One question that is always asked of coaches as bowl games are announced is how much of their upcoming opponent have they watched. It’s a way to get an off-the-cuff answer, but more importantly it shows whether or not that team has been on the coach’s radar. For Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, thanks to some early kickoffs on FOX, he’s seen…
Trailing Wisconsin 14-0 midway through the second quarter and faced with a fourth-and-nine from their own 26-yard line, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day sent punter Drue Chrisman out onto the field, presumably to send the ball back to the Badgers, and possibly allowing them to add to their already-double-digit lead.
Ohio State and Michigan renewed the greatest rivalry in all of sports with Jim Harbaugh’s team peaking and the Buckeyes coming off one of their sloppiest performances of the season. The Game has been owned by Ohio State since Jim Tressel took over as OSU coach in 2001 but at some point you just figure all the stars will finally align for the Wolverines.
Just last year, for instance, Michigan was the betting favorite and came into the contest with the best statistical defense in the nation. That is, until Urban Meyer looked like Red Beaulieu with a stolen playbook. Jim Harbaugh and Don Brown (collective Coach Kleins in this Waterboy comparison) had no answer for a Buckeye team that put up 62 points and won by 23.
Ohio State had no trouble handling Rutgers on Saturday but it’s fair to say it was a game that didn’t make anyone who isn’t convinced about the Buckeyes suddenly change their mind. The Buckeyes’ starters were mostly fine, although there wasn’t much in the way of explosive plays in the running game and the defense got gashed for a touchdown by the worst team in the league.