- I'm still vexed by Michigan's inability to develop an offensive line, though.
- I've been understanding of the limitations Jim Harbaugh's early Michigan teams faced, but this is a pretty bad face-plant. The Wolverines seemed to fall prey to the hubris that gets Ohio State at times, staying so committed to doing what they do that they ended up being way more vulnerable than a good coach's team should be. Everyone knows they are a man overage team and that Ohio State would attack that, but Michigan did it anyway. And when they adjusted, well, Ohio State already knew what those adjustments would be.
- Meanwhile, Ohio State played The Game in its regular helmets for only the second time in 10 seasons and put forth the Buckeyes' best performance in 50 years. Coincidence? I think not. There is just something right about seeing those silver lids covered in buckeye leaves matched against the maize and blue winged helmets under a gray sky in November, but the OSU athletics department has let Nike hi-jack the aesthetics of The Game more often than not recently. Hopefully this is the start of a new trend.
- Regarding the Big Ten championship game, there is some good news for Northwestern and some bad news. On the bright side, the Wildcats defense has a bend-but-don't break style that could keep the game close and prevent all those fireworks that burned up Michigan. On the down side, Ohio State is best-suited to attack that kind of defense this season.
- In case you missed it, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports! wrote an insanely good takedown of the conference championship games and explained in great detail how much better CFB would be if they were gone and the first round of an eight-team playoff took their place this weekend. Read it all here. I am proud to be a Power Conference Championship Game Opponent Pioneer, although until this year the Big Ten has against all odds manage to have games that actually pit teams with legitimate claims to the title and hadn't already played in the regular season so the league is better off than most.
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