Tressels, Fickells and Urbans,
Does anyone know if the new scoreboard in Ohio Stadium is able to handle triple digits?
What would create more attention with the poll voters than rolling up a new high score on the Ms. Pacman machine?
Clearing more levels than anyone else, munching up every dot, vulnerable blue ghost and point-bearing fruit...on just one shiny quarter.
The shiny quarter could be dated 1980; one of three times a team has scored 100 points since 1968. That day in 1980, it was Portland State 105 Delaware State 0. Pacman fever...who's got next game? Put your quarter up on the machine.
Or, the quarter could be dated 1968; the last time a major college football team hit the century mark. Houston 100 Tulsa 6. Houston introduced the veer offense which put Ms. Pacman in a revolutionary (for the time) option offensive scheme. Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde would have been crossing all over the place looking for the ball.
I know it's a little cruel to think of this possibility. Ohio State should be gracious hosts. Florida A&M was a last-minute fill-in when Vanderbilt fell off the schedule because the SEC added a conference game. They are kind of doing Ohio State a favor. (A favor for which they are highly-compensated.)
So, it may be a little cruel as Ohio State prepares to play a Division II team; it doesn't sound very gracious. (...and...Dear NCAA, I will always refer to the split as Division I and Division II not whatever the divisions are called today.)
But, the quarter is up on the Ms. Pacman machine and Ohio State has things to work on. As I pointed out earlier this month, there are only 7 hours this season where The Buckeyes play in Ohio Stadium. (and...the seven hours seem extremely disproportionate to the amount of time I spend talking about, thinking about, reading about, wondering about and writing about Ohio State football over the course of a year.)
One thing Ohio State needs to work on is getting the rust shaken off its two best offensive players -- Carlos Hyde and Braxton.
At the end of last season, Carlos was the best offensive player on the team (better than Braxton, in my opinion) and one of the top 5 running backs in the country. Carlos could go out there with my eldest son's second-grade class at Barrington Elementary as his offensive line and get a couple scores.
Also, it will be intriguing to see how the coaching staff handles Braxton and Kenny G. Songbird was named the Walter Camp national offensive player of the week after his first start against Cal last Saturday. Kenny was fantastic! I'm thinking it is very rare for a Walter Camp winner to sit on the bench within the same season they have won the award. I didn't look it up to confirm this fact, but it just seems like it doesn't probably happen that often.
Another rarity recently is a noon kickoff for the Buckeyes. This is one of the few this season. With Urban at the helm and Herbanball (or may Hurbanball...still figuring this one out) offensive play calling, OSU is no longer sitting on a 3 point lead starting in the second quarter and just praying to get off a clean, deep punt at the end of every possession. That formula relegates you to a noon kickoff...a lot.
Another rarity is Ohio State scoring over 70 points in a game. My first Buckeye game was 1981...Ohio State vs. Northwestern. I went with my dad and was rooting for Art Schlichter to put up 100 points...they stopped at 70.
I'm going to root through our change drawer and see if I can find an early 1980s quarter I can take with me to the game this weekend.
Touchdowns: Hall, Philly, Hyde, Hyde, Zeke Elliot, Dontre, Evan Spencer
OSU 52 Florida A&M 49
Go Bucks! Beat Florida A&M! Jack Mewhort for Heisman!