Carnage In The Coliseum


We all should have known better.

After the BCS championship game blowout by Florida in 2007…And the embarrassing loss to LSU in the title tilt earlier this year…THE Ohio State against a good team in front of 93,000-plus fans in LA?


Still, it was the fifth-ranked Buckeyes against Pete Carroll’s top-ranked USC bunch. It was the latest game of the century. Or at least the week. ESPN/ABC billed it as “Collision in the Coliseum.”

But you would have been better served Saturday night to cue up Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. In the LA Coliseum, Trojan supporters reveled in the carnage. On ABC, though, even Russell Crowe’s general Maximus Decimus Meridius wouldn’t have had the temerity to ask ‘Are you not entertained?’ I wasn’t.

It was familiar, though. Ohio State jumped to an early lead, this time a 3-0 count. Then, the wheels fell off of Jim Tressel’s troops. USC scored twice to go up 11. Here, came the Buckeyes, a swing pass put them inside the Trojans’ five and Brutus was cheering wildly. It was called back for holding. An immediately subsequent Todd Boeckman to Brian Robiskie TD was nullified by another hold. Next, a FG try sailed well to the right. USC scored again.

It was done—at least on my set, as I caught up on HBO’s new vampire series True Blood.

Reading the recap, Tressel’s garrison didn’t have much blood and guts left, gaining just 30 yards in the second half of their 35-3 trouncing.

Perhaps if Beanie Wells isn’t injured….Maybe hotshot freshman QB Terrelle Pryor will have wrested the full-time job from Boeckman… If Tressel could just find a Big Ten team in a BCS game…Nah.

Note to self: No more Ohio State games this year, except for the Nov. 22 match against Michigan at the Horseshoe. Go Blue.