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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's playoff limbo; Buckeyes on the All-Big Ten team; and more

    Ohio State's playoff limbo; Buckeyes on the All-Big Ten team; and more

    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.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Jim Tressel, rivalry coach; transfer cornerbacks; and more suggestions Ohio State can use to beat Michigan

    Jim Tressel, rivalry coach; transfer cornerbacks; and more suggestions Ohio State can use to beat Michigan

    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.
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Ohio State-Michigan rants: From play calling to Ohio players to social media and more

    Ohio State-Michigan rants: From play calling to Ohio players to social media and more

    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

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ohio State's slim playoff chances; Luke Fickell to Wisconsin; mashed potatoes; and more

    Ohio State's slim playoff chances; Luke Fickell to Wisconsin; mashed potatoes; and more

    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.
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Ohio State loses to Michigan postgame: What went wrong for the Buckeyes, and what to do now

    Ohio State loses to Michigan postgame: What went wrong for the Buckeyes, and what to do now

    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.
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    • 2 hr 22 min
    Ohio State-Michigan game preview and picks: The effect of emotion, surprise players and injuries

    Ohio State-Michigan game preview and picks: The effect of emotion, surprise players and injuries

    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.
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    • 1 hr 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

TechnoBeaver ,

best ohio state football podcast

because these guys aren’t OSU “fanboys”.

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. 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.

Matt42483 ,

Awful sound quality

Awful sound quality.

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