PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
If we had to rank games played between OSU and TTUN, what would be the order? I have to say 06 would have to be at top.
Here are a few that need to be in the discussion, regardless of who actually won the game:
2006, 2002, 1997, 2005, 2011, 1986, 1988, 1973-75, 1969, 1990
60% of the time it works.....every time
Completely biased because I was there and a student, but 2002 is going to be hard to beat.
I want to down vote you just because your name lol...I guess I'll be mature about it....this time
2012 was as good any. A perfect end to a perfect season.
An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches
Pretty bad game though. A sloppy 5 point win where we should have won by 21.
I didn't know there was a bad "win". Thanks for the enlightenment.
'05 was a great game, too. On the road, comeback after a dismal 3rd quarter, Troy making athletic plays. Gonzalez's acrobatic catch. I was screaming, "Touchdown! Touchdown!" on that last drive. I did not want a FG. My kids realized daddy was strange that day.
Ginn had a horrible game, though.
My "The Game" top ten:
'06 - pretty much the consensus number one
'02 - and onto destiny
'68 - because Woody couldn't go for three
'73 - the tie that left Bo "very bitter", Big 10 coaches vote OSU to the Rose Bowl
'19 - Buckeyes' first win over scUM, the legend of Chic Harley
'50 - The Snow Bowl
'54 - Goal line stand ignites 21-7 OSU victory, leads to first NC under Woody
'79 - OSU wins in AA, 18-15, to cap undefeated regular season in Earle's first year
'87 - OSU wins in AA, 23-20, in Earle's finale
'12 - OSU caps undefeated season in Meyer's first year at the helm, winning 26-21
Call me a homer, hard to put losses on the list. The Snow Bowl stands out due to the historical significance as it helped lead to the hiring of W.W. Hayes.
Only have one game from the Ten Year War, found it fitting it was the '73 tie.
Honorable mentions to:
'74 - Tom Klaban kicks four, Mike Lantry misses one....OSU 12, scUM 10
'75 - Buckeyes cap fourth quarter comeback, with help from Ray Griffin, win 21-7
'69 - Out of respect for Bo
'92 - Cooper doesn't lose!
"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes
Reading this topic got me thinking about how many different places I have watched the game; Here we go:
Columbus, NYC, San Diego, Atlantic Ocean(on a ship), Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Guantanamo Bay...what other locales do you guys have?
All week long, Meyer preached to his team that he wouldn't pity Buffalo (4--8 in 2012). "I didn't schedule this game," he insisted. "I'm not going to feel bad for them."
Sweet. I did get to watch last season's Nebraska game in Panama City, Panama at a Poppa John's on ESPN Deportes!
No question, '06 was an awesome game. With the hype, Bo's untimely demise, and the other factors surrounding it, it certainly deserves to be in the top ten. One point, though: the score doesn't necessarily belie the actual game, OSU mostly had the game in hand throughout, and UM made it closer toward the end. Personally, I think the '05 game might have been the most "thrilling" of the decade, though '02 is right on its heels.
Another great one I haven't seen mentioned yet is the Snow Bowl, which--aside from being a great game in its own right--caused Wes Fesler's resignation, and the hiring of one Wayne Woodrow Hayes.
I agree. I was at the 05 game and felt Michigan should have won that one (I'm biased of course). The 06 game was tremendous, but as a Michigan fan that entire game felt like a constant uphill battle. Did I mention the 06 game was on my 30th birthday and completely ruined it? That totally sucked. Thankfully, the 97 game was my senior year in college right after my 21st birthday, so at least I'll always have that one in the old memory bank.
I would have to go with 06 just for the hype factor but I totally agree the game wasn't as close as the score.
If you remember in 2002 there was still that feeling of "can we beat Michigan" which lingered even though we won the year before (if memory serves). It was an anxious end of the season because we had seen that script before in the Cooper years.
The '06 game was the perfect storm of awesome. For as much hype as the rivalry already brings, the hype machine for that game was off the charts. 1 vs 2. Winner goes to bcs title game. Loser goes to the rose bow. Bo schembechler passing away the week of the game. And it lived up to the hype. Buckeyes come out firing on all cylinders. TSUN comes roaring back in the second half only to be undone by a boner move by a guy who knew better. Thank you shawn crable for that epic brain fart.
I saw it mentioned already, and wasn't sure of the year. But the epic cause we couldn't go for 3 game holds a special place in my memlory. I wasn't even close to being alive yet. But that's a sound byte that will live forever, and speaks volumes as to woodys true feelings about TSUN. Don't just beat em, embarass em.
I hate referring to losses, but the 97 game was another epic showdown. Two absolutely loaded teams. The david boston- charles woodson scuffle. And one glaringly huge mistake by stanley jackson...it was one hell of a game though. And when my true deep seeded hatred of all things related to that godforsaken state up north began.
I was at the 97 game, and from a national stage, Game of The Century type thing, it was the biggest Michigan-OSU game in my life until 06 came along. The 97 game was the hardest hitting, most vicious defensive game I ever went to. That matchup was a true war.
I was more worried about 2002, than 2006. I never doubted Ohio State would win in 2006. In Tressel I did trust.
