Archive for November, 2015

The Win Streak Is Over

November 23, 2015

The Ohio State football 23-game win streak ended Saturday as the Michigan State Spartans visited Ohio Stadium and left with a 17-14 victory. One could certainly question the Buckeyes’ play calling. The thing that surprised me the most was that OSU didn’t seem to want to throw the football. Michigan State’s defense is good. But they have given up a lot of points in some games this season. On the other hand, Ohio State has not really looked dominant in what had been a fairly weak schedule up till Saturday.

The Bucks could get back into the playoff picture, but the chances of it seem fairly remote. Coming up Saturday is the annual Big Game with Michigan. The Wolverines are better than they’ve been in years under new coach Jim Harbaugh. UM might have the best defense in the Big Ten.

In another embarrassment, the Ohio State men lost at home to Texas-Arlington Friday night, 73-68. But, the Bucks are not the only team to have been upset in an early-season game.

The Blue Jackets picked up a nice shutout win over Nashville Friday night. This was bracketed by losses to Ottawa and San Jose.

Kentucky won a football game for the first time in weeks, knocking off an over-matched Charlotte team. The Cats play Louisville Saturday. A win evens their record at 6-6, and makes UK bowl-eligible for the first time in the Stoops era.


Basketball Underway

November 18, 2015

Basketball season got underway Friday.

The Kentucky men had a couple fairly easy home wins, then went to Chicago last night and beat Duke 74-63. The Cats looks to have another good year.

The Kentucky women had no trouble with Rice, then went to the desert and pulled out a 68-64 win at Arizona State. The Cats have a respectable team again this year, although probably not Final Four caliber. We’ll see.

The Ohio State men are quite young and have wins over a couple mid-major opponents.

The Ohio State women have easily had the toughest schedule so far, with their first two games against the #2 and #1 teams in the country. After visiting South Carolina and losing 88-80, the Bucks were no match for Connecticut, losing by 44. A softer schedule is coming up which will give OSU a chance to get some wins and confidence.

As was the case last year, Kentucky football has done a mid-season collapse, with losses to Tennessee, Georgia and Vanderbilt since my last post. So the SEC record was 2-6 just like last year. If the Cats can beat Charlotte and Louisville, they will limp into the bowl picture with a 6-6 record. The offense has not looked good lately, and is not showing signs of improvement.

Ohio State is still undefeated and is ranked third in the college football playoff rankings. But the final two regular season games are against Michigan State and Michigan, two teams that can give the Bucks all they can handle.

The Blue Jackets have gone 6-4 since my last post, which includes their first home win of the season just this past Saturday. A lot more work needs to be done to climb out of the hole Columbus dug for itself in October.