I just want to take a minute to wish my good friend Marvin Lewis a happy birthday. The Bengals head coach celebrated earlier this week by firing long-time assistant, and most recent Bengals’ offensive coordinator, Ken Zampese. He followed it up by letting the team know that Zampese didn’t get himself fired, the team did, and if they don’t turn things around soon then they may be next. While I admire the motivational tactic, I think Marvin may be the next one on the chopping block if the Bengals fortunes don’t change soon. It seems like at least one NFL expert agrees with me. A few more ugly losses and Marvin may not make it past the bye week. So, like I said, Happy Birthday Marvin! And now that we’ve gotten things off to such a positive note, welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty…
Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. Today is National Chicken Wing Day, which is easily one of the top 3 greatest holidays of the year. Please celebrate responsibly. And if you’re eating hot wings, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before you wipe your eyes or use the restroom. That’s just a little pro tip from me. And while you’re getting mentally prepared for the fury you’re about to unleash on some chicken wings, check out today’s Wake Up With Whitty and let me know what you think.
43. Urban Meyer has coached in 43 Big Ten matchups (including two Big Ten Championship games) during his tenure at Ohio State. He is 40-3 against conference opponents, with two losses to Michigan State and one to Penn State, by a combined 16 points. That kind of dominance over a conference can only be rivaled by Nick Saban down in Alabama. There are few guys out there that excel at both coaching and recruiting like Meyer does. It seems like no matter how many top tier players leave for the NFL, another stud is ready to step up and take their place. Even with Harbaugh taking over at Michigan, I have no reason the believe Meyer’s stranglehold over the Big 10 will end any time soon. As long as he is at the helm the Buckeyes are always going to be in the National Championship conversation.
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45. Archie Griffin. Arguably one of the best college football players of all time. The only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in the history of the award. The Buckeyes’ all time leader in career rushing yards (by a large margin). I never had the pleasure of watching Griffin play but I enjoy going back and watching his highlight tapes from time to time. He was a rare talent and he contributed so much to the University during and after his playing career. Unfortunately Griffin’s success at the college level never carried over to the NFL. During his 7 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals he failed to secure a regular starting role, only managing to top the century mark in 3 games. Still, he’ll always be known as a legend in Columbus, and there may never be a better running back to ever don the scarlet and gray.
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46. Ohio State had a +46 point differential in the 4th quarter in 2016, which was their worst quarter last year. You can make the argument that this is partially because in their blowout victories, which they had a few of, they took their feet off the gas and put in the 2nd and 3rd stringers. That may be true in some cases but even in their close games the 4th quarter was a little bit tighter. The worst game was obviously against Penn State, where the Buckeyes were outscored 17-0 in the 4th quarter of a 24-21 loss, the only blemish on OSU’s regular season record last year. They’re going to have to finish strong and close out games if they want a chance at the Big 10 title and potential playoff birth. It all comes down to consistency. It honestly seemed like there were two different Buckeyes teams last year. When they’re at their best it’s hard for anyone to beat them. The problem is making sure they perform at their best.