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Go Sooners!
Missouri Head Coach Gary PinkelOklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops
Ohio State's fate with 2 from state
November 30, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ohio native Gary Pinkel will lead his Missouri team against Ohio native Bob Stoops on Saturday in a game that will decide Ohio State's BCS fortunes..."


Big 12 Titel Game Oklahoma vs MissouriFor 1 Saturday, Buckeyes huge fans of Sooners and Panthers
November 27, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "There will be no bigger Oklahoma or Pittsburgh fans anywhere Saturday than the Ohio State Buckeyes. Should the Sooners upend top-ranked Missouri in the Big 12 championship game, or if the Panthers upset No. 2 West Virginia in their regular-season rivalry, the third-ranked Buckeyes would almost certainly find themselves playing in the BCS national championship game for the second year in a row..."

Five things to watch, including an OU win
November 30, 2007 Source: SportingNews.com"...The Sooners' big offensive line, along with tailbacks Allen Patrick and Chris Brown, will gash the Tigers up the middle. That will set up a wildly underrated passing game -- Bradford is No. 1 in the nation in pass efficiency -- to make big plays down the field..."

A Big 12 coach breaks down the league's title game
November 30, 2007 Source: SportingNews.com

Previewing Oklahoma-Missouri
November 29, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "You normally wouldn't see many Buckeye fans care a great deal when Oklahoma and Missouri meet on the gridiron, but when the two clash for the Big XII championship on Saturday night, the eyes of the Buckeye nation will definitely be watching. Here is a preview of the game from Bucknuts contributor Ben Koo..."
National Title Game
Video
Bucknuts TV: OSU's Bowl Scenarios
November 29, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "With this special video presentation, we have a segment from Buckeye Football Fever on WSYX-TV (Ch. 6) earlier this week. Bucknuts.com's Steve Helwagen and former Buckeye Rob Harley debate OSU's various bowl scenarios. Click this free link for more..."




Top 25 Overview
Top 25 Weekend Review
Coaches Poll
 Source: USA Today

BCS Rankings
 Source: ESPN.com

AP Poll
 Source: Associated Press

Top 25 Overview WEEK 13
November 24, 2007 Source: ESPN - Overview of all Top 25 Teams for the thirteenth week of the season, including Recap, Box Score, Play-by-Play, Drive Chart, Photos (links to 'previous weeks' results too)


Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports
The Wetzel plan
November 27, 2007 Source: Yahoo Sports - Yahoo Sport's Dan Wetzel writes: "A playoff is coming to college football, not eventually but probably sooner than the moneyed-establishment wants to admit. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, the Vladimir Putin of college sports and the key figure preventing a playoff, can stem the tide for only so long. Unfortunately, we're stuck with the current Bowl Championship Series for the time being. But that doesn't mean we can't dream about what a real playoff would entail and the magic it would produce each December and January..."


BCS title game no stranger to controversy
November 27, 2007 Source: USA Today - "As one of college football's most unpredictable seasons comes down the homestretch, with more volatility possible, USA TODAY's Jack Carey looks at some of the controversies that have arisen since the Bowl Championship Series system began in 1998..."

Pat White of WV and Vernon Gholston of Ohio State2007 Bowl Projections ... WVU vs. Ohio St
November 23, 2007 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "We told you weeks ago that it was going to be West Virginia vs. Ohio State in the national title game. Fine, so we wussed out on our projection along the way, but with LSU losing to Arkansas, it looks like it'll be Pat White's Mountaineers vs. Vernon Gholston's Buckeyes for the crystal ball. Check out all the predictions and projections, changed as the latest news and rumors come in..."

WVU or OSU? Who deserves it?
November 27, 2007 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "Who deserves a spot in the BCS Championship Game more, Ohio State or West Virginia?..."


Buckeyes are looking for just one more upset
November 26, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "For Ohio State fans who believe good things come to those who wait, what's another six days to find out whether the Buckeyes are going to play in the national championship game? And for those amateur mathematicians who believe this wacky college football season has been one grand experiment of the probability theory, then hang on. The conclusion, including the answer as to which teams will play for the title Jan. 7 in New Orleans, is six days away..."

Three college football myths to stay away from
November 26, 2007 Source: ESPN.com - "The BCS Works: The BCS works as well as Kim Kardashian in the lead role of "The Eleanor Roosevelt Story." It is the Kim Jong Il of college football: dictatorial and isolationist. BCS cheerleaders figure if they ignore the logic of a playoff system long enough, maybe it will all just go away. ...Heisman Trophy voters know what they're doing. ...Nebraska is an elite coaching job..."
Toughest Schedule & Schedule Strength
NCAA.org Toughest Schedule*
Va Tech 12
Georgia 19
Missouri 21
LSU 35
OSU 46
West Virginia 48
Oklahoma 62
USC 79
Kansas 82
*Based on wins and losses of team's opponents.
Jeff Sagarin NCAA Schedule Strength**
Georgia 74.61 (22)
LSU 74.35 (26)
USC 73.28 (33)
Missouri 73.22(34)
West Virginia 73.10 (35)
Virginia Tech 72.26 (45)
Ohio State 70.37 (56)
Oklahoma 69.31 (67)
Kansas 65.24 (90)
**The numbers to the right of a team's schedule strength are its rank of schedule.

