Tag:Ohio State
Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:18 pm

Boise State could be atop BCS rankings

Posted by Tom Fornelli

No matter what you feel about the BCS system that college football currently uses to help determine its national champion, the fact is that it is that we're all stuck with it -- can you guess how I feel? -- for the time being.  We're also less than a week away from the first BCS rankings of 2010 to be released, as they'll come out on Sunday following this weekend's games.

According to some projections, chaos could be accompanying them.  Well, more chaos than usual.

Jerry Palm runs the website collegebcs.com , and according to his calculations, at the moment the top team in the BCS rankings would be none other than the Boise State Broncos.  Palm's ratings have the top five looking like this:
  1. Boise State
  2. Oregon
  3. TCU
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
Yes, that's right, two of the top three teams in the BCS rankings currently come from non-AQ conferences in the WAC and Mountain West.  Ohio State, who is ranked first in both the AP, Coaches and Harris Poll, are in fifth thanks to one computer ranking having them ranked 22nd.

Granted, it's likely this will all change as Boise continues to play its WAC schedule.  Still, the fact that Boise State is ranked so highly now has to make some members of the BCS a bit queasy.
Posted on: October 9, 2010 3:50 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 4:00 pm

Pryor leads OSU with uncharacteristic stat line

Posted by Chip Patterson

Terrelle Pryor only needed three quarters of action to put the game away in Ohio State's 38-10 win over Indiana.  There was concern during the week regarding Pryor's health after suffering a thigh injury against Illinois, but when it came time for kickoff against Indiana #2 was back to doing most of the things he does best.  Pryor completed 24 of 30 passes for 334 yards, per usual.  But what was unusual about Pryor's performance against the Hoosiers was the -19 yards rushing. 

The odd stat line will clearly not carry a negative effect on his standings in the Heisman race, Pryor's primary job as leader of the Buckeyes is to deliver a victory, and once that was sealed Pryor took a seat.  The thigh obviously kept Pryor limited in the pocket, keeping him hesitant to take off down the field.  Getting Pryor healthy will be a chief concern for Ohio State this coming week, with Wisconsin awaiting the Buckeyes October 16 in Madison.

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 12:32 pm

Game day weather updates, Week 6

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Short version: warm and clear. It's beautiful everywhere today. This is Mother Nature's way of apologizing in advance, so plan on seeing it snow bloodflakes by Thursday. Anyway, as usual, all times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Indiana at No. 2 Ohio State, 12:00, Columbus, OH: Mid 70s, clear

Minnesota at No. 20 Wisconsin, 12:00, Madison, WI: Mid 70s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 South Carolina, 3:30, Columbia, SC: Mid 80s, clear

No. 17 Michigan at No. 18 Michigan State, 3:30, East Lansing, MI: Low 70s, clear

No. 11 Arkansas at Texas A&M, 3:30, College Station, TX: Upper 80s, clear

Evening kickoffs

Oregon State at No. 9 Arizona, 6:00, Tucson, AZ: Upper 80s, clear

No. 10 Utah at Iowa State, 7:00, Ames, IA: Mid 70s, clear

No. 12 LSU at No. 14 Florida, 7:30, Gainesville, FL: Low 70s, clear

No. 8 Auburn at Kentucky, 7:30, Lexington, KY: Upper 60s, clear

Late night kickoffs

No. 23 Florida State at No. 13 Miami, 8:00, Coral Gables, FL: Upper 70s, clear

Southern California at No. 16 Stanford, 8:00, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 70s, clear

Posted on: October 8, 2010 4:40 pm

Insane Predictions: Week 6

Posted by the College Football Blog Staff

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that Les Miles wouldn't be the coach that screwed up the endgame the worst during Tennessee-LSU? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely

Utah punishes every single "win-go-up, lose-go-down" poll voter by dropping their night game at Iowa State, 31-20. The previously comatose Cyclone defense comes to life against the Utes, sacking Jordan Wynn four times and picking him off twice. The exasperated Utah coach, Kyle Whittingham, will blame the pollsters for Utah's upset loss, saying "I wasn't the one telling my guys they were the tenth best team in the [censored] nation." -- Adam Jacobi

