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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.


Homer Simpson mocks sign

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

Ohio State football starting over again this spring

Spring football is generally a time for optimism, but Urban Meyer had some bad news to share after things began Tuesday.

A bunch of Buckeyes he would like to see step up to grab open starting positions — there are only 16, after all — are going to be limited or out completely this spring.  Continue reading Ohio State football starting over again this spring

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

Big Ten football 2015 spring review/look ahead

It’s the middle of June and you’re looking for something about football to read, right? Well I’m here to help.

We finally rolled out the last of our Big Ten spring football reviews at BuckeyeSports.com, and I have collected them in a handy list just for you!  Continue reading Big Ten football 2015 spring review/look ahead