Predictions
OSU Odds to BCS Title Game: 60% Source: The Ozone

Schedule and predictions for all 32 postseason games.

ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel and Mark Schlabach's postseason outlooks
(As of November 20)




Mr. BucknutsMr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets
November 25, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Mr. Bucknuts laughs at LSU, laughs at the pollsters, has a long (annual ) laugh at all of Scout and a final laugh (he who laughs last in the football year still laughs best) at our beleaguered brethren from up north; all in one last regular season Bucket of Bullets..."




The Ohio State University

OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith
OSU defends millions spent for its sports
November 22, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Ohio State University's prosperous athletic department has taken a beating in the national press the past month. The department has a large budget, OSU's athletic director acknowledged, but a lot of the money goes back into the community and the rest of the university. An Oct. 19 story in The Wall Street Journal spoke of the university's "gold-plated" athletic program and its $109.9 million budget -- the nation's biggest -- thriving in a state teetering under high foreclosure and poverty rates after losing more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs. Then on Nov. 11, a New York Times columnist wrote about OSU's football wealth: "Were the public to view college football as mainly a business, it might start asking questions. For instance: Why are these enterprises that have nothing to do with education and everything to do with profits exempt from paying taxes? Or why don't they pay their employees (players)?" And last week, Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly wrote "A Day in the Life of Columbus," juxtaposing OSU linebacker Marcus Freeman's life of flying in chartered jets and tooling around in his Ford Expedition with that of a 49-year-old homeless man and former East High linebacker waking up on a cardboard box down by the Scioto River. Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith says he's blessed that so many people passionately support Ohio State athletics, but he is sensitive to the perception of his department as a gargantuan money machine...'We constantly look for ways to give back,' he said. The program donates up to $250,000 a year to support sports camps for poor youths. It gives used Nike athletic warm-up apparel and other equipment to needy people. And, athletics is spending $5 million to help renovate the university's main library. Ohio State says its sports programs bring more than $100 million a year into central Ohio through hotels, restaurants and jobs..."




Breaking down the conferences


National champions by conference
SEC (3)
  Tennessee (1998), LSU (co-2003), Florida (2006)
Pac-10 (2)
  Southern California (co-2003, 2004)
Big 12 (2)
  Oklahoma (2000), Texas (2005)
ACC (1)
  Florida State (1999)
Big Ten (1)
  Ohio State (2002)
Big East (1)
  Miami, Fla. (2001)
Final USA TODAY coaches' polls
Top 10 teams
Top 25 teams
SEC    18
SEC    45
Big Ten    18
Big Ten    36
Big 12    17
Big 12    33
Pac-10    14
Pac-10    25
Big East    10
ACC    25
ACC    7
Big East    23


Bowl records since '98
Big East    25-17 (.595)
SEC    37-31 (.544)
ACC    30-26 (.536)
Big Ten    30-29 (.508)
Big 12    32-35 (.478)
Pac-10    22-27 (.449)
 
1st round NFL draft picks
SEC    60
Big Ten    53
ACC    48
Pac-10    35
Big 12    31
Big East    29
Consensus All-Americans
Big Ten    50
Big 12    43
SEC    40
Pac-10    39
ACC    29
Big East    21


SEC football is the best college gridiron has to offer
November 21, 2007 Source: USA Today - "The debate is as old as college football itself: Where are the best teams? With the increased importance of conferences in the latter part of the 20th century, the focus could be narrowed. Over the years, some leagues have grown, some have disappeared, but the argument remains. Deciding which league has been tops might be only a matter of opinion. But USA TODAY has attempted to take a quantitative look at some comparative factors for the six leagues that have automatic berths in the Bowl Championship Series, starting in 1998..."

CAST YOUR VOTE: Which college football conference do you think is the best in the country? (Vote in the online poll.)



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OSU vs UofM  Postgame

OHIO STATE vs. MICHIGAN

Chris Wells (28) and Dionte Johnson (49) celebrate the Buckeyes win over TSUN and look forward to the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes first since 1997.
Chris Wells (28) and Dionte Johnson (49) celebrate the Buckeyes win over TSUN and look forward to the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes first since 1997.
 
