I like it, LeBron definitely raises interest in Ohio basketball and any sort of affiliation with him is good for all interested parties
Ohio State doesn't stand to benefit as much as the other schools, but they would make a nice payday and if the alternative is games against Wofford and Long Beach State it's definitely more beneficial for Ohio State
Good points, Toledo has a strong program and would include the northern part of the state more
My thought was taking the top four RPI teams from the previous year, but that probably results in the four teams we have more often than not. If there was some way to do a rotation that made sense I'd be all for it.
As a guy that spent most of my childhood and adolescence growing up in Michigan, I agree with the author's first point to an extent, now hear me out. Overlooking the article's obvious flaws and homerism, what he says about the asymmetric nature of the rivalry is somewhat true, but I think it's a product of the times. Around 10 years ago when I was a middle-schooler, the rivalry was pretty intense - especially if Michigan was having a good season. Most of my friends were big Michigan fans and we got in arguments and I took a lot of grief in the fall. Once Michigan started declining, so did the fan's interest. My generation doesn't have as many diehard Michigan fans to tell you the truth (getting hammered by your rivals does that I guess). Now, I still would root for Michigan to lose every game, but were my friends even watching Ohio State, let alone actively rooting against them? Not a chance. If the Buckeyes ever lost, I heard about it, but that was about it. The difference between Ohio State and Michigan's campuses is night and day.
I went to the Michigan game this year with my friend who's on the swim team there and, even wearing all scarlet and gray, I didn't hear much from the Michigan students at all. If a Michigan fan wore maize and blue and showed their face in Ohio State's student section they'd probably get thrown out, but that wasn't the case at Michigan at all for me.
So what's the point? I'm not really sure. The article isn't much more than a guy venting and trying to feel better about Michigan's miseries, but yeah, Michigan's fan base isn't the same as it was 10 years ago. If they win a big game they come out of the closets, but there's a lot more buzz around the Spartan program up there now-a-days, and I don't see that changing any time soon.
I probably deserve this
Kyle Jones had some nice film on this in one of his recent pieces. http://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2014/05/35799/film-study-braxton-miller-nfl-quarterback
Worst game of the year was against Michigan State in the B1G championship game, which was more or less a home game anyway. He also threw the ball pretty well on the road against Northwestern and had a great game at Purdue.
Speaking of splits, here's another interesting one:
~~BY QUARTER CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
1st QUARTER 51 73 708 69.9 9.70 53 9 1 6 189.3
2nd QUARTER 58 92 800 63.0 8.70 58 8 3 10 158.3
3rd QUARTER 34 53 363 64.2 6.85 47 5 2 1 145.3
4th QUARTER 19 37 223 51.4 6.03 39 2 1 4 114.4
ND has always been high on Clark's list and has been a late riser with Harris
This is a valid point, but let's not forget he was injured early in the year against SDSU. He didn't look himself running the ball until late in the season and was more cautious as a runner in many of these games he lit it up throwing. Coincidence? Hard to say. But I think he is more comfortable running the ball because that is what he's always done best. When he was forced to stay in the pocket and throw the ball (whether due to gameplan or injury) he was much more effective.