One Fan’s Opinion: Oklahoma State Deserves Title Shot

Written December 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

With all the BS surrounding today’s BCS decision, we thought it would be a good idea to get a different perspective from someone who’s case is not being shoved down our throats clearly articulated from Bristol. For that, we turn to our Big Integer correspondent…

All For Naught?

I’m a man and not quite 40, and last night was a first in my lifetime…Oklahoma State University won a conference championship, outright for the first time since before MY parents were born and I was there to witness it.

Not only was it against our in-state rival and traditional power OU, it was an arse cripplin’!  In all phases the Cowboys dominated.  But because of our great college football playoff system, I’m not here, nor are most of the other writers, to talk about the win, rather discuss who plays in the MNCG, as Mali calls it.

Today it all comes down to a vote. Unfortunately, as the four letter network would have it, there will not be equal time given to “all sides” up for election.  First, they didn’t bring GameDay to Stillwater even though it was the only top 10 match up.  Next, they didn’t send their ‘A’ team to broadcast, because we all know that the VTech/Clemson match up definitely had more to play for and would be better.  As if Kirk and Brent stumping for Alabama/LSU LAST WEEK at the Stanford/ND game wasn’t enough, they put on one of the ‘leading candidates’ head coaches to give his ‘unbiased’ opinion for 2 hours on said GameDay.  They didn’t even TRY to include an outside voice.

What gets me most is everyone wants to talk about the one loss.  How about a paradigm shift and talk about the 11 wins.  Alabama didn’t play the top two teams in the east and had their shot AT HOME and lost.  As of this writing, they defeated 2 top 25 teams.  The Cowboys beat 5 top 25 teams and won every game at home and their conference championship who even the four letter network said was 1 and 2 at the top of conferences with the SEC.

Do I have Pickens colored glasses?  YES.  Do I think its ridiculous that the four letter network isn’t even trying to hide their bias?  YES. I still do have hope in the nation-wide voters at large and that they will vote (against the wishes of one network) to have a conference champion play a conference champion in the final game of the season.  And for those of you saying my OSU doesn’t have a chance against LSU, remember back to 2006 when the final BCS ranking was released and NOBODY outside of Gator Nation said they had a chance…but it ended differently than most thought it would (ed.- we have not idea what you’re talking about… there was no 2006 bowl season).

As Gundy said, after last nights thumping, these Cowboys deserve a chance and it definitely will not be a 9-6 game on the road against the Tigers.

The Week That Were: 11.19.11

Written November 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

After yesterday’s slate of games, the soundtrack for this episode should be pretty obvious.  Onward!

Ain’t chaos beautiful?  While the end result may be less than desirable, you’ve got to be amazed at the ways that each week is different, each week has the possibility for the unexpected and amazing.  And this week was proof positive that the football gods have both a sense of humor AND a mischievous side.

Wait... what?

We start on Friday, with a shout out and hat tip to our BFF’s from Ames who saw their mighty Cyclones upset the #2 ranked Cowboys of T. Boone Pickens U. It was a perfect “storm” of sorts- ISU’s freshman quarterback played the game of his life, while Gundy’s squad seemed incapable of being able to hang onto the ball and put points on the board.  Somehow, a team that managed to shut out Texas Tech at home couldn’t cover a basic wheel route; a Cyclone TD and a senior citizen moment from Weeden ended any hopes that Oklahoma State had at playing for the national championship… at least, so it would seem (more later).

Congrats to Coach Paul Rhodes and his staff for getting his team prepared to square off against the ‘Pokes, and for having Iowa State bowl eligible once again.

So- we had early warnings that something was astir in this week’s slate of games, but “The Oracle” was able to solidify our beliefs that it was going to be an unforgettable experience. I’ll just link to Lee Corso’s commentary, since it’s not all that family friendly; let’s remember a) he had a stroke a while back and b) he spoke the truest college preview that’s ever been spoken. Read More

The Week That Were: 10.22.11

Written October 24th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

There are lots of options for today’s soundtrack, but I’m going with this one for reasons that should be clear later.

Apologies for the tardiness of this week’s recap…  you say “bye week”, I say “rock climbing trip to the beach“. So, yeah… I didn’t get to see what might be the play of the season in the B1G. If you’re like me and have been living under or on a rock, a) I’m sorry and b) here’s how it went down:

The game was a great one for college football fans, and for the conference overall… for the national audience to see such a back and forth game between two top teams can’t help but counteract the “B1G And Slow” meme that seems to linger no matter the quality of the programs within the conference. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Gets B1G

Written September 28th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Weekly update from Coach Fickell’s press conference as well as notes from around the world of college football.

B1G Game, Big Ammo

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update: No news today on Philly Brown or Nathan Williams; it’s speculated that Brown may be back sooner of the two. Coach made no comments on some of the other guys dinged up- (Melvin Fellows, etc.)
  • Fickell Speaks: In preparing for Michigan State, coach Fickell will be facing one of his mentors in former colleague and current Spartan Mark Dantonio.  When asked about this, he said-

Just the three years Coach Dantonio was here with him, probably the one guy that I stay most in contact with since he’s been gone. Just probably because we’re more similar people in general, family oriented guys, a lot of those kind of things. That’s very important for him, how you handle these situations, what’s really important, don’t forget about those kinds of things. We have a good relationship. If there’s one person I’ve talked to as much as anybody, it would be him.

