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Illinois - Five Thoughts

ONE. Illinois is a bad team. We have faced other bad teams and struggled - we beat UAB by only 14 and their second win just came against a team that hasn't won yet. We recently struggled against a Purdue who aren't very good. So in that sense cruising as we did is really nice to see. But IL ...
04 Nov 2012
by baddogmaine

OT: Batman Thru the Years

The development of the Batman series has played well into my life's progression.  As a grade schooler, I was brought up watching the Warner Bros tv series with Rino Romano...you know it well by the animated "KUNG POW" and "BAM" type phrases.  It was a rudimentary se...
02 Nov 2012
by hcazualcc

What Can We Really Expect Against Illinois?

On paper this is the best in the B1G against the worst. This should be a complete, total mismatch. And yet . . . The 2012 Buckeyes have faced several other teams they were much, much better than, and only played dominant football in the second half of the first game of the year. As much as any other...
01 Nov 2012
by baddogmaine

The Irony Of An Undefeated Season

This year's edition of the OSU football Buckeyes still have some valley's to cross in order to enjoy the glory of 12-0, but at 9-0 the odds are looking better.  I was pondering this week about another team in the not too distant past that had some commonalities with this Buckeye team. C...

Did I do the right thing?

I need your input to a parenting cunundrum I created.  Last night at dinner with the family we were talking about how the different states in our wonderful country got their names.  My youngest son asked how Ohio got its name and I told him I thought the word was from the Native Americans...
30 Oct 2012
by Doc

Safe to go back to State College!

My dad and I made the trip to Happy Valley on Saturday.  After what I had read here on 11W, I was a bit trepidatious.  I had read many horror stories about poor treatment of our fans by theirs.  So I wasn't sure what to expect.  I was worried enough that I roleplaye...
29 Oct 2012
by Menexenus

Five Penn State Observations

1.  Defense.  I was more impressed with the defense than I have been all year.  Holding the PSU offense to 16 points is probably better than most expected - and if you consider that the defense held the Purdue offense to 15 points last week - I'd like to think we're trending u...

SMART Power Rankings Week 9: New point system

  Wekcome to the 2012 season's second installment of the SMART Power Rankings! We have a new point system that goes as follows:   24 points for victory over BCS opponent 20 points for victory over Non-AQ opponent 16 points for victory over FCS opponent 12 points for each victory ...

PSU - My Own 5 Things

Blog style so I don't have to worry about length.   One. Great job Buckeyes. That was the most complete performance of the year, under possibly the harshest circumstances. There is only one 9-0 FCS team and it resides in Cbus, and #9 was no fluke. Way. To. Go. Two. What happened yesterda...
28 Oct 2012
by baddogmaine

15 years ago on buckeyefanatic.com ...

When I was 15 years younger, 15 years dumber, 15 years less married ... I had a great idea.  A buckeye website.  There were only a couple sites out there and although I was grateful for the access one in particular gave me to Ohio State news while I was in the military overseas in the mid-...

JoePa, The Vest and Lance Armstrong

Lydell Ross really got me thinking this week. Actually, that's not entirely true... Lance Armstrong got me thinking this week, and then Lydell Ross really got me thinking. It all started as I was pondering the "legacy" of the now forever tainted cycling superstar. When the latest rou...
26 Oct 2012
by AndyVance

Who Is . . . Penn State?

Who is Penn State?  Well, if you have been spending any time following sports media you would know they are the hottest team in CFB.  If you read through any PSU message board, they are the New England Patriots with a better defense, and of course better uniforms.  Bill O'Bri...
26 Oct 2012
by Ahh Saturday

High School Football Rivalries

In a lot of places, Week 10 is "rivalry week." I was just curious to hear about some of the rivalries you all have been a part of or are familiar with. Some of the more prominent ones that many of you are aware of would be Canton McKinley vs. Massilon Washington, St. Ignatius vs. St. Edwar...
25 Oct 2012
by M tots

PSU Home Advantage is Overrated

It’s funny to me that PSU fans always look back to the 2005 OSU game to cite their great home advantage. No doubt the stadium had something to do with that win, but (though it’s hard to believe) that was SEVEN years ago. In the OSU games @ Happy Valley since then, Tod Boeckman had a care...

My Top Five Buckeye Highlights on YouTube

Last week's drive and the amazing comeback was awesome, and it's been a lot of fun comparing the drive to Holy Buckeye.  Just thinking back on Holy Buckeye and the emotions that came with that play, as well as the emotions Saturday led me to start thinking about other plays over the yea...
23 Oct 2012
by btalbert25

Is Braxton overhyped, or Rodney Dangerfield?

Braxton Miller is an exciting, electrifying quarterback. While Kenny Guiton was obviously the toast of olde Columbus town Saturday night, it is pretty clear that Miller is still the big man on campus. That said, I'm trying to decide if the young stud is a victim of his own hype, or if he d...
23 Oct 2012
by AndyVance

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