Found September 26, 2013 on Buckeye Empire:
  The long week between games is almost over, but of course there’s more than just the game to talk about.  The biggest news ofthe week comes from the bowels of the NCAA sludge pool offices, which have announced that they will gradually start allowing scholarship reduction to cease in the Penn State case.  This is pretty big news, showing that the NCAA has basically admitted the punishment they handed out was too harsh, and they may in fact have monkeys running that office.  While some people are saying this takes away from Penn State’s punishment for those atrocious acts, I like to think the fallout that has happened since is punishment enough, and that the people that are in those positions now are doing a great job rehabilitating the reputation of that otherwise great university. In case you missed it last weekend, our 4th and 5th string guys are better than Florida A&M’s starters, a lot better.  I don’t really think anyone saw us scoring 76 points, even against an opponent of that level.  But, we did, and a lot of people took issue with it.  For some reason (this ‘Embrace the Hate’ moment is brought to you by Cluck-U), I couldn’t imagine why, many sportscasters and talking heads took issue with Urban “running up the score.”  So much so that it has causes some major debates about whether or not FBS schools should play FCS schools. Well obviously there are some polar opposites between what happened in The Shoe this past weekend and what happened in Ann Arbor a few years ago, but I digress.  People have been taking shots at Urban and Ohio State since he arrived because they know it’s going to get them views, clicks, and publicity.  The more negative the better.  But here’s my argument on why running our 5th string running back for 167 yards, while not throwing a pass in the second half wasn’t a bad thing; it’s happened too many times to count before. Take the current flagship program of ESPN, Alabama for instance.  In 2010 the Tide beat Georgia State 63-7 in the second to last week of the regular season to no cries of atrocity.  The next year fellow SEC member Georgia beat Coastal Carolina 59-0.  Now onto the team making a name for themselves, and a push in the rankings due to their astronomical beat-downs of FCS opponents, Oregon.  Just this season they started off the season with a big 66-3 win over Nichols State.  Was their coach questioned on why they scored so much?  Were they talked about across the media as the “bad guys” beating up on a weakling?  Nope, their punishment was a quick raise in the AP poll, over none other than the highly criticized Ohio State Buckeyes.  The thing is, Oregon’s been doing this for years. In 2012 they beat Tennessee Tech 63-14 to raise in the rankings. In 2011 they beat Missouri State 56-7 to raise in the rankings. In 2010 they beat Portland State 69-0 to stay 5th in the rankings. But let us not forget the victories for the FCS this year.  In week one of 2013 eight FCS schools beat FBS schools, a record.  I’m not sure ending FCS vs. FBS schools is the right thing to do, but I guess we also shouldn’t send Tennessee out to Oregon anymore, as that result is about the same.  But you’d never hear that argument, because it doesn’t involve the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes don’t beat Buffalo by enough, criticism; they beat Florida A&M by too much, criticism. Another story running about the Buckeyes all week was the “quarterback controversy.”  Personally I find this to be one of the best problems we’ve ever had.  If we were wondering who would start while either one was playing at say, Devin Gardner’s level then we’d have some issues.  I’m for Braxton starting, but honestly am not as worried about it as some people some to be.  Urban has won with multiple QBs before, but that’s something we’d all like to forget. Finally comes the Badgers of Wisconsin.  Coming off an easy win against Purdue, the Badgers are looking to make this series into the “rivalry” everyone likes to call it.  Off the field, maybe on the hardwood, but definitely in the realm of trash talk, this is a rivalry.  But on the field, the Badgers have only 1 win since 2007 against the Buckeyes, and are 18-55-5 all time.  Sure once Bert Beliema started coaching the Badgers the series had a little more publicity, but that was mainly because like his wife, Bert can’t keep his mouth (or Twitter feed) shut.  Long gone are the days when we could make fun of the coach who looked most like the team’s mascot, I guess we’ll just have to save most of the trash talk for basketball season.
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