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.
I would love for refs to call the game "just right." Who wants anything less? But it isn't girth that is Sullinger's kryptonite, its long-armed, athletic big men. Girth goes to Sullinger, he's strong. The athletic guys can foul and not make it so obvious