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The Week That Were: 10.09.10

Written October 10th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

This weeks’ post comes with a soundtrack:

Not all that original, so if you want to get your “Gospel” on and hear the song that was going through my head all day yesterday, this is the link for you.

Almost perfect.

Like a no-hitter blown at the last minute, yesterday was this close to being the apex of the college football season. Ohio State won, as you know, and so many other teams failed to meet expectations (or came back to reality), all in all pretty good. Before we get to the good stuff, let’s get the disappointment out of the way. Read More

The Week That Were: 10.02.10

Written October 3rd, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

From the “He started it!” files- This week, we join our friends at 11W in celebrating Oktoberfest and all it’s splendor. So, break out the lederhosen, get your sauerkraut all warmed up, and find grandma’s recipe for schnitzel…

Drink enough and you'll dance too

This weekend looked to be the best thus far in terms of quality matchups, but only a few actually lived up to those expectations. Let’s start in the SEC, shall we?

Alabama, man… Another “can’t they both lose?” as the Crimson Tide invited the Gators to their place. As we were reminded over and over and over again by unbiased network analysts, when these two team play, the winner usually heads on to a national championship. As much as  I hated to see Urban’s squadron be held without a touchdown (sarcasm alert), it was interesting that Alabama seems to be perfecting the tenets of Tresselball- No mistakes on offense, aggressive defense, solid special teams. Granted, they’ve got a Heisman Trophy running back to hand it to, but it’s important for Buckeye fans to remember these successes when they start screaming for offensive coordinators.  I was also more than pleased to see that sometimes the Gators can get too cute for their own good.

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The Week That Were: 9.25.10

Written September 26th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

This week’s commentary is brought to you by my inner grumpy old man:

One comment on Eastern Michigan, since all we do is talk Buckeyes here. Throughout the game I was having Dennis Green “They are who we thought they were” flashbacks, although not in ways that were complementary.

I get mine at Costco

Ok, let’s get our weekly dose of Blue Haterade out of the way up front: Maybe I saw this wrong, but it sure seemed as if the Broncos had empty seats in the upper reaches of the visitor’s side of their stadium.  You know, the 30,000 person stadium that they have? If my eyes were right, you’re going to have to go a long way to convince me how you deserve to be considered a “major program” if you can’t fill 30k seats in a game where your opposition only comes from one state over.

Look, I love me some Musberger (note: sarcasm), but yesterday I heard these words fall out of his mouth, “… this is the second team from a BCS qualifier that the Broncos have played this season…” And he was using that as rationale that they should be considered in the national title hunt… Gosh, I wonder what it must be like to play eight or nine or ten teams from BCS qualifiers during the course of a season?

If there are regulations limiting the size of LSU’s “Eye of the Tiger” at midfield, tell me again how a team can have a blue or red field?

Why is/was Oregon State ranked? I know they won’t be after this week, but why were they? I’ve been impressed with some of the things that they’re doing in Corvallis, but I think that they’re still benefiting from those upsets of USC over the past few years. If we were putting together a list of the top PAC10 teams, I’m not sure toOSU would be in the upper half. Oregon, Stanford, USC are the top three; Arizona and UCLA have to be in the conversation based on how they’re playing. This is not a critique of the Beavers, but of ridiculous pre-season polls.

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The Week That Were- 9.11.10

Written September 13th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Once again, it’s time for a quick tour de farce around the week in college football. You know, in case you don’t have ESPN and this is the only website you read (as it should be). Today’s musical accompaniment: This amazing cover. Good luck getting it out of your head during the TPS meeting.

So much for strength of schedule

James Madison, welcome to the BCS championship game!  Wait, you have to do something more than beat Virginia Tech? Since when?

Quick comment on the Miami game- I like Randy Shannon, and gained a lot of respect for Jacory Harris as a person during the game (as a QB? Nope). Just thought I’d put that out there, since there seems to be a conspicuous absence of the Miami fans that were so prevalent last week in our little corner of the interwebs.

