A Special MACtion Championship Open Thread

By 11W Staff on November 30, 2012 at 6:55p
36 Comments
DARRELL HAZELL, AMERICAN BOSS

An open thread for a MAC game, you say? When it involves former Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell (and LB coach Marcus Freeman) trying to capture a championship and potential BCS bid for Kent State, it absolutely makes sense.

Besides, this is a matchup of ranked teams, which is more than you could say for 90% of the Big Ten games played this season.

Time GAME TV INTERNET FAVORITE
7:00PM #18 Kent State vs #19 Northern Illinois ESPN2 WatchESPN NIU (-7½)

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Kurt's picture

One thing I think is for certain, Hazell is going to make a little more money next year!  Sort the list to lowest salaries and he's only making a little more than UL Monroe's Todd Berry.  

cinserious's picture

I want Hazell to play Lawrence Taylor in the upcoming movie about the life of LT.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

Grant Edgell's picture

Dri Archer needs more stickers on his helmet. Or shoes. Or pants.

crusher's picture

Message received, Espn doesn't want Kent to win. Now can you just announce the game instead of ripping on Kent's loss to Kentucky?

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

Ohio1St81's picture

Sweet Jesus there are 65 people at the Pac-12 Championship Game, and it's at Stanford. 

MediBuck's picture

Yeah, tickets are actually $20 for students, and way more than that after that. It's also finals week and raining like like crazy. I'm surprised it's this bad, though. I was there for the Oregon State game, and we still filled the stadium :/

Pissed I can't be there right now--away on interview trip. Will be gone even if we get a Rose Bowl bid, though, which makes me even angrier. Life in medicine and football fandom clearly don't mix.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

MediBuck's picture

I hope I'm not the only one here commenting on the UCLA-Stanford game. Otherwise, it'll just end up being an awkward soliloquy.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

MediBuck's picture

Kevin Hogan is a BEAST. I'm not entirely convinced Stanford wouldn't be undefeated if we'd started him this season instead of Josh Nunes...

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

How does he get his hats like that?

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Can't Read. Can't Write. Kent State.

The South will NOT rise again!

OSUStu's picture

Johnathan Franklin is certainly having a better game this time around.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

rdubs's picture

Stanford got in anyways, but that was a TD on the INT return, no camera angle on the goalline to show it though.

OSUStu's picture

Definitely a TD.  UCLA's offense didn't seem to put a whole lot of effort into stopping that return until he was at the 15 yard line.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

MediBuck's picture

Love how the Franklin run was a TD but the Reynolds run wasn't. Clearly the refs are Cal grads :/

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

OSUStu's picture

Love how they did a Chip Kelly commercial even though they are at home watching.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Poe McKnoe's picture

Kent State is taking turrible angles to the ball.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I was going to sign on to marvel at Darrell Hazell's imitation of a Jim Bollman offense, when they finally woke up.
This game isn't going to be the one that lands Hazell his next job, that's for sure.
 
Edit: Oh wow! This is a miracle! Tied now, after they did nothing for about 3 full quarters.
 

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LadyBuck's picture

Kent has GOT to make this down, but they fumble. GET THE POINTS.

rdubs's picture

Can't believe they made that play call, maybe play action, but not that.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Overtime, 2nd-1 from the 5, and Kent first loses a yard, then loses about 10 more on a reverse.
Browns followers among the Kent fanbase should have found that sequence real familiar.

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MediBuck's picture

Obvious that UCLA hid much of the playbook last week against Stanford. They came out firing off fake motion counters and diamond formation out of the pistol. This one could get real ugly in the mud.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

thatlillefty's picture

Which position group did Hazell coach at Ohio State?

MediBuck's picture

Wide recievers. For quite a fews years, actually. 2004-2010 I think.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

wside buck's picture

that was a lucky penalty

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Keith of Kent State telegraphs his passes so much, they might as well give him Samuel Morse's old jersey.
Nice effort this season and a nice comeback in the fourth quarter, but the failure to convert a 2nd-1 in the first overtime was the killer.

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MediBuck's picture

UCLA's gameplan:
1) Crowd the line of scrimmage. Bring 8 guys into the box on every play regardless of what it looks like.
2) Double-cover Zach Ertz, even if you have to leave another WR wide open.
3) Keep throwing swing passes to James Franklin.
4) ????
5) Profit.

Alright David Shaw. Time to earn your keep as Pac-12 COY.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

MediBuck's picture

Oh ho ho! David Shaw, you sly snake. Way to lull Mora into thinking we were playing for an FG with that fullback run! 

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

MediBuck's picture

Aaaaaaand, there's the Stanford D we've been looking for all game! 
Sidenote: Feels awkward like I'm talking to myself in here :(

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

kr66osu's picture

Looks like Stanford is going to the Rose Bowl
Edit: aaaaand I spoke too soon

kr66osu's picture

Imagine how terrible this game would be if it were Oregon/USC like it was 'supposed' to be

BuckeyeW's picture

damnit. really wanted UCLA to at least force overtime.

MediBuck's picture

ER. MAH. GERD. I'm smelling roses, baby. GO CARDINAL!!!!!

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I feel the same. Sucks. I love the way Stanford plays, but UCLA has been a great story. Mora looks to be the real deal out there. Hundley is going to be very good. I just hope Nebraska can win so we at least have a ranked team reppin the mighty Big14

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

kr66osu's picture

I'm really glad that it was between Stanford and UCLA for the Rose Bowl spot
I'm so sick of Oregon and USC being the Pac-12 team there every year

MediBuck's picture

I'm so glad Stanford is going to the Rose Bowl. I get the satisfaction of watching one of my teams pound Nebraska (or hopefully Wisconsin) one more time. 

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

MediBuck's picture

Stupid interviews. I wish I could be in Palo Alto right now... Had priority for tickets too :(

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes