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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.

Buckeye Talk: Ohio State podcast by cleveland.com Advance Sports Podcasts

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    • 4.6 • 1.5K Ratings

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.

    Buckeye Talk Legacy Pod: Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

    Buckeye Talk Legacy Pod: Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

    Buckeye Talk unveils a new podcast form with this first episode in what is hoped to be a series of Buckeye Talk Legacy pods looking back on the careers of recent Ohio State stars.
    First up is quarterback C.J. Stroud, as Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means talk through Stroud's arrival in Columbus and his three years in the program and two years as a starter.
    To help tell that story are clips from two Stroud interviews, one from February 2020 when he was an early enrollee freshman looking forward to his OSU career, and another from November 2022 when he was looking back and knowing that he was nearing the end of his OSU career.
    Along the way, Doug, Nathan and Stephen discuss these aspects of Stroud's career:

    How he got here

    Year 1 as a Buckeye

    Low Point

    High Point

    Turning Point

    What if he hadn't been a Buckeye

    Describe him in one word

    Did he exceed, meet or not quite reach expectations?

    Where he fits in Ohio State history


    We hope you enjoy our first Buckeye Talk Legacy attempt. Thanks as always for listening.
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    • 2 hr 17 min
    Ohio State national title odds; coordinator value; and grumpy lessons from a Hall of Famer

    Ohio State national title odds; coordinator value; and grumpy lessons from a Hall of Famer

    On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are back with a Monday Madness. That means talking Ohio State football, national college football, and a round of Whatcha' Watchin', Whatcha Eatin', Whatcha Thinkin'.
    First (0:30), Doug and Nathan look at the early national championship odds and how Ohio State fits in with Georgia, Alabama, Michigan and other national powers.
    Then (28:40) theres's a discussion of Miami firing former Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and what that tells us about the value of coordinators.
    Finally (47:30), it's food, Oscar talk and what Doug thinks of a player he covered decades ago getting elected to the Hall of Fame.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ohio State QB battle insights, embracing Joe Burrow and riding a horse up a volcano

    Ohio State QB battle insights, embracing Joe Burrow and riding a horse up a volcano

    On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is taking rants from Ohio State text subscribers. (Join by sending a text to 614-350-3315).
    Among the topics covered:

    Info to be gleaned from the looming OSU QB battle

    Putting Troy Smith and Terrelle Pryor in different offenses

    Will Buckeye tight ends have to block more?

    The week-long break Buckeye Talk took

    When Doug is a jerk

    How to embrace Joe Burrow as a Buckeye

    Concerns with the OSU turf

    How to better talk about injuries

    More Heisman tweaks

    Bloodlust lessons from the Georgia loss

    Hiring Oklahoma State assistants

    Solving load management

    And finally ... lots of horse riding reaction


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Should Ezekiel Elliott have a Heisman Trophy?

    Should Ezekiel Elliott have a Heisman Trophy?

    On this Thursday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises wants to know -- Have you ever ridden a horse?
    But mostly Doug takes a long look at the 2014 Heisman Trophy race and what would have happened for Ezekiel Elliott if the voting was after the playoff, which it what Doug thinks should happen when the playoff moves to 12 teams in 2024.
    Would Elliott have won the 2014 Heisman if it was a postseason award, instead of voted on in December? As it happened, Elliott didn't even finish in the top 10.
    This episode is playing off the latest College Football Survivor Show, where Doug and and Shehan Jeyarajah debated this strenuously in a larger, general context. Check out that show wherever you listen to Buckeye Talk.
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    • 56 min
    Ohio State's 2023 defensive depth chart: Making room for young talent, corner questions and DL upside

    Ohio State's 2023 defensive depth chart: Making room for young talent, corner questions and DL upside

    On this Wednesday episode of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are breaking down Ohio State's defensive depth chart after doing the offensive depth chart on the Tuesday podcast. Once again, they reference their July 2021 podcast that predicted how good this 2023 team might be.
    First (0:30), they look at the defensive line.
    Then (26:43) it's time for the safeties, and then the cornerbacks.
    Finally (1:01:00) they get to the linebackers.
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ohio State's 2023 offensive depth chart: Running back rotation, offensive line questions and QB what-ifs

    Ohio State's 2023 offensive depth chart: Running back rotation, offensive line questions and QB what-ifs

    Buckeye Talk is back after a week away, and that means it's time to move on and dive into the 2023 college football season.
    To do that, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means look at the offensive depth chart for the fall. They also reference their July 2021 podcast that potentially projected the 2023 Buckeyes as a college football powerhouse. How much was right and wrong?
    First up (0:35) they look at the quarterback battle with Kyle McCord and Devin Brown and what might be happening if Quinn Ewers was still in Columbus.
    Then (30:25), they talk about what another year of C.J. Stroud would have been like, and then they move on to the offensive line for next season, where the Buckeyes have some holes to fill.
    Finally (1:20:12), it's time to talk tight end, receiver and running back.
    It's good to be back, and thanks as always for listening to Buckeye Talk.
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    • 2 hr

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

EveryNicknameIsTaken14 ,

Good Show

One of the better OSU pods

rfomley ,

Why I love you guys

Doug, I enjoy your intensity on certain subjects and I also smile when you get off subject and I agree with some crazy thing your ranting about.

Steven, I look forward to some of your X’s and O’s break downs. You really have great insight about what changes need to be made from time to time.

Nathan, you are the voice of moderation on the pod, however, it’s fun when you have a subject you REALLY have convictions about… no one can stop the Nate train at that point.

Carl Justice ,

Not enough of objectivity with it comes to Day and Stroud

The amount of excuses and exceptions given to Day and is Stroud is astounding. The unwillingness to state that the offense is limited due to CJ’s unwillingness to run for 4 yards is ridiculous. You guys claim to not be fans of the team but I’m not buying it. We clearly see what’s wrong with this offense and you won’t call it out because you want access to CJ. Ridiculous…

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