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1. #2 Ohio State vs Rutgers. In a battles of scarlets, the Buckeyes annihilated the Knights, 58-0. And the internal numbers were worse than the score. Ohio State had 669 yards of total offense to just 116 for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights actually had a fairly good first quarter, gaining 74 total yards and holding the Buckeyes to just 6 points. However, the Knights' offense gained just 42 yards the rest of the game (including exactly 0 passing yards) and the defense fell apart. Leading the way for Ohio State were quarterback J.T. Barrett (284 total yards, 4 total TD) and running backs Mike Weber (147 all-purpose yards, 1 TD) and Curtis Samuel (144 all-purpose yards, 1 TD).

2. #4 Michigan vs #8 Wisconsin. These two teams played just the kind of football game that the Big Ten is noted for: tough, hard-nosed, defense-oriented, and boring as Hell. Michigan won, 14-7, thanks to a 46-yard TD pass from Wilton Speight to Amara Darboh midway through the fourth quarter. Both offenses were awful, as the teams combined for just 508 yards (remember that Ohio State had 669 yards this week all by itself); were a combined 7 for 31 (22.6%) on 3rd and 4th downs; and combined for 16 punts. Wisconsin's offense was an order of magnitude more awful, as the Badgers managed just 71 yards rushing on 28 carries (2.5 average) and 88 yards passing (3.3 yards per attempt). Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook was at the center of this dumpster fire, with 9 completions in 25 attempts (36.0%) for 88 yards, 3 interceptions, 2 sacks, and 1 touchdown. The Badgers managed just 8 first downs for the game, which is one less than Rutgers had in a 58-point blow-out loss to Ohio State. That's some ugly stuff right there.

3. Maryland vs Purdue. Don't look now but the Maryland Terrapins are 4-0,...
1. Ohio State defeated Rutgers 58-0 yesterday, but the actual beat down was much worse than the score would indicate. Coming off a bye week, the Buckeyes were predictably sluggish in the early going and held just a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. The team slowly woke up and the offense scored three touchdowns in the final six minutes of the second quarter to take a 30-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. At that point, the only thing that remained to be seen was whether Rutgers had enough fight in them to make the final score respectable. They didn't.

2. The Buckeyes posted 669 yards of total offense, including 410 yards on the ground. Red shirt freshman Mike Weber led the way with 14 carries for 144 yards (10.3 average) and a 46-yard touchdown, while true freshman Demario McCall added 85 yards on 10 carries (8.5 average) and a 20-yard touchdown. True freshman Antonio Williams saw his first game action and carried the ball 6 times for 28 yards (4.7 average).

3. Junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was his typical un-flashy efficient self yesterday, rushing 5 times for 46 yards (9.2 average) and completing 21 of 29 passes for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns (also an interception). For his career, Barrett now has 59 touchdown passes, a new Ohio State record. Barrett has 84 total touchdowns for his career, which currently places him third at Ohio State behind Braxton Miller (88 TDs) and Art Schlichter (85 TDs).

4. Junior running back Curtis Samuel is bidding to become the first Ohio State football player to amass 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving during his Buckeye career. Samuel entered the 2016 season with 525 yards rushing and 384 yards receiving. After yesterday's contest (68 yards rushing, 86 yards receiving), Samuel now has 328 yards rushing and 345 yards receiving for the season. At his current pace,...

1. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was founded in 1766 as Queens College. Rutgers is the 8th-oldest college in the United States, and one of the nine "Colonial Colleges" that were chartered prior to the American Revolution. Rutgers is located in New Brunswick New Jersey, although the school's football stadium is located in nearby Piscataway. The school is named for Colonel Henry Rutgers, a Revolutionary War hero who in 1825 donated $5,000 (equivalent to $105,000 today) and a bronze bell (still in use) to the college. Rutgers's athletic teams are known as the Scarlet Knights and their mascot is known simply as The Scarlet Knight.

