I am much the same as you and share the same perspective. I have no idea where my seat locations are other than endzone and I imagine I'll be surrounded by UM fans. I'll be respectful and classy and enjoy the experience. Some people tend to take it way too serious to a point they don't enjoy the moment and the opportunity they have in front of them.
I told my wife, I've experienced a some awesome moments as an ohio state fan. I've seen some huge games in person. Witnessed some great wins, witnessed some tough losses (this past Saturday). But always thankful for the opportunity. I said of all those past experiences, I think none would be more fulfilling than watching the buckeyes win in the big house and drive home with a smile on my face the size of ohio lol
That's incredible man! Some thrilling experiences and memories for a lifetime to share with others. I'm thick skinned, I can handle the banter and shit talk and laugh it off with the best of them. If someone messes with my younger sister, well I'm lose my fucking shit lol. As long as it's at that we'll be alright. I'm the respectful fan who is kind and welcoming to opposing fans at ohio stadium, will congratulate them on victory and wish them well as they travel home. That's how fans should be and expected to be but I'm not naive and know thats ar from the case with many lol
Ouch! Man that's brutal
Thanks for all of the insight, men. Sounds like most of you have a much better plan of action than myself lol. It's kind of bad timing due to holidays and work and the long drive but my younger sister surprised me with a ticket as an early Christmas gift so it made it hard to pass on lol. Needless to say we'll be leaving about 3am and making the 5.5-6 hr drove to watch the game then head back home, ouch I know. It'll either be the best or the worst 6hr of drive of my life headed back home depending the outcome. One positive is the cabelas store in dundee south of ann arbor is pretty incredible and I'll be hitting it on the way home lol.
Hopefully parking and traffic are manageable. The though of parking prices being double and charging $30-40 to park is insane
Thanks for the info! I always tend to get inside the stadiums atleast a hour before kick off. It'll prob be closer to 9am or so getting into ann arbor as we have close to a 6 hour drive coming from very southern Ohio. Hopefully we won't have too many issues.....is everything pretty well navigated by people directing you towards parking and such?
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The problem you have though, is unless your a season ticket holder you will never touch one in ohio stadium for $195 for the michigan game. This isn't a knock at ticket holders by no means, you earned your right through donations and being alumni, kudos to you. But for the rest of the general public the secondary market is going be at least double that price to get in for average to lower scale seats/view. I've bought tickets on the secondary market that last 6 years and they continue to go up because the buckeyes keep winning and the university keeps raising face value lol. I went from going to roughly 3 games a year to 1 or 2 depending what's affordable. I attend the premier game of the season and the next best and it'd very costly.
Just from what I've seen on the secondary market and using my best guess, I imagine a good seat inside the 20 yard lines for Michigan next season will be every bit of $400, bump that significantly if you prefer A deck seating. Michigan state tickets this year are going for $300-400+ for prime seating and even up to alot more than that. But what can you do, I bitch about it and give someone my money because I love the buckeyes and love being inside the shoe, it's a special place lol. But it's also eliminating middle class fans who just can't simply afford that kind of trip. 2 tickets, gas, food, memorabilia and you have a $1000 day trip to columbus next November lol
If I had to guess I imagine at some point the next 2 weeks they allow braxton to toss the ball a couple of times atleast. I think they'll show it before michigan state just to force MSU to prepare for it. I know the ability has been there all yeae but they've yet to use it and it hasn't become much of a decoy at this point cause everyone knows when the ball hits braxtons hands he's running
They have absolutely increased on the secondary market. I'm not an alumni or ticket holder so I buy from a realtor in Columbus who sells secondary market. His prices are always better than ebay, stub hub or any ticket website and I had to pay an arm and a leg for Michigan state tickets this year "due to the inflation of face value". And sadly even with what I paid I still got a good deal considering the quality of my seats bases on every other website/ebay out there
As many has said it will be a valuable learning lesson for JT. I hate it for him because I know with certain actions comes certain perspective of your character as a person. We are human and we all mistakes. It's how we handle those mistakes and learn from them is the difference maker and not allowing the mistake make who we are. We were all young once and make dumb decisions/mistakes. Even older adults do the same thing as JT had done. I, myself got a DUI when I was 23 years old. Young and thinking you won't get caught or everything is "fine". Worst decision of my life, most valuable one as well. It was a complete nightmare, drug out over 2 years, cost about $2500 when all was said and done for lawyer, court cost, fines, etc. It's was humbling and matured me as an adult and my actions in life from that point on. I learned my lesson and made myself better for it. I'm sure JT will as well. The best lessons in life are the ones learned the hard way. Learn, put it behind ya, and move on. Best of luck to JT!
