For those fans who are interested in reading more about the Maryland-Rutgers additions to the Big Ten, this column won't touch on that. Neither will it address bowl projections for each eligible team--that will come soon. No, this one is about "The Game." Michigan fans are well aware of what happened last season--snapping the Buckeye's seven game winning streak with a 40-34 victory at home. Denard Robinson threw for 67 yards and three touchdowns and running for 170 yards and two more scores. Obviously, things won't go the same way this season. Urban Meyer is in his first season as head coach, and the Nuts are coming to the game undefeated. Maybe some would say it's contentious--they aren't spectacular on defense, especially with narrow victories over Cal and Indiana. However, they seem to have gotten the job done every week. No matter what the state is of football in the Big Ten, fans of either side can depend on a brutal, hard hitting game. Watch out for these guys:
Ohio State football will be ushering in a new era in 2012. The Urban Meyer era. Gone now is Jim Tressel and his notorious sweater vest. Also gone is Luke Fickell, as the head coach who coached the Buckeyes to a surprisingly disappointing 6-7 record last season, which was their first losing season since 1999 (He is staying on as LB coach and co-defensive coordinator). The free tattoo scandal is trying to be viewed in the rear mirror as they move on, ironically, to a spread offense. I say ironically because they laughed at Michigan when they hired Rich Rodriguez, saying that brand of football is not going to work in the B1G Ten. Along with this, due to NCAA sanctions, they will not be able to participate in a bowl game or even the second B1G Ten Championship game.