Episodes
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...
Published 12/01/22
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. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk. If you or someone you...
Published 11/30/22
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...
Published 11/29/22
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...
Published 11/28/22
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...
Published 11/27/22
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...
Published 11/25/22
On this week's version of Betting the Buckeyes on Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are back to talk about Ohio State football and national college football from a betting perspective. First, (1:00) they discuss how to bet rivalries and how intangibles factor into a bet. Then they talk about the 7.5-point spread for Ohio State-Michigan and how much more Ohio State was favored by several weeks ago. Tyler gives his numbers for the game, and the guys agree on which side of the...
Published 11/24/22
On this Thanksgiving Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are taking rapid fire questions from text subscribers about Ohio State football and the The Game. Among the topics covered: How should Ohio State rush JJ McCarthy? Will CJ Stroud remember Desmond Howard and take it out on Michigan? Tommy Eichenberg's broken hands Jaxon Smith-Njigba expectations How chippy will The Game be? Could Ohio State jump Georgia with a win? How does the media feel this...
Published 11/24/22
On this Wednesday episode of Buckeye Talk rants, Doug Lesmerises takes another list of rants from text subscribers (sign up for free texts at 614-350-3315) and runs through what's on the mind of Ohio State fans and what matters the most during Ohio State-Michigan week. Topics discussed include: How Jack Sawyer might be used Don't get trapped in a toughness battle Wishing The Game wasn't Thanksgiving week Cherishing the privilege of the game in what might be the last, best version of...
Published 11/23/22
Welcome back to a bonus Buckeye Talk, as Ohio State-Michigan week means a Tuesday pod when there usually isn't one. Doug Lesmerises kicks off this pod with his breakdown of the Wolverines, first discussing three aspects of Michigan's offense (1:30), then looking (18:53) at three parts of Michigan's defense. There will be a Michigan writer on the pod later this week, but this was a look at the Wolverines through the lens of the Buckeyes. Then, Doug is joined (28:06) by new cleveland.com writer...
Published 11/22/22
On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are thinking all about Ohio State vs. Michigan -- and maybe a little bit about Thanksgiving food. First, they offer an appreciation (4:30) for both the Buckeyes and Wolverines getting through the regular season undefeated so far to make this matchup happen. Then (9:20), they talk about the polls, where the Buckeyes have always been clearly ahead of the Wolverines. Then (14:03), it's back to the idea of both Ohio State and Michigan...
Published 11/21/22
On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means are in the Maryland press box to break down Ohio State's 43-30 win over the Terrapins on Saturday. But everything about this OSU win pointed toward what will now be a showdown of undefeated teams in a week, as both Ohio State and Michigan improved to 11-0. In the first segment, text subscribers share their level of confidence in the Buckeyes right now, while Doug, Nathan and Stephen break down the OSU run game and...
Published 11/20/22
On this episode of Betting the Buckeyes, Tyler Shoemaker and Doug Lesmerises talk about Ohio State football and national college football from a gambling perspective, as they always do. Doug has a microphone issue on this one, but TShoe is loud and strong and the content is great, so thanks for hanging in. First, they talk about Ohio State-Maryland, what Tyler's formula would set as the line for this game and how to adjust for teams that are sagging down the stretch. Then it's the Ohio State...
Published 11/18/22
On this Friday game preview edition of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means make their picks for the Ohio State-Maryland game on Saturday. But first they discuss some interviews with Ty Hamilton and Dallan Hayden and share some news about Ohio State practicing in the snow and how C.J. Stroud looked this week. They also take several questions from text subscribers, including on: Marvis Harrison Jr. as a Heisman candidate The Jaxon Smith-Njigba outlook Overlooking...
Published 11/18/22
On this Thursday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is sorry the rants took so long this week, but they're finally here. Topics covered include, in order: What's affecting the national view of Ohio State? Josh Fryar ready to help Up-tempo offense A lack of Heisman interest Hospital food Football in context A Block O moment Angering Iowa C.J. Stroud picking a challenge The wrong shade of scarlet College hoops interest in November Reacting to big plays James Franklin and Chris...
