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It’s Miller Time In Columbus

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4 years ago I sat in the north end zone row AA at a night time tilt between Ohio State and Penn State. It was the kind of game that would’ve made Bo and Woody proud, it was a 10-6 ugly defensive struggle that drained every ounce of energy and alcohol from my body.

The lasting memory of the game was watching Terrelle Pryor, the overhyped freshman sensation from just outside of Pittsburgh, PA hoist a bomb in the end zone only to have it intercepted right in front of me.

Pryor was a cocky cat who wasn’t used to failure much in his high school days and the end result had him crying with his helmet on as he sat on the OSU bench as time expired.

Pryor never did match his hype at OSU. Sure he won two BCS games and went 31-4, but in the big games when we needed a boost Pryor couldn’t provide it. He was a great numbers QB but you couldn’t count on him in the clutch (ahem Purdue game).

Fast forward to this past weekend. Same scenario for the Buckeyes but different situations. These Buckeyes were not a top ten force like they had been in the Pryor era. They were a 4-3 team trying to make something out of a season that started with scandal and morphed into a nightmare. They were facing a Wisconsin team that was coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State yet still had a shot to win the Rose Bowl.

The game was reminiscent of the Bucks loss to Nebraska earlier in the year, they looked better than their opponent but had allowed them back into the game thanks to poor defensive breakdowns that led to two Wisconsin scores in two minutes and a 28-26 deficit.

As the offense took the field for the last time I finally got a look at Braxton Miller the much ballyhooed QB from southwest Ohio who was a four-star recruit but lacked the national appeal that Pryor had. I had heard a little bit about him but hadn’t really seen him due to my work schedule (not having saturdays off sucks). He seemed decent but his stat sheets showed that he wasn’t a good passer at all (hence that 1-4 classic versus Illinois that OSU somehow won). Yet here he was taking the field trying to salvage what little bit of a season OSU had left.

With under a minute left Miller guided OSU into Wisconsin territory and set us up with a first and ten with under 40 seconds left. Miller took the snap dropping back deep, he felt the pressure collapsing around him and spun out and began to run for the first down as he approached the line of scrimmage Miller slowed up and right before he crossed the line of scrimmage he tossed a perfect bomb into the end zone that landed in freshman wide receiver Devin Smith’s hands. To say it was nuts at the bar I watched the game at would be an understatement. Pandemonium ensued and OSU was back on top for good thanks to a defensive stop in the last 20 seconds.

Miller saved our season but he did so much more than just that.

Miller did something no OSU QB since Craig Krenzel of all people could do, he came through in the clutch and in the process gave the Buckeyes hope for the future whether it’s next week or two years from now.

Miller came of age under the lights as a freshman and began his legacy. Unlike Pryor who was made off of his name alone Miller has done something to warrant the hype that is about to surround him at one of the biggest football schools in the country.

He put the team on his back for the final drive of the game, made a dazzling play and gave the Buckeyes a win and if they play their cards right the Buckeyes can still find themselves in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game and Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. Not bad for a kid who I wasn’t even sure was able to run an offense two days ago.

Honestly I like Miller more than Pryor, and not because of the scandal and backlash. He’s quicker, has a better arm and doesn’t seem hesitant in his decisions where as Pryor likes to take off at the first sign of danger. Miller seems like a natural at the position. If he can put the passing together next year then Miller could find himself as a darkhorse Heisman trophy candidate.

He has a long way to go interns of production numbers before he starts dreaming about awards but after this past Saturday he’s off to a great start.

Miller did what Pryor couldn’t do under the lights at The Shoe. He led the Buckeyes back from the dead and gave us all a reason to party until four in the morning.

Pryor got his hype from his name, Miller is about to get his from his play. The stories have already begun too. Just before he took the field Miller apparently looked at embattled coach Luke Fickells and winked at him before leading the winning drive.

Did it happen? Who knows. But with the result of the game it’s a hell of a story to tell people and a great way to begin a career.

I wish I was in the south end zone this time to see it.


