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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Final Regular Season Ohio College Football Rankings by Ohio Sports Time

1. Ohio State – 12-0 (8-0 Big Ten) – #1 Ohio State heads into the BCS National Championship game where they will likely face #2 USC, if they can win @ UCLA on Saturday. If not then expect a rematch with Michigan.

2. Cincinnati 7-5 (4-3 Big East) – After their 2nd winning season in 3 years under Mike Dantonio, the Bearcats’ head coach has left to take the head job at Michigan State. UC is likely headed to the International Bowl to face Western Michigan on January 6th.

3. Ohio 9-3 (7-1 MAC) – The Bobcats accepted a bid to play in the GMAC Bowl on Tuesday marking their first bowl appearance since the 1968 Tangerine Bowl. Before the bowl preparations are made for the Bobcats, Ohio faces Central Michigan on Thursday night in the MAC Championship game at 7:30 pm on ESPN.

4. Kent State 6-6 (5-3 MAC)

5. Toledo 5-7 (3-5 MAC)

6. Akron 5-7 (3-5 MAC)

7. Miami 2-10 (2-6)

8. Bowling Green 4-8 (3-5 MAC)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Would Tressel listen if Browns called?

If the Randy Lerner made a call to Jim Tressel about coaching the Cleveland Browns would Tressel listen? Popular Cleveland talk show host Mike Trivisonno thinks that Tressel would be a winner at the pro level...
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Blue Jackets bring on big-name coach

In the past few years I must admit that NHL hockey has almost fallen off my personal radar screen. Thanks to a fan-killing strike and a dispute that led to losing their ESPN contract, the NHL is just another sport that's out there to me just like the Canadian Football League, the X Games and Division III College Basketball. But even I had to be impressed when I heard that the Columbus Blue Jackets have hired Ken Hitchcock as their new head coach. After a 5-13-2 start for the Blue Jackets, a team that had playoff aspirations in 2006-2007, it's easy to see why there was so much disappointment. Despite being the only pro team in the city, the Columbus hockey team could not hold a candle to the #1 Ohio State football team and even to the #3 Ohio State basketball team. With a slow start to the new season it was clear that something had to be done, and the hiring of Hitchcock is what the fans in Columbus are hoping was indeed the correct move.

The hiring of Hitchcock is significant for many reasons. The guy is a proven winner having never completed a full season with a losing record. Not only is he a winner in the regular season with a career mark of 408-227-88-28, but he is also a proven winner in the postseason with a 66-51 playoff record and a Stanley Cup Championship with the Dallas Stars in 1998-1999.

Only time will tell if the hiring of Hitchcock was the right move for the Blue Jackets, but for now it sure seems to be a step in the right direction.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Play to Win

The Browns had the Steelers on the ropes. The Browns physically pounded Pittsburgh for four quarters. There's only one thing the Browns failed to do Sunday in their 24-21 loss to the Black and Canary yellow: play to win. It's hard to figure out the Browns approach at times. Head Coach Romeo Crennel has proven he's not afraid to go for it on 4th and 1. He's also proven his team will play it very close to the vest in the 4th quarter. They escaped with a win over the Jets... they barely hung on to beat Atlanta.. but trying to "hang on" against Pittsburgh just didn't work. If this team is going to take the next step and start winning some of these close games, the Browns need that same aggressive approach that got them the lead in the first half against their hated rivals. Where were the blitzes late in the game? Rookie Kamerion Wimbley battered Ben Roethlisberger play after play in the 4th quarter- but not before he got rid of the ball. Would bringing a DB on a blitz have made a difference? It's hard to tell. The offense didn't score a touchdown against Pittsburgh, but moved the ball very effectively at times. It's not like games we've seen when Dave Zastudil seems to get as many snaps as Frye. Be patient, Browns fans. This team is growing. There are more reasons to be excited about this team than we've seen in the past few years. Some folks in the NFL have said the Browns are the most physical team they've faced this season. The team is on the right path. They just need to remember to play to win. Then we can celebrate instead of saying, What if?

Ohio College Football Rankings after Week #12 by Ohio Sports Time

1. Ohio State – 12-0 (8-0 Big Ten) – The Buckeyes proved that they indeed are the #1 team in the land as they defeated #2 Michigan 42-39. Ohio State earns a spot in BCS National Championship game in Arizona and will await the BCS standings to see who their opponent will be.

2. Cincinnati 6-5 (3-3 Big East) – The surprise of the day Saturday came out of Cincinnati, Ohio where the Bearcats knocked off #7 Rutgers 30-11 and dominated the entire game. As a result UC has moved into the #2 spot in our rankings and more importantly, became bowl-eligible. Cincinnati’s season finale will be @ UCONN next Saturday as UC will look to end the regular season at 7-5.

