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Comment 16 Jun 2015

Wisconsin should be a pretty good team yet again in 2015, but aside from that, the Badgers might have the easiest road to a title game in power conference history.

It's exactly the same as last year's. In fact, it might actually be harder since they go to Nebraska and Minnesota this year. And hey, they get Northwestern at home too, so maybe they won't lose this time!

Comment 12 Jun 2015

I’ve probably posted a few of these before:

- I don’t hate the O-H, I-O chant, likely because I’ve never set foot in the state of Ohio except for the four years I attended Ohio State, so it’s sort of nice to hear it when I’m elsewhere.

- I do hate “THE Ohio State.” Call it “The Ohio State University” without any emphasis or just say “Ohio State.” (Sidenote: simply saying “Ohio State University” is irritating as well.)

- I thought it was impossible for Urban Meyer win championships and care about his family at the same time.

- I can’t recall ever actually enjoying Ohio State basketball. I really just don’t like the sport of basketball as much as I used to.

- I admire basically everything about Michigan’s football program — tradition, stadium, helmets, fight song, etc — despite the fact that I hate them like nothing else in this world. I also like Jim Harbaugh and appreciate his insanity.

- I should hate Michigan State (because the song says “the whole state,” right?) but I like Izzo and Dantonio way too much for that to happen.

- I’m sort of afraid that UM has too much ground to make up on MSU.

- I think that basically everything about the gameday environment in Ohio Stadium, except for the band and the team on the field, is laughably embarrassing compared to almost every other major program in the country.

- I hate every derisive term y'all have for Michigan. The only acceptable ones are TTUN/TSUN and the no M’s the week of The Game. To be fair, I also hate this for pretty much every uncreative name sports fans come up with (e.g., O$U/F$U/U$C).

- I hate our current football uniforms; the ones we wore during the playoffs were perfect and need to be permanent.

- I don’t think Tyvis Powell is good, but his play generally gets overlooked in favor of him saving the 2013 Game and the pick against Alabama.

Comment 22 May 2015

By "like 11W," do you mean an independent site, i.e., unaffiliated with some larger network like 247, Rivals, SBNation/VoxMedia, etc.?

The only ones I know of are MGoBlog (Michigan), FishDuck (Oregon), and The Key Play (Virginia Tech).

Comment 21 May 2015

I've heard that before -- actually I seem to recall an article where someone affiliated with OSU (maybe Gene? Or Gee?) said exactly that -- and I don't understand that line of thinking. Why is it more damaging? Why is it even damaging at all? We aren't untouchable in basketball like we are in football, and everyone knows that. Those three schools are usually decent, so a win can only help and a loss wouldn't be the end of the world for at-large hopes.

It'd be one thing if we consistently played real OOC opponents save for the B10/ACC Challenge, but having OSU duck three pretty good schools down the road because we're afraid to lose just doesn't sit well with me at all.

Comment 01 May 2015

There's no way Maryland's that low. If you've ever spoken to somebody (myself included) from Maryland -- especially Baltimore City or its surrounding areas -- for more than two minutes, you'll know exactly where they're from.

I have friends who know what the Maryland state flag looks like without even knowing what their own state flag looks like.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

Your premise: you don't wish him the best in the NBA. Your logic: You don't feel any reason to follow him in the NBA since you're not sure if you consider him a life-long Buckeye, which apparently is dependent on how deep of a tournament run the team makes. Is that correct? I'm not really sure why that thought process precludes you from doing so.

I too have no desire to follow him in the NBA since I don't watch basketball (I barely had any desire to follow him in college), but I absolutely wish him the best because he went to Ohio State and is an enjoyable player to watch. Any success he has can only help Ohio State in the future.

Comment 31 Mar 2015

This is my experience as well, unless you went to a smaller school (i.e., not 1-A) for undergrad.

I have about 20 OSU shirts but only three shirts from my grad school, all of which I got for free from playing intramural sports.

Comment 26 Mar 2015

First: Ludacris (literally never went to a concert until my sophomore year at OSU)

Best: Prince

Comment 25 Mar 2015

Not to excuse playing them, because the MAC is still pretty terrible and I don't expect either team to give Ohio State a game, but you could do a lot worse than Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. And it can't be a bad look to have defeated a conference champion, even if the conference isn't great. WMU has pulled in a lot of 3* the last couple years, which is a ton by MAC standards, and will be by far the most talented team in the conference (if they aren't already) -- it looks like it's been starting to pay off for them already, going 8-5 last year after 1-11 in 2012. NIU is always competitive, but I actually think that this is the year they'll get topped by WMU (or Toledo).

IMO, the MAC West will be one of the more intriguing conference/division races all season.

Comment 11 Mar 2015

My brother has been a Michigan fan since before I was born. I know that he hates Ohio State, and he knows that I hate Michigan, but aside from three-ish hours on a certain day each year, we're respectful of each other. I don't rub OSU's success in his face, and he never rubbed Michigan's in mine.

I also have a couple friends who are Michigan grads, and we have a much more open "I hate you" type of relationship, but it's mostly occasionally all just in fun.

Comment 06 Mar 2015

Twice.

1. When the Ravens came to Baltimore, I switched from the 49ers since I now had a hometown team to root for. (I understand that this might be a touchy subject for some here, so spare me any sort of vitriol and/or DVs because frankly I don't care nearly enough about professional football to engage in this conversation.)

2. I'm not from Ohio, as noted above, so I obviously didn't root for OSU until I went there.

Comment 04 Feb 2015

I would hesitate to call it "very similar" since Ohio State had their coach in November and Michigan didn't have theirs until January. Makes a huge difference in recruiting IMO.

Comment 26 Jan 2015

The existence of conference championship games basically mitigates all of this. No team is going to rest their starters, even if they're guaranteed a trip to the conference championship, because they'd likely miss the at-large bid if they lose their last two games.

For the record, I'd love for the playoff to stay at four, but if it expands, I have no issues with major conference champions getting autobids to the playoffs. If they're the most deserving team in a conference (i.e., they won it), then I don't see why they can't be in, especially since there's no longer an obviously weak major conference like the Big East. If they actually suck, like that UConn team you brought up, then they'll get blown out. I don't really have a problem with that. If a school doesn't want crappy teams making the playoffs over them, then beat them and win your conference.

Comment 23 Jan 2015

IIRC, the NCAA does not officially award a championship for 1-A football (the polls/Bowl Alliance/BCS/CFP are responsible for that), so the FBS and FCS designations are still applicable.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

Born and raised outside of Baltimore. Can confirm. (I still want to move back, though.)

Just about everywhere my life has taken me, people have been amazed by how much I follow college football given where I'm from. (They're also amazed when they find out there's literally nothing on this planet that I care less about than the entire sport of basketball.)

Comment 19 Dec 2014

I work with an Auburn grad who, for the last two weeks, has yelled "GO BUCKEYES!" literally every time I've seen him (multiple times a day) and has constantly let me know that we have his full support.

I imagine I'd be doing the same thing if Auburn were to ever play Michigan in the playoff.