Category Archives: BCS

Radical new college football plan

Georgia’s President Michael Adams has a beef with the NCAA and Ohio State. Ok, Mr. Adams here’s a new plan…

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This story has been ongoing since before the BCS title game to be honest with you. Here’s a snippet from the Columbus Dispatch about Adams’ position-

University of Georgia president Michael Adams accused the Big Ten and Pacific-10 conferences, along with the Rose Bowl, of being “the largest impediment” to a major college football playoff system.

The plan promoted by Adams would have an NCAA committee select eight teams and seed them for a three-round playoff. He has called for the quarterfinal games to be played as the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls, with the semifinals taking place on the second Saturday in January and the national championship game on the third Saturday.

Adams, who just last year voted against a playoff plan proposed by University of Florida president Bernard Machen, defended his apparent flip-flop. Adams said the BCS has produced “bad matchups” most of the time, and “this year was the tipping point. Continue reading

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Buckeyes Beaten, Again

A familiar feeling this morning as once again a Halftime Adjustment favorite is denied a championship.

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The Buckeyes were outplayed and out coached last night, losing to LSU 38-24. The only bright spot for the Scarlett and Gray was Beanie Wells, who had an outstanding game rushing for 146 yards on 20 carries. The Buckeye passing attack was grounded, and Boeckman found himself running for cover as wide outs Robiske and Hartline struggled to get open. Boeckman was not exactly sharp when a receiver did manage to find some room, not hitting players in stride, and under throwing the deep ball several times. One of those under throws was picked off, and another should have been. Todd finished the game with 2 picks and a lost fumble.

The Buckeyes made way too many mistakes to have a chance in this one, and to LSU’s credit they made the Buckeyes pay for those mistakes. Ohio State’s special teams were terrible. The blocked field goal and roughing the punter were responsible for at least a 10 point swing in this game. In addition, the kick-off return team was awful. LSU kicked the ball to the up-back all night, and we looked confused on how to return a kick from the 15 all game. When the kick-off fails to reach the 10 yard line you should end up with good field position. At least the Buckeyes managed to boom the ball into the end zone eliminating LSU’s return game. Continue reading

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part…

Can’t embed this one, but here’s the link.

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Here are some of my favorite stories and articles about the game tonight.

Bob Hunter of the Dispatch does a great job summarizing the impact tonight’s game has on the perception of the program. Perception is Reality, Until the Buckeyes Change it.

EDSBS paints a positive picture of Buckeye fans in New Orleans. Wish I could be there with you! Ohio State, LSU fans are Polar Opposites.

Men of the Scarlett and Gray posted the 5 things the Buckeyes must do to win on both sides of the ball. Offense and Defense

I was reviewing the 100 Things that had me excited about the Buckeyes this year, and oddly enough I didn’t even mention the possibility of playing the National Title game. Check out some of the other pseudo-predictions I made, and of course see the videos again. Part 1. Part 2.

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Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us here at Halftime Adjustments!

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It would be too easy. I could rip the Browns, and in particular Derek Anderson for that dismal performance yesterday. I could lament how Anderson could have just cost my favorite team their first playoff appearance in years, while at the same time throwing my shot at a fantasy football title in the dumpster. Or I could write about the Cavs. I could spew venom for an hour about the Wine and Gold getting ripped on their home court last night by the Warriors. I could gripe about them never having a lead in the game. I could continue to rant about the albatross around the Cavaliers neck that is Larry Hughes.

But I’m not. Instead, I will say Merry Christmas to you. I hope that you are celebrating the birth or our savior with friends and family. I will also mention that I don’t plan on posting much this week, as I will be celebrating with my family.

If I could give Christmas presents to our favorite teams, I would give the Cavs relief from their salary cap struggles, as well as a point guard that can maximize the talent already on the roster. I would give the Browns some help on the defensive line, and turn back the clock to allow them a do over of yesterday’s game. The Indians would get an all-star left fielder, health for those with nagging injuries (Hafner) and a dominating closer. The Buckeyes would get exactly what they need- redemption in the form of a BCS title. Here’s hoping they don’t need any help from me on that one!

 Merry Christmas!

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Washington, Clifford leave Buckeyes thin at Corner

This just in from the Columbus Dispatch.

Ohio State starting cornerback Donald Washington and reserve corner Eugene Clifford have been suspended for the national championship game because of a violation of team rules, a source close to the team confirmed last night.

There were no details on the nature of the violation, except that it is not a legal issue.

The loss of Washington is significant. The sophomore from Indianapolis has started every game this season and played well, twice being named the team’s defensive player of the week.