Ohio State tailback Chris Wells (28) runs for 62-yard touchdown as tackle Kirk Barton (74) begins to celebrate in the third quarter of a college football game against Michigan Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Wells, who rushed for 222 yards, runs for 62-yard touchdown, as tackle Kirk Barton begins to celebrate.


Buckeyes Win Outright Big Ten Title, Defeat Michigan 14-3
November 17, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jim Tressel got the best of Lloyd Carr again, maybe for the last time...Tressel became the first Ohio State coach to beat Michigan six times in seven years, and the seventh-ranked Buckeyes' 14-3 victory Saturday over their archrival gave them consecutive outright Big Ten titles for the first time in a half-century..."
Scoring Summary, Team Statistics, Individual Statistics, Drive Chart, Defensive Statistics, Play-by-Play

Photo Slideshow and Audio
The Ozone
Post-Game Celebration & Carmen Ohio - Slideshow
November 18, 2007 Source: The Ozone - "It was a great win in Ann Arbor...the Buckeyes celebrated on the field with a rendition of Carmen Ohio. Check out a slideshow of the post-game celebation and Carmen Ohio, with audio of the event..."


Video2007 Michigan Post Game Celebration
November 18, 2007 Source: ScoutingOhio.com - Postgame highlight video of the players and fans celebrating in the Big House after OSU defeated Michigan 14-3.


VideoOhio State at Michigan Highlights
November 18, 2007 Source: Big Ten Network - "Ohio State beat Michigan, 14-3, to win the Big Ten title and qualify for the Rose Bowl."

ESPN College Football Ohio State vs. Michigan
November 17, 2007 Source: ESPN - Extended highlights, sixteen minutes, of The Game, with the ABC intro.


Ohio State beats Michigan again, wins Big Ten title
November 17, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "...'Our defense was not going to let Michigan control the game on the ground,' Tressel said. 'I wish our offense could have scored more, and that we could have been a little more consistent, but today, 14 points was enough to win the Big Ten.'...'I might have come from here, but now I bleed scarlet and gray,' said Gholston, who had three of Ohio State's four sacks. 'Coming from Detroit didn't make this any bigger. When you go to Ohio State, you don't need anything to make the Michigan game big.'..."

 Team Totals  OSU  MICH 
FIRST DOWNS  16 
   Rushing  12 
   Passing 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  229  15 
   Rushing Attempts  59  24 
   Average Per Rush  3.9  0.6 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  269  52 
   Yards Lost Rushing  40  37 
NET YARDS PASSING  50  76 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  7-13-1  12-37-0 
   Average Per Attempt  3.8  2.1 
   Average Per Completion  7.1  6.3 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  279  91 
   Total offense plays  72  61 
   Average Gain Per Play  3.9  1.5 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  3-0  2-0 
Penalties: Number-Yards  3-40  4-45 
PUNTS-YARDS  11-411  12-551 
   Average Yards Per Punt  37.4  45.9 
   Net Yards Per Punt  30.8  40.1 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  3-203  2-135 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  67.7  67.5 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  49.0  39.5 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  7-50-0  6-32-0 
   Average Per Return  7.1  5.3 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  2-56-0  2-36-0 
   Average Per Return  28.0  18.0 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  1-33-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  37:50  22:10 
   1st Quarter  10:04  4:56 
   2nd Quarter  8:10  6:50 
   3rd Quarter  7:48  7:12 
   4th Quarter  11:48  3:12 
Third-Down Conversions  7 of 18  3 of 18 
Fourth-Down Conversions  0 of 0  0 of 1 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  1-2  1-1 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  4-26  0-0 
PAT Kicks  2-2  0-0 
Field Goals  0-0  1-2 


Tressel TSUN postgame
Listen to the audio
Postgame Audio - Jim Tressel
November 17, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Postgame audio from head coach Jim Tressel following Ohio State's 14-3 victory over Michigan."


Listen to the audioPostgame Audio - Vernon Gholston and James Laurinaitis
November 17, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Postgame audio from Vernon Gholston and James Laurinaitis following Ohio State's 14-3 victory over Michigan."


OL Kirk Barton is the rarest of Ohio State players: Four Michigan starts, four Michigan winsO-H-I-O chants rang through Michigan Stadium. "Itís great when the Big House sounds like the little house," said Ohio Stateís Kirk Barton.

Quotes from Ohio State-Michigan game
November 18, 2007 Source: Dayton Daily News - "'We'll play them anywhere in anything. We'll play them in the middle of (Ohio route) 315 if we have to. On the median.' Kirk Barton...(more)..."

