Monday, December 2, 2013

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer, Bo Pelini, Big Ten title game, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.

Well, hello there!

Semi-Charmed Life. 
Kurt Kragthorpe discusses how Ohio State head Urban Meyer has been able to rely on outside forces to propel his teams into BCS title contention, such as Auburn's shocking of defeat of Alabama this past Saturday. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

You are not worthy!
John Feinstein gives his reasons why he believes that Ohio State is less worthy than Auburn for a spot in the BCS title game against Florida State. Can both teams play their respective conference title games first? (The Washington Post)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Columbus Dispatch  BCS numbers-cruncher Yeshayahu Ginsburg explains why Ohio State won't be jumped over by Auburn in the BCS if both teams win their respective conference title games.

How Far We've Come.
Kevin McGuire looks at the roads to the Big Ten Championship Game taken by Ohio St. and Michigan State. (The Crystal Ball Run)

Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time.
Joe Rexrode declares this Saturday's Big Ten Championship game as Michigan State's "most meaningful game since 1966. (The Detroit Free Press)

Playing nice for the cameras?
Joe Rexrode also comments on despite positive comments from Urban Meyer and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, relations between the two school's coaching staffs remain "frosty." A lot of this has to deal with Meyer's convincing recruits to flip their commitments from Michigan St. to Ohio St. when he first arrived in Columbus. (The Detroit Free Press)

Back in the Saddle Again.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini finds himself back in the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings top ten at no. 6.  Purdue's Darrel Hazell is at no. 12, and Illinois' Tim Beckman is at no. 16.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. 
Tom Shatel tells readers that Nebraska athletic director's statement regarding Pelini's continued employment by Nebraska should be taken "at face value," and not to spend time on frivolous speculation over Pelini's future in Lincoln. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Best Defense.
Iowa outside linebacker Christian Kirksey is named National Defensive Player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. 
Mitch Albom defends Michigan head coach Brady Hoke's decision to got for a two-point conversion instead of a field goal at the end of last Saturday's Ohio St.-Michigan game. (The Detroit Free Press)

Glad It's All Over.
Boiled Sports looks at Purdue's season-ending loss to Indiana, which capped off the what is without a doubt the worst season in the program's history.


"Sparty Doesn't Know"
A little song to be sung to the lyrics of Lustra's "Scotty Doesn't Know" that reminds Michigan State fans that Spartan offensive coordinator Jim Bollman's used to be OC at Ohio State. Bollman can't really be a mole for the Buckeyes...can he? (Eleven Warriors)

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