on September 1, 2008 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Big Ten gets a black eye

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ What’s brewing today with the 2008 Ohio State Buckeyes …

BUCKEYES BUZZ:@ Well, so much for the Big Ten dispensing with all those critics that it’s a league of weak sisters.

Conference teams were only confronted by three games against worthy opponents of similar size and stature on Saturday.

They lost ‘em all.

This is why the country puts down the Big Ten.

Michigan looked anemic offensively in the first half of what turned out to be 25-23 setback to Utah, at The Big House, in Rich Rodriguez’s coaching debut with the Wolverines. Michigan State’s Brian Hoyer passed for 321 yards, but the Spartans still came out on the wrong side of a 38-31 score at Cal. And No. 20 Illinois amassed 42 points but its sieve-like defense surrendered 52 in a loss to No. 6 Missouri in St. Louis.

Granted, the Buckeyes beat up on an FCS team — I-AA by any other name — but at least it was a win. Sure, there’s a black cloud hovering over the 43-0 win over Youngstown State because of Chris “Beanie” Wells’ condition, but a bad day for the Big Ten could have been an awful one.

Then again, the Big Ten could have been the ACC. Two of that league’s top teams got dumped in their openers by big underdogs. Clemson lost to Alabama, sixth in the SEC last year, and Virginia Tech was beaten by East Carolina, maybe the second-best team in Conference USA.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:@ Ohio State football information director Shelly Poe, besieged by reporters on Sunday morning for updates on Wells, in an e-mail: “Beanie will be extremely pleased that so many of you are praying for him; thanks for thinking of him.”

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT:@ Think the deck is stacked against Ohio University next Saturday? Well, you’re right.

Ohio State is now 175-48-15 against in-state teams, with most of those losses coming in the 1890s. The Buckeyes haven’t lost to an Ohio school since a 7-6 squeaker to Oberlin in 1921.