Tag:Ohio State
Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:03 am
 

Game day weather updates, September 11

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Look out for how weather affects the high-powered offenses in South Bend.

12:00 kickoffs

No. 22 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms later
South Florida at No. 8 Florida: upper 80's to low 90's, scattered thunderstorms later

3:30 kickoffs

No. 12 Miami at No. 2 Ohio State: lower 70's, thunderstorms
Michigan at Notre Dame: lower 60's, rain
No. 17 Florida State at No. 10 Oklahoma: upper 80's, partly cloudy

7:00 kickoffs

No. 18 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms
No. 7 Oregon at Tennessee:
upper 70's, thunderstorms

Posted on: September 9, 2010 5:47 pm
 

Michael Irvin is a little pumped for Miami-OSU

Posted by Adam Jacobi

One of the smartest things anybody in radio has ever done is putting a microphone in front of Michael Irvin and keeping it there. Seriously, it goes 1. War of the Worlds, 2. Irvin gets his own show, 3. inventing FM.  Irvin's passion for the sport of football--and specifically his Miami Hurricanes--is unmatched, and lord knows the man likes to talk.

So with the Hurricanes just two days away from one of their biggest games in years, at second-ranked Ohio State, Irvin delivered a goosebump-worthy pep talk on his radio show in Miami at 560 WQAM. It's not embeddable, unfortunately, but it's worth a click if you've got five minutes.

Our favorite detail about this, as you can probably surmise, is the Phil Collins in the background. It's an Orange Bowl tradition--ostensibly due to the Miami Vice connection--so it's not like Irvin has a bizarre Phil Collins jones or anything (seriously, that would be weird). But he paces the speech beautifully with the song, hits the drum solo perfectly, and lets the song do the rest after that. Listen to it and tell us you don't want to run through a wall for Michael Irvin. It's amazing.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:24 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 9:28 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor: Please don't boo LeBron, OSU fans

Posted by Adam Jacobi

This might come as a bit of a shock, but LeBron James is not the most well-liked man in the state of Ohio these days. Sure, he's still doing the occasional fundraiser here or there up in his home state, but once the NBA season comes, Ohioans would much rather he just go down to Miami and stay there--probably on penalty of things being thrown at him and/or his car. Messy breakups: they happen.

So when word came last week that LeBron was planning to come to the Shoe for the Ohio State-Miami game this Saturday, Cavs-loyal OSU fans were understandably perturbed. LeBron's announcement that he was cheering for the Buckeyes only muddled the issue further; how can Ohio's Greatest Monster be a Buckeye fan? Should they boo him anyway and exile him from the scarlet and grey, just to be safe? 

Terrelle Pryor has the answer for these fans: please no booing LBJ; he's with me:

Pryor said he has exchanged text messages with James this week and hopes to see him at Saturday's home game against the Miami Hurricanes, believing James plans to attend. If he does, Pryor has a message for fans.

"If LeBron does come, just treat him with respect and respect his decision," Pryor said. "Please, no name calling or booing or anything like that. Please. That's my mentor, and I've got a lot of respect for him and a lot of love for him."

That's all fine and good, and perhaps OSU fans can learn to keep the NBA stuff to the NBA and enjoy the company of a very famous fellow Buckeye fan. Perhaps.

But at the same time, Pryor did call LeBron his "mentor," and if that statement's to be believed, watch out; OSU fans should at least steel themselves for the possibility that the Buckeyes lose to the 'Canes... at which point Pryor transfers--or, excuse me, "takes his talents" to Miami. Hey, what are mentors for?

Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:59 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Yes, Ohio Stadium is actually loud

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The No. 12 Miami Hurricanes are about to head up to Columbus to face the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. And while there's plenty of aspects to the game that might play into one side's favor over the other, "insufficient crowd noise" is a highly unlikely candidate to work in Miami's favor. Lo and behold, though, that's precisely what the Sun Sentinel's Steve Gorten suggests:

Let’s be bluntly honest: The Horseshoe is over glamorized.

It isn’t intimidating. Nor is it much of a hostile environment.

Yes, it’s an impressively large stadium. And yes, it’s full of rich tradition — the dotting of the “I” is pretty cool.

But it’s not exactly a daunting place to play. The only reason ‘Canes players kept getting asked about it Tuesday, I suspect, is because it seats more than 105,000 (so yeah, there are more available voices to yell). But the Big House in Ann Arbor seats six digits, too. And that’s no house of horrors for opponents either.

The dismissive comparison to the Big House is probably the most heinously ill-informed aspect of this argument--the two stadiums are designed in significantly different ways, and OSU's two-tiered horseshoe system puts the upper crowds right on top of the players, rather than far away like in the "bowl" type stadiums, such as the Big House. As stadiums go, few are built to be as oppressively loud as the Horseshoe. 

Thus, the unfavorable comparisons to the SEC stadiums that followed can really only be a thinly-veiled shot at Ohio State fans in comparison to their SEC counterparts. But here's the thing: OSU fans are every bit as "SEC" as the real thing down south: they're loud, obnoxious, loud, highly "lubricated," and loud. Opposing fans have many things they find wrong with OSU fans. I assure you: timidity is not one of them.

