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Comment 42 minutes ago

I really don't know the answer on LSU. I know they're a good team. How good? That's why you play the games.

However, it is the question that I think is suspect, namely:


I mean, how can you be unbiased in your opinion of LSU when you're an OSU fan? By definition, you're biased. You want an unbiased opinion? You won't get it here. That's not a bad thing. But it is the reality.

Comment 20 hours ago

Who the heck is OSU gonna target? I mean, other than Bama, Clemson, and LSU, maybe a few from Georgia, OSU doesn't want or need anyone else's decommits.

Comment 23 hours ago

Trap game? That's pretty moronic. I'm thinking Ohio Univeristy, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, and Toledo could all beat Rutgers.

Comment 23 hours ago

I hated the addition of Rutgers and Maryland. And to be totally honest, I've never been that thrilled with PSU or Nebraska either. If we absolutely had to add teams, I'd rather have Iowa State and Notre Dame and the original Big 10 teams.

Back to the original question:  Rutgers and Maryland will almost undoubtedly never succeed in the Big 10. More than that, the TV money is going to dry up. It is only a matter of time. And when the TV money decreases, what is the motivation to keep them? Slim and none.

Comment 13 Nov 2019
Surprise, surprise, surprise. This is completely what I expected. Of course Chase was out for Maryland and Rutgers. Give him a rest when he absolutely is not needed, then come back for your two most important games. 
The only result of this might be that his stats aren't as glorious as they might have been otherwise. Oh, and there's no way he wins the Heisman. That's about it.
Comment 12 Nov 2019

I don't think it matters that much. However, I think LSU has proven more by beating Alabama than OSU has done with it's schedule thus far. Let me put it another way:  if OSU had beaten LSU, Bama, or Clemson, or maybe Oklahoma, last weekend, it would have won against an elite team.

Urban Meyer made a comment in his analysis that makes a ton of sense. In terms of evaluation, Meyer said that you could throw out all the glorious yardage and receptions and defensive stops made against lower teams. To really evaluate a player, or a team, you need to see how they perform against very stiff competition. Let me give and example. Taylor, at Wisconsin, is supposedly a great RB. But he didn't do all that well vs. OSU. Taylor's game against the Buckeyes is more valuable for evaluation than all his games against cupcakes.

OSU doesn't seem to have really been tested all that much yet. And honestly, I don't know how much of a test PSU will be, or Michigan. Without that severe test against another dominant opponent, OSU has to be 2 behind LSU.

Comment 12 Nov 2019

Threat level? For OSU, low to nonexistent. Guarded is too high. Honestly, I think OSU would still win without Chase, and he'll be back in a game or two. No way ESPN and FOX and NCAA will let him stay suspended. Only way OSU loses to Michigan is if you lose Fields AND Chase. And even then, OSU would make a game of it and could still win. Just not a sure thing.

I believe that Harbaugh is the right coach, and that Michigan is still heading in the right direction. But I also fully agree with Joel Klatt:  OSU is elite and performing at a very high level. The Buckeyes are going to do everything in their power to keep Michigan from catching up. And even if Michigan should win, I don't see them beating OSU in a sustained way, given the current climate.

However, with the exception of OSU, I see Michigan beating everyone else in the Big 10 next year. The Wolverines are inching closer. If OSU has some kind of major infractions screwup or problem, Michigan could pull even. But that's about it. For OSU, "It's good to be king."

Comment 11 Nov 2019

Rivalries in sports are fun. But we’d all be better off without rivalries in life.

Strongly agree. Sports rivalries are great, but they should have boundaries. I love my relatives who are Buckeye fans. It helps that while they root for OSU, and I root for Michigan, no one is an ass about it. I'd like to encourage you to do a couple things.

  1. Never be a jerk in your OSU fandom. Don't be that guy.
  2. If a friend, or someone you see, is an OSU jerk, call them on it. We typically never want to say anything. But at the end of the day, if we can be a force for good ourselves, along with helping others to tone it down, that's a good thing.

I'm convinced that each of us can make a difference in the lives of people who are struggling. There are more people than you realize who struggle with anxiety and depression and other mental health issues. You yourself can help those who are struggling.

Comment 11 Nov 2019

You will kill and destroy PSU. I've said it before, but Michigan screwed up and could have won their game. And Michigan isn't all that good. PSU is not anything amazing on EITHER defense or offense.

Comment 10 Nov 2019

Of course they are still in the picture right now. But that's because there are 3 regular season games left, along with Conference Championship games. If enough teams win out, including the conference championship, they could be out. Baylor, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and Georgia, could all win out with a conference championship. I think that a no loss or one loss Big 10, Pac 10, ACC, and Big 12 Champion would all surpass Bama. I think OSU, LSU, Clemson have three spots, and Baylor, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Utah would all get the last spot ahead of Bama (if they have no losses in the next 4 weeks.)

Comment 09 Nov 2019

Glad PSU lost. Thought they were overrated. Michigan had the chance to beat them and pooped the bed. I have consistently said OSU will crush PSU. (Having said that, OSU will probably crush Michigan too, especially if Chase Young is back.)

Comment 09 Nov 2019

Why aren't you watching Fox with our old buddy, Urban?

I have to agree. Think Urban is a great analyst. Of course I'm a total Michigan homer, but I still don't get why you'd watch ESPN over Fox for pregame and game analysis. (I personally am not a great fan of Fox's game coverage . . . too many closeups and tight angles, making it difficult to see the field and see plays unfold.)

