I would go as far to say that his first three games as HC were tougher than our 2019 schedule looks. We'll see who he hires as DC and how they fix our issues, but this is an extremely manageable schedule. TTUN is the only game where we could be reasonably expected to stumble.
Lose any of the first 5 and the fan base will go "relatively" nuts.
Nebraska is going to be good as will Cincy who will have a chip on their shoulder.
Cincy will be a challenge. Come in unprepared and we could look dumb. Not saying that will occur, but cannot sleep on them right now.
Ohio, the greatest state in the Union!
I agree Jay. Of the first 5 games, this is the one I worry most about.
What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!
I would go as far to say that his first three games as HC were tougher than our 2019 schedule looks.
FAU is probably on par with or better than Oregon State. Indiana is better than Rutgers. UC is roughly on par with TCU. And that's just the first three games.
Road games against Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan? That's tough. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State are no slouches either, even if the Buckeyes get them at home.
When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.
Sorry, UC isn't on par with TCU. TCU had lots of injuries and their best player was removed/suspended/quit after we played them. Their season looked far different than reality.
Being handed the keys to a distracted team right before the season starts and having to play one of the toughest games of the year in TCU (I don't care how they finished, the team we played in September was good) vice a non-con with no P5 teams, all in the state of Ohio, with a full offseason to prepare and a relatively favorable B1G schedule (outside the last 2, which are division games and unavoidable)? Disagree all you want, but you're wrong.
If he can't handle our 2019 schedule the way it stands, he has no business as our coach. His 3 game stint in '18 tells me he'll handle this cakewalk just fine.
Lol give me a freaking break!
You guys have a lot better weed than we had when I was a kid
Agree. OSU needs to get Citadel, Arkansas State, and Louisiana on the schedule to make it grueling. Oh, and better add a bye before UofM game to ensure it is really, really tough.
If i were a betting man I'd say next year's 30-point road loss will be at Nebraska
If Northwestern had Thorson coming back I'd put my money on that game, however with a new QB at Northwestern I think you may be on to something here with the Huskers.
Good news. If the trend holds they'll only lose by 27.
"Day's first game will force him into a coaching matchup with Lane Kiffin, and finally, the real reason Urban Meyer retired is revealed. He was scared."
Don't you know, according to mgoblow he was scared harbaugh was finally reaching his stride!
I bleed scarlet...literally
The only question I have about the schedule, and I think I already know the answer....will they cut the grass at Ryan Field between now and October 19th? Nope. Pat Fitzgerald ain't no fool.
By the time Oct. 19, 2019 rolls around, Northwestern's field will look like the rough at St. Andrews golf course.
The out of conference opponents (FAU, Cincy Miami of Ohio) are not that tough. We do have 3 fairly strong opponents from the Big Ten West.(Wisc, NW, Neb.)
Toughest part of the schedule will be playing Penn State and TTUN in back to back weeks at the end.
sec is all in on the non conf schedule
"To The House"
There isn’t an FCS opponent in there. That OOC schedule would finish toward the top of the SEC.
What...the Citadel wasn't available?
I am a proud Alum from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. But, Ain’t that the truth! El CID has played more than it’s share of the SEC!
And been paid handsomely.
The Citadel should be an Associate Member of the SEC. I do love and respect The Citadel though!
I just got off the phone with College of Charleston, and Georgia Southern, neither were available unfortunately. My next call is to Mercer, maybe we can get a shot at taking down that powerhouse?!
Alabama Whining Tide play New Mexico St, Duke and Western Carolina and has 2 byes
Georgia Teardogs play Notre Dame, Murray St and Arkansas St, 2 byes
LSU Joe Burrows play Utah State, NW State, Ga Southern and has 2 byes
SEC SCHEDULE SCHEME 2019. Wonder if Georgia will play at Notre Dame in 2020?! My guess is they won't, afterall that would require leaving the South. We know Alabama won't do that. They are too scared to even play Duke in Durham. Pussies....
UGA played at ND last year in 2017. I believe 2019 is the return of the home and home and ND will play between the hedges in Athens
Somehow the entire SEC will still have a tougher SOS. Probably cause all the SEC teams get overrated and therefore inflate their SOS.