2. Rutgers is famous for playing in the first ever football game, on November 6, 1869, versus Princeton. The Scarlet Knights won that game, which has been described as a cross between soccer and rugby, by the unlikely score of 6-4. The two teams played a week later and Princeton prevailed in the rematch, 8-0. Both teams finished the season with identical 1-1 records, and they split the inaugural (retroactive) national championship awarded by the National Championship Foundation and recognized by the NCAA.

3. Rutgers's split national championship in 1869 is the only one in school history. The Scarlet Knights' title drought is 146 years and counting, a streak that would make the Chicago Cubs blush.

4. Rutgers has an overall record of 653-633-42, for a .508 winning percentage. The Scarlet Knights have 33 conference championships, but only one in a major conference (Big East co-championship in 2012). Thirty-one of Rutgers's conference titles were in the former Middle Three Conference (in existence from 1929 to 1975), which also contained Lafayette and Lehigh (both now FCS schools and members of the Patriot League).

5. After leaving the Middle Three Conference, Rutgers became an independent school from 1976 to 1990....
1. In just the third meeting ever between the two football powerhouses, Ohio State invaded Norman, Oklahoma, and pounded the Sooners by the score of 45-24. The Buckeyes now lead the series two games to one, with victories last night and in 1983 (24-14) and a loss in 1977 (29-28).

2. The Buckeyes dominated on offense, racking up 443 total yards on 68 plays (6.5 yards per play) and scoring 38 points. The ground attack was especially strong, as freshman Mike Weber rushed for 123 yards on 18 carries (6.8 ypc) and Curtis Samuel provided some big play spark with 11 rushes for 98 yards (8.9 ypc) and a 36-yard touchdown. Quarterback JT Barrett didn't post spectacular numbers (74 yards rushing, 152 yards passing) but he generally made good decisions, protected the football, and hooked up with wide receiver Noah Brown for four touchdown passes (4, 8, 21, and 37 yards). The offensive line got the job done up front (6.4 yards per rush) and allowed only one sack on the night.

3. Oklahoma put up some decent numbers on offense (67 plays, 404 yards, 6.0 average), but they were stymied by four huge plays by the Buckeye defense, three of which came on fourth downs. With 4:34 left in the first quarter and the Sooners facing 4th-and-3 from the Ohio State 33-yard line, QB Baker Mayfield was pressured by Buckeye defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes. Holmes was given a free release by a confused Sooner offensive line and he was in Mayfield's face before the Sooner QB could set his feet. Holmes just missed a sack but he was able to deflect Mayfield's hurried pass to linebacker Jerome Baker, who took the interception 68 yards for the touchdown. The pick six gave the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead and provided them with momentum that the never relinquished.

4. The second huge defensive play came with 6:10 left in the first half. On 2nd-and-4 from the...
1. The Oklahoma Sooners began playing football in 1895. The program made its first move toward the big time in 1905 with the hiring of Hall of Fame head coach Bennie Owen. In 22 seasons at Oklahoma, Owen had a record of 122-54-16 (.677) and he brought the Sooners three conference titles (1915; 1918; 1920) and two undefeated seasons (8-0-0 in 1911; 10-0-0 in 1915).

2. Oklahoma's next step on the road to football powerhouse came in 1920 when the school became part of the Big Six Conference (then known as the Missouri Valley Conference), joining other core members Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State. The Big Six would eventually add Colorado (1947) and Oklahoma State (1958) and become the Big Eight. The Big Eight was one of the major football conferences, with the conference champion earning an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl beginning in 1968, and the eight-team lineup would remain stable for nearly forty years (more on that later).

3. Although the Sooners won a conference title in 1920, their first year in the soon-to-be Big Six, they did not win another title until 1938 (also the year of their first consensus All American, end Walter Roland "Waddy" Young). In the meantime, arch rival Nebraska dominated the conference, winning eleven titles during that span.

