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Many feel the east will be a battle of 2 teams and the winner of the November 8th battle in East Lansing between Ohio State and Michigan State can go ahead and make plans for Indy.
OHIO STATE 12-2 (8-0)
There is no doubt that all of Buckeye nation is still reeling from the 10 point loss to Michigan State in last year’s B1G Championship game.
There are so many “what if’s” from that game: What if they don’t have the 3 personal fouls on the Spartans first drive? What if they give the ball to Hyde on 4th and 1? What if……..okay, I’ll stop. There’s no doubt Urban Meyer will use that loss as motivation for the 2014 Buckeyes.
The turnover for this squad was quite large. Gone are 4 5th’s of an offensive line that many believed was one of the best in the nation last year as is its work horse back Carlos Hyde. Also gone are Philly Brown, Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby, Christian Bryant, and C.J. Barnett.
Now, some will say that losing players on defense isn’t such a bad thing. The front seven should be very very solid. Joey Bosa, Noah Spence, Adolphis Washington, and Michael Bennett should keep a ton of pressure on B1G qb’s while the secondary led by Doran Grant and Von Bell begin to mesh.
The best news of the offseason was most surely the return of Braxton Miller. Miller is considered by many to be a preseason top 5 Heisman candidate but will have to do it behind a rebuilt offensive line and with a new running mate in his backfield. Ezekiel Elliott is the odds on favorite to take the torch from Hyde. Elliott showed glimpses of greatness when given a chance last year. The Buckeyes B1G portion of their schedule shapes up rather nice.
Home games against Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana, and TSUN seems rather easy and to most, their only tough road test will fall on November 8th as they travel to East Lansing for a date with Sparty. Other road games include Maryland, Penn State, and Minnesota putting the Buckeyes in a great position for a return trip to Indy and a date with Wisconsin.
MICHIGAN STATE 13-1 (8-0) Read More
We have always been and always will be the roundtable experts around these parts and this time, it’s no different! Important stressful stuff is winding down in the sports world and summer is here — so let’s have some fun with the usual suspects and some twitter friends (Jim, Jeremy, Mike) I have invited over for the party, including Adam Sabie from 95.5 The Game!
Here are the answers to the “groundbreaking” questions I asked.
What kind of trouble would you like to see your least favorite Wolverweenie (past or present) get into this summer?
Sabie - I would absolutely LOVE to see Chris Webber call another timeout when his team doesn’t have any in a rec league basketball game…. Yep. That would be glorious.
@JayBuckeye74 - Desmond Howard for soliciting a transvestite prostitute.
@Finnessy - Desmond Howard finally shaves the peach fuzz off of his upper lip. In the process, he draws blood, freaks, passes out and knocks a couple of teeth out. Misses first couple weeks of college game day and I don’t have to put up with his cheesy grin or whiny voice.
@Capn33 - Taylor Lewan. Justice needs to be enforced for the Brawl he had with the OSU guy he punched. Maybe boot him out of the NFL .
Ken - Mike Hart gets ticketed for a speeding violation. He never seemed to be able to run that far, nor that fast against Ohio State.
Scott - Tom Brady tests positive for PEDs.
Broseph - I’d love to see Denard Robinson arrested for “improper use of a weapon.” I don’t think Denard understands that he has been in violation for quite some time and needs to be brought to justice. And no, playing running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars isn’t enough punishment.
Mali - I’m kind of past the point of rooting for Wolverine failures- don’t want any karma in my schadenfreude. That being said, I’d like to see two recent Wolverines not get into trouble but be held accountable for the mayhem they’ve already created: Gibbons’ situation from his freshman year and Lewan’s involvement there and his recent poor sportsmanship.
Jason - I would just like to see some action taken in the Lewan accusations along with the (alleged) rapist kicker. I’d also like an investigation into what Hoke knew and for how long.
Doty Sr. - I would not mind seeing Desmond Howard do a 3-5 year bit.
WVa - LOL, I have my own wishes with regards to Desmond Howard but those above are great! Mine is aimed to the one Wolverweenie that has caused me the most pain. I definitely want to see Tom Brady get into trouble for PED’s and for running a prostitution ring.
Let the “Transfer U” jokes continue, as Ohio State receives a verbal commitment from their third in a month, and the first for the football program.
Former Alabama center Chad Lindsay, a Texas native, has chosen to complete his graduate degree in Columbus and use his final year of eligibility to play for the scarlet and gray. Having started four games for the Crimson Tide, he’s expected to be an immediate contributor for Coach Warriner this fall.
Lindsay was also considering Oklahoma, Cal, and Michigan; his decision to head to Columbus rather than Ann Arbor has made folks up north a bit conflicted. As you may remember, Lindsay’s former coach is the new Offensive Coordinator for Coach Brady Hoke… and yet he spurned the Wolverines to join the good guys.
While his initial foray into college football came with some scrutiny, it’s worth noting that the Tide have a tradition of excellent line-play to support their running game. They also have a tradition of over-signing on National Letter Of Intent Day, so it’s nice that OSU could help them out with that as well. Win, win.
Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Chad!