Absolutely they do, SEC = ESPN favorite conference and inflated rankings
Kiffin had FAU buzzing last year. They'll have some tricks up their sleeve.
Cincy, under Fickell, will be super motivated and they've got plenty of talent there.
The plus side is we get two bye weeks, no? After MSU and Wiscy, from what I can see.
Won't PSU and MSU have new starting QBs? Same with the skunkweasels, no? Who do they have on tap and what do we know about them?
'97 - Molecular Genetics
There are rumors circulating that Patterson might be back next season. However, their defense is losing a lot of talent and I believe Higdon is likely gone as well which cripples their offense significantly.
I will take this opportunity to say I somehow like the name skunkweasels as my early favorite to win the Name the team up north contest
When do tickets go on sale?
Day needs to hire some kind of witch doctor to keep away that voodoo from average/bottom dweller B1G teams.
Not a bad schedule at all. But all those Average Joe’s seem to turn into 5*s when playing OSU.
Once again Jim Delaney reveals how big of a moron he really is scheduling PSU and UM back to back for the conferences premier team.
Demanding preferential treatment for one team is how you turn into the Big 12.
Besides, it'll be fine. PSU took one step back without Barkley and will take another one with a new QB.
Every conference does it for their premier teams except the Big 10. How many times this century has Bama played a crossover game against UGA.
Also starting in 2022 we play Wisconsin every year through 2026. There's no rotation, the Big 10 is controlled by their TV sponsors and Delaney wanting premier regular season matchups, which does not favor Big 10 making the playoffs.
The SEC and Alabama's schedule isn't doing anything shady. They play 8 conference games, that's the reason they don't seem to have the big crossover games from the East. They have their 6 divisional opponents, then only 2 from the East. They are locked into a crossover game vs Tennessee as their rival, so they only have 1 other rotating east game every year.
I know, it's so unfair . . . the Big Ten is already giving Ohio State enough preferential treatment as it is. For example, the Big Ten set up Ohio State to play patsy Nebraska as its semi-permanent cross-over "rival" from the West until 2022 and then gave Ohio State another layup against Wisconsin from 2023 to 2028. Sure, Nebraska and Wisconsin have a lot of wins in program history, and Wisconsin has been dominant in the West in recent years, but the Big Ten projects those programs to decline just in time to give Ohio State some preferential treatments.
Meanwhile, the Big Ten is really screwing over whichever Big Ten East schools have to play Illinois as their semi-permanent cross-over games, because Illinois is going to be a powerhouse in coming years!
I think the 2019 Penn State game will be a lot closer to the 2015 38-10 game than it will be to the last three meetings
"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."
FAU - W
UC - W
Indiana - W
Miami (OH) - W
Nebraska - L (though it's a close one and not the annual 30-point deficit shitshow)
MSU - W (Dantonio's program is declining)
Northwestern - W (by the skin of our teeth though)
Wisconsin - W
Maryland - W
Rutgers - W
PSU - W
TTUN - W (plus the final nail in Hairball's coffin)
I'd be happy with that. Especially winning at ttun. That for me is #1. (each and every year)
"You win with people" - Woody Hayes
This would be good enough to get him the B1G coach of the year, so I'll fully expect it to go to a 9-3 Scott Frost.
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If Day wins the B1G in his first season at OSU he wins B1G Coach of the Year no question. The reason why Meyer was passed over so frequently for that honor is because people expect him to dominate year in and year out. Whereas what Pat Fitzgerald did at NW this year was a complete surprise (especially considering how horrible they did during OOC play). With Day he's a relative unknown at this point (who will have a talented team at his disposal but will also be facing a lot of turnover next year no question). If he exceeds expectations next season he's going to be in the conversation for B1G Coach of the Year no question. If he 1) beats scUM, 2) wins the B1G, and 3) gets his team into the CFP all in his first season he's pretty much a lock to win that honor.
I would take that bet. I wouldn't be surprised if the media transfers Urban's expectations over to Day saying he got Urban's players and staff. I'm not saying it's right, but that I wouldn't be surprised.