Higher Learning Week 5

The Big Ten is Wisconsin's for the taking

This is going to be a quick version of higher learning so here we go:

  1. Everyone said that Wisconsin didn’t play anyone, that they were untested, that you couldn’t gauge them until they played a worthy opponent… then they spanked Nebraska 48-17… so now what? Wisconsin’s beat down of Nebraska caught plenty of national attention and rightfully so. They took it to the Huskers and gave them a welcome to the Big Ten that they won’t soon forget. In the process Russell Wilson may have become the front runner for the Heisman after a stellar performance that began to make his legacy grow in Madison. Now at 5-0 and ranked 4th in the nation the Badgers look like a dark horse national title candidate. If they can pass upcoming road tests at East Lansing and Columbus then the title talk will grow louder.
  2. I don’t care what conference you play in or are going to, to have back to back collapses against evenly matched opponents in back to back weeks is embarrassing. Texas A&M has blown two huge leads in consecutive in marquee matchups that have all but killed their BCS hopes. What’s even more embarrassing is the that they both came in the second half. Their inability to close versus Arkansas and Oklahoma State in consecutive games shows why if they leave the Big 12 it won’t be too big of a deal. They may have a rabid fan base but they aren’t a big time program. If they were then they would be 5-0 with a top ten ranking getting ready for Oklahoma and Texas in future games.
  3. No matter what happens in the world it looks like things will never change. Grass will stay green, winters will stay cold and Steve Spurrier will continue to be frustrated with Stephen Garcia. After South Carolina’s ugly 16-13 loss to Auburn Spurrier decided to bench Garcia for his ineffective play… again.  Garcia looked awful going 9-23 with 2 interceptions. The fifth year senior who has been benched, suspended or otherwise before, just can’t seem to do anything right in Columbia and may have played his final game for the Gamecocks. Funny thing is that even with their loss they still look like the team to beat in the SEC East with Florida losing John Brantley and Georgia is still trying to find themselves. It’s a small consolation for yet another disappointment.
  4. Raise your hands if you had Kansas State at 4-0, ranked in the top 25 and as a candidate for the Big 12 title at the beginning of the year then raise your hands… exactly. However, that is the case at the moment as the Wildcats pulled off a shocking upset of no. 15 Baylor 36-35 thanks to a late interception of Robert Griffin III. Bill Snyder is bringing the Wildcats back to the mid-90’s when the Cats were relevant last. This is their best start since the days of Michael Bishop, Elle Roberson and company and they look to continue them this week against Missouri. The Wildcats won’t go undefeated but it is a nice story.

    Andre Brown and Kansas State are looking good.

  5. Ladies and gentlemen… it looks like the Clemson Tigers may finally be living up to the hype. After years of futility in disappointing finishes the Tigers look like a legitimate BCS team after their 23-3 beat down of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Head Coach Dabo Swinney calls it the ‘Shock The World” tour as the win against the Hokies comes after huge wins against Florida State and defending champion Auburn. QB Tahj Boyd looked poised in a hostile environment leading their offense while Andre Branch was dominant against the Hokie offensive line with 3 sacks. Clemson’s toughest remaining opponent is at Georgia Tech on the 29th of this month… is this the year Clemson finally gets it done?

THE GOOD

SMU ended a string of bad luck versus TCU and won its annual battle for the Iron Skillet 40-33 in overtime. It also ended TCU’s home winning streak, and knocked them out of the top 25 for the first time in 46 weeks.

THE BAD

USF was supposed to be a Big East fave… then they got stomped by 27 in Pittsburgh. Yuck!

THE UGLY

Maybe Jerry Kill should stay at home instead of watch his Minnesota Gopher team get worked like they did in Ann Arbor 58-0.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Russell Wilson: 14-20 255 yards and 2TD’s along with a rushing TD to help Wisconsin roll Nebraska 48-17

EMBARRASSMENT OF THE WEEK

The Ohio State offense. Less than 150 yards and sacked 9 times in a 10-7 loss to Michigan State.

