Last edited by Captain Hook; 11-02-2013 at 06:48 PM.
Both of these teams have so-so (struggling) offenses. Add MSU's superb defensive to that mix and I knew the Wolverines would have a tough time of it.
I almost wanted to feel sorry for Gardner..... almost
And -48 yds rushing? LOL
I think MSU will give OSU a better game because of their defense.
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You will have a hard time convincing me that anyone is playing better than OSU right now. Braxton is playing at a level last seen by Troy Smith during his Heisman season. Actually I think Braxton is more dangerous when you add in his legs as well as his passing.
MSU winning over Michigan was a good thing for OSU. Lets assume OSU goes undefeated heading into the game in Ann Arbor, even if Michigan was also undefeated, beating them in Ann Arbor wasn't going to turn a bunch of heads (some maybe, but certainly not enough to jump them over an undefeated FSU, Oregon or Alabama), turning around and beating them again a week later in Indy was going to turn even less heads (though as an OSU fan, it would kind of be fun to knock off Michigan two weeks in a row; likely the only chance that could have ever happened)
In all reality, the national perpection and story line, no matter if its right or wrong, is that OSU has not beaten anyone, the Big 10 is terrible, the champion of the conference, no matter how many they've won in a row would be a middle of the pack team in the SEC, ACC or Pac 12. I've already seen the story lines being written about a potential OSU vs MSU BIG championship game. Michigan State's defense is all world, they're going to slow down Braxton and Co, they're going to give them fits, that game will prove that Ohio State doesn't belong anywhere near the top. That's the story line that already being presented, and frankly Michigan State is potential opponent that can provide a "BIG" storyline moving forward. I'm not sure if Mark May realized it or not when he started creating that storyline the other night; surely he was using it as an opportunity to take yet another shot at Ohio State, but he started creating a perception thats likely to be repeated over the next couple of weeks that in reality helps OSU, or at least gives them a chance to change the national perception. If OSU can sweep thru the rest of the season, and head to Indy against an 11-1 Michigan State and blow the doors off that defense, people will be forced to take notice. Probably too late to matter, but at least it gives OSU a small chance.
Just keep punching whoever is set in front of them.
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But right now we have arbitrarily decided which conferences are good and which are bad. We have decided which teams deserve to be ranked high and which teams don't. Right now I think you can say that MSU and Wisconsin are playing some good football to go along with OSU. At the same time Stanford is a highly ranked team because of a lofty preseason ranking? Don't get me wrong, the B1G has been down for a number of years, but the depths that many are putting the conference at is reaching epic proportions.
I don't know how good this OSU team. I do know that the last couple highly ranked OSU teams did fairly well in bowl games, beating Oregon and Arkansas. Can they stack up with an Alabama defense or an explosive Oregon offense? I have no idea, but with Miller and the WR's clicking with Hyde running possessed this offense will be tough to stop.
My response was that Florida State just destroyed the #7 team in the country, which in my opinion is a much better win than beating the tar out of the horrendous 1-7 Purdue. My point is that Florida State,in my opinion, is currently playing better than Ohio State. I would also argue Alabama is absolutely playing better ball than OSU.
disclaimer: I love Ohio State
Ohio State can beat everyone 100-0 the rest of the way and it will not matter unless two of FSU, Alabama and Oregon lose.
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