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08/19/2018 - 3:10pm You did not include the one…

You did not include the one that really skews in our favor: National Title Game appearances.  When we make the Final Four, we tend to win the first game (7-1) but lose the championship (1-6).  If we include the vacated appearances, we are 6th most with seven appearances, behind only five bluebloods (UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas). 

This includes five in the past 30 years -- only Duke has more (eight) in that time, while UNC is the only other school with five.

Even with the vacated appearances removed, we are behind only one more blueblood (Indiana):

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08/19/2018 - 2:47pm These were interesting.  A…

These were interesting.  A knock on Harbaugh at the bottom.

  • "If you had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every year [you'd win like Nick Saban]. He shows up at every single game with a better roster than the teams he 's playing. … If you count cheating and getting the best players in the country as part of running a program, he's the best in the country. It's like saying an NFL coach is the best coach in the league if he gets 25 first-round picks every year."
  • "I like Urban [Meyer], but there have been some characters that played for him that I thought should have not allowed."
  • "Mark Dantonio [is underrated]. He gets no respect because he isn't flashy and in the same state with a flashy guy that is unproven and hasn't won a big game yet."
08/17/2018 - 5:57pm People have been saying this…

People have been saying this for years, literally every time (usually once a year) Alabama loses a game.

https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/here-are-all-the-people-who-said-alabama-was-declining

It seems the only plausible rationale we have left is that Saban will eventually die.

08/17/2018 - 10:56am No, he just hired the goon…

No, he just hired the goon that killed him

08/17/2018 - 9:50am A collage I made a while…

A collage I made a while back:

"Schadenfreude: Notre Dame 21st Century History in Pictures"

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08/16/2018 - 11:51pm Regarding the timing of the…

Regarding the timing of the announcement that he'll be retained, I set the O/U at 4:59 1/2 pm Friday

08/13/2018 - 10:51pm Nigel Tufnel would approve.

Nigel Tufnel would approve.

08/13/2018 - 7:36pm Exactly.  If Urban keeps his…

Exactly.  If Urban keeps his job it's not like he is going to stop getting good players just because Zach Smith is gone.  I think there's something more to why he kept his job, beyond the Earle Bruce thing.

08/13/2018 - 1:16am Here is the complete list of…

Here is the complete list of College GameDay games held at night (6 pm local start or later) where the road team won by 21+ points and the losing team was ranked at the time.  (Though only two of these were upsets, ranking-wise.)

08/13/2018 - 12:34am I agree with the last…

I agree with the last sentiment of course, but ...

Go back one year earlier and OSU won 45-24 in Norman against a ranked OU team.  That was the game with the crazy Noah Brown catch.

The 1995 Colorado Buffaloes won two such games:

43-7 in Madison vs a #21 ranked Wisconsin, and 38-17 vs a (Howard Schnellenberger-led) #10 Oklahoma team in Norman a few weeks later.  Neither of those teams finished with a winning record, so their rankings were inflated.

08/12/2018 - 4:05pm Yes it does.  That was the…

Yes it does.  That was the last game that Michigan beat a ranked team on the road, period.  Of any ranking, by any margin.  

To end that 12-year drought with a 21+ point win against a rival, Top-10 team, at night, would be a rather emphatic way to do it.

08/11/2018 - 4:04pm Damn.  Did McMurphy just end…

Damn.  Did McMurphy just end Jeff Snook's career?

08/09/2018 - 5:03pm In a strange way, that's the…

In a strange way, losing on the field is the only kind of retribution that exists for Urban and OSU.  If they fire him, they have their excuse for losing, just like in 2011.

If they keep him, and he goes 8-4 with a 31-7 loss to U-M, i's the worst punishment for them.  It would mean they sold their souls and got nothing for it.

 

08/09/2018 - 5:00pm Totally agree.  If Meyer…

Totally agree.  If Meyer gets fired -- and moreover, if a bunch of the dirt we all know is there, comes out -- I am happy in the sense that the world is somewhat just.

08/09/2018 - 4:56pm I agree with this.  I think…

I agree with this.  I think his offense sputters with a pure dropback QB.  Though I'm not sure Haskins is quite that.  

Another cause for concern is that Zach Smith will no longer be coaching receivers.  This should improve OSU's passing game markedly.

08/09/2018 - 10:11am I think a lot of it's based…

I think a lot of it's based on schedule.  That division isn't top-heavy, they get USC at home, and they don't play Washington.  They should be able to outscore a lot of teams and maybe go 9-3.