He has 34 tackles, a sack and an interception returned 70 yards for a touchdown against Kent State. Continue reading

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It’s set…Ohio State vs LSU

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The stage is set. January 7th, in New Orleans the Buckeyes will look to avenge last year’s disappointing loss in the National Championship Game. While the field won’t exactly be neutral, the Buckeyes will be well represented by those fans loyal, and lucky enough to be able to afford such trips. USC will play Illinois in the Rose Bowl, Georgia gets Hawaii in the Sugar, and Oklahoma faces West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl. 1 loss Kansas draws Virginia Tech in the Orange. On the outside looking in- last week’s #1, Missouri. Thanks for playing.

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Un! Be! Leave! A! Bull!

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I never thought Pitt would beat West Virginia. I may have even said WV covers that 24 point spread. And as I type this Oklahoma is up 35-17 with only 7 minutes left to go. Obviously Ohio State is in the Championship game. But who in the world will we play? Georgia? The #4 team in the country? They didn’t even make their conference championship game. LSU? They have 2 losses, including last week! Kansas? Not a chance. USC? As good a bet as LSU in my opinion. Arizona State? Again, not a conference champ, and got rocked by USC recently. How about Oklahoma? Why not them, they won the Big 12 and knocked off #1 to do it.

As an aside, how painful was it watching a Dave Wannstedt coached team nearly blow that game? Yeah, the refs made some questionable calls, but that game should have been over at the beginning of the 4th quarter.

And can we put to bed the Chase Daniel for the Heisman talk now?

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No offense, but no games ’til 8:00

Good day to get some things done if you’re a Buckeye. Both games we will be watching are on at 8:00. ABC gets the Big 12 championship, West Virginia plays on ESPN (that one is a 7:45 start.) I’m wearing the scarlet and gray today, how about you?

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In case you missed it…

If you’re like me about ten minutes of Bonds coverage and 2 minutes of A-Rod news is about all you can take. So after the indictment and contract news yesterday, you may have turned your tv off, or at least your sports radar down to keep your sanity. What you might have missed was an Oregon upset at the hands of Arizona. That’s right, #2 went down again. Yeah, star QB Dixon was injured. But regardless the Ducks lost to a 4-6 team. Thanks for playing Ducks, pick up your consolation prize at the door.

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Do I think the Buckeyes have a shot at climbing into one of the top 2 spots? Probably not. I think that LSU would have to lose for that to happen. Kansas and Missouri play each other, with the winner likely facing Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship. One of those teams will make it to the BCS Championship. West Virginia is ahead of the Buckeyes, but plays Cincinnati, UConn and Pitt. Certainly the Bearcats or the Huskies have a shot at upending the Mountaineers. If West Virginia runs the table they would get in before the Buckeyes easily. Arizona State is one spot behind OSU in the BCS rankings, and plays USC and Arizona. Both are home games. Should they beat USC look for them to leapfrog Ohio State in the polls.

So that means LSU would have to lose another game, West Virginia would have to lose to Cincy or UConn, Arizona State would need to lose one of its remaining games, and the Big 12 games simply need to play themselves out.

Possible? Sure anything’s possible, especially this year. But realistic? Probably not. Let’s enjoy this game Saturday and look forward to the Rose Bowl. If the perfect storm comes along, then we’ll talk about something better.

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Seems like old times…

My dad used to tell me, “Every year a Buckeye fan wants three things. Most important is beat Michigan. Second is win the Big Ten. And finally win the Rose Bowl.”

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Yeah, this one stung for a little while. But I keep thinking back to the beginning of the season. If you would have told me that we would be playing Michigan for the Big Ten title and a possible trip to the Rose Bowl, I’d have taken that grinning from ear to ear. This was supposed to be a ‘down’ year for the Buckeyes. This team is young and was supposed to be learning how to win. They had not faced adversity yet this season. Now, they have their backs to the wall a little. Continue reading

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What they are saying about Ohio State vs Illinois

Your weekly round-up of national media and their opinions/predictions for the game this Saturday.

Scout’s Inc. gives the match-up edge to the Buckeyes in all phases of the game except RB. Rashard Mendenhall has over 1300 yards for the season, averaging nearly 7 yards a carry. Seriously, if the guy averages 7 yards how do you ever lose a game? Here’s the final analysis-

Ohio State can’t afford to overlook Illinois with Michigan on the horizon but the chances of that happening are unlikely. After all, the season has been riddled by upsets and there are enough leaders on both sides of the ball to prevent the inexperienced players on the team from getting too caught up in the BCS hype. With that in mind, expect a run defense anchored by ILB Laurinaitis to lead the Buckeyes to another important Big Ten win. Laurinaitis and Co. will slow the potent and dynamic Fighting Illini ground game enough to force QBs Williams and/or McGee to make more plays with their arms than they would most weeks. And Illinois just doesn’t have enough weapons or the consistency at quarterback to consistently convert when this happens. In addition, the chances of Ohio State generating turnovers greatly increase the more the Fighting Illini put the ball in the air.  Buckeyes 31, Illini 10

