Non-OSU All B1G team (The Intangibles)

Best Fans- (Nebraska) The self-proclaimed nicest fans in the world do an amazing job on gameday of making opposing fans feel welcome and part of the family. I may not have had the same feelings from my interactions with them on the internet but none the less their fans will never boo opposing teams and in fact cheer them as they enter the stadium. You will never here horror stories from visitors about rude or illegal behavior.

Best Stadium- (Iowa) The easy answer for this is to pick one of the huge stadiums in the B1G. Penn State is an erector set of beams with no personality. Michigan is a true bowl but if you are in any of the rows past row 5 you might as well be sitting in Canada. Kinnick Stadium in Iowa may be small in comparison roughly 70k seats. They however have an intimate feeling that puts you right in the action always. Plus when they do sections by colors their fans actually make it happen.

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Best Tradition- (Michigan) Touching the Banner is one of the most amazing things in CFB. Watching their players run on the field and jump up to touch the banner gets the otherwise docile crowd excited in Ann Arbor. Plus it has been a part of the the greatest rivalry in sports as witnessed here…

Best Food- (Rutgers) There is a food truck on Rutgers Campus that sells The Fat Darrell a sandwich that has grown into fame by appearing on Man Vs Food. The sandwich which has Chicken Fingers, Fried Mozzarella Sticks, Marinara, and other scrumptious toppings is a behemoth and for $6 it is a bargain as well. On top of that New Jersey is famous for their Disco Fries- Cheese Fries covered in gravy. #Winning

Best Mascot- (Purdue) A Blue Collared man who carries a giant sledge hammer and drives a locomotive while drinking beer…. if that doesn’t describe America in one character I don’t know what does.

Best Tailgate- (Wisconsin) Badgerville as it is affectionately known is just the beginning of the party in Wisconsin. The fans drink beer and eat cheese and chow down on BratBurgers. They get so riled up by the time they get to the actual game they are throwing batteries, rocks, grenades, puppies, babies, or whatever else they can find to hurl at the opposing teams players and fans.

Best Coaches- (Michigan State)- MSU has 2 of the best coaches in the nation in Mark Dantonio and Def Coor. Pat Narducci. These guys have got the Spartans on a roll with their ability to make low ranked recruits high ranked players. They however are not known for their bubbly personalities.

Best Special Teams- (Minnesota) I will let Tom Dienhart of BTN.com describe why they won this award.

Peter Mortell is back after steadying an inconsistent punting situation. He’s one of the Big Ten’s best. Kicker Ryan Santoso can boom it and arrives with a fat scrapbook. Marcus Jones has proven capable as a kickoff and punt return man. Other return game options include Berkley Edwards, Antonio Johnson and KJ Maye.

Best Uniforms- (Maryland) Most people hate the uniforms that Under Armor has created for the Terrapins. For me though they are truly trying to do something different and that should be celebrated. The uniforms are gaudy for sure. They remind me of Medieval Times or Scottish coat of arms. They have unique patterns and colors and for sure stand out and there are probably 50 different looks.

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Best Atmosphere- (Penn State) From Paternoville (Franklinville?) to the team bus ride to the 110k fans to the ice cream to the sticky buns to Thon to Mt Nittany in the background. State College is a college town in its purest form. It is a town built around the school. The pride is everywhere and when there is a football game the population triples. The PSU fans sure do know how to put on a good atmosphere. Just dont wear opposing team gear if they are losing.

Best City- (Northwestern) Sure technically Northwestern is in Evanston but for purposes of this exercise we can pretend like it is basically Chicago because it is. The metropolis is known for its windy weather and midwestern feel for a large city. The food is tremendous and the sites are tourism worthy.

Best Nothing worthy of receiving a best award- (Tie Illinois and Indiana) I tried hard to find something for every team that is worth celebrating. The best I came up for Illinois was worst weather and Indiana most nothingness.

Which Teams Shockingly Missed My Pre-Season Top 10?

So we here at MotSaG have traditionally done our usual Top 25 poll every week and while those are fun to discuss and do, we have come to the conclusion that really no one cares about teams 11-25. If they are good enough they will move in the Top 10 eventually and if they aren’t they didn’t deserve the time we put into them anyhow.

How did I come up with my Top 10 you might be asking? Well I based it on how teams finished last year first and foremost. I then considered returning players and ease of schedule. I tried to not just blindly put in the usual teams unless they truly deserved it. Name alone wont get you on my list. I did not consider hypothetical situations of who could beat who and all that. Not that those aren’t valid ways of doing this it is just that it makes it way to difficult and these should not be difficult to do. So lets get to it shall we.

Top 10

1.) Florida State- This is a no brainer they won the NC and bring back a ton of talent and have an easy schedule with only 2 ranked teams #16 Clemson and #17 Notre Dame both of which are home games.

