Hatin' Ass Spurrier Hates on the Big Ten

By Johnny Ginter on August 5, 2014 at 10:45a
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Hatin' Ass Spurrier is one of my absolute favorite recurring segments on any college football blog. Yeah, it's funny, and yeah, the idea of Steve Spurrier looming over you and talking jive about someone's momma is an image that I want to take with me to my grave. But that's not why I love EDSBS' treatment of the former Heisman winner (yes he did no joke).

No, I love it because I truly believe that if Steve Spurrier were allowed to live in a world without all these bourgeois notions of honor and civility, Hatin' Ass Spurrier is who he would actually be 24/7. He would live in a hollowed out Sherman tank, occasionally popping out of the turret to hurl insults at overweight children eating ice cream, wearing nothing but a jockstrap and a golf visor.

Unfortunately, we live in a society of laws, and because of that Spurrier must resort to issuing edicts from his Hatin' Ass Throne about how the Big Ten Sucks:

"The Big Five conferences all playing each other, I don't think that makes a lot of sense, really,” Spurrier said, via garnetandblackattack.com. “Playing East Carolina is a lot tougher game than maybe picking up one of those bottom Big Ten teams, and a lot of fans around here would rather see a team that's close by."

That's some quality hate right there, not in the least because it plays off of B1G fans' deep seated insecurities about sucking all the time.

Well guess what, Spurrier? You're wrong! Well, okay, you're right. But you're wrong in a different way!

I crunched some numbers (added things and then divided them on my phone) and it turns out that yes, East Carolina really is a lot tougher game than those bottom Big Ten teams. Which, really people, shouldn't come as a shock. The B1G has an okay top 2/3rds, but the bottom third is absolutely godawful. As an Ohio State fan, you should be pretty well aware of this, since in 2013 the Buckeyes beat the bottom four teams in the Big Ten by a combined score of ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT TO SEVENTY NINE. That is bad. That is very very very bad.

But here's the thing: as bad as the bottom four teams in the Big Ten were (making East Carolina a legit better, more interesting option to schedule than they are), a Big Ten team might want to learn a lesson from that. Because as it turns out, East Carolina is also a much better bet than the bottom four teams of the SEC were last year.

Have a chart!

  B1G Bottom Feeders1 SEC Bottom Feeders2 East Carolina
SCORING OFFENSE 27.3 20.9 40.2
SCORING DEFENSE 34.8 28 24.8
TOTAL OFFENSE 404.4 342.1 468.2
TOTAL DEFENSE 473.1 393.3 368.8
TOTAL WINS 15 14 10
WINS vs .500+ FBS TEAMS 4 4 3

1 Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern and Purdue
2 Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky


Sure, quality of competition and all that, but hell, I'm not inclined to cut any of the SEC teams much slack given that Florida lost to Georgia Southern and Arkansas is coached by a guy who is slowly evolving into a living embodiment of their mascot.

Two things. First, it's kind of amazing just how bad both the worst of the Big Ten and the SEC were last year. Personally, I'm inclined to give a break to the likes of Indiana and Illinois (although my personal college football spirit animal Northwestern let me down greatly last year), but Florida and Tennessee being as bad as they were is really kind of amazing. The SEC teams were better defensively overall, mostly thanks to the efforts of Florida, and the Big Ten teams were better offensively overall, which is the general M.O. of crappy B1G squads, but what's most striking is the overall futility against teams that weren't each other.

Second, as mentioned, Spurrier was right. East Carolina was a pretty good team last season. They won ten games, and even though none of those victories came against top 25 teams, they are the eternal champions of the 2013 Beef O'Brady Bowl, where they defeated Ohio and won the admiration and respect of St. Petersburg, Florida. They had an explosive offense with some very good players, including the now-graduated Shane Carden, who threw for over 4000 yards last season. SEC teams would be smart to schedule the Pirates instead of whatever crud that Purdue is deciding to roll out this season.

But frankly, it'd be in the best interests of Ohio State to schedule the likes of East Carolina over the basement of the SEC in terms of planning a watchable game. The SEC has coasted and continues to coast on name recognition, and while the addition of Rutgers and Maryland isn't going to help the B1G's case that it's not a terrible conference, the bottom of the SEC was hot garbage last year and will likely continue to be this year.

"I hate you, I hate you, I don't even know you, and I hate your guts. I hope all the bad things in life happen to you and nobody else but you."

