The Dubgate is Team Chaos

By Jason Priestas on October 26, 2013 at 6:00a

Ohio State debuted at No. 4 in the BCS rankings and as you know, won't make the title game unless they a) keep winning and b) get a little help from other teams.

Urban Meyer is piloting this rocket ship, so we'll let him handle the "keep winning" part. As for the help from other teams part, it's time to embrace chaos.

Chaos means cheering for teams to pull upsets that otherwise would have no chance of doing so. Like Tennessee, playing at Alabama today.

Butch Jones has the Vols moving in the right direction. The recruiting class he's putting together is a top-three class according to some services and results are coming on the field, perhaps earlier than some imagined. After norrowly losing to Georgia in overtime three weeks ago, Jones got his first signature win in Knoxville last weekend, knocking off then No. 11 South Carolina 23-21.

And yet, Alabama enters this game today (3:30 p.m./CBS) as a 28-point favorite, so the odds of Tennessee springing an upset are low. But, it was only four years ago that a 7-0 Alabama team, ranked No. 1 in the country, welcomed a 3-3 Tennessee team to Tuscaloosa and needed two blocked field goals from Terrence Cody, including one on the game's final play, to pull out the win.

So, yeah. Who knows?

Florida State looked pretty invincible in throttling Clemson last weekend and for that, they were rewarded with the No. 2 spot in the BCS rankings. The Seminoles get 3-3 North Carolina State at home today (3:30 p.m./ABC) and Vegas likes the Noles by 32 points, which sounds about right.

Again, thought, it was just last season that the No. 3 Noles, fresh off a big win over then No. 10 Clemson, suffered its first defeat of the season at North Carolina State. I really can't see FSU losing today, but stranger things have happened.

No. 3 Oregon welcomes No. 12 UCLA to Autzen tonight (7:00 p.m./ESPN) and the Ducks are playing so well that they're 24-point favorites in this one. UCLA is coming off a loss and—I'm not even going to pretend that they have a chance. Maybe in Los Angeles, but not on the road.

Missouri, another unbeaten, is ranked behind Ohio State at No. 5 in the BCS, but that doesn't mean we can't hope for all the bad things in life to happen to them, and only them. The Tigers get No. 21 South Carolina in Columbia tonight (7:00 p.m./ESPN2) and although the Gamecocks will be playing without quarterback Connor Shaw, Vegas only likes Missouri by three in this one. Lehhhgooo, Ol' Ball Coach.

Finally, Texas Tech is flying high at 7-0 and ranked 10th in the BCS, but travel to Norman to take on Oklahoma. The Sooners are actually favored by a touchdown in this one, so there's a good chance Kliff Kingsbury will taste defeat for the first time today. Wear your Sooner colors with pride today, Buckeye fans.


This has absolutely nothing to do with college football and for that, I'm kind of sorry, but I just had to share this audio of LBJ ordering pants and asking for extra room in the crotch where your "nuts hang."

Carry on.


There's no way around it: The lineup for the noon games today is garbage. Featuring classic matchups like Nebraska at Minnesota, Louisville at South Florida and Northwestern at Iowa, this is me telling you to consider getting some of the tasks you've been putting off done until the 3:30 p.m. slate hits.

Early games of note (and some are only of note because they feature B1G – or future B1G – teams):

Kickoff (ET) Matchup TV Internet Favorite
12:00 p.m. Houston at Rutgers ESPNN WatchESPN RUT (-7)
12:00 p.m. No. 20 Louisville at South Florida ESPN2 WatchESPN LOU (-20.5)
12: 00 p.m. No. 24 Nebraska at Minnesota ESPN WatchESPN NEB (-10)
12:00 p.m. Northwestern at Iowa BTN BTN2GO IOWA (-4)
12:00 p.m. No. 19 Oklahoma State at Iowa State FSN OKST (-12.5)
12:00 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 7 Miami ESPNU WatchESPN MIA (-24)
12:00 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 16 Texas A&M SECTV WatchESPN TAMU (-17)
12:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at Virginia WatchESPN GT (-10)
1: 00 p.m. Pittsburgh at Navy CBSSN PITT (-5.5)




Haybucks's picture

So that's how the Duluth Trading Co. got started.  Thanks LBJ!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks. I still have the '02 Browns on the brain.

johnblairgobucks's picture

a 7 point win over South Alabama, and a 45 point loss to Oregon OOC, does this say this say Tennessee is up and down week to week, being a young team with a new coach?
do you think the SEC is a tad bit over valued in the polls this year?
Ohio State carrys a stigma on them to this day from a 27 point loss to Florida almost 7 years ago, while teams like Tennessee (45 point loss to Oregon)and Clemson (37 point home loss to FSU and a 2012- 37 point Bowl Game loss to WVU) experience these shallackings and suffer no lasting stigmas.

97Buckeye's picture

Some day, I want to be powerful enough to just randomly call up a clothing company and tell them I need a little extra ball room for my nuts. Classic LBJ.

Jason Priestas's picture

Him burping into the phone, too. So many great LBJ stories, independent of his politics.

Like tricking friends and visitors into thinking he's driving his car into the lake (it was an amphibious car).