2.) Oklahoma- Oklahoma finished the season by absolutely destroying Alabama who was a freak play away from going to the NCG. They return a lot of players and have an easy schedule as well with 2 ranked opponents #10 Baylor and #20 Kansas State both of which are at home.

3.) Michigan State- MSU would have surely been in the playoff last year if their was one. They may have even won the whole thing. They have a tougher schedule having to play #3 Oregon, #5 OSU, and #22 Nebraska with only 2 of the 3 at home. They may have been #2 if not for losing some great players from last years team.

4.) Oregon- Oregon is coming off an 11-2 season with a bowl dominating win over Texas. They return most of that team. They host #8 MSU, #11 Stanford, #25 Washington, and on the road @ #7 UCLA. So their schedule as you can see is brutal. If they win 3 of 4 they are probably in the 4 team playoff.

5.) UCLA- UCLA is coming off a season where they won some great games and lost some bad ones. They have the talent and coaching to prosper. Their schedule is brutal though hosting #3 Oregon, #11 Stanford, #15 USC, and on the road against #19 Arizona St, and #25 Washington. Thats a gauntlet.

6.) South Carolina- They won 11 games last season including a bowl win over Wisconsin. They return a lot of players. They have a brutal schedule as well. Hosting #12 Georgia, #21 Texas A&M, #24 Mizzou, and on the road against #6 Auburn and #16 Clemson.

7.) Baylor- Yes Baylor lost to UCF. But they return a lot of talented players and have an easy schedule. They play @ #4 Oklahoma and host #20 Kansas State. If they can beat OU in Norman they have a great shot to go undefeated.

8.) Stanford- Stanford managed to win the PAC 12 and barely lost to a dominant MSU team in the Rose Bowl. They have a system that works extremely well in the PAC 12 against teams not use to 3 yards and a cloud of dust offense and attacking defense. Stanford’s schedule is INSANE… Hosting #15 USC. Away games @ #3 Oregon, #7 UCLA, #17 Notre Dame, #19 ASU, and #25 Washington. Not much chance for them to go unscathed.

9.) Auburn- Auburn was a couple of plays away from being a 4 or 5 loss team or the National Champs last year. They return nearly everyone and have the talent to win it all. Their schedule is brutal though. Home games against #9 South Carolina, #13 LSU, #21 Texas A&M, and away games at #2 Bama, #12 Georgia, #18 Ole Miss, and #20 Kansas State.

10.) Southern Cal- Coming off a 10 win season and a bowl win. USC has a plethora of 4 and 5 star players and the momentum to sneak up and win the PAC 12. A tough schedule will prepare them or could derail them we shall see. Home games against #17 ND and #19 ASU. Away games at #7 UCLA and #11 Stanford. Not to bad of a schedule considering some of the others in the PAC 12.

Just missed the cut

This was hard to do but I didn’t put Ohio State or Alabama in this weeks polls for the same reasons. They both lost their last 2 games last season. They both lost their starting All-Everything QBs. They both lost a lot of talent to the NFL draft.

They also though have the same positives in easy schedule and lots of talent on the team still. I imagine it won’t take long for both of these teams to move up into the top 10.

Craig Krenzel Accused Of Assault? (Per Report)

This just came in from 10TV news…

Controversy is brewing over a youth football game that left one dad calling police. The man he wants charged: former Ohio State star quarterback Craig Krenzel.

There are two very different stories as to what happened during a recent peewee football game in Dublin. But what one dad believes what he saw from the sidelines left him filling out a police report.

10TV spoke with Bruce Wolfe, the father an 8-year-old boy who was on the field. He says he was watching the Monday night youth football game that Krenzel helped to coach. Wolfe’s son and Krenzel’s son were involved in an aggressive block and at some point during the play, Krenzel’s son’s helmet came off.

Krenzel reportedly rushed onto the field to pull the two boys apart. Wolfe alleges Krenzel grabbed his son by the shoulder pads and yelled at him.

Wolfe then filed a police report over the incident.

However, no charges have been filed against Krenzel.

Sounds like much ado about nothing IMO…

Luke Morgan: Walk-On to Depth Chart QB

The news of Braxton Miller’s injury is everywhere and it is unavoidable but there is a silver lining OSU has some horses in the stable willing and ready to go in and take over where Braxton left off. Enter stage left is Sophomore Walk-On QB Luke Morgan. Who is Luke Morgan you probably are asking? He is a 6’2″ 225 lbs second year player from Lebanon, Ohio. Let’s take a look at what his Ohio State Athletics Profile has to say about him…

Overview: Luke Morgan is in his second season with the football program after initially joining the team in June 2013 as an invited walk-on as a true freshman … he is an OSU Scholar-Athlete who is majoring in finance.