Day vs. Lane Kiffin in Week 1. That should be fun.
The only game that truly scares me is that trip to Nebraska. If Day doesnt get our defense fixed Scott Frost is gonna rip us apart if we are not careful.
"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Woody trolling the SEC.
They might be improved next year but I have a hard time getting too worked up over a 4-8 team.
I'm with you, but at the same time, you should think of them as about 7-5 maybe even 8-4, they came unglued at least three times when they should have won games. I think we should be very careful how we prep for this game.
4-8 stemmed from having to play a walk-on QB they plucked from the intramural teams. Once their regular QB came back, they finished the season stronger.
"Success is the only motivational factor that a boy with character needs." Woody
This is how the schedule should look every year.. with the exception of PSU right before TTUN. That will be a challenge, but everything else is perfect. This is how the SEC schedules every year.
Boo. I want a marquee non conference matchup (or two) every year. Screw what the SEC does.
And I don’t care what anybody says, Cincinnati is NOT a marquee matchup.
None of the road teams are allowed to parade sick kids in front our team
Can I get an amen? I feel for Tyler Trent, don't get me wrong, the kid has clearly been through a lot in his life but that was so disgusting on ESPN's part to push that story full blast throughout the Purdue game. As soon as they had that poor kid on the screen making his prediction OSU almost had to throw the game the rest of the way so as not to break that poor kid's heart. Disgusting example of exploitation by ESPN there.
I mean it was a human interest story but I do agree. They covered it so much that I even wanted to root for Purdue a bit. It was rough. It is not the only time such a thing has been covered but it was covered pretty intense in that game.
It was 100% cringe-worthy is what it was. It was one of those moments where I immediately felt like saying, "Be careful ESPN, your agenda is showing."
I agree and disagree at the same time. I think it's cheap of them to push a story like that especially during a game.. but also - no way did that force us to lose by 30 points.
Upvote for the honest take, though
From the viewer's perspective it would have been almost inhumane and cruel for OSU to win that game after how much Rinaldi was covering that piece and especially after he asked Tyler to predict the outcome (which of course the kid is going to pick Purdue, that's his team). You put two and two together and see how much time ESPN spent building up OSU football as the Evil Empire during the off-season with the ZS shitshow and it's hard not to think ESPN was trying to push an anti-OSU agenda with the Tyler Trent story.
I hope they take the kid to the Music City Bowl game with Auburn. I think he deserves the trip after what he did to the Buckeyes.
We were a very young team last year. Cincy is tough, but we dont play a typical top 15 team.
Big10 West needs to step it up and until then, I like our schedule. Interesting, PSU and TTUN B2B, thats a first. Good news is, gives Day time to develop the roster.
How did the Buckeyes end up with two bye weeks?
I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.
Every B1G team gets two byes this year. The CFB season needs to end the first week of December, but because of the way the calendar falls this year there are 14 Saturdays between then and August 31. Hence two weeks off.
If the Saturday of Labor day weekend is in August, then you have 14 Saturdays from Labor Day weekend to the end of November. Most years when Labor Day weekend has September Saturday, then you have one bye.
All things considered I personally won't hold it against him if he loses a couple of the big games.
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Why in the world would the BIG schedule PSU and TTUN back to back then the BIG Title Game???
Always and forever, Go Bucks!
To prove we're better than the SEC? This appears to me to be an attempt to elevate the normal conference schedule via the placement of games. Maybe. PSU does draw MSU and TTUN back to back but Iowa, Purdue, and Minny from cross-division. TTUN does not draw anything like that and gets a bye before MSU with Wiscy, Iowa, and Illinois from the west. TTUN will play the Domers on Oct. 26th.
It just might be the way things fall although I don't understand why we play Nebraska so often. I'm... just going to stick with that's the way things worked out.
PSU is our tune up game this year!
I am good playing PSU every year. But keep that game the first Saturday of October, right after Tulane.
In response to all the “PSU is not our rival” talk earlier this year, someone posted a link showing the B1G actually “assigned” or “designated” rivals many years ago. If the B1G did indeed designate PSU as our secondary rival (bear with this for a moment), then the B1G should have a policy not to schedule rivalry games back to back.