Washington State slows down and upsets Oregon in Martin Stadium, claiming their first conference win with a 24-0 victory over the Ducks. The shutout will be thanks to the defense who, despite starting the day ranked 118th in the nation in yards allowed per game (509.8), shut down the best offense in nation by simply putting 11 linebackers on the field at all times. -- Chip Patterson

Michigan's defense actually shows up to play on Saturday, allowing Denard Robinson to see even more snaps behind center.  The end result is a 600-yard performance from Robinson as the Wolverines coast to a surprisingly easy 42-17 victory over Michigan State, giving Denard an even firmer grasp on the Heisman Trophy. -- Tom Fornelli

Severely Unlikely

Michigan and Michigan State's defenses completely shut each other down in a 3-2 Spartan victory in the Big House.  Denard Robinson attempts to run 18 times, but is only held to 14 yards.  Braylon Edwards gets behind the wheel and drives the Spartans back to East Lansing, hitting every bar on the way. At 73 mph. -- Chip Patterson

A week after having a huge day in a losing effort against Michigan, Indiana's Ben Chappell does even more damage in the Horseshoe.  Chappell picks the Ohio State secondary apart for 520 yards and 5 touchdowns. Terrelle Pryor's leg injury reappears and the Buckeyes offense has absolutely no answer. The Hoosiers shock the world, picking up what would be considered the biggest win in the program's history.  Final score: Indiana 45, Ohio State 31. -- Tom Fornelli

Oregon pours it on hapless Washington State for the full 60 minutes and becomes the first I-A team to hit the century mark since Houston beat Tulsa 100-6 in 1968. LaMichael James reclaims the top spot in Heisman consideration with 532 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Oregon cruises, 113-0. -- Adam Jacobi

Utterly Preposterous

The game between LSU and Florida is an all-time epic performance that will be talked about 50 years from now.  The game goes back and forth as the offenses take turns destroying the defenses, and the defenses respond in kind.  Finally, in the fourth quarter Jordan Jefferson takes the field with LSU down 24-20 and two minutes left on the clock.  He has yet to throw an interception as the Tigers begin their drive.  They enter get inside the Florida 20-yard line as the clock goes under the minute mark.  Les Miles stands on the sidelines with no worries in the world.  Amazingly, he still has all three of his timeouts left.  He uses them well, and Gary Crowton calls the perfect plays as Jefferson hits Terrence Toliver for the game winning touchdown with 12 seconds left.  LSU wins 27-24. -- Tom Fornelli

In a scene reminiscent of the realistic football documentary Varsity Blues, the Texas Tech players rise up in mutiny against head coach Tommy Tuberville at halftime as they trail Baylor 21-3. Red Raiders QB Taylor Potts makes one call on his cell phone, and five minutes into the third quarter, Mike Leach parachutes onto the field, delighting the Cotton Bowl crowd. Leach, seeing no sheds present at the game, has WR Adam James locked in a bathroom stall for the rest of the game. Leach re-installs the spread, Baylor's defense is overmatched, and the Red Raiders prevail 34-31. -- Adam Jacobi

South Carolina upsets Alabama 28-24 after Mark Ingram has his 5th fumble of the game on the goal line in the final seconds. Trent Richardson, who had 250 yards rushing in the game, erupts with rage that he did not get a chance to win the game himself.  In the locker room, things get heated. Our own Tom Fornelli emerges from Richardson's locker and pins Ingram's arms behind his back, allowing Richardson to head-butt Ingram and knock the Heisman Trophy winner to the ground. Alabama coach Nick Saban suspends Ingram for the confrontation, claiming "the kid showed no fight." -- Chip Patterson

Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 5:15 pm

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 6

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.


Main Course - #2 Ohio State vs. Indiana - Noon - ESPN

You know what the real problem is with the ACC and Big East being so awful/mediocre this year?  It really leaves the early menu of games leaving a lot to be desired.  I mean, I have Ohio State and Indiana as the morning's best option.

Think about that for a second.  Ohio State and Indiana.  A game which hasn't seen the Hoosiers get within more than 19 points of the Buckeyes in every meeting since 2002 -- though the teams didn't meet in 2007 or 2008.  The good news for Indiana is that the 19-point loss came last season, with Ben Chappell at quarterback.

