Slight variation in schedule… think of this as TWTW meets Wednesday’s regular SBP. Here’s the tunes behind the guy behind the guy.
2013 started almost the same way that every other year has started since I can remember… with a slate of B1G Ten games, highlighting how many people who live in the midwest want to flee to warmer climes for some semblance of a vacation. I still haven’t figured out how the scheduling geniuses who have an entire slate of games and “bowl week” to work with decide to run four of them at semi-simultaneous time times, though.
You’ll note that I said “almost”… one of the major differences this year was the lack of Buckeye football; in case you hadn’t heard, they had a one year vacation from the post-season. What’s intriguing about that fact is that we seemingly had it shoved down our throats throughout the regular season by the good folks at the four letter network, and yet I can count on one hand the times I heard the words “Ohio State” or “Buckeyes” thus far in the bowl season. Penn State, too, although you’d think that one of the things that would be covered would be how teams playing got their losses this year; the Rose Bowl’s discussion included the review of their overtime losses, but didn’t mention by name two of the teams that handed those to them.
I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised, though… you want the games to be celebrations of the teams that are playing, and it’d be a shame to see anything hamper the narrative of next Monday’s “Championship” game; reminding folks of another undefeated team might cast a pall on that sacred moment. However, I don’t seem to remember Southern Cal being erased from the post season even when they were ineligible- their 10-2 record last year was certainly a topic of commentary.
Anywho… Ohio State hasn’t lost a game in over a year, and that can’t be taken away from them or their fans.
So let’s dive into the spectacle that was B1G Tuesday, taking a look at all of the outcomes and then reflecting on what this might “mean” for the conference and college football as a whole. Remember, the results you witnessed might have been different should the two outsider programs be in the mix this season… B1G fans, how are those “you’ve got no bowl game” taunts holding up for you these days?
The granddaddy of them all… and the reason why southern California smells like wine and cheese this New Year’s.
The History: “The Grandaddy of Them All.” The Rose Bowl is the oldest of all the bowl games, with the first game being played in 1902. The game then took a break until 1916 and has been played annually since. Traditionally, the Rose Bowl sees the champion of the Big Ten and the Pac-12 square off and this year is no different. USC has made the most appearances in the Rose Bowl with 33. After the Trojans, the teams with the most appearances are: Michigan (20), Washington (14) and Ohio State (14). The game is held in Pasadena, Calif.
Wisconsin Scouting Report: Wisconsin the the first team five-loss team to ever appear in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers made their way to the Big Ten Championship Game by default as both Ohio State and Penn State finished ahead of the Badgers in the Leaders Division, but were ineligible for postseason play. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is the all-time FBS leader in rushing touchdowns with 76 and is no doubt the key to the Badgers’ offense.
Stanford Scouting Report: Not many people expected Stanford to be in this situation after losing the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft last year in Andrew Luck. But the Cardinal finished the season as Pac-12 champions, with their big victory coming against Oregon back in November. The Cardinal feature a balanced offensive attack, much like they did a season ago, and a solid defense.
tBBC “Expert Selections:
My Selection: On paper, this seems like a great match-up for Wisconsin. If the Badgers had to deal with Oregon in this game, it would be a blowout. But, Stanford and Wisconsin play similar styles of football which will give Wisconsin a chance to hang in the game. In the end, though, Stanford is too much for Wisconsin as the Cardinal defeat the Badgers, 24-16.
On this anniversary of James Patrick Tressel’s last day at work, several of the folks from tBBC are joining others in the BBN to talk about the impact that The Vest had on the program.
Coach Jim Tressel’s public persona has taken a beating over the past thirteen months, and understandably so. His transgressions deserved to be punished, and they were.
It’s still my contention that much of the animus and vitriol that’s been aimed at Jim Tressel and the Ohio State program, though, is due not to the magnitude of the infractions, but instead because the “fallen from grace” narrative is one that is attractive. It makes us feel better about ourselves, “Look at that hypocrite… see, I’m not so bad!” and provides an easy way to gain ratings and readers in our 24-7 media frenzy.
No one reads stories about “Guy did what he was supposed to do, and was consistently a good person”. Hard to sell advertising that way.
So, the backlash that Buckeye Nation has felt since December 2010 (not to mention the Tressel family) is, in many ways, magnified by the joy that people have at seeing someone dragged off of their high horse. Particularly when, as may be the case here, that persona was so carefully crafted by the man himself.
