It’s a week of ghastly costumes and other ghoulish accoutrements… so of course, we’ve got a great soundtrack for all of our friends.
Well, the powers that be didn’t decide to market this weekend’s games as a “Separation Saturday”, but it ended up looking that way at the end of the day. Two more undefeateds fell, two others were challenged, while the top four continued to extend their apparition of domination.
Let’s start with the “Columbia Cup” between the Ol’ Ball Coach and this year’s “SEC Surprise”, the Missouri Tigers. I’ve been pulling for the Tigers all season for several reasons: It has been rumored to be a landing spot for Coach Herman if Pinkel was dismissed, and I love the fact that two “middle of the pack” B12 teams join the mighty SEC and play at the top almost immediately.
The Tigers didn’t disappoint early on, jumping out to a huge lead in their spiffy “blackout” gear. However, once Gamecock QB Connor Shaw came off the bench (recovering from a knee issue from last week) the tide turned and the game ended up heading to overtime.
While there’s still a huge chance that the Tigers can play a role in the BCS, it may only be limited to being a spoiler at this point… but they’ve got some games to play yet, including mathups with Old Miss and aTm before they might face Alabama in the conference championship game.
The second “thanks for playing” award this week goes to a young Texas Tech team, which lost their first contest of the season at Oklahoma. After a lengthy weather delay that resulted in the game being shifted over to Fox News in lieu of World Series coverage, the Fighting Stoops figured out how to get out of their own way and managed to corral the Raiders’ high flying offense… although, it should be noted that Cliff Kingsbury’s team is very young, and will be a contender at the conference level sooner than some would like to admit. Read More
What a week it was in college football. Many Buckeyes fans have wondered aloud what would need to happen for the Bucks to be playing in the “2nd game” in Pasadena in January and some of those wishes came true on Saturday.
Teams like Louisville, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU and South Carolina all but eliminated themselves from the national championship picture with losses this past Saturday.
What did that mean for our voters?
|Pos.||Team (1st Votes)||LW|
|3||Florida State (2)||5|
Dropping Out – Louisville, UCLA, LSU, Texas A&M
Others receiving votes – UCLA, Oklahoma, Central Florida,
The Bucks win again and again stay at 4.
The Noles were the big mover of the week jumping the Bucks to 3 and gaining 2 1st place votes.
Four new additions to the top ten and with a number of top 25 match ups this week, including Texas Tech/Oklahoma, UCLA/Oregon, South Carolina/Missouri, and Stanford/Oregon State.
Interestingly enough, these are close to the recent BCS data as well… but there’s a lot of football to be played. Stop back next week to see all how the Chase for the final BCS title plays out.
The bye week is over and the Buckeyes now await a home matchup on Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The second half of the season is about to begin and we’ll look ahead to what needs to happen for the Buckeyes to make a trip to Pasadena to play for the National Championship. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
The Hawkeyes come into the Shoe on Saturday well rested having sat through their own bye this past weekend. The last time they saw action was a 26-14 loss to Michigan State in Iowa City. Overall they come in at 4-2 and, to be honest, nothing really impresses you or stands out about Kirk Ferentz 2013 Hawkeye team.
The Hawkeyes not being anything special means the Buckeyes lose a shot at a quality win. Quality wins and strength of schedule are what goes into those BCS numbers that will determine if an undefeated Ohio State team gets to play for the crystal ball. I realize this is a foreign concept to a lot of people, but it is a real possibility that the Bucks could wind up 13-0 and on the outside looking in. At this point it actually seems like the likely scenario after the conference championship games are played and the bowls are selected.
For the Buckeyes to be invited to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl National Championship presented by Orange Juice, LED Televisions and God knows what else, they must obviously finish unbeaten. Another thing that Buckeye fans seem to dislike is winning with style points i.e. running up big point totals. And the Buckeyes would definitely be well advised to take advantage of any opportunity whereby that is an option.
Breaking it down, how I see it
Ok, so if the Buckeyes going undefeated and being left out of the championship game is looking more and more like a likely scenario then who are the teams that will be holding them out? I decided I’d break it into some groups… Read More
Every year there seems to be one or two weeks that shape and define that certain college football season. This past Saturday seemed to be the first of one of those weeks. We saw two undefeated top teams go down (Stanford and Oklahoma) and a few other top ten teams barely survive. It was a great week for the Buckeyes to have a bye! Many have speculated how the season would play out if the Bucks ran the table and had company at the undefeated table along with a few 1 loss stragglers. It looks as though the table just got a tad less crowded.
|Pos.||Team (1st Place Votes)||LW|
Dropping Out – Oklahoma, Georgia, Stanford
Others receiving votes – Georgia, Stanford, Miami
Baylor and UCLA make their first appearance in the top 10 this season. Both have big games coming up in their conference, so we’ll see how real they are. Oregon remained 1 with the same amount of 1st place votes, but Bama closed the gap considerably. Much more may be decided this week as we get get a top 10 matchup on Saturday night between Clemson and FSU. UCLA travels to Stanford for another matchup that can shake up the BCS. A&M is home to a surging Auburn team and Louisville is home to an unranked but really tough UCF team. Check back next week for all the movers and shakers in the top 10!!