Barton savors perfect record vs. Michigan
November 18, 2007 Source: Canton Repository - "Right tackles who weigh 300-plus pounds arenít supposed to scale a brick wall. Who cares? Kirk Barton felt like he was floating after the fifth-year Ohio State senior, with 14-3 win over Michigan in hand Saturday, climbed a wall to hug his mom, Brigette, and hand her one of the roses the Rose Bowl folks gave the Buckeyes. Barton is the rarest of Ohio State players: Four Michigan starts, four Michigan wins..."


4 in a row for the Buckeyes over TSUN! Hart O for 4 against Buckeyes!
Four in a row!
Coach Tressel became the first OSU coach to beat TSUN in six of first seven games. Congratulations Buckeyes and Coach Tressel.
 
I came back for this? Mike Hart was held to his lowest single game rushing yards with at least 17 carries!
Hart came back for this? He was held to 44 yards on 18 carries, the lowest output of his career with at least 17 carries.


Beanie, defense dominate Wolverines
November 17, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "This was the moment Chris "Beanie" Wells had waited a year for. A quiet man by nature, the Ohio State running back had kept his emotions to himself before the 2006 Michigan game, even though tears were welling up in his eyes. This year, though, he let it all out. In the locker room before the game, he told his teammates that this was it, that nothing they did in their lives would compare with this moment..."

Chris Wells was quick to credit linemenWells quick to credit linemen
November 17, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Chris "Beanie" Wells had the ball in his hand and open spaces in his eyes. The day was gray and mist filled the air, but on what turned out to be the most important play yesterday against Michigan, the Ohio State running back said he saw nothing but daylight as he hit the left side of the line. 'The offensive line did a great job blocking; it was wide open," Wells said. "I just ran through the hole.'..."

OFFENSIVE NOTES
  • Sophomore Chris "Beanie" Wells rushed for a career-high 222 yards on a career-high 39 carries Saturday. His rushing attempts and yards the most by a Buckeye against Michigan in the 104-game series.
  • With 222 yards Saturday, Wells moved into second place all-time among Ohio State sophomore rushers.


  • Runs N Roses: Wells leads Buckeyes past Michigan
    November 17, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - " Beanie Wells doesn't fully understand it, and he can't explain what comes over him on Michigan game days. As a freshman last year, the Ohio State running back found tears streaming down his face. Saturday, as a sophomore, it was an out-of-character pregame pep talk, and again he cried. 'It's something about the maize and blue,' Wells said. 'It's like a good vs. evil game. It always makes me tear up.'..."

    Going on the offensive works for OSU defense
    November 17, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Michigan running back Mike Hart wore his No.20 in Michigan Stadium for the final time yesterday. He might as well have been wearing a bull's-eye, too. Hart had returned for his senior season largely for another shot at the Buckeyes after he called their defense overrated last season. But the Ohio State defenders owned the day against Michigan, limited the Wolverines to 91 total yards and Hart to 44 on 18 carries in a 14-3 victory in Michigan Stadium. Hart finished 0-4 against Ohio State. 'When you stop Mike Hart, you are able to put them in one dimension, and that's what we were able to do," said linebacker Marcus Freeman, OSU's leading tackler with nine.'..."

    DEFENSIVE NOTES
  • The Buckeyes held Michigan to three points Saturday, marking the lowest point total allowed against Michigan since Ohio State shut out the Wolverines, 28-0, in 1962.
  • Junior defensive end Vernon Gholston notched his 11th, 12th and 13th quarterback sack of the season Saturday to tie the Ohio State single-season sacks record held by Mike Vrabel in 1995.
  • Those 13 sacks by Gholston have totaled 96 yards in losses for opposing teams. That ranks second all-time in a season at Ohio State, tailing only the 101 yards in losses Vrabel had on his school-record 13 sacks in 1995.
  • The Buckeyes held Michigan to 91 yards in total offense Saturday, marking the first time the Wolverines did not reach 100 yards in total offense since they gained just 97 yards against Purdue Oct. 20, 1962.


  • One year later, Hart can't keep his word
    November 18, 2007 Source: The Morning Journal - "Mike Hart was so irritated following the loss to Ohio State last year, he guaranteed Michigan would win if it got another crack at the Buckeyes. That chance came (Saturday), but Hart couldn't deliver. Ohio State's 14-3 victory was even more satisfying for the players, since they silenced Michigan's biggest mouth. 'If you guarantee something, you better make it happen,' Ohio State defensive back Jamario O'Neal said. 'Otherwise keep your mouth shut. I think we shut him up.'..."

    Rapp Up: The Mouth That Whimpered
    November 19, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "In the last year, UM tailback Mike Hart has flapped his gums almost as fast as he churns his legs when trying to elude would-be tacklers, but he couldn't get away from an Ohio State defense he once deemed as "not so special" on Saturday and, for once, he seemed to run out of postgame comments..."

