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Monday Musings debates bad OSU losses, looks at future offense and more

Welcome back from the first weekend of summer. We’ve got lots of football on the agenda today…

Over at, a discussion broke out about the most painful losses Ohio State has suffered this decade.

That’s interesting for a few reasons, not the least of which is that one can fit a list of all of Ohio State’s losses in 16 years into a reasonably sized message board post.

Also there is more than one way to judge a loss. They seem to inflict more pain if there is no or little explanation for why they happened. Obviously the stakes are a major factor, too.  Continue reading Monday Musings debates bad OSU losses, looks at future offense and more

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

R.I.P. Will Smith

If you didn’t have the pleasure of watching Will Smith, who was tragically and senselessly  killed in New Orleans on Saturday night, play for Ohio State, he was the most dominant defensive lineman I have seen in Scarlet and Gray.

He wasn’t quite the physical marvel Joey Bosa is, but he was even more disruptive.

While Sports Illustrated put Craig Krenzel on the cover after the Buckeyes won the national championship over Miami in January 2003, Austin Murphy focused on the defensive line’s role in ending the Buckeyes’ three-decade national title drought and gave Smith the first quote in his cover story.


If you listened closely, you could hear it calling out: Pop my cork–you’ve earned it!

Someone had left a bottle of Moet in the ice bucket in Room 6414 of the Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Even as the hundreds of Ohio State fans at the hotel — and the rest of the red-clad horde that had descended by the tens of thousands on the Valley of the Sun for the Fiesta Bowl — swung into full party mode, neither Will Smith nor Darrion Scott seemed much interested in champagne.

‘It hurts to move,’ Smith said.

Source: “The Best Damn Team…” Wins The Big One Underdog Ohio State stunned mighty Miami in a two-overtime thriller to win its first national championship since 1968

Playing two quarterbacks has merit for Ohio State

Could playing two quarterbacks regularly this season work for Ohio State?

Maybe the best answer at this point is, “Why not?”

Initially I doubted we would see it (barring injury), but a lot of the rhetoric seems to be pointing in that direction. Well, the chatter from the coaches, at least, as Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Ed Warinner both talked up some of the potential positives of using both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones rather than picking one with which to sink or swim. That comes a couple of weeks after Barrett and Jones both expressed some misgivings about a two-quarterback system, though one got the impression from both they would go along with whatever they were asked to do.

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and daughter at media day
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and daughter at media day

The quarterbacks both made good points, too, as far as being able to get in a rhythm and play through mistakes. I certainly think that is valid. Does it trump the possibility of getting more of the good than the bad out of each of them, though? I don’t think we can answer that definitively.

And while I don’t think they should play both simply as a way to avoid hurting feelings, I am starting to see how it could work.

The bottom line is hardly anything that has happened before compares to this situation. Almost no quarterback battle includes two players who have actually performed well and won on the big stage. What Meyer and Warinner and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck are making isn’t an educated guess like it is when trying to choose between two guys who have only done it in practice, which is a poor substitute for games, and that is great for piece of mind if not for drawing distinctions between the two. Continue reading Playing two quarterbacks has merit for Ohio State

Replacing senior QB has gone better than you might expect for Buckeyes

Things can’t go much better than they did in 2014 for Ohio State football, the winner of the national championship despite having to change signal-callers before and during the season, but this was not even the first season in which a senior watched while a sophomore led Ohio State to the promised land.  Continue reading Replacing senior QB has gone better than you might expect for Buckeyes

Ohio State football: The new narrative

Of course when something like “winning a national championship” happens, everyone has something to say.

The theme of my reaction column at was simple: Ohio State not only won a fancy gold trophy on Monday night, it also wiped out every narrative people have used against the Buckeyes — sometimes more correctly than others — since that stunning night in the desert in January 2007.

Need proof? After the jump, find a sampling of the new narrative from around the web, including writers who cover Ohio State and others more national in scope.  Continue reading Ohio State football: The new narrative