Look to your own, crappy, smelly-ass basement, Spurrier! The bottom 2/3rds of your conference isn't anything special and South Carolina hasn't won anything ever. Do something interesting before you talk trash.

And I'm taking Silky Johnson back, dammit! Dave lives in Ohio and you think Silky wears scarlet and gray by accident? HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE!

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HeuermanTheFireman's picture

Spurrier needs a muzzle.

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

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tussey's picture

Johnny you had me laughing with just the picture and the title.  Great article!

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flying-banana's picture

As much as I enjoyed this article, and well done Johnny, I think we're all misinterpreting what the OBC said and who he was taking shots at. Personally, I thought the slight was against the scheduling mandate and specifically at the top tier teams are scheduling P5 bottom feeders who are no better, and often worse, than good G5 teams like ECU. I think his use of the B1G is interchangeable and was probably just the first conference that popped into his head.

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funtubs's picture

Damn you Flying-Banana, beat me by 7 seconds

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flying-banana's picture

Haha I guess great minds think alike!

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funtubs's picture

IMO, I don't think he was calling out the Big Ten alone, just using it as an example. His main point was that scheduling Power 5 Conference teams as OOC games doesn't necessarily mean better games or more interesting games. East Carolina is better than Purdue for sure, Spurrier was noting that just because Purdue is in the Big Ten instead of the AAC like East Carolina doesn't mean he should have to schedule Purdue when ECU is much closer and is bound to attract more fans.

Edit: Down votes?

OSUStu's picture

Maybe.  But you are crediting Spurrier for a lot more than he actually said.  He did call out the bottom of the B1G...alone.

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

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funtubs's picture

What I meant by that is I think that was just the first conference that he thought of. Thats how I interpreted, but it could be heard differently

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wojodta's picture

That's how I interpreted it too. You could easily substitute any conferences' bottom feeders and make the same argument he made.

jpbuckeye's picture

With all due respect, I disagree.

That does lead to a question though: in SEC land which conference do you think is most strongly disliked?

I would guess that the B1G would come out on top. What do you think?

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NitroBuck's picture

I have to agree with JP on this one.  Spurrier could have made that same point by calling out the bottom of any of the Power 5 conferences, yet he specifically chose the B1G.  Why is that?  First off, no doubt he would rule out bashing the bottom of his own conference.  Why diminish whatever goodwill his team gets by beating up the doormats of the SEC?  Besides, there would be a lot more repercussions from bashing his own conference.  Next, you can rule out the ACC.  Why?  Because there are a lot of ACC-SEC match ups every year, and the ACC is also a Southern conference.  Again, no sense diminishing frequent competitors, as all it does is belittle your own conference's status.  The same can also be said to a lesser extent for the Big-12, so that only leaves the B1G and the Pac-12 for him to pick on without running down his own conference's stature.

Personally, I don't think he really cares about the Pac-12 one way or the other, but he does get brownie points with the SEC fan base for bashing the Big Ten.  It is the only Politically Correct choice for an SEC coach to take.

That said, blow it out your ass, Spurdog.

Ferio.  Tego.

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buckeyedude's picture

The B1G are Yankees, and it's OK to hate on Yankees, down there. Plus, they're(the SEC) pissed for all the years they couldn't play in the Rose Bowl.

 

 

jamesrbrown322's picture

Arkansas is coached by a guy who is slowly evolving into a living embodiment of their mascot.

That line alone was worth the price of admission.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Priceless. Best way to describe Bert. Outstanding.

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

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Lol! Kafka's "Metamorphosis"?

Thanks, by the way, for the image of Spurrier in a jock strap and visor! Reaches for bleach & cranium saw to disinfect brain...

GVerrilli92's picture

I feel like the same thing should be said about Spurrier..

How many cheeseburgers are you gunna drive into that dirty old cheeseburger locker Brady Hoke?

Johnny Ginter's picture

yes yes i know what he was saying guys, im just annoyed that he used the big ten as an example instead of the SEC (since they were talking about expanding to 9 games)

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

No need to defend yourself Don John

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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QueenCityBuckeye's picture

Totally agree here. Seemed completely unnecessary to single out out the B1G in this instance. Could you imagine the uproar this would cause if Urban would have dropped a similar statement in context of the bottom of the SEC?

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IGotAWoody's picture

He was talking about the SEC requirement to schedule games with the other power conferences, so it wouldn't make sense for him to talk about the bottom of the SEC. He had the choice of mentioning the Big 12, Pac 12, ACC or B1G.

