get ahead of ourselves. Promise.Check out this edition of the Big Me Kickoff and be in the know.