My look at the personnel the Spartans will bring to the Big Ten Championship Game against Ohio State.
I had the pleasure of appearing on the FN’A Show on 95.5 The Game in Columbus earlier this week, where we talked about the Big Ten championship game between Ohio State and Michigan State.
We also discussed who might be the Buckeyes’ best Heisman Trophy candidate, what makes the Spartans’ defense so good, concerns about Ohio State’s defense and Buckeye football more.
In case you missed the segment, here’s the podcast.
Check it out!
Ohio State’s 42-41 win over Michigan was certainly worth a second full viewing.
The No. 1 takeaway? The Wolverines played pretty well, but Buckeye mistakes were mostly why it was a close game.
Credit goes to much-maligned Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges, who called a great game all the way down to the final touchdown. His uninspired two-point conversion call, however, might have cost the Wolverines the win… (read more).
As for Ohio State, Herman always strives for balance, but Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison practically dared him not to be, and that failed miserably.
I mean, yeah, the Wolverines avoided getting dinked and dunked to death by screens, and they forced Miller to pull the ball down in some passing situations, but why Mattison aside from a handful of field linebacker blitzes never put an extra hat in the box to help against a running game that gained nearly 400 yards is beyond my comprehension.
Read more: Scout.com: Ohio State-Michigan Second Thoughts.
By now you’ve probably seen the official All-Big Ten teams. They included 10 Ohio State players and a few head-scratching selections by the coaches or the media (especially the former).
I posted my first-team choices at FoxSportsOhio.com, a group that includes a couple of Ohio State players snubbed by the coaches or media and one who made their list but not mine.
The Ohio State defensive staff continued to tinker with the defense and the line showed its depth and versatility in the win over Indiana. That and more from this week’s review of the film:
This headline might be true, but more to the point it’s probably a poor way to decide if Baylor is better than Ohio State this season.
This shouldn’t need to be pointed out, but just in case: former NFL personnel man Gil Brandt writes Ohio State doesn’t have speed because 230-pound running back Carlos Hyde was caught from behind once. Meanwhile, he either ignores or forgets the Buckeyes had three breakaway touchdown runs of 50-yards plus, including two by Hyde and one by quarterback Braxton Miller. Continue reading
Are the computers Ohio State’s biggest threat? We look at that and more in this week’s column.
The Buckeyes took care of business eventually at windy Memorial Stadium and now turn their focus to Indiana, a similar team that figures to provide a bigger challenge.
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?
Wrote this yesterday and sharing it both in case you missed it and because I think it’s worth pointing out that there is more to the national championship discussion than resumes and math.
The eyeball test is still important – arguably the most important of all factors as long as the human polls (or in the future a playoff selection committee) are so heavily involved.
Strength of schedule, stats and advanced metrics are fun to talk about and valuable for comparing teams, but at the end of the day I still believe nothing beats looking at two teams and figuring out which one has the better players.
That’s how early season rankings are determined, then we let wins and losses weed each other out with losses basically always taking precedent over wins, for better or for worse.
Ohio State is third in the coaches’ poll entering today’s games and likely to drop behind the winner of the Clemson-Florida State game being played tonight.
If the Buckeyes win out, they are going to Pasadena. They’re going to need help to make that for the national championship game as opposed to the Rose Bowl, but that’s only from teams in front of them now losing.
Unless pollsters make a drastic change in how they have always voted, no one-loss team behind Ohio State now is going to pass the Buckeyes.
Yesterday we took a look at the Ohio State-Northwestern game through the eyes of advanced statistics from Football Outsiders.
Today, we examine where the Buckeyes rank halfway through their season based on FO’s measure of play-by-play efficiency known as S&P+ (later in the season they will add drive efficiency measures, but those aren’t up yet for this season). It should also be noted that garbage time is weeded out of these numbers before rankings are determined. Continue reading