Today may be unremarkable, but you're alive, and that's remarkable enough.
Word of the Day: Bombinate.
WHAT HURTS THE MOST... The Buckeye fan's real-life curse is that every season that doesn't end in a national championship is a heartbreaker. But just like the real romantic kind of heartbreaks, some hurt a little more than others.
Like all of these!
A fun list. Best non-BCS or CFP teams since '98, per SP+:— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) September 23, 2020
1. 08 USC
2. 08 Texas
3. 18 UGA
4. 19 Bama
5. 17 Ohio St
6. 01 Florida
7. 09 Florida
8. 15 Ohio St
9. 04 Louisville!!
10. 98 Ohio St
(2008 would've had the most perfect CFP ever. Followed by 2004.) https://t.co/2TkUlO59qm
I feel like this should give me solace in the fact that Ohio State had three extremely elite teams, even if they didn't win the title. Instead, I'm angry online. And now you can be too!
FOOT, MEET MOUTH. Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos two years ago:
“You’ve got Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh thinking, ‘We better put a little more into that Nebraska game coming up.’ And that's the way we want it. They're running a little bit scared right now. And they won't admit it. We'll leave that at that.”
Bill Moos yesterday:
Now Moos is laying out the schedule concerns.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 22, 2020
Calls Ohio State a bit daunting but adds that maybe the best time to play OSU is early.
I guess a 48-7 home loss in the biggest game of your season doesn't do much for your confidence going forward. But to be totally fair, Moos did say Urban Meyer was running a little bit scared, not Ryan Day.
Regardless, I'm glad they're feeling good about the early season matchup, because I've been praying for the safety of the first team on the slate since the Big Ten's season got resurrected, because after everything that's gone down, Ohio State's about to beat up on them its like a cheap pinata.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. I don't think it's a stretch to say that Urban Meyer got 90 percent of the players he really, really wanted when he coached the Buckeyes. And that just makes the few who slip away hurt even more.
And this one stings my heart mighty hard, so lord knows what Urban feels like to this very day.
"Deshaun Watson. I thought we had him." - Urban Meyer on player he most regretted not being able to recruit to Ohio State (@dpshow)— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) September 22, 2020
With all due respect to J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, can you imagine the Death Machine those 2015 and 2016 teams would have been with Deshaun Watson behind center? I'm not sure my brain can even computer that.
BUCKEYE ALVIN KAMARA. We're entering year five of the Demario McCall experiment in Columbus and the Buckeyes once again, openly admitted they have no idea what to do with him in the offense.
...and yet Day still doesn't know whether Demario McCall will be a RB or a WR. If that uncertainty doesn't signal the return of Ohio State football, nothing will. https://t.co/tkdX3MzIw2— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) September 17, 2020
Demario, meanwhile, has his own ideas in the works.
Yeah I hope so to— Boog (@DemarioMccall) September 23, 2020
This seemed like the world's most obvious direction for the offense to go when Demario clowning the Michigan secondary with wheel routes out of the backfield back in 2018, but we never saw that ever again, so my hopes ain't too high.
I expect we'll get another season with him in the receivers room full time and then just weirdly getting fourth-quarter I-formation carries against Rutgers. But hey, as long as the Bucks go 11-0!
SONG OF THE DAY. "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
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