Those of you who play along with us during Fall liveblogs know my propensity for helping make stadium sound effects on third down as a way to
manage my ADD help the team. As such, today’s news hit me with a bit of both nostalgia and sadness… The band that gave us the bell may be no more. We’ve only got one choice for today’s soundtrack, then… Happy Wednesday!
Ohio State’s efforts to return to the B1G Finals run through the hearts and souls of That Team Up North, just as it should be.
The Buckeyes will look to not only punch their ticket to the finals with a win today, but also to get revenge for the 10 point loss to the Wolverines earlier this year in Columbus.
Tip is approximately at 1:40 PM in CBS… Go Bucks!
The Buckeyes and Wolverines do battle in their only regular season meeting tonight in Value City Arena.
The game is scheduled to tip at 9:00 PM Eastern on ESPN. Stop by and say hi to all of your favorite Buckeyes tonight! Go Bucks!
The Ohio State men’s basketball team wasn’t the only Buckeye squad looking to end a losing streak tonight. The OSU women’s basketball team came into tonight on a two game losing streak and were looking to break that as they traveled to Ann Arbor to face rival Michigan. The game was even more meaningful as the Buckeyes were looking for revenge after losing to the Wolverines in Columbus earlier in the month.
Neither team started out shooting well in the game and points were difficult to come by early on; at the midpoint of the first Ohio State led 8-7. The Buckeyes managed to get the offense going a little better over the next three minutes as they used an 8 to 1 run to open up a 16-8 lead with just over six minutes remaining. The two teams then traded baskets and with three and a half minutes remaining OSU held up 21-15. Unfortunately, the Buckeye offense hit a wall at that point and didn’t score the rest of the half while Michigan closed with 11 straight points and the Wolverines headed into the locker room with a 26-21 lead. Ohio State shot atrociously in the first half, going 29% from the field and 22% from three point range. Fortunately, Michigan didn’t shoot much better going 33% from the field and 20% from beyond-the-arc.
Michigan hit a layup to open the scoring in the second half but Ohio State responded with a 10 to 3 run to tie the game at 31 six minutes into the second period. The Wolverines quickly fired back, outscoring the Buckeyes 9 to 2 over the next two and a half minutes to retake a 40-33 lead. Ashley Adams and Raven Ferguson weren’t impressed by the Michigan run though and teamed up on the next three baskets with Ferguson hitting a jumper sandwiched between assisting on layups by Adams. The baskets by Ferguson and Adams sparked the rest of the Buckeyes and ignited a 17 to 2 run that put Ohio State up 50-42 with five minutes remaining in the game. That run pretty much broke Michigan’s spirits and the Wolverines would never get closer as Ohio State cruised the rest of the way to a 61-50 win.
“Michigan State is Ohio State’s new rival.” This theme began around 11:30pm Tuesday night.
To be fair, rumblings of this new theme began long before the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes in overtime at the Breslin Center, but they began to emerge heavily after the scarlet and gray’s 72-68 defeat.
I reject this thought immediately. Michigan State is NOT our new rival. Ohio State has one rival, and only one rival.
Tradition dictates that the Michigan Wolverines are the lone rival to my alma mater, and their misfortunes of late do not knock them from the ranks of rivalry. (By “misfortunes of late”, I mean their football team being a steaming heap of dung throughout the entire 21st century. Boom, roasted.)
Michigan State is atop the Big Ten, and they earned it by knocking the Buckeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten twice in five weeks. I can accept that they are the champions in football and the current leaders in basketball. They’re a damn good team in both sports, and while I am not happy about it, there’s no denying it.
But I cannot and will not allow history and tradition to be rewritten over an excellent stretch of athletic competition.
To me, a rivalry requires more than wins and losses on a stat sheet. It takes decades of hatred, frustration, glory, and respect. Michigan State will never evoke those emotions the way Michigan does.
The Spartans are our chief competitors for the title. They are our most difficult opponents. They are our toughest struggle. But they are NOT our rival.
So what’s the difference between MSU and UM?
There are several teams that want to claim us as their rival. That’s fine with me – they do it because beating us would make their season. We’re the kings. But just because Penn State or Indiana wants to declare us their rival doesn’t mean we should reciprocate. Let it go. Take the games seriously, but there simply is no massive rivalry aside from the maize and blue. You’ll never compare to our greatest rival.
If that’s not enough to convince you, perhaps a history lesson is in order.
Towards the end of the John Cooper era at Ohio State, there were similar rumblings coming from Ann Arbor. Michigan had handled us so many times recently, and their fans were losing the flavor for The Game. They were declaring Michigan State to be their biggest rival. Perhaps they were doing it to get under our skin, because that’s what Ohio State and Michigan does to one another – constant contempt and mockery.
It worked. It got under our skin. Michigan began to take us for granted, and after they knocked us off 38-26 in 2000, we’d had enough. We went and hired Jim Tressel. Since that day, the Wolverines have paid the price for disrespecting The Rivalry. They’ve only tasted victory twice in the 13 years since.
Buckeye fans, I urge you – do not declare MSU to be our new rival. They simply aren’t.
Keep your eyes on the ball. Those bastards to the north are our rivals, and they always will be.