Ohio State and Michigan State being given a primetime kickoff in November is a rarity in the Big Ten. This is why you should not expect to see the Buckeyes take on rival Michigan in a primetime time slot anytime soon, at least according to Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith. And while you may not be able to get Ohio State and Michigan to agree on much, keeping the annual rivalry game out of primetime appears to be something the two Big Ten bluebloods see eye-to-eye on.
“[Michigan AD] Dave Brandon, the athletic director at Michigan, and I constantly have conversations that that should not be a night game, and it will not be a night game,” Smith said, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “It won’t be (at night) this year, nor in following years.”
Ohio State is actually playing three home games at night this season. Ohio State opens the season at home against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on September 6. The Buckeyes also host Cincinnati for a 6 p.m. kickoff on September 27 and Big Ten opponent Illinois at 8 p.m. on November 1. The following week the Buckeyes travel to Michigan State for the rematch of the Big Ten championship game in the primetime showdown. Ohio State also plays in primetime on October 25 when with a visit to Penn State.
How many night games are too much for an individual team? Is it smart for Ohio State and Michigan to agree to not play in primetime, or would you like to see that become a possibility in the future? Remember, it gets pretty cold in late November in Big Ten country.
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If this is the last game Randy Edsall coaches at Maryland, at least he is making it count. Maryland may be down at the half, but the overmatched Terrapins are giving No. 1 Ohio State all it can handle it would seem. Ohio State holds a 21-14 lead on Maryland at the half, with big plays being the key.
Maryland struck first when Perry Hills connected to an open D.J. Moore down the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Ohio State would battle back, switching up the quarterbacks between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett along the way. The Buckeyes ripped off three touchdowns, with Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott each running for one and Jones throwing for the third, to Braxton Miller. Up 21-7, all seemed to return to normal for the Buckeyes, but Maryland cut the lead to seven late in the first half.
Hills broke free for a 75-yard run from the Maryland 22-yard line all the way down to the Ohio State three, and he finsihed off the quick touchdown on the next play with a short touchdown run. So Maryland continues to linger, which appears to be a theme with Ohio State’s opponents this season.
Jones has completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 195 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State. Barrett attempted just one pass, which was good for a 20-yard gain. Elliott has just 25 rushing yards on 11 attempts at the half.
Nobody could have seen this coming, even after throwing out the records. A week after being ambushed by TCU, Charlie Strong and his Texas Longhorns looked like a completely different team in the first quarter against No. 10 Oklahoma in the old Cotton Bowl. Texas holds a surprising 14-3 lead at the half.
Jerrod Heard completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson midway through the first quarter. The Longhorns made it 14-0 when a break went their way. Lorenzo Joe recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score to make it 14-0 after Oklahoma had fumbled away the ensuing kickoff after the first score.
Texas outgained Oklahoma in the first quarter, 133 yards to just 15, and at the half (169 yards to just 85). Oklahoma went three-and-out on each of its two drives, and the Sooners had to punt four times before being able to put a dent on the scoreboard with a short 21-yard field goal by Austin Seibert after a 12-play drive stalled at the Texas four-yard line. Meanwhile, Texas was building a double-digit lead.
Without a doubt, the first half of this game was the best half we have seen from Texas in a while. Can they keep it going and score what would be a significant upset to get our day started?