“Ohio State's As Good As Anybody” – What Washington Coach Chris Petersen Had to Say Following His Team's 28-23 Loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl

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c11058's picture

Hope Coach Peterson has himself a big meal after the Rose Bowl.  Win or Lose, you're looking awful thin, Coach.

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Txsbuckeye's picture

For real. He looks llike a damn corpse. 

#TheBuckeyesAgainstTheWorld

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Hovenaut's picture

Or Bo Ryan's better groomed, somewhat healthier younger brother.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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My buck's picture

He always reminds me of Billy Bob Thorton

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Daniel's picture

Go eat a cheeseburger.

Va Buck

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Byaaaahhh's picture

He just has some sunken eyes.

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CC's picture

I wish somebody said that about me...

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buckeyenut74's picture

CC, you have sunken eyes.....there, you got your wish....lol

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Buckbuster's picture

This guy is one heck of a good coach. Glad we won. Go Bucks

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Davep160's picture

Yeah, Peterson is an elite coach. He has done a lot with that program,  I am sure they will only get better in the PAC 12

The lord of brevity.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Peterson is a great coach, and Washington, even though I think everyone expected them to be contenders for the playoff, they were just totally out gunned by the Buckeyes. Ohio State should've been in the playoff.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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Canukbuck's picture

While our special teams and offense were very good the vast majority of the season, our defense just wasn't up to Silver Bullet calibre and as such, this lack of defensive consistency, quite frankly, took away our right to be included in the mix for the top 4 teams.  I do, however, believe that Dwayne should have been the Heisman winner ...

But no, we should not have been in the playoff and frankly, I'm okay with that - both Clemson and Bama would have lit up our defense.  Neither Peter Warner or Tuf Borland have the speed or strength to play LB against either of those teams - they had their hands full last night ....

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

You're entitled to your opinion but Ohio State is a better team than Notre Dame and Oklahoma. I don't know what they would've done against Alabama or Clemson but I would've liked to find out. #bringonbama #wewantclemson

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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awlinBrutus's picture

Our D definitely matches up better with Bama than Clemson. I think we can hang with anyone with Haskin's tbh.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Canukbuck's picture

Well, we certainly didn't hang with Purdue, in any phase of the game, even though everyone was touting it as a "trap game".  Auburn dumped the Boilermakers by 49 points and Auburn wasn't much of a team.  None of the top 4 teams lost as badly as we did to a 6 - 7 team.  So, as much as I love my Buckeyes, they are not in the same discussion with the top two seeds this season, despite how incredible Dwayne Haskins has been .... Just a touch of reality IMHO ....

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Canukbuck's picture

Offensively, perhaps .... but, both Notre Dame and Oklahoma were not as thin in the back end as we were this season.  Sorry, but outside of Malik Harrison, who came on strong in the second half of the season, our linebackers were an Achilles's heel for our defense and until our corners learn to turn their heads and stop the clutching and grabbing, our back 7 isn't good enough to play in the MAC (although Okouda played exceptionally well yesterday and White has been a very welcome addition to the secondary (should have been there much sooner) .... 

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Notre Dame and Oklahoma were not as thin in the back end as we were this season

Know who else isn't thin in the backend? Bert

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FieldsofJreams's picture

tOSU back 7 not good enough for the MAC??  Exaggerate much......  I am pretty sure you didn't watch OU play this year.  ND lost one CB and their secondary went to crap instantly, how is that not thin??

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Buckeyes17's picture

Washington played well in the second half. Part of that was due to Ohio State just simply not playing, but Washington shows some grit.

"Khajiit has wares if you have the coin."

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Chargerbuck's picture

It really did seem OSU pulled the plug and played Tressel ball in the second half.   Yes, Washington had something to do with it, but in the end it seemed like OSU didn’t want to run it up/embarrass Coach Petersen.

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bd2999's picture

I am not sure I agree it was conservative play calling. To me, it seemed like Washington changed their defense some. Instead of rushing three and dropping 8 into coverage, they started bringing the heat on every play. And OSU went from being able to block it to having a free rusher blowing up each play. Haskins had no time on pass plays.

Heck, going conservative may have been the best bet at one point in the fourth. When they got it near the 50. Had they milked the clock instead of going for passes, it would have stressed Washington more.

That said, if they would have had any protection for Haskins, they would have had first downs, which are much better of course.

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PhillyNut's picture

They seemed to forget their backs for a good part of the second half as well. You knew that UW had to bring heat in the second half but there did not seem to be a strong desire to run plays to counteract it.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Berg2004's picture

Did it not feel almost exactly like the Cotton Bowl last year? Except last year we sacked the hell out of Darnold while Browning kept slipping away. 

