G’day everyone and welcome to 2013, hopefully everyone enjoyed their New Year’s celebration and the glorious full day of bowl games that is New Year’s Day. I am writing this before any of those games are played as when this is posted I will be on a plane somewhere over the Pacific Ocean; after being in Australia for six months I am finally going back to States for a visit. After a few days to relax and recover from jet lag in Las Vegas (what better way is there to recover from jetlag than in a city that doesn’t care when you sleep), I will be attending an Astronomy conference in Long Beach, and then getting a chance to have a delayed Christmas with my family. I am hoping that I will be able to catch a bit of the New Year’s day bowl action before I fly out, I am most looking forward to hitting the Vegas sportsbooks for some of the other bowl games. I am not a huge sports gambler but I am just looking forward to the chance to watch actual football with people who understand the sport and care about it.
When I wrote this, prior to the January 1st bowl games, the Big Ten was 1-1 on the bowl season and was actually doing better than expected. Michigan State provided the conference with a win thanks to a thrilling come from behind victory against Texas Christian University. The Spartans were led in their comeback by backup quarterback Connor Cook who looked much more poised and effective than Andrew Maxwell; it looks like there will be a quarterback controversy in East Lansing next season. While Minnesota fell to Texas Tech, the Golden Gophers did much better than expected and led late in the game before a late rally by the Red Raiders gave them the win. Hopefully this trend of doing better than expected continued into the New Year’s Day games, I guess we’ll find out.
Ohio State Volleyball Ranked
The Ohio State men’s volleyball team will enter the 2013 season ranked 11th in the preseason AVCA Division I-II coaches poll. The Buckeyes are one of three Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association members that are ranked in the poll; the Big Ten doesn’t play men’s volleyball. The Buckeyes are joined by Lewis who is ranked 5th and Loyola-Chicago who is 10th. The MIVA coaches picked OSU to finish third in the conference, behind Lewis and barely behind Loyola-Chicago. Ohio State opens the season by hosting Saint Francis at St. John Arena on January 5th; the match will start at 7:00pm and admission is free.