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BREAKING NEWS: LSU’s starting QB Zach Mettenberger torn his ACL in the game on Saturday vs. Arkansas. He is out for the rest of the season. He will miss LSU’s bowl game and I assume he will miss the NFL Combine, just like Georgia’s starting QB Aaron Murray.
I know Saturday hurt. In fact, I know it still hurts but just like in 2011 and 2012, there is hope. With just a few upsets and a little luck, Alabama could find themselves right back in the BCS mix. Sure, we need nothing less than a small miracle to make it happen but the dream is plausible.
Scenario #1 - Ohio State or Florida State lose; Auburn and Mizzou play an awful game in Atlanta; Mizzou wins.
Both teams look terrible and Mizzou pulls out the ugly win. Voters remember how Alabama outplayed Auburn, besides on the final play. The human polls (which make up 2/3’s of the BCS) place Bama #2, which is enough to make-up for the one loss in the computer rankings.
Scenario #2 - Ohio St and FSU lose; Mizzou beats Auburn
In this particular dream scenario, to avoid a rematch of Auburn and Mizzou, the northern Tigers would have to soundly defeat Auburn in Atlanta. We can’t have voters still believe that Auburn is the 2nd best team in the country, even if they had previously bested Alabama.
Scenario #3 - Ohio St and FSU lose; Auburn defeats Mizzou
This would be the undoing of the college football world. Literally, the BCS and the state of Alabama would spontaneously combust if this were to happen.
The perfect ending to the BCS would have been for Alabama, FSU and Ohio St. to all go undefeated, but the gods looked down poorly on our sacrifices. At this point, we have to wonder if the football gods are even real. I guess we’ll find out Saturday night.
Michigan State seventh-year head coach Mark Dantonio, who has led the Spartans to a school-record tying 11 wins and their second Big Ten Legends Division title in three years, has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the league’s head coaches and media, as announced on BTN Tuesday evening.
This marks the second time Dantonio has been named the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, as voted on by the media, and the first time he has been tabbed the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year.
The Big Ten finally has a championship game that rivals the SEC’s in national significance. Unfortunately, the Big Ten is following the SEC’s lead in another area: handing out discipline.
This was the other big news about the Big Ten today. Completely agree with Rittenberg on this one. Big Ten dropped the ball and is just trying to protect the Buckeyes. Pathetic.
The Big Ten is falling back on the NCAA’s fighting policy, which calls for players ejected in the first half of a game to miss only the remainder of that game. Although the league has issued suspensions before for throwing punches, they have come for players who weren’t ejected during the game.
The league had an opportunity to do more and show that behavior like Saturday’s, even in a bitter rivalry game, is unacceptable and has long-term consequences. Monday’s wimpy response will be seen as an effort to protect the league’s title game and one of its biggest brands in Ohio State.
Even a half-game suspension, which the SEC probably has trademarked, would have shown some teeth here. Instead, the Big Ten protects its championship game from being affected, and its biggest brand from being impacted in its quest to reach the national title game.
Monday’s response will add to the widely held belief by many Big Ten fan bases that the league goes all out to protect Ohio State and Michigan. The response will bring more heat for league commissioner Jim Delany, who still gets ripped for going to bat for Ohio State’s “Tat-5” to play in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
The championship game is a national showcase opportunity for the Big Ten, a chance to display its best product and the values it holds so dear. You’ll hear a lot about honoring legends and building leaders, and big lives and big stages.
"As bad as it was, we’re fortunate the incident did not escalate any further," the Big Ten’s SECtatement reads. “More can, and should, be done by both coaching staffs in the future to prevent similar incidents.”
The Big Ten could have and should have done more, but chose to do the bare minimum.
Wait, remember when Michigan State’s William Gholston got suspended a game after he punched Michigan’s Taylor Lewan. If you watch the video below, Lewan was holding Gholston’s head down by the face mask.
And wait… remember how dirty Lewan played vs. Michigan State this year and didn’t even get ejected OR disciplined afterwards?
The Spartans now are in position to earn a BCS at-large berth, win or lose in the Big Ten title game - if they can remain in the top 14 when the final standings come out next week.
Our friends in the South often label the SEC title game as the real national championship, and for good reason. The winner of the game has gone on to hoist the crystal football in six of the last seven seasons.
Michigan State also adds to the prestige of Saturday’s game. Like the Buckeyes, the Spartans are undefeated in Big Ten play, and they’ve actually been more dominant, winning all eight league contests by 11 points or more. The Spartans are the first team to win all of its Big Ten games by double-figure points since Michigan in 1943 (the Wolverines went 6-0 that year).
The 2013 Big Ten Championship Game is more than a contest to determine the Big Ten title and the conference’s official representative to the BCS. This year’s matchup between Ohio State and Michigan State will feature two teams with a significant amount of 2014 NFL Draft prospects.
1. Denicos Allen, OLB, Michigan State
2. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
3. Max Bullough, MLB, Michigan State
4. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
5. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
I’m sorry, but any coach would’ve said the same thing. That guy is blowing that press conference out of proportion.
It seems like now-a-days everyone is “soft” and it is quite frankly annoying to me. Tough love works too. You don’t need to hand out participation trophies so that the kids who didn’t win don’t feel bad. Maybe not giving them participation trophies will make those kids work harder so they do win next time.
I don’t know, but I didn’t have any issue with what Saban said. He also took responsibility for the loss.
However, I wasn’t that happy with Saban’s call to kick a 57 yard field goal. But, shit happens and if it would’ve worked, people would’ve called him a genius. Same as if Brady Hoke having Michigan go for 2 instead of the tie/OT would’ve worked… OR what if the Michigan State’s Little Giants play against Notre Dame a couple years ago wouldn’t have worked… people would STILL be judging Mark Dantonio.
Thanks to straight-from-the-mitten for sharing this article with me.
NFL referee Ed Hochuli is known for giving in-depth explanations to calls, but one of his explanations during the Monday Night Footballmatchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks certainly sounded odd.
Congratulations to Darqueze Dennard on winning the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year.