Ohio State vs. Michigan highlights, wasn’t that fun?

Written December 11th, 2010 by Jim

The absence of college football for the first time in months has left me with little to do today. I figured I would spend some time looking at highlights from The Game to brighten the day. As always, lexco44 brings it strong with a great highlight montage on youtube.

Here are my thoughts, in chronological order:

  • Say want you want about Orhian Johnson, his closing speed at :56  is extremely impressive. Robinson is one of the fastest players in football, and he clearly isn’t used to people catching up to him from behind like that, as evidenced by him dropping the ball upon being hit. As I mentioned in my DB review, Johnson is one of the most physically gifted players on the team. If he can get the mental part of the game down, he has the chance to be special.
  • On the very next play of the clip  at (starts at 1:05), Pryor evades pressure and rolls out of the pocket beautifully, however, it seems pretty clear that Pryor was locked in on a blanketed Posey when he made the throw. I could be mistaken, but it seems fortunate for Pryor that Washington stepped in front and made the catch. Read More

Preview: Ohio State vs. M*ch*gan

Written November 27th, 2010 by Jim

It’s the best time of the year.

Ohio State will be playing for a Big Ten title and a chance at a BCS bowl on Saturday against the most hated of opponents. The scarlet and gray will clash once more with the maize and blue in old Ohio Stadium.

Life is good.

Oh yeah, and the whole ‘not working for a few days and spending time with loved ones on Thanksgiving’ isn’t so bad either.

After all of the food related festivities, that school up north travels to Columbus with a 7-4 record, exactly one week after being thoroughly dismantled at home by Wisconsin. Ohio State comes into The Game following a close fought (confidence building?) victory at Iowa.

Ohio State has a lot on the line in this game. M*ch*gan does not, that makes them the spoiler, and that makes them dangerous.

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What do you want to see on Saturday? The Game

Written November 27th, 2010 by Jim

Mali

  • Fast Start- The Buckeyes have come out a bit flat the last few games; it will be great to set the tone early.
  • New Nickname- The Game dubbed “Five-Cier”… what will the Silver Bullets have for Shoelaces?
  • Record Offensive Output- Fact is, TTUN is near the bottom of the NCAA in defensive statistics.  It’d be great to make some runs at season and game records.
  • That Face- We linked to it earlier, but it would be amazing to see “Dear Leader” have numerous reasons to look as if he’s passing a kidney stone.
  • Devin Gardner- Earlier this week Rod talked about his hope that the freshman quarterback (and the next “flavor of the month”) Devin Gardner would pursue a medical redshirt due to his back problems, a practice that’s common in college football. I’d like to see Mich1gAAn’s plans thwarted.
  • Gold Pants- Let’s get a win and send the seniors out with a full quiver of victories in The Game.

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Finishing Strong

Written November 3rd, 2010 by Jim

Contender.

“November is for contenders.”

-James Patrick Tressel

With four Big Ten teams currently tied at the top of the standings, this November is clearly a month for contenders. Whichever teams can stay at one loss guarantee themselves at least a share of the conference crown.

Easier said than done… for some teams more than others.

The Buckeyes have arguably the toughest road to remain at one loss. Ohio State versus Iowa is the only game left that features two of the top teams going head to head.

It is by far the biggest game left on the Big Ten schedule and naturally has the largest implications in the conference race. It is also the toughest challenge remaining for Ohio State or any other one loss team (except maybe for Iowa, but they have the advantage of playing at home).

At the same time, anything can happen each Saturday. If the Big Ten has taught us anything this year, it is that winning on the road is an extremely difficult challenge for even the best teams.

Michigan State’s only loss was at Iowa. Wisconsin’s only loss was at Michigan State. Ohio State’s only loss was at Wisconsin. Iowa decided to buck the trend and lose at home to Wisconsin (which may bode well for Ohio State), but clearly the road has been unkind in the Big Ten this season.

Each remaining road game is a potential second loss for the top teams, opening up a chance for an outright championship, however small that chance may be.

Outright or shared, if Ohio State wins its remaining three games they will earn their sixth straight conference title. So rather than go into the details about what could happen with other teams, let’s talk about what Ohio State needs to do to finish strong and secure a championship.

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