Mike Lantry, 1972
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|28 weeks 5 days ago||Extremely unrelated, but...||
Are they, or are they not getting a little ahead of themselves here? I pulled this off of elevenwarriors blog post.
The Last Frontier
The scene is set.
Pasadena awaits the Rose Bowl every January, and every four years during the BCS era, the Arroyo Seco welcomes the national championship game. The 2013 season is one of those years.
Less than two weeks remain until the start of college football. But already No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State seem destined to face off in a dream matchup. Alabama-Ohio State, programs that ooze tradition. Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer, a battle of the sport’s top two coaches. Tuscaloosa and Columbus, college football towns to the core.
All that’s left to do is win 13 games – or sneak in the side door at 12-1.
Expectations at Ohio State merge at undefeated and unrealistic. However, in 2013, national title talk in mid-August is justified. The Buckeyes are an amalgamation of hype and substance. Rock star coach, Heisman candidate quarterback and a potent cocktail of returning players and captivating newcomers.
It’s clear after a 24-month span that included scandal, lackluster on-field results, the hiring of a new coach and the rebirth of one of college football’s bedrock programs, Ohio State once again has the nation’s attention and respect.
But despite owning the longest winning streak in the country and receiving preseason praise, the Buckeyes are content on ignoring all the buildup swirling around them.
“I don’t think it matters too much because you can be a preseason All-American and not do anything,” said junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, when asked about the lofty preseason rankings. “You’ve just got to come out and play.”
Preseason polls and watch lists exist partly to generate conversation. It works every year. The pitchforks come out and criticism rains down from Tallahassee to Ames. Inside locker rooms, rankings aren’t even a talking point. For most players and coaches, they’re irrelevant.
“Everyone else is talking about that. We’re not,” said sophomore linebacker Josh Perry. “We’re just trying to win a Big Ten championship. We’ve got other goals, we’re just trying to take it one game at a time.”
Games against Ohio State are never diminished. When Big Ten opponents knock off the Buckeyes, it can make a year or sometimes save a coach’s job. But during 2011, there was an emptiness that accompanied a victory over the evil empire of Ohio State.
There were no losses last year. The Buckeyes did regain their status as the hunted, though. And few times in the past has it been as palpable. Every coach and player was asked about the football factory in Columbus at Big Ten media days.
“Everybody in the Big Ten is going to be coming after us, which is what we expect,” Perry said. “We’ve got to expect their best shot. People are going to be turning on their TVs all around America. Whether they like the Buckeyes or not, they’re probably going to be watching. There’s definitely that target and that spotlight on us. We’ve got to be ready to go.”
Teams thrive on banding together and proving doubters wrong. Whether it’s college football or cricket, negative prognostications are used as fuel. One year ago, Ohio State had to answer questions about motivation. Many pundits thought there was nothing to play for. That simply wasn’t true, the Buckeyes said. And they proved it wasn’t difficult to get excited by rattling off 12 consecutive wins.
Every possible reward is available to Ohio State in 2013 – Big Ten championship, national title, etc. It hasn’t tasted defeat since the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012, but the Buckeyes remain starved for success.
“We didn’t get to do all the things we wanted to do,” said sophomore defensive end Noah Spence, about the postseason-less 2012 season. “We’re still real hungry.”
Said Bennett: “The country’s gunning for us. We’re not just a small team that goes out there and expects to go 5-7 or something like that, especially now after last year. We’re expected to be the best. We’ve always had that expectation. But it’s good now to have more people pushing you for it.”
So 12 days from the season opener, Ohio State waits anxiously to begin its 124th season. It’s been more than a decade now since the program’s last national championship. Listening to Meyer on Saturday makes one think another notch will be carved into the Big Ten’s futility meter.
“We're not ready to play a game yet,” he said. “The good thing is we don't have to be.”
Ranked No. 2, the only task for the Buckeyes is to win. On Aug. 31, the first of 13 tests will be administered.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||spying on the enemy||
anybody ever visit this website? (http://www.elevenwarriors.com/) its hilarious! the writer has nothing bad to say about OSU, and has no constuctive criticism what so ever.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Ask the Doc||
I work in a Navy orthopedic clinic as a corpsman and orthopedic technician. I talked to my surgeon on his thoughts of when a player should return to play after an ACL repair, he said nine months. Biologically, your body takes nine months to repair such an injury, and thats pushing it if you want a fully healthy and recovered knee. a partial tear may take a little less time. even though UM physical therapy methods and equiptment may be state of the art, my doc(who spent time working with the athletes at Annapolis) informed me the human body still takes that amount of time to be fully recovered and ready for game time play. he brought up the case with derrick rose and made the point that rose injured his ACL last spring and still sat on the bench for this entire season and his ability to start next year is still questionable.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||l||
|1 year 4 weeks ago||two all beef patties and a special sauce||
anyone else get hungry for some McValue meat? I felt like i was watching the McDonalds all-american game.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||pneumonia KILLs||
i wish he would wear a jacket, though. we dont need a Craig Kill.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Hoke the Renovator||
Also I'd like to add that Hoke is a rebuilder, he did it at Ball state, he did it at San Diego state and he did it last season. give him 2014 and all your questions will be answered.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Hoke loves table scraps||
The fact that Hoke took Rich's table scraps and built a Three Wheeled Death Machine out of Fitz, Denard, and Junior speaks dividends. But I also believe Hoke is a chronic underdog loving, rag-tag team builder when he has to be imporvisational. Of course he loves his drop back passers, and smash mouth runners, this shows in his prospecs of course. But Hoke also can do what Rich Rod and many of the coaches in the NCAA cannot do, mold a scheme around his players. He is a patient coach and he may have to settle for a couple 8-4 seasons until his team recovers from deficates and his talent is proven and has a little salt on their jackets.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||HOKES PRESS CONFERENCES IN A NUTSHELL AS OF LATELY|
|1 year 28 weeks ago||HOKE ON JOURNALISTS|
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Lloyd Schembechler||
You know, the more I watch Hoke in press conferences the more he reminds me of Lloyd Carr. The more I see him in action the more he reminds me of Bo Schembechler.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Denard Midgitson||
whe do D-Rob's legs look so short?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||WWBD?||
WHAT WOULD BO DO?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||ashamed||
How does he justify risking his carreer playing football for michigan?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Relavence is relative.||
I agree, but... i can see why the staff allows it: they need to stay current. It keeps recruits interested. thats a big part of why Oregon's recruiting was so good, they were unique. the staff does a pretty good job of keeping tradition and they haven't bastardized the unifor like rich rod.Hoke expects tradition, rich rod didnt. Maize piping... seriously? anyway, i feel your frustration but it is also kinda cool to see your favorite team sport something fresh.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Hello: Mountaineers||
Rich Rod just got a boner! Very WVesque.