Ohio State dropped to No. 11 in the BCS Rankings even though they put up 49 unanswered points against Purdue this Saturday. At first glance, it makes you wonder if the Buckeyes should have put Pryor back in to score a few more touchdowns but realistically, it doesn’t matter how many points they put on the board. Buckeyes got screwed. This is a temporary situation right? At least a couple of the undefeated have yet to fall. Question is, how forgiving will the be BCS be when they do.
But before I get into the rankings, let’s look at the Buckeyes day of redemption.
As I stated earlier, this game was about Buckeye redemption and for all intensive purposes, they were redeemed. It was good to see the shutout and good to see the Buckeyes score at will. However, I’m not sure it means so much against an one-dimensional team like Purdue.
Buckeyes held Purdue to only 30 yards rushing and a total 118 yards offense ending a five game streak in which Purdue rushed for 200 yards. The Boilermakers never managed to get closer than the 39 yard line. The offensive line also managed to control Ryan Kerrigan who leads the Big 10 in Sacks.
It was interesting to see the statement made on the opening drive. Five plays to Herron who pounded it right down the field and into the end zone. It would be nice to see that sort of rushing against ranked team. The offensive also line did their part getting the jump on Purdue throughout most of the game.
Not sure what to make of Pryor’s two interceptions. Against Purdue, it didn’t really mean that much. Against a better team, it could cost us the game. Can’t really complain about a 49 point win though. As I already mentioned, I don’t know how much it tells us about the Buckeyes at the moment.
Next weekend should amount to another blowout against Minnesota and then a much needed rest.
Come On Iowa!
The one thing we needed and needed bad was for Iowa to beat up on both Wisconsin and Michigan State. Unfortunately, Iowa didn’t get the memo. If both Michigan State and Wisconsin (and us of course) run the table from here on out, I may be wrong but that would put Michigan State on top of the Big 10, Wisconsin No. 2 and Ohio State at No. 3. I don’t think the situation changes if Michigan State loses to Iowa because of MSU’s win over Wisconsin.
For the Buckeyes to get to the Rose Bowl (least bit the national championship), Michigan State needs to lose to both Iowa and either Minnesota, Purdue or Penn State. Maybe a loss to Iowa will leave them so devastated that they choke under the win or go home pressure needed to get to Pasadena.
Wisconsin still has Northwestern and Michigan. I’m not putting any faith in Michigan as even the bye week was scoring against the Michigan D. Northwestern almost came to our rescue in a close game against Michigan State. It was so frustrating to see them give away a game-long lead in the final minutes. Maybe they can find a way to finish off Wisconsin. That would at least move us into second in the Big Ten.
Oklahoma to 9th?
As for Oklahoma, I wrote last week that Missouri would be their Wisconsin but I never thought it would start on the opening play. Oklahoma has a fairly easy route from here on out. Hopefully, Oklahoma State will take them out of the picture.
What is really frustrating is that Oklahoma lost and still remains ahead of Ohio State. I can understand Wisconsin jumping over the Buckeyes, they beat us, but to drop after shutting out Purdue. No, I’m not in favor of style points or running the score for a little BCS love but really, is there anything out there that shows us Oklahoma belongs ahead of the Buckeyes? Maybe it was that close win over Air Force or the way they squeaked out a two-point win against Cincinnati. At least the human polls got it right.
Auburn No. 1? Really?
The BCS sure loves the SEC. Like the Buckeyes, Oregon ran the score at will against UCLA. And yeah, beating Texas doesn’t mean as much as it did a couple of weeks agao but does anyone believe that LSU doesn’t have a few more solid losses yet to come? Auburn get’s past Alabama and I’ll consider them for the top spot.
The human polls all have Auburn at No. 3 which is much closer to where they belong. The good thing for Oregon is that the No. 2 position doesn’t hurt them a bit. If they run the table, there’s no way they’re going to get jumped by Boise or TCU no matter how good they are. With the way the No. 1 teams have fallen and with USC waiting for them next week, it might not be a bad time to hang around in the No. 2 spot.
Michigan in top 25?!
I’m sorry…give me a minute to compose myself. Yes, I just wrote that. The USA Today Poll has Michigan ranked No. 25. Here’s what it comes down to folks. The ranking by the coaches poll, the Denard Robinson Heisman talk all comes down to one thing — desperation. The college football media, coaches, etc. still can’t fathom that the Michigan football program has really gotten this bad. Any sign of life coming out of Anne Arbor and suddenly it’s the second coming.
Robinson runs like crazy against UConn–Michigan’s back. Back up quarterbacks put up 700 yards offense against Bowling Green–Michigan’s back! Michigan beat’s Indiana in the last second, even though they allowed 480 yards passing–Michigan’s back. It’s the Notre Dame syndrome folks and it will be around for a while.
Penn State will knock them out of the top 25 next week in a much needed PSU butt kicking.