    Junior defensive end Vernon Gholston notched his 11th, 12th and 13th quarterback sack of the season Saturday to tie the Ohio State single-season sacks record held by Mike Vrabel in 1995.Wolverines meet nasty end in Vernon Gholston
    November 17, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - " His biceps make "bulging" sound like a wimpy term. Thick ropes of veins thread his forearms. Vernon Gholston, the Ohio State junior defensive end, is 6-4, 264. He has the body fat of a bee, stings considerably harder, and doesn't float anywhere except in the heads of the Michigan Wolverines as their worst nightmare. 'He's a special guy,' OSU coach Jim Tressel said of the native of Detroit. 'This is an important game for him, coming back here to play. I'm sure [Michigan quarterback] Chad Henne will see him in his sleep.'..."

    Gholston is gold vs. Michigan
    November 18, 2007 Source: Canton Repository - "Gholston gives plenty of quarterbacks nightmares. Henne is just the latest. The Detroit native had a homecoming to remember Saturday afternoon..."


    Junior defensive end Vernon Gholston notched his 11th, 12th and 13th quarterback sack of the season Saturday to tie the Ohio State single-season sacks record held by Mike Vrabel in 1995.Buckeyes rule Big House
    November 17, 2007 Source: Akron Beacon Journal - "Tressel's call of review stands up for OSU...for me, the key play was executed by Jim Tressel, the OSU coach, who restlessly and relentlessly prowls the sidelines game after game. As it happened, while Tressel was busy wearing a path in front of the Buckeyes' bench, Greg Mathews got loose for a 27-yard punt return to give the Wolverines possession of the ball on the Ohio State 34-yard line early in the fourth quarter..."

    OSU-Michigan: Key plays
    November 17, 2007 Source: Dayton Daily News - "First quarter: Mike Hart gains 12 yards to give Michigan a first down on the OSU 13-yard line....But Hart can't close the deal. ...Second quarter...Third quarter...Fourth quarter..."


    Postgame Notes From No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 23 Michigan
    November 17, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "For the third time in school history, Ohio State has defeated Michigan four-consecutive years. Previously, the Buckeyes notched four-consecutive wins against Michigan from 1934-37 and 1960-63..."

    Ohio State takes down Michigan for sixth time in seven years
    November 17, 2007 Source: ESPN.com - "Jim Tressel got the best of Lloyd Carr again, maybe for the last time. Tressel became the first Ohio State coach to beat Michigan six times in seven years, and the seventh-ranked Buckeyes' 14-3 victory Saturday over their archrival gave them consecutive outright Big Ten titles for the first time in a half-century. Chris Wells ran for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns and Vernon Gholston and the Buckeyes' defense dominated a banged up Michigan offense. The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) are likely headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1997...( Recap, Box Score, Play-by-Play, Drive Chart, Photos Conversation)..."

    Highlight Video | Game Trax | Box Score | Head To Head
    November 17, 2007 Source: FoxSports.com

    The OzoneThe-Ozone Note and Quotebook
    November 18, 2007 Source: The Ozone - "Classic Elements, New Wolverine Killer, Challenge, Dominant Detroiter, Perfect Record, Starting on Next Season, and Big Shoes to Fill; they're all covered in the-Ozone Note and Quotebook..."


    How did the Buckeyes grade out against IllinoisThe Bottom Line
    November 17, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "The old political arguments about red states and blue states are oh so 2004. Since that year, though, the mud has slung only one way in this classic rivalry, and OSU pretty much looks squeaky clean. Leaves are awarded on a zero-to-five basis..."

    Report Card
    November 18, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "The Buckeyes boss was genuinely excited about his successful replay request on a Michigan punt return...But Tressel isn't being graded on his review. He's being graded for being smart to give the ball to Beanie Wells and throw the ball just twice in the second half. He learned from Todd Boeckman's interception at the end of the first half..."

    Report Card: OSU-Michigan
    November 18, 2007 Source: Mansfield News Journal - "OFFENSIVE LINE - After last week's abysmal performance, there was nowhere to go but up. The front five dominated in the trenches on a cold, rainy, miserable day, giving Chris "Beanie" Wells the seams that he needed -- and he didn't need much. Quarterback Todd Boeckman looked jittery in the pocket, but that was more of an after-effect from Illinois and bad conditions than bad protection GRADE: A..."


    Instant Analysis: Illinois-Ohio State
    November 17, 2007 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "...The difference in this game was as simple as two players: Vernon Gholston and Chris Wells. Gholston's speed-based pass rushing obliterated his counterpart, Michigan offensive lineman Steve Schilling. Routinely able to explode around the edges, Gholston prevented Michigan quarterback Chad Henne from developing any kind of rhythm...it was Gholston who proved to be the one-man wrecking crew who flatly intimidated Michigan's offense....On the other side of the ball, Ohio State's offense began, continued and ended with Wells...The Buckeyes' offense didn't destroy Michigan's defense, but the running of Wells scored enough points while draining clock in the game's later stages to minimize Michigan's chances of mounting a comeback..."

