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Monday Musings: Does new OSU QB commit mean more than it seems?

Ohio State had a big weekend with a verbal commitment from Tate Martell, the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country according to scout.com.

He gives Urban Meyer two recruits from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman HS in as many years and two quarterbacks in the 2017 class. The 5-10.5, 203-pound Martell would seem to be a different type of prospect than the 6-4, 225-pound Danny Clark of Akron Archbishop Hoban.  Continue reading Monday Musings: Does new OSU QB commit mean more than it seems?

Friday Findings: Reds draft offers fundamental trifecta

While logging another loss on the field, the Reds appeared to have a nice night at the MLB draft.

I was all set to say taking a pitcher made sense if he was the best available, but going with Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel, a college hitter who can play multiple infield positions seems, like a pretty good call to me.

Bonus: The Hall of Famer Hal McCoy approves.

A Reds official called Senzel “very polished” and perhaps the best hitter in the draft.

Of course everyone says only positive things on draft night and I haven’t seen one at-bat of this kid’s career at Tennessee or before, but “polished hitters” seem to be in short supply in the Reds’ system lately while boom/bust guys are plentiful.  Continue reading Friday Findings: Reds draft offers fundamental trifecta

Requiem for Urban Meyer’s read option

This Week in Big Ten Football looks first at Ohio State’s offense under Urban Meyer, whose scheme might have just evolved beyond its name.

Thursday on his weekly radio show, Urban Meyer declared the read option dead in his current version of the Ohio State offense. OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but we had to get your attention somehow.

What he actually said: “When you hear spread option, it cracks me up when I hear that. We don’t run really an option very much at all and it’s more of a pro-style from a spread set. So it’s a much different offense than what it was years ago.”

While that made headlines, it’s news a long time coming.  Continue reading Requiem for Urban Meyer’s read option

This Week In Big Ten Football looks at QB battle fallouts

Big Ten football could be said to have come back to Earth in week one, although there weren’t too many upsets around the league. If anyone was overly disappointed in the league’s weekend as a whole, their expectations were probably too high.

Only two teams unexpectedly won (Northwestern) or lost (Penn State), although it will be interesting to see what happens next for those teams (I’d say BYU-Nebraska was a tossup entering the day).   Continue reading This Week In Big Ten Football looks at QB battle fallouts

Big Ten football picks 2015: Can anyone knock off Ohio State?

Big Ten football got underway last night with Michigan and Minnesota both losing to better teams, but neither game changed my outlook on theirs or the conference outlook. Should be another fun year of football in the Midwest and all over the nation, and I am excited to be covering the Big Ten for FOXSports.com this fall. I’ll still be writing for Buckeye Sports Bulletin as well. While those places are (at least mostly) for news, this is where you can find opinions and hopefully some further insight. 

Here is my outlook on the conference. For my thoughts on Michigan and Jim Harbaugh, click here. 

I have a hard time seeing the Big Ten East as anything other than the Big Two and the Little Five.  Continue reading Big Ten football picks 2015: Can anyone knock off Ohio State?

Some thoughts on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s next new era

(I wrote this Thursday morning, but a never-ending stream of news precluded me from getting it posted in a timely fashion. Nevertheless, nothing I saw in Michigan’s loss to Utah changed my long-term opinion. See thoughts on the game at the end.) 

The Jim Harbaugh Michigan Experiment begins tonight on FOX Sports 1.

I think I’m contractually obligated by my employer to point out that last part, but this opinion is solely mine.

Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago
Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago

Call me crazy, but I’m going to take a wait-and-see approach on the Wolverines’ perceived savior. Until I read the fantastic Lars Anderson story at Bleacher Report this week, I thought I might be the only one.

It’s not that I don’t think Harbaugh will win a lot of games at Michigan, but the certainty he will WIN BIG in Ann Arbor seems a little out of step with reality to me.

So are the comparisons straight up to Urban Meyer’s arrival at Ohio State because prior to 2012 Meyer had won more and for a longer period of time. Meyer also took a job where it’s not as difficult to win*.

That said, if it isn’t Harbaugh who can make Michigan national title contenders, it might be no one, so I don’t blame anyone for going all-in with him, either.  Continue reading Some thoughts on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s next new era