But I get what you're saying. The bottom of the SEC is equally bad. How surprising is it that Florida is coming off one of their worst seasons in recent memory? That Muschamp dude is an awful head coach.

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Johnny is pulling a Don Draper - if you don't like what you are hearing then change the conversation.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Automatic upvote for the sage wisdom of Don Draper.

AKBuck15's picture

Yes of course he didn't want to include the bottom of his own conference...but how often does ECU win 10 games. Everything is cyclical. Sure going by last year's results playing ECU was stronger on paper than playing a Indiana from the Big or playing a Florida from the sec. Not sure when they scheduled playing ECU but could pretty much guarantee that they weren't a 10 win team at that time. Have to argue that the depth and really depth of talent is still stronger on a bad Florida team or bad Illinois team is better than a strong ecu team. Not diminishing the smaller schools to rise up to any larger program. But just my take. Spurrier is all south..in my eyes south Carolina has been nothing more than middle tier at the end of every season although at the start of each season they seem to get the respect of a top ten team pre season

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

This is a brilliant piece.  It points out the Spurrier is absolutely right about how horrible the bottom teams in the B1G were, and it also points out how horrible the bottom teams in the SEC were last year.  And it puts ECU over pretty good, too.  I wouldn't mind seeing ECU on the schedule - maybe they're not the elite dream match-up people want, but it certainly beats playing some fledgling MAC, Sun Belt, or God forbid a horrible FCS team like FAMU.

And I'm not offended at all by somebody saying ECU could beat Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, or Northwestern.  Their shit's weak, and ECU can beat them.  Now if he were to say that ECU is better than OSU, then thems would be fightin' words.

Class of 2010.

jpbuckeye's picture

Agree it is a brilliant piece. The chart summarizes information I will save for future discussions with SEC fans; I do promise to give credit to the chart's creator).

Comments from an SEC-centric fan, which is a fan of ANY SEC team, would never recognize the fact that the argument works against SEC cellar dwellers as well as all other big conferences. From their perspective: their feces are not malodorous. 

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BierStube's picture

He would live in a hollowed out Sherman tank, occasionally popping out of the turret to hurl insults at overweight children eating ice cream, wearing nothing but a jockstrap and a golf visor.

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Squirrel Master's picture

the best is the guy slamming his crotch pole against the above crossbar. It was artistic and yet very painful to watch. My pole couldn't take that kind of abuse!

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jpbuckeye's picture

As Heisenberg would summarize: My pole does not take abuse, my pole gives the abuse!

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apack614's picture
 

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

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mh277907's picture

Sweet Capital One/Chick-fil-A/Outback/PapaJohns.com/Liberty/Independence Bowl, Steve. Let me know when you make it to a big boy bowl.

buckeyebobcat

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BierStube's picture

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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BUCKfutter's picture

the takeaway for me - with all the recruits those SEC bottomfeeders get, how bad does their actual coaching have to be?

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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Poison nuts's picture

Great point! The retort from one of those teams would be: but, but, but, we're playing the SEC's elite. Still - losing that often is losing that often. You're right - they get great players even on the crap SEC teams based on the strength of the SEC brand. So - yep...bad coaching.

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Bucksfan's picture

Sorry, but most of you guys are just flat wrong in your defense of his comments.  Spurrier didn't have to say anything about the bottom of the Big Ten, because he wasn't prompted to say something like that.  What he could have said was that he would look forward to scheduling competitive teams from the Big Ten or other conferences that would create marquee primetime matchups.  Instead, it was as if he was making a defensive excuse for scheduling a team like ECU instead of scheduling a real opponent like Wisconsin (took the Gamecocks deep into the 4th quarter in the no-name bowl last year) or Nebraska (beat Georgia in their bowl).  The Gamecocks play the same major conference opponent every year, Clemson.  And no one outside of the state of South Carolina gives a shit.

Ohio State would have been lambasted for scheduling any of the top-3 MAC teams last year.

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

Sorry, but Spurrier is a national treasure.  Anyone that throws shade as well as he does at so many targets, especially deserving ones is OK in my book.  All I took from this is that East Carolina is a better program than your bottom feeders, regardless of the league.  So what he said was spot on.

I don't like people piling on the B1G either but lets face it, other than us, MSU the last 4 years, and Wisconsin for 2 of their 3 titles, the league as a whole has pretty much underperformed.  We have carried this league.  And Purdue and Illinois are dumpster fires.

