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 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 ...