4. The balance of power in the Big Six began to shift in favor of the Sooners during the mid-1940s under the direction of head coach Dewey "Snorter" Luster (yes, that is the man's real name). Luster won conference titles in 1943 and 1944 before handing over the reins to Jim Tatum, who won another conference title in 1946, his only year on the job.

5. Buckeye fans look to 1951 as the year that Ohio State football finally "arrived" with the hiring of legendary head coach Woody Hayes. Sooner fans similarly look to 1947, when the school hired 31-year old Charles "Bud" Wilkinson as the head coach of the football team and athletic director. As a player for Bernie Bierman at the University...
It is often said that quarterback is the most important position in football, and possibly all of team sports. If that is the case, then there should be a correlation between good quarterback play and winning, and bad quarterback play and losing. In the table below I show each NFL team's passing stats since the Cleveland Browns re-entered the league in 1999:

NFL TeamCompleteAttemptsComp PctYards Passing---TDs------INTs--Passing EffW/L Record-Win Pct-
New England Patriots6,0479,643.62767,14749520591.61181 - 91 - 0.665
Indianapolis Colts6,2559,873.63470,29550925391.05181 - 91 - 0.665
Green Bay Packers6,0409,624.62867,68151525390.57169 - 102 - 1.623
Pittsburgh Steelers5,3248,635.61760,43639425589.87168 - 103 - 1.619
New Orleans Saints6,43110,163.63371,53150228788.84142 - 130 - 0.522
San Diego Chargers5,6809,121.62362,86742626786.07139 - 133 - 0.511
Denver Broncos5,6969,285.61364,18343826285.97161 - 111 - 0.592
This is the BPRT's recap of the recruiting class of 2016. MD Buckeye's comments are in BLUE; RB07OSU's in BROWN; Smudger's in GREEN; wadc45's in RED; and LordJeffBuck's in PURPLE.

General Thoughts

- Another year, another top five recruiting class for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Offensively, you'd be hard pressed to find a better class in the country, IMO. The OSU staff landed the majority of their top targets on the offensive side of the ball, while also adding great depth to the OL & TE position groups. They also did a great job on the defensive side, adding top talent, but also taking chances on a couple projects. All in all, there's nothing to complain about with this class.

- All in all, this may be the best recruiting class I have seen come into Columbus. With so many players graduating or leaving early and so many spots suddenly open, I will admit that I thought there was a high likelihood that we would be reaching on a number of prospects to "fill spots." But never doubt the Urban, because not only did we fill those spots with elite talent, we unfortunately also had to turn away some great prospects towards the end. We landed some guys who I think are built to be instant impact, as well as some guys with huge upside that can develop into stars here.

- In what is becoming the norm in Columbus, Urban Meyer & Co. bring in yet another consensus top five class. Hitting every position of need & adding depth to those necessary, this class is outstanding across the board. Even when the doubters were questioning whether OSU would be able to finish strong down the stretch, the coaches proved yet again they are as good as it gets when it comes to sealing the deal in January, adding eight...
Notre Dame and the Big Ten Conference


The Big Ten Conference was formed in 1896, and by 1917 it counted as members every major football power in the upper midwest. All except one - Notre Dame.

Notre Dame began football in 1887 as an independent and it has stayed that way ever since despite various attempts to lure them into a conference. But in the early days, before Notre Dame became a brand name in college football, the small private Catholic school in South Bend, Indiana, actually tried to join the Big Ten. Although Notre Dame fit the Big Ten profile geographically, that factor was about the only match with the other conference members, most of whom (Northwestern and Chicago being the exceptions) were large state-operated "land grant" universities. The Big Ten could ignore the "small" and "private" aspects of Notre Dame, as the conference had previously done with Northwestern and the University of Chicago, but many of the powers that be had a serious problem with the "Catholic" element of that university.

