Two in a Row?

Jonnferrell's picture
August 12, 2013 at 5:01p
36 Comments

I have been thinking a lot lately about the difficulty of having two undefeated seasons in a row.  I am old enough to remember 1968, when the Buckeyes and the super sophomores went undefeated (annihilating TTUN) and pounded O.J. Simpson in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day in 1969.  The next season we expected to do it all again. After all, we had Rex Kern, and Jim Otis.  We had Jack Tatum and Mike Sensibaugh.  We were a scoring machine--destroying TCU 62-0, Wisconsin 62-7, and handed #10 Purdue and Mike Phipps a loss.  We were ranked #1 every single week of the season.  The next thing I remember is buying a bumper sticker that said, "Remember Ann-Arbor  24-12," even though I was too young to have a car bumper to stick it onto.  As an 11 year old kid, I was so disappointed that we didn't do what we "were supposed to do"--win them all.  We have an incredibly talented team this year and I am so excited (yes, it's close enough that I can be excited now).   You all know what we expect--to go sailing through the season with opposing teams being crushed by the Buckeye Juggernaut.  With our high powered offense, led by Braxton Miller, we are anticipating sending the scoreboard up into triple figures.  Our defense with our veterans like Shazier and Roby back, along with the up and comers to fill in the holes, will be able to shut down opposing teams in their tracks.  Our coaches, led by UFM getting all those positions to work together like clockwork, a well oiled machine that is created to win, win, win.  We are hearing of players stepping up to be true leaders of this team on the field and off the field.  What do you think the odds are on us actually following one undefeated year with another one--a feat that the Buckeyes with all of their great history have never achieved.  Do you think that we can really have two undefeated seasons in a row?

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Hovenaut's picture

One big thing to remember about that '69 team.....Bo was very familiar with the Ohio State program. The man played and learned under Woody.

Hoke will have to beat Urban on his own.

History is not on the program's side...they'll have to set new standards to attain the goals set forth. That said, I love where this program is. New system settled in, new talent in numbers with a core group of upper classmen that have seen both sides of the coin.

Focus is key, and they've already had a couple bumps here in the offseason. But the team is working hard, they're hungry and have a coaching staff committed in keeping them focused.

I've been blessed to see this program functioning at or near an elite level for nearly all my adult years (the past 20 or so), and can't remember being so excited waiting for the season to start.

Still plenty of work to be done, but I think we're in for a helluva ride the next few (or more) years.

Hate Week runneth over

Jonnferrell's picture

I think overconfidence is one of the biggest enemies.  It rears it's ugly head whenever we start being the media darling.  In 2006 we were the best--until someone more prepared than us beat us.  That was when we were manhandled by our current coach.  I'm sure he will remind the current team about that little debacle.  

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I agree with the overconfidence statement.

Hoody Wayes's picture

And now, he's simply..."someone more prepared" and ours:

 

Dr. House's picture

all i think of when i see this picture is SOON!

Jonnferrell's picture

Attention recruits--Uncle Urban wants you!

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

Firmthyfriendship's picture

Yes, but there are enough so called members of the media that say ohio state is/will be overrated. If he so chooses Urban could certainly bring some bulletin board material to keep them angry and feeling like they still have something to prove. While most people say we can go undefeated, a scarce few say we could hang with any SEC team let alone Bama. I think this team has a healthy confidence from what I have heard here and yet has just enough of a chip on its shoulder to feel like they have something to prove. 

faux_maestro's picture

Must remember though that Greg Mattison is very familiar with Urban from the inside out.

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Hoody Wayes's picture

Didn't help Mattison much, last game:

 

faux_maestro's picture

I agree, just pointing out that they have someone who knows Urban. I don't think it will matter much until TTUN shows they have/can recruit/can develop a few more playmakers on both sides of the ball. 

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Jonnferrell's picture

I would say that Woody was a bit easier to prepare for in the Michigan game than our current coach.  It's true that Woody would have some new plays for Michigan, but he also had the idea that we are going to use the T formation and you stop us at some very critical times.  I think most times that worked for him, but there were some times it didn't.  He definitely was not a pass happy guy.  Urban makes things more difficult for any coach that has to go against him.  It's a new day everywhere, even at OSU.  

