|#2 Ohio State 0-0, 0-0 Big Ten Roster | Schedule||September 2, 2010 7:30 PM ET - BTN —— Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH||Marshall 0-0, 0-0 C-USA Roster | Schedule|
Nearly eight months to the day after leading Ohio State to a 26-17 victory over Oregon in the Rose Bowl, Buckeye fans, excited by the career highs he put up in yards and passing attempts in that game, will finally get to witness the beginning of Act III of the Terrelle Pryor era in Columbus.
The feeling of high expectations is similar to that which accompanied the start of last season, except there are two major differences this time: Pryor actually compiled a body of work that showed improvement down the stretch the previous season, most notably in the way he and the team rebounded from the Purdue debacle to capture the conference championship and he's back with a marked talent upgrade, primarily due to seasoning within the much-hyped class of 2008.
With nine of his closest friends back to join him on offense and a defense that features a mix of grizzled vets and talented youngsters, this team is primed to do some damage and with a visit from Miami looming in week two, the need to get off to a crisp, damage-dealing start cannot be overstated.
New Marshall coach Doc Holliday, fresh off stints at West Virginia, and before that, Florida, brings his team to Columbus as heavy underdogs, but he has two things working for him if you're into weird, not at all relevant connections. Marshall's only other meeting with Ohio State, in Columbus four years ago, nearly sent half of the city to the ER before Mike Nugent saved the day, and as the associate head coach and secondary coach of the Gators from '05 to '07, Holliday was on the other team's sideline as part of the biggest on field disaster of the Tressel era at the 2007 BCS Championship.
Obviously, neither of those things will affect tonight's outcome, but if Tressel is looking for a new whipping boy in lieu of not getting to play Northwestern for at least the next three years, what better candidate than a guy that shared some laughs and likely a cigar after the 41-14 bludgeoning in Glendale.