The rift between Notre Dame and the Big Ten dates back to at least 1909. Back then, Notre Dame was a considered a "cupcake". From 1887 to 1908, the Fighting Irish sported an impressive overall record of 89-30-9 (.730 winning percentage), but the vast majority of those victories came against a motley crew of high schools, prep schools, medical schools, dental schools, law schools, future D-III programs, and private clubs such as the Illinois Cycling Club and the South Bend Howard Park Club. Against the relatively powerful Big Ten schools, Notre Dame had a miserable record of 10-23-4, with the Irish being outscored 189 to 518 in those 37 contests.

Led by the legendary Fielding Yost, Michigan was perhaps the most powerful program in the country in first decade of the Twentieth Century. Yost took over the Michigan program in 1901, and during his first eight years on the job his team posted an overall record of...
Derrick Henry is the presumptive Heisman Trophy winner for 2015. Henry leads FBS in rushing yards (1,986) and rushing touchdowns (23) despite having a rather pedestrian 5.86 yards per carry average (34th in FBS). Henry's numbers certainly put him in the discussion for the 2015 Heisman, but how do his numbers compare with Ezekiel Elliott's over the past calendar year?

The 2014 Heisman voting closed on December 8, 2014, the day after the CFB Playoff teams were announced. Here's what Ezekiel Elliott and Derek Henry have accomplished since the close of last year's Heisman voting:

Heisman CandidateGamesTotal RushesRush YardsYds/CarryYds/GameTouchdowns100-yard+200-yard+
Ezekiel Elliott143182,1486.75153.425134
Derrick Henry143522,0815.91148.62494
As you can see, Zeke beats Henry in every category except 200-yard+ games, in which each player has four. And Zeke beat Henry in their only head-to-head matchup in last year's Sugar Bowl, as Zeke had 20 carries for 230 yards (11.5 ypc) and 2 TDs, while Henry had 13 carries for 95 yards (7.3 ypc) and 1 TD. Zeke followed up his Sugar Bowl performance with 36 carries for 246 yards (6.8 ypc) and 4 TDs in the 2014 National Championship Game.

However in this year's Heisman voting, Zeke will get no credit for his performances in last year's Sugar Bowl or National Championship Game, which came after the 2014 Heisman vote but were not part of the 2015 season. In reality, he probably got little credit last year for his 20 carry, 220 yard, 2 TD performance in the 2014 Big Ten Title Game. Although that game took place on December 6th, and thus before the nominal close of the 2014...

1. Before I get into The Game itself, I'd like to spend a few minutes talking about The Rivalry. Ohio State has now played Michigan 112 times since 1897. It is a long rivalry. It is a storied rivalry. It has often been a painful rivalry. Along the way, legends have been made, glory has been earned, perfect seasons have been dashed, championship hopes have been crushed. We have seen massive upsets, miraculous comebacks, record-setting performances, ten year wars, snow bowls, shanked field goals, banners torn down, double birds flipped, and so many other memorable moments. But that's all in the past now. It's time to move on.

I have heard so many Buckeye fans say that they want Michigan to be good again, "for the sake of The Rivalry." They say it with longing in their voices. Reverence even. Maybe a touch of pain, as if it really does hurt them that Michigan just isn't quite good enough to beat Ohio State. Quite frankly, I say that it's the stupidest thing I've ever heard, wanting your rival to be good.

In the real world, do you really think that businesses and organizations want their competitors to be good? Does the Board of Directors of McDonalds get together and pray that Burger King will produce better burgers? Does Ford secretly hope that GM will produce better cars? Does Coke want Pepsi to win a few taste tests now and then? Will Hillary Clinton's team be upset if the Republicans nominate an unelectable candidate? Of course not!

Even in the world of sports, this love of your team's rivalry, as opposed to love of your team, seems to be unique to Ohio State fans. I have never heard a Pittsburgh Steelers fan wish that the Cleveland Browns would be good again for the sake of the rivalry. Same thing with Auburn-Alabama, Packers-Bears, Yankees-Red Sox, Harvard-Yale, and every other heated rivalry you can think of. Army-Navy might be the only exception, but those guys will eventually shed blood for each other, they're all...