It's been a rough year for the Buckeyes.

TOP 5

  1. LSU
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Boise State

HEISMAN TOP 5

  1. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
  2. Kellen Moore, Boise State
  3. Andrew Luck, Stanford
  4. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
  5. Trent Richardson, Alabama

The marquee matchups this week are Boise State headed out to California against Fresno State, Florida taking on LSU, Auburn against Arkansas and the big one in Dallas, The Red River Shootout between Oklahoma and Texas.


Higher Learning Week 2

Michigan's late magic against Notre Dame brought back some old memories for Wolverine fans.

So what did we learn this weekend?

  1. Call this premature, but Michigan might be back. Sure there secondary is horrendous and their defense has issues upfront, but after that 35-31 thriller under the lights for the first time in the Big House it looks like Michigan might have it bearings underneath them to make a run at the Big Ten crown. Watching Denard Robinson lead Michigan to two go ahead leads in under two minutes showed that Michigan had its fight back after 3 punchless years under Rich Rodriguez. It reminded me of teams from Michigan’s past that fought until the end and never let any disadvantage seem to large. Credit first year head coach Brady Hoke who has instilled a toughness in Michigan that it hasn’t seen since the Lloyd Carr days. Hoke’s demeanor and teaching has Michigan looking good at 2-0 especially after Ohio State struggles against Toledo and Nebraska against Fresno State. If they can fix the problems in the secondary then Michigan could be a legitimate Big Ten contender and could make a run for the roses.
  2. Big teams are continuing to underestimate the little guy. Pittsburgh barely beat Maine, Ohio State had all sorts of trouble with Toledo, Kentucky didn’t put Central Michigan away until late, Clemson struggled versus Wofford, and West Virginia trailed Norfolk State at the half before blowing them out. I thought these early games were to be scrimmages for the big boys to get them ready for tough tests down the road. Big conferences are sleeping on their foes and it will catch up to them if they don’t start taking care of business. How can I take these guys seriously if they’re having trouble putting away teams with less talent than them?
  3. Oklahoma State should be watched and carefully. Their defense is suspect but the combination of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon is just too much for teams to compete with. After their beat down of Arizona it’s clear that not many teams can stop them on the offensive end as they are just too potent to be contained and they are getting better. Weeden threw 3 interceptions in week one but against better competition he contained his mistakes kept the Cowboys wheels turning. We find out just how good the Cowboys are in two weeks as they head to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M. that should be a shootout and give us a gauge as to where Oklahoma State is on the totem pole.
  4. Wisconsin is looking like the team to beat in the Big Ten. The transfer of Russell Wilson has changed the makeup of this team dramatically as they now have a good passing game to go with their dominant run game. Their competition hasn’t been too fierce in the early part of the season but they have taken care of business with ease. UNLV and Oregon State have been mere appetizers for the upcoming main courses that they will face at Ohio State and Michigan State. If they can keep the consistency in those games like they have in the past two then the Badgers might make a run for the roses in January.

    Justin Blackmon and the Cowboys are looking good.

  5. The Big East had by far the most disappointing weekend of any conference. Syracuse and Pittsburgh struggled to beat FCS schools and before West Virginia blew out Norfolk State they were down 12-10 at the  half. Also Cincinnati got destroyed by Tennessee and Louis lost to FIU at home. This week doesn’t get any easier as Syracuse travels to L.A. to face USC, Louisville travels to Lexington for the Bluegrass Battle versus Kentucky, Pittsburgh goes on the road to face Iowa and WVU heads to Maryland to face a tough Maryland team. if they go into those games like they did this weekend then it’s not going to be pretty.

 

THE GOOD

Oregon bounced back from their loss to LSU with a 69-20 romp over Nevada where the offense go back to business racking up 603 yards of offense including 376 total yards by Darron Thomas and 7 touchdowns.

