Not So Fast Jimmy!

Oh how sweet it is to to be a Buckeye fan today! After everything that has happened this year from the QB issues to the offensives struggles, finally accumulating into a loss to Michigan State, the only thing that could make a true Buckeye fan feel even a little bit better is a win over TTUN. Boy did the football Gods shine down on us. Not only did we beat TTUN, but we essentially embarrassed them on their own field.

All we have heard all year was how impressive TTUN had become and how Jim Harbaugh has completely turned this program around. It turned out that even Vegas had become believers due to the fact that this game was essentially a “Pick Um”. Well unfortunately for them the Buckeyes blew that theory out of the water. The TTUN defense literally had no clue what to do with our running game. It seemed like our offense had finally hit its stride and every player knew where they were suppose to be at all times. The read option offense was just too much for the Wolverines to handle as JT had over 100 yards on the ground along with Zeke putting up over 200.

I guess the moral to this story is we all should be ashamed of ourselves to actually think there is a coach anywhere in the country (not named Mark Dantonio) that could actually coach on Urbans level. Old Urb  embarrassed Jim in every phase of the game, and man it was beautiful to watch! Better luck next year Jimmy.

Now let’s talk a little about what it’s going to take for us to have a chance to get into the College Football Playoff. First of all we should have known better than to trust Penn State to do our dirty work for us, but I did at least expect them to be competitive, but they weren’t…. SO due to those unfortunate circumstances we need a little help from some other teams. The best case scenario is that Florida is able to beat Alabama in the SEC championship game. If that were to happen, Alabama would have 2 loss’s giving the Buckeyes an edge on them to get into the top four. Unfortunately the changes of this happening are very slim. Florida is just not on that level yet, although they are on their way.

The next best chance we have is for North Carolina to beat Clemson in the ACC championship game. This, in my opinion, is our best shot. After what turned out to be a very bad loss at the beginning of the season to South Carolina, North Carolina has been on a roll. Playing very well in every game since and riding high coming into the championship game. The nice thing for them is that few believe they can compete with Clemson, so they can come into the game with a chip on their shoulder. The only possible downfall here is that if NC is able to pull off the upset they will have a legitimate argument to be in over us since they only have 1 loss as well, but we will cross that bridge when we get there!

Finally, the biggest thing that we need is for MSU to beat Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game. That makes our loss to them look that much better! At the end of the day it is all in the hands of the football Gods now so all we can do is sit back and watch!

Men of the Scarlet and Gray Podcast The Game Edition

Chip and I recap (autopsied) That Michigan State game along with fan behavior, which seems more and more Buckeye fans are getting out of hand acting like Penn State fans. We also did our weekly #AskMotSag and MotSaG Pick’Em segments.

We went over to the Darkside to talk about TUN and The Game. Anthony Broome from along with David Mormino from got to hang out with the cool kids that enjoy the Scarlet and Gray. We fist pay tribute to Chad Carr, the grandson of former Wolverine head coach who just recently passed away from cancer. This rivalry means so much that this young child became a part of Buckeye Nation and we are right there weeping with the Carr family.

Anthony and David we gracious enough to try and help us understand how to recover from a loss. Been so long for the Buckeye’s you forget how to cope with it, who better to turn to right. We actually did discuss the maize and Blue football team and gave our predictions on who would win. Let’s just say it was unanimous.

You should follow Anthony Broome on twitter @anthonytbroome and David Mormino @davidmomino. Even for being fans/bloggers/writers for TUN they really are great guys and always a blast having them on the show.

A Look Around The Country

Welcome back to my weekly column, A Look Around the Country. I’m highlighting notable games from the previous week, the week ahead and of course, the Heisman and Playoff race. Special features include an in-depth look at the Ohio State and a Michigan update, mainly for folks to bask in their misfortunes. Feel free to comment with your opinions, I hope you enjoy!

