Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
Yes quite the Nostradamus you are. Picking them to lose games, fall to the back half of the top 25 which is where virtually everyone with whom you were arguing also had them ending up.
That said, I do think officiating can set the tone for a game, and officiating a game tight or loose can in fact favor one side or the other.
However from the relatively few games I've seen, it seems to work to tOSU's advantage when it is called loosely. Not being particularly deep, it seeems as though a tightly called contest would have a bigger impact.
Maybe Ohio State needs the game to be called "just right" so that it's not too tight wherer Craft and Sullinger are susceptible to cheapies, but not too loose where more physical front lines can overpower Sullinger with their girth.
LOL, yea, folks were figuring on losing to Nebraska on the road and Minnesota at home all while puffing out their chests about wins at home over UK and Ohio St. The collapse happened shortly after I was laughed out of the thread by the schoolgirl crush-like faithful, then they start throwing out disclaimers when the unexpected losses come. Now I know what folks are talking about with IU bball fans.
BTW, IU looked really good against Purdue. I watched a lot of that game and they resembled the team that won those two big games, and on the road in a rivalry game. I think they are a darkhorse Sweet 16 candidate, but are also just as likely to get beat in the first round. They've been pretty up and down since the OSU game.