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bd2999's picture

Similar, I guess. Not the turn overs. Browning did seem to escape the pressure. Not sure how a few times. Seemed like he was dead to rights a few times and would suddenly be making a pass. I felt that way in the ground game too. Looked liked three or four red shirt in the area to stop him and he would get through somehow.

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bd2999's picture

No question, but I am not sure how effective it would have been in some cases if the free rusher met the back in the backfield instead of Haskins. If he was able to make a move he would have been gone, or nearly so.

I would have settled for a few screens to the RBs to help with that. Dobbins and Weber are great on those. Heck, a WR screen or something like that could work. A lesson from the PSU game really. It would be worse had they lost, but still. The game plan was solid and very good for the first half. That fourth quarter was just the opposite. Goes to show what happens when you let a good team breathe on either side of the ball.

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Trebor40's picture

That was not Tressel ball! We would have run it three times and punted every possession after we are up 28-10 under 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter!  By the way we then would have won 28-17! 

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bd2999's picture

It was both really. Washington kicked it into gear and OSU let their foot off. If the offense had put together a reasonable drive towards the end of the third quarter or at any point in the fourth, it would have killed the momentum.

Washington, with their senior QB, kept fighting back.

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NHBuckeye's picture

It's hard not to like Coach Petersen.    

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Agreed. Just look at how he sustained BSU and the big boys they routinely beat, and then turned UW after an 0-12 season a few years back. He's a really, really good one. He's another that I don't want to see prowl the sidelines at TTUN.

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luckynutz's picture

He's not a #MichiganMan. So you don't have to worry about that

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

I respect Peterson a lot. The fact his team didn't curl into a ball and start sulking after three quarters of getting manhandled was commendable.

Don Brown must've attended night school, because he got owned by Day.

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input4u's picture

After Halftime it looked like we might be able to put the game away and stomp them.  His team came back and didn't fold or give up.  Props to that...

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

I think our team shut it down a bit too early though... would have been nice to see them play 4 quarters.

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

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BucksLover0214's picture

After watching the PAC-12 championship game I thought we might massacre Washington.  They fought hard in the second half and probably put some fear in Meyer.  Petersen is a hell of a coach.  Washington is lucky to have him, even if he made some curious calls in the Rose Bowl.

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Cooper's picture

Buckeye fans know all about not putting 4 quarters together, coach. We sympathize.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Washington is a very good team and Petersen will keep them competing for PAC 12 titles and the CFP. That said, Ohio State is another level.

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buckeyeupnorth's picture

It's great to have a classy coach in college football and Peterson is definitely one. CFB needs more of his type and less of...well I can think of a few, LOL.

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

The score before half was the difference in the game. Extremely confusing possession by Washington and I'm thankful they made the costly mistake. 

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IGotAWoody's picture

We returned the favor on several drives in the 4th quarter by throwing the ball and not effectively killing the clock when we needed to.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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SnGinWV's picture

Peterson is one of the best coaches in the country...   He's who everyone thinks Harbaugh is.   He coaches circles around Jim

Life long fan of... The!

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Sunny Buck's picture

Thanks for the remarks coach Pete. We all respect the heck out of you and your team. You're on the right track. Keep up the good work and good luck with the program.

Thanks Buckeyes!!

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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rkylet83's picture

I’d argue Washington is probably the most complete team we played this year.  They didn’t make errors and made some good plays in the passing game and running game.  Certainly the best defense we’ve faced all year. 

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BrutusB's picture

Blamed himself and not the players, praised the opponent.  That's how you lose with grace.  Good job, coach.

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Weave77's picture

It's on me. It's not these kids.

Statements like this are a hallmark of a great coach. Much respect to Coach Petersen.

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booj's picture

when your comeback is predicated on iffy PI calls and winning 100% of jumpballs, it's not really a recipe for sustained success. That game should never have been as close as the score. The win's nice, but that 4th quarter left just a hint of salt in my mouth.

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Silver Sniper's picture

The one handed circus grab was crazy. That was a 1 in 100 successful play.

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booj's picture

that really was a superior athletic effort. tip of the cap to the athlete, of course

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Tom Ramsey's picture

Credit to Washington, they wanted it more than we did, we just did enough to win.  You could tell Meyer was disappointed by the lackluster play in the second half.  These bowl games are just not the same anymore.