Notable Games Last Week

Michigan State 17, Ohio State 14

Welp, the Buckeyes were not able to overcome questionable play calling and terrible weather and dropped their first game since September 2014. The loss all but destroys Ohio State’s playoff hopes unless mayhem ensues the next 2 weeks. Michigan State finds themselves in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East and with a win over Penn State, they will face Iowa in the Big Ten Championship with a trip to the Playoff on the line.

Baylor 45, Oklahoma State 35

Down goes another Big 12 playoff favorite as the Bears knocked off the Cowboys Saturday in Stillwater. Now the only hope for that conference remains with Oklahoma as a win over Oklahoma State would give them a great chance to make the Playoff.

Oklahoma 30, TCU 29

Oklahoma barely escaped TCU and will face the Oklahoma State Cowboys this week for the potential right to go to the Playoff.

Ole Miss 38, LSU 17

After the 3rd straight loss for the Tigers, it appears that the Les Miles era at LSU will be coming to an end at the conclusion of this season. Miles has one National Title in Baton Rouge and his firing will add just another name to the list for head coaching vacancies across the country.

Big Games This Week

Ohio State at Michigan

The greatest rivalry in sports will kick off for the 112th time this Saturday in Ann Arbor with the long awaited match up of Meyer vs Harbaugh, Part I. Ohio State’s playoff hopes are on life support with a New Year’s Six Bowl their likely destination unless they drop this one. Michigan has been playing inspired all season and let’s be honest, this Saturday’s game is all their fans, players, and coaches have been thinking about since Jim Harbaugh was hired. This will be an all out war like it always has been and I cannot wait to watch. There is just nothing like watching Scarlet and Gray clash with Maize and Blue. There is nothing else like it in the world. Woody and Bo will be smiling down onto Michigan Stadium come noon on Saturday.

Saturday, November 28 at Noon on ABC

Florida at Florida State

One of the best in-state rivalries in the country will take place in Tallahassee with Florida’s playoff hopes on the line. If the Gators are able to win this one, then beat Alabama in the SEC Title Game, it will be difficult to keep them out of the playoff. But the Noles have been waiting for this one all year and with it being at Doak, I give them the edge.

Saturday, November 28 at 7:30pm on ESPN

Notre Dame at Stanford

The Irish can likely clinch a playoff berth this Saturday with a win over Stanford, who has been no slouch this season. The only way the Irish are left out of the playoff after a win would be if everyone in front of them were to win, as well as Oklahoma. It would then come down to the playoff committee to decide. I think the Irish win and set up a rematch with Clemson down in the Orange Bowl. We shall see.

Saturday, November 28 at 7:30pm on FOX

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Bedlam! Playoff hopes will be on the line at Boone Pickens Stadium with the Sooners needing a win and some help from other teams across the country to make it into the playoff. The Cowboys controlled their own destiny but could not escape last weekend’s game with Baylor. I think Oklahoma State wins and the Big 12 will yet again be left on the outside looking in.

Saturday, November 28 at 8pm on ABC

That Team Up North Update

If you don’t know what this week is or what it means, get the hell out of here.

Heisman Watch

1. Derrick Henry, Alabama

Unless Henry has the worst game imaginable and Baker Mayfield goes off for 1000 yards, the Heisman Trophy will be headed to Tuscaloosa for the second time.

My Playoff if the Season Ended Today

*Editor’s Note: This will be a volatile poll every week based on performance in the past week and resume to date, very similar to the Playoff Committee.

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Iowa

4. Notre Dame

Just Missed the Cut

5. Michigan State

6. Oklahoma

7. Baylor

8. Ohio State

9. Florida

10. Stanford

B1G Weekly Recap: Iowa Wins the West, Michigan State Takes Control of East

Iowa jumped out to a 20-0 lead just 16 minutes into their matchup with Purdue and never looked back as they clinched their spot in Indianapolis. That Team Up North beat Penn State to keep their hopes of an East Division title alive, but it will take a collapse from Michigan State for that to be a possibility after Sparty took down the Buckeyes on Senior Day.

Iowa 40, Purdue 20

It was one of the coldest games in Kinnick Stadium history, but that couldn’t stop the party as the Hawkeyes moved to 11-0 with their sights set on making the College Football Playoff. C.J. Beathard led the way for Iowa, throwing for 213 yards and three touchdowns. LeShun Daniels found the end zone twice in the 1st quarter to set the tone and the Hawkeyes never looked back.

Austin Appleby came in to backup duty for Purdue after David Blough went down with an injury to his head. Appleby was serviceable, throwing for 259 yards and a touchdown as the Boilermakers fell to 2-9 on the season. Purdue head back home for a date with Indiana while Iowa will take its Playoff hopes on the road to Nebraska.

TTUN 28, Penn State 16

Despite another mediocre game from Christian Hackenberg, the Wolverines got everything they could handle from Penn State before De’Veon Smith sealed things with a 1-yard touchdown run with five minutes to play. That drive succeeded a Penn State drive that made it to the 1-yard line before James Franklin elected to kick a field goal instead of try for a tying touchdown.

It was another solid outing for the Wolverines and QB Jake Rudock. Rudock threw for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns while being intercepted once. The Wolverines look to win The Game for the first time since 2011 while Penn State has a chance to send the winner of the Ohio State-TTUN game to the B1G Championship with an upset of Michigan State.

Rutgers 31, Army 21

Rutgers did its best SEC East impression by scheduling a cupcake for the second-to-last weekend of the season and struggling to win when it took down Army. Paul James was the workhorse for the Scarlet Knights, rushing for 116 yards and three touchdowns as Rutgers snapped a four-game losing streak.

Rutgers will play host to Maryland on Saturday in what might be Kyle Flood’s final game in charge.

Minnesota 32, Illinois 23

Both Minnesota and Illinois will head into the final weekend of the regular season with their bowl hopes still alive after Minnesota held on to take down the Illini. Shannon Brooks was the star of the show for the Gophers, rushing for 174 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-clincher from 75 yards out with 85 seconds to play.

Malik Turner had himself quite a day receiving for the Illini, hauling in 11 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Both teams now sit at 5-6 with Illinois heading up to Chicago to take on Northwestern at Soldier Field while Minnesota will play their final home game against Wisconsin.

Indiana 47, Maryland 28

10 minutes into the game, it looked like Indiana was going to be blown out and their bowl chances out the door. Maryland jumped out to a 21-3 lead thanks mostly to the legs of Brandon Ross before the Hoosiers turned things around and dominated the final 50 minutes. Ross finished with 250 yards on the ground and three touchdowns for the Terrapins.

Nate Sudfeld was the driving force behind the Hoosiers’ comeback victory, tossing four touchdowns to go with 385 yards in the air. Indiana’s bowl hopes rely on Sudfeld leading the Hoosiers to a victory over rival Purdue in West Lafayette while Maryland heads to Rutgers to just get their season over with.

Michigan State 17, Ohio State 14

Ugly weather brought about an ugly game in Columbus on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ play-calling has been brought into question over the past couple days after Ezekiel Elliott ran the ball just two times in the 2nd half. Elliott finished with just 33 yards and a touchdown that gave the Buckeyes the first lead of the game.

Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry split time at quarterback for the injured Connor Cook, but it was the Spartan ground attack that did most of the damage. As a team, Michigan State ran the ball 51 times for 203, hitting the Buckeyes with body blow after body blow on the final drive that ended with a Michael Geiger 41-yard field goal. Sparty will wrap up the B1G East with a win over Penn State on Saturday and you should probably already know who Ohio State has this week.

Northwestern 13, Wisconsin 7

It was not a pretty game for the Wisconsin Badger offense. The Badgers turned the ball over five times in the defeat and managed just 203 yards of offense to go with it. Corey Clement scored Wisconsin’s lone touchdown in the 3rd quarter but the Badgers were never able to officially find the end zone again.

Northwestern’s defense held strong, preventing the Badgers from scoring after obtaining a 1st & Goal at the 1-yard line late in the game. Justin Jackson was the workhorse for the Wildcats, toting the rock 35 times for 139 yards and a touchdown. Northwestern heads to Chicago to take on Illinois while Wisconsin heads to Minnesota for their final regular season game.

Are you impressed by Iowa yet? Will Michigan State take care of business against Penn State or will they leave the door open for the Buckeyes or Wolverines to sneak in?

MotSaG B1G Power Poll Week 13

The Votes are in!!

Teams Points Record Last Week
iowa 11 11-0 (7-0) 2
msu 11 10-1 (6-1) 3
Ohio State 22 10-1 (6-1) 1
michigan 26 9-2 (6-1) 4
northwestern 35 9-2 (5-2) 6
wisconsin 43 8-3 (5-2) 6
penn state 48 7-4 (4-3) 7
nebraska 62 5-6 (3-4) 9
minnesota 62 5-6 (2-5) 8
indiana 2 67 5-6 (1-6) 10
illinois 75 5-6 (2-5) 11
rutgers 86 4-7 (1-6) 12
purdue 93 2-9 (1-6) 14
maryland 94 2-9 (0-7) 13

All Things Buckeyes

Buckeye Blues:

If you are as much of a die-hard Ohio State fan as I am, you are very much displeased with Saturday’s turnout.  With so much anticipation and with so much riding on this game, the Buckeyes just flat out played poorly and sloppily to the point to where minor mistakes derailed their title defense.  Now I am not saying that they are completely out of the Playoff picture, they will just need a lot of help…  A LOT!!!  They need to prepare for a Michigan team hell bent to make a statement in the first installment of Meyer VS Harbaugh.  This will be the most inopportune time to fall asleep or to go through the motions.  Needless to say this is a terrible way to send off their seniors, but it happens in College Football.  This isn’t the last brick in the foundation by any means.  If and I mean IF Penn State can upset Sparty at East Lansing, and IF the Buckeyes show up in Ann Arbor next week, they have a punchers chance.  But with me being the realist that I am, that isn’t the likeliest scenario.  But again, you never know.  Well played Sparty, well played.  Great win and FYI I hate you lol.

Offensive Offense Play Calling:

This is a tricky and touchy subject for me.  What I saw today was atrocious and a complete disaster.  There comes a time and place to call certain plays, but when you run the same QB Draw play expecting a different result?  You sir or ma’am are high.  Whoever is calling the plays on offense needs to be less predictable, less conspicuous.  WHY NOT FEED ZEKE?  But that’s none of my business though.  Something needs to give and Urban Meyer needs to address the lack of creativity when on offense.  Either help out more with the play calling or go out and find a coach who calls less predictable plays.  The QB Draw can only be effective for a short period of time.  Win or lose though, lose in this segment, I am still a proud Buckeye fan.  Hopefully they show some fight and show that they are indeed a great offense.

Recruiting Extravaganza Fail:

Of all the weekends to no-show, it had to be this weekend where all the blue-chip and top choice recruits flooded into the Shoe to watch a battle.  They got a battle on defense from both sides, but the offenses failed to provide a spark.  Especially Ohio State’s.  There is no word yet on what the visiting recruits had said or mentioned about the game, but you never know.  It was a hotly contested game throughout and I think the atmosphere and the fans helped it.  You never know until National Signing Day and we won’t know until an announcement happens, but in this day and age, that means nothing.

Bittersweet Endings:

So there are a ton of media outlets who are reporting that both Ezekiel Elliot and Cardale Jones are headed to the NFL Draft after the season.  That is a huge blow to the Buckeyes when it comes to our current Running Back corps, but with Antonio Williams from this current recruiting class and Mike Weber from last years class, along with Curtis Samuel still in the fold, I see no issues at all with Zeke’s decision.  We are well taken care of in that aspect.  It is also safe to say that the QB position is also covered.  Last year the Buckeyes snagged touted recruits Torrance Gibson and Joe Burrow and they have Tristan Wallace in this current recruiting cycle.  They also still have J.T. Barrett too.  So it is all good for the most part.  I hate to see them go but I think that it’s safe to say that I will trade for all of the former Buckeyes in Madden Next year and I am hoping EA Sports releases another NCAA Football game soon.

Michigan State Spartan Preview

When and Where:

Saturday Novemeber 21,2015 3:30 PM EST
Ohio Stadium Columbus, Ohio msu

ESPN College GameDay
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
and Heather Cox
Sirius/XM Channel 84

Series History
Overall………………………….Ohio State leads, 29-14
In Columbus………………………Ohio State leads, 14-8
In East Lansing…………………..Ohio State leads, 15-5
Neutral …………………………MSU leads, 1-0
Last Ohio State Win……………… 49-37, 2014 in East Lansing
Last MSU Win……………………. 34-24, 2013 in Indianapolis
Biggest Margin of Victory for OSU ….42-0, 1979
Biggest Margin of Victory for MSU ….32-7, 1965
Longest Winning Steak for OSU ……..8, (1975-84)
Longest Winning Steak for MSU ……..3, (1912-53)
Current Win Streak ……………….Ohio State, 1

Urban Meyer 1,000 yard rushers-3
Hyde, Elliott (2)
Ezekiel Elliott 15 straight games with 100+ yards rushing per game
Most consecutive conference victories – Ohio State 30
Most consecutive victories – 23 Ohio State
Consecutive games with a reception – 26 Michael Thomas
24 points a game – 25 Michigan State
Consecutive FBS Bowl appearances – 8

Michigan State Spartans Offense

Sparty is lead by Ohio (Hinkley Township) native Connor Cook. Cook will be coming into Columbus with a possible right shoulder strain, won’t know how or if any effect until Saturday (hopefully he is at full strength). Connor has 2,482 yards with 21 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. He obviously is having a pretty good season averaging 248.2 yards a game passing, 2.1 touchdowns and .4 interceptions. He has a completion rate of 56.3 percent and a passing efficiency of 143.02 percent.

Looking at MSU pass catchers and Aaron Burbridge jumps out at you. Burbridge has 65 receptions for 1021 yards, with 6 touchdowns. His longest reception is 56 yards and averages 15.7 yards a catch for 102.1 yards per game. Following Aaron is RJ Shelton who currently has 34 catches, 376 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. RJ’s longest reception is 29 yards and averages 11.1 yards a reception for 37.6 yards per game. The only other receiver the Spartans have for over 200 yards is Marggarrett Kings with 32 catches, 450 yards and 5 touchdowns. King’s longest reception 42 yards and averages 14.1 yards per catch for 50 yards per game.

The Spartans rushing attack currently has 1524 yards on the ground, 3.9 yards per rush for an average 152.4 yards per game. They have crossed the goal line 19 times with their rushing game. The running back trio of LJ Scott, Madre Landon, and Gerald Holmes have at least 400 yards so far this season, Scott has the most at 531 so far.

Michigan State is averaging 32.9 points a game this season.

Michigan State Spartan Defense

This isn’t the same Sparty defense Buckeye fans have become accustomed to witnessing the past few years. The Spartan defense was probably at their peak in 2013 in my opinion with the best caliber of players. Last year it was a little easier to pass again them than the year before but the rushing defense was still stellar. This season they have some great players, but statically they are surrendering 121 rushing yards per game which is 18th in the nation currently. Their total defense is ranked 46 and to my memory seems a little off from years past. Some of it has to do with injuries and have to admit Pat Narduzzi leaving has hurt some too. The front line of Shilique Calhoun, Malik McDowell, Demetrius Cooper, Lawrence Thomas and Joel Heath will be creating problems for Ohio State’s offensive line. Michigan State has 29 sacks and 12 interceptions. They might not be on paper the scary shutdown defense we might be used to in recent memory but make no mistake about it, they will be creating many issues for the Buckeyes.

NFL Future

There will be quite a few NFL scouts in attendance for the game. There is a good possibility of being 20 draft picks for the 2016 NFL Draft, 8 being First Rounders.

Hard to Say Goodbye

This is going to be a real emotional game for many Buckeyes who are seniors and possible underclassmen declaring early for the draft. Really going to be hard to see Braxton Miller in his final game in Columbus. For everything he has done, been through you just know the fans will be still packed in the Stadium singing Carmen Ohio for the final time in the most majestic place in America.

Ohio State Policy Change

In case you haven’t heard or read yet, Ohio State announced this week after the situation that happened across the pond in Paris they will no longer be allowing you to bring in your backpack or any bag that isn’t see through. Remember the world we live in is forever changing and get to your seats earlier so when you go through and get checked out before entering your not frustrated or being rude to the wonderful folks responsible for helping keep over 100k fans safe.

All Things Buckeyes

They’re Coming:

Well Buckeye faithful, it is now officially Sparty Week.  In a few days, four more days to be exact, Coach Urban Meyer and company will welcome Sparty into our beloved city for a battle.  Sparty does not need the Trojan Horse to penetrate our stadium, but make no jokes about it, this one?  WILL BE A WAR!!!  Former Buckeye Assistant Coach Dantonio with look to secure yet another upset over Urban Meyer and not to mention he looks to return back to his old stomping grounds.  This will be a battle until the end and I am hoping and I am praying that we come out victorious, but there is no such thing in College Football.

The Buckeyes had their tune-up against a flailing Illinois squad who gave them fits.  Although it was another sloppy game, I feel that they needed more of a resounding victory to boost their confidence for the meat of their schedule.  Alas, a win is a win, no matter how ugly it was to watch.  I am confident that even though the offense struggles, the defense will be there to bail them out.

All in all, I am predicting that the Buckeyes will defeat the Spartans in the Shoe.  Another UGLY, TIGHTLY CONTESTED GAME.  The young guns will step up for their Seniors on Senior Day.  Part of me hopes that since it is Senior Day, the Buckeyes will be extra motivated to secure their spot in the College Football Playoffs, but it is just wishful thinking.  Buckeye Seniors and NFL Draft eligible players like King Shrug, Joey Bosa will be zeroing in on their last game in the Shoe.  They will be looking to win one last home game before they depart to the NFL.

The Spartans still have a great defense and it will be interesting to see what they have in store for J.T. Barrett and company on offense.  Vonn Bell and the hounds on defense will be ready for Connor Cook.  I have a sense that although the Buckeyes won at East Lansing last season, there is still a lingering chip on their shoulders after taking that loss in the Big Ten Championship game.  Go Bucks!!!

Primetime Recruiting Extravaganza:

I am not going to even try to list the names of the recruits who are coming to see these two titans clash once again.  It would be ridiculous, but there are a ton of elite talent that are headed to the Shoe to watch.  This will be Urban Meyer’s equivalent to the well known “Friday Night Lights” but without being a night game.  Kickoff will be at 3:30 ET and if you’re like me, overseas, you have to stay up a little later that you wanted to.  WHY NOT?!?  I am hoping that a couple of recruits who weren’t able to make it like, New Jerseys own, Jordan Fuller tune in whenever possible.  Fuller will be unable to attend due to his team being 10-0 and chasing a state title.  I am hoping for some good news, but I don’t expect it.  But anything can happen.

Attack on Paris:

First off, you are all entitled to your own opinion and you are all granted that right, but it looks like ISIS is in it for the long haul.  Attacking America’s longest reigning ally in France.  That is horrible and to have been the victim of such a vicious attack, I can only send prayers out to them.  It will be interesting to see what big brother U.S.A. would say to assist with this matter.  Oh and although I have mentioned this, it doesn’t mean that I only care about this event.  I am in the military and I flat out refuse to pay attention to those talking heads that only care about ratings.  I don’t watch the news because it’s nothing but stupid things.  Blah blah blah.  I only found out after I got to work and it was already on.



Men of the Scarlet and Gray Podcast Who’s disrespecting Sparty on Their Trip to Columbus

The one game everyone has been waiting for is finally here. Michigan State Spartans come to the Horseshoe as the #9 ranked team in the country. Mark Dantonio has his team in the right situation and Hondo Carpenter from tells us all about it. He discusses with us what he sees from the Buckeyes so far this season and gives us some great stories about Dantonio and Jim Tressel. This really is must listen to stuff.

