that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
Like an entrenched field reporter, I have been dilligently standing by for 7 years in war-torn Columbus, Ohio in order to give you first hand reports of what the Buckeye fans think of this year's Game. Any other Columbus area fans care to expand on these points?
- Hoke "gets it," and so does Meyer. They name drop RR as a guy who didn't get it, and even lump in Lloyd and Tressel for being too politically correct in the media about the game.
- They are more scared of Devin than they are of Denard. They think Devin has a better shot at stretching the defense and opening up the field. Little do they know that they will probably see both.
- They see 11-0 and 8-3 as black and white. They don't take into consideration the fact that we've lost to the two teams likely in the NCG and the third with our backup backup QB. I think they see this as a coronation, not as a contest. Hopefully the team is thinking the same way.
- They love Braxton, but harbor some nervousness about the fact that if he has a bad game, they will lose.
Now... win or lose, anyone making the trip down should stop by the Hollywood Casino. I bartend there, but I will not elaborate as to where. If you should figure out who I am, just give a Go Blue and a tip of the hat. I'll be too busy to chat much anyway. It's a fun place to be, and with all the security, likely the safest after hours spot.
Michigan Monday is up again at the Ozone.
Interesting as always.
"But right now the combination of Devin Gardner and Denard Robinson is quite formidable, and as equally unpredictable."
Let's hope so. We will need points.
Michigan and Ohio have played four common opponents this season: Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue, and Illinois. I got to thinking about how the comparision between the teams via these common opponents might look like so I've thrown some numbers together.
MIchigan played them at home, won 12-10.
Ohio played them on the road, won 17-16.
Michgan played them on the road, lost 23-9.
Ohio played them at home, won 63-38
MIchigan played them at home, won 44-13.
Ohio played them at home, won 29-22 (OT)
Michigan played them at home, won 45-0.
Ohio played them at home, won 52-22.
Some totals for all four games, Michigan first:
A few things that jump out to me right off the bat are the point differentials and the turnover differentials. The point differentials are almost identical. Ohio scores more points than we do but also give up more at about the same rate. Turnovers, however, are completely opposite. They have managed to win all four games with a negative differential, while we have been on the positive side and lose a game (yes huge caveats apply to the Nebraska game for obvious reasons, but M was still only -1 in TOs that game).
So, what do all these numbers mean? Not much, probably. None of these games take into account the new Devin throwing/Denard running offensive machine. Gallon and Rountree have both stepped things up in the last 2-3 weeks (I'm sure DG has had something to do with that as well). Fitz is now out. A lot has changed on our side since any of the above numbers happened. I don't know much about what's happened on their side other than what I see on Sportscenter.
OSU seems to be a bit bipolar to me. They blow out a solid Nebraska team yet have to go to overtime to dispatch Danny Hope's hapless Boilermakers? Obviously they are a good team, but how good? Is the new Devin-Denard Fushion Cuisine Offense really as good as it's been, or is it more the result of overmatched foes with poor defenses? What do you guys think?
EDIT - Sorry I posted before I was done, I didn't know "save" meant "publish".
an Ohio team overconfident with everyone there talking about an AP national championship, on the field in front of 100K Bucknuts, beating Urban the supposed savior of the Ohio program in his first matchup with Michigan at Ohio
I can't think of a bigger win in the last 10 years.