The Hoosiers offense has been very impressive this season, but the Buckeyes will be by far their biggest test six weeks into the year.  Considering that we can't be sure just how healthy Terrelle Pryor is, and the struggles the Buckeyes had in Champaign last week, this game could prove to be more interesting than you'd think.

Side Orders: Should that game go the blowout route, your other options Saturday morning would be the ACC fare of North Carolina State and Boston College.   One is a team looking to rebound from its first loss, the other is a team that is having its three quarterbacks pick a number between 1-10 to see who gets to start.  If you prefer something else, you can watch Georgia and Tennessee fight to see which school's season is more far gone than the other.  It's a must win for Mark Richt, because a loss to Tennessee at home would only send him to the hospital with third-degree burns on his backside.


Main Course - #19 South Carolina vs #1 Alabama - 3:30pm - CBS

If there's one thing I think we can all be certain at this point of the college football season it's that Alabama is the best team in the country.  There's a bit of a gap between them and Ohio State and Oregon, but after the Ducks, things drop off quite a bit.  That being said, going in to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks shouldn't be a cakewalk for the Tide.

What I think will be the key to this one is if Marcus Lattimore can do anything against the Alabama defense.  While the Alabama defense is barely giving up nine points a game, they are allowing an average of 101 yards per game on the ground. 

Though even if the Gamecocks do get a ground game going, they still have to stop Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, which no one has done to this point ('Bama is averaging 230 yards a game rushing).  Considering the Gamecocks allow 128.3 yards a contest on the ground, I'm not sure they're up for the challenge either.

Side Orders:
Listen, if people are taking this Michigan/Michigan State game so seriously that they're willing to die in order to see it, maybe you can take a few hours of your Saturday and do the same.  There is never a bad time to watch Denard Robinson play football, as he is without question the most dangerous one-man show in the sport right now.  If that's not good enough for you, check out Arkansas and Texas A&M.   One team has a quarterback who lives up to the hype, and the other has a quarterback who lives up to the hype on one series and then proceeds to get that hype lodged in his throat, suffocating himself and his team.  See if you can tell which one is which.


Main Course - #14 Florida vs. #12 LSU - 7:30pm - ESPN

This game will be interesting for plenty of reasons, but perhaps none more so than the battles between the fans in the seats.  Watch as LSU and Florida fans argue about which team's offensive coordinator is going to drive some student to the top of the nearest bell tower with a sniper rifle sooner.  Then watch the other fan base tell them that if their offensive coordinator climbed up that same tower he'd only manage to fall out before getting a single shot off.

Then watch both fan bases fall into each other's arms in tears, unified in despair.  Then they'd smile when both agreeing that if it were Les Miles atop that tower, he'd kill 40 people before going to trial and being found not guilty on some technicality.

Side Orders: Though the rivalry between Florida State and Miami has lost some of its luster the last few years, the fact is both teams come into this game ranked and looking to stay on top of their respective divisions in the ACC.  Or you can watch Stanford try to run its win streak over USC to three games in Palo Alto as Ed Orgeron yells incoherently from home thanks to that staph infection in his leg.

Late Night Snack

The Washington Huskies look to build on any momentum they picked up by beating USC on the road last week against an Arizona State team that couldn't headbutt its way to a victory against Oregon State.
Posted on: October 7, 2010 8:01 pm

Miami forces ESPN to keep logo off 'The U' cover

Posted by Adam Jacobi

College football is big business these days, and part of monetizing that big business is aggressive controlling the public perception of the team, whether it be through press coverage or brand management. And the way to do that? Lawyer up, buddies, and use 'em. A lot. No, it doesn't sound particularly honorable or desirable, but we're talking about big business, and that's the new reality of the situation.

Even so, after allowing that athletic departments' lawyers will go after such trivialities as t-shirts with specific mentions of players or team names, Miami's strongarm of ESPN in the wake of ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary The U is just baffling. According to Techdirt, the school demanded that the production company remove the Miami "U" logo from Michael Irvin's helmet on the cover, for reasons passing understanding.

