Ohio State Looking like National Title Contender

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When the college football season begins in September, there is (if I may quote the Earth, Wind and Fire tune named after the current month) “never a cloudy day,” at least when it comes to the expectations of players and coaches. The forecast for the upcoming season is always sunny; everyone you interview at every media day will pretty much tell say his team is going 12-0 and finishing the season in Pasadena (or wherever the national title game is being held that January).

It’s kind of like how in prison every inmate tells you he’s innocent. But in Columbus, Ohio, over-the-top optimism of this sort is quite valid. During their opening tune-up versus Marshall, the Ohio State Buckeyes showed the 105,000+ people on hand why they’re ranked #2 in the nation; and why they received three first place votes in the AP preseason poll.

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Ohio St. vs. Marshall: the Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Basically, college football is to me what cocaine is to Paris Hilton- I go through withdrawal without it. Therefore, as the season begins (and that long offseason finally ends) I’m covering not one but two games this week.

Throughout the season, I’ll be bringing you these informative yet blunt game previews of every contest I cover; with a heavy focus on Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, and the Big Ten in general.

Ohio St. versus Marshall should be a very tight and exciting game…for the first quarter and a half. Ohio St QB Terrelle Pryor came into Columbus with sky high expectations. In the state of Ohio, he’s had almost as much hype as ESPN’s airing of Lebron’s The Decision. After two seasons of mixed reviews, Pryor began to live up to that hype in the 2010 Rose Bowl, as he carved up the Oregon defense like a surgeon (“Like a surgeon, HEY! Cutting for the very first time. Like a surrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgeon, here’s a waiver, for you to sign.”)

By Paul M. Banks

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Spielman Enters Hall of Fame, Forecasts 2010 Ohio St. Buckeyes


Each member of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame class had a large contingent of fans present in South Bend, Indiana this weekend to honor him. But of the 24 person class, the partisans present on behalf of Ohio State legend Chris Spielman stood out above the rest. They were the largest group; over a hundred strong showed up sporting Spielman’s scarlet #36 jersey.

And as well they should have- because Spielman truly made a name for himself during his four years in Columbus, leading the Buckeyes to three consecutive bowl games and two Big Ten Championships. Like every player eligible for CFHOF induction, he was also a first team All-American; and first team All-Big Ten three times.

Today, he works as a college football color commentator in Columbus for local sports talk radio as well as ESPN. So when I had an exclusive with him on Saturday, my first question was, of course, what about the 2010 Buckeyes?

By Paul M. Banks

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