BERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead to move closer to an unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title yesterday.”We need another three wins and a draw to achieve something very special, something no team in Germany ever achieved,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions under way in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd.Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball while on the ground over the helpless Manuel Neuer. Didavi did not have time to get up from his previous attempt.Bayern substitute Douglas Costa sealed it in the 89th with a shot inside the left post.Borussia Dortmund can restore the five-point gap today with a win at Schalke in the Ruhr derby. Five rounds remain after the weekend’s games.”I always watch Bundesliga on Sundays,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “But I rely on Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund.”
Earlier this week we started breaking down all 94 of Mike Gundy’s wins, and I asked you guys for different variations you wanted to see. One of the most common I saw was Gundy’s squads when ranked and against ranked teams. Cool. Let’s do it. I took these from CFB Reference which I believe uses AP ranking at the time of a given game. How does OSU fare?When Unranked: 39-26 (60%)When ranked in the top 25: 55-21 (72%)When ranked in the top 20: 46-18 (72%)When ranked in the top 15: 31-16 (66%)When ranked in the top 10: 16-8 (66%)When ranked in the top 5: 6-3 (66%)What about when playing ranked teams?When playing unranked teams: 77-19 (80%)When playing top 25 teams: 17-28 (38%)When playing top 15 teams: 9-24 (39%)When playing top 10 teams: 5-14 (26%)So … not very good. But a lot of those were in 2005-2007 when OSU still stunk. What about as a ranked team against other ranked teams?When OSU and opponent are ranked: 12-14 (46%)When OSU is top 20 and opponent is ranked: 12-13 (48%)When OSU is top 10 and opponent is ranked: 6-6 (50%)When OSU and opponent are both top 10: 2-4 (33%)What about home and away?When OSU is top 25 at home: 28-8 (78%)When OSU is top 25 on the road: 27-13 (68%)When OSU faces top 25 at home: 10-14 (42%)When OSU faces top 25 on road: 7-14 (33%)I suppose the ones that stick out are that OSU wins at just a 66 percent clip when ranked inside the top 15, 10 and 5. It seems like a top 10 team should be winning around 75 percent of the time (small sample size, I realize).Also the record against unranked teams is better than I would have thought given the first 2-3 years of Gundy’s tenure. The record against top 25 teams is worse than I thought it would be (and probably should be). I mean, 38 percent against top 25 teams? That’s not good.It seems like OSU is a solid top 25 team on the road too — nearly 70 percent even as a ranked squad is salty. The record against top 25 teams at home should be better though.All in all some fun July fodder to think about going into the season, and a good reference when OSU goes to TCU, Kansas State and OU in a few months.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!