    Eleven WarriorsBeanie, Bullets Dominate Wolverines In Ann Arbor
    November 17, 2007 Source: Eleven Warriors - "Beanie Wells left no doubt as to who is the Big Tenís best back this season with a 39 carry, 222 yard, 2 TD performance leading Ohio State past an outmanned Michigan team in what was most assuredly Lloyd Carrís last beatdown at the hands of Jim Tressel...the loss moved Mike Hart, Chad Henne, Jake Long and Shawn Crable to 0-4 against OSU, capping their careers in grand style while Lloyd dropped to 1-6 against The Vest..."


    Why UM only earned 91 total yards
    November 17, 2007 Source: Men of the Scarlet and Gray - "Some will blame injuries for Michiganís lack of offensive production. Some will blame the weather conditions. Others will blame Carrís playcalling. Still others might blame the Michigan WRs who dropped pass after pass. But here's the real reason why Michigan laid an egg offensively:

    Why UM only earned 91 total yards


    A Sad Day For Ohio State
    November 18, 2007 Source: BitterFans.com - "Despite losing to Illinois one week prior, the Ohio State Buckeyes gave Ohioans another reason to be happy and proud this past weekend as they beat Michigan in Ann Arbor 14-3. The win would mean another Big Ten title and another win over Michigan in their rivalry. It also spelled the end of Lloyd Carr as Michigan coach..."

    Captain's CornerCaptain's Corner: Defense, Wells Dominate
    November 17, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "When the weather is cold and rainy, the burden often falls on the defense and the running game to propel a football team to victory. On this day, both of those units dominated for Ohio State, and they are the reason the Buckeyes are sitting at 11-1 and headed to at least the Rose Bowl. Jerry Rudzinski gives his thoughts on this version of the OSU-Michigan rivalry in the Captain's Corner..."


    OSU Thumps Michigan 14-3, Claims Outright Big Ten Crown
    November 17, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The gang is all here and Ohio State won that old conference now. Sophomore tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells erupted for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 14-3 win over Michigan on Saturday. Junior DE Vernon Gholston added three sacks. Ohio State moves on to a BCS bowl. It will be the Rose Bowl at worst, the national championship game at best. (Note: Story updated with notes and quotes at 6:30 p.m.)..."

    Ohio State beats Michigan, claims Big Ten title
    November 17, 2007 Source: Rivals.com - "When you're shivering in a misty rain and low-40 temperatures, a trip to southern California sounds really good. A sunny sky. A warm beach. Not a bad way to spend a week or two in winter. 'We're excited and we're going to enjoy this win,' linebacker James Laurinaitis said in a jubilant post-game locker room. 'We're going to enjoy the Big Ten championship. Today, that's all we're going to focus on.'..."

    OHIO STATE - Complete Rankings

    TEAM RANKINGS - 119 teams ranked in Division Football Bowl Subdivision
    11 teams ranked in Big Ten Conference
    CategoryNational
    Rank
    ActualNational
    Leader
    Actual Conf
    Rank
    Big Ten Conference
    Leader
    Actual
    Rushing Offense 31 187.42 Navy 357.365 Illinois 266.17
    Passing Offense 68 211.58 Texas Tech 475.587 Northwestern 307.92
    Total Offense 54 399.00 Tulsa 544.647 Northwestern 427.67
    Scoring Offense 41 30.83 Hawaii 48.005 Michigan St. 34.08
    Rushing Defense 8 87.92 Boston College 64.002 Ohio St. 77.08
    Pass Efficiency Defense 42 119.14 LSU 92.676 Ohio St. 93.97
    Total Defense 13 306.58 Ohio St. 225.252 Ohio St. 225.25
    Scoring Defense 12 17.58 Ohio St. 10.672 Ohio St. 10.67
    Net Punting 4 39.16 Auburn 39.701 Penn St. 39.16
    Punt Returns 31 10.80 Kansas St. 22.523 Wisconsin 12.45
    Kickoff Returns 59 21.41 Fresno St. 29.626 Purdue 25.22
    Turnover Margin T-57 .08 Kansas 1.915 Iowa .67
    Pass Defense 52 218.67 Ohio St. 148.175 Ohio St. 148.17
    Passing Efficiency 67 124.92 Florida 174.336 Ohio St. 147.77
    Sacks 2 3.75 Georgia Tech 4.271 Penn St. 3.75
    Tackles For Loss 8 8.00 Georgia Tech 9.362 Ohio St. 8.33
    Sacks Allowed 43 1.67 Tennessee .274 Illinois .92


