The Buckeyes needed some help during the bye week in the form of three wishes: A loss for Florida State, Alabama and/or Oregon. One of those wishes came true. Now the final stretch is upon us as they head to Illinois and prepare to close out the regular season in a convincing fashion. In the AP and the BCS, the Buckeys are up to number 3. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
The Big 3 games
Last Thursday was an absolutely huge night in the world of college football and for the imminent future of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Quick rising Baylor hosted 10th ranked Oklahoma while the number 2 team in the country went on the road to their biggest nemesis of late, the Stanford Cardinal.
On Saturday the defending national champions and top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide hosted their regular season rivals, the LSU Tigers.
Baylor vs Oklahoma
While the Baylor game had nothing to do with the three teams ahead of the Buckeyes, it was of some concern in that the undefeated Bears are seemingly winning over voters in the Associated Press and Harris polls on a week basis. They are gaining ground on Ohio State and are a clear threat to potentially jump the Buckeyes in the upcoming weeks should they win their games over TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. It would have been nice to see the Sooners end the Baylor discussion, but alas it was not meant to be as Bob Stoops and his gang did what they do when the spolight is brightest: They melted and were obliterated.
Call me a Big 12 pessimist, despite their recent success I don’t see Baylor beating Texas and probably not Oklahoma State either. I realize they score points in bunches (they’ve gone over 70 four times this year) but when the rubber hits the road they aren’t experienced in games that have a lot on the line. Should they win their next three, the big night is December 7th when the Bears host Texas to close the season. Don’t look now, but Mack Brown is coaching his rear end off in Austin and would like nothing more than to steal the Big 12 automatic BCS bid by upsetting Baylor.
As for the much discussed jump of the Buckeyes and if it should happen, I don’t see it lasting even if they finish unbeaten. A Big Ten Championship game win over a top ten ranked and 11-1 Michigan State will be plenty to vault the Buckeyes back ahead of the Bears.
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This might be an Ohio State bye week, but folks — this isn’t the federal government. Here at tBBC, we never shut down. Unless of course, we’ve eaten too many nachos or sipped on too many bottles. We are like a torrent site on a ship in some random ocean. We don’t shut down — We RISE UP!
Without further ado, as your rebel pirate wannabe torrent lovin’ leader, and the power invested in me, I bring you the breakdown of some of the top stories in college football.
According to Miami University officials on Sunday, The Tread has worn off the tires of the RedHawk faithful. Don Treadwell was relieved of his responsibilities after a 21-9 loss to Central Michigan to open up MAC play. You cannot blame Athletic Director David Sayler for making the change. Treadwell was 0-5 this season and 8-21 while at the helm.
Just how bad was this team? Out of the 123 teams in the FBS, Miami is ranked 115th or lower in almost every major offensive and defensive category. It makes you wonder, how such a tradition rich program got so bad so quickly. Especially when you look at the history of coaching success at this program.
From Woody and Bo, to former assistants Jim Tressel, Sean Payton and Kevin Wilson. That doesn’t even touch on the echelon of historic coaches in Miami’s history. Names like Paul Brown, Ara Parseghian, Bill Mallory, Randy Walker, and Terry Hoeppner.
Yesterday’s game between the Baylor Bears and the Gonzaga Bulldogs pitted the #9 team in the country (Baylor) against a Gonzaga team that has struggled to match the competition early in the season as they work their way through one of the more challenging pre-conference schedules you’ll see. Having lost to San Diego State (now a top-10 ranked team), Kansas State, Illinois, Washington State and Notre Dame already, the Bulldogs could only boast a 5-5 record coming into Saturday, and their best win was against unranked Marquette. In contrast, Baylor was rolling along in an undefeated season after their first seven games, although none of their prior opponents appeared in the top 25, and only one (Arizona State) even came from a major conference.
With this context, both teams had something to prove. For Gonzaga’s part, they needed to show that they could prevail in a significant matchup and help their flailing tournament resume with a quality win. With Xavier, Oklahoma State, and Wake Forest all to come on their pre-conference schedule, Gonzaga was in dire need of a reversal of fortune before things got out of hand. On Baylor’s side, the perspective was that they needed to prove their legitimacy as a top team in the country rather than continuing to ride on the success of last season’s Elite 8 squad.