Matt Hayes' Ten 2013 Season Storylines That Don't Involve The SEC

June 17, 2013 at 9:18p    by Kyle Rowland    
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The Game.

There might not be a less popular writer among Ohio State fans than Sporting News' Matt Hayes. He wrote an article last summer critical of Urban Meyer that garnered national attention, then he slammed Gordon Gee and the OSU fan base. Not a good way to make friends in Columbus. 

But he's never been shy about his feelings toward the Buckeyes' on-field product. Hayes is fully aware of Meyer's coaching prowess and the quality of Ohio State's talent. On Monday, he penned his top storylines for the upcoming season not involving the SEC. 

1. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Officially, this rivalry is back. The Buckeyes are coming off a perfect season—um, except for the bowl-ban bit—and have a real shot to go 13-0 and blow off the Rose Bowl for the even bigger biggie five days later in Pasadena. The Wolverines, though, have a dream schedule, with the Notre Dame, Nebraska and OSU games all in Ann Arbor.

What we’re trying to tell you, folks, is that The Game is going to be followed by The Rematch in Indianapolis for the conference title, and that little turn of events is going to be the best thing to happen to the Big Ten in a long time.


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Chief B1G Dump's picture

I agree with his last sentence...
However, please don't click on this turdburgurlars links...dont take the bait.

Brutus's picture

What does it say about me that the word turdburglars makes me giggle.

OSUs12-OH's picture

"However, please don't click on this turdburgurlars links...dont take the bait."

This made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants:-)  Funny stuff with the turdburgurlar comment....great stuff!

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Upvote for "turdburglar" - did you coin that one? Well done.....

d1145fresh's picture

I don't know if I would say Michigan has a "dream schedule". While I think they will be good and I think they will win their division games at Penn State, Michigan State and Northwestern along with playing ND, Nebraska and OSU will all be tough games to win. 
I do agree with his point that having both of these teams undefeated at the end of the regular season will be good for the B1G. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I don't see how M*chigan will be in the BigTen championship game. Nebraska doesn't play Ohio State or Wisconsin. Their biggest games are UCLA, @M*chigan, NW, and @PSU. I'll be surprised if they're not 11-1 or 10-2 by the end of the regular season.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

pjtobin's picture

Muck fichigan!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'd like to see a top ten of things that don't involve the SEC, Ohio State, OR realignment. Would be a skullf***er, that's for sure.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

michigan is going to take a step back this year. It's inevitable. I'd love for this scenario to play out but they simply will not be in the B1G championship game.

BME_Buckeye's picture

A step back from 8-5 is a huge step in the wrong direction. I wouldn't be disappointed but I don't see a repeat performance like that. Now if it did happen, I wouldn't be mad. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Looking at their schedule, I'd say another 8-5 season would be considered a step back. They're probably going to be favored in every game except against NW, and Ohio State. Nebraska might be favored depending on if the beat UCLA.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

New alum's picture

Way too early lines have Sparty favored in East Lansing. I agree assuming Dantonio fields an offense this year. OSU is a lock for Indy; a rematch of The Game would be a great storyline for the Big Ten, but any number of teams could emerge from the Legends (MSU, Nebraska, NW, UM).

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

MSU coming out of the Legends seems unlikely.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

New alum's picture

 I think it comes down to if they can get better play at quarterback and find a serviceable replacement for Bell. Their defense should be very good again, though.

TMac's picture

They will have a better record than 8-5 - but may not win the division

TheGhostofWoody's picture

Step back from what?  8-5?  Why do you think so?

acBuckeye's picture

Last year they took their step back. I see them with 9, MAYBE 10 wins this year.

nickma71's picture

Nah. 11-2 was the fake season. You can not put ND, Mich St, Nebraska or even the Nerds in the hypothetical win column for michigan for this coming season. They could win all 4, but I don't see it. Brian Kelly is a much better coach than hamburgler's cousin. 

buckskin's picture

It's good to take a peek into Hayes' insightful, brilliant mind as he states the obvious (he later reported that grass is green).  I still think he is a moron and Mark May wannabe.

Hovenaut's picture

Meh Hayes.

Woody must be cross-eyed looking down upon his musings. And having to share a surname.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

droessl's picture

Am I the only one who doesn't like the idea of playing TTUN twice in a season? 

BucksfanXC's picture

No you are not.
And anybody in the other camp, see if we lose the second round and you say the same thing.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

DJRoss926's picture

It doesn't bother me that much because division realignment next year will prevent it from ever happening again. 
For one year, I think it'll be pretty cool. I mean, who wouldn't want to beat Michigan twice in one year?

acBuckeye's picture

No. It might be great for the B1G, but as a fan of OSU, I could care less about the conference. It would be a bad thing for The Game. But I don't think the Wolverkitties will win their division anyway.

gravey's picture

Rematch is just another way of saying that the first one doesn't count.
Nobody remembers "the brawl in Montreal", only "No Mas".
 
 

Poison nuts's picture

Yeah, well, Matt Hayes is a dick.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Chief Big Dump couldn't have got it more correct than his turdburgurlar comment towards Hayes.  Matthew wants OSU fans to hit on his article by kissing ass at the onset but there will for sure be some negativity some where in it.  He can't give a compliment without a backhand coming behind it. I'll never read one thing he writes after his BS towards UFM and I loved how Urban responded. Because it's all false.  Nothing to see/read if that douche wrote it that's for sure.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Bucksfan's picture

Ohio State-Michigan is the #1 story every year even if you include SEC storylines.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Michigan's "dream schedule"? More like a wet dream that they will wake up from and realize it wasn't real at all and they lost again to tOSU..............