Or, naming his two beagles "Him" and "Her."

gwalther's picture

I believe there was also one where he hosted a foreign dignitary at his ranch in Texas and took a piss off the porch.

Class of 2008

InHartWeTrust's picture

Plus the nice burp right in the middle of the phone call, and a "bunghole" reference.  Alpha male.

dlb72osu's picture

LBJ certainly had a striking command of the English language.
One of my favorite quotes by the big Texan, "Hubert, don't you ever forget I got your nuts right here in my pocket"!

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

- Invictus

zbd's picture

A 1 loss Alabama or Oregon will still get the nod over an undefeated OSU team.  The Big Ten stinks this year.  Just sayin.

mb5599's picture

as we get deeper into the season the chances of that diminish. a loss early in the season is not as bad as a loss later in the season.  if missouri loses before the sec cg (which i see happening) but beats alabama in the cg, i dont see them jumping OSU.  same goes with oregon. 

Big B

gwalther's picture

I have a very hard time buying into that. Putting a one loss any team over a team that has gone 25-0 would be extremely divisive and controversial. Meyer is going to start banging on the table as the year progresses if we keep winning, just watch.

Class of 2008

sandytowne's picture

Why should OSU's wins from last year be considered at all in determining whether they deserve a title shot this year?  Alabama has lost seven games, total, since 2008.  Should their past success factor into whether they deserve a title appearance this year?  While admittedly it probably does factor into the media's SEC mystique, it shouldn't.  
Winning 25 games in a row would be extremely impressive.  I just don't think last season's results should have any bearing whatsoever on who should be in the title game this year.  

gwalther's picture

If a team ends up going 26-0 and winning a BCS game over another major conference opponent, which is the possibility we're alluding to, Ohio State fans won't be the only ones that will doubt if whoever won the BCS title game should really be considered the national champion. Because of that possibility, and that humans play an important role in ranking teams, I think OSU has a slightly better shot at getting into the NC game with two undefeated seasons under their belt rather than just one. That is the answer to your question. 

Class of 2008

harleymanjax's picture

You don't think Bama is being rewarded for their past success? How do you think they have been ranked #1 all year?

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

buckeyepastor's picture

I've gotta agree - at least with Alabama.  I think Bama has to lose twice to be out of the title game.   Which is kind of sad, because based on what I've seen of Bama THIS YEAR (not based at all on brownie points for 2011 and 2012) I would probably have them third behind FSU and Oregon.  
I think Mizzou is a very different team without Franklin at QB.   I think SCar ends their undefeated season, which is kinda sad because with Franklin I think they win.   Hate to see a team that has been an afterthought play so well and then get sidetracked by an injury to their best player, but it is the chaos we need.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

sb97's picture

I dont know, Iowa/Northwestern and Oklahoma State/Iowa State are a pair of interesting games.  Northwestern is playing like crap right now but they are kryptonite for Iowa and there is always this:

Hovenaut's picture

So glad the game is prime-time, and none of these early games are worth my time. Taking the padowan learner out for a toddler only early Trick or Treat downtown ('cause pops needs sugar to go with his beer later).

Working in a nature walk and gutting our pumpkin before grilling up in time for kickoff.

Feel like a kid at Christmas right now...let's go Buckeyes!

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

GoBucks10's picture

Buckeye themed pumpkins all the way, too!

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

AJW_16's picture

Great to start my morning off with some XBrax360.
Let's go Tennesee, UCLA, Sowf Cackalacky and North Cackalacky State!

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

stcburn's picture

I'm betting Missouri will be feeling some misery when the gamecocks come to town.

Baroclinicity's picture

Starting QB for South Carolina is injured, is he not?

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

GoBucks10's picture

Herbie just said Oregon fans are best in the land. Really Herbie?

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Herbie saying Oregon fans are best is not just fake Buckeye-ish; that's just plain stupid. Oregon fans are some of the least informed, most clueless Johnny-come-lately fans in cfb. Talking football with them is like talking with the girl you just started dating who is pretending to love football to impress you. As fans, they're mental light weights.

buckeyepastor's picture

Totally agree.  It's embarrassing to hear him say that, and not because he's praising a fan base other than OSU.  If he wants to say that of Nebraska, or LSU, or Texas, or a number of other fan bases that really are strong - fine.   But Oregon?   They're probably the only PAC 12 team that we could face in the Rose Bowl (on the left coast) and dominate in terms of fan support.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

4thandinches's picture

Give them a couple years when they are back to being mediocre and let's see how 'passionate' those fans are. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

VestedInterest's picture

Eh, placating the home crowd is just part of the deal

geoffrsc's picture

Oregon had to offer some ticket deal through Groupon last season.
Yeah, great fans.

Him1stftballl8er's picture

The last two years Oregon has lost, it has been at Autzen...just sayin. ;)

The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools. 

Deadly Nuts's picture

Man....tOSU is 0-985 in hypothetical games not on the schedule against the SEC ACC and PAC conferences this year!


Seattle Linga's picture

The sec is crap this year. Too many mediocre teams playing mediocre football. tOSU would run that conference and be the only team doing it without paying players.

BukFan's picture

^^we've had issues with paying players- or at least boosters doing it.

IBleedSandG's picture

Ya gotta let your nuts hang.