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Matt Gutridge


from Columbus

MEMBER SINCE   July 12, 2013


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Ken Dorsey get flung down as the football fell to the ground.

  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Chuck Csuri // Mike Doss // Antoine Winfield
  • NFL TEAM: Seattle Seahawks
  • NBA TEAM: Michael Jordan
  • MLB TEAM: Indians / Yankees
  • SOCCER TEAM: Manchester City

Recent Activity

Comment 03 Aug 2020

So Penn State may not end up with the third best class in the BIG in 2021.

Thanks for your input and justified optimism for Penn State's 2022 class. Completely understand the small class aspect and how low numbers equate to a low ranking. If Ohio State is where Penn State is right now, what I would find worrisome is that my team is on a path to not finish in the top 3.

Granted, if Ohio State had low numbers like Penn State, I would look at the average points per player. I would expect Ohio State to have the best average. If Ohio State was third in player average, and closer to Wisconsin at 4th than Michigan at second, I'd be worried.

But that does not mean they are not intent on trying to be competitive with Ohio State.

Of course they should try to be competitive with the Buckeyes, but at this moment, Penn State's average player rating of .8914 is closer to last place Illinois (.8420) than Ohio State (.9577). That might be cause for concern.

Comment 13 Jul 2020
It can also be argued that at the time of the game that is where the team should have been ranked. Injuries happen. A team that is loaded at the beginning of the year can suffer some key injuries. That team was in the Top 5 for six weeks, then the injuries and losses pile up. If you faced that team in Week 4 (and beat them) you should get credit. Not penalized because the wheels fell off due to injuries.
Comment 12 Jul 2020

Because they are not our rival and don't matter...

Honestly, it was 12:45 in the morning and I was too tired to put the effort into adding Penn State to the 10-year breakdown. 

Penn State was 12-25 (.324) against ranked teams during the 2010s.

Comment 11 Jul 2020

Turd Bucket,
Between 2010-19, Ohio State was 9-4 when facing ranked AP teams outside of the conference. The losses were to Clemson (3 freaking times) and Oklahoma (1).

In those 13 games, the Buckeyes outscored their opponents 406-346. With the average score being 31-27. On average, Ohio State is ranked 4th and the opponent is ranked 7th.

During that span, OSU faced an out-of-conference opponent with a better ranking three times: Clemson (2016), Alabama (2015) and Oregon (2015).

Comment 06 Jul 2020

If I remember correctly, the Ivy League was the first to cancel their basketball tournament. Selfishly, I'm hopeful that history doesn't repeat itself.

However, completely understand that the student athletes and their safety comes first. Ivy League did what they felt was best for their students. Will be interesting to see what the other conferences do.

Comment 04 Jul 2020

This chart is the average Power Ranking points for each conference.

Conference Average Power Rankings
1 ACC 183.89 CLEMSON (260.00)
2 BIG TEN 181.72 OHIO STATE (298.06)
3 SEC 180.68 TENNESSEE (259.34)
4 BIG 12 154.25 TEXAS (223.88)
5 PAC-12 136.05 OREGON (253.04)

If you're wondering, this is what the non-Power 5 conferences look like:

The Other Conferences
1 AAC 99.55 (167.57)
2 MAC 80.38 TOLEDO (141.15)
3 M WEST 63.95 COLORADO STATE (140.59)
4 INDEP 61.33 NOTRE DAME (200.09)
5 SBC 59.00 APP. STATE (139.27)
6 C-USA 49.40 FLORIDA ATLANTIC (141.15)
Comment 04 Jul 2020

Nice find, NotYourRivalFan.
That is crazy to think about...Illinois is closer to Michigan than the Wolverines are to Ohio State. Then again, seems about right.

Comment 02 Jul 2020

Typically, having a Hall of Fame player as your dad should be a good thing. I'm also glad Harrison Jr. will be a Buckeye. 

Still disappointed a DB with the last name of a Buckeye who wore No. 11 was not pursued by the Buckeyes and ended up in Minnesota. Wanted to see what that Jr. would have done following his father's footsteps playing in Columbus.

Comment 02 Jul 2020

Major H and Linga,
Thanks for the question. As you probably know, the rankings are cumulative from the various sites. During the spring, 247 did a deep dive into Harrison Jr.'s film from his junior season. They might have found some things they didn't like and that is the reason for the drop. Seems pretty steep, so they must have found something to warrant the drastic loss in points.

Received this information from a trusted, reliable and more educated guy than myself. What were the things 247 didn't like? Not sure.

Comment 26 Jun 2020

When you're back in the area, let's play a round on your old stomping grounds. 

Comment 24 Jun 2020

BeatMeechigun, winning all of those games in 1995 would have been magical. 

With that frame of thought, I'll go with 1997...Ohio State beats Michigan and keeps the Wolverines from getting their half championship.

Yes, my schadenfreude runs deep enough that I will choose the Wolverines not getting credit for a half championship over Ohio State winning a title in 1996 or 1998.

If you are wondering, 

Comment 24 Jun 2020

Congrats, IslandBumBuckeye. Yes, we both aced the same hole...very cool. 

Played the Licking County Scramble there several years ago and witnessed a teammate get a hole-in-one on No. 7. Still wasn't enough for us to win it. I also almost had an albatross on No. 6, the ball rested two inches past and half an inch to the right of the hole.

Was able to get an eagle on No. 9 from 150 out twice, an eagle on No. 1 once from 80 yards, made the putt for eagle on No. 4 twice, and putted/chipped a lot of eagles on No. 6. All of that happened before kids...when I could play 36 holes a day during summer break. My game is definitely not the same today, but it's still nice to play.

Comment 24 Jun 2020

OSUParent, is that the same Jim Bouton who was a pitcher for the Portland Mavericks? The team that was owned by Kurt Russell's dad, Bing, and the subject of the Battered Bastards of Baseball that is now on Netflix? If so, very cool.

Have you watched the movie about the Portland Mavericks? Bouton (if it's the same guy) was quite the character. Hell, the entire team was made of characters. Quite the story.