Category Archives: National Championship

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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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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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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