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For our demanding Ohio U. fan(s)– “Not concerning enough, apparently. Ohio U. is now the hottest football team in the Buckeye State. Sorry Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland (and Oxford, Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo). The Bobcats had at least as many wins last year (10) as any other Division I team in the state. That hasn’t happened since 1968. And it’s likely to happen again, as Ohio is the only unbeaten MAC team, having already beaten Penn State on the road. The Bobcats are favored to win the rest of their games, and although you shouldn’t expect them to get consideration for a BCS bowl, you should expect them to be a topic in the wearying December debates about who “deserves” what bowl.” [Adelson/Yahoo]
Good discussion about Cavs rookie Dion Waiters and his conditioning– “Now that he’s on the Cavs, he’s Byron Scott’s project. You may remember him as the youth-hating hard-ass who coached the Jason Kidd/Vinsanity Nets. Or the youth-hating hard-ass who coached the CP3/Chandler/David West Hornets. Byron Scott WANTED him on the roster. Byron Scott is so excited about employing two ball-handling guards into his Princeton offense along with an athletic wing and big men who can space and finish. Also, Byron Scott doesn’t have a choice but to play youth on this team. So the combination of wanting him, having to play him, and getting to employ his ideal offensive style, Scott’s mission will be to get Waiters in shape–physically and mentally.” [Vafa/Hardwood Paroxysm]
“The upshot is that while the Buckeye pass rush can certainly improve, it is not as dire as some believe. For starters, the fact that offenses are limiting themselves to dealing with the perceived threat is in itself an accomplishment because the Buckeyes have already taken away some of the opposing team’s options. Personnel-wise, Ohio State is looking for a combination that can get pressure with four, particularly if Simon faces double-teams, as noted above. Hankins elevated his level in the second half—he began popping off the screen as beating his man—and that needs to continue. Miller, Washington, and Spence have all flashed at times but are young and just need to put it together consistently. OSU’s coaching staff does face a balancing act, however, in that their best pass rushers are not their best defenders against the run. So if they go too far in only concerning themselves with a pass rush, it can dissipate the defense’s best attribute, which is shutting down the run game. The return of Nathan Williams and Michael Bennett will help in this regard. Both are more well-rounded at this point then their younger counterparts, particularly Williams.” [Fulton/Eleven Warriors]
5 Keys to the Bengals and Browns game Sunday– “BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. The Browns’ front seven: The Bengals didn’t come away with many highlights or positives from their Week 1 drubbing at Baltimore. Green-Ellis getting rolling, specifically in the second quarter, kept the Bengals in the game. The tape will show he did it despite a Bengals offensive line that’s still very much in the transition stage getting tossed around for much of the night, and it’s up to the Browns to make those struggles continue. Winning the trenches and winning the running game are popular NFL clichés for a reason, and if the Browns want to play a 16-13-type game and fluster Dalton the way the Ravens did last week, it will start with keeping Green-Ellis from getting to the second level of the defense.” [Jackson/FSO]
Finally, the top 10 feuds in NFL history– “Modell purchased the Browns in 1961, setting the stage for one of the most stunning moves in NFL history. In January 1963, he fired Brown, one of the greatest coaches in football history (college and pro) and the man who the team is named after. Brown had won seven titles and essentially operated as if he was the owner of the team because Cleveland had always had a silent owner. Modell was anything but silent and the two clashed immediately. Even after being fired, Brown had enough to pull in the league to eventually get the expansion Cincinnati Bengals, but he never forgave Modell for running him out of Cleveland.” [Cole/Yahoo]