After the first Ohio State drive, Michigan dominated most of the first three quarters. But the 4th quarter and OT, Michigan, especially the line, seemed tired relative to the Buckeyes. Why, I wonder.
Yes, the offense could not produce a 1st down when it needed one, but the defense gave up 10 and 13 play drives, the longest of the day.
I know that OSU started to use Samuels more, and rely on Barret's running. All defenses do tire as the game goes on (though I think Michigan led in TOP), and the Buckeyes were oviously getting some help extending drives by you-know-who, but still curious as to why and what attention and the S&C staffs might give to that going forward.
Haven't seen the film yet, but late in the game Ohio State seemed in better shape- was it a difference in conditioning? Or something lse.
Michigan winning so easily earlier in the season that they were not used to playing full gear for 60 minutes in games?
It's the off-season - bear with me here (or ignore the thread).
Help me out: Am I the only one totally annoyed by people calling Ohio State "Ohio." Here's the reasons that make me feel queasy:
1. Obvs: Ohio University. It is confusing at times.
2. It's not clever. I'm all about clever, subtle jabs at other schools: such as "tOSU". Or the "We Own Penn State" chant sung to Zombie Nation at Crisler. That's clever trolling I can get behind. "Ohio" isn't really clever to me.
3. It's a schticky main-stream media non-story created at the start of Hoke's career.
4. Hoke. I can appreciate he is sincere in his Bo/Woody-isms. I hate that it's another way for people to assert an anti-intellectual label to him. Like the saying goes, if we were winning, then it would probably be ignored.
5. It's kinda disrespectful to OU. There is a school that's named Ohio in Ohio. I like them much more than OSU and therefore side with them in their spat over the use of the word.
Just had to throw that one out there. Anyone in my boat. Or am I Francis and totally need to lighten up?
UPDATE: I've appreciated the views of everyone. This is turning into an interesting topic that's more nuanced that it may initially appear. Everyone Murders (an appropriate handle for the subject) put more eloquently than I:
I've got no problem when Hoke describes OSU as "Ohio". I think it's a habit that he has, and a bit endearing because it seems like he sincerely has to choke out that word - as though choking out the whole name of "Ohio State University" (or even "Ohio State") is too hard for him to stomach. So Hoke referring to Ohio State as "Ohio" is OK by me.
When everyone else uses it, I find it confusing and a bit forced. There is a legitimate Div. I university called Ohio University, they knocked us out of the NCAA tournament one year, and their mascot famously punched and horse-collar tackled Brutus. Ohio University was founded over 60 years before OSU. Importantly, most people I've met from Ohio University dislike OSU, and look at the OSU fanbase as a bunch of meatheads. I've got some respect for Ohio University.
Consequently, for people not named Brady Hoke I'm in the call Ohio State University either "Ohio State" or "OSU" camp. (Or call them Buckeyes or "cooler poopers". Or call them "library onanists" or "patio furniture fornicators".)
I would add truck-drivers to that list as well
IIRC, the ring was posted on eBay previously, and either didn't sell or the original "winnig bidder" sold it for a loss?
Sold for the asking price, $16,449.
Link is here: Link
Nothing Earth-shattering here, and I know the Post is considered somewhat of a rag, but it's circulation is undeniably massive. Highlights:
At best, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a public perception problem. At worst, he’s another in a long line of win-at-all-cost coaches.
As was the case at Florida, Meyer refers to his Ohio State players as his children. He says he has a responsibility to “educate, correct, discipline, and push them in the right direction as hard as you possibly can.’’ “To have a couple of knuckleheads make some decisions that reflect the entire program, that’s not — I guess it’s part of the deal,’’ Meyer said. “It’s something that bothers me, bothers our staff and we work very hard to avoid with our players.’’
Obviously, this next chapter in Meyer's tome has yet to be written. This will be a fun ride indeed, especially if he turns into the second-coming of Coop. (And by that I mean losing to Michigan with regularity.)
From this morning's Columbus Dispatch is a story regarding how OSU continues to protect information about a Rhabdomyolysis (Rhabdo) event that affected six Women's LAX players one year ago.
The story is of added note as it features Kelly Becker and her family and their efforts to encourage OSU to more fully disclose the events that caused the six athletes to fall ill. Since the event Kelly earned a medical hardship and transferred to the Michigan Women's LAX team.
Michigan Monday is up at The Ozone. As always, an interesting read, and good to get an outsider's perspective. Some interesting thoughts:
On composure of Michigan:
After having seen the Buckeyes panic with both a deficit and lead of 14 points, I couldn't help but notice that there was never any concern among the Michigan coaches and players going into the half. The players have complete faith in their coaches to put each of them in a position to succeed.
On Denard's interceptions:
The first came on a back-foot jump ball that was overthrown. The second came on a way overthrown wheel route down inside the Northwestern redzone. The third came on a throw that bore no resemblance to a pass that was intended for anybody living. It was thrown towards the sideline and had two receivers in the area, but neither close enough to be considered intended targets. It was just a terribly inaccurate throw.
On second half adjustments (regarding Denard's passing):
They made fantastic halftime adjustments. Robinson only threw the ball eight times in the second half, completing seven passes. His lone incompletion was an overthrow of an open Jeremy Gallon streaking down the sideline 50 yards downfield.
On Jeremy Gallon:
Jeremy Gallon is rounding himself into quite a valuable player. He caught five passes for 73 yards, including a 25-yard throwback screen. He has shown himself to be comfortable in the screen game and also running routes. He is not a gimmick player—he is legit.
On running back performance:
The running backs really did nothing worth any mention, though I guess their lack of doing anything is what's actually worth mentioning. Michael Shaw, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Vincent Smith combined for 23 carries for 58 yards (2.5 ypc). Northwestern set out to make sure that they stopped Robinson, and along the way they ended up stopping Michigan's average running backs as well.
The more concerning thing for the Wolverines, however, is that if the Wildcats were so intent on stopping Robinson, then why didn't the running backs have huge days? And what happens when Michigan comes up against better defenses in the coming weeks?
On the defense and Greg Mattison:
I'm not a believer in this defense yet, but I am a believer in Greg Mattison. He's only asking his defense to do what they're capable of, and in doing so, they're making plays. When you ask them to do things they can do, they go out and do it, and good things come from it.
There is a lot more there. Gerdeman (being an Ohio homer) felt that Hawthorne trapped and didn't intercept the ball cleanly, and also felt that Kovacs should have been called for a facemask penalty. Being at the game and not watching replays, I can't weigh in definitively. However, my understanding on the interception is that without conclusive evidence, they won't overturn the decision on the field. And with the non-facemask call, I don't think the official was in position to make the call, and they're not going to retroactively add a call from the replay.
Gerdeman closes with an observation made by Hoke and our own coaching staff: lack of consistency, which isn't a great harbinger of the game with MSU. This is a good place for a final blockquote:
While this offense can explode at times, it can also disappear. Yes, they threw for nearly 200 yards in the first half, but that first half also contained three interceptions. It's like showing off your new Ferrari, but stalling at a light in front of convertible full of women. What good is it if it can let you down at the most inopportune times?
And where were the running backs? They are more capable than what they showed on Saturday. The Northwestern defense was more than happy to allow them to make plays instead of Robinson, and they failed. A similar performance will not lead to a win in East Lansing next weekend.