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

Baroclinicity's picture

It's a situation where you throw out the numbers.  Everything is there for us to do so, although we're not a perfect team by any stretch.  Beating an SEC team for the N.C. will be hugely difficult not just because of how good that conference is, but also our jinx against them, and that's the 800 pound gorilla in the room.
Overconfidence has been mentioned as an enemy and I agree.  I think a bigger enemy is complacency.  You know... the inexplicable Purdue-loss types.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Jonnferrell's picture

Yes, I keep remembering two years ago after the Miami loss.  I recall Carlos Hyde saying something to the effect, "I can't believe we lost to THOSE guys." Overconfidence, complacency. and a lack of leadership can be killer.  I think we have the tools in place to make sure we win that battle.

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

cplunk's picture

As long as the players take it one game at a time, yes. The moment they start thinking about a second undefeated season and not the team right in front of them, the chances of losing one go up. 
 

Nick1's picture

Wins number 24 awesome and 25 would mean a B10 title and a trip to the NC. Win number 26 would mean all of our dreams would come true. As a fan base that is something pretty cool to hang on to but I'm hoping this team is looking forward to number 14, no matter how inferior the opponent may be.

FROMTHE18's picture

im hoping this team is looking forward to #13 before #14...

MN Buckeye's picture

I am sure the coaches have a plan for each game, but right now I am only focused on consecutive win #13.

1967Buck's picture

  One game at a time. One game at a time. Then lets see where we stand. Go Bucks.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Most of Tressel's teams could be argued to be close to or as talented as this team. Only one finished undefeated.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

BierStube's picture

We certainly have the schedule in our favor.  That being said, we better come to play at Cal.  NW concerns me.  We have Wisconsin the week before.  This is always a high energy game and following NW we have a bye week.  ( spoken in my or your best admiral Akbar voice) "it's a trap"!  Last by not least TSUN .... UFM will have to have to boys very focused for this one!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

There are many tough games on the schedule.  The Bucks will have to take it one game at a time like everyone is saying.  I like the idea of sitting the players down and making sure that they know in detail about the 68 and 69 squads that had the same opportunity that they do.  If they can learn from past games that would be great. 
Go Bucks!!

Jonnferrell's picture

I think that's a great idea.  That old saw about those that ignore history are doomed to repeat it--we want to break new ground here in 2013!

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

Poison nuts's picture

Good post. 2 undefeated seasons is extremely rare in this day & age and the pressure will be on...All the eyeballs are going to be looking & all the talkers will be talking. I'll hope for the best & be taking one game at a time. I hope the team does the same. If so, OSU has a chance at making history & Urban Meyer has a chance at solidifying his place among the greatest coaches in the game.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

fanosu99's picture

If OSU loses a game this year, I'm thinking it will be someone other than Michigan.

Jonnferrell's picture

Yes, I think there are some snakes in the grass in this "easy" schedule.  The Big Ten will be tougher all around this year.  

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

Knarcisi's picture

Then we're gonna party like it's 19 ...

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

In a word, do I think it CAN happen?

Yes.

Do I think it WILL happen?

Yes.

I don't care about how hard it is. Nebraska went like 47 games, and several others in the 20's and 30's. We snapped Florida in half at 22 wins, but if they had won, they would've hit 30 quite easily that next year.

This team is poised to do this. Fear not.

And next year, at this same time, I want you to post another one of these entitled...

Three In A Row?

And I will answer you there.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

3 in a row? Urban's overall record would be something like 158-23.  Ridiculous.  These are some really REALLY lofty expectations here fellas.  

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

Jonnferrell's picture

Love it! Three in a Row?  Yeah, baby!  We would be turning away four stars.  Go Bucks!

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

AirForceNUT's picture

Screw it.. i think we can go 10 seasons undefeated.

FROMTHE18's picture

If it can be done in NCAA Football '14, it can be done in real life.

TMac's picture

The pressure builds with each additional win - it isn't just talent. Urban keeps talking about the team leadership from 2012 - we have to have that, because at some point there is going to be adversity, ....say @ Purdue......and we will need to rally rather than crumble. That is the hope, as much as the excitement of the offensive potential - that this team finds the leadership to continue what Simon & Boren started last year, all the way through victory in the NCG

unholy bucknut's picture

It can be done we have the tools and the talent...

mtharp's picture

two in a row with the possibility to beat ttun twice in a row.... seems like destiny!

Buckeyejason's picture

It won't happen..I'd bet alot of money on that as well. If it does happen id be very HAPPY to empty my wallet.

BUCKEYES BABY!