So, the ACC is back to being a basketball conference, right? This week, all of their ranked squadrons went down, including the JMU upset mentioned earlier and The “Rambling Wreck” falling to a team that only scored three points in their loss to North Dakota State.  You want to fix the BCS? One could argue for taking away the ACC’s automatic bid and making them split it with the Big lEast, and then make the MWC and WAC fight over the other one. Problem solved.

That running back that Michigan lets throw the ball is pretty good.  Of course, their opponent wasn’t called Notre Ame for nothing… It would be interesting to see how the game would be different with Irish starting QB Crist in for the entire game, especially given what we’ve seen from the Wolverine defense.

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Beating USC….means Ohio State is 9-0???

Written September 11th, 2009 by Jeff

Yes, you read that right.  The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently 1-0, having knocked off Navy last weekend.  It’s my contention that if Ohio State wins their second game of the year, they’re as good as 9-0.

"There's a tradition in tournament play.  Do not talk about the next step until you've climbed the one in front of you."

"There's a tradition in tournament play. Do not talk about the next step until you've climbed the one in front of you."

With all the rabid discussion about the Ohio State-USC game, it appears as if nobody has taken a look at the schedule beyond this weekend’s game. Go ahead and look for yourself – it’s in the column directly to the right of this article.

Looks kinda…light. Right?

I’m calling it right now. If Ohio State beats USC Saturday night, they’re 9-0. Here’s why;

  • Game 3 – at Toledo – The Rockets have one win against a big-name Big Ten school. They’re not getting another one anytime soon. Purdue put up 47 points against them with a lesser offense. This one won’t be close.
  • Game 4 – Illinois – When all the talk was about Juice Williams being the man who runs the Illinois offense, it looks more like it was Rashard Mendenhall that was the catalyst. Williams struggled against Missouri last week, and the Illini defense isn’t even able to catch the swine flu, let alone Terrelle Pryor.
  • Game 5 – at Indiana – The annual home game on the road should produce the typical result. Indiana will be lucky to make the top 8 of the conference, and will be lucky to stay within 3 touchdowns of Ohio State.
  • Game 6 – Wisconsin – There are some who say that the Badgers have the Buckeyes’ number and always seem to give us tough games. Maybe so, but they would only win the games against Ohio State when they were….oh, how should I put this….not a complete disaster.
  • Game 7 – at Purdue – The Boilers are in a rebuilding year, and as much as I like them, they’ll be hard pressed to slow down Pryor.
  • Game 8 – Minnesota – They had trouble with Syracuse. Syracuse. Their big season last year was a confidence booster for the Gophers, but they’re not yet ready for prime time.
  • Game 9 – New Mexico State – This was a fill-in game for the Buckeyes….one of those opponents that we paid to come to Ohio Stadium and they’ll be happy with the big paycheck and a loss.

Then comes Penn State, Iowa and Michigan. We’ll have trouble at the end of the year, but with 7 games immediately following USC will only be a 2-month laundry list of tune-up games for the final stretch.

Dear God, win this game on Saturday night. 9-0 would be sweet for this team. So sweet.

Oh, and if you think I’m crazy for this prognostication, I’ve done it before. I was right then, too.  And if that doesn’t convince you, perhaps this will…..

The last time that Ohio State lost a game to an opponent they should have defeated, it was 2004.  This team does NOT lose to lesser opponents.  There are no Toledos in our loss column.  No Stanfords.  None of that.  For all the grief we get from the media for our recent big-game losses, they tend to overlook the fact that NO team has defeated us in five years that did not make a BCS bowl the same year they got us.  None.

So when we finally break the big-game shackles tomorrow night and defeat USC, expect us to go 9-0 to start the season.  Because Toledo, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue, Minnesota, and New Mexico State will probably be watching the BCS bowls from home.  Which means they’re not getting a win over us.  Period.

Go Bucks!