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Oyster's picture

Bowl records for the last 5 years.  And the B1G has a number of bowl tie ins with the SEC.  Win a few more and shut the SEC up, but until then, you have to take it.

13/14: 2-5

12/13: 2-5

11/12: 4-6

10/11: 3-5

09/10: 4-3

(edit:  facts, hard to accept for some people)

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Overall, this is accurate but there is a definite catch for 2012/13.  Ohio State and Penn State were two of the best B1G teams that year and neither of them were able to play in bowls.  B1G teams had to play 1 game "up" to compensate creating the 2-5 record.

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Oyster's picture

Ok, throw that year out.  It's still a losing record 3 of the remaining 4 years, and it was still 2-5 last year.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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Furious George 27's picture

With the B1G getting 2 BCS bids and PSU on the ban that would be more along the lines of the last 3 seasons going on 4 where teams had to play up. For the most part B1G is playing teams from the P5 conferences where as the PAC 12 played 3 WAC teams in their bowls. So sure they have a winning record but its against lesser competition.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Oyster's picture

But it is the results that the nation looks at.  There is not a national audience for the B1G during the season, save for a few prime time games.  When does the national perception of the B1G take shape?  During bowl season when there is a large (if not national) audience for the majority of the games.  When the nation watches the B1G continue to lose, the perception is cemented.  To break that perception, the B1G has to win.  Until that happens, and until the B1G starts beating the SEC in the bowl games they are both tied to, the B1G will be looked at as weak.  Unfortunately, the results back that perception up.  The records don't lie, no matter how they get spun.  A close loss is still a loss and there are no asterisks next to the records to explain how well a team played in their losing effort.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

This should not have been downvoted at all and I gave you an upvote to rectify it.  This is exactly the perception the B1G has whether we like it or not.  Sometimes, and unfortunately in this case, perception is reality.

I don't live in B1G country and this is exactly what people see/think.

Furious George 27's picture

I agree perception means everything, but if other conferences  are sending their lower rated teams to face WAC, MAC, MWC and AAC teams in bowls while ours are facing teams from the P5 only there most certainly is a difference in quality opponents faced. I would love the conference to pad their win totals with mid majors as well, but that's not the tie ins we have

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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James Mee's picture

I think the top of the SEC is very talented, I get irritated by the fact that they seem to act like no other conference could touch them. They lost both of their BCS games and beat the lesser Big Ten competition by narrow margins. They weren't blowouts and came down to the wire. 

I do think the SEC is better, but by a much smaller margin than everyone seems to believe. 

Nappy's picture

ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT TO SEVENTY NINE. That is bad. That is very very very bad.

Allowing the bottom four teams to average almost 20pts a game against us is bad.  Very very very bad.  And that includes a shutout against Purdue if I remember right.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

That's exactly what I thought.  Yikes was that Defense bad

chicagobuckeye's picture

Loved the article Johnny but I think that you missed a major point to circumvent his argument. Sure they have Clemson on the schedule every year, but people want the big 5 so that their games against furman and southern Alabama don't happen.

To be honest, I think that the fans would give up ecu if they had 3 big 5 teams instead of one above average other conference team. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

Pure Gold:

Arkansas is coached by a guy who is slowly evolving into a living embodiment of their mascot.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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kc_buck's picture

I have always liked Steve Spurrier primarily because I'm old enough to remember him as a player.  His football accomplishments, as a Heisman winner, 10 years playing in the NFL, and 35 years as a college/NFL coach demand a great deal of respect in my opinion... except when he bashes our team/conference.

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The Butler's picture

Arkansas is coached by a guy who is slowly evolving into a living embodiment of their mascot.

Johnny - You really know how to paint a picture.

I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.

 

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Scroll up and crop the picture until Bert's hair disappears. He looks like Charlie Weis.  I thought he looked like he put some more weight on.

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

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The Butler's picture

LOL!

I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.

 

Floyd Stahl's picture

Why does Bert always end up looking like the mascot of the school he coaches? First Bucky, now the hog.

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Stinson's picture

That chart is cash money in the bank. 

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BroJim's picture

Diabolical!

