Midweek Mierda: Flashback Edition

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Midweek Mierda: Flashback Edition
Corrections 9/18/08, 12:45pm-

Last of the Buckeyes:
It has not happened yet, but if (read: once) Terrelle Pryor becomes the starting quarterback for The Ohio State University, it will be the first time since 1978 that a freshman has started at quarterback, when Art Schlister Schlichter assumed the top spot in the opening week versus Penn State.

I am not in the prognostication business, but it is not inconceivable that Pryor first “official” start could come against the Nittany Lions on October 25. It would be one of those weird coincidences that only college sports, with all its glorious redundancy, can provide. Ohio State fans should be hoping that the happenstance ends there as the 1978 version of tOSU lost 19-0. In the name of inclusiveness, that Buckeye team finished 7-4 but went 11-1 the following season.

Stats can prove anything: A lot of sources have trotted out the stat regarding Ohio State’s last touchdownless game (a 13-9 loss versus Michigan in 1997, in case you were wondering). But what about some other stats? You can decide what these mean:

6-29: The Buckeyes have only had 6 turnover-free games in their last 29 games. That goes all the way back to the beginning of the 2006 season.

711: The number of days since the Buckeyes had back-to-back games without a turnover (2006 v. Iowa & Bowling Green).

4: The number of seasons since Ohio State has not ranked 1 or 2 in third down conversion in the Big Ten. Sure, the Buckeyes have not played any conference games yet, but at 41%, they are 25% less successful than league rival Penn State.

-29.80: The difference between Todd Boeckman’s quarterback rating in 2007 and 2008.

Has anyone seen Glen Mason on BTN? Is anything whiter than his teeth? He is the bastard love-child of Lee Corso and Gary Busey.

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