3. Ohio 8-3 (6-1 MAC) – It’s hard to knock the MAC East Champions down a notch considering they just won their first championship of any kind in 38 years, but UC beat Rutgers this year and Ohio did not. The Bobcats will face Miami on Friday looking for a win over their arch-rival and their 9th win of the season. No matter the result of the Miami game, Ohio will face Central Michigan (7-4, 6-1 MAC) in the MAC Championship game on November 30th.

4. Kent State 6-5 (5-2 MAC) – A 14-6 win over Eastern Michigan snapped a 3-game losing streak for Kent State and keeps the Golden Flashes’ slim bowl hopes alive. They will need a win @ Ball State on Friday coupled with an Akron win over Western Michigan to have any chance to go bowling, but even then it will take a lot of luck. No matter how Kent’s season ends, it has been a great year for Doug Martin and the Golden Flashes and Kent fans and alumni should be pleased with the new direction of this program.

5. Akron 5-6 (3-4 MAC) – The Zips tried to hang on to their slim MAC East Championship hopes last week but Luke Getsy and the Zips’ offense was bottled-up by the fierce Ohio defense. Akron will host Western Michigan (7-4, 6-2 MAC) on Friday in what should be a great MAC match-up.

6. Toledo 4-7 (2-5 MAC) – The disappointing season continued for Tom Amstutz and his crew as they fell at home to Ball State on Tuesday night by a score of 20-17. Despite the rough 2006 season, the Rockets were 3-1 at home this season and the Glass Bowl in known to be one of the toughest places to play in college football. Toledo will complete their season with a rivalry game as they host Bowling Green on Tuesday night.

7. Miami 2-9 (2-5) – While the RedHawks have endured one of the worst seasons in school history, you have to give Shane Montgomery’s squad credit for their late-season fight. Despite a 1-9 record and terrible conditions, Miami picked up a 9-7 win @ Bowling Green last week. The RedHawks final game of the season is Friday vs. rival Ohio. While Ohio will play in the MAC Championship no matter the outcome Friday, both teams know of the importance of this rivalry game and the bragging rights that come with it.

8. Bowling Green 4-7 (3-4 MAC) – Can anyone figure out Bowling Green? How can a team that plays two top 10 teams tough, Wisconsin and Ohio State, and beats the MAC East Champions, Ohio, also lose to two of the worst teams (record-wise) in the nation? In what many are calling the Mud Bowl, BG found a way to lose at home to Miami 9-7 and earlier this season they handed Temple their only win of the season. BG ends the season @ rival Toledo on Tuesday night.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Ohio College Basketball Rankings by Ohio Sports Time - Week #1

Below is the initial 2006-2007 Ohio College Basketball Rankings for Division I-A college basketball programs located in the state of Ohio. We will update this list throughout the season as I will be casting my vote along with Dan Whitmyer, head basketball writer for VanDelay Sports. Each week we will also offer a few notes before the rankings to help you all understand where we came up with these rankings.

The 2006-2007 college basketball season has begun and a couple of interesting all-Ohio match-ups have already taken place. Miami hosted Wright State on Saturday and fell 57-56 and on Sunday Ohio State pulled away from Kent State after just a 3-point lead at the half to win 81-59. In out-of-conference play we will see several other all-Ohio games this season including Miami vs. Dayton, Xavier and UC, Kent vs. Cleveland State & Youngstown State, UC vs. both Ohio and Ohio State and more.

1. Ohio State (26) – 3-0

2. Cincinnati (24) – 3-0

3. Xavier (22) - 1-0

4. Akron (20) - 1-1

5. Dayton (17) - 1-0

6. Toledo (14) – 0-1

7t. Ohio (13) – 1-0

7t. Kent State (13) – 2-1

9. Miami (11) – 0-2

10. Wright State (10) – 1-0

11. Cleveland State (6) – 1-1

12t. Bowling Green (3) – 1-0

12t. Youngstown State (3) – 1-2

Monday, November 13, 2006

Ohio College Football Rankings after Week #11 by Ohio Sports Time

1. Ohio State – 11-0 (7-0 Big Ten) – A 54-10 thumping of Northwestern is just what the Buckeyes needed to get ready for their annual rivalry game with Michigan. Leading up to Saturday’s 3:30 kickoff the nation may well witness the most hype ever leading up to a college sporting event.