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seafus26's picture

We are sensitive when it comes to our conference. I think we are getting better and less sensitive and realize many of our memembers are their own problem. I see your chart and the four teams listed from each the Big Ten and SEC are in complete different levels in the most recent era and thank over BCS era. People find teams playing in BCS bowls as the relivent teams. Our four representatives on your chart didn't play in one BCS bowl game, combined. Their 4 bottom dwellers have 3 National Championships in that era, combined.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

jpbuckeye's picture

I cheer for our school, not our conference.

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northcampus's picture

Spurrier did not just throw in 'those bottom Big Ten teams' by chance.  There is an agenda behind all of his comments, now and in the past.  FSU > 'Free Shoes U' or the Clemson/Swinney jokes or the Saban comments.  As well as these most recent Big Ten comments.  

The comments are all seeds planted to establish a perception in the minds of recruits, poll voters, and major college football decision makers that may benefit Spurrier somewhere down the road.  If Ohio State and South Carolina are both fighting for a playoff spot, you don't think he'll toss something similar out to the media as decision day winds down for the playoff committee?

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Barnsey69's picture

Arkansas is coached by a guy who is slowly evolving into a living embodiment of their mascot.

May I be approved for a hearty LOL?

Spurrier is everything you say he is, and then some. But I will miss him when he's gone, because the filterless are a dying breed in today's world. 

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jpbuckeye's picture

I enjoy that aspect as well. I do however reserve the right to call bullshit when it smells.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I know East Carolina pretty well and they're usually around par with, NOT better than, Big Ten bottom feeders.

Last season was kind of a peak season for ECU, so they were better than ILL and Purdue, but about on the same level as Indiana. ECU played in a very weak CUSA league that had lost several of its better programs. When they traveled to Huntington, WV for their last regular season game with the division crown on the line, freakin' Marshall punched them in the mouths by a score of 59-28, rushing for like 270 yards. i repeat, they let Marshall rush for 270 yards! ECU's "air raid" offense is allergic to vertical passing routes. In the run game, they use almost exclusively draw plays.

Of course, Steve Spurrier prefers a season opener like he had against ECU in 2011, which was basically a wide-open exhibition game, when he his team had to roar back from an early deficit to out pass the Pirates 56-37. That way, his team gets tested a bit, but doesn't have to bang with a Big Five "bottom feeder" that might lose 8 or 9 games but still has some big athletes.

For example, last season, South Carolina opened against a UNC team that was dysfunctional early in the season - losing five of its first six games - before getting it act together about mid-season. Okay, South Carolina had no trouble against UNC on the scoreboard, winning 27-10, but they still had bang in the trenches with a semi-rugged, albeit dysfunctional, Big 5 conference team. USC proceeded to lose the next week to UGA, 30-41.

Keep in mind that Spurrier is basically like a used car salesman. He'll tell you that playing a non-conf game against ECU is tougher than playing a 4-8 Purdue team, but don't believe him.  

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Squirrel Master's picture

yeah because playing Kentucky and Tennessee each year is a real challenge.

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Citrus's picture

I much rather beat up on a SEC team than play East Carolina. There is no winning against a team like that. No credit for beating them. 

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NitroBuck's picture

Great point, Citrus.  Think back a couple of years when we played a fairly good UCF.  The Bucks won solidly, but UCF kept it reasonably close.  The national perception was that UCF was just another piece of crap non-conference team, and we looked weak for not blowing them out.  The truth was, UCF had a pretty damn stout team, but as you point out, it was worth about zero credit.

Ferio.  Tego.

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Citrus's picture

Terrific example. I think Cinci might be similar this year.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

South Carolina playing ECU is no different than the B1G scheduling MAC teams.  Spurrier uses the geography as an example of why it makes more sense to schedule ECU.  Was he taking a dig at the B1G, probably, but until the conference proves the nation wrong, that is the perception.

When people bring up the scheduling of a Big 5 opponent, I don't think anyone is even thinking about the Purdues, Indianas, Kentuckys, Vanderbilts, Colorados, etc. of the world.  No one cares who they schedule.  The conversation only comes up for Title Contenders, in hopes the upper echelon from each conference would schedule more games against each other, not picking off the bottom feeders.  South Carolina already plays Clemson every year, so that is usually their big non-conference game.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Spurrier said:

Playing East Carolina is a lot tougher game than maybe picking up one of those bottom Big Ten teams,

He didn't say anything about public perceptions. He stated matter-of-factly that ECU is a lot tougher than bottom Big Teams.

And that's simply wrong.

Don't get me wrong. I like listening to Spurrier because he's a loose cannon and has a fun personality.

