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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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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.

    Ohio State disputes the Marvin Harrison Jr. call; plus Tony Alford, Keenan Bailey and more

    Ohio State disputes the Marvin Harrison Jr. call; plus Tony Alford, Keenan Bailey and more

    On this Friday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means open with what turns into a very long talk about the non-targeting call on Marvin Harrison Jr. in the Peach Bowl. This talk was spurred by Ryan Day revealing his conversations with officials about the call.
    Then the guys get into:

    Ohio State injuries for spring football

    Running backs coach Tony Alford and the running backs

    New tight ends coach Keenan Bailey


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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Ryan Day's big change, plus quarterback and offensive line battles: News from Ohio State coaches

    Ryan Day's big change, plus quarterback and offensive line battles: News from Ohio State coaches

    On this Thursday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are bursting with info after interviewing 13 Ohio State staff members on Wednesday as part of the late National Signing Day (even though the Buckeyes didn't add any recruits.) That group was head coach Ryan Day, all 10 assistants, plus recruiting coordinator Mark Pantoni and new defensive staffer James Laurinaitis.
    You'll hear more about all of those talks on future Buckeye Talk episodes.
    But for now, the guys focused on three areas:

    The discussion around Day maybe giving up play calling

    What to expect on the offensive line

    The quarterback battle to come in the spring


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    A transfer cornerback; James Laurinaitis; roster management; chicken bones and more: Slow Fire Q&A

    A transfer cornerback; James Laurinaitis; roster management; chicken bones and more: Slow Fire Q&A

    On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk from cleveland.com, Ohio State text subscribers ask questions and Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means answer them in not very rapid fashion.
    The topics include:

    The transfer cornerback Ohio State added Tuesday

    Roster numbers for each position

    The Jim Knowles defense in Year 2

    Ohio State hiring James Laurinaitis

    Bones or no bones in your chicken of choice

    Is Ohio State really at an NIL disadvantage?


    Plus back scratching, Dawand Jones at the Senior Bowl, and more.
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    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


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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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

RocketRick100 ,

Must Hear Bucks Podcast

Excellent content.
Please fix Stephen’s voice recording. His commentary is worth hearing but the sound recording (muffled and wavy) actually hurts — gives me a headache. Sound editor? Microphone?

EveryNicknameIsTaken14 ,

Good Show

One of the better OSU pods

Matt 5237 ,

Just whiny, crying personality talk

I have written a lot of criticism of how this podcast has collapsed since Bill and Ari left. None of the people on this podcast know anything about actual football, like Bill did. So now it is just personality discussion and I don’t know, tell OSU fans how to be fans and feelings. I don’t know what this podcast is now. I do know that the two cows don’t have the football knowledge to provide insight and Doug just lets his narcissism and neurosis just run wild. I call Nate and Steve cows because Doug pushes them around. Nate should leave, Doug rarely let’s him talk. I don’t know why the cows yield to Doug. What authority does he have aside from whining in Columbus for years? At least he isn’t a racist as he used to be? They plug their other work and discuss food. But fundamentally they discuss food because they don’t understand the OSU football team, they don’t understand the fans, and they don’t understand football. Someone here said “they aren’t fan boys”. I disagree. They are huge fans of Day and Stroud, and won’t criticize them at all. No matter how many loses to Michigan. Maybe it’s to maintain relationships with those people but it’s boring. After two loses to UM they discuss, how fans should react. That’s ridiculous. I think Buckeye Talk has run it’s course. OSU Football has to change and so does this podcast. Listen I was a text subscriber. It’s a rip off. They use it as means to churn content. That’s all. I think there are a lot better podcasts. Zach Smith has a very good podcast on Menace 2 Sports. He actually speaks with a coach’s insight. 11 Warriors are good. Joel Klatt is very good. Cover III is awesome. College Football Nerds are very informative. And Tim May is good. Look the point is that there are much better analysis and discussion out there. We all love what Buckeye Talk was. This isn’t it. This is personality talk. Move on. PS: USC loses and Doug’s whining about why perfection from paid players and Utah!!! Doug is trash.

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