Born and raised in Cincinnati. Moved to Phoenix when I was 13, went to college in California and came back to Arizona. Have lived in Flagstaff for 5 years. Still a Buckeye.
A couple for me that helped cement my love for Ohio State football:
1995: OSU vs Notre Dame - First game I ever watched as a kid, got me hooked.
1998: OSU vs Michigan - First time since I'd started following the Buckeyes that they actually beat Michigan.
2002 OSU vs Michigan - Established Tressel's innate ability to beat scUM
2002 OSU vs Miami - For obvious reasons
2006 OSU vs Michigan - One hell of a nailbiter
2009 OSU vs Oregon - A game that shut up a lot of haters
2014 OSU vs Cincinnati - I'd spent most of my life as a Buckeyes fan in Arizona. This was the first game I'd ever attended at Ohio Stadium. It only took me 31 years to make it to my own personal Graceland
Burfict was dirty in college. I was a little concerned about that when the Bengals picked him up but thought, at least until this season, that he had it under control.
I want to believe that the NFC West is good this year, but I live in Arizona and follow the Cardinals somewhat (a distant second to my Bungles...). San Francisco and Seattle both appear to be falling apart and the Rams season was over before it even began thanks to all the injuries they suffered from before the season even started.
AFC North has always been the most-physical division and they have a strong argument for being the strongest this year, with the AFC East being a distant second. The Patriots are on fire. Who knows which team will show up whenever the Dolphins and Bills take the field, but when they're on, they look pretty good. The Jets are the Jets.
Both defenses are stifling and I'm sorry, but I just don't see the Buckeyes leaving East Lansing victorious this year.
Sparty 21, Buckeyes 17. I hate myself for that, but this game just doesn't feel right to me. I sincerely hope I'm wrong.
I'm a lifelong (and long-suffering) Bengals fan. I know they're undefeated at home since 2012 (including that pathetic tie with Carolina earlier this year), but this just feels like the kind of game the Bengals should win that they'll lose.
They're always good for dropping one game a season to the Browns, and that home winning streak has to end at some point. Might as well be to Cleveland, who will win 27-21.
Maybe its because I live in Arizona and root for the Wildcats whenever it comes to most things related to Arizona college football (my NAU Lumberjacks are an FCS team), but I've always thought 'Zona was a perfect landing spot for RichRod after the M*chigan debacle. He's a good fit there. Bear Down!