The movie is a documentary about Miami, so if "fair use" doesn't apply here, then the clause basically doesn't need to exist. But it costs a lot less to airbrush a logo off a helmet than it does to fight this lawsuit, so expect ESPN to capitulate without a fight. And that's a shame. ESPN's probably capable of out-lawyering pretty much anybody, and it would be nice to see a stand made over fair use to stop these predatory lawsuits (Ohio State, we're looking at you).

But alas, that's not really the world we live in anymore.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 4, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 6:02 pm

Ohio State takes aim at unauthorized preview mag

Posted by Adam Jacobi

One of the more ubiquitous features of the run-up to the start of college football play every summer is the preview magazine, and lately, some team-specific magazines published by Maple Street Press have been popping up. You can find mention of them on several different blogs, as they're primarily written by sports bloggers. For the record, none of the writers of this blog have ever written for Maple Street Press.

At any rate, one of those preview magazines is called Buckeye Battle Cry, which is taken directly from the name of one of Ohio State's fight songs. For whatever reason, the school decided today -- months after the magazine's publication in mid-July, and years after its first edition in 2008 -- to sue Maple Street Press:

The school is alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition in Maple Street’s Buckeye Battle Cry publication.

According to the suit, the publication contains player information, schedules and photographs that feature OSU-licensed trademarks, but isn’t licensed by the school. [...] 

Ohio State sells its own 150-page, game-day publication and licenses its trademarks to other money-making ventures. The school is asking a federal judge to block Maple Street Press from violating OSU trademarks, hand over profit from the publications, pull copies of Buckeye Battle Cry from distribution and pay damages.

Ohio State enjoys a great deal of popularity in the state, of course, and that popularity makes their licenses extremely lucrative. In fact, just last month, the school sued a Wisconsin website and publication over its coverage of the team, citing its lack of a license sold by the university. And while this type of coverage normally screams "fair use," the fact that it's done under the title of the school fight song means there's a likelihood of confusion, and that's a problem for Maple Street Press here.

In fact, it's a problem for Maple Street Press pretty much everywhere in their college coverage, as most of their titles ("Yea Alabama," "We Are Penn State," and others) are the same as those of their respective schools' fight songs. In that sense, the Ohio State magazine wasn't even particularly egregious compared to the rest of the college magazines MSP publishes. It's just that Ohio State's lawyers have been more aggressive toward the company than any other schools' have, and depending on how favorable the judge is in this case, other schools may -- pardon the term -- follow suit shortly thereafter.

Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:11 pm

Ohio State beats Illinois 24-13

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State left its A-game back in Columbus this weekend, but the Buckeyes were still able to leave Champaign with a 24-13 victory.  It wasn't pretty, nor was it all that efficient, but Illinois just couldn't deal with the talent advantage the Buckeyes have over them.  For most of the game it looked as if Ohio State was just sleepwalking its way to victory, as Terrelle Pryor was the only member of the Buckeyes who seemed to care at times.

Pryor didn't get much done through the air, completing 9-of-16 passes for 76 yards.  When his team needed yards, though, he did it with his legs, picking up 104 yards on the ground.  Pryor also had to leave the game early in the third quarter when he strained his left quad muscle.  After heading to the locker room for a spell he would return to the game, but Jim Tressel went ultra conservative with his quarterback.

Which nearly proved costly for the Buckeyes.  The Illini had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter when they were inside the Ohio State 20-yard line.  That's when Ron Zook made a questionable decision to kick a field goal on a fourth down with four minutes left in the game.  While I understand the desire to put points on the board and cut into the deficit, I don't comprehend why Zook gave Ohio State a chance to just run out the clock.

Jim Tressel loves to run out the clock.  If you asked him if he'd rather see his team score on one 75-yard play or run ten minutes off the clock without scoring, he'd probably choose the latter. 

Tressel and the Buckeyes would do just that, as the Illini were then presented with a heavy dose of Dan Herron, Dan Herron, and then a little more Dan Herron.  Herron carried the ball six times -- every play -- on Ohio State's final drive, picking up 53 yards before finally reaching the end zone and putting the game out of reach.
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