Ohio State-Indiana: Toast, Roast, and Boast
Houston was upset by UTEP, Oklahoma fell to the Miami Hurricanes, and Michigan lost in OT to a subpar Michigan State.
Though week five didn't offer quite as many dramatic upsets as the previous week, Buckeye fans should no less be delighted in the aforementioned matchups this weekend.
While the Cougars, Sooners, and Wolverines suffered unanticipated losses, the Ohio State Buckeyes delivered a much-expected blowout to an improved Indiana team last Saturday, 33-14, moving to 4-1, 2-0 in the Big Ten.
The following is a retrospective list of those I wish to praise and rebuke, followed by any particular infantile bragging rights, hopefully on behalf of the Buckeye nation.
First, the toasts...
Toast: Brandon Saine
Congratulations on your first career start. I can't understand why it took an injury to Daniel "Boom" Herron for it to become a reality since you have clearly been the best tailback this season, becoming the first to eclipse 100 rushing yards.
Last Saturday, you finished with 113 yards on 17 carries and had an impressive catch as you fell backward. Ouch!
If you don't remain the starter even after Herron heals, I'll go crazy.
Toast: Duron Carter and Zach Boren
Congrats to both of you for your first career touchdowns as Buckeyes.
Duron: Dad must be proud.
Zach: Hope you enjoyed it. Who knows the next time it'll happen?
Roast: Aaron Pettry
Man, this hurts.
The downside to being a star at your position is that people expect a lot from you. Last Saturday, we got very little. 1-for-3 is terrible, especially for a player of your caliber.
Maybe we're starting to see why Jim Tressel lacked the confidence in you to kick a 50-plus-yarder in the fourth quarter against USC.
Personally, I think you're way better than what we saw. I'll chalk it up to a really bad night. It happens to even the best.
Just don't let it happen again.
Doug Lesmerises, you have gone too far.
As if voting Houston the third best team in college football wasn't enough, you probably had a hand in voting the Cincinnati Bearcats ahead of the Buckeyes in the AP poll after beating a national powerhouse in the form of Miami of Ohio.
I know Ohio State has deserved its fair share of criticism, but Cincinnati is no better than the best of the worst conference in the BCS. They've talked plenty of smack about how they are now the best team in Ohio, and until Sunday, I had no interest in laying that one to rest.
In the immortal words of Doc Holiday, "I'm your huckleberry."
Boast: Michigan Still Sucks
In week four, the Michigan Wolverines almost lost to underdog Indiana at the Big House, barely beating the Hoosiers 36-33, and needed a bad call from the officials to do so.
Ohio State, on the other hand, mopped the field with them 33-14 in Bloomington and didn't need to have a ref on the payroll to do it. It left the Buckeye faithful asking Michigan fans, "What was so difficult?"
Oh yeah...Michigan lost to a bad Michigan State team. So much for being "back."