So much has happened since the last time we ventured down the RSB path that I really had to put forth some thought into what I was going to talk about. There are a lot of things to discuss before tomorrow title match-up with Sparty that I want to briefly hit them before Rumblin.
As much as it hurts me to say this, I applaud the TTUN coaching staff for their game plan last Saturday. What’s funny about the plan is that everyone in #BuckeyeNation saw it coming, they just weren’t too worried because it was TTUN and their struggling offense. What most were saying was how easily the Buckeyes were going to roll and those fans couldn’t have been further from the truth. The Game or The Rivalry, whatever you choose to call it, has rarely disappointed in regards to level of competition. As Buckeye fans know all too painfully, the underdog has had the sun shine on its back side quite a few times in this series.
What their coaching staff did, and it’s why most people in TSUN love Hoke, is keep their focus on the prize and that was destroy the Buckeyes season. They came into the game ignored by many, including the Buckeyes defense, and just about put it to them. If not for the gutsy, putting it all on one play, decision by Hoke to go for two, the Buckeyes may have lost in OT and be settling for the Outback Bowl, again. I tipped my hat to a couple TTUN twitter friends after the game, they could feel a little bit of pride for the way their team performed.
As I have said before, I could go on and on every week about Carlos Hyde and what he has done in his abbreviated season. One of the relationships on twitter that I have enjoyed this season has been with Corey Linsley, who last week was named First Team All B1G Center. He is the anchor to that offensive line who has been destroying the opposition this season. Read More
After 90 picks, tBBC’s pick ‘em between Gary and myself has come down to the final week.
With our contest deadlocked, we will pick the winners of Saturday’s games and use the total points scored in the B1G championship game as the tiebreaker.
To recap last week, both of us took Ohio State, Nebraska, Sparty, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Indiana.
We missed on Nebraska and Wisconsin and head into the last week deadlocked at 30-15. Thanks Bo Pelini.
I’m glad the Huskers don’t play this week.
Anyhoo, we are going to pick all the relevant and not-so-relevant Saturday games and see if we can’t get this thing figured out.
Games we are picking:
Gary likes Marshall, UCF, Oklahoma State, Uconn, Baylor, Missouri, Rutgers, Arizona State, FSU, Buckeyes, LA Lafayette and Fresno State.
Gary questioned my manhood and told me not to copy his games. “Well I know how much you have to cheat off me to stay in this thing,” Gary said.
Unfortunately, there is not one game I would and will pick differently. So it comes down to total points in the B1G title game.
Gary has 45 points. I’m going with 46 points.
Let’s hope that we’re both WAY under. Go Bucks.
Well we move on from THE game to the B1G game. Let’s see what our staff has in store for us this week:
The #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0) head to Indianapolis, IN for the B1G Conference Championship game against the #10/#9 Michigan State Spartans (11-1, 8-0). Aside from the outright conference championship, there are national championship implications. An Ohio State win should maintain their place in the top two BCS positions; a loss and they’re out of the picture, heading for another bowl. A win for MSU gives them the opportunity to represent the B1G as its champion.
Ohio State on Offense
Ohio State brings the top B1G offense (48.2 ppg and 531 ypg), into the game. Their offense runs at a decent tempo of 73 plays per game, good for 5th in the B1G. The Buckeyes lead the league in rushing at 321 yards per game and in total yards per play at 7.33.
We’re beyond kidding ourselves at this point; the offense is driven by Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. This is who we are. By “driven”, I mean a soul-crushing running game. Braxton and Carlos combine for 32 carries per game (of 73 plays) and 232 yards rushing per game. Oh, the offensive line is pretty damn good, as well.
The challenge is the Michigan State defense. They lead the conference and the nation in yards allowed per game at 238. Forget that for a moment, since games are determined by points, not yards. The Spartan defense leads the conference and is 4th in the nation in points allowed per game at 11.8 per game. Not exactly reassuring.
Ohio State on Defense Read More
We’re in uncharted waters here… it’s really an odd feeling to have a game after THE GAME. If you’re heading to the game, be sure to check out a great blues bar downtown… these guys are playing this weekend!
The regular season is over and the Buckeyes are 12-0 for the second year in a row. Their school record winning streak now sits at 24 straight games. After a thriller in Ann Arbor, the scarlet and grey now travel to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game and a date with the Michigan State Spartans. We’ll look back, ahead and farther forward. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
The Game blues
As much as we all tried to say we expected a tough game, it didn’t seem like many of us actually believed it could possibly happen. I’m no different. After seeing Michigan the past couple of weeks and reading their stat-lines, I felt a blowout was imminent. We were reminded by the Wolverines just what rivalry is all about.
I certainly don’t mean to talk them up or give them much time in this column at all, but credit goes where it is deserved. Brady Hoke had his team ready to play and they performed for him. The Wolverines were not intimidated, they kept the Buckeye coaching staff guessing and turned the Silver Bullets greatest strength against them by keeping the Buckeye defensive line in check for the majority of the game.
The team up north reminded us of several things on Saturday: 1. Never count out your rivals and 2. Anything can happen, that’s why they play the game. Read More
Alabama’s run at the top of tBBC’s top ten was short lived. A missed field goal that was promptly returned 100 (officially) yards basically ended Bama’s hopes of a 3rd straight national title.
Ohio State survived a failed 2 point conversion attempt by TTUN to win their regular season finale and FSU beat and battered a Florida team who lost to Georgia Southern the week before.
|Pos.||Team (1st Votes)||LW|
|1||Florida State (7)||2|
|2||Ohio State (3)||3|
Dropped Out – Wisconsin
That brings us to championship week. Three games will essentially decide who will play for the crystal ball.
The biggest one of all will be the 3rd annual B1G championship game in Indianapolis. For the first time in its short history, the game is a sell out and will match the 2nd ranked Buckeyes vs the 10th ranked Spartans of Michigan State. If the Buckeyes win, they should be playing for all the marbles. That game is at 8pm eastern time.
At 4pm, the SEC championship will be decided in Atlanta between Auburn and Missouri. If Auburn can win, they will no doubt sit back and watch the B1G champ game with baited breath.
Down in Charlotte, NC, the Duke Blue Devils will attempt to finish their Cinderella season with a monumental upset of the number 1 ranked Seminoles of Florida State.
Other games of interest: Oklahoma travels to Oklahoma State for Bedlam, Texas travels to Baylor and Stanford will travel to Arizona State to battle for the PAC 12 championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Stop back next week and see who’ll be playing for the crystal ball in January.
And The Chase Continues…