2. Ohio 7-3 (5-1 MAC) – Ohio has enjoyed a much-needed week off to get healthy and prepare for Akron. The Bobcats and Zips face off in Athens on Thursday night where a win for Ohio will put them in the MAC Championship game to play Central Michigan on November 30th. An Ohio win over Akron should secure a bowl bid for Ohio in either the GMAC Bowl, International Bowl or Motor City Bowl.

3. Cincinnati 5-5 (2-3 Big East) – No surprises for UC as they allowed Steve Slaton and Pat White of WVU to run all over them en route to a 42-24 WVU win. Two late Nick Davila TD passes made the final score respectable. The Bearcats host #7 Rutgers on Saturday in hopes that the Scarlet Knights will overlook them after the big win over Louisville.

4. Akron 5-5 (3-3 MAC) – The Zips knocked off Buffalo on Thursday night to draw even at .500 on the season both in MAC play and overall. Thursday night Akron faces Ohio in Athens with a chance to play spoiler and keep their slim MAC East hope alive.

5. Kent State 5-5 (4-2 MAC) – While a 23-0 loss @ #20 Virginia Tech is nothing to be embarrassed of, especially after trailing just 6-0 at the half, but Kent and Akron are headed in opposite directions and that is why the Golden Flashes are below the Zips. Kent will look to snap a 3-game losing streak as they face Eastern Michigan at home on Friday night.

6. Toledo 4-6 (2-4 MAC) – The Rockets finally seem to be heading in the right direction with consecutive wins over Akron and Northern Illinois. With two home games remaining against Ball State (Tuesday) and Bowling Green, Toledo looks to end the season 6-6.

7. Bowling Green 4-6 (3-3 MAC) – All right, in fairness to BG fans we moved the Falcons up to #7 again. Their final two games are against #8 Miami and #6 Toledo as BG will look to finish the season at .500.

8. Miami 1-9 (1-5) – The Wednesday night game with Bowling Green could determine who the #8 spot on this list really belongs to. Miami will look to play spoiler against BG and Ohio in their final two games.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Ohio College Football Rankings after Week #10 by Ohio Sports Time

1. Ohio State – 10-0 (6-0 Big Ten) – No blowout this week for the Buckeyes. In fact, had it not been for the crazy clock rules in college football the Fighting Illini may have had time to cause Buckeye fans to worry a bit. #1 OSU is @ Northwestern this weekend and I think we will see them get back to their old ways as they tune up for #2 Michigan.

2. Ohio 7-3 (5-1 MAC) – What a year for the Bobcats. Frank Solich has guided Ohio to 4 straight wins and the MAC East lead. A win vs. Akron on Nov. 16th an Ohio will clinch the MAC East’s spot in the MAC Championship game and possibly end their 38-year bowl drought.

3. Cincinnati 5-4 (2-2 Big East) – A bye on Nov. 4 for the Beatcats gives them time to prepare for #10 West Virginia this Saturday. Expect the Mountaineers to come out firing coming off their loss to #3 Louisville.

4. Akron 4-5 (2-3 MAC) – All season the feeling has been that Akron is better than their record. A win over Bowling Green proves to be big for the Zips and keeps their slim hopes at a share of the MAC East title alive. Akron hosts Buffalo on TH, Nov. 9 as they look to go to .500 in MAC play.

5. Kent State 5-4 (4-2 MAC) – Someone forgot to tell Kent that after their loss to Ohio they were still tied for 1st in the MAC East and in position to make a good case for a bowl bid. After allowing 38 points in the 2nd half @ Buffalo, Kent State looks a lot like the team we all thought they were coming into 2006. Meanwhile, Phil Steele looks less like the brilliant prognosticator that many were making him out to be for picking Kent to win the MAC East before the 2006 season. Kent travels to face #20 Virginia Tech this weekend in a game that I fear will be ugly.

5. Toledo 3-6 (1-4 MAC) – Toledo travels to Dekalb, IL, to face Northern Illinois on Nov. 7 in a game that is key to NIU’s bowl and MAC West title hopes. With the rivalry that has brewed over the past few years in this match-up, anything can happen despite the poor Toledo record.

7. Miami 1-9 (1-5) – Another week for Miami, another loss. While Miami has played a lot of close games on the year, they just do not seem to have that extra something to pull out the W’s. The RedHawks are @ Bowling Green on Nov. 15th as they look to avoid picking up their 10th loss of the year.

8. Bowling Green 4-6 (3-3 MAC) – Last week I said the following: “I do not care what your record is, if you lose to Temple, at home or on the road, you deserve to be dead last on this list.” I am gonna hold onto that one for another week despite BG playing Akron tough last weekend. BG is off until their Nov. 15 home match-up with Miami.