Guys and gals, I have to be completely honest with you. I think we would be better off if we thought of them as a rival. I always fear the Penn State game because they always get up for it and I feel like we never do. Look at the history of the game from the time Tressel took over. I would not say we were rivals in the 90's, but Tress took over in 2001. We went 7-3 over the course of his tenure, and yet, almost all 7 wins were closer than they should have been, and the 3 we lost, we probably should have won. We won pretty handily in 07, which I got to see in person...but we lost in 05 and it cost us a top 3 finish at the end of the season which Penn State ended up getting. Even when we won 21-6, the game was within striking distance for them the whole time until Malcolm took it all the way back. In 02, we beat them by 1 and they finished under .500. I understand every game Tress coached seemed way closer than it should have, but my point is, if we put the same amount of emphasis on Penn State as they put on us, we would win more and win more handily. I'm not putting them in the category of the state up north, but I've got to be honest about the situation. It hasn't been until the last few years we've finally given Wisconsin the respect they deserve, and if we gave Penn State the same respect, we'd probably play better against them than we do.
Canada's not all bad. They did give us Neil Peart.
I agree. I never thought after watching Shannon Scott the last two years that I would believe we're a better team with him on the floor. After this last month, it is clear to me that we are. I've said all year to my friends that I can't believe Thad recruited Shannon Scott over Trey Burke, especially after watching Burke put up 20 points a game and us having nobody other than DT that can score. After these last few weeks, I'll take Shannon's defensive abilities. He's not better than Trey Burke, but he's not as selfish, and we have a better team than Michigan even if we have less scoring.
Pepe Pearson might be my favorite running back in Ohio State history. Also, does anyone else besides me remember Mark May picking the Hurricanes by 4 touchdowns in the National Championship Game? Even Trev Alberts was smart enough to say it would be close. I was so mad at the fact that ESPN didn't put that group back on tv to analyze the game after it was over. I really wanted to see Mark May's face after we won. That was the only time in my life I can remember being upset that he wasn't on tv. Normally I'm pissed because he is.
I agree. If Shazier, Roby, and Christian Bryant don't have what it takes to be leaders, they need to learn it fast or our defense is doomed. UFM found a way to push all the right buttons last year in the spring to get what he could get out of his team. I hope it works the same way this year.
Yes! Those are good memories.