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Tuesday Tidbits doesn’t get what the Big 12 is doing here

This is from a couple of days ago, but it’s too dumb to let go:

”If indeed we’re still playing a full round-robin and we have a championship game, I think our means of determining our champion is the strongest of all the conferences,” Bowlsby said. ”We’re two years in and we’re batting .500. And we’d like to bat higher than that. And we think this gives us the best chance to do that.”

Actually, you would have the worst.

I am continually baffled by how many people don’t get what happened as far as Ohio State, TCU and Baylor in 2014. It’s clear as day if you just compare resumes.

The Bears were sunk by their terrible nonconference schedule. The Horned Frogs were hurt badly by their loss to Baylor.

Most importantly, both of them overall had a much weaker schedule than Ohio State, which played almost no complete weaklings but also didn’t see many of its best opponents until the end of the season.

Ohio State passed TCU and Baylor when did because they had to wait until the first week of December to pick up a second big win of the season. That was less than a month after getting their first big win of the season — at Michigan State.

Meanwhile, Baylor and TCU lost a good win when Oklahoma State upset Oklahoma a few hours before the Buckeyes blasted the Badgers.

People get hung up on what the rankings were before championship week, but the way things shook out was a clear indication the committee wasn’t just giving lip service when it said it was going to start with a blank slate every week.

Doing that, it should have been pretty obvious Ohio State had the same record as fellow conference champions TCU and Baylor but a much tougher schedule.

Hence the fourth spot in the CFP went to Ohio State. Pretty simple really.

While I’ve never been a fan of conference championship games anyway, playing one on top of a round-robin schedule is mind-numbingly stupid. The potential downside outweighs the good by such a large margin it is unbelievable.

What is likely to happen? Well, since you’re guaranteed to have a rematch, you’re not going to make anyone’s resume better but you are potentially asking your best team to have to beat your second-best team twice. And if your top two teams split, guess what is probably going to happen? Hint: It will look a lot like 2014.

 

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Of course that’s not to say it could never be beneficial. Maybe if TCU won a rematch over Baylor in 2014 the committee would have pushed the Frogs into the fourth spot, but that’s a big “if”. It would be another good win for TCU, but should one result count more than the other? Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits doesn’t get what the Big 12 is doing here

Monday Musings: Not Terrible Alternate Uniforms Edition

This is a college football blog first and foremost, but obviously I have lots of interests. I do a lot of reading, and I have a lot of thoughts from around the sports world that might not fit into 140 characters. 

I’ve been thinking for a long time I needed to get into the habit of blogging on these types of things, but I always let something get in the way. I had a few, “This Week in Big Ten Football” posts last year that were fun, but I still never made them as much of a habit as I should have. 

We’ll see how long this one sticks, but that’s a primer for what we’re doing here. 

BREAKING: Ohio State Planning Potentially Not Terrible Alternate Uniforms 

I was going to lead with LeBron, but Ohio State takes the top spot thanks to a little news item that dropped this afternoon.

In a general news update emailed to reporters, the school confirmed what was reported over the weekend: The Buckeyes will wear an alternate uniform at some point this season that pays homage to Chic Harley, one of the team’s first All-Americans and the star of the first Ohio State team to win a Big Ten championship and the first to beat Michigan.

Harley scored all of the points in a 7-6 win over two-time defending league champion Illinois as the Buckeyes went undefeated in league play in 1916.

Three years later, the Columbus Dispatch front page blared, “Harley-led Buckeye gridiron warriors bring back to Columbus town that long-coveted Wolverine scalp” after he was a dominant force in a 13-3 win in Ann Arbor that ended 21 years of futility for OSU against Michigan. Continue reading Monday Musings: Not Terrible Alternate Uniforms Edition

Ohio State NFL draft 2016 first round review

Here’s a look at Ohio State contingent in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft: 

An empty Ohio Stadium

Joey Bosa, third pick of first round by the San Diego Chargers 

  • Bosa is the 16th defensive end selected from Ohio State in the common draft era (since 1967)
  • Last: John Simon in the fourth round by the Ravens in 2013
  • First: Eric Kumerow (Bosa’s uncle) in the first round (16th overall) by the Dolphins in 1988
  • He is the sixth DE from Ohio State taken in the first round and first since Cameron Heyward went 31st to the Steelers in 2011 Others: Kumerow, Vernon Gholston (sixth, to the Jets in 2008), Will Smith (18th, to the Saints in 2004) and Alonzo Spellman (22nd, to the Bears in 1992).

Bosa is the ninth Buckeye picked by the Chargers

  • Last: Offensive lineman Shane Olivea in the seventh round in 2004
  • First: Linebacker Keith Ferguson in the fifth round in 1981

Bosa is the first Urban Meyer Ohio State signee to be drafted.

Continue reading Ohio State NFL draft 2016 first round review

The NCAA rule change likely to irk Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer never seemed to enthusiastic about satellite camps one way or another, but the other piece of news to come out of the NCAA offices Friday probably rankled him.

The Council deregulated electronic communication with prospective student-athletes who participate in football, cross country, track and field and swimming and diving.

The Ohio State football coach brought this up unsolicited on National Signing Day in February, coming down quite decisively against it and other “nonsense rules” that lead to more hassle for recruits (and recruiters) than they bring benefit.  Continue reading The NCAA rule change likely to irk Urban Meyer