He wasn’t called the “Senator” for nothing.
Prior to “The Unfortunate Business”, the national perception of Jim Tressel was similar to the national perception of the “flyover states”- nice people, kind of boring. And some of that was accurate- from his seeming lack of offensive creativity to his efforts on behalf of his faith to the incredibly frustrating (for the media) press conference filibusters, Tress was bland, according to most. Mashed potatoes, Butter optional. Still played smoochie-pants with his wife… just like your mom and dad did, and it made you feel just as awkward.
But the fact of the matter is that, underneath the sweatervest was a man of passion and fire. While it would be hard to tell watching “Dave” crash over and over and over and over into the line, Jim Tressel had a fire that only occasionally would leak out to the public. Luckily for me, though, I was present during two of these incidents. Read More
In this week’s edition of news and notes, we take a look at the ever swirling world of college “playoffs”; helping you get to the bottom of the matter. You can probably guess where this is headed…
(Gee) knows more about bow ties than he does about journalism.
Probably true, but since Gordo is a fifteenth level bow-tie ninja, what does that say about your point?
OT J.B. Shugarts (seventh or free agent): Good size, but had false start and some foot problems with the Buckeyes.
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Back with another preview this one of the Grandaddy of them all. It feels odd that this game is not on today on New Year’s Day.
The Basics: Monday, January 2nd from Pasadena California at 5:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ESPN. Wisconsin (11-2) and Oregon (11-2).
History: The Rose Bowl is just oozing with History and probably the bowl game that us Big Ten fans know the most about. It usually pits the winners of the Pac-10 and the Big 10, unless of course either of those teams make the NC game. Probably one of the best Ohio State memories comes from the 1997 Rose Bowl when our Buckeyes defeated Arizona St. and Jake Plummer when Joe Germaine hit David Boston in the corner of the endzone. The Rose bowl started in 1902 and has been played at the Rose Bowl stadium ever since it was built in 1922. Oh, and there’s also the yearly Rose Bowl parade as well that usually takes place on New Years day.
Wisconsin: Wisconsin is a team that at one point in the season had hopes of playing in the NC after the off-season transfer of Russell Wilson to Quarterback the Badgers. This was until Michigan State beat them on Hail Mary, which was followed up the following week by Braxton Miller’s back foot throw in the last minute to Devin Smith. Wisconsin was then able to finish out the season, and win the B1G.
The Badgers are led by a huge offensive line on offense. They pave the way for Montee Ball who led the Badgers with 1,759 yds and 32 tds. Ball finished the season with 38 total tds which is one short of the FBS record set by Barry Sanders. Russell Wilson also has Nick Toon to throw the ball too, who has turned out to be a very good college receiver. Wisconsin will be looking to avenge last years Rose Bowl lose to TCU. The game will fall on the shoulders of their Offense to be able to put up plenty of points as well as their D to try and slow down the high powered Oregon offense. Wisconsin is not to be outdone by Oregon’s new uniforms (more later) with the unveiling of their new Adidas uniforms for the Rose Bowl game.
Oregon: The Ducks also have a big play maker that totes the rock in LaMichael James. He led the country with 149.7 yds / game. They are led on offense by Daron Thomas at QB. Oregon also possesses two more threats out of the backfield with Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas. Thomas is also the leading receiver for the Ducks. Oregon will also be unveiling new Nike uniforms and a “liquid metal” helmet.
Oregon will also be trying to avenge losses in BCS bowl games as they have dropped their last 2- Last year in the NC game against Auburn and 2 years ago to our own Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl game. Look for Oregon to really try and go up tempo and put a ton of points on the board; which, to be honest, they should be able to do against a so-so Wisconsin D.
Fun Fact: This game will have 2 of the top 10 Heisman finalists in Ball (4th) and James (10th). The fun fact is Ball was a 3 star #47 RB in the 2009 class and James was a 3 star #40 RB in the country in the 2007 class. Both were very underrated to say the least, and it’s a great reminder about scouting services.
Who we got?
None of us have faith in our B1G representative… or maybe we just hate Bielema.