More on Luke: Morgan was a two-sport standout at Lebanon High School (football and basketball and a team captain for both) … he threw for 2,245 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for another 832 yards and 11 scores in 2012 for coach Shawn Lamb’s Warriors … he was named the Greater Western Ohio Conference offensive player of the year in 2012 and was named second-team all-district by the Associated Press … Morgan is the son of Regina and Doug Morgan … he has an older brother, Graham.

Luke has a great arm and is very athletic as a two sport star there are videos of him dunking in High School. He has put on about 40 pounds since arriving at OSU last year. You can see a video of his throwing below.

The odds of Luke playing this year are slim even with the injury to Braxton. If Coach Meyer decides that he would rather redshirt Stephen Collier than Luke could be the 3rd string QB and we are only a bad situation or 2 away from him being the QB of the team. Sure it would take a lot to make that happen but the way things are going who knows. All we can do is hope he is prepared and in shape and ready to step up and play if need be.

Smoke Meets Fire- Denial Meets Inevitability

After Tim May of the Dispatch reported last night that Braxton was injured and might miss the entire season most fans instantly went into panic mode. Then other reports came in it wasn’t that serious. Then reports came in that it was even worse possibly career threatening. Today we have some what of a definitive answer…

Braxton Miller is hurt.

Braxton Miller is not going to play this year.

Braxton Miller may or may not seek a Medical Redshirt to play in 2015.

Ohio State fans are sad, possibly dejected, even devastated.

JT Barrett or Cardale Jones or Stephen Collier will start every game this year. OSU will be fine. They have an extreme amount of talent at every position. Yes they will miss Braxton. He is an amazing player and leader and was set to break nearly every QB record OSU has this year.

They will not go 3-9 or 4-8 or 5-7 or 6-6 or well you get the point. The talent and schedule makes this a 10+ win team even without Braxton. Whoever takes the helm still has 4 and 5 stars surrounding him and coaches who are the best in the business. All of them have been taking first string reps in practice since last season ended. Adversity will define this team and it could go either way but odds are…

OSU will be fine!!!

Top 3 Players To Impact The Defense (Guest Post)

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As the Buckeye season gets closer, anything less then winning the Big Ten Championship and a trip to the College Football Playoff, will be a disappointment. Last season there were plenty of could have, should have moments but one of the biggest in my opinion was the defense, namely the pass defense which Urban Meyer obviously was not happy with either. But with the addition of Chris Ash this season, hopefully it will be new and improved.

Even with two undefeated seasons, Coach Meyer still doesn’t have a conference title or a bowl game win under his belt. I think this is the season for all of that to happen though and helping to get that done this season will be Michael Bennett at defensive tackle. At 6’2”, 288 pounds, Bennett will be the offensive lineman’s worst nightmare. He had 42 tackles last season with 11 of them for a loss and seven sacks. He also is a huge team leader. Bennett up the middle will drive offensive coordinators crazy trying to find a way around him. Ohio State should have one of the best defensive seven in the Big Ten this year.

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Another big contributor this year on defense will be Joey Bosa. Bosa was a freshman phenom last year, stepping up for the graduated John Simon. He stepped in immediately and made an impact with 44 tackles, 13.5 for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He has the strength and that killer instinct the Buckeyes need. Quite simply, he is a freak!

The last of my top three impact players on defense is Noah Spence. Although he will have to sit out the first two games for a failed drug test last year that also included him missing the Orange Bowl game, he will still make a huge impact on defense. Speed is Noah’s threat on opposing quarterbacks. He will play a big role this year and definitely be a playmaker.

I think the defensive line will be the strength of the Buckeyes this season outside of Braxton Miller. The pressure will be on them, the rest of the team and coaching staff to go all the way.

Ohio State Adds Two New Teams To Schedule

With the news yesterday that Ohio State and UNC had cancelled their 2 game series in 2017 and 2018 dues to the B1G going to 9 game conference schedule. Ohio State added Oregon State and UNLV to replace them as first reported by Lantern TV…

also in scheduling news comes this less interesting tidbit…

Top 3 events in Ohio State History (Guest Post)

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There are an infinite amount of moments that come to mind when thinking about the history of Ohio State. Holy Buckeye against Purdue in 2002, Eddie’s 314 against Illinois, and Archie grabbing his 2nd Heisman back in 1975 are just a few that come to mind. But I’ve selected some that really meant more to this university than most people think. Here is my top 3 greatest moments in Ohio State history. 