THE BAD

Oregon State’s start to the season has been miserable. A loss to FCS Sacramento State was followed by a massacre at Madison courtesy of Wisconsin this past Saturday. Their next 3 are against Arizona State, Arizona and BYU. It looks like wins will be hard to come by in Corvallis this year.

THE UGLY

Tommy Rees’s fourth quarter fumble that prevented Notre Dame from taking a commanding 10 point lead at Michigan. That was so Bad News Bearish.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Trent Richardson, Alabama: 26 carries, 111 yards and 2 touchdowns in Alabama’s 27-11 win at Penn State.

EMBARRASSMENT OF THE WEEK

Matt McGloin's had better days.

 

Penn State’s passing game: 12-39 144 yards and 1 interception including Matt McGloin’s 1-10 stinker with 0 yards.

MY TOP 5

  1. Oklahoma
  2. LSU
  3. Alabama
  4. Boise State
  5. Wisconsin

HEISMAN TOP 5

  1. 1.       Kellen Moore, BSU
  2. 2.       Landry Jones,  Oklahoma
  3. 3.       Trent Richardson, Alabama
  4. 4.       Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
  5. 5.       Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

On tap for next week are a couple of big ones in the top five including LSU versus Mississippi State, and the game of the week featuring Oklahoma taking on Florida State. Also Michigan State can add to Notre Dame’s misery in South Bend and keep an eye on the Boise State-Toledo matchup. The Rockets gave Ohio State fits last weekend and the Broncos shouldn’t sleep on them.


Another Sad Trip To Madison

#1 Ohio State goes down to Wisconsin... again.

Don’t feel bad Thad Matta, Jim Tressel feels you right now.

After yesterday’s 71-67 defeat against Wisconsin at Kohl Center the basketball buckeyes shared a similar result with the football buckeyes, being the number one team in the land and losing it to the Badgers.

However, unlike Tressel’s troops Matta’s men were in control from the start.

The Buckeyes broke Wisconsin’s slow down tempo and buried them with a barrage of threes and inside scoring. Willie Buford found his stroke with 21 points and Jared Sullinger was his usual immoveable self

After taking a two point lead into halftime the Buckeyes exploded coming out of the tunnel by finishing off a 24-6 that continued from the first half and built up a 47-32 lead with 13 minutes to go. They seemed destined to finish off the Badgers and roll into a Tuesday matchup with Michigan State unscathed.

Then Jordan Taylor found his stroke.

Taylor led a 15-0 run by scoring eight straight points as part of a monstrous second half that saw him drop 21 of his game high 27points. After Buckeyes point guard Aaron Craft knocked down two free throws to give the OSU the lead again Taylor led another 10-0 to put the Badgers up for good.

Taylor wasn’t alone in his efforts. Freshman Josh Gasser and Sophomore Mike Bruesewitz knocked down clutch threes in crunch time and the defense finally was able to slow down the Buckeyes. In all the Badgers shot 12-24 from three and the Buckeyes inability to stop them is what did them in.

Unfortunately for the Buckeyes if you look at the stat sheet that was the only statistic that favored Wisconsin. OSU had more rebounds, assists, less turnovers and shots 55% from the field. If you tell any coach in America those stats then almost 95% of them would expect a victory. Unfortunately for OSU that wasn’t the case.

Jordan Taylor helped bury the Buckeyes.

Their main issues yesterday were lack of bench production and Craft’s overall play. For the first time in his excellent freshman year Craft looked like a freshman as his skittish play caused more problems than they fixed. If Craft is hitting a wall then that’s going to be a big problem as OSU doesn’t have another point guard that can match his production or can have the same effect on the game as he can.

With six games left including a visit to West Lafayette next Sunday, the Buckeyes have to correct their mistakes from yesterday and get back on track. Kansas or Texas will unseat them at number 1 and both teams are red hot as is Pittsburgh and Duke. The Buckeyes looked like the best team in the country 48 hours ago, now they have their backs against the wall, teams breathing down their necks and flaws to fix. This is their make or break stretch that will prove if this team is a real title contender or just another year away.