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Grandaddy of them all…
The history of the Rose Bowl speaks for itself, and is known as “The Grandaddy of them all” for a reason. It is the game that football fans gather around their tvs on New Years Day to watch. Typically the Rose Bowl pairs the top champs from both the Big 10 and Pac 10. Originally the “Tournament East West Football Game”, the first matchup was in 1902 and began the bowl experience that we currently gripe about enjoy today.
Last year we all remember as Ohio State took to an Oregon team that everyone was talking about and how great they were. This year Wisconsin returns for the first time in 11 years, to a bowl game they have not lost in the past 3 appearances. This year with Oregon getting the bid in the National Championship the Rose Bowl was forced to take an at-large team, and TCU will become the first Non AQ team to play in the Rose Bowl.
TCU Horned Frogs
TCU is a team that may feel they deserve a shot at the national championship, but the BCS disagrees (which is all that matters). The lack of quality opponents on their schedule really hurt their resume, even tOSU president Gordon Gee made a comment mid-season about “playing the sisters of the poor”. I don’t think anyone would disagree that TCU is a very good football team, but the number of teams in the country that might have gone through their schedule undefeated hurts their perception.
TCU is a defensive minded team, and they will be led by All-American DE Wayne Daniels who had 6.5 sacks this season. He will be going up against Wisconsin’s Outland Trophy winner Gabe Carimi, who has not had issues with many defenders this year. The Horned Frogs defense allowed an average of just 11.4 points, 126.3 passing yards and 215.4 total yards per game this year, which were all tops in the country this season. Wisconsin will be their most daunting task; will TCU be able to slow down their rushing attack? Something that our own Buckeyes could not do as they gave up 184 yds against Wisconsin, and I would say TCU and Ohio State have somewhat comparable defense, at least statistically.
The offense is led by college football’s active winningest QB Andy Dalton, with 41 wins for his career. He threw for a staggering 26 td’s and only 6 int during the 2010 campaign. He is a very accurate passer, and possess the ability to make the big play down the field. Dalton is not the only weapon in the backfield. Sophomore Ed Wesley had a 1000 yd season to go along with reaching paydirt 11 times. Look for Wesley to carry some of the load to try and keep the Wisconsin pass rush off-balance.
The Badgers come in following a great regular season, and have many calling them the best 1 loss team in the country. If not for their one hiccup in East Lansing they would have their name in the hat for the National Championship game.
This is a game that Wisconsin head coach Brett Bielema could really use to put on his resume. He has had very good success in his short time there but following in coach Barry Alvarez’ footsteps has been a challenge for Bielema and the fans, especially since Alvarez is the only coach to ever win a Rose Bowl game at Wisconsin and owns three trophies. A win could go along way in getting that monkey off Bielema’s back- much like Aaron Rodgers’ successes following Brett Farve.
Wisconsin will be led by a huge offensive line, that will try and push the smaller TCU defensive lineman all over the field, and continue their dominance in the run game. Wisconsin has been averaging 247 yds/game on the ground behind their 3 headed monster at RB, John Clay, James White, and Montee Ball. Also joining them in the backfield is the most accurate passer in the Big Ten, Scott Tolzien. He completed 75% of his passes and threw for 16 td’s and 6 ints. He is not the most flashy of players, but what he does give Wisconsin is a game manager who makes the throws in tight spots, to move the chains and extend drives. Tolzien’s favorite target in the passing game is star TE Lance Kendricks. Look for him up the seam and on the out-cuts as Wisconsin trys to offset the running game with their passing game.
Wisconsin’s defense is led by stud DE J.J. Watt, and their opportune pass rush would leads to turnovers. They have had their struggles on defense this year giving up 34 pts to MSU and 30 to Iowa, but did hold teams like Ohio State and Michigan well below their season averages on the ground, and gave up a respectable 132 yds/ground while facing some very good rushing teams.
Eric going out on a limb, saying that the little guy is going to come out with something to prove (note: Eric just hates Wisconsin) Wisky could sure shut up a lot of people with a total schlacking of the Horned Frogs. I see this as a game where Wisky comes out and plays for all the major programs, and beats up on a team that could come out a little too fired up and playing for all small schools, or a dissapointment that they didn’t get into the NC game.
I see the overall advantage for Wisconsin due to them being able to control the LOS, and being able to wear out TCU. Turnovers could tell a story and also special teams, and we know Wisconsin was opportune on special teams this year, with their kickoff return against Ohio State and fake punt against Iowa in two of their biggest games of the season.