There was plenty of hype leading up to this game, and frankly it was justified. While Michigan has been a miserable mess against Ohio State since Jim Tressel arrived at the beginning of this millennium, things were poised to become more interesting with the arrival of Jim Harbaugh.
Ohio State is the reigning national champ, and Urban Meyer is now the king of the hill in Columbus, but Harbaugh gave Michigan fans hope.
Many thought it might take a couple of years for Harbaugh to compete with the Buckeyes, but as this season progressed, attitudes started to change. The Buckeyes were sleepwalking through their schedule, while Michigan rolled off three straight shutouts. Suddenly, many of the talking heads started calling Michigan the best team in the Big Ten.
Then Michigan State spoiled some of the hype. They miraculously beat Michigan on a wild final play, and then stunned Ohio State last weekend with some serious defense and an assist from Ohio State’s coaching staff.
Still, this was shaping up to be an epic battle that would kick off a new phase in the iconic rivalry. Would we have another ten-year war reminiscent of Woody and Bo?
It’s been a pretty crazy year in college football. This play is right up there as one of the craziest, though the Michigan fiasco versus Michigan State still take still takes the cake and was far more important in the playoff picture.
Still, this one will be shown for a long time, and the officials have a lot of explaining to do. On one of the backward passes there was a knee that clearly seemed to be down before the ball was let go.
Also, there were clear block in the back penalties, and the refs initially announced that penalty, only to strangely overturn it later.
The Miami Hurricanes were fortunate and Duke got screwed. But in the big picture it doesn’t matter much.
But he also throws in an interesting nugget that explains some of the motivation behind targeting Rutgers in the first place. Big Ten dictator Jim Delany IS FROM NEW JERSEY, and his obsession with getting the Big Ten exposure in the New York market led him to the mediocre program.
By now most college football fans are familiar with Baylor’s embarrassing nonconference schedule. This year the chest-thumping Bears get the season started with SMU, Lamar and Rice.
The plan of course is to run up some impressive (though meaningless) stats playing defenses that resemble an intramural touch football game, and naturally Baylor chalked up over 50 points against defensive backs who couldn’t tackle members of the Baylor chess club.
But with minutes left in the first half, Baylor was only up 28-21 as SMU managed to come up with zero points after having first and goal inside the five due to amateurish coaching mistakes.
Now, it’s the first game of the season, and it’s easy to sit back and rip apart teams who don’t pay flawless football in their opener.
But with Baylor we saw a pretty lame defense giving up big chunks of yardage to SMU, and you have to ask yourself how this team could possible stop real Power 5 running games from the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State.
The fact that Baylor has excelled in the Big 12 is more of an indictment of what Bob Stoops has been doing in Oklahoma and the mess in Texas that Charlie Strong is trying to clean up. If those programs wake up, Baylor’s time in the sun will end soon unless Art Briles learns how to put a real defense on the field.
Former Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu has been convicted of raping a fellow student.
But there’s much more to this story.
Ukwuachu had been dismissed from the team at Boise State due to violent incidents, and then he transferred to Baylor. When asked if he was aware of the circumstances around Ukwuachu dismissal.
Washington’s Chris Peters, who as the Boise State coach at the time, immediately called out Briles as a liar in a statement: “After Sam Ukwuachu was dismissed from the Boise State football program and expressed an interest in transferring to Baylor, I initiated a call with coach Art Briles. In that conversation, I thoroughly apprised Coach Briles of the circumstances surrounding Sam’s disciplinary record and dismissal.”
Have we seen many instances of a high-profile coach calling out another coach like this?
Baylor claims it will thoroughly investigate, and they should probably start with their own ca,pus police who seem to have dropped the ball on the initial investigation.
But we’ll see how thoroughly Baylor President Kenneth Starr (yeah, that Kenneth Starr) takes this. All Briles correspondence on this matter, including emails, need to be reviewed.
As Paul Finebaum just stated on ESPN, this doesn’t pass the smell test.
Briles should have come clean and explained he tried to give Ukwuachu a second chance. Up until the Ray Rice fiasco, this has been common practice in the NFL and college football. Now things have changed, and teams need to be much ore careful about these situations. Briles would have taken some heat, but lying makes this so much worse.