    Current National Rankings
    National Rankings
     The Ohio State University
    #1: Total Defense
    #3: Rushing Defense
    #2: Pass Efficiency Defense
    #1: Scoring Defense
    #55: Total Offense
    #33: Scoring Offense


    How Ohio State's opponents fared
    DATEOPPONENTSITEW-LTHIS WEEK'S RESULT
    Sept. 1 Youngstown State home 7-4no game
    Sept. 8 Akron home4-7lost to Miami (OH) 7-0
    Sept. 15 Washington away 4-7beat California 37-23
    Sept. 22 Northwestern home 6-5lost to Illinois 41-22
    Sept. 29 Minnesota away 1-11 lost to Wisconsin 41-34
    Oct. 6 Purdue away 7-5lost to Indiana 27-24
    Oct. 13 Kent State home 3-8lost to Temple 27-20
    Oct. 20 Michigan State home 7-5beat Penn State 35-31
    Oct. 27 Penn State away 8-4lost to Michigan St. 35-31
    Nov. 3 Wisconsin home 9-3beat Minnesota 41-34
    Nov. 10 Illinois home 9-3beat Illinois 41-22
    Nov. 17 TSUNaway 8-4 lost to Ohio State 14-3


    Photo GalleryPhoto GalleriesPhoto Gallery From No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 23 Michigan Source: OSU Official Site
    Slide-show gallery of The Game Source: Columbus Dispatch
    Ohio State vs. Michigan - Photo Gallery Source: The Ozone
    OSU-Michigan Photo Gallery Source: Bucknuts.com
    Ohio State vs. Michigan Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
    OSU-Michigan Photo Gallery Source: BuckeyeSports.com
    Ohio State vs. Michigan Source: Toledo Blade
    Ohio State Michigan - Photo Gallery Source: ESPN


    Postgame view from the other side

    Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr will retire tomorrrow morning, he told his players at 4 PM this afternoon.   All Over But The Shouting
    November 18, 2007 Source: GoBlueWolverine.com - "Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr will retire tomorrrow morning, he told his players at 4 PM this afternoon..."

    Michigan players react to Carr's retirement
    November 18, 2007 Source: Associated Press - " Lloyd Carr walked into a team meeting Sunday afternoon, only to be met with silence. He exited the Schembechler Hall meeting room and entered again, this time receiving thunderous applause from his Michigan players, most of whom understood the announcement that was coming..."

    Carr Will Step Down As Michigan Coach
    November 18, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will retire Monday after 13 seasons, ending an era marked by highs of winning a national championship and five Big Ten titles and lows of losing to Ohio State and Appalachian State..."


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    Video & Audio: Carr doesn't talk about his future after another loss to Ohio State
    November 18, 2007 Source: MLive.com - "Coach Lloyd Carr endured his fourth straight loss to Ohio State on Saturday. Will it be his last? Carr, who will hold his regularly scheduled press briefing on Monday, wasn't saying after the game. "There will be a day to discuss that, and this isn't it," Carr said."


    LLLLLLoyd...  LLLLLLoyd

    One last loss to Ohio State for Carr?
    November 17, 2007 Source: Rivals.com - "...Carr stalked the Michigan sideline Saturday in a hoodie as gray as this cold, rainy, November day, one that had the feeling of finality..."

    Carr-Miles rift altering UM search?
    November 18, 2007 Source: fannation.com - "...Miles is everything Michigan wants in a head coach...from all indications, he wants the job and has wanted it for several years. Whatever Carr says Monday, one thing he will not say is this: "I hope Les Miles replaces me." And he won't say it to higher-ups, either. People inside the program say there is a rift between Carr and Miles. Just because Miles played for Bo Schembechler does not mean he would have been Schembechler's choice to run the program..."

    Lloyd Carr through the years
    November 18, 2007 Source: mlive.com - "Lloyd Carr has been a coach with the Michigan football program for more than 20 years. This slide show looks at that history."


    Les than certain
    November 18, 2007 Source: SI.com - "With Carr leaving, is Miles a lock to lead Michigan?...Presumably, that hunger for a return to national prominence has been the driving force behind Michigan fans' ever-growing infatuation with Miles, despite the fact he was never fully embraced at his previous school, Oklahoma State, nor had he yet won over Cajun Nation prior to this season, despite a 22-4 start to his tenure. Truth be told, Miles' popularity in Baton Rouge did not begin to blossom until that noted traitor, Nick Saban, took the Alabama job last January, and seemed to really take off once the preseason No. 2 Tigers flexed their muscle in a Sept. 8 rout of ACC favorite Virginia Tech..."

    The hero, goat of the game, big play, Freep's two cents
    November 18, 2007 Source: Detroit Free Press - "...THE GOAT - Michigan's offense..."

