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The Buckeyes were ready for the scary moments of Saturday’s dramatic victory: “When 105,290 fans – most clad in scarlet and gray – descended upon Ohio Stadium on Saturday, none probably realized they’d be celebrating an Ohio State win that will be talked about for years.
The Buckeyes, an 18-point favorite, overcame an injury to star quarterback Braxton Miller and a lethargic offense to stun upset-minded Purdue in overtime, 29-22. The story of the game, though, was Kenny Guiton. The junior backup quarterback relieved Miller after he suffered an apparent head injury late in the third quarter. It’s a scenario that has been possible for Ohio State all season, with the degree of Miller’s running ability.” [Kyle Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
Kenny G is now a star: “Kenny Guiton probably didn’t figure, when he woke up Saturday, that he would be a hero in Columbus by the time the day was over.
The backup quarterback may have etched his name in Buckeyes lore, especially if Ohio State completes the season without a loss, with his heroics on Saturday.
Guiton came in for injured starting quarterback Braxton Miller against Purdue and delivered a dramatic touchdown and game-tying 2-point conversion with three seconds left in regulation, and then led a touchdown drive in overtime. The Buckeyes, whose chances of staying undefeated were on life support with about a minute remaining, improved to 8-0 with the 29-22 win.” [Frank Schwab/Dr. Saturday]
Keys to Cleveland’s second victory of the season: “The Browns may have to get out of the comfort zone on Sunday, but there are two matchups that they simply must exploit if they want to give themselves the best chance to win the game. The first is feeding the ball to running back Trent Richardson. You think the Browns are bad against the run? Wait until you get a load of the Colts. On the season, the Colts are giving up 159 rushing yards per game and an average of 5.0 yards per carry. The numbers have been worse the past three games, as they have allowed 508 yards, an average of 5.9 yards per rush, and five touchdowns. … On the defensive side of the ball, the Browns obviously have to deal with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, but wide receiver Reggie Wayne is the one player they really need to contain.” [Thomas Moore/The Cleveland Fan]
Optimistic final forecast from Pokorny this week: “Heading into the season, I thought the Colts were going to be one of the worst teams in the league as they were entering a big-time rebuilding mode. Yes, they’ve done some good things this year, such as an awe-inspiring comeback/upset against the Packers, but they also lost to what I consider to be the league’s worst team (Jacksonville) at home, and looked very poor against the Jets last week. The Colts are facing a lot of depth issues in their front seven right now, and with the Browns [in my mind] on the upswing, I think Cleveland wins this game handily.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
Previewing the Colts game and leading off with what’s taken place since that Bengals win: “Distractions? We don’t need no stinkin’ distractions. The Cleveland Browns are fresh off its first win of the season, which was also its first win since Nov. 2011. So what has happened between last Sunday’s 34-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff at the Indianapolis Colts? Oh, there’s been an ownership change, a team president announced he will retire at the end of the season and a new president and CEO was hired.
Other than that, it’s been all about football. Luckily, the Browns play a Colts team that has one more win and similar issues, like a defense that cannot stop the run and a rookie at quarterback.” [Don Delco/The Orange & Brown Report]
This is an activity many Browns fans have done this week, looking at the rest of the schedule to see where we can finish at the end of the year: “Like the majority of us, I’m an optimistic Cleveland Browns fan. Even though the Browns are 1-5, is it unrealistic to win six or seven games for the year? I say no and there are a lot of Browns fans that will agree. Here are some predictions (no scores, just wins/losses) the rest of the way.
@ Indianapolis Colts: This weekend, heading in to Lucas Oil Stadium could be disastrous, but it also could be a good thing as well. Both teams have rookie quarterbacks who have put up basically identical numbers so far this year. I believe that Brandon Weeden has more weapons than Andrew Luck. With the Colts secondary, Weeden should throw for 300 yards. Weeden beat Luck in college and he can do it again in the NFL. The Browns prevail and grab a well earned “W”.” [Ryan Ruiz/Rant Sports]
Finally, I leave you with a thought of how the Indians compare to the Tigers: “As we get ready to dive into the World Series, it’s hard not to compare your Erie Warriors to our much more talented brethren from Detroit. Of course, that discussion usually stops at the top, when you compare Pizza magnate Mike Illitch to former lawyer Larry Dolan.
While that’s ultimately an important difference, I don’t know that it’s necessarily the MOST important difference. It does buy the Tigers a bit of leeway (okay, a whole bunch more than ‘a bit’), but where the strength of their team is their starting rotation.
Their major offensive players get all the press, but the heart and soul of that team is the Verlander-led rotation…with a mix of free-agents, trades and draft picks. Heart and soul?!? Imagine describing our rotation with those two adjectives…and actually mean it.” [Jim Pete/Indians Prospect Insider]