Dan Patrick: Could Urban Meyer take Jim Harbaugh, if he had to?
Houston coach Tom Herman: Oh man, this quote is gonna be all over the Internet. Yes, absolutely he could. That’s where all my money would be; he would be a Vegas favorite.
– The Dan Patrick show (10/7/2016)
Morning sports talk radio rarely fails to deliver. This morning, veteran sportsman Dan Patrick ended his interview with Houston coach and former Buckeye assistant Tom Herman by asking: could Meyer take on Harbaugh?
It was a fun question to ask the head coach, who has dominated as head man for the Cougars. Unequivocally, Herman said that Meyer would be able to take on (and win) against the milk-drinking, khakis-wearing man in charge of the Team Up North.
While that question ended the interview, the whole interview delved into many topics on Herman. Ranging from his intro into sports broadcasting to his dream job in coaching, to what happens when someone walks in late to a meeting, Patrick does a pretty good job at gaining insight into Herman’s career.
Here is the interview in its entirety.
“Four games into the season, No. 2 Ohio State has pummeled its opponents by a whopping 191 combined points... what makes the Buckeyes’ run of routs so impressive is that their opponents have all come from college football’s top division.”
– Andrew Beaton, The Wall Street Journal
So far this season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have decimated opposing team after opposing team. It didn’t matter if you were a MAC squad (Bowling Green) or a blue-blood college program like Oklahoma; if you stood in the way of Ohio State and their path to a national championship, you felt the wrath of the Urban Meyer coached squad.
And that’s the scary part.
This season, OSU has outscored their opponents 228-37, and haven’t surrendered an offensive rushing touchdown. On top of that, the Buckeyes have housed four interceptions (tying a school record set in 1987 and 1996), hold a +8 margin in turnovers and are averaging a whopping 57.0 points per game – the most among schools in the Big Ten. Meyer is doing all these things with one of the youngest teams in the country. Just imagine if this crop of players were juniors or seniors.
The Wall Street Journal noted the Buckeyes dominance, but also listed teams that had similar stats in their first four games. Since 1980, among the top five teams that had the widest margin of points-scored to points-allowed in their opening quartet of games, none of them went on to have an undefeated season. In fact, three of the five teams incurred at least two losses after steamrolling their way to a 4-0 start.
As the Ohio State machine keeps on churning out wins, we’ll see if the Meyer can break the trend, and lead one of the most prolific scoring teams to that illusive undefeated season.
BTN Tailgate show takes place at Ohio State tomorrow
A few weeks ago, the Big Ten Network unveiled the six locations to where their traveling tailgate show will be at during the course of the season. On Saturday, it will be Ohio State’s turn to host BTN, as the BTN Tailgate Show will take place at the RPAC.
Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Anthony “Spice” Adams will be the experts breaking down this week’s matchups in the Big Ten and beyond. Since the event is taking place at OSU, Heisman winners Archie Griffin and Eddie George are slated to join the BTN cast on campus.
The show kicks off at 10:30 a.m., and will offer free doughnuts, coffee, chips and other swag, according to an Ohio State spokesperson. To get the freebies, you probably want to get their earlier. The spokesperson also noted that students and fans can begin entering the tailgate starting at 9 a.m.
“Kyle Snyder is king. It's possible he's the most over-qualified wrestler to step on an NCAA mat.”
– Christian Pyles, FloWrestling
Another week, and another NCAA wrestling ranking that came out. Unsurprisingly, the recent Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder is on top of the board at the 285 weight class. Snyder is the lone Buckeye in the top 20 poll, but quite a few fellow Big Ten members are on the board.
Nick Nevills (Penn State), Collin Jensen (Nebraska), Brooks Black (Illinois), Sam Stoll (Iowa), Michael Kroells (Minnesota) and Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) are the other wrestlers representing the Big Ten Conference.
While Snyder is top dog, the top five rankings also include Kroells and Medbery.
Ohio State’s wrestling schedule begins on Oct. 20 with ‘wrestle-offs’ at the French Fieldhouse in Columbus.
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