Tom

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fishleehooker's picture

I think a couple of things happened to us in that 2nd half. Obviously the playcalling went predictable.  But I think another thing is that this is a bowl game.  The intensity is there, but its hardly on the level of the Game or the Big 10 championship. They've been riding rollercoasters and living life, along with practice. So, there is kinda two worlds and you saw that in each half.  Also, that is Washington's time zone. We can get used to it all we want, but it really shows over a long game and that sort of thing, while minimal kinda crept on us.  Also, Washington is a really good team and has tons of seniors, while we are a great team, but with tons of youth. Once you take your foot off the pedal and the other team gets momentum, its hard to flip the switch; and experience often is the difference in those situations. The refs and the clock operator were not our friends in the 2nd half as well. I thought that last Td was beyond bogus. They would have scored of course, but that seemed like Vegas made that call. The ref was standing on the 3 and called it a TD with no clear view. Also I saw one play that the clock didn't run and nearly every play, the clock stopped the instant the whistle blew. I suspect another clock operator and you see an extra second each play.  

I also think Urban did not want anyone to get hurt. I think that was a big thing for him.  

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

It was my fault . . . I kept praising the SEC refs, who were superb for most of the game . . . until Washington's final drive of the 4Q, when the refs made three awful calls in rapid succession. 

The TD call was hilariously bad since it was actually even freakin' reviewed by replay! How could the guy have broken the plane of the end zone if the ball never hit the pylon, since the ball was - with absolute certainty - perpendicular to the pylon? It's basic physics, right?  

I jinxed it. 

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Davep160's picture

They were a very good crew,  that was next level baloon work

The lord of brevity.

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CincyBuck's picture

Yep.  And the guy who called the TD was, what, 7-8 yards behind the play at the time?  Hard to understand how that call was made.

And you're right about the 4Q calls.  It got pretty one-sided at the end.  A few highly questionable defensive holding/PI calls.  Though I guess that made the game interesting.  So there's that.

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Dillon G's picture

Washington was far more prepared on defense than the grossly over rated Don Brown unit. That is why it was 28....yes it could have been more, but wasn’t 62.

#walkaway

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unclebucky47's picture

Want to truly see how dumb the National Media and even coaches are?  Wait til next weeks final coaches poll and AP poll.  Ohio State will be behind Notre Dame and Oklahoma.  To some idiots, they will be behind Florida and maybe even Georgia.  It is just a lack of knowledge and poor effort.

jdw

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My buck's picture

Well, you do know that Georgia lost to Bama twice, right?  Texas was just the recipient.  That’s the narrative anyway. Barf. 

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George Hennen's picture

Let’s be real. Bama or Clemson would roll us. No doubt our offense would put up points but our defense couldn’t stop them. 

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IGotAWoody's picture

I didn't read anyone on here saying that we deserved to be in the playoff because we would beat Bama and Clemson. Everything I saw and continue to see on 11W is that we would've been better opponents than OK and ND.

For the Sooners, it was close - they got jumped on early, but managed to put up a decent fight. ND, however, is clearly not a top 4 team. I don't think they're a top 10 team either. The Buckeyes would be a terrible matchup for ND.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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George Hennen's picture

Let’s be real. Bama or Clemson would roll us. No doubt our offense would put up points but our defense couldn’t stop them. 

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

Yeah, Well that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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mizzer's picture

Peterson is a good one.  He's the kind of coach we don't want anywhere near Michigan.

One comment about the game: if we simply pound the rock in the second half after going up 28-3 the clock runs out on the Huskies before they even get a chance to score their last TD. Too many dropped passes that stopped the clock.

Ah, well. No complaints.  Great win!  God Bucks!

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree, the game should have ended 28-17. But maybe the staff was coaching "past" just this Rose Bowl? 

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mizzer's picture

True.  It also didn't escape me that the open playbook gave Haskins one more chance to display his talent on a national level.  IMO, it didn't go so well, so he should just come back next year and win the Heisman and the CFC.
 

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buckeyewalt's picture

You could say a lot of things didn't go our way the second half, but really, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Even the players thought 28-3, no biggie and then boom, they scored and scored and scored to our ho-hum. I think that they gained close to 200 yards to our 20 in the last quarter alone. The only stat that we won was in penalties! Passing, rushing and total yards went their way also. Day has some work to do not only to keep the intensity up but to shore-up our defense in particular.

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IGotAWoody's picture

The only stat that we won was in penalties!

Ummm, we also won the most important stat - the score. 

Also, the first half counted - if only the 2nd half counted, then you would be spot on.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Peterson is a good coach but I expected more creativity from his offense. It was rather basic. 

Washington in their own territory ran screens and slants. Once they got to the 50 they attacked the middle of the field mixing in an occasional deep shot. 