Pitt is PSUs rival. And at least Pitt made it to its Conf Championship game this year.
That schedule looks very manageable. Not sure where the "grueling" line is coming from.
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So we play Penn State while Bama plays an all girls high school JV team?
Scarlett & Gray > Blue and Gold
Bama will play an FCS team before the Iron Bowl. Auburn will also play an FCS team before the Iron Bowl.
It's really not the advantage our fans seem to think it is.
Bama also struggled for a half against the Citadel this year before finally getting their shit together. Perhaps they get caught napping in that powder puff matchup.
Really, playing the Citadel game before Conf Championship game isnt an advantage? LOL
Not when their opponent is doing the exact same thing.
If Bama was playing Citadel while Auburn played LSU, then yea that would be a hell of an advantage.
But if they both essentially have a bye week they’re on fair footing.
What about the other conferences competing for the same BCS Playoff spots?
True but I don't think many people care about the competitive advantage per say Alabama would have against Auburn. It's not about who they play the week after chickenshit Saturday, it's about the actual chickenshit Saturday game. To sort of echo another poster commenting on this topic (below or above me): It's week 11 guys are beat up and this essentially gives them an additional week to recover and rest. Not to mention there is no need to game plan against The Sisters of the Poor so they have another additional week to work on team weaknesses, etc.
In other conferences during week 11 you typically can't just sleepwalk against a conference foe and come out victorious, unless you're playing Rutgers of course.
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
I disagree. It really IS the advantage our fans think it is. 1) the risk of injury to key players the week before a rivalry game is diminished. Can keep those players out for 2nd half when crushing FCS teams. 2) the easy competition means injured players can have another week to heal because they are not desperately needed against FCS teams. 3) a loss in late November is worse than a loss in September, so it’s not just a reduction of the risk of a loss, but it’s the avoidance of a more impactful loss.
So yeah, the SEC does benefit from chickenshit Saturday. This is why I advocate for all P5 conferences to play by same rules. Same number of conference games, and same weeks in which OOC games can be played, and same 4-year scholarship offers.
Look at the results. There are more benefits with this schedule, using the current system. The SEC has more bids than any other conference 6 in 5 years. The Big Ten, 3 in 5 years.
Keep in mind, perception matters. So why not set your conference for success?
Points one and two would apply to both opponents in the rivalry game, which means they’re not getting an advantage. Point three is just factually incorrect - losing in November is not any worse than usual. Clemson and Michigan lost the second to the last week of the season two years ago and were firmly on playoff position.
Brutus B....are you new to following football? Do you believe what you typed? ....Based on what???? Playing Madden on your play station? Stop basing your opinions on your opinions Man.
Are you not aware that over a 15 week schedule of pounding the body and coaches developing specific game plans (and players learning) for every new opponent each week that its a tireless job?
Having a cupcake team in week #14 when you have a roster of 4 and 5 star studs v cupcake team kids not even recruited by big schools with coaching staffs who are in their first gigs, That the power house team is at a severe advantage in that week 14 game alone and then an even bigger advantage in week 15 game (because it doesnt even have to prepare for week 14 game and can rest starters, and begin to prepare for week 15 game a whole extra week in advance.
Exactly. I'll also piggyback onto #3: While all (or mostly all) SEC teams play FCS teams in week 11 this assures them a victory and leaves zero chance they drop in the rankings. All while the other conferences are playing one another and someone's gotta lose - it leaves the door open for those teams in the Top25 to potentially drop out and SEC teams who just beat Bethune Cookman to sneak back into the Top25, thus giving top SEC teams more "quality top25 wins."
Brutus B....One last question.
Do you also believe that you can run an SEC offense in Ann Arbor with 30 mph winds and temps in the 20s as easily as in Tuscaloosa when its in sunny and in the 60s?
Bama plays Western Carolina the week before the Iron Bowl next year.
69 in 18
And they get rewarded for it every season. I call BUSHLEAGE! It's such a crock of shit they get away with doing this every season. Thanks ESPN for loving the SECHEAT so much
Everyone will want to watch our game though.
