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The time is now for Michigan to beat Ohio State

Urban Meyer and Ohio State are vulnerable. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Now or Never for Harbaugh

If he’s not going to beat Urban Meyer now, then when it is ever going to happen? Ohio State is 10-1 but is as vulnerable as they have ever been in Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan. Meyer can barely stand up straight from play to play and that normally solid Buckeyes defense has appeared to be a sieve in multiple Big Ten games against lesser opponents. That defense is coming off a game where they gave up 44 of the total 51 points scored in an overtime win at Maryland. Michigan on the other hand has had a pretty easy run during Big Ten play. Since coming back from down 17 points at Northwestern the Wolverines have made easy work of their  Big Ten schedule including dominant wins over Big Ten East rivals Wisconsin and Penn State by a combined score of 80-20. Those two games were at the Big House. Saturday’s game is at The Horseshoe where Michigan hasn’t won since 2000. Harbaugh’s hasn’t beaten Ohio State since he was hired at Michigan and the Wolverines overall losing streak is at six. Harbaugh was hired to beat Ohio State. This is his best shot.

Big 12 Pettiness

Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager told the world that Oklahoma still sucks this week because that is what Texas people do. The Big 12 responded with issuing a public reprimand of Hager and added that they expected a public apology from Hager. Hager obliged shortly afterwards. As you might imagine Texas people weren’t thrilled. That will only be footnote in this year’s edition of the rivalry if things go the way I want them to. If things break right in Morgantown on Friday and Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, Hager may get a chance to prove himself right in a rematch against Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. In what would be the biggest game in the rivalry since 2008, Texas would have chance to beat Oklahoma twice in the same year and win their first conference title since 2009. An Oklahoma win would put the Sooners in line for a possible CFP berth if favorable things happen in other games around the country. “OU Sucks,” “Horns Down.” Whatever. Just give me a rematch.

Chad Morris is No Fun

I thought he was fun. Dabo Swinney hired him at Clemson to run the offense and he helped turn that program from an afterthought into a national power. When he was hired at SMU he sanctioned the use of the hashtag #PonyUptempo as part the social media campaign for the Mustangs football program. All that goodwill is now undone. Not really, but I’m less of fan. Morris decided to suspend starting defensive backs Ryan Pulley and Kamren Curl because they “fraternized” with the spirit squad of the Mississippi State Bulldogs before this past Saturday’s game. The fraternization included taking pictures and coming back out of the locker room to exchange information with members of the squad. The Razorbacks aren’t very good and they’re not going to bowl so the two starters are done for the season. I get why Morris did it. He’s in his first year at Arkansas and he’s trying to instill his culture at the program. All that coach stuff and blah, blah, blah. In modern basketball, shooters are taught to shoot their shot no matter the situation. “Shoot your shot” is the way the phrase goes. Pulley and Curl are clearly shooters.

College Football Playoff Game of the Week

#4 Michigan at #10 Ohio State.

It means everything to Michigan and Ohio State is unfamiliar position of spoiler. The time is now for the Wolverines. Go get it done #goblue

 

Are Buzz Williams and the Aggies No. 1?

Fresh off a run to the championship game by Texas Tech and some high profile recent coaching hires in both football and basketball, the state of Texas appears to be in great shape when it comes to Division I college coaching duos. We ranked each sport, then took the total. The lower the score, the better. It's a pretty impressive group. We stayed with the six biggest programs (SMU would be No. 7, but there simply is not enough to go on to rank beyond that). Here is how your duo stacks up:

6) Baylor (10 points)

Baylor v Syracuse

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Scott Drew (fifth in the basketball rankings) has built a perennial tournament team at Baylor, but they have never been able to get past the Elite Eight. Still, he has been very good. Matt Ruhle (fifth among football coaches) took over a mess of a program and after a one-win season got the Bears to a bowl game last year and could take another step this year.

5) TCU (9)

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Gary Patterson (3) has been one of the best coaches in the state for a long time and the Frogs are lucky to have him. Jamie Dixon (6) put up a resume as impressive as anyone's at Pitt but has missed the NCAAs twice in two years at TCU.

4) Texas Tech (7)

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It's hard to argue with Chris Beard (1) as the top coach in the state, considering he was just minutes from a title and there is no reason to think he can't continue to thrive. Matt Wells (6) was an off-season hire who came off a 10-win season at Utah State but also had only three winning seasons in six years there and this is a tough step up.

2t) Texas (6)

University of Texas football coach Tom Herman Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Longhorns might have found the right guy in Tom Herman (2) for football, as Texas already has a New Year's Six win, his second as a head coach in the state. Shaka Smart (4) has been a mixed bag at the school, but is one of only three coaches in the state with a Final Four appearance.

2t) Houston (6)

Kelvin Sampson. Bob Levey/Getty Images

Kelvin Sampson (2) has engineered a remarkable turnaround with the basketball team with two straight appearances and a bright future. He also has a Final Four in his past. He has taken four different schools to the tournament. Dana Holgorsen (4) did well in a tough place at West Virginia and should thrive at Houston. He remains one of the best play callers in college football.

1) Texas A&M (4)

Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies debuted with a win. Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Jimbo Fisher (1) has scoreboard with a football national title at Florida State. He did a nice job in his first year at A&M and the future looks incredibly bright, although there will always be that pesky Alabama, LSU and Auburn to deal with. Buzz Williams (3) was a home run hire who had success in a tough Big East and then the rugged ACC. Aggie basketball should be a factor for years to come.

The basketball rankings

1) Beard

2) Sampson

3) Williams

4) Smart

5) Drew

6) Dixon

I had a tough time ranking 4-6, so I went to college basketball A.J. Hoffman, and this is how he ranked them.

The football rankings

1) Fisher

2) Herman

3) Patterson

4) Holgorsen

5) Ruhle

6) Wells

This one seemed a lot more clear cut, although you could make arguments among the top three. Would you trade your duo for any of these?

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