Much more after the jump. Continue reading

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Wells romps, defense sacks Wisconsin

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Chris Wells put the Buckeyes on his back and carried them to a 38-17 win over the Badgers. Wells ran for three scores and 169 yards on 21 carries. This game was much closer than the final score indicates, as Wisconsin had a 17-10 lead in the third quarter. That was when Wells took over. He had 90+ yards in the third quarter. His first TD covered 31 yards, his second a mere 30. He showed a great burst of speed, as well as the trademark power that we have come to expect from Wells.

On the defensive side of the ball Ohio State recorded 10 sacks, including 4 from Vernon Gholston. Officially the Badgers had 12 yards rushing on 37 carries. However, freshman Zach Brown was effective running for 63 yards. (Yards lost on sacks count against the rushing totals, and they lost nearly 50 yards on sacks.) Tight End Travis Beckum killed the Buckeyes today, catching 9 passes for 140 yards and a score. Continue reading

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What they are saying about Ohio State vs Wisconsin

It appears many of you appreciated the round-up from last week’s match-up, so I figured I’d give it another go. Certainly there are fewer detractors this week, as many were convinced the Buckeyes are at least worthy of a top 5 spot if not #1.

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Todd McShay wrote a quite favorable piece on Todd Boeckman and the O-line, but I see that it is an insider piece, so linking to it won’t help. I’ll give you a snippet of the piece here-

“Size can be an overrated characteristic, but it definitely plays a role in Boeckman’s success. He has no trouble seeing over his massive offensive linemen, and his passing windows often are unobstructed. Boeckman shows no fear of taking a hit while his body is exposed during delivery, and he is sturdy enough to throw while defenders dangle from his legs.”

And about the line-

“The lesson learned is that Ohio State has very little trouble dealing with perimeter pass-rushers. First off, OTs Alex Boone and Kirk Barton are borderline impenetrable — just ask Penn State DE Maurice Evans.”

Bruce Hooley breaks down the Badgers and what they will have to do to beat the Bucks. When asked what the plan was to stop Ohio State, head coach Bret Bielema offered this-

“We’re going to try to play with 12 guys”

That might work coach. Continue reading

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“Overrated” Buckeyes down right offensive

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Now that was quite a performance from the Buckeye offense. Touchdown drives of 80, 87 and 91 yards in that noisy stadium sure impressed me. 200 rushing yards, 253 passing yards against Conner and “Linebacker U”. Still not impressed? How about 0 punts? How about 12 for 16 on third down? Wow. Great game Buckeyes. I’ll have more analysis tomorrow, not to mention a guest spot over at My Jersey has no Name. Go Browns!

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What they are saying about Ohio State vs Penn State

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Just thought we would do a little poking around the net and see what the nation is saying about the big game in Happy Valley this Saturday. Let’s start with those close to Penn State.

50 Yard Lion wrote a clever little song. Isn’t that nice.

Black Shoe Diaries thinks the player to watch out for is Brian Robiskie.

He has the ability to get behind our secondary. Fortunately they don’t have Troy Smith to run around for 30 seconds giving him a chance to get open.

There is no name on my jersey, which by the way is a great name for a Penn State blog, seems to be more concerned about the noise in the stadium, and the serious lack of port-a-potties. Let me say that the lack of places to relieve yourself will be a bigger problem than they anticipate because of the late kick-off. (UPDATE- apparently the name of the blog is for the glory of old state. Which is a little disappointing, but go there and tell me which name is more prominent…)

In the national media, Bruce Hooley writes there was a time when Jim Tressel wanted to coach for Joe Paterno. This is worth a look.

Yahoo sports has perhaps the most balanced analysis of the game.

Perhaps the article that is sure to get Buckeye fans fired up is from Fox Sports, which pleads…

For the sake of the national championship game, let’s all hope Ohio State loses to one of its weak sisters in the Big Ten in the next month. Because as things stand, it sure looks like we’re destined to watch a repeat of last season’s BCS championship game – top-ranked Ohio State getting blown out by a much more complete team.

Yep. Don Borst is the man that penned it. But let’s be honest, isn’t that the sentiment around the country? Personally, I don’t care what Don Borst wants. If the Buckeyes win the Big Ten, and they will have to go undefeated to do so, then they deserve the same respect given to the winners of the SEC or the Pac 10. If they are undefeated they will play for the title. And if they finish the job, I don’t want to see you, Mr. Borst try and boost your readership with a dynasty article. You are hereby on notice.

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