There were not many
surprises at the Big Ten kickoff luncheon on Thursday. The media picked
It's interesting that the league only reveals the top three teams. Maybe the media has been burned too many times when teams like Northwestern are picked to finish 11th and end up taking first or second.
I wonder where
Purdue is my other darkhorse team. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Orton is suited very well for Joe Tiller's pass-happy offense and the Boilers have a league-best 17 returning starters.
My stab at the league standings? Here we go...
Remember, these are media guide listings, so they are always subject to exaggerations, both ways. Olivea is about two inches short of 6-5 and Clarke is about 10 double cheeseburgers over 325.
There's also some good ones on the defensive side of the ball. Coach Jim Heacock told me that tackle Marcus Green is close to 330 pounds, but Green is still listed at his high school weight of 300.
Oh well, any way you want to look at it, the Bucks will field a pretty big offensive line this year. Now let's just hope they stay healthy.
IT ONE STEP FURTHER
Wow! The new prez just
one-upped Jim Tressel. All Tress said during that now infamous OSU/UM hoops
game was, "I promise you will be proud of our young people, in the
classroom, in the community... and most especially... in 310 days... in
Don't forget about running
back Ja Ja Riley. The redshirt frosh from
Also, and I hate to say this, I will be somewhat surprised if Clarett, Ross and Hall are all still on the team next year. I hope I am wrong about this, I want all of these guys to stay in the program. With injuries, all of them will be needed, but I just think egos will get in the way if one of them doesn't get the carries they want this year.
Here's three more samplings of the "Bucknuts 10." This time we quizzed Doss, Clarett and cornerback Harlen Jacobs.
1. Favorite Buckeye tradition?
Doss: Senior Tackle
Clarett: ("I haven't been here long enough to say.")
Jacobs: Skull Session
2. Largest figure in OSU football history?
Doss: Woody Hayes
Clarett: Archie Griffin or Eddie George
Jacobs: Woody Hayes
3. Strangest thing an OSU fan asked you to autograph?
Doss: Popsicle stick
Clarett: Torn napkin at a restaurant
Jacobs: Their stomach (unfortunately, it was a guy)
4. Favorite NFL team?
Clarett: Cleveland Browns
5. Favorite pro sports team not including football?
Jacobs: LA Lakers
6. If you could go on a date with anyone, who would it be?
Doss: Alicia Keys
Jacobs: Alicia Keys
7. If you could go on a free two-week vacation anywhere, where would you go?
Clarett: Back home for some R&R.
8. Favorite type of music? Favorite musician?
Doss: Rap/Nelly, Jay-Z, Eminem
9. Favorite food?
Clarett: Tootsie Rolls
10. Favorite Hobby?
Clarett: Video games
Jacobs: Watching TV
11. Favorite movie/television show
Doss: The Game/Martin
Clarett: Ocean's Eleven/Martin
Stay tuned for more from Dave Biddle next week!