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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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So now we just wait on Pryor…

James Laurinaitis is coming back for his senior year. Sorry about your luck Michigan.

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So let’s get this straight- The Buckeyes will return 9 starters on defense. That’s 9 starters on a unit that ranked first in the nation in most categories, and held Michigan to 91 yards of total offense. On offense, they lose Kirk Barton and Dionte Johnson, who was splitting time with 2 other players anyway. Coming back are Hartline and Robiskie who combined for over 1600 yards and 17 TD’s, and Chris Wells who had 1609 yards himself and 15 TD’s.

That same Michigan team has lost QB’s Chad Henne and Ryan Mallet, RB Mike Hart, WR’s Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington, plus OL’s Jake Long and Adam Kraus. Defensively they lose 4 starters, including Sean Crable. On top of that Michigan will have to travel to Columbus this year. All of that with a new coach and system to learn. Yep. Good luck with that ground hogs.

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Tressel did what???

Here’s the first line of an article I came across…

Jim Tressel encouraged 13 of his juniors to ask the NFL where they might be selected in the next draft.

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Of course my first thought was along the lines of, “What are you thinking? Have you gone mad?” But as I continued to read through the article, which is an AP article available after the jump, I realized Tressel was simply trying to control the situation. There is no doubt that some of these young men would be entertaining notions of leaving early, and Tressel wants them to understand where they would stand if they decided to enter the upcoming draft. It also seems like he is trying to avoid a repeat of what happened last year, when players might have been distracted by talk of the NFL before the big game. It seems the players themselves realized this could have been a problem last year, and are taking steps to correct it. They have decided as a group not to talk about it until after the game against LSU. Let’s hope that’s true.

As for Tressel, it makes a lot of sense for him to help his players make this difficult decision. He has invested a lot into their lives for the last three years, and he is always trying to make them better men, not just better football players. Despite what Mo Clarrett said, Jim Tressel does have his players’ best interest at heart. I suppose I am more comfortable with our young players getting coached through this process by the Vest than Ted Ginn’s dad, like what happened last year. Perhaps Antonio Pittman would have come back for his senior year, instead of bolting for the NFL. He could have been a Heisman finalist this year. Instead, he sits on the Rams’ bench. Full Article follows… Continue reading

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They fear the vest!

Seriously…does anyone want to coach Michigan?

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This morning’s report that Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano has decided to stay at Rutgers instead of accepting the open job at Michigan has to be disheartening for the big blue alumni and fans. Even before Lloyd Carr’s retirement presser it was a foregone conclusion that LSU’s Les Miles would jump at the chance to coach at his Alma mater. Last weekend that idea hit a serious snag. Miles decided the grass wasn’t greener in Michigan. His contract extension reported yesterday pretty much slammed the door on any return to groundhog country.

The man on the left is Iowa’s coach Kirk Ferentz. He was or wasn’t a serious candidate for the position as well. That depends who you talk to. According to the Detroit News however, he is no longer being considered. Could he be the third candidate to say thanks, but no thanks to what was called by many to be “the best coaching job in the country”? Actually, the first man to say no thank you would have been Stanford coach, and UM grad Jim Harbaugh, but let’s be real, he wasn’t going to be a candidate anyway. 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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How much does respect matter?

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Interesting read over at ESPN about the Buckeyes. In this article by Bruce Hooley, Kirk Herbstreit tries to make an interesting point. Here’s the quote:

In my opinion, Ohio State could do more about [improving] the image people have of its program by playing a talented USC team that right now is as hot as any in the country … I promise you, if Ohio State goes into the Rose Bowl, everyone is going to be saying, ‘USC is going to kill Ohio State.’  Ohio State will gain more respect if it plays USC in the Rose Bowl and wins that game, than if it goes and beats West Virginia and wins the national title. From an image standpoint, Ohio State would score more points going to the Rose Bowl than by going to the national championship game. If you can believe that, that’s the truth.

Yes, but no Kirk. Truth is that the Buckeyes will have their chance to beat the Trojans next year, week 2. If the Buckeyes ‘backed in’ to the National Championship game and beat West Virginia, then turned around and beat USC week 2, they will have done everything they could to silence critics. Truth be told, the critics will still find something to exploit. There will be no silencing. Continue reading

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Too…much…happening…

Wow. So the Buckeyes have knocked Lloyd Carr out of a job, the Browns swept the season series against the Ravens, and I get to write a guest post on a Michigan site. Things are looking pretty good today.