I’ve said before, if I was playing my brother, I’d want to beat him as bad as I want to beat anybody. I don’t think that changes or factors into it.

  • Captain, My Captain: This weeks’ “Leader-go-round” lands on Nate Ebner (his second tour of duty), Nate Oliver, and Jordan Hall.  First time in Buckeye History that there’ve been two “Nates” as captains. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Hunts Tatanka

Written September 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Notes from the Fickell presser, and other happenings around the world of college football, including updated NCAA investigation information (it’s not just us) and the latest on conference expansion.

Straight Shootin'

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- Nathan Williams is still out, and Adam Homan had surgery this week. Andrew Sweat is banged up, but expected to play, but there’s no official word on Philly Brown at this time.
  • Fickell Speaks- If you’re a fan of discussing time outs and so forth, you’d have loved today’s press conference. The long and short of it- He wished he would have called a time out prior to Miami doing so late in the fourth, but was also thinking that the offense would need at least two if they were going to make a comeback from being down two scores.
  • Captain, My Captain- This week’s representatives: John “Sandman” Simon and Zach “Kill Everything That Moves” Boren
  • Just For Giggles- Fickell, on Joe Bauserman being shown laughing on the sidelines late in the game,

I know Joe hurts every bit as bad as I do. Just like me up here, I smile and I show that I’m happy and everything’s going great when my stomach down inside is sometimes in a knot.

No, that’s not something you want to see. Whether he was disguising or masking how his gut felt, I have confidence that Joe hurts every bit as much as I hurt. We try and tell those guys, nothing goes unnoticed whether it’s on the sidelines of a game, whether it’s in a classroom, wherever you are having something to eat. Just make sure you understand that.

But I haven’t noticed anything that would tell me that Joe isn’t 100% with us

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tBBC Rewind- Playoff Proposal

Written September 19th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

On Friday, tBBC turns 5.  Or, as Jeff says “we’re old enough to be in kindergarten!” which will come as no surprise to all eight of our regular readers. You’ll also be happy to know that we’ve officially stopped eating paste.

You guys lasted five years?

So, to celebrate we “veterans” are taking a look back and re-posting our favorite articles from our time on the intertrons. Since I’m going first, I’m going to reach deep into the archives to pull up something from our time at SBN- my suggestions for “fixing” the BCS via conference realignment/expansion.  Building on some of the “Bowl Crap” series that I did, I was working with Rob Harley’s ideas and those of a faithful reader, but it’s interesting how close to this is to what might be happening over the next week or so.

Granted, my idea included 6 conferences and not 4; but it did forsee a situation where the conference championship games were the first round of the tournament.  Looking back… I think I like where we’re headed better.

Oh, and this was originally a two part post, so if you print it for “reading” at “work”, be warned that it may be a longer trip to the lounge than usual.  Enjoy!

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For The Sake Of Argument: Playoffs

For the record, I’m not a proponent of playoffs. I actually liked the way things used to be with conference bowl tie-ins and such; arguing about who was #1 back in the day was a part of the enjoyment of the game, in my opinion.

But, since you asked me, if we were going to have a playoff this is what it should look like. Unlike some people, I’m not going to tell you what won’t work- I’m taking a flier on what would ooze awesomeness. Caution is advised; some items may shift during the duration of this posting. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Is A Real Patriot

Written September 6th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

News and notes from the Ohio State Press Luncheon and around the world of college sports

Wanna shoot down Rockets? Here you go...

Buckeye News

  • Injury Update- Today, Coach Fickell said that he was hopeful regarding having Jamaal Berry back from his hamstring injury- as of this time, though, there is, no news on Underwood/Philly Brown.
  • Captain, My Captain- This weeks’ leaders, based on the performance against Akron: Joe Bauserman, Andrew Sweat, and Nate Ebner. We write about a guy, and good things happen…
  • More of the same- No change in the QB rotation/depth chart are in the works for Toledo; if it ain’t broke and so forth.
  • Guess who’s back- As of this week, all of the “Trinket Three” (Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, Pittsburgh Corey Brown) have been reinstated as was tattoo recipient Jordan Whiting- however, Coach Fickell was adamant that all will need to earn their positions.
  • Get off my front yard! Old Man Bauserman talked about owning a house and mowing his own lawn the only way he knows how.
  • Game Awards- Following his first career win, Coach Fickell got a game ball from Gene Smith. Got to wonder if it was autographed, though?
  • Picture’s worth a thousand words- Check out this action shot of Evan Spencer’s catch:

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Some ‘Splaining To Do

Written May 5th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

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Yup, it’ll be an interesting summer indeed for the NCAA, who yesterday found out that their  busy schedule of chasing down criminal scofflaws and other ne’er-do-wells is going to be interrupted by another investigation.

Well, not really an investigation… more like a series of questions that no one really expected. Sure, we knew that there were rumblings about the BCS being “looked into”, but most people figured that those disappeared right about the time that Utah was given a seat at the adults table.

Well, we were mistaken, as yesterday the Utah Attorney General informed the NCAA that they are filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the BCS. Not like that group of folks didn’t also have their hands full at the moment.

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