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fear_the_nut70's picture

(Warning: A rant is about to follow)

I hate even getting pulled into this rhetoric.  The B1G is no damn team I ever heard of.  That "team" was 0-0 in bowl games last year and every year I can remember.

I root for Ohio State.  To hell with the rest of the conference.  If Purude and Illinois are content to basically play the WNBA to the NBA in the world of big boy FBS football, that is their problem.  Let them suck or play in the Meinke Car Care Bowl.  Either way, no skin off my nose.

Even having these conversations puts us just one notch away from the mouthbreathers that chant "SEC. SEC. SEC."  In what other sport do we even contemplate such assinine behavior?  Do Forty-Niner fans root for the Seahawks in all other games because they are a fellow NFC West division team?  Fuck no, I am sure the 49'ers hope Seattle loses every other game, just like I wish the same for Michigan.

Ohio State's problem is Ohio State (and it is a great problem to have really).  Schedule well out of conference and win your games, and they will get to play for all the marbles (hell, last year's OOC schedule wasn't great, and we were one score away from playing for a title).  Fuck Purdue, and Indiana, and this whole "gotta root for a conference mentality."  I am NOT getting sucked into the ESECPN "us versus them" marketing propadanda with the hopes that some twatwaffle south of the mason dixon line will wake up one day and suddenly respect the B1G.  They won't, and who cares what they think, really.

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BuckeyeStrong2's picture

The perception of the conference right now is that other than two/three teams, the rest of it sucks. That IS OSU's problem as long as the playoff teams are selected by (bias) committee.

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fear_the_nut70's picture

Amidst my rant I did actually have a few points in there.  Last year, we were one score away from beating MSU and winning the conference.  It was generally believed that if we did this, we would have played for the title.  And yet, the B1G was excoriated generally (and the Buckeyes specifically) for the quality of that conference (I have seen OSU's SOS from 68-93 at various times last year, can't remember where it ended up).  How exactly did that hurt us last year?  You might be tempted to say, well, it could make it impossible in seasons where we don't go undefeated.  But maybe that's as it should be if we play a weak schedule, maybe we should have to go undefeated.  What really matters is that: 1) the assessment of the strength of OSU is accurate; 2) the assessment of our SOS is accurate (if a weak schedule, may require blowouts).  This, of course, assumes that any of this is important under the new committee model.  Remember, FSU was in the ACC which wasn't all that good last year overall (Duke won their division for cyrin' out loud)--heading into the BCS CG, you could argue Clemson was their only quality win, and that didn't hurt them.  OSU is such a huge brand, and there is so much information on things like recruiting rankings, that if they take care of business, OSU will be just fine.  I'll be damned if I am going to keep myself up at night worrying about what Purdue or Illinois is doing.

HoopHal's picture

We should cut Spurrier some slack. He is one of the few coaches who has the balls to needle Saban.
 

OC-BUCKEYE's picture

Steve said in the interview that every conference has bottom feeders!  Even his own!  He is right.  Every conference has bad teams every year.  I would rather watch OSU vs CINCY than VANDY or MISS ST.  He actually made a lot of sense.  Imho.

Jim Tressel for President!

buckeyeEddie27's picture

The OBC isn't one to fact check. Great article Johnny. Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta go put some water in DJ's momma's dish.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Jabba1977's picture

Spurrier has no right to talk about the big ten!! What has he done since he took over at South Carolina? Tee Tee very little! Yes he had a lot of success at UF, but that was a long time ago!!They should have lost to scum in the Capitol One Bowl!! I am not impressed at all!!

SECHATER77

BuckeyeRef's picture

The one team in the bottom half of the B1G that South Carolina might want to schedule that would be exciting for their fans is a game vs Michigan!!! It would be a perfect set-up for Spurrier, he could go on for days about how powerhouse Appalachian State has already beat Michigan and would be a sure-fire lock for his Gamecocks to win this game!

Go Bucks!!!!

teddyballgame's picture

I love Spurrier.  Bottom of the b1g really is garbage, but so is the bottom of just about every conference.  I'm not really offended.

NCBuckeye2011's picture

Shane Carden still has one more year left. Him and Justin Hardy will have another explosive year. I think a good team to compare ECU to would be Indiana. Both have explosive offenses and their teams rely on outscoring opponents rather than playing any defense.

jamesrbrown322's picture

All-Time Favorite Spurrier in-game moment:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS