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Cavalcade - What Did Ohio State Do Wrong?

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Posted Nov 5, 2013

In the latest Cavalcade of Whimsy, looking back, why did Ohio State fall from two?

Cavalcade of Whimsy

Nov. 5, Part 1

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Cavalcade of Whimsy - Nov. 5
- Part 2 - The Unknown Stars. Who Leads The NCAA In ...?  

Sorry if this column sucks, it’s not my fault … in six weeks, Dan Sileo will pay $1,000 bucks to ANY Hurricane PLAYER to TAKES THIS COLUMN OUT. Fortunately for me, he posted a picture of Dennis Dodd.

53 days since … the Yahoo sports allegations against D.J. Fluker, Tyler Bray, Maurice Couch, Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis, along with the Sports Illustrated allegations against Oklahoma State.

”That is my spot, in an ever-changing world, it is a single point of consistency. If my life were expressed as a function on a four dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, that spot, at the moment I first sat on it, would be 0-0-0-0.” ... Virginia didn’t come into the season expecting to win the ACC title, but is was supposed to be a player in the conference race thanks to a decent talent base, a rising coaching staff, and a nice upside overall. At the very least, this was expected to be an almost sure-thing bowl team.

Things haven’t quite worked out as planned for the Cavaliers, starting out 2-1 with a win over BYU before overcoming the 59-10 loss to Oregon with a pasting of VMI. After the victory, Virginia has lost six straight.

Clemson, like Oregon, beat Virginia 59-10. Ball State put 48 up on the board in a blowout victory, and Duke, Georgia Tech and Pitt all won rather easily. At the moment, the 2-7 Cavaliers are 102nd in the nation in scoring, 98th in scoring defense, and they’re in dead last in the Coastal by two games. This is also the only team in the 14-team ACC that’s no longer eligible for a bowl appearance, and it’s the only one with more than five losses.

So why, exactly, in hindsight, was Oregon’s win at Virginia on September 7th so great that it meant moving Ohio State out of the No. 2 spot?

What, exactly, did Ohio State do to not only be out of the top two, but out of the national title picture entirely now without a lot of help?

I’ve been openly anti-2013 Buckeye from the start of this season. I wasn’t sold on the defensive front seven, I think the secondary is overblown, and I think the team is still a year or so away from the talent to really kick in, but that’s an opinion. The fact is that on September 6th, Ohio State was ranked second in the Coaches’ Poll – and the AP poll, but that’s irrelevant – hosted a San Diego State team that, unlike Virginia, will end up in a bowl, and won 42-7. And for that, the Buckeyes dropped to No. 3 on September 8th.

On some level, this should be applauded. If you really believe that Oregon is the second-best team in America, and Florida State is third, or vice versa, then that’s the way you should vote - it would be nice if the polls were able to fluctuate and weren’t so stuck in their preseason beliefs. However, no team has ever started out the season No. 2 and dropped down to four while remaining unbeaten in November.

I want to know exactly what Oregon has shown voters that Ohio State hasn’t.

The Ducks started out the season with dominant victories over Nicholls State, Virginia, Tennessee, California and Colorado. None of those five teams will end up in a bowl game, Virginia is currently the worst team in the ACC, California is the worst team in the Pac-12, and Colorado is second-worst. Tennessee is fine, but as we’ve seen, it’s flaky, and it’s going to end up with a losing record.

If you’re not going to give any credit now to Ohio State for beating Northwestern in Evanston, then you have to stop giving any love to Oregon for beating Washington, who was on a three-game losing streak before beating Cal.

Yes, the Duck win over UCLA was strong, but was it any better than Ohio State beating Wisconsin? Absolutely not.

In all, so far, Oregon has beaten two teams – Washington and UCLA – that will end up in a bowl, while Ohio State has beaten four – San Diego State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa – and possibly five with Buffalo, and six if you want to count Penn State, who’d be bowl eligible if the program didn’t have culture issues. That means, but the end of the season, if both Oregon and Ohio State finish 13-0, the Buckeyes will end up with at least eight wins over teams that will end up with six wins or more. Oregon isn’t going to finish with more than seven.

At the moment - until Oregon plays Stanford Arizona and Oregon State - there’s an argument for Florida State, with a dominant win over a top five-caliber Clemson team at Clemson and a stomping of an unbeaten Miami squad, but again, I ask, Coaches’ Poll voters, what, exactly, has Ohio State done to drop so far to the No. 2 spot after Week 2?

Because the dial isn’t set all the way to hypocrite ... First of all, we never had Ohio State two. The CFN rankings are based on opinions at the moment. The Coaches’ and Harris polls have to be based on facts since they’re the ones involved in the BCS process.

This time, Pelini really does have a beef at those who left early ... If you think Bo Pelini should’ve been fired if Nebraska had lost to Northwestern, then you should still think he should be fired. One dumb-luck Hail Mary shouldn’t change that in any way, shape or form.

And later, Northwestern will honor America by trying not to suck so hard at playing college football ... Why does everything have to be a thing? As I've asked over and over again, why we just watch a football game? Why can’t we just stretch during a seventh-inning stretch?

On November 16th against Michigan, Northwestern is going to ditch its normal color scheme for an abominable red, white and blue uniform to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Absolutely, there’s obviously no question that it's a worthwhile cause, but the exercise goes way over the top by putting the words duty and honor and courage and commitment and integrity and country and service on the uniforms in place the names on the uniforms. Aren’t those things implied? Who really needs to be reminded that all of that is part of being a soldier? Who isn’t honoring troops at every single turn?

At some point, it all seems like it's about who can be more flashy and attention-grabbing – I care more … no, I CARE MORE - than it is to be respectful and dignified.

You don’t have to dress up like Evel Knievel to raise awareness for a great cause. Wounded Warrior Project

But this could be made a lot easier if Denver stinks it up over the next few weeks ... The Ed Orgeron situation could become very, very interesting. With wins in three of the last four games since Lane Kiffin wasn’t given a bus ticket, USC has been, for the most part, terrific. Even if the Trojans lose to Stanford, with the way the defense is playing, it should be able to roll by Cal and Colorado on the road without a problem. Beat UCLA, and Orgeron should and could lead the way to a 9-4 regular season – USC got the extra Hawaii game – and could end up with ten wins with a bowl victory. If Pat Haden has someone else in mind, could he really can Coach O after a double-digit win season? If nothing else, Orgeron has worked himself into a sweet gig somewhere.

”Sir, it is the private's duty to inform the senior drill instructor that Private Pyle has a full magazine that is locked and loaded, Sir!” ... It doesn’t matter what kind of tough guy stance you want to take, the world will be a better place when hazing in sports goes bye-bye as a result of the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin fiasco. Rookies should get donuts, carry pads and do some other menial tasks. That’s about it.

“So please please please let me, let me, let me let me get what I want this time” … Welcome to my shameless and impossible quest to someday be on the committee that helps pick the playoff. Why do I deserve a spot? I was in Las Vegas on a Saturday night. What happened in Vegas that stayed in Vegas? I worked until 5:30 am researching, watching and writing about the college football world – that’s not a positive. I guarantee that most of the committee members would’ve been off seeing some Joan Rivers impersonator, and the other half would’ve been twerking at LAVO.

Cavalcade of Whimsy - Nov. 5
- Part 2 - The Unknown Stars. Who Leads The NCAA In ...?