Through a quirk of family events combined with me playing in a band on the weekend, I will be home by myself for The Game. And I'm glad. I really hate watching this game with anyone who isn't totally over the top Buckeye fanatic. They just don't understand!
On the topic of today's fans vs "the old days", I will say that what used to happen every year is BOTH coaches turning super-conservative. I mean like punting-on-third-down conservative. Like a chess match opening with pawn moves, The Game used to almost always start with a couple of 3 and outs by both teams. Glad those days are gone.
I hope our LBs keep their heads up and spy the ball instead of bunching up in the gaps. The scum RBs are quick enough to bounce it outside if they have to.
Finally, I must agree that The Game doesn't follow the script of the previous 11 games. Although against Notre Dame this year, scum had like 180 TOTAL YARDS OF OFFENSE - how the hell do you even do that? - I would not be totally surprised to see Gardner throw for 275 yards. At times it seems that The Game exists in a parallel dimension to the real world.
Go Bucks, just win (and run up some style points) Baby!