We apologize for our hiatus the last few days, it has been a crazy busy time for us.We are officially back though, and ready to get you prepared for the showdown with Miami this Saturday afternoon.
Here are some of the nuggets you need to know about:
"The Horseshoe doesn’t come close to The Swamp in Gainesville or Neyland Stadium in Knoxville or a night game at LSU. Those places create a home-field advantage that makes a difference. In conference, Virginia Tech and Clemson are tougher places to play than The Horseshoe. FSU, for a Miami game, is too."
Well, apparently Gorten wasn't in attendance for last year's USC game or the 2006 game against Michigan. Ohio State fans hold their own in the biggest games. We all know the Shoe can be quiet when the Buckeyes are playing weak non-conference foes and the game is out of hand, but the atmosphere in big games is totally different.
"It was really loud. I think my ears are still ringing a bit. Some of the time the tackles and tight ends couldn't hear me."
Not to mention that Gorten throws out some other stadiums that don't compare to the Shoe. I won't argue an LSU game at night is nuts—those Cajuns aren't right in the head—but Florida State and VT, really? Neither come close to comparing.
“I really don’t think it’s going to have an effect on us because wherever Miami is…[Young] Jeezy said it best, ‘We’re going to bring the whole city out.’ Everybody wants to come see us. They ain’t coming just to see Ohio State."
Yes Damien, everyone wants to see you. So much so that you guys averaged 47,551 in attendance last year at home.
Tressel also had some interesting comments on Roderick Smith. He said he looked solid in practice this last week, and is not definitely going to redshirt. This will most likely depend on how much the Buckeyes need a power back down the stretch, or if injuries surface with a couple of the guys on the depth chart.
3. Tressel refused to talk about the national championship game in 2002 in his presser. In fact, he played it off as if he had never seen the game and barely remembered it.
"Some day I'll invite you all over and we'll sit in our rocking chairs and we'll break that game down and I'll tell you what I was thinking, if I can still think by then,' Tressel told reporters."
4. Randy Shannon's press conference highlights can be watched below.