The second poll of the year is in and Oregon keeps the top spot at tBBC. Oregon came in at number one with the same number of first place votes (6) as last week.
The voters changed their first place votes a tad (after a lot of back lash for OSU receiving 1 first place vote) with Alabama receiving the other 4 first place votes.
Oklahoma makes its first appearance of the year in the top ten, replacing LSU after the Tigers escaped with a victory against MSU.
Pos Team (1st place votes) LW
Dropping Out – LSU
Others receiving votes – LSU, Florida, UCLA
LSU narrowly dropped out of the top 10 and could jump back in if Oklahoma can’t take care of Texas this week. Florida State makes the biggest jump in the polls after a dominating performance against Maryland.
Stop back next week and see who the movers and shakers will be!
Tony Gerdeman started things off wondering why the narrative against Ohio State’s strength of schedule had started so early, particularly when that wasn’t the case for other schools in the past. Hell, ESPN created the “Let Boise State Play!” narrative to counter the BCS “bad guys”, and now they seem to be denigrating a team on an 18 game winning streak.
Gerd points out something that Ramzy Nasrallah highlights as well- the Buckeyes are damned if they do and damned if they don’t- Beating Wisconsin/Northwestern soundly makes the conference look bad, winning close games makes Ohio State look bad. Nice of our old friend confirmation bias to show up before the holiday season.
Ramzy goes on to point out that paying attention to things outside of Ohio State’s ability to control is pointless, and that fans should enjoy every moment as they follow their team. What people outside of the program think is not only beyond your ability to adapt, it also shouldn’t matter.
As week 5 ends and the B1G schedule began with a win for the Buckeyes, we present you with our first The Buckeye Battle Cry top ten poll. We’re firm believers that you don’t really know anything about a team until October, so here we go.
Stop back each Tuesday to see who tops our experts lists and who’s moved up and who’s dropped out. The number of first place votes are in parenthesis.
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma, Washington, UCLA
Oregon tops our first poll with a strong 6 first place votes although some will argue that the Ducks have yet to face a tough opponent.
Alabama and Ohio State both received first place votes. The Tide’s offense has been less than impressive but have wins over Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, but put points on the board in bunches against Texas A&M.
The Bucks are coming off of their best win of the season over Wisconsin, and will face another tough task as they travel to Northwestern for an 8pm showdown Saturday night.
Let the record show, Alabama plays Georgia State- Just saying for those schedule haters of the Bucks’ opposition thus far.
Clemson and Stanford filled out the top 5 as both the Tigers and Cardinal have impressive wins over Georgia and Arizona St respectively.
Check back next week to see episode two of The Buckeye Battle Cry’s top 10!
Monday’s menagerie of thoughts and wonderings on Saturday’s shenanigans comes with music. It was an “ugly” weekend, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make a silk purse out of it all.
Before we dive into the scores, it’s important to remember how trivial college athletics is in the big picture of things. Unfortunately, this is only brought home when we remember the frailty of life, and there were three chances for reflection this weekend.
Ohio State started with a tribute to Columbus Newscaster Dom Tiberi’s daughter Maria, who lost her life in a traffic accident this week.
UCLA followed suit later on Saturday with a 10 man play from scrimmage to honor wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who was killed in a traffic event last week.
And sadly, we found out on Sunday that Cincinnati freshman Ben Flick died after yet another motor vehicle incident.
Again, football is fun… but it ain’t life.
Let’s stay in the Buckeye State with a reminder of the awesomeness that Ohio State unleashed on Saturday. Sure, it was an undermatched opponent, but that doesn’t mean that the game was insignificant for those that played in it. And, while this was the best block of the week by FAR, the game was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Ohio State did allow ten runs and have two errors in the victory.
PS- I didn’t know that Pam Oliver was a Cal grad. At least TBDBITL seems to think so and responded to criticism in a different way than Charles did earlier.
Ken will be by later to respond to those pundits who seem to have issues with Ohio State’s 76 point victory, but I’ll add only this- I sure don’t hear any bitching about Baylor or Louisville or Miami doing the same on Saturday, and when Oregon did it earlier in the year against an FCS program, they jumped Ohio State in the polls.
You know who doesn’t have a problem with playing until the final gun? The Pirate Cap’n… that’s who.
As you can see up there in the right corner, Coach Kelly and the Irish are celebrating another win in the very friendly confines of South Bend. And by “very friendly”, I mean the kind of affectionate that allows a receiver to climb over the back of a defender and still benefit from the pass interference call. The “Sparty NO!” moment might have happened as soon as Michigan State left the locker room; it’s certainly an uphill battle when you’re playing 11 on 16. Read More