The blackout itself was very impressive. Thought the stadium looked awesomd, uniforms looked great and the whole concept turned out well.
The atmosphere was very hit and miss I felt. At the times the place got really loud. When the whole stadium gets on their feet and actually gives a shit it can hands down be the loudest place in the country. As the OP mentioned, there were 3rd downs when the buckeyes were on defense that I was one of the few standing in the whole general area of our 19c section. Others times such as the 4th down attempts by psu, I couldn't spot a person setting down and the place was loud. I get when you jump put to a quick 3 score lead and it being pretty chilly outside it takes the crowd down a notch, but still I'd like to see more from the fan base and bring the shoe to life and the real potential it holds
I've frozen my ass off in the shoe many of times while winning! Haha
Prepare for an awesome adventure my friend. For first ever buckeye game you are going big time for a big name conference foe under the lights. The shoe is a special place when the bright lights come on Saturday night.
As most of these guys said, dress warm. Mid 50s during the day and overnight lows on the 30s. So I'd imagine low 40s during game time. Jeans, insulated thermal shirt under a hoodie and a pair of gloves atleast. That's coming from someone used to the cool fall ohio weather, a cali boy like yourself may bring a few extras lol!
As for pregame, there's tons of setups outside st Johns arena with games and certain events going on. Nike used to have a tent setup with all the team gear, assume they do this year as well, this is my first game of the season. Over on lane Ave there's a few bars, couple campus shops, there was an outdoor setup with live music, big screens, food and alcohol I assume they have again this year. Team will do their walk through to skull session and on to the stadium around 2 hours before kick off so u can line the side walk and get a high five from urban and the boys
Hope you enjoy your trip and everything is a great experience for you!
If ohio state doesn't turn the ball over and keeps the penalties at a minimum I think they cruise saturday night. Penn states offense seems to be a mess, could be a big night for bosa, lewis, washington, Hubbard and a very bad night for hackenberg.
The penn state defense appears to be pretty solid. Although they haven't really played any teams with much offense. Indiana being the best offensive team they faced and held well in check but also following a week after they were beaten up by ohio state. They've played temple, buffalo, rutgers, san Diego state, army and indiana.
Buckeyes seem to be finding their offensive stride and I expect the defense to be locked in with the focus from earlier on
Agreed. In today's times black osu gear is pretty abundant. I prob have more black shirts and hoodie in my closet now than I do scarlet or gray ones.
The idea of the blackout is intended to get the stadium atmosphere elevated. I don't understand why people wanna complain and bitch about doing it one game out of the year when it's for the support of the team and making the experience better for the players and the fans. Everyone benefits from it.
I've never been to a game in happy valley, but I've talked to several fans who have been and a high school friend who played for osu and the consensus was that a white out night game at beaver stadium was hands down one of the loudest and most exciting atmospheres in college football
Will be there! Always try to catch a night game at the shoe. Hard to beat the night game atmosphere even if penn state isn't quite the team it once was. Would love to see a majority wear black. It's 1 game, it would look awesome, give a great black out atmosphere and I'm sure the players would love running out of the tunnel in all black to see the stadium blacked out
Agreed. I can't see them overlooking michigan but more possibly emotionally drained due to a slug fest with msu. If OSU is to repeat it's got a tough 5 game stretch to end the season to become the Champs once again
I think there is still a whole lot of the season left to see who is real and who isnt. Michigan has taken care of what they should have and deserve credit for the step forward. Even in years past they have played well in September and stumbled in conference play. I do feel they are far improved and the there's an obvious upgrade in coaching, we knew that before the season started.
