Did you know... Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has a 72-19 career record in eight seasons in Columbus-- he has never lost to Michigan State. The Spartans are 12-26 all time vs. the Buckeyes and they have lost the last six games, 11 of the last 13. MSU last won in 1999, the 10-2 season. That game was in East Lansing and the Spartans dominated John Cooper's Buckeyes, 23-7. I remember Nick Saban went crazy at halftime against one of his coaches because a blitz knocked down MSU quarterback Bill Burke just before the intermission. Saban always wanted those quarterbacks protected in the games.
Ohio State has some players who believe senior captain Todd Boeckman should be starting at quarterback over freshman Terrelle Pryor-- at least they should be sharing time. Pryor has led the Buckeyes to a 5-0 record since taking over following the 35-3 loss at USC behind Boeckman, but OSU has scored just two offensive touchdowns in the last two games, at Wisconsin and at home against Purdue. The Buckeyes have lost star defensive end Lawrence Wilson to the season-- he tore his ACL last Saturday against the Boilermakers.
Why aren't all the tickets sold out? Hard to believe. The economy has to be a huge factor. They are priced at $70 and some fans must just figure watching at home on television is a better deal. The MSU team will be featured at 10:30pm on the floor of the Breslin Center at Midnight Madness along with the football coaches.
Doors for Midnight Madness open at 9:30 with autographs on the concourse at the Breslin Center. There is no admission charge. A short scrimmage ends the show at midnight.
Tough break, literally, for former Michigan running back Michael Hart. He injured his ACL after catching a screen pass this last Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts in their home game against the Baltimore Ravens. Hart is done for the year-- he went on injured reserve Wednesday. Hart, Michigan's career rushing leader, was a sixth round pick of the Colts back in April.