    Buckeyes Beatdown Blue
    November 18, 2007 Source: GoBlueWolverine.com - "Michigan dropped its regular season finale to the Ohio State Buckeyes for the fourth straight season with a 14-3 loss at Michigan Stadium earlier this afternoon. Mike Hart rushed for just 44 yards while Chad Henne threw for just 68..."

    U-M's defense not to blame
    November 18, 2007 Source: Detroit Free Press - "A year ago, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr lamented how three big plays by Ohio State scorched his defense, costing his team a trip to the national title game. But when OSU tailback Chris Wells ripped off a 62-yard touchdown run in Saturday's 14-3 loss to Ohio State, Carr considered that big play a blip..."

    Hart Stopped...  Dominant Buckeyes win for the fourth straight year
    November 18, 2007 Source: MLive.com - "Links: STORIES: Offense falls into dissaray | Bowl officials show tepid interest in Michigan | Gholston wreaks havoc with U-M line | Report Card | Game blog...COLUMNS: Carty: Carr doesn't get the ending he deserves | Mayo: Carr's legend goes beyond football | Beardsley: U-M offense sinks...AUDIO: Jamar Adams, Chris Graham, Adam Kraus | Lloyd Carr..."


    U-M Falls to Ohio State in Big Ten Championship Game
    November 17, 2007 Source: UM Official Site - "The No. 23 University of Michigan football team fell short in its attempt to earn a league-leading 43rd Big Ten championship, falling to No. 7 Ohio State 14-3 on Saturday (Nov. 17) in front of 111,941 fans in Michigan Stadium. Plagued by offensive miscues, the Wolverines converted only three of 18 third-down attempts and tallied just 91 total yards..."

    Postgame Quotes
    November 17, 2007 Source: UM Official Site - "Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr...U-M Senior Running Back Mike Hart...U-M Senior Safety Jamar Adams...U-M Senior Linebacker Chris Graham..."

    Postgame Notes
    November 17, 2007 Source: UM Official Site - "Today's announced crowd of 111,941 fans is the second largest in the history of Michigan Stadium and the 208th consecutive crowd of 100,000-plus fans. Today's attendance trails the school-record mark of 112,118 fans set against Ohio State on Nov. 22, 2003, in the 100th game of the rivalry. ...U-M is now 57-41-6 all-time against the Buckeyes, including a 22-17-3 mark at the Big House..."

    Opposite sideline
    November 17, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...'We hurt ourselves with penalties, dropped passes. We had a hard time protecting the quarterback. We didn't run the football very effectively and with all the sacks and penalties we ended up with too many long yardage situations. But the story of the day was the Ohio State defense. They were outstanding.' - Carr..."



    Top 25 Overview
    Top 25 Weekend Review
    Coaches Poll
     Source: USA Today

    BCS Rankings
     Source: USA Today

    AP Poll
     Source: Associated Press

    Top 25 Overview WEEK 12
    November 10, 2007 Source: ESPN - Overview of all Top 25 Teams for the twelveth week of the season, including Recap, Box Score, Play-by-Play, Drive Chart, Photos (links to 'previous weeks' results too)


    Five Things We Learned This Weekend
    November 18, 2007 Source: SI.com - "...4) That I'd hate having to select the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Let's say, hypothetically speaking, you are the sole voter responsible for deciding who wins this award. Here are your not-hypothetical choices: A) A guy who took over a rock-bottom program and, in his third season, improved it from 2-10 to 9-3 in the span of a year; B) A guy who took over a team just months before the season following their beloved coach's death and led it to its first bowl game in 14 years; or C) A guy whose team won the outright conference title for the second straight season despite losing last year's Heisman Trophy winner and seven other NFL draft choices. Who do you take?

    "My guess is, Coach A -- otherwise known as Illinois' Ron Zook -- will take home the honor when it's announced this week, because coach of the year awards tend to go to those who orchestrate big turnarounds, and you won't hear any argument from me. He deserves it. That said, you also won't hear me complaining if either Coach B (Indiana's Bill Lynch) or Coach C (Ohio State's Jim Tressel) get their names called instead, because they'd be deserving as well. Heck, all three merit serious consideration for national coach of the year as well, though Kansas' Mark Mangino would seem the obvious choice there. It's pretty rare to have three of the best coaching performances in the country in any given season take place in the same conference. (So much so that in any other year, poor Mark Dantonio at Michigan State would merit Big Ten consideration himself, yet in this case comes in fourth.)..."



    Mr. BucknutsMr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets
    November 18, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Mr. Bucknuts counts down the end of the Michigan game, talks bowl games, stupid stats and stupid sportswriters and takes a slap at Charlie Weis, just to stay in shape - in this weekís Bucket of Bullets..."




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