Published 11/17/22
On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are here to: Break down the Heisman Trophy race (1:15) and where Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud stands in it. What one other player has the best chance to derail Stroud's Heisman path, and what are the numbers inside the race? Then (40:40) it's a look at the Big Ten West battle and what would have happened if the Big Ten had already done away with divisions like the Pac-12. Finally it's time for (1:01:49) Whatcha Watchin',...
Published 11/14/22
On this postgame Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Stephen Means and Nathan Baird break down Ohio State's 56-14 win over Indiana. To open, did someone pick the score exactly right? Huh. Weird. Then, should the postgame pods be more raw? (2:45) How did it feel for Nathan, who was sick, to watch the game at home? (4:43) Then, a dive into the OSU short-yardage issues. (7:48) Then a deeper look at the running back injuries for the Buckeyes. (30:30) Then how bad Indiana football is right now....
Published 11/13/22
On this Friday Buckeye Talk, Betting the Buckeyes is back after a week off. That means Doug Lesmerises and Tyler Shoemaker are discussing Ohio State and national college football from a gambling perspective. In the first segment, TShoe and Doug scout out an Ohio State bet of the week and talk about how to bet in bad weather, like the Buckeyes faced last week. Then the middle segment has their picks from the Power 5 conferences, with playoff contenders Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon and TCU all in...
Published 11/11/22
On this Friday game preview Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means make their picks for Ohio State hosting Indiana on Saturday, with the Buckeyes favored by 39.5 points. But first, because they are expecting a blowout, they take questions on a variety of topics, including: Is Ohio State now a defense-first team? What's with the defensive line rotation? Keeping listeners sane Advice for a first OSU game Receiver drops C.J. Stroud running the ball Kyle McCord...
Published 11/11/22
This Thursday Buckeye Talk episode is homework that nobody actually wanted. Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means created their own Big Ten fan satisfaction rankings for each of the 14 schools, combining how good the schools are at football and men's basketball and how much fans care about each of the two programs. The formula is this: Each school was broken into two percentages that equal 100 to show how much football matters at that school compared to men's basketball. A school...
Published 11/10/22
On this Wednesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises is taking rants and strong takes from Ohio State text subscribers and then talking them out. The topics covered, in order: Whether Ohio State is the Kansas City Chiefs and all the issues that go into trusting the Buckeyes or not The lack of running backs getting in the groove, why short yardsage is the real run game issue The idea of the Buckeyes needing a humbling loss Eating Chili's in the basement Showering at night or in the...
Published 11/09/22
Ohio State basketball opened the season with a 91-53 win over Robert Morris on Monday night, and on this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Stephen Means are using that first win to inform their discussion about what this 2022-23 season might be like for the basketball Buckeyes. Three new transfers and four true freshmen were part of the nine-man rotation in the opener, which was a sign of things to come. The breakdown of this episode: * A look at the transfers and a discussion of...
Published 11/08/22
On this Monday Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises and Nathan Baird are talking about the Ohio State Buckeyes on the national scene, and diving back into a part of Ohio State’s game Saturday. This episode: * The Georgia-Tennessee game and what it meant for Ohio State (1:19) * Clemson and Alabama lose and create a shakeup in the playoff race -- what does it mean for the Big Ten? (14:45) * Illinois loses and the Big Ten West race gets messier (31:33) * Another look at the OSU run game from Saturday,...
Published 11/07/22
On this postgame Buckeye Talk from Evanston, Ill., Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means dig into Ohio State's 21-7 win over Northwestern. The Buckeyes said they had never played in wind like that, but why wasn't Ohio State able to run the ball earlier, even in very rough conditions? That is discussed at length, as is what worked and didn't work in the passing game, how the OSU defense held up and held down the Wildcats, and more. Thanks for listening to Buckeye Talk from...
Published 11/06/22