We are very thankful for Hondo taking the time out to talk with Chip and me to inform your our wonderful listeners. Chip and I also recap the Illinois game that everyone in the country thinks Ohio State looks bad. Guess when you’re favored to win by 17 and actually beat the spread it means nothing. We also give our predictions for this weekend’s games and answer the #AsKMotSaG questions.

Since we failed to mention in our show want to remind folks of Ohio State’s new bag policy for the stadium. You are no longer allowed to bring a backpack in. Everything has to be in a clear bag. Hope you all enjoy the show as it seems you really have been enjoying what we are doing for all of you and you will all never understand how great it makes us feel so Thank You to our wonderful listeners.

A Look Around The Country

Welcome back to my weekly column, A Look Around the Country. I’m highlighting notable games from the previous week, the week ahead and of course, the Heisman and Playoff race. Special features include an in-depth look at the Ohio State and a Michigan update, mainly for folks to bask in their misfortunes. Feel free to comment with your opinions, I hope you enjoy!

Notable Games Last Week

Alabama 31, Mississippi State 6

Alabama was able to run by the Bulldogs in their last true test until their game with Florida in the SEC Title Game (that is of course you count Florida as a test). I guess you can never count out Auburn when it comes to the Iron Bowl but it would be a major upset if they were able to pull off the victory. The Tide will be back in the playoff.

Oklahoma 44, Baylor 34

Down goes another Big 12 undefeated as Oklahoma was able to unseat the Bears in Waco. It appears that both TCU and Baylor will be yet again left out of the playoff. The Big 12’s only hope now lies on either an undefeated Oklahoma State (who would be guaranteed to be in with an unbeaten record) or Oklahoma (who would be fighting with the Irish for that last spot if it were to win out). At this point, I will give the Sooners the slight edge.

Big Games This Week

Michigan State at Ohio State

The preseason is finally over for the Buckeyes as Mark Dantonio and the Spartans come into Ohio Stadium for a chance to knock Ohio State out of the playoff and Big Ten picture. Michigan State has had plenty of injuries this season but maybe none could be as costly as the throwing shoulder of Connor Cook. Without much of a running game, Sparty could be in huge trouble fast if Cook is unable to go. The Spartan defensive line is dangerous though and will stack the line to keep Zeke Elliott in check so J.T. Barrett and the Buckeye receiving corps will have to be on their game. It will be late November in the Horseshoe….be excited.

Saturday, November 21 at 3:30pm on ABC

Baylor at Oklahoma State

The Big 12 round robin continues with the Bears headed to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys. A Baylor win would put all hopes for a Big 12 playoff team in the hands of Oklahoma. I do expect Okie State to win, especially because of their great home field advantage and the fact that Baylor is coming off of a devastating loss. A win here for the Cowboys sets up one of the most anticipated versions of Bedlam in years.

Saturday, November 21 at 7:30pm on FOX

TCU at Oklahoma

The other important Big 12 game this week features TCU and Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs are theoretically eliminated from playoff contention but can ruin the Sooners hopes as they travel to Norman. Oklahoma QB, Baker Mayfield has turned himself into a Heisman candidate and that will continue this weekend. Oklahoma will roll into their Bedlam matchup with Oklahoma State.

Saturday, November 21 at 8pm on ABC

Michigan Update

Michigan was able to escape Bloomington with a win over Indiana in double OT and now only have Penn State standing in their way between them and the Buckeyes. We are almost to Beat Michigan Week.

Heisman Watch

1. Derrick Henry, Alabama

2. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

3. Leonard Fournette, LSU

4. Deshaun Watson, Clemson

5. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

My Playoff if the Season Ended Today

*Editor’s Note: This will be a volatile poll every week based on performance in the past week and resume to date, very similar to the Playoff Committee.

1. Ohio State

2. Clemson

3. Alabama

4. Oklahoma State

Just Missed the Cut

5. Notre Dame

6. Iowa

7. Oklahoma

8. Michigan State

9. Florida

10. Baylor