The good thing for them is that they don’t face the same fate that the football Buckeyes did. That October loss at Camp Randall effectively ended a BCS title run and relegated them to a non-factor for the rest of the year. This setback only costs these Buckeyes a game and a little bit of doubt that they can overcome on a possible title run. That’s good for them, the bad thing is when it comes to being number 1 in the country Ohio State should avoid Madison, Wisconsin at all costs. Hopefully the hockey, women’s basketball and baseball teams don’t have to make this trip anytime soon because it won’t be pretty.

 


Auburn Deserves Its Title, But The Game Deserves A Better Result

The BCS title game was settled, but who was really the nest team in the country?

I know you want some venom for the SEC especially after winning their 5th straight national championship in a 22-19 thrilling victory by Auburn over Oregon. Unfortunately I have none for you… well I do and I don’t.

I don’t because it was the designated BCS title game and Auburn and Oregon were fair participants in the game by winning all of the games on their schedule. I also hold no venom because I am happy that Cam Newton came out on top of all of the controversy and criticism that surrounded him and his father Cecil and the pay for play scandal.

Newton through it all stood tall and had great poise and presence in dealing with the media who were like vultures waiting for a new development in the story and for Newton to crack. Instead of cracking he responded with legendary performances like leading that second half comeback in Tuscaloosa to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl to even have a shot in the title game.

Newton’s play on the field was more than worthy of his Heisman trophy win and the BCS national championship. While Oregon’s defense held him in check running the ball Newton won the game with his arm going 20-34 for 265 yards and two scores. While he wasn’t effective on the ground he got key first downs in the fourth quarter, which kept Oregon’s offense off of the field.

Even after his fumble that led to an Oregon score Newton came out and led the Tigers on their game-winning drive (aided nicely by freshman Michael Dyer who had a huge game and won the offensive MVP) without a sweat. Newton was not shaken by any obstacle thrown his way this entire season and deserved to win the title as compensation for his work.

In addition to Newton, how about the great play of Nick Fairley? Fairley was the defensive player of the game as he dominated Oregon’s offensive

Nick Fairley was a beast for Auburn.

line and held the Ducks running attack to under 100 rushing and LaMichael James to only 47. Fairley positioned himself as the possible number one overall pick in the draft with this performance and Carolina would be fools not to pick him.

The main reason Auburn won was not Fairley or Newton however, it was the fact that Oregon left points on the field o

n two possessions that will haunt Chip Kelly all offseason. The first was in the first quarter in the red zone when Darron Thomas was blitzed and threw an errant pass that was picked off by Demond Washington. It came when Oregon’s confusing offense was getting to Auburn and could’ve set the tone for the Ducks in a quarter when the Ducks defense was holding Newton and company in check.

The second came in the third quarter after a brilliant fake punt followed by a 30 yard completion from Thomas to Lavasier Tuinei. The Ducks had four tries inside the two yard line and came away with no points. Their inability to run the ball was evident Kenjon Barmer tried to run between the tackles and was stuffed for no gain as had been the case all night.

Those two possessions all but doomed the Ducks. They proved that they could run with the tigers but coming away empty handed two times in the red zone absolutely murdered them.

(Side note: why didn’t Chip Kelly try running outside the tackles? Oregon proved that it was just as fast as the Tigers yet Kelly never took advantage of his team’s speed and have Barmer or James try to hit the corners and take off. They played into the hands of Auburn’s defense by trying to get between the tackles and run. When that didn’t work they then put the game in Thomas’s hands who put up numbers but looked very shaky at times.)

So there you have it Auburn wins in a great title game that we should all be proud of and that was entertaining for everyone involved. Everyone’s happy end of story and close this puppy up… well…

Now here’s the part where you call me a hater, cry-baby and a punk, fair warning. There was a point in the third quarter where Auburn couldn’t get that extra push and put Oregon away though they were limiting their offense and moving the ball on their defense. At about the five minute mark of the quarter I looked at the guy next to me at the bar and said, “You think TCU is sitting at home going we could beat both of these teams?” He of course argued in the typical SEC, they’re the toughest, blah blah blah .Well that’s what I and many people across the country thought while watching a game that for the most part was dull and provided no secure closure for deciding who the national champ is, and that’s a problem.

