“Nobody has ever been able to figure out the origin of May’s bias against the Buckeyes, but take a step back and imagine how absurd this would be in any other context.”
This week’s column is up at BuckeyeSports.com, and it discusses the possibility Ohio State could be the first and last team to be left on the outside looking in by the BCS.
That is despite the landscape and the thinking being much different in 2013 than it was in 1998, and the change could end up hurting the Buckeyes in the end.
Wouldn’t that be something?
A new season is almost ready to start, so I thought I would share this analysis of where the Ohio State women’s basketball program has been over the past decade under former head coach Jim Foster and where it could be going in the future under new head coach Kevin McGuff.
Like most of our women’s basketball coverage, it appeared in the print edition along with our annual team preview.
Check it out!
This column from Jason Whitlock about the present and future of the Michigan football program is really interesting.
Maybe I shouldn’t have led with “Jason Whitlock” because I’m sure he is a divisive figure to some, but he often has an interesting perspective on a variety of sports topics whether you or I agree with him much. This piece on the Wolverines is unique because while Whitlock repeats something he’s never tried to hide – he loves Hoke and they have a personal relationship – he then proceeds to rip apart the state of the current Michigan team.
I agree with his observations about what is wrong with these Wolverines, though you probably won’t be surprised to learn I am far more skeptical about his ability to turn the program around than Whitlock. The author’s main justification is, “He’s Hoke,” which I guess could turn out to be all it takes but isn’t really based on what I’d call facts. Continue reading
My weekly review of Ohio State’s last game is up at BuckeyeSports.com, where a few of our users agree with my assertion the Buckeye run defense has shown a few signs of vulnerability the last few weeks.
While that might be nit-picking, it seems fair to do considering the goals for this squad.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
I’m among those who thought hiring Hazell, who was the epitome of class when dealing with the media as an Ohio State assistant who regularly turned out NFL-quality receivers for six seasons in Columbus, was a good move by the Boilermaker brass, and that could still turn out to be the case. It’s early yet in his tenure, and I’m sure there was a lot to work on after the dysfunctional Danny Hope era.
But the offense has been, to put it mildly, a disaster this season, and perhaps this is why:
Yeah, I guess using only 10 guys is a good way to get to 90th in the nation in passing yards and 118th or worse in pretty much every other major statistical category.
How does this happen? That’s a good question. There are plenty of options to fill out that last spot. While Wisconsin would probably go with another tackle, Purdue could list a third receiver or a second tight end – maybe even a fullback since Hazell seems to want to move toward more of a pro-style attack.
Did they forget about fullbacks after all those years of pass-happy spread offenses under the Joe Tiller? There are a few guys listed on the roster as fullbacks, so that can’t be it.
Is this depth chart is a simple protest from a spread offense loyalist in the sports information department, or are they just waiting for the next donation check from Mike Alstott to clear?
Of course there are plenty of other things for Hazell to worry about when it comes to restoring the Purdue program, but hopefully we can get to the bottom of this sooner or later.
The Cleveland Browns may not catch the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North race, but maybe the signings of former Ohio State offensive lineman Reid Fragel and former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards yesterday indicate a new goal: assuring they can Michigan.
While unique, this is an approach that figures to play well to a large portion of the Browns’ fan base that warms up for Sunday afternoon by spending Saturdays hoping for Ohio State wins and Wolverine losses.
We in flyover country tend to get the short shrift when it comes to attention, and details of what Midwesterners do often fall through the cracks as news filters east and west.
Oh, sure, we make plenty of headlines, but how often do outsiders really drill down to find out the real story?
Well, the folks at Buzzfeed came up with a relatively comprehensive list of the recent exploits of the Ohio State Marching Band, which has been playing a fun game of “Can You Top This?” with itself for more than a year now since Jonathan Waters took over as the new band director.
Ohio State leads the nation in percentage of running back carries that gained at least 5 yards, also known as Running Back Success Rate in Football Outsiders parlance.
The Buckeyes are also in the national top 10 in “line yards” and “stuff rate.” Line yards attempt to measure the line’s impact on a running back’s yards by lessening credit for carries between 5 and 10 yards and eliminating it altogether after a carry goes beyond 10 yards. It also punishes the line for carries that go for a loss. Stuff rate represents the percentage of runs in which a running back is tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage.
“Because it feels good to be a missile, even when it leads to my destruction. We all know how the big story ends. If I don’t die on the field, I promise you I’ll die off of it.”
That is the conclusion of the latest in a series from MMQB examining the concussion crisis facing football – Nate Jackson discusses life after concussions as an ex-NFL player | The MMQB with Peter King.
This is the third piece out of the series I have read, and they have all been interesting. Continue reading