I don't think it's obvious that Purdue takes another big step forward this season.  Their defense was their strength last year, and they lost a lot of those players.  Looking at the schedule I think the reasonable ceiling is 7-5.

08/09/2018 - 9:50am I noticed that as well.  Not…

I noticed that as well.  Not even a "key game"?  

The Wisconsin game does not scare me much at all.  They have no history of going on the road and winning games against Top 15 teams.  (Except in 2016 when they beat "#8" MSU, who finished 3-9.)  I think Wisconsin will struggle to get to 10 points barring any big turnovers.

08/08/2018 - 7:10pm Hey, Buckeyes keep saying…

Hey, Buckeyes keep saying they want all the facts to come out.  I agree.

08/08/2018 - 5:36pm I'd guess he was plagued by…

I'd guess he was plagued by indecisiveness.  

08/08/2018 - 5:28pm Sad, but same.  That, and Ty…

Sad, but same.  That, and Ty Isaac fumbling earlier in that game, are my lasting memories of both.  Too bad because really, neither play actually cost Michigan the game.

08/08/2018 - 1:13pm Correct.  I hope we all know…

Correct.  I hope we all know this is the reason, and why McMurphy keeps hinting at it.  Smith wasn't even a good coach.  Would be hard to believe Urban would tolerate this guy for this long at two different schools, even without the repeated wife-beating.  Zach Smith wouldn't have held a job as a carny, let alone one on a major program's coaching staff.

(Oh and I know that sentimental crap about Earle Bruce.  Aw, such a sweet story.  Dumb Buckeyes get misty-eyed about Urban's "loyalty" being his only fault.  I understand, they have cognitive dissonance to tend to, but hopefully no one outside Ohio is buying that canard.)

08/07/2018 - 7:59pm He sounds like the kind of…

He sounds like the kind of guy that would punch Courtney Smith himself if he could get away with it.  (And if it won his team a football game.) 

08/07/2018 - 7:57pm Stop projecting your own…

Stop projecting your own lack of integrity onto others.  We know you don't give a shit if your coaches pound the crap out of their wives, as long as they win.  Not everyone thinks the same way.

08/07/2018 - 7:51pm If this is all about wins…

If this is all about wins and losses, yeah, Urban has a lot of them.  But it seems impossible for you to even imagine that people care about things other than football scores.  That's all life is to you -- scoreboard, right?  That's your mentality so you assume everyone else must have the same mentality. 

This is why people hate Ohio State.

08/07/2018 - 7:38pm Kam Chatman, and what a…

Kam Chatman, and what a great hit it was

08/07/2018 - 7:29pm LOL, I had forgotten that. …

LOL, I had forgotten that.  It was in a playoff game against the Buccaneers.  Those Lions helmets must short-circuit any brain cells in their vicinity.

Reich also was part of one of my favorite Norm MacDonald jokes on Weekend Update: 

"Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is out for the season. His replacement, Frank Reich, said this week that he vows to rally the Bills and get them into the playoffs. He further promised his team would win the AFC Championship Game and go on to the Super Bowl where they will be crushed."

08/07/2018 - 5:40pm Great one.  Tyson was…

Great one.  Tyson was invincible in the '80s.  When the '90s hit, he turned into a pumpkin.

08/07/2018 - 5:39pm Gene Chizik won a *National*…

Gene Chizik won a *National* *Championship*

08/07/2018 - 5:37pm Phil Brabbs, definitely

Phil Brabbs, definitely

Tate Forcier vs. Notre Dame, maybe

John O'Korn?  We'll always have Purdue.

08/07/2018 - 5:33pm Good one, but Donnie Iris…

Good one, but Donnie Iris also had "Love Is Like a Rock"

Rock stations between Pittsburgh and Morgantown still have both songs in heavy rotation.

08/07/2018 - 4:35pm Your OSU statistics…

Your OSU statistics professor failed you.

08/07/2018 - 4:34pm "Lol this is why people hate…

"Lol this is why people hate UM"

And why do people hate you?

08/07/2018 - 3:59pm It's not hard to understand…

It's not hard to understand.  He just asks the same question over again in every OSU-related post.

Arguing with a Buckeye is like trying to swordfight a fart.

08/07/2018 - 3:54pm Yes you can.  You can also…

Yes you can.  You can also fire them for being a bad coach, which Zach Smith was.

