Wednesday Skull Session

By D.J. Byrnes on August 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

Sick Pro Combat jerseys, bros: The 1930 Ohio State Buckeyes, via the OSU Archives

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The sad thing is most of my Skull Sessions begin with the question, "What day is it, again?"

*I live like a beast*

But hey, it's Wednesday, I guess?

We executed everyone who referred to it as "hump day," right?

Oh hell yeah.

This has the making to be the best Wednesday ever, y'all.

OSU HAS THE EDGE. So says college football man Phil Steele in an article from CBS Sports:

“I think if you go based on recruiting ranks and the amount of athletes coming in and potential NFL players, Ohio State still has an edge on the rest of the Big Ten,” College Football Preview Magazine writer Phil Steele said on The Damon Amendolara Show. “Michigan State, however, is closing the gap, and I love what Mark Dantonio gets out of his team each and every year.”

Steele also goes onto state a baffling statistic: Michigan State beat every Big Ten foe by double digits in 2013. Granted, Ohio State gave the Spartans a tougher test than the winning margin would indicate, but that's still impressive nonetheless.

Which brings me to another point: HOW IN THE HELL DID MICHIGAN STATE LOSE TO A TEAM QUARTERBACKED BY TOMMY REES? THERE SHOULD'VE BEEN A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION. 

Tommy Rees basically kept Michigan State from having a legitimate shot at the national title. (No, I don't believe any part of that sentence either.)

LEFT GUARD IS A SPOT OF CONCERN. The whole offensive line is a question to most, but according to The Ozone's John Porentas, Urban Meyer says left guard is the true spot of concern:

Urban Meyer addressed the media following the Buckeyes' first day of practice, and for the most part he sounded like a very confident man. He wasn't worried about the depleted linebacker corps, because he sees young talent up and coming. He wasn't worried about the defensive secondary, because he sees not only a new system but a slew of talented fresh faces that can raise the level of competency in the back four. He isn't worried about the running backs either. The Buckeyes are loaded there.

He is, however, very worried about one position.

"But left guard on offense. That's the one," said Meyer after the first day of fall camp.

"If I had to say, 'Where's all the focus?' To me, it's that left guard."

Tony Underwood, Joel Hale, Billy Price and Chase Farris are candidates for that position.

I refuse to be worried about anything related to the offensive line. Perhaps I'm spoiled (I am), but I feel as long as Ed Warinner has a slew of warm bodies on scholarship, our offensive line will be fine.

Granted, it might not start out fine against Navy, but I feel once the o-line gets their sea legs under them, they'll hum along at a surprisingly high level. (Think Taylor Decker's progression last year.)

MEYER OKAY WITH LESS CONTACT. BUT I THOUGHT URBAN MEYER DIDN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE NCAA RULEBOOK?

From Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch:

It’s not really football until there’s hitting and tackling, and compared with that, yesterday’s afternoon practice was more like patty-cake in terms of contact. NCAA rules greatly restrict the amount of full contact allowed during preseason camp, and they mandate five days before such contact can begin.

“I think they are great rules,” coach Urban Meyer said yesterday. But, he admitted, “When (those rules) first came out, you start panicking.”

[...]

“Now, I can’t imagine having 30 practices in the spring and then every-day two-a-days (in preseason camp),” Meyer said. “When we were back in college, it was every day.”

I too am in favor of the rules. (There's another baffling sentence to type.) While you want your team to be ready for the opening kickoff, there's no point in bludgeoning your players against each other and causing injury.

THAT'S WHY THEY SCHEDULED NAVY.

THE CREEPIEST GIF. My friends and I have a chat on KakaoTalk — South Korea's hottest social media app — and we have a policy where if one of our days is ruined by a graphic on the internet, EVERYBODY'S DAY IS RUINED.

I'm now extending this policy to Skull Sessions, featuring items that won't get me fired.

From our Vico:

fucking hell, pete

Purdue Pete was the Zodiac Killer; I'm pretty sure this all but confirms it.

GOOD GUY GARY ANDERSEN. I normally don't post things like this, but Gary Andersen is a cool-ass dude and this is a cool-ass video:

This would be my reaction if somebody gave me $1,000.

THOSE WMDs. Neurologist explains why NFL playbooks are tough to master... Groundbreaking Young Adult Novel features protagonist who's a bit of a loner... So, you think your life is hard... The New Yorker's James Brown profile... I approve any trolling of the Florida Gators... I suppose this definition of love works... Browns interested in Santonio?

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