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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
For the beginning of this discussion, please see Tuesday’s recruiting rundown.
Calling Chicken Little, Calling Chicken Little……
There is no cure for the avid Ohio State Football Fan who thinks they could help coach our beloved Buckeyes. It’s hard to be a passionate fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes without thinking your coach would do a better job if he’d just listen to you for once in his pathetic, misinformed life.
There is a product out there that reduces the urge to be a know-it-all. For us Ohio State fans, that product is URBAN MEYER!!! For us, it’s a passion that we enjoy! For Urban it’s his way of life and he is very good at it!
One of the biggest compliments you can give Meyer is that he makes it very hard for you NOT to pause and think in this world of second-guessing. He makes it easier for you to trust him. In dealing with most head football coaches, you want to see into their heads to help them find a clue. With Urban, you open the curtains to his brain and get a glimpse of how nick it looks.
Armchair Head Coaches? Here, have a little Urban Meyer.
These days there is a lot of talk about the huge amount of money involved in college sports. From reports of players unionizing to arguments about whether student-athletes should be paid to claims that student-athletes can’t even get enough food, money seems to dominate the discussion of college sports these days. This makes sense as the amount of money involved is huge, Ohio State’s athletic department brings in over $140 million in revenue and Urban Meyer and Thad Matta both get paid more than $3 million a year while athletic director Gene Smith earns more than $1 million a year.
The amount of money involved in college athletics is truly huge and many people worry that this amount of money has a corrupting influence on universities, causing them to make decisions that benefit athletics at the expense of the academic mission of the university. While there are certainly instances of this happening, see the academic scandal at North Carolina for example, the amount of money involved in college athletics is far from the largest source of revenue for most universities. If you look at Ohio State’s budget numbers for the 2014 fiscal year, the university’s total income for the year is $5.25 billion dollars, the largest source of that being the OSU hospitals and health system which are also the largest expense. After that, OSU’s next largest source of income is student tuition and fees which bring in $962 million and then government funding which provides $957 million in total.
At 1:30 PM this afternoon on BTN, the Ohio State Spring Game will be broadcast! Today is the only day we get to sate our thirst for “live” Football until August, so take advantage of it while you can. Read More
Welcome to our annual NCAA Tournament Liveblog! If you’re hanging out watching games, you should stop by and watch them with us!
First up is #10 Stanford vs. #2 Kansas. It’s been a fun one so far!
Our Bracket Breakdown gets a little close to home…
The South Region is of some interest to us since that is Ohio State’s “Region”. It also has a few other top-rated teams such as Florida, Kansas, UCLA and Syracuse. Whoever emerges from this Region has a legitimate chance to be in the Finals and possibly win it all.
Rather than go through game-by-game in the Region, I’ll focus on five (5) topics; 1) the team likely to win region, 2) the region’s Cinderella team, 3) team most likely to be upset, 4) who is region’s unheralded player and 5) my Elite 8 picks. Envelopes, please…
Regional Favorite: Florida is my choice to win this Region. The Gators haven’t lost a game since December 2nd, and it’s unlikely they lose this week, until possibly the Finals. They are a well-balanced team, play decently on offense, but are a top notch defensive team. In their last 14 games, dating back to February 1st, they have allowed less than 60 points in 7 of them. A capable offense and a tough defense will carry this team to the Final Four.
Cinderella: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks could be wearing the Glass Slipper, at least until midnight. They aren’t rated well (RPI 55, SOS 315) but they come in as the #12 seed against VCU and the Rams are only a 6 point favorite. They have a decent defense and are efficient of on offense (1.16 PPP). And, a #11/#12 seed moving on is not unheard of; just ask VCU. Read More
The decisions have been made.
The picks are in.
It’s anybody’s NCAA Tournament.
Ohio State has a tough, but winnable draw.
OSU is the No. 6 seed in the South and will play the Dayton Flyers, who many thought would be in the First Four, in Buffalo.
The Flyers made it without having to play in the extra game.
The winner gets a very beatable Syracuse in its own backyard.
The Big Ten got interesting draws. In addition to OSU having to play a hungry Dayton team, Wisconsin could get Oregon, with five scorers, in the third round.
Nebraska gets Baylor in the second round and then Creighton in the third round. Brutal. A CBS guy was already talking about Baylor-Creighton in third round.
Michigan got a No. 2 seed in the Midwest when many had TTUN as a No. 1. The Wolverines get two easy games, Wofford and then the winner of Texas-Arizona State.
Iowa got stuck in a First Four game against Tennessee and will play No. 6 UMass with a win. Most projections had Iowa in cleanly, meaning no First Four.
Michigan State gets a No. 4 seed and plays Delaware in Spokane and then either Cincinnati or Harvard in the third round.
The Midwest is loaded. Louisville, Wichita State, Kentucky, Michigan, Duke. Three of last year’s Final Four Teams. Holy stacked bracket, Batman.