OSU doesn't embarrass the B10, yet this is a dagger stuck deep into the black, hateful soul of Ohio State.
I'll drink to that.
I got to watch a highly enjoyable game, the right team won, but not by too much, and Terrell Pryor looks like a better receiver/running back then he does a quarterback. All good news.
I'm a huge fan of this outcome.
Off to the O-Zone for a little light reading & heavy schadenfreude
Grand, I say.
This was *exactly* the outcome I was hoping for. We can say the second Big Ten personified was inches from beating Texas, very commendable, but Ohio State gets another soul crushing loss. Here's to schadenfreude!
Texas is campaigning hard for a split championship, but I don't think they really distinguished themselves in this game. That was a hell of an ending but even having no idea what will happen in the championship game I can't see any way you could vote Texas #1.
If they wanted to make a serious argument for #1 they needed to whip the buckeyes hard. Didn't happen.
Only way I can see Texas getting any votes is if the BCS game turns into Sun Bowl II - a 3-0, sloppy, ugly game.
How do you even rank Texas above Utah?
I give you 28 dresses...
Goodnight, and sweet dreams.
Word. Well said sir. Cheers
That is not the national perception. It is, "the B10 lost another BCS game, the B10 continues to show that it is a second tier conference." I was hoping OSU would win the game--that's right. When the B10 takes another black eye, that black eye isn't just on PSU and OSU, it is on Michigan and everyone else in the conference. I want to win what everyone perceives as a strong conference, not a weak one. That helps recruiting, it helps ranking, it helps bowl selection. I think this line of reasoning is immature and only would be correct if the B10 was winning its fair share of bowl games and titles. but it is not.
I don't really see much of a difference between a 1-6 and 2-5 bowl record, given the beatdown PSU and the rest of the conference took. OSU winning would not have erased the perception of the B10 as weak with a win last night, just as our defeat of Florida last year did nothing.
We earned the opprobrium of the rest of college football with OSU's blowout losses, UM and PSU's rolling over for USC, and the general ineptitude of the rest of the B10 in bowl games (hell, Purdue almost lost to Central last year). Add in OSU/USC, Michigan/App State, Michigan at 3-9, and you arrive at the national perception of the B10. It's going to take a much stronger conference, UM/OSU/PSU in the national title hunt for most of the season, and a 5-1 or 6-0 bowl season with solid wins in the BCS bowls for us to turn that around.
Perception is that the B10 is weak - regardless of whether OSU won or lost. One team winning a game won't change the perception at this point. The only thing that will change that perception would be for the B10 teams as a whole to pick up team speed, play a more modern game throughout the conference, and to win out on non-conference games and more than 1-2 bowl games. Along these lines, Michigan is trying to do its part to step things up. I don't see this hurting recruiting at all. Being slow and outdated hurts recruiting. OSU losing only hurts OSU. F - 'em I say. But - that's just one man's opinion. Did I mention F- 'em?
Not only do I revel in OSU's misery, but I wanted to see a strong statement from Texas to the BCS committee. I still think that the system is terribly flawed, but a big Texas win would have thrown another fly into the ointment. I think it is pretty hard for anyone to say with complete conviction that the winner of Florida-Oklahoma is demonstrably better than USC or Utah.
I thought that I heard somewhere that Wells was leaning towards returning for his senior year, but let's hope he leaves.