Abandoned Gaskins in the first half and it cost them.

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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stxbuck's picture

What major coach/program has schemes that are not "basic" in your view? Just curious, b/c Petersen has always been considered one of the most most innovative offensive coaches out there ever since is Boise State day.

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

His first half playcalling was very predictable

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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luckynutz's picture

I thought him hitting us with the jump pass was a nice touch.

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Silver Sniper's picture

Little jab at Meyer there. I’d been waiting for us to do that with Tate all year but I guess allowing him to throw a pass outside of the Tulane game wasn’t in the cards.

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Poco Loco's picture

I would not blame the defense since by the beginning of the 4th quarter they had been on the field much too long and had only given up 3 points. Check the time of possession at the end of the 3re quarter. The offense did not spend as much time on the field to give the defense a rest. Did anyone note the defensive substitutions in the 4th quarter?

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

I saw an interview with Dwayne and Wade(?) after the game where Dwayne said, in an aside to the other player, that they were tired in the second half.  I can certainly see how that would be true for the defense, but the offense wasn't on the field long enough to tire out.  I imagine that the long layoff took a toll on them, and the travel, late nights, etc. probably didn't help.

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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luckynutz's picture

At least Dwayne didn't Troy Smith it on the awards banquet circuit...

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M-villeBuck's picture

This is exactly why it no longer makes sense to delay playing these post season games 6 weeks after the season ends.  It now amounts to a glorified scrimmage in so many ways.  "The 'it's all about academics" is far too shallow.

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thedewman10's picture

....or have 4 more playoff teams play mid Dec and the final 4 on Jan 1

TheDewMan10

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BuckeyePhi1517's picture

The second half play calling was just plain disappointing.  We gave all the momentum to Washington and played 5 horrible looking possessions in a row like we were in camp trying to figure out an offense.  Strange and unsatisfying for Urban's last game.

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OldTownBuckNut's picture

Well Peterson just screwed himself out of any future employment at ESPN with that statement. How dare he question the infallibility of the committee or the omnipotence of the mighty SEC SEC SEC!!! Especially after Georgia’s crushing of four loss Texas from the hapless B12!!! Oh wait...LOL

Round on the ends and "HI" in the middle. O-HI-O.

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BucksHave7's picture

Peterson is one of my fav's out there.  Always a classy guy. 

BucksHave7

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

20 yards in the fourth quarter for OSU. No idea why on God’s name they just tried to run the clock when that didn’t even work.

Maybe that was Meyer’s call because day said at the half Ohio state had to continue to attack. 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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Buckinnati's picture

http://www.espn.com/college-football/statistics/teamratings

ESPN should listen to Coach Petersen. Espn still has Georgia ranked ahead of us in its Power Rankings (updated after yesterday's games.) I'm not sure why I even bothered to look.

"Our kind of families win a few more football games than others." Coach Hayes

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BuckNutsinIndiana's picture

those rankings r ridiculous Miss St at 8 with an 8-5 record, cmon man!

I dont often hate, but when I do...I hate _ichigan Wolverines. Stay victorious my friends.

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Not_Sure's picture

The same Miss St that lost to unranked Iowa? Yeah, no bias there at all. 

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OldTownBuckNut's picture

I mean, for chrissakes, they even has TTUN ranked above us AFTER 62-39!!! This is just more evidence of the BS rigging ESPN does to make Alabama and Clemson who they are. Both conferences owned and operated by Disney/ESPN. 

Round on the ends and "HI" in the middle. O-HI-O.

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stxbuck's picture

Washington is/was a very well coached team-tOSU out-talented them, but their defensive schemes were sound and well executed.

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BigJoe21's picture

Peterson has always been a class act.. I hope to see his team turn some heads next year with Eason ready to go

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Before last night I mightve been ok if we had hired Petersen as our HC. But after some of his decisions I'm like "Nah, I'm good."

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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Freaks number 75's picture

Petersen is a great coach and Washington was much better than anyone in the B1G outside of Penn State and Ohio State. 

Give him credit for the comeback. If this OSU team could play a solid 4 quarters of football there is no one in the country that could beat them. No how no way. 

Discipline is an issue for the Bucks. Maybe Day can right that ship. Urban leaving is so saddening. He took Ohio State football to a new level. Haskins coming back would just guarantee a National Title game appearance and a Heisman for him. Not going to happen. 

Successfull year 13-1. I see them ranked top 4 at the end of the season. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma will be top 5. Georgia gets beat by Texas. ND won’t be in another playoff for at least 10 years. Okie got whipped by the National Champs. Clemson are pretenders. 