Comment 08 Nov 2019

I kinda feel bad for y'all. From a total outsider, I just don't get it. These guys have drilled into them again and again and again, don't have anything to do with loans, or agents, etc. I do think that you have the sense that "everyone is against OSU," and I don't quite think that's right. "Everyone" is against any of the top 4 teams (OSU, LSU, Alabama, Clemson.) And as a matter of principle, their also against PSU. If the top star player or two from any of those teams had the same thing happen, ESPN and the media would be just as all over it as they are with Chase.

For Chase's sake, I hope he can finish the season. I care less for OSU's sake than for Chase. You guys have had some awesome luck and awesome coaching and awesome recruiting classes. So I don't feel that bad for you. For UofM, well obviously I would prefer for Chase not to play. Anything to help UofM.

Ultimately, for the sake of college football and the NCAA, I hope they get this right. And here's what I mean by that. I don't know NCAA rules, and I don't know the penalties. However, whatever they do, I hope the NCAA is consistent, and follows their own rules. I don't think Chase Young should be punished MORE severely or LESS severely than anyone else doing the same thing. If the facts are very grey and opaque, I feel he should get the benefit of the doubt, and have to sit out a game or two. If the facts are crystal clear (he borrowed money from a "friend" who just happens to be a registered NFL agent,) well, that's tough, but he should be done.

The reality is that I think most people would love to see an OSU - LSU matchup, and would be fine with seeing OSU - Bama. But as much as that generates eyes watching the game, and is what the fans want, that can't be the deciding factor.

Comment 07 Nov 2019

First round likely being at home

Is that really true? This won't matter for most schools, but if OSU, UM or Wisconsin have a home game in mid-December, that'd be very, very interesting. And potentially dangerous. My understanding is that NFL stadiums are set up with heated fields, etc., and have the infrastructure to deal with snow, ice, and very cold temps. I vaguely recall this being an issue for Minnesota. (BTW . . . I doubt Minnesota will ever make the top 4 and thus be the site of a home game. If they were ranked that high, and the first game was at home, yeah, that'd be a real problem.

Comment 06 Nov 2019

I don't care for an 8 game playoff either. But I suspect Klatt is right.

  1. It will be that much more difficult for players, in terms of practice schedule, final exams, travel, and class schedules.
  2. It will be brutal for fans in terms of traveling to games.
  3. It will almost completely devalue the rest of the bowls.
  4. It will accelerate guys sitting out meaningless bowl games and instead preparing for the NFL draft.

Let's use this season as an example. The regular season ends Nov. 30, with the Big 10 Championship game on Dec. 7. With a 3 weekend playoff, you could have one of the following scenarios:

  • Opening weekend playoff games Dec. 14, semifinal games Dec. 21, championship Dec. 28;
  • Opening weekend playoff games Dec. 21, semifinal games Dec. 28, championship January 4;
  • Opening weekend playoff games Dec. 14, semifinal games Dec. 21, championship January 4;
  • Opening weekend playoff games Dec. 21, semifinal games Dec. 28, championship January 11.

For Michigan, final exams are scheduled from Dec. 16 - 20th. Classes resume January 8. Players would have to either take exams remotely, or delay them, or not have final exams. You would have to miss the beginning of classes.

For practice schedules, generally with a bowl game, you spend the week prior at the location of the bowl. With a 3 week playoff schedule, do you basically spend 3 weeks on the road?

For fans, you will know the locations of all the playoff games. But think about airfare, or vacation time, for up to 3 weeks in a row. Do you just take a chance and wait until the semifinals or championship game if you are highly ranked, like OSU? What about plane tickets?

I realize that these logistics don't matter for most of us. The reality is that we'll be watching on HD TV's wherever we live. But with 8 teams, the championship game becomes even more like the Superbowl, where a large number of those attending are wealthy, and not particularly tied to one team or another.

I guess I'm just a grumpy old fart ("get off my lawn!"), but I loved the times when I went to Pasadena to see the Rose Bowl, to take in the parade, to go to Malibu and Venice Beach and to tailgate, and somehow, this feels very different from those days of old.

Comment 06 Nov 2019

I figure one of these days Action Stanley Jackson or a mod or proprietor will change my status and ban me from posting. Which, whatever. That's fine. I'm just a guest here and don't know a lot about the particulars of your team. If I can't post, I'll just read relevant info, and will no longer be an irritant to 11W readers!

Comment 06 Nov 2019

I haven't tracked what all players have said or not said. However . . . Chase Winovich ran his mouth too much, imhe. He appears to be doing ok for the Patriots, and he wasn't crummy at Michigan, but I wish he'd kept his mouth shut more. Bush had the incident at MSU, but I kinda feel like they deserved it. Other than Winovich and maybe Bush, I don't recall tons of Michigan players mouthing off.

My definite preference is to let your play on the field speak for you, instead of running your mouth. And this is definitely, totally the case for a team that hasn't won the big games, i.e., Michigan.

Comment 06 Nov 2019

Really like Klatt. Love his simple use of records and numbers to bolster his position. All analysts are going to be wrong sometime or other, but when you use data correctly, you have to accept the analysis, whether you like it or not. The proof is when Klatt uses data to trash your own team. If all you can do is shrug, but you aren't apoplectic about what he says, it is a strong indication of the validity of his analysis.