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So I wrote the wager post for Ghosts, we’ll send along a link when we see it up there. John is itching to write a Browns post, so we’ll defer to him. I will say this team is still quite immature. How scary will they be when they get it together?

The Buckeyes appear headed to Pasadena for only the second time in 20 years. Can that be right? It jut doesn’t seem possible that the last time we went to the Rose Bowl was Joe Germaine and the gang against Jake the Snake Plummer. I’m looking forward to it. And we’ll let Jeff from the Buckeye Battle Cry be the team cheerleader for the BCS title game. I prefer to be pleasantly surprised if they get there.

Lloyd Carr has stepped down. What will his legacy be? Well, I think it is quite simple really. Lloyd Carr > John Cooper. Jim Tressel > LLoyd Carr. That about sums it up I think. In the history of The Rivalry, Lloyd will now be linked with John Cooper. As good as Lloyd Carr looked when Cooper couldn’t get the job done, he looks that bad today. This group of seniors even came back to ensure that Carr’s legacy wasn’t tarnished. He had the more experienced group, playing at home, and he still lost. Todd Boeckman looked absolutely terrible. You can blame the weather if you want, but truth is he had that deer in the headlights look. No way he was going to make plays to win that game. He attempted 2 passes in the second half. His longest pass of the day was 15 yards! Despite that, the Wolverines couldn’t beat the Buckeyes. Continue reading

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Wells runs over Wolverines

Ohio State threw the ball twice in the second half. Michigan knew the run was coming, they just couldn’t stop it.

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Perhaps the Big House should be renamed. How about Beanie’s house? 2 touchdowns and 220 yards rushing provided all the offense the Buckeyes would need in this one. Gholston and the Buckeye defense swarmed Henne, Hart and the Michigan offense, holding them under 100 yards for the day. Looks like a guest post for us over at Ghosts of Wayne Fontes later this week. And another Big Ten championship for Tressel and the Buckeyes. Congratulations guys, well fought win!

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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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Wait…is it Michigan week!?!?

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Um, yeah it is. And I’m pleased to announce that once again our neighbors to the north have agreed to a little friendly internet wager. That’s right, its Ohio State representing Halftime Adjustments, and Michigan playing for the Ghosts of Wayne Fontes. Should be a great game with the Big Ten title on the line, but more than that is on the line. How about a guest post from the winner. Oh yeah, and just to liven things up a bit…I propose the loser must post a picture of himself dressed in the winner’s colors. Sound interesting? It does to me. And the Buckeyes better come through, because my skin might burn if I have to wear a maize and blue ground hog jersey! Here’s hoping we see Rupert looking like Mike Golic a few years back…

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Internet Wager part 4

Well, I hope that you are enjoying this feature. It is an interesting way to get a look around the Big Ten. This week the wager has been extended to Illinitalk. I have to say I like the clean look of the site. They could use a few pictures in my opinion, but a good site that has been blogging since 2004. (I’m guessing since they started going to Illinois?) Anyway the gauntlet has been thrown down…how will the Chief respond???

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A little wager to be settled…

Well as you regular readers are aware, there is a matter of a little wager to be settled. The Buckeyes’ victory over Wisconsin earned more than a little redemption for the Vest, it earned me a guest post over at Brats and Beer. My thanks again to the fine sausage lovers over there for the opportunity to say a little something about the Buckeyes and the lack of Wisconsin fan blogs. I may be biased, but I think Ohio State has the best collective of fan blogs in the country. Check out the Buckeye links over in the Blogroll. There are plenty more sites that I haven’t even mentioned there. Each one contributes something unique and useful. I check them all out weekly.

If you want a detailed analysis of the previous week’s game then check out Buckeye Commentary, the analysis section. If you are looking for previews for the upcoming wee, or need to get caught up from action around the Big Ten you might have missed then check out Around the Oval. Eleven Warriors has awesome previews as well as statistical breakdowns. A fun breakdown of all phases of the game happen over at Men of the Scarlet and Gray, as well as an awesome breakdown of common opponents each week. Jeff over at the Buckeye Battle Cry always seems to beat me to the breaking news, and has the best highlight reels around.

So there you go Buckeye fans. Thanks for following me through these ‘enemy’ blogs. I appreciate the support, and the comments on their sites! Go Buckeyes!

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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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