From talking to prospective students and the parents of prospective students who are trying to gain admission into a more competitive Ohio State freshman class, I would consider their tense feelings to be more of an animated agitation (and even hostility in some cases).
I have touched base in past posts on the alternative options available to those who are not accepted into main campus, but I strongly feel the freshman year experience at main campus is the most valuable (and most important) in terms of a student developing relationships and memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Life is often about transitions and for a person's individual growth, it doesn't get much bigger than the transition from high school senior to college freshman. When comparing a kid who starts at a branch campus (or CSCC) and then transfers to main campus, it's just not the same (and I don't think it's even close).
It's great to be able to point to admission scores and how many kids you turned down as college presidents continually look to create a club of exclusivity, but I feel OSU is doing a lot of Ohio kids a huge disservice by their decisions to accept out of state kids with more "impressive" applications and scores over Ohio kids who have grew up in Ohio schools wanting and dreaming of attending Ohio State.
The national (and even international) approach to recruiting at Ohio State just doesn't hold true for revenue-generating sports, it's starting to hold true for the entire university. OSU used to be a safety school for a lot of Ohio students and now the Ohio students are in many cases the safety students for Ohio State's admissions objectives.