Last year when Alabama beat Texas you knew from watching the game that Alabama was the best team in the country. The same thing goes for Florida in their 24-14 win over Oklahoma two years ago. I didn’t get that sense with Auburn. Did they win? Yes. However, I’m not satisfied with the result of them being the national champion because I don’t think they are the best team in the country.

I feel as though TCU, Wisconsin, Stanford, Alabama, Oklahoma and Boise State could all beat Auburn and I say that with a straight face. Auburn

After watching the title game TCU has a good case for being the best team in the country.

was not that impressive; they had various opportunities to put Oregon away and threw every opportunity away and let Oregon hang around. Good teams put their opponents to sleep and the Tigers were unable to do so.

Furthermore there is an undefeated team left in TCU who after beating a physical team in Wisconsin is sitting home undefeated and in my opinion deserves a fair shot at the national championship (you know where this is going.). If this game and result isn’t a clear indication that we need a playoff then I don’t know what is.

To me if Auburn couldn’t score on Oregon’s small and confusing defense then what would they do when faced with TCU’s faster and more physical defense? How would Nick Fairley fare against Wisconsin’s monstrous offensive line opening holes for all three of their running backs? Could they stop Oklahoma’s more sophisticated aerial assault? Or how about if Andrew Luck had time to throw on that weak secondary, what would happen? I think in every scenario they would get beat.

This was Auburn’s first game against an actual tough non-conference opponent (no Chattanooga and at home to a weak Clemson team doesn’t count) and they weren’t that impressive. I walked away from this game wanting more than what I got and I won’t have a chance to get it.

Unfortunately the BCS has too much money tied into the current system and they think the bowl system is what’s good for the tradition of the game (yes because there is so much tradition in the Kraft Fight Hunger bowl and the Little Caesar’s Bowl.) so it won’t happen anytime in the near future. That means that next year if Boise State, Oregon and Alabama all finish undefeated and Alabama beats Oregon 6-3 while Boise whips it up on Texas in the Fiesta Bowl guess what? Yep, more dissatisfaction.

This is the worst system in sports and will continue to be so unless we get a proper way of deciding a national champion that is satisfying to all involved. Once again a school is screwed and the viewer is not happy with the result but it is what it is.

The result is Auburn winning the national championship and they deserve it because they did what was asked of them. Cam Newton and company need to apologize to no one for their accomplishments on the field and should enjoy the fruits of their labor. On the flip side we’re still left wondering why there are still two undefeated teams left in college football and why everyone except the BCS thinks this is a bad thing. Could TCU beat Auburn? I don’t know, too bad we can’t find out and get the satisfaction the game needs and deserves.


The Little Ten Shows Who They Really Are

Wisconsin and the rest of the Big Ten had a rough New Years Day.

Big Ten, really? What’s so big about it?

The tradition, the “legends and leaders”?

Whatever it is it ain’t the football on the field, at least not after today.

The big should stand for big disappoint. What happened on the field was nothing more than an embarrassment for a conference that has lived off of it’s reputation for way too long.

Lets get this straight right now, the Big Ten can’t compete with any big program on any conference. It’s an overrated conference that can’t hold it’s own with any half decent non-conference opponent.

They can beat the Miami’s, Notre Dame’s and Baylor’s of the world with ease. Those programs are in the process of being rebuilt or built up. However, Alabama, Florida, TCU? Nope, not even close.

The Big Ten was too slow and nowhere near as tough or talented as the bullies who pushed them around all day long.

Michigan got house by Mississippi State in what might have been Rich Rod’s last stand if you can call it that. The 52-14 beatdown was nothing new to the maize and blue whose defense was beaten black and blue to the tune of 485 yards and a career day from QB Chris Relf. Michigan conceded big play after big play and Denard Robinson couldn’t bring them back like he did against UMass… yep UMass.