Yep. So once again, Delaney makes more TV $ in the short term, while SEC improves odds for CFP spots which improves their brand for the long term.
With Ohio State's grueling 2019 schedule, Ryan Day won't be able to ease into his first season as a head coach.
No offense, David, but that is not a grueling schedule. Some tough stretches, yes. But grueling -- after that 4 game opening? As that opening read line is seen on other sites, there will be some catcalls and chuckles, not that we should care. But there are some teams from OSU's past that want a word with you, lol.
The schedule features 4 teams who ended the year in the CFP top 25, 1 more than we played this year and that included a big ten title game.
Realistically there are SEVEN teams on this schedule that could potentially end up ranked. Cinci, Nebraska, NW, MSU, Wisconsin, PSU, UM. Frost as Nebraska poised for a big jump, and you have to assume Sparty and Wisconsin will bounce back from down years. Obviously they likely won't all finish in the top 25 come year end, but I'd be shocked if there weren't 5. I don't think there's a single team in the top 10 who had 5 wins against CFP top 25 teams
Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite
Whew. No Iowa or Purdue. Close call
Penn State right before TTUN! WTF?
There is absolutely no reason to schedule moderately competitive OOC games anymore. Strength of Schedule mattering to the playoff committee was a crock of shit. Go back to scheduling MAC schools and FCS schools for non-conference
^^^^ THIS!!!! ^^^^^ x100
Except when Ohio State does it the Committee will say 'hmm, we wish they would have played some better OOC teams so we could gauge how good they really are'. 'We'll have to ding them for this'.
Fields of Dreams
At least we miss Purdue and Iowa lol. Why doesn't the Big Ten allow us to schedule a cupcake before our big game at the end of the season like Alabama does EVERY year before they play Auburn. I think the schedule a bye week for 1 of the other "tough" games the have like LSU. Penn state and Michigan back to back is a joke then a possible championship after that. We won't have anything left for a playoff.
The last two games back to back are the only concern that I see. But we don't even know who are QB1 will be at this point so we may more "grueling" concerns than who we are playing.
There can be only one
Toughest games at Nebraska and at northwestern
but overall very manageable
Stay golden, Ponyboy.
There’s about four-five games that make me nervous on there. Cincy, at NE, at NU, then PSU/TTUN back to back.
If Haskins comes back, the Buckeyes will be undefeated going into Michigan. And as far as Michigan goes, will they be better next year, because the Buckeyes will.
My early (and quite useless) predictions
We then go on to win our conference again, but Day somehow doesn't win COTY.
A Martinez = Nebraska
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain
That is a detail. We don't have no time for details here. We've got the hopes and dreams of the skunkweasels to crush.
No mud against MSU. That's a home game on artificial turf. Could be wet though.
I'd rather be a minute early than an hour early, 'cause I like to procrastinate.
2002/ Cincinnati on schedule.... National Championship
2014/ Cincinnati on schedule...... National Championship
2019/ Cincinnati on schedule.......???????
EB79, this is awesome and made my day. May history repeat itself next year.
I may add both 2002 and 2014 games were struggles that probably helped both teams in the long run.
If 2019 is a struggle ,which it could be with what Fickell is doing there...it could catapult them through the rest of the schedule.
Methinks we need to be scheduling them Bearcats more often if not every year
That's a Buckeye touchdown!
9-3 season...i think Fick beats Day and OSU drops to Nebraska and then finally to Michigan. Not sold that a Martell led offense can deliver the way Haskins did.
Ugh. Bet you're the life of the party.
The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes
His commentary is a joy to have around here, that's for sure.
The Buckeyes survived 52-51 thanks to that errant throw to a wide-open receiver on a two-point attempt.
Well, set his feet and make the throw...oh wait, he couldn't.
And it was a pick play, which is offensive pass interference. Like targeting only counts at Ohio State, the pick is strange. It is often not called. I think you call it if you actually set a pick on the player. If the defense collides on its own, fine.
I'm going to predict that at least 3 of the 4 games of Nebraska, Mich State, Northwestern and Wisconsin are at night. While none of those really scare me by themselves, just having that many in a short time span seems to be what causes our Buckeyes to lose their focus the last few years. Hopefully they can avoid that pitfall next year...
