Midweek Mierda: Second Season

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2008

Sure, the Buckeyes have had a tough start on offense but the above numbers are hard to believe. Other than the turnover margin, they are in the bottom half of the league in each stat and last in two.

You may be thinking that strength of schedule has something to do with these numbers and you may well be right. Ohio State has the second most difficult schedule in the league, to date (Michigan is 1st). Yet, the Buckeyes schedule still only ranks 41st in the nation so it has not been brutal by any stretch. Take out the USC game and it the SOS ranking sure to plummet into triple digits.

I am very interested in keeping an eye on a few of these stats – notably 3rd down conversions and the red zone touchdown percentage. If the Buckeyes want to beat Wisconsin on the road, and Penn State and Michigan State at home, those two numbers have to improve.

Basketball: Lenzelle Smith, a 6-foot-3-inch guard-forward from Zion-Benton in Illinois, committed to the Buckeyes on Monday. He becomes the fourth member of the 2010 class. Perhaps most notable about Smith is his 4.1 grade-point average. Fittingly, he was considering Stanford, Virginia, Boston College, Georgetown, among others.