The Week That Were: 11.23.13

Written November 25th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Thanksgiving week! Here’s a little music to get you ready for Thursday… and another ditty to prep you for Saturday.

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One Of Those Days

You know what’s interesting about college sports? Call it “the circle of life”, call it “karma” (j/k, don’t do that) call it “Brent Musberger’s Vegas Connections”, but the fact is that things just seem to work themselves out.

In spite of efforts to create story lines and “narrative”, teams win and teams lose and everyone gets to play in a bowl. Well, almost everyone.

It’s like I’ve been saying all season- “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” Play well, win the game you’re in, and let the chips fall where they may.

Sure, it’s great that you’re averaging a metric bucketload of points every week, but when you don’t hit that target what will you do? Case in point: Texas A&M, Oregon, and Baylor combined for 41 points in their three losses. yesterday. That’s less than Oregon and Baylor were each averaging per game.

As the prophet said, “Everyone’s got a plan until they get hit in the mouth”.

The Ducks went down in spectacular fashion, giving Rich Rodriguez a home upset of a nationally ranked team that will surely a) earn him an extension and b) give Michi1gAAn fans eternal heartburn. Not only did Mariotti throw his first interception of the year in the game as a result of that great play you see above, but he then tossed his second on the way to a 42-16 loss in Tuscon. It’s not that the Ducks were without flash and sizzle… it’s just that they never found a rhythm and were unable to play Stanford football.

That Kind Of Night

One Of Those Nights

Baylor came into Stillwater not having won there in forever… and left the same way. The nation’s top offensive team was unable to deal with the different looks that TBPU gave them, and struggled to get their high octane offense going.

In addition, their vaunted defensive front didn’t create any consistent pressure or stop Oklahoma State’s bigger specialists from making play after play.  I guess the Lord helps those who help their Chelf.

Helmet sticker goes to the “turf monster”, though, who seemed to be the leading tackler for both teams.  He also made a big play by interfering with a Baylor snap late in the game to solidify the win for the up and coming Cowboy team.

As for Johnny Freaking Football, he and the Aggies continued their trend of underperforming against top competition. As our friend @FightOnTwist pointed out earlier in November, Manziel is an amazing quarterback, but his interceptions often lead to opposing teams’ scores; and other than the win in Tuscaloosa, he’s been pretty pedestrian versus teams that are nationally ranked.

Against LSU on Saturday, his one TD pass was coupled with only 1g completions and two interceptions as the Aggies fell again to LSU by a 34-10 score. I guess you could say he got beaten like a… well… yeah. Read More

Poll Position: Cowboy Up

Written November 20th, 2013 by Patrick

Help Your Chelf

If the pundits and voters would only listen to us, they’d understand that the B1G is due some respect.

With three teams in the latest tBBC Top Ten, the Legendary Leaders put one more than the ACC, PAC, B12, and SEC.

(Not that we’re biased or anything)

Pos. Team (1st Votes) LW
1 Florida State (5) 1
2 Alabama (4) 2
3 Ohio State (1) 3
4 Baylor 4
5 Oregon 6
6 Auburn 7
7 Michigan State 10
8 Oklahoma State NR
9 Clemson 9
10 (tie) Wisconsin/Stanford NR/4

The biggest mover is the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who leap up to the eight spot right before they host Baylor on Saturday. Mike Gundy’s team worked Texas over on Saturday in preparation of facing the undefeated Bears.

Wisconsin also joins the Top 1o for the first time this season, tied with their two loss brothers who forgot to play Stanford Football again on Saturday.

Missouri and South Carolina also received votes this week.

Are we on the money or off base? In the comments, let us know what you think…

 

Poll Position: Ducking Out Of The Top Spot

Written November 12th, 2013 by Patrick

As everyone has told Buckeye fans all season long, “let the games play themselves out” and that they are. Another top unbeaten team has fallen and this time it was a biggie.

Duck And Cover

Oregon was dominated for 54 minutes by Stanford last Thursday and have fallen out of the top spot. Not a lot else really went on this past weekend of note, as Alabama rolled over LSU as did FSU over Wake. The Buckeyes enjoyed their second bye week of the year and prepare to take on the final 3 regular season games.

Pos. Team (1st Votes) LW
1 Florida State (6) 2
2 Alabama (3) 3
3 Ohio State (1) 4
4 Baylor 5
5 Stanford 6
6 Oregon 1
7 Auburn 8
7 Missori 10
9 Clemson 9
10 Michigan State NR

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M, South Carolina, Illinois (hey, we need all the help we can get)

Florida St takes over the top spot with a .2 margin over Alabama. Florida St will enjoy a week off while Alabama will travel to Mississippi St.

The only battle of ranked opponents this week is Georgia and Auburn. This is a big game for Auburn as they point towards their battle with the Crimson Tide on November 30th. As for the Buckeyes, they travel to Champaign to battle for the Illibuck trophy.

Stop back next week and see all the comings and goings of the Buckeye Battle Cry’s top ten!!

The Week That Were: 11.09.13

Written November 11th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Today’s soundtrack thanks our Veterans for all that they’ve done

Ok, class… time for a quiz.  What did we learn this week?