08/07/2018 - 1:20am I had been wondering why, as…

I had been wondering why, as a way to thank his mentor Earle Bruce, Urban couldn't have hired a non-wife-beating grandson.  Apparently, with that family, you can't be so picky.

08/07/2018 - 1:12am I'm about to start a new one…

I'm about to start a new one, "so ... serously guys what do u think about this urban myers scandal???"

08/07/2018 - 1:05am Yeah I know.  Harbaugh has…

Yeah I know.  Harbaugh has three more losses than Meyer already, in three fewer seasons.

I would kind of love if OSU did the wrong thing and kept him, then he went 5-7 the next couple years.

08/07/2018 - 12:43am "He really does look like a…

That's exactly how I described James Franklin.

08/06/2018 - 10:34pm I thought his comment today…

I thought his comment today was pretty damn funny and accurate:

"And then, today, I think the betting line in Vegas is now shifting back toward Urban Meyer surviving somehow, whether it’s a two-game or four-game suspension; whether it’s a fine; whether it’s Urban Meyer sitting down with Rece (Davis) or Tom Rinaldi and crying on camera while Shelley looks at him and talks about how he’s the greatest man she’s ever known. You guys can spend plenty of time today coming up with the narrative, but I think we’ve all seen the movie before.”

08/06/2018 - 12:15pm I'd have a lot more…

I'd have a lot more cognitive dissonance if he *does* get fired. 

Judging by the response from Buckeye nation, 85% of them would punch Courtney Smith personally if they could get away with it.

08/06/2018 - 11:50am Agreed.  It's astonishing to…

Agreed.  It's astonishing to me.  That school should not even be playing football right now.

08/06/2018 - 11:46am Looks like this is all…

Looks like this is all coordinated in the direction of keeping him.  Vis-a-vis the news cycle: Urban had the last word before the weekend, and Zach Smith 'corroborated' it.  That shifted the pressure from Urban to Gene Smith.  (And Gene Smith will probably say he told 'the proper authorities' and the whole thing will dissipate into bureaucratic ambiguity.)

Then of course on Monday people want more news, so OSU releases a statement late Sunday to, basically, not look for any news for a couple weeks.  The timing seems to be in order to control the news cycle.

They know that their best chance of keeping him is by

(1) not making a decision while the national attention is still white-hot

(2) blaming relatively obscure officials instead of one of the most recognizable coaches in sports

08/06/2018 - 1:09am "if Urban truly reported…

"if Urban truly reported this to the higher upa...then there nothing Urban has left to do"

Keep showing your moral cowardice, Buckeyes.  Just please keep talking.  I'm actually glad the entire country is getting to witness the maggots burrowing underneath your program.

08/05/2018 - 5:24pm This is national news. …

This is national news.  Sorry, I know you wish it weren't.

08/04/2018 - 10:47pm I get it, man.  Scoreboard,…

I get it, man.  Scoreboard, right?  That's what you guys are all about.  Urban wins you a lot of games.  I guess I should give you some credit since some part of you feels the need for moral exculpation in rationalizing having this POS liar run your team.

08/04/2018 - 4:36pm Fine.  Let the school sell…

Fine.  Let the school sell its soul -- what's left of it, anyway.  

That way, when they lose, they'll have absolutely nothing left.

08/04/2018 - 4:34pm The spin isn't just nasty,…

The spin isn't just nasty, but nonsensical.  I guess they don't believe Courtney, nor Urban Meyer's wife?

I'd like to hear Shelley Meyer explain why she was so scared of Zach. 

08/04/2018 - 4:03pm Top recruiters or "top…

Top recruiters or "top recruiters"?

08/04/2018 - 3:41pm Which is why I think there…

Which is why I think there is *WAY* more to the story of why Urban kept him. 

*Maybe* the grandson-of-Earle-Bruce thing explains why Smith got a job in the first place.  But nine police reports spanning two hugely successful programs, and he was a crappy coach anyway -- and Urban's wife was "scared of him" three years ago?  There are tons of maggots burrowing under this rock...

08/04/2018 - 3:32pm Yes I agree it was…

Yes I agree it was coordinated.  Those two probably have an endless amount of dirt on each other, and have co-existed in a sort of stalemate for the past 3+ years.  With Urban's buyout at stake and Zach's legal problems, I'm sure there is all kinds of angling going on right now.