Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
OSU's Jamal Berry is being sued by a Columbus man for an unprovoked assault last week.
The lawsuit, filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, accuses Berry of an unprovoked attack in which the 21-year-old man suffered injuries to his head, face, neck, back and hand that required immediate medical treatment. He is likely to incur additional medical expenses in the future, the lawsuit says.
Luke Fickell and OSU have summarily dismissed him from the team after his second assault allegation in two months. Of course by that I mean OSU is going to let him play tomorrow against Wisconsin:
“The legal process is going to take its time, and we’re going to go with that,” he said. “That’s all we can do as a team and a program right now. Legal issues-wise, we’ve got nothing from the prosecutor.
“Like I said Tuesday, we take everything we do seriously, whether it’s on the field or off the field. Nothing goes unnoticed. Ultimately, we’re working at what’s best for this program, for this team — whether it’s a coach or a player. Those things are taken very seriously.”
As for Berry’s status on Saturday against Wisconsin, Fickell said, “We’ll see. There are still things going on, but there’s no change right now.”
There's something not right about him. Hopefully he is able to figure out what that is.
I haven't had the time to write a diary this time around due to classes but I still thought it'd be interesting to see how Brady Hoke's teams have done coming off of a bye week.
Bottom line: Brady Hoke is 6-4 coming off of bye weeks. That's a .600 winning percentage. The national average is .480 and the Big Ten average is .350. As can be seen, Brady Hoke is outperforming both the national and Big Ten averages.
He was 6-2 coming off of bye weeks at Ball St. and he was 0-2 coming off of bye weeks at San Diego St.. Interestingly, in his first year at both SDSU and at Ball St. he lost the games coming off of a bye week.
Caveats abound regarding a small sample size, different conferences, quality of athletes, quality of opponents, etc.
P.S. If I have time I may write all this into a Diary later today, but I don't know how likely that will be.
Four teams exit the polls this week. With its third loss of the season, Auburn drops out of the polls for the third time this season. Three other preseason unranked teams also dropped out, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Washington (thanks for your brief one week stay in the polls).
Texas Tech, USC, Penn State and Cincinnati replace them in the polls. Texas Tech and Cincinnati are new teams to the rankings and bring the total up to 14 unranked teams that have been in the poll for at least 1 week,
Individual Ballot Analysis
We have a new leader of the contest this week. GoBlueSTL has jumped up to first place thanks primarily to Michigan State and USC. He earned 92 points which is 17 off the highest possible score. The perfect ballot this week has LSU, Oklahoma St, Arkansas, Michigan St, Southern Cal and Clemson for 109 points.
We also have new leaders in futility. The people who had been dominating the bottom moved up and we have a 4-way tie for last place. All four of them are receiving all 15 points by picking Oklahoma in group A with their 5 other teams unranked.
Analyzing your Ballot
The MGoBlogosphere was too busy reading Three and Out to pay attention to the outside football world. For the first time this season the population of MGoBlog would have done better if they had just randomly picked their teams.
A random ballot would expect to earn 52 points this week. The median and mean of MGoBlog entries is 49 points. That is probably not statistically significant but it is still not a good sign.
Games to Watch
This week we’ve got
#9 Michigan State at #13 Nebraska
A game that seems to fit in the mold of a classic Big Ten matchup even though it is the first time they meet as Big Ten opponents. Historically Nebraska is 3-0 against Michigan State with an average score of 41 – 9.
#4 Stanford at #20 USC
"What’s your deal"? Didn’t Andrew Luck come in as a redshirt freshman for that infamous upset of USC? Now let’s see what he does as a senior.
Florida vs. #22 Georgia
If Florida wants a successful season, let alone to be ranked again, they absolutely have to win this game. If Georgia wins they will be in pretty good shape. South Carolina seems very erratic and without Lattimore that will only be worse. Georgia might be able to get control of the SEC East with a win here and a loss by South Carolina @ Arkansas next week. Georgia's only tough games left are home games against Auburn and Georgia Tech.
#11 Oklahoma at #10 Kansas State
Is Oklahoma as bad as they looked last week? Is Kansas State any good or is their record solely a product of terrible competition?
24/37, 534 yards, 9 TDs. Incredible. Can Houston make it to a BCS bowl if they stay undefeated?
I know we've had some good classes that are in the top 10 and top 5, but damn our class is stacked.
For football specifically?? From same NCAA changes mentioned on front page... didn't see anything mentioned about the APR bit.
EDIT: **Consider: the article only specifically mentions the "cut-off line" as in not being eligible for post-season play - goes from 900 to 930. What I'm more concerned about would be the then necessary increase in the 925 standard (also up 30 to 955?). We were never in danger of the bowl eligible number, but we were close to the 925 standard that gets you on probation-like warning and can lead to scholly losses over time... See this old article by Brian, if the 925 goes up, are we still above the "Mendoza line"?