However you knew that Michigan was suspect from the beginning of the year. Michigan State showed promise, they took it to Wisconsin, won eleven games, an many people thighs that they should’ve been in a BCS game instead of Ohio State. That argument was quickly squelched once the first quarter ended in their game with Alabama.

This was a slaughter, the defending national champs had better competition from a division two opponent than from the Spartans. By the fourth quarter the Tide were bringing in practice squad running backs to score touchdowns or so it seemed. The Spartans had no business on that field. Kirk Cousins was beat up and so was Sparty’s pride. A season that seemed so great was nothing more than a mirage.

Penn State actually had a shot at beating Florida. With a minute left they were in Gator territory threading to score when walk-on QB Matthew McGloin threw a game ending pick to Ahmad Black that he took to the house for a game clinching touchdown.

The Nittany Lions were the best looking Big Ten team on the field as they outgained the Gators. However, not many big-time programs have walk-ons starting at the QB position and McGloin killed the Lions with five picks. The Lions have underachieved this year due to the ineffective play at quarterback and playing a good Florida defense that is tough and can cover lots of ground exposed that by leaps and bounds.

Northwestern gets a break because it lost Dan Persa to Injury in there game against Iowa. However that don’t get too much of a break because they can’t cover any receivers and couldn’t penetrate Texas Tech’s offensive line and Taylor Potts had a field day.

If not for a pick six late the Wildcats would’ve lost by twenty plus points not seven.

The biggest offenders are the Wisconsin Badgers the so called toughest team in the Big Ten. They scored 70 plus points three time this year and have one of the nations best run games with three backs within 1000 yards. They controlled the clock, ran the ball effectively but somehow were outmuscled by TCU’s defensive line.

They were able to get pressure on Scott Tolzien when they needed it and got stops throughout the entire game when it looked like the Badgers offensive line would take over.

Meanwhile even though the TCU offense only held the ball for 23 minutes they blew by the Badgers time and time again. Andy Dalton was able to make big plays with his arm and legs and the TCU receivers routinely got behind the Badger defensive backs and Dalton always found them. The fact that TCU has quicker players at the skill positions than Wisconsin is baffling. What’s also baffling is how a “small” school pushes around the big boys from the Big Ten.

Michigan State never had a shot against Alabama.

(of all the losses that one was the one that hurt most. Gordon Gee’s comments were basically what most AD’s thought of TCU and Boise State and to have you’re conference champ get beat on national television like that hurts their pride. TCU showed it can play with the big dogs and get dirty with them. Guess the Badgers might be considers the little brothers of the poor now.)

With only Ohio State left (against another SEC opponent and you know how that goes) this could be the nail in the coffin for the Big Ten.

In the last few years they have been killed in the spotlight games by USC, Texas, Oregon and virtually the entire SEC. they’ve been beaten on the road, at home or on a neutral field. They’ve looked overmatched, slow and helpless at times. As of right now the Big Ten is not far off of being a mid-major because it’s just not good enough to bang with the best teams in football.

I wouldn’t want to see them in a national title game versus Auburn, in the kickoff classic versus Virginia Tech or on any major prime-time stage because you know the result before it even happens. It’ll be a waste of time for the viewer, the network and the opponent.

Today was the last straw for me. Besides the Rose Bowl the Big Ten should receive no special treatment, or perks until they prove that they deserve the same stage as Alabama, TCU or anyone top ranked program.

Of all of the major conferences they are the weakest due to the level of hype that they receive and the disappointment they always leave us with.

So complain all you want about UCONN in a BCS game, or how overrated Boise State is or how TCU wouldn’t survive in a major conference. The biggest travesty is how the Big Ten and it’s “Legends and Leaders” continue to get headlines and star in big time games. Kick them to the curb and give teams that actually make the game more interesting a shot.

Note to Gordon Gee, maybe the Big Ten should play the little sisters of the poor. They might be the only teams his conference can keep up with.