Hello, Big Ten…Week 4

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer

Yes, cialis say hello to your new Big Ten.  The one where we added two teams just to add revenue, view not to help the conference with its biggest hurdle – National perception.  The one that has imploded on itself, medical without the help of said two new teams.

The one where former powerhouses and highly-respected programs lose to conferences including not just the SEC and PAC-12, but the formerly struggling Big 12, the ACC and even Conference USA and the MAC.  (You know, pretty much most conferences you’ve heard of.)  Where we are ranked fifth out of the Top Five most powerful conferences.

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Oh…hello!

It was another not-so-great weekend for the B1G.  Maryland lost to WVU.  Iowa lost to Iowa State.  (Remember when you used to be nervous to play Iowa??)  Minnesota was completely destroyed by the Horned Frogs of TCU.  Illinois was crushed by Washington.  And Purdue was embarrassed by Notre Dame.  But hey, unlike that Team Up North, the Boilermakers actually put some points on the board against the Irish.

Ohio State had perhaps the best showing, slapping up 66 unanswered points, holding their opponent to a big, fat donut.  But….that opponent?  The decidedly overmatched, lacking comparatively in talent and skill, Kent State University.  Ohio State did exactly what it needed to do, and did it exceptionally well.  Instead of an offensive plan filled with designed quarterback runs, QB J. T. Barrett attempted 30 passes and threw for 312 yards and six touchdowns.  A tie school record with Kenny Guiton.  (Not to go all Mark May but…perspective, people.  It’s Kent State.  The worst team they will face all year.)

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J.T. Barrett tied Kenny Guiton’s school record.

On the ground their running game racked up 284 yards.  The offensive line was finally able to open up lanes for the running backs, enabling freshman Curtis Samuel to run the ball 15 times for 100 yards and two TDs – OSU’s first 100-yard performance this season.

And when KSU tried using the same defense that VaTech was able to shut OSU down with – the 46 Bear – it didn’t stifle them one bit.

The Buckeye defense gave up just 126 total yards and tallied three interceptions, a vast improvement.  They also allowed the Golden Flashes just two third-down conversions, compared with the nine they allowed Virginia Tech.

Urban Meyer and his Buckeyes did exactly what they needed to do, and what was expected of them.  Huzzah, boys.  However, there is no way to know what that means for the rest of the season or how good the Buckeyes really are.  Ohio State still doesn’t have an offensive identity.  They have yet to determine who their go-to guys are.  Or, um, if they have any.  Barrett completed passes to 11 different Buckeyes that day.  I see a lot of potential.  There’s a plethora of very young but very talented guys on this team.  Urban was the most reported on and coveted recruiter in the B1G in the past few seasons.  He made Bielema cry and stomp his foot.  (Then again, forgetting the fries would elicit that from Bielema.)

But the understandable problem for Buckeye Nation is a big, fat lack of patience.  Myself?  Guilty as charged.  Throw the book at me.  It feels like we’re always waiting for the payoff, and when it finally looks like it’s about to come….we have to wait some more.  For now, hang in there with these kids and Urban.  This team still has the potential to explode mid-season.  No, they won’t be vying for the National Championship, and probably not the inaugural four-team playoffs.  Virginia Tech going down 28-21 (losing 21-0 in just the 1st quarter) to the East Carolina Pirates last weekend took away the Bucks’ if-needed argument that their loss to the Hokies was a “quality loss.”

So let’s just see what they can do with this bye week.  Usually byes are all about getting the team healthy.  This time, with it so early in the season, it’s going to be all about getting the team better…at the game.  If you want a glimpse at what OSU is going to be up against next weekend catch the most pompous member of the MAC, the Cincinnati Bearcats, against Miami of Ohio Saturday night.  Spoiler alert: Cincy QB Gunner Kiel (previously of Notre Dame) is awfully impressive.  And fun fact – Cincinnati is Urbs’ alma mater.

And so congrats to Indiana for barely beating Bowling Green.  To Michigan for beating Miami of Ohio, 34-10 and to Nebraska for taking down Fresno State, 55-19.  The first B1G on B1G game, Penn State at Rutgers, gave the Lions a scare with the Scarlet Knights leading 0-10 at the half.  But PSU rallied back to take it 13-10.

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Really, Rutgers?

The scandals involving Rutgers that day were perhaps more interesting.  Apparently THAT alumni – one video vixen named Ray Rice, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens as of September 8 – was still on full display in a picture in the locker room.  And doing nothing to separate themselves from a current poster boy for exceptionally bad behavior, Rutgers fans wore specially made t-shirts for the game emblazoned with “Ped State” and hung banners like the one shown above.  Yeah, look closely at the logo.  Not the best way to endear yourself to a conference that’s not real thrilled to have you as it is.  When you make me want to get Penn State’s back……well, that’s wack.  You stay classy, New Jersey.

There’s not too much excitement in the Big Ten match-ups in Week 4 – Wisconsin takes on Bowling Green, Michigan has Utah and Michigan State has Eastern Michigan.  I’d say come on guys, give us a reason to chant B-I-G!  But that’s probably like fetch, it’s not going to happen.

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About the author: Kristin Conrad is a college football-loving graduate of Ohio State – she bleeds Scarlet & Gray and considers the Varsity Club hallowed ground. A PR pro who just moved back to Columbus from Manhattan Beach, Chicago and NYC, she’s been happy to find that some of her favorite friends ever are from schools she used to hate and that nothing brings people together like sports does.

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