I found both of Cooper's wins felt like relief...before the gnawing sensation he wasn't going to make it two in a row, set in.
Bruce went 5-4 against Michigan. But, Bruce started his tenure with an undefeated regular season, losing the MNC by less than a field goal. Expectations were always high and he met those with a bunch of 9-3 seasons. Plus, he started losing games Ohio State should never lose - to "The Little Eight." So, four of his victories over Michigan were like, "If only they hadn't lost to..."
For me, any game during The Ten Year War eclipses all others. I grew up in Toledo, so I got a double-dose of the build-up, from both sides. That was the greatest time I have yet experienced as a sports fan. As a boy, it was like a virtual - annual - heart attack. Only the 2003 Fiesta Bowl comes close.
The 02 and 06 games were awesome. But, personally the 01 game has a special place in my heart. My friends and I watched the game at a local bar whose owner is a huge TTUN fan. He was giving away free drinks every time OSU scored (yes he was that cocky). Needless to say we had a blast. Free beer tastes good but free beer with TTUN tears in it taste great!!! That win in AA took some frustration out of the coop years.
I was at the 01 game. Lots of historical significance, obviously, but dear lord that was a sloppy, ugly game to watch. Tressel had a great strategy that year - be as conservative as possible, let John Navarre screw things up. Navarre should have been OSU's player of the game in that one.
Agreed the game was not much to watch. But it sure was fun from my standpoint. It also reassured me that Tress was for real.
My top 3
2002- Because scUM had the chance to do what they had done so many times in the previous decade.....
2005- That 4th quarter was epic.
2001- Because I was there and it was the end of one era and the emphatic beginning of another.
I can't put 2006 at the top though at the time it was my #1. What happened in Arizona after that game has put a serious taint on that season for me. Any time I see that game on ESPiN classic or B1G network I get a pit in my stomach and feel nauseated for the rest of the day.
I'm going to throw in 2004 since no one is mentioning it. Troy's first start at Ohio State and against That Team Up North? Classic.
That was the first one I ever saw in person. Will always be an amazing memory. Also, that visit and game experience solidified my college choice.
The 04 game itself wasn't much of a classic though. Didn't OSU win that game by 16 points? Maybe a good memory for you, but not a particularly significant or memorable game in the rivalry's history.
If memory serves me correctly, they were pretty big underdogs in that game, finishing up a rough season.
Yes that's true. But the game itself didn't end up being that compelling because OSU won going away.
The game was notable for introducing Michigan to their recurring nightmare/headache/therapy inducer for the next several years, Troy Smith. Many have played well vs. UM, but Troy owned them.
Troy definitely owned us. I'm pretty sure he'll never have to pay for a drink in Columbus for the rest of his life. I still break out in hives thinking about the final 8 minutes of the 05 game.
2013.... I know I know... Put it on the Bold Prediction Thread, but I think it will one for the ages! Good Guys will Kick Ass!
~Naples Buckeye - "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't." - General George S. Patton, Jr.
Keeping it to a top 5 (but in no order) because it's too easy to get carried away:
- It happened 11 years before I was born yet it somehow stings me, but 1969 has to be here. I bet any impartial observer would put 1969 at the top for the historical significance and upset factor as it started the Ten Year War
- 2006 - obviously. One thing for a 1-2 matchup. Another for the game to pretty well live up to the hype.
- 1997 - Another bad outcome for us, but another hard fought game with national title implications. We lost 20-14 and if memory serves, the defense didn't give up any TD's.
- 2002 - Similar rationale as above and selfish inclusion for it being my last game as a student. That feeling of tension in the 4th quarter was unlike anything I've ever felt and to finally exorcise the demons...
- Gotta go with a tight nail-biter here: 1974, 1986, and 2005 all come to mind
I agree with your Top 4 for sure. From an impartial standpoint, those were probably the 4 biggest games in the history of the series.
One quick correction on the 97 game. OSU's D gave up one TD in the first half. Sequence of scoring was Michigan offensive TD (A-Train run), Woodson punt return, Pick 6 off Stanley Jackson by Andre Weathers, bomb to David Boston over Woodson, and short TD run by Pepe Pearson.
That game is hard to watch for obvious reasons, but I watched on BTN or ESPN Classic or something, and holy crap was Antoine Winfield a boss in that game. Woodson got all the love, and deservedly so, but if you take out special teams and other ancillary stuff, Winfield might have been the best defensive player on the field in that game. He was everywhere. And it just gets lost in the shuffle.
Being at the game, I remember Winfield and the OSU defense in general playing awesome. I also remember how much of a non factor Boston was aside from the TD catch. If Woodson had played him normally instead of trying to pick the pass off, that probably winds up an incomplete pass.
Wow. '97 was a bitter pill to swallow. If Katz grabs that deflection....
Being in row 1 on the 15 yard line my senior year for the 97 game and rushing the field afterwards.... That's the positive memory I turn to whenever I get depressed thinking about Shawn Crable's late hit in the 06 game.
The 02 game is my favorite sports moment, but I remember the surreal feeling that followed the win in AA in 01. I kept saying to myself, "Did that really happen?" Following Coop's tenure wins over Michigan at home were rare; wins in Michigan were unthinkable.
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