"and there he is... The Big Kat"

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NOBLUE's picture

i don't think being out scored in the second half 20- 0 puts us on another level....

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BuckNutsinIndiana's picture

20-7, it was 21-3 at half

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MightyMac63's picture

What was another key to the game was when their safety Taylor Rapp left after that 1st drive of the game with the hip pointer. Left the center of the secondary open and the Buckeyes took advantage with those TD passes to Campbell and Dixon. No UW player was covering both of them..

And UW was down to Penn State 28-7 in the Fiesta last year before they came back to be a TD behind late in the game before losing on their last possession..

"Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can't do mine." - Woody Hayes to an OSU professor

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thedewman10's picture

I wish I had his stomach. That way I could start eating all over again.

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jwm552002's picture

Did Urban retire from coaching at halftime. Disappointed in the second half effort and even though we won left a bad taste in victory.

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Wyandot Buckeye Fan's picture

That is the difference right now between Urban, Nick & Dabo. Nick and Dabo haven't lost their drive to dominate teams. Ohio St. is no worse than 2 touchdowns better than Washington, but since the entire team decided to go through the motions the game was much closer than it should of been. I actually thought that was one of the worst Rose Bowls I've ever watched. Heck Washington fans pretty much gave up after halftime until the 4th quarter.

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typeOHpositive's picture

Coach Petersen is doing a great job at UW, I have a lot of respect for him and what he's doing for that program.

"I don't want to be around average, why be around average!" -UFM

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Peterson just didn't seem to be the same cutting edge coach that he was at Boise State. Sometimes that happens to a coach when he gets a job at the top of the heap. 

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Turfgrad's picture

We deserved to be in the playoff!

"I think Alabama would beat Ohio State if they played next weekend!" Clay Travis Fox Sports Post Championship Show 1.12.2015.  Needs no explanation.

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Wyandot Buckeye Fan's picture

No we didn't! Do you remember the Purdue game?

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CowCat's picture

Sure, we crapped the bed against Purdue. But we were a stronger team overall than Notre Dame or Oklahoma. We destroyed the supposed #1 defense in the country. 

Unsurprisingly, Notre Dame got manhandled in the playoffs and Oklahoma had no defense.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Notre Dame had absolutely no business being in the college football playoffs invitational.

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Turfgrad's picture

Progress not perfection.  Got better after Bosa the quitter left.

"I think Alabama would beat Ohio State if they played next weekend!" Clay Travis Fox Sports Post Championship Show 1.12.2015.  Needs no explanation.

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thebrig's picture

No question about it.

Never forget how we got screwed in 98

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CowCat's picture

I live in Seattle. As long as the Huskies aren't playing the Buckeyes I root for them.  I have nothing but respect for Coach Petersen.

He's been an innovator since he was at Boise State. He used to hold creativity seminars including teachers and artists. He's definitely an out-of-the-box thinker.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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CreekBuck's picture

Yes Petersen is an excellent coach that always has a few tricks up the sleeve.  Glad the Buckeyes survived.

You win with people.

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teddyballgame's picture

They seemed very bland in the first half.  Like sleepwalking or something

Showed some life in the 2nd half but the game was already in hand by then

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Kernfan's picture

I thought of all the teams that made the playoffs or got a mention (OSU, GA, and UCF), OSU had one of the 2 top wins (Bama manhandling of LSU was about as impressive), but by far had the worst loss.  I think the committee should have had OSU at 5 based on their season.  But I think OSU would have had a better chance of beating Bama or Clemson than OU or ND, not because OSU played better during the year, but more because under Urban they always seem to bring the A game when they are underdogs.  If all of Vegas sniffed glue that week and made OSU a favorite over Bama or Clemson, I assume OSU would get blown out.

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CowCat's picture

I agree you on pretty much everything.

Who's the best team to unseat Alabama? It's either TOSU or Clemson.

ND is a joke and we all knew it. OU has no defense and we all knew it. Georgia was a 2nd fiddle to Alabama, but was still sitting at the door ahead of us. In my mind Purdue was a f*ckup. That is true. However, we beat TTUN in November in much more convincing fashion than ND did. We won our conference. That should count for something, but it didn't.

I'm personally against the playoff system. There is no way it doesn't end in an ugly manner. 4 teams = too many teams left out. 8 teams = Possibly facing TTUN at the end of the season twice. No thanks. I'll skip that.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Colortv1967's picture

But a 29 point loss to an unranked team will keep you out every time. Take care of business. Just ask Ttfds, Georgia.

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