And look. There are plenty of reasons to think No. 12 Miami could pull an upset at No. 2 Ohio State this weekend. Matter of fact, I'm calling that upset in our Expert Picks. But I'm calling it because OSU almost always drops one home game a year, even when they're very good, and athletic defenses like Miami's have traditionally given Terrelle Pryor fits. But if Miami does pull the upset, it's not going to be because the Ohio State crowd was too gentle.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 1, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Big Ten division winners and losers

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The new Big Ten alignment doesn't come into effect until 2011, but who comes out the best and worst among conference members?

Winners: Most of the conference, actually. Michigan and Ohio State keep their end-of-season rivalry, and they're each the marquee members of their own divisions. If they're not to meet for the title, then effectively nothing has changed about their tradition; if they do, then so much the better, as far as the Big Ten's coffers go. Penn State and Nebraska are the second in command in their respective divisions, and they get to start a protected rivalry with each other that's sure to move needles for television rating. Northwestern and Illinois have an annual game guaranteed, plus their own divisions in which to play spoiler--and Wildcats fans must be especially pleased that they've now got an annual divisional game against the Hawkeyes in what's rapidly becoming a contentious showdown. Minnesota gets to be in a very geographically friendly division, and they get to play for every one of their trophies every year.

We'll call it a draw: Iowa and Purdue have no reason to be protected rivals, and Delany's explanation that "both teams have won conference titles recently" is at best a non sequitur. But Iowa was rewarded with a season-ending game against Nebraska, to the delight of both fanbases, and Purdue has all the protected games they could have asked for. Likewise, Michigan State-Indiana is a total head-scratcher, but at the very least, each team stays in the same division as their in-state rivals.  

Losers: Holy hell, must Wisconsin be upset about this new alignment. Consider A) that the Badgers were the only team in the Big Ten without a season-ending rivalry game up until Nebraska showed up, and B) the amount of work Barry Alvarez has done as the de facto mouthpiece of the conference during realignment talk. Surely the Big Ten would reward the Badgers, yes? Au contraire, bonjour: Wisconsin's request to get a rivalry game with Nebraska was flat-out denied, and the Badgers don't even share a division or protected rivalry with historical rivals Iowa anymore. Oh, also, they're in a league with Ohio State and Penn State, a top twosome that seems much tougher than Michigan or Nebraska do for the near future. Nobody's got more beef than the Badgers about this lineup.

Posted on: September 1, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Big Ten confirms new divisions

Posted by Adam Jacobi


On a scheduled special broadcast on the Big Ten Network tonight, Jim Delany announced his conference's plans for two new divisions. They are as follows:


A: Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana

B: Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State


Each team is guaranteed a crossover rivalry with the team opposite in the list: OSU-Michigan, Penn State-Nebraska, etc.


Moreover, Michigan-Ohio State will remain the regular season finale for both schools. Delany said that despite rumors, the only other destination discussed for The Game was a mid-November date instead--nothing as early as October. Whether that's any consolation to Michigan and Ohio State fans is something you'll have to ask them.


All in all, most teams have little if anything to complain about; the vast majority of rivalries are now protected, and as Delany noted, each conference member now has six protected games instead of two. Certainly, Iowa probably won't be pleased to see Purdue as a protected rival (and vice versa), and Indiana-Michigan State makes little more sense, but these aren't deal-breaking problems.
Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 5:30 pm
 

How Nike's new Pro Combat uni's help recruiting

Posted by Chip Patterson

Sure.  There is ton about Nike's new Pro Combat gear that makes perfect sense for the elite athlete.  It's light weight, it's durable, and thanks to new technologies a Nike Pro Combat uniform soaking wet is supposedly still lighter than a normal dry uniform.  

On Wednesday, Nike revealed the newest line of Pro Combat uniforms in college football.  The line will begin with ten schools, with the motto: "Ten Storied Programs, Ten Game-Changing Uniforms."

The ten schools to debut the uniforms in 2010 will be TCU, Alabama, Miami, West Virginia, Boise State, Oregon State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Virginia Tech.

Nike Uniforms

But all the technology aside, let's get down to it: this is all about fashion, and fashion is just another tool in recruiting.

Face it, these jerseys are cool.  They look sleek, yet many of them (particularly Florida and Ohio State) have a throwback feel.  They utilize the "alternate colors" that have become so popular these days.  They are the kinds of jerseys that the players want to wear.

They are the kinds of jerseys that high school players want to wear too.  These are the programs that will be on nationally televised games, in front of millions of eyes.  Thousands of those eyes are the best high school football players in the nation, and those impressionable teenagers are absolutely going to think these new jerseys are cool.  

Which jersey is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments below.  Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing Virginia Tech bust out these new black uniforms on Monday against Boise State. (Photo Credits: Virginia Tech, Nike)

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:39 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 3:42 pm
 

ESPN: Sources reveal Big Ten division members

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Remember the clues the Big Ten may have been dropping about their new conference alignment? Yeah, maybe not. ESPN is citing multiple conference sources in this report about the new Big Ten divisions:

• Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota.

• And Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois.


The new setup would also feature the protected "crossover" rivalries that have been expected--Michigan would play Ohio State every year, obviously, and ESPN's sources specifically predicted Wisconsin and Minnesota will have a protected rivalry. If true, that's bad news for Wisconsin brass, who had been lobbying for a protected end-of-year game with Nebraska.

If ESPN's reports are true, they're not terribly surprising; there's competitive balance all around, and where possible, the different tiers of teams are separated east and west (see Michigan and Nebraska staying west, and Penn State and Ohio State east). Expect this alignment (or, at the very least, something similar) to be announced by the Big Ten this evening.
 
 
 
 
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