Chic Harley and the Birth of the Shoe

Charles “Chic” Harley came to Ohio State in 1916, a time where football didn’t engulf all of Ohio. Ohio Field was the home of the Buckeyes (where Arps Hall is today) and sat only around 20,000 which was usually more than enough seating. But Chic changed all that with his inaugural season as a Buckeye. When then national powerhouse Wisconsin came to town, fans flocked to watch Chic and the Buckeyes. The bleachers were overflowing to a point where many fans ended up watching from their cars. The heavily favored Badgers couldn’t stop Harley that day and it brought Ohio State a Big Ten Championship. Popularity of football exploded in Columbus after this and the university never looked back. As his career wore on, more and more fans would show up at games, especially when playing big time opponents like Illinois, Wisconsin and That Team Up North (he brought us our first victory against them in 1919). It was becoming pretty obvious that we needed a much larger facility for football, perhaps even a stadium like Harvard or Yale had. So the idea for Ohio Stadium was born and a massive fundraiser went underway in 1920 which would eventually raise over $1 million. By 1922, the 66,000 seat stadium was complete with thousands passing through her walls for the first time. If you were to conduct a survey with the 105,000+ fans in the Shoe this fall, how many would know this story? I have a bad feeling most would have little to no knowledge of this, or of Harley for that matter. This needs to change. Buckeye parents and grandparents need to tell their little ones about Chic Harley and how influential he is in Ohio State Football history. Without him, who knows where this program would be today.  Maybe this isn’t a specific moment in time; however the play and popularity of Chic influenced the birth of what is today known by some as, “The House That Harley Built.” 

2002 National Championship Game: January 3, 2003

We were in the midst of a 34 year drought. Numerous opportunities to win national titles presented themselves in the mid 1970′s and really any time in the 1990′s, yet we continued to fail to bring home a 7th title. But the Buckeyes were finally getting another chance. Second year head coach Jim Tressel led Ohio State to Tempe, Arizona after running off 13 hold-your-breath wins. Now they would go up against the defending champion and heavily favored Miami Hurricanes who were loaded with NFL talent. Pretty much any sports outlet had us losing by at least a touchdown, giving us no chance to compete with the Canes because we were too slow (sound familiar?). However, the Buckeyes had other plans. Back and forth they went with tons of memorable plays but none more relevant than when Maurice Clarett chased down Sean Taylor after he picked off Craig Krenzel in the endzone. The double overtime thriller ended when Cie Grant came off the edge to disrupt Ken Dorsey and force him to throw a prayer. We were National Champs again! It was arguably the greatest National Championship Game played during the BCS era and it vaulted Ohio State into one of its most successful decades ever. We would reach BCS games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In my opinion, Tressel put us back on the map in 2002 and that title greatly influenced the next eight years for us. It remains one of my favorite Buckeye memories.

October 19, 2013: Ohio State vs. Iowa

This specific game might not be that important or memorable for most of Buckeye Nation however it is a narrative to what I believe thousands of fathers and sons have experienced at the Horseshoe over the years. My dad had been a Buckeye fan all his life with me joining him as a member of Buckeye Faithful the day I was born. We had watched games and discussed the state of the team together for as long as I can remember. I remember going to the spring game with him on many occasions but it was always with the whole family. When I left for college, I realized that I wouldn’t be watching the games with him anymore which was disappointing. But I wondered what it would be like to spend a Saturday in the Shoe together, just the two of us. We would get that chance my senior year as I was able to get him a ticket in the student section with me. My dad and I threw back a few beers at Varsity Club while watching the noon slate of games. When we finally entered Ohio Stadium, I felt like I was in an Ohio State version of Rudy. We got to our seats and were able to take in the ups and downs of every play. We would go nuts every time the Buckeyes scored, almost as if we never left our living room at home. Needless to say, it was a great day to be a Buckeye. It remains one of my favorite Ohio State memories of all time and I hope I get to do it again sometime soon. And I mention it here because I have a feeling this is a memory many Ohioans have with their own fathers and sons. Ohio State Football has that special ability to bring people together. Someday, I will have this moment with my future son

The Injury Bug Takes Out Another Buckeye

The day after learning that Kyle Berger will miss another year after tearing his ACL again comes word that Freshman Dylan Thompson has fractured his Knee Cap. Which I have to believe is awfully painful. Here is the injury report from Dylan himself via Twitter…

Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for the young man.

OSU player leaves the team (Per Report)

Frank Epitropoulos has left the OSU football team to focus on Academics as reported by Eleven Warriors. Here is a release from Frank via OSU…

“I love being an Ohio State Buckeye, but I am also competing to get into medical school, and that is very important to me and to my family. I am already in my third year at Ohio State and the process to begin applying to medical schools is not far off. After consulting with my family, I have therefore decided to end my athletic career so I can focus solely on academics.

“I want to thank my teammates and coaching staff for all of their help and support, and I wish them the best this season and into the future.”

We here at MotSaG wish Frank nothing but the best as he focuses on becoming a doctor.