If somebody had suggested the Lehman Brothers should avoid investing so heavily in Ohio State -- ticker symbol OSU -- perhaps this whole financial crisis could've been averted.
Yeah, times are tough right now in Columbus. Getting thrashed 35-3 by top-ranked USC tends to have that effect. Especially after two consecutive and embarrassing losses in BCS Championship games. Especially with knowing it'd take a miracle bailout from the pollsters to get you back into the title hunt come next January. Especially after all your credibility went bankrupt in front of a national television audience.
And so, it's gotten progressively harder to believe any of the fancy projections you're used to hearing about Ohio State football. Every year, the Buckeyes are rated highly and someone --
With Saturday's debacle in the books, the most immediate problem for the Buckeyes isn't finding a way to eke their way into the national championship picture -- they can probably still do that if this season is as volatile as the last -- but instead about proving they're capable of performing against heavy hitters like USC over a period of time (you know, like 60 minutes). It's unfortunate, but until they can overcome their biggest liability of playing against speedier, more athletic opponents, they don't deserve another shot at the national championship.
So, if a chaotic rally takes place and Ohio State somehow finds itself back in the hunt, Mr. Pollster, do not be swayed by any BCS computers trying to sell the Buckeyes as a top-echelon team. Don't buy that bull. Don't expect this team to stand with the big boys just because of its blue chip recruiting and storied legacy. Let somebody else try.
After the last few years, another BCS championship game might not be the best place for the Buckeyes. They might be more comfortable in a support group with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bear Stearns.
The obvious question: With Oregon football a virtual extension of
Kidding aside, if you're next in line to play quarterback for the Ducks, what kind of preventative measures are you taking to protect your knee ligaments? Layering with Ace bandages? Carrying a rabbit's foot? Borrowing a suit of armor from
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"After two weeks, all I know about Florida State is that if the Seminoles played in a lower level of college football they'd probably make the playoffs."
You know what? Guy's got a point. After the Seminoles scheduled, and subsequently
The popular stance among online sports publications has been to chalk
Indeed, Weis' tenure at Notre Dame has been an eerie example of zero-sum gain. For every small victory there has been some kind of loss to balance the equation. A 9-2 first season followed by an embarrassing Fiesta Bowl loss. A Sugar Bowl season followed by a cataclysmic 3-9 record in 2007. A more mature and poised
Two quick notes about Georgia fans:
1) When your team hasn't won a national championship in nearly 30 years, you'd think you'd have something more important to worry about than what highlight packages were shown on the evening news. But such was not the case last week as ESPN snubbed Georgia's
2) Nobody's talking about it, but this Saturday's contest between Georgia and Arizona State has the unbridled potential to be the best-looking tailgating scene in recorded history. The well-mannered southern belles of Athens traveling to one of the nation's premiere hotbeds for party girls? Oh yeah, that's can't miss. Anybody who submits an iReport to my inbox will be rewarded in next week's column. Perhaps even in the afterlife.