“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.”
Maybe, but the only one that is an issue is Nebraska. MSU & Wisky are home, and NW is before a bye week. Late Road games are the issue.
The one I would worry about is PSU @ night. Even though it is home its the week before UM.
The big ten typically tries to avoid november night games, I could see that being a 3:30 kick. Although, given that its chickenshit saturday in the SEC there won't be many big matchups to put in primetime
The only thing I can think about when I look at that schedule is "Who do I hit, Coach?!"
The Buckeyes didn't get great luck in their cross-division matchups this year as they drew Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Personally I think this is getting great luck. We will need as many solid wins as possible. If we can't beat those teams we have no business competing for B1G or National Championships.
2019 is a little tricky. 2020 has us home to Iowa, @Michigan State and @ Penn State back to back. That’s 3 straight weeks of good defenses.
I think Fickell and company will not be ready speed wise on our field yet this is an ever growing team that I am not as happy we play as many on here. I respect the hell out of Fickell's ability to find diamonds in the rough and if his staff are solid teachers this would make two full years and three summers in the culture. I the most concerned with Maryland and Nebraska as they have either the athletes or the scheme to hurt us!
I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk
I hope Day keeps his offensive staff intact, I think the confidence/familiarity in one another will allow us to provide a fantastic setting for offensive success! Whatever variation of Martell/Baldwin we have at the QB!
I think the new QB thing is going to be tough. Not that those guys are bad, but it is harder to do some of the things that bailed the team out this year. The defense has got to get better. No way about that. And the running game has got to become more consistent too.
When Maryland visits Ohio Stadium next November, it'll be commandeered by new head coach Mike Locksley.
I've seen this noted in a number of places today and wonder if anyone has heard anything concerning LJ and his status @ tOSU now that Locksley is HC @ Maryland?
"Defiance in Silence"
Nebraska away, at night, and with Wandale Robinson scares the hell out of me. There, I said it.
The Nebraska game could be a prime time depending on how both teams are doing going in. I have Northwestern pisked as my trap game.
Pigskins & Porkrinds
I assume our normal "big non-conference opponent game" for 2019 was originally going to be TCU as the second game of the home/away series with them. But then they chickened out of playing OSU twice and we ended up with just the one "neutral" site game at Jerry World this year. So Cincy was added as the replacement?
Next year's schedule is a joke. 1 loss and we'll be out of the playoff again!
As long as we don't get blown out again by an unranked team, I think we'll be fine.
Some of us have expressed concerns that our offense will not be quite as explosive next year with either Tate or Matt under center. This is inevitably true, since neither of them are Dwayne. However, it's pretty darn reasonable to anticipate them scoring 31-35 points per contest (compared to this year's 43 ppg juggernaut).
On the flipside, this year's defense was the worst EVER. I think it's fairly safe to expect even based on the law of averages ALONE, plus the fact that we will have a very experienced back 7, and returning playmakers on the D-line, the defense will be in line with what we are accustomed to. If not downright dominant, they will at least be VERY GOOD (no more of those f'ng 80 yard plays!).
In order to go undefeated in big time college football, sometimes it's more important to have a higher floor (how your team plays at their worst) than a higher ceiling (how they play when they're at their best). Bama and Clemson have proved this time and time again (we all know that if we play our best, and they play their best, we would destroy both teams).
That is why next year's team WILL be going to the CFP; but not sure that without Dwayne, we can actually win the whole thing.
The 4 games right in the middle, and the last 2 are what will make or break next season. Can't overlook Cincy or IU, they both seem to play us closer than expected more often than not. But Day will be earning his paycheck in those games.
I well remember Coach Tressel's close brush with UC.
Very manageable schedule for 2019, and I will make an early prediction.......the Buckeyes will not get blown out in any game, although I do think Nebraska might be the toughest test before going to Michigan. Undefeated? Longshot, though Coach Meyer did it in 2012.
I think Coach Day's two biggest concerns are going to be finding the successor to Dwayne Haskins at QB (if he leaves), and fixing a defense that was far below Ohio State standards.
