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The Big 10 has been hyped up because of their dominance in past decades. Recently, Ohio State’s two National Championship game defeats certainly did not help the league’s image. But this will change. If they go undefeated, the Big 10 Champion will likely go to the National Championship Game. The Big 10 has two strong teams in OSU and PSU and two or three other teams with a shot at that title. The dark horses to win would be Michigan State, Illinois or Iowa. These teams have the potential but they are missing key ingredients. Michigan State lost its workhorse in Ringer and doesn’t have an experienced QB. Illinois has a god of a recruiter in Ron Zook, but if that coach can’t win with Juice or Arrelious Benn, he isn’t going to win with anyone. Iowa lost its top running back to the NFL and Stanzi isn’t good enough to rely solely on his arm. To make matters worse, they have a schedule from hell. Iowa plays Arizona out of conference and has 3 brutal road games at Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State. Playing on the road at all three stadiums is a tough task for any team to come out unscathed.
So this brings us to the true Big 10 battle. It comes down to Ohio State v Penn State.
We will really learn about Ohio State after their second game. Playing USC at home is a revenge game and with a win, it will place them in the driver’s seat for the National Championship game. Aside from USC and possibly Penn State, OSU will be favored and will win all their other games. Ohio State does not have a difficult schedule as they only have 4 true road games. The road games at Indiana and Purdue will be like a practice and unless Michigan improves its offense, defense, special teams, and even the water boy, OSU will dominate the Wolverines. The toughest road opponent is Penn State. By Nov. 7th, Pryor will be well on his way into the season as a starter. Pryor’s throwing accuracy has been questioned all last season and this is the season to prove all the doubters wrong. This will be a challenge because OSU is very thin at WRs and will certainly miss the strength of Beanie Wells. OSU’s strong defensive line and a very experienced secondary will take OSU to the top. If this team can come together quickly, they will win the Big 10.
Everyone is screaming that PSU lost its trio of awesome receivers. The fact is they did; however, no one is talking about their replacements. All the receivers are over 6 foot, and though not as fast as D. Williams, they can still run and catch with the best of them. Bracket is 6-6, Moye 6-5, Powell, 6-1, AJ Price 6-4, and Zug is 6-2. Not to mention, their starting and back-up TEs are absolutely amazing. The running back tandem of Royster and Green will rack up monstrous numbers. Where PSU may fall is there lack of depth at secondary. The secondary got torched against USC last year and they all graduated or moved on. In some respects, that could be a good thing. There are a lot of new faces in the secondary, but with Penn State’s very easy schedule, there is plenty of time to develop. Again, PSU will be strong on both the O and D lines. Also, they don’t call PSU “Linebacker U” for nothing. They are very deep in that position and everyone aside from opponents is anticipating Lee’s return. Looking at PSU’s schedule and factoring their weakness at secondary, they should still go undefeated at least until Nov. 7 because, aside from Illinois, all the other teams PSU plays are weak at throwing which will give the Lions an advantage.
Big 10 Champs: PSU and OSU are co-champs (they will both somehow lose 1 conference game)*
*If you have the dying urge to make a bet and pick one, go with PSU, they have a much softer schedule and their skill players are better than OSUs. PSU will also beat OSU in Happy Valley.
Next Up: The long lost ACC
What do these bowl games have in common: Florida State 42 – Wisconsin 13, Missouri 30 – Northwestern 23, Kansas 42 – Minnesota 21, Georgia 24 – Michigan State 12, USC 38 – PSU 24, Texas 24 – Ohio State 21? Thats right, they all feature Big 10 football teams losing in them. Just one of the Big Ten’s best and brightest has won their bowl game and that comes from the mighty Iowa who trounced a woefully overmatched South Carolina squad, 31-10. Pollsters thought so much of Iowa that they haven’t been ranked all season long.
So after a thrilling finish at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, where the hopes and dreams of all in the Buckeye nation are driven and crushed painfully into the ground yet again, like any good Ohio sports fan’s dreams should be, that makes the mighty Big Ten conference 1 for 7 in bowl games. 7 bowl games played and this conference can only muster one win, and that game could have been most Big 10 teams homecoming game the way South Carolina played its last 3 games this year.
As down in the dumps as people say the ACC and Pac-10 are in football these days, even they as conferences put up more of a fight than the pantywaists in the Big 10. Four bowl wins for the ACC and the Pac-10 went a perfect 5 for 5 in their bowl games.
So much for the Big Ten being the midwest powerhouse…more like the midwest pussycats.
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Maybe it’s the sweater vests that get it done for Michigan fan John McKay. He likes to stalk Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel wherever he goes under the guise of hating Ohio State.
”I have a history of denigrating Coach Tressel,” McKay said. ”He cheats everywhere he goes, and he’s holier than thou. And he’s yet to beat an SEC team. I’m not impressed.”
There’s no word on whether Tressel is considering a restraining order or showing McKay his version of the Dirty Horseshoe. For the record, McKay was born and raised in Georgia and went to Georgia for college.
In other Michigan news, Go Blue! has new uniforms and it’s national news. The new jerseys include a quote from Bo Schembechler, “Because I couldn’t go for three”. Oh wait, that was Woody Hayes. Never mind.
If there was a reality show called Saban Idol in which college football coaches compete to be the ultimate scumbag, Rich Rodriguez would definitely make the national tour. He hasn’t even coached a single game at Michigan yet and he’s made enough enemies to fill up the Big House.
Lineman Justin Boren has decided to transfer to Ohio State from Michigan. He announced he was leaving Michigan a month ago due to “an erosion of family values”. Whatever the fuck that means. Was he looking for a strong stance on marriage within the coaching staff? Maybe Rodriguez & Co. didn’t show enough support for the Defense of Marriage Act.
Good thing Boren’s not from Michigan. He could never go home again. He’ll have to sit out a year and then walk-on as he cannot receive a scholarship from Ohio State.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, West Virginia has released documents showing that Rodriguez pursued the Michigan job without being approached. Documents obtained through discovery in the WVU lawsuit against Rodriguez show that his representatives contacted Michigan three days before he interviewed for the head coaching job.
Nick Saban just shed a tear and said, “That’s my boy.”