Graham's Week 13 Thoughts: Pre-Season Prediction Discussion, A Muted OSU-UM Game, Subdued Sparty, Another Iowa Collapse

  • That was the weirdest OSU-UM game I've attended. Last year, I got headbutted...by a Michigan fan, who was enraged that I would attend a game with a friend wearing an OSU jersey. This year? I'm walking with Jon and another Buckeye past the stadium when a cop stops us. He looks at my two friends and waves his finger: "You be nice to him," he says.

Oh yeah, I forgot - Bill Lynch got fired from Indiana. Tree falls in forest, no one hears it, etc, etc. But seriously, the man most famous for throwing a tantrum against Michigan in 2009 is toast. Why? Probably because Indiana fell apart in just about every single one of their games when the other team pushed back...I would also go so far as to say the team was occasionally unprepared. I know this is a big story for all of you, try to remain calm. Maybe there will be a suitable replacement to take them to that promised land of 6-6.

  • I am thereafter immediately accosted by a OSU varsity jacket wearing middle aged man who lectures me on keeping my head up. "You'll be back" is the lesson of this discussion. Thanks!
  • You know when a rivalry has seen better days when everyone has moved past the "f*** you, f*** your state, f*** your team" phase into sheer sympathy. When rivalry games get the same response as wakes (pat on the back, warm words), things are in bad shape.

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  • Since discussing the actual game is worthless and the Jim Harbaugh/RichRod discussion will be beaten to death for the next month, let's talk about something more important: My preseason predictions! In a shocking moment of stability and genius, I picked the correct records for Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan. In a typical moment of overconfidence, I overshot my win totals for PSU, Iowa, Purdue, and Minnesota. And I showed little faith in NW, MSU, and Illinois, predicting less wins than their eventual total. My best pick was choosing the Spartans to go 9-3. Of all the OTE writers, I chose the Spartans to have the most wins, a total they eventually eclipsed. /Pats self on back.
  • And yet Sparty is strangely disappointed. The MSU cheerleader in my office is complaining about going to Florida again (remember the 2008 loss to Georgia?). The Only Colors feels screwed because the BCS computers put them last amongst the Big Ten titlists -

On the other hand, it's a bit frustrating to realize that all those wins will mean a trip to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl. Wisconsin will get the Rose Bowl spot with the highest BCS ranking, and Ohio State will most likely get the at-large.  It's unfair, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the win. Playoff systems can be proposed until the cows come home, but unless it's a 16-team version MSU would most likely still be left out.  You can hope that the BCS executives will choose the Spartans over the Buckeyes, but that would require a bucking of convention - one thing I have zero faith in.

  • One argument, of course, is that MSU beat Wisconsin who beat Ohio State. Since MSU won this little competition, sort of, feelings have been hurt. But a simple smell test shows that both Wisky and OSU are more dangerous teams than the Spartans right now, so hopefully that will put the conference in better position for bowl success.
  • Bonus Awesome Comment from a Football Newbie: While browsing through the local MSU football coverage, my mother asked me: "Graham, what does the term "second tier bowl" mean?"
  • Speaking of bowl success, Minnesota won't have any of it. But to see them (wait for it, annoying nonsensical cliche coming) out-tough Iowa in that fourth quarter, well, that was the biggest upset of the Big Ten year, hands down. I just cannot believe Iowa blew fourth quarter leads to OSU, NW, Wisconsin, and now Mini. That might be the most shocking statistic of this year, right up there with Michigan rolling up 7000 yards a game while scoring 20 points.

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