I'll go on record as to say that Coach Day will be better than many naysayers might think.
PSU and TTUN is not good for two reasons. We are PSU's rival they will play us hard no matter how good or bad they maybe. We are there Michigan and it will be a trap game with TTUN the following week I don't like it.
with focus and discipline they shoud not lose a game
Mark May is a mental midget
Arguably...the three best programs in the West:
This year's champion (Northwestern)...last year's champion (Wisconsin) next years champion (Nebraska)...plus scum and PSU back to back.
"Give your dream an aspiration date."
A lot of depends on where we are at with our QB. If Haskins returns, it's very favorable. If Luke Fickell can keep Cincinnati rolling, that could end up being a decent win for us. The rest of the non conference is very weak. The two games I am personally worried about are At Northwestern, and At Nebraska. Either of those could potentially be a night matchup and those have been a bit troubling for us. Scott Frost was 4-8 this year, but I believe his team was much better than that. Their QB Martinez will be even better next season and I was extremely impressed with what he did in his first season at the helm. We know Northwestern will be ready for us, and that they are extremely well coached. Doesn't matter, we can't lose any games if we want to make the playoff because we know there will only be 3 spots up for grabs, looking at Alabamas BS schedule scheme with "Western Carolina" before Auburn, the bye before LSU, and the non conference power 5 matchup with Duke (of course not being played in Durham, but Atlanta), and the fact they only play 8 conference games, they won't lose any games. NEVER SCHEDULE TCU AGAIN! Those schmucks screwed us over, not only by going 6-6 but by chickening out and not coming to Columbus.
Wake me up in November
"ESPIN's Scott Van Pelt still references this game as one of the most wild come-from-behind covers in history, and he's right."
Even a blind pig finds a frozen turd every now and then.
This is a rough schedule.
Cincinnati will be no slouch with Fickell at the helm. Nebraska is looking to prove they've turned the corner. MSU is still looking for a grudge win ... though thankfully we play them in October, not 2 weeks before the TTUN game.
Northwestern is looking better. Wisconsin is always dangerous. Maryland had their moments at times in 2018.
But lastly, having Penn State followed by a trip to TTUN is brutal on the players.
Hopefully Ryan Day has learned that you prepare for TTUN year round. Save the best for last.
"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer
So much of this depends on who is playing quarterback.
Does Haskins returns? Probably not, but it would strike fear in everyone if he did.
Tate Martell? He hasn't really shown that he can run Day's aggressive downfield passing concepts.
Matthew Baldwin? He has the arm on film, but is he physically and mentally up to it?
Dwan Mathis? He's new, we don't know what he can do yet.
If Haskins is back, I'd predict 11-1. If he's gone I'd say 10-2 or 9-3. We'll learn a lot in the Spring Game.
The BIG conference, both east and west, is getting competitive to the point that almost any of those games can present a trap game. We need to resurrect the Silver Bullets to keep us in the games when the offense struggles.
Howzit my bruddahs? I may live in Hawaii but my heart is O-H-I-O
Great point, Pig4skin.
We have plenty of offensive firepower. I don't worry about that. But we need to shut down everyone else. We need to do a basement-to-attic cleaning on defense and start the Silver Bullet train again.
So Purdue escapes the revenge game in Columbus?!?! I call BS! Then again, Iowa did the same.
I’m sorry, but there is nothing grueling about the out of conference schedule and OSU will be favored in all conference games. Weak.
"In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem." George Carlin
I'm really looking forward to Day vs. Fickell. You can bet Luke's going to be ready for that one.
I am amazed that absolutely nobody that I saw during the playoff discussion or even now looking to next year's schedule mentioned that Nebraska played the first half of it's schedule with basically a walk-on QB snatched from some intramural team. They had no back-up. That is a tough way to win. Once they got their regular QB back (just in time for the OSU matchup), they showed they can be formidable. They were not a 4-8 team when we played them, and will not be next year.
You misspelled Cincinnati.
The down vote is a mighty tool. Use it on idiots, not differing opinions.
NW's grounds crew will have a challenge taming down the rough that Sunday after OSU comes to Ryan Field