Ducked

Cathartic, I’m Sure

We learned that the template for beating Oregon has not changed. Control the ball and the clock with power running, Don’t turn the ball over, Take advantage of turnovers, and Hold on for dear life.

While this would seem to be the obvious solution to beating any team, Stanford has certainly shown that it’s a template for stopping one of the most powerful offenses in the country. By continuing to do so on Thursday night, the Cardinal looked like Ohio State and Auburn and LSU… and the Duck Dynasty were bumped off the path to the National Title game.

If that wasn’t enough, on Saturday the Head Duck even showed his newest uniform… and this one will probably not be welcomed with open arms in Eugene.

We also learned something that we should have already known; sometimes these are the most difficult of lessons.  Even here at tBBC we’ve highlighted again and again that “Big Game Bob” is a myth, that other than a BCS game against UConn (not a difficult thing, no matter what Michigan fans will tell you) and some wins over Texas during their programmatic slide, the Sooners have not managed to win the big one at anywhere near a dominant success rate.

We're Disappointed Too

We’re Disappointed Too

Even this year they were embarrassed by a Texas Team that was searching for it’s identity, and have a “quality win” over a Texas Tech team who’s now dropped three in a row. We should have known better than to expect wonders from the team from Norman, but there Buckeye fans were, hoping that they’d handle a Baylor team that’s been setting scoreboards on fire.

We forgot that they have no downfield passing game, and their running game is predicated on a fullback at quarterback. And so, even though it looked close at the outset, we couldn’t be too surprised when Oklahoma collapsed in a heap of it’s own making.

And Baylor? Well, Baylor continues to look absolutely fabulous. With contests against TTU, TBPU and Texas upcoming in their season, the Bears are by no means shoo-ins for the conference title, but the path is pretty clear.

To be fair to the Longhorns, they’ve turned the season around and remained undefeated after their overtime win in the first Texas trip to Morgantown as a part of the new conference configuration. Judging by the responses on Shaggy Bevo, fans are somewhat torn by this turn of events- Winning is good, but how can they fire Mack if he manages to bring home a B12 Title this year? Read More

Weekend Wonderings

Written November 10th, 2013 by Ken

thinking chimp

Welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon/evening and let’s carry on. This will be a nice break from yard work for you. Besides, the Browns and the Buckeyes are off this weekend, so what else would you have planned?

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

As expected, we have a couple items this week.

First up, researchers at The James have determined, through whole-genome sequencing, that the human papillomavirus (HPV) can directly damage genes and chromosomes, thus contributing to cancer.

Published in the journal Genome Research, this laboratory study used whole-genome sequencing to investigate the relationship between the HPV and host genomes in human cancers.

“Our sequencing data showed in vivid detail that HPV can damage host-cell genes and chromosomes at sites of viral insertion,” says co-senior author David Symer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics at the OSUCCC – James.

“HPV can act like a tornado hitting the genome, disrupting and rearranging nearby host-cell genes,” Symer explains. “This can lead to overexpression of cancer-causing genes in some cases, or it can disrupt protective tumor-suppressor genes in others. Both kinds of damage likely promote the development of cancer.”

“HPV can act like a tornado hitting the genome, disrupting and rearranging nearby host-cell genes,” Symer explains. “This can lead to overexpression of cancer-causing genes in some cases, or it can disrupt protective tumor-suppressor genes in others. Both kinds of damage likely promote the development of cancer.”

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Poll Position: Two Atop tBBC Top Ten

Written October 29th, 2013 by Patrick

Another week, another shake up in tBBC top ten. In a week that saw undefeated Missouri and Texas Tech drop from the ranks of the unbeaten, and Miami and Stanford survive “scares” from Wake Forest and Oregon State, the top four teams just continued on their merry way towards a date with a crystal ball.

Florida State garnished enough votes this week to tie Oregon for top spot in our poll this week while Alabama actually led all teams with 4 first place votes…..and dropped a spot. Auburn makes its first appearance in the top 10 while Missouri clings to its top 10 life.

Pos. Team (1st Votes) LW
1 Oregon (3) 1
1 Florida State (3) 3
3 Alabama (4) 2
4 Ohio State 4
5 Baylor 6
6 Stanford 7
7 Miami 8
8 Auburn NR
9 Clemson 9
10 Missouri 5

Dropped out – Texas Tech

Others recieving votes – Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Only one matchup of top ten teams this coming week as ‘Da U travels to Tallahassee to take on the top ranked Seminoles.

Barring any major upsets, it shapes up for a great week of football in two weeks that will include 3 matchups that will go a long way to determine the national championship game participants (LSU/Alabama, Oregon/Stanford, Oklahoma/Baylor).

While the Buckeyes were spectacular on the field this past Saturday, but it was not enough to impress tBBC voters.

Stop back next week to see who climbs and who drops!

Poll Position: Huge Shift In tBBC Top Ten

Written October 22nd, 2013 by Patrick

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.

Passing His Way Up The Polls

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
1 Oregon (4) 1
2 Alabama (4) 2
3 Florida State (2) 5
4 Ohio State 4
5 Missouri NR
6 Baylor 7
7 Stanford NR
8 Miami NR
9 Clemson 3
10 Texas Tech NR

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.

Wednesday Night Rumble: The Chase Is On!

Written October 16th, 2013 by Jason

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!

Handle your own businessimage

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