I think we're finding out Utah is a pretty solid team. Also, oregon is no where near the team osu played last year with mariotta along with their defense being very poor. Through 4 weeks of the season I feel like each team has shown their shinning moments and capabilities but also had games that left questions. No one has been flat out dominate early in the season.
A solid michigan team would IMO be good at the end of year. One of my biggest concerns was having a hard fought top match against msu and going on the road the following week for a rivalry game against a UM squad with nothing to lose and an osu team looking ahead to indy. Although I feel the team nor meyer would ever overlook the rivalry, it would have to give more sense of acknowledgement that there is a good team ready to play that last Saturday in November
Agreed. We have yet to see much of the deep ball this year. I don't know if complacency has gotten the best of them the last 2 weeks or playing down to competition or whatever it may be but they've lack the explosion we've been used too. It's there, they had shown signs of it against VT hitting the big plays and even tossing it down field to Curtis Samuel and Braxton for his big plays. Hoping it's just a matter of needing a couple sloppy games and hearing America chant their overrated to get a foot up their ass and go out and start dominating as a team as they should
In my opinion the issue goes beyond the QB. Yes, neither QB has played well or no where near the lofty expectations we all put on them after the stunning season last year. But the O line hasn't played near to their expectations/capabilites, the wr group hasn't played up to expectations which we as fans set high with alot of unknowns after losing 2 starters plus a starting TE. Along having a new/reorganized offensive coaching staff and play calling we're unaccustomed to. I guess in short what I'm getting at, is its hard to expect superior from the QB when he isn't getting superior play from his supporting cast. It'll come. These guys are talented, the whole team is talented, the coaching staff is talented. They'll get better as whole and be the team we as fans envisioned.
And for what's is worth, the pop pass/push pass play that you say skewed cardale numbers this year, also greatly skewed the teams numbers last year. JT made a living off that play and jalin was masterful in running it last season. It's a part of the offense
Could be a matter of throwing in wrinkles for opposing teams to prepare for. Everyone in the nation seen meyer and buckeyes beat them to death with zone read last year all while winning a national championship. Teams have seen and studied film probably all winter, spring and summer to learn how to stop it. By implementing a new (revised) system it's gives teams more to prepare for rather than the base zone read they killed teams with last year. Could explain some of the early struggles adapting. I'd say it's a safe bet the zone read will still be alive and well as the season carries on but not necessarily the entirety of the offense. Then again, what the hell do I know lol
Straight cash homie! I'm confident she isn't with him for his superior looks and chiseled body lol
Not only made fun of the man's health, but also compared gus malzahn to him, 2 low blows in 1!
Urban > gus
3 NC > 0
IMO, I don't think you can have too many weapons. As someone above mentioned, looked at Pete Carroll usc squads or even Urbans Florida teams that were loaded with talent, look at bama when they won 3 of 4 bcs titles and we're stacked everywhere. In that span alone they had mark ingram, eddie lacy and Trent Richardson roll through just at the Rb position.
I, myself think it comes down to basic execution and fundementals. It's hard to understand the offensive woes the last 2 games considering the offense put on a pretty good performance against one of the best defenses in the country against VT week 1. Cardale made some great heads up runs and throws that game that we haven't seen the last 2. Jt came off the bench and went down the field in 3 plays and made it look easy which we haven't seen since. They gave up zero sacks to VT. They were able to get braxton the ball in space and take advantage of mismatching him in the secondary. 1 of those plays resulted in a td and had cardale hit him in stride on his first diving catch he would have been in the endzone. The wildcat play always has potential with braxton but it's obviously became predictable. Until he launches one down field from that set teams are gonna load up.
The team put so much emphasis through spring, summer and entire fall camp just on VT that it may simply be as much as getting back to the week in week out preperation for the team that week. I'm confident in Urban and his staff that they'll have the offense humming again, they're too talented and too experienced not to be. It hasn't been pretty the last 2 weeks but in the long run may play as a good building foundation going forward of where they need to work to become elite
For what it's worth, marshall had 2 picks 6s against purdue. However, VT is the superior team in this game. Much better defense than purdue has seen thus far and VT will have the ability to put points on the board. Plus, it's purdue lol. I like VT to take care of business this week