Sugar Bowl Sweetness: Big Ten Redemption, Ohio State Finally Beats SEC

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U2 once told us “nothing changes on a New Year’s Day.” Not so this January one, as the Big Ten was absolutely slaughtered all around in the four college football bowl games they played that day. What hurt the most was the 0-3 “Big Ten/SEC Challenge” component of those four, as the face off between power conferences in one of the most crucial aspects of bowl season.

The Ohio State Buckeyes came in 0-9 all time vs. the SEC in bowl games, and it didn’t seem like they would help the Big Ten’s 2-5 record this bowl season.

But the tenth time was the charm as Ohio State improved 6-4 in BCS bowl games (more appearances than any other school) and 5-3 in BCS bowls under Jim Tressel.

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Limiting Terrelle Pryor’s Media Access: Certainly in Ohio State’s Best Interest

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When you’re named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year not once, but twice and yet still uninvited to Big Ten Media Day on both occasions, it really says something about your University’s interest in having you talk with the press.

Such is the case with Ohio State Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor.

And despite all the substantial efforts by Ohio State marketing and public relations professionals to limit Pryor’s access and/or augment his public persona, he’s still getting as much publicity from his verbal gaffes as he is from his play on the college football field.

By Paul M. Banks

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Terrelle Pryor – Championship Quarterback?

There’s a question that has hung over the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes like a yellow cloud since April. The question is still fraught with significance in late October as the team prepares for another back alley brawl with the Wisconsin Badgers. Reporters spring the question on every member of the Ohio State football program: Jim Tressel, Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Saine, Cameron Heyward, Devin Barclay. After the games or on media day, no one is spared the question, “How do feel about the development of Terrelle Pryor as a quarterback?”

By Hans Hetrick

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Denard Robinson, Terrelle Pryor Looking as Heisman as Anybody

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We knew entering this fall that college football‘s Heisman race would be as wide open as ever. With Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy gone, and no big name senior quarterbacks to replace them, the race for the game’s most prestigious trophy began wide open in the preseason.

Given that there have been so few repeat winners, we knew the odds were stacked against Alabama tailback Mark Ingram. Then he missed the first two games with injury. Still he’s averaging 9.3 yards per carry and has four touchdowns in the two games he has played in. Also injured is Houston QB Case Keenum, who had a solid shot at the award if statistics were the criteria prioritized by voters.

Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett dropped out last week after his two interceptions and narrow loss to #1 Alabama blew his best chance to make a true national name for himself.

Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles, second in the nation in receiving yards, is a viable candidate but we all know that receivers rarely win the award.

Right now you have to consider Boise State QB Kellen Moore (62-95, 873, 8-1, if you’re a football geek you’ll know what knows those numbers mean without the respective letters) as much of a candidate as anyone, along with Michigan QB Denard Robinson and Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor.

By Paul M. Banks

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Terrelle Pryor Reflects on Marshall, Prepares for Miami (Video)

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Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor took another step forward in his career development Thursday night. As bad as he and his Buckeyes made Marshall look a couple days ago, the Thundering Herd were a bowl team last year, and are projected again by many to be in a bowl game this year.

So it wasn’t like they were playing the Greendale Community College Human Beings in their season opener. You fans of the NBC sitcom “Community” will dig that reference, for those who didn’t get the allusion, yes the fictional college actually has a football team with a “Human Beings” mascot.

Anyway, the real test comes this week against Miami (“It’s all about the U!”), and Pryor talked about it.

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Terrelle Pryor playing at a near Heisman Level

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Two of the last three times that Ohio State played for the national title (2002 with Craig Krenzel and 2007 with Todd Boeckman) they had a “game manager” as their quarterback. Game manager is a euphemism for mediocre signal caller; a field general who won’t win games for you, but he also won’t lose any.

In the third instance, 2006, they had a Heisman trophy center under in Troy Smith. In 2010, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN listed Smith as the “Big Ten player of the decade.”

Smith may have been the best of the three OSU QBs, but in that title game loss, a 41-14 destruction at the hands of St. Tebow’s Florida Gators, Smith completed just four of 14 passes for 35 yards, and had an interception, a fumble, and he was sacked 5 times.

The Buckeyes current QB, Terrelle Pryor, has the potential to succeed where Smith failed and become a much more complete quarterback than all the Ohio State QBs in the Jim Tressel era. Yes, Pryor should be better than Smith. But he’s not there yet.

By Paul M. Banks

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All Eyes on Pryor in Spring Game

By Hans Hetrick

Football might be America’s prototypical team sport, one guy misses a block and any play can backfire. But according to the news coming from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this Spring, it seems one manchild alone, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, controls the destiny of a football program. This Saturday during the annual Scarlet and Gray Spring Game, Buckeye fans will get a glimpse of just how much our hyped up savior of Buckeye football has progressed.  [Read more…]

Terrelle Pryor is on the spot now

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By Paul M. Banks

Remember when Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was being recruited? As far as high school players go, his hype was bigger than Jesus, Jimmy Clausen, and Tim Couch combined. (This analogy is contingent on Jesus’ having played college football, and I’m assuming that’s true because he’s a part of Notre Dame’s wall of fame.)

Entering his junior season, Pryor hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.

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