I wanna be mad about that but can't justifiably do that until we break this trend of losing that game we shouldn't every season. I believe, though, this is the year!
Losing to Northwestern isn't a disgrace. Losing to them by 4+ TD's would be. If we lost to Purdue by 3pts last year we are in the playoffs.
Not sure I'll ever be okay losing to Northwestern.
Yeah, and I'll never be over Macho Grande, but if you have to pick a loss, we could do worse.
Would take that record in a second. Would put us right in the thick of a playoff spot depending on the B1G title game.
While I'm growing more focused on the trip to Nebraska, I'm easily overlooking that visit to NW tucked neatly between homestands vs Sparty and Wisconsin.
Some of the scores look a little close at first look, but it's funny how these things have a way of playing out at times.
I don't like that Ann Arbor score...I mean I'll take the outcome, but that's going to be crazy enough as is (Day's first at the helm, heat should be on Harbaugh by then).
If we go 11-1 and that one loss is a close game, like in OT, we will be fine. If we lose by 4+ TDs and Northwestern ends up 5-7 we're fucked like we've always been come CFP time.
"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine
Losing by a million only cost us last year. The year before it was having two losses that did us in - if we beat OU but still lost to Iowa we would be the 12-1 B1G champ and (jokes aside) would get in over 11-1 non-champ Bama. Even last year we probably get in if not for ND hogging one of the spots. If they went 11-1 instead we're probably not having this discussion.
First-time HC, brand new staff on both sides of ball, new QB, new OL, Def that underwhelmed last year...if someone offered me an 11-1 record (including a Win in the Big House to top it all off), I'd take it and run before they changed their mind.
Sucks that NW game is on a Friday.
Yes, NW game on a Friday, but following a bye.
That game is a big concern for me, but probably second most concerning because of the bye. Other than The Game, Nebraska remains my most concerning game, because it's also on the road and a few weeks earlier in the season. Cincy also scares me. A lot.
“I intend to make Georgia howl.” General William Tecumseh Sherman
Agree on Nebraska.
Cincy will be solid but unspectacular. Don’t see how, if the defense is anywhere near improved over last year, they score enough to win.
I don't think OSU is going to have any of these 1 game collapses under Day. It just feels like that was more of a Urban/Schiano preparation thing. The defense is going to be too sound and too veteran led for any offense to jump us.
That's what everyone said about the 95 Buckeyes before getting "Biakabatuka'd on that fateful day. For this team to suffer only 1 loss with so many question marks entering the year would be pretty remarkable. Of course, as others have posted, it depends on what that 1 loss looks like.
I guess I just have way less questions than others.
Fields is going to be perfectly fine
Dobbins is back
The OL is going to be the best since 2014 IMO with true road graders inside finally
WRs won't miss a beat with Hill/Olave/Victor/Mack joined by Wilson etc.
TEs no one left
DL will be stacked again
LBers are the real question mark to me
Secondary everyone is basically back
That's cool. I hope you are right! Simply put, where you have assumptions, I have questions.
Lose by single digits to a decent West team? I’ll take that over getting housed by 30 two years in a row any day.
Playing a Northwestern team that will slow the game down on 8 inch natural grass on a Friday night is not going to be very fun.
This is definitely where I parked my car.
Just as long as we beat TTUN, I could live with that.
I can get on board with that prediction. NW is the most concerning game to me. Being a Friday night game should help them keep a decent home field advantage compared to the last time we went there and turned their stadium pretty red. I'm sure coach Fitz will have them motivated to avenge the big ten championship.
I just don't buy Nebraska as a threat yet but they will be potent on offense at least.
I guess I'm still more concerned about @Nebraska than I am about @Northwestern. Nebraska comes first and is the week after playing Miami (OH) at home. Classic let-down scenario. Survive that, and given the bye before meeting them, the team will already be road battle tested for Northwestern. Is Northwestern a threat? On the road, sure. But I still think the "trap game" for 2019 is September 28th, at Nebraska.
The Iowa loss in 2017 came after the big, emotional 39-38 comeback win at home over Penn State. The Purdue last year loss came after a very pedestrian 30-14 win over Minnesota at home. Both Iowa and Purdue seemed to be games that the Buckeyes just weren't ready to play. That's primarily on the coaching staff. That could happen with Nebraska, the week after Miami (OH). The bye week before Northwestern, even with the game played on Friday night, should make sound game-day preparation, both physical and mental, more likely.
I'd like to assume that Coach Day, and the rest of the coaching staff, is fully aware of the unexpected losses in the recent past and will take the steps necessary to avoid them this year. New regime, new approach.
"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it." - Woody Hayes
I have said it on here before, but that NW team does not have the speed to beat an Urban recruited team. Watching them last year in Indy was telling. If they kept throwing down the field the Bucks could have won by 40. Urban went in to Tress mode again.
Maybe. Then again, on that first half run for a TD by Northwestern (the run that told the Committee they had seen all they needed to see) that RB ran right by all that speedy talent Urban Meyer recruited -- and it wasn't even close.
I'll nitpick on this, but the lopsided score prediction vs. Maryland is not likely to occur. Maryland has some elite speed and talent -- at least on Offense. They let last year's game get away from them and will come into the Shoe ready to play. I see another close game. For whatever reason, of all the teams in the B1G East they will face, I see the Terps playing the Buckeyes tougher than anyone else.
Last year's Maryland game was close, I think, because it was their senior day, they were playing for their teammate who died, and they were still fighting for a bowl game. That, and our defense stank so bad last year. I believe there will be improvements to the defense and the Maryland game won't be close, especially since it's at home.
That's a Buckeye touchdown!
Agree with you on all counts, 18. Hope you are right. But I just see closer games in the coming season (including MD) than many of my fellow posters. We'll know in 93 + days how it will go!
I can't really say how the season will end up until we see what we actually have on the field. 11-1 seems pretty reasonable for the changes that have occurred.
Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.
11-1 is a very reasonable and realistic expectation, given a new HC, new QB, and a revamped defense with new coordinators. I also think a 3rd straight B10 title is very possible. Hopefully if that 1 loss does happen in won't be a complete meltdown like Iowa and Purdue.