Ohio State's Easy Road Slate Will Help Ryan Day and Justin Fields Find Their Bearings

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

The OOC and not having to go to Penn State will be super advantageous for the Buckeyes this year.

Going to Indiana will be a sneaky difficult game just because those Hoosiers get up like crazy when we come to town.

Oh we are getting ever so close!

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

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Clarky's picture

I respectfully disagree about the Indiana comment. Being from Indianapolis myself and having a lot of friends and family that go to school in Bloomington, most of the people who go to those Ohio State vs IU football games are Buckeyes. Its practically a home game so it shouldn't ever really be expected to be a difficult game (for more reasons than just mentioned as well). 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I think recent history speaks for itself. IU never rolls over for us and the stadium is always pretty lit. That last night game (Dobbins first game) was pretty intense. 

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BeatMeechigun's picture

Spot on.

I've gone to the game at IU the last two years.  The IU fans may expect a loss and may claim they don't care, but I'll be damned if there weren't 35k-40k Hoosier fans going wild when IU kept it close and made big plays.  Same goes for Purdue last year.

Are these venues and environments comparable to a 2005, 2007, 2014, 2016, or 2018 PSU or a 2003, 2008, 2010, or 2016 Wisconsin night game?  No.  Can they be challenging environments when the home team surprisingly puts up a challenge?  Absolutely.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Especially if our guys aren't going into the stadium to take care of their business and let teams like Indiana stick around later than they should. 

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

The road schedule isn’t daunting, but it’s not easy by any means. Rutgers is absolutely a gimme, we could start our 3rd string and honestly have a good chance to win the game. But even though we’ve always won, Bloomington has been a tough place for us the last couple years. Northwestern is returning almost everyone from last years team, and will be starting their own 5 star quarterback. Scott Frost is primed to have a good team this year, and you can bet that game will be at night. And Ann Arbor is never an easy place to play, no matter how bad that team sucks.

The road schedule is no-where near as fearsome as 2016, and we benefit by playing PSU and Wisky at home. But let’s not act like it’s a cakewalk either.

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buckslan's picture

No one said it was a cakewalk

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BrutusB's picture

We haven’t lost to Indiana since the Berlin Wall came down. We beat NW by three TDs last year, in a game most of our fans agree we didn’t play near our best. And Nebraska, despite all the hype, was 4-8 last year and couldn’t beat Troy. 

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youra6's picture

Nebraska started out really cold and lost some really close games early on. Not saying they were good but you could tell they would have been a bowl eligible team by the end of the season.

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MGOBLUE0205's picture

Nebraska should be better this year, but they still don't have a defense. It's going to take Frosty a few years to have the kind of defense to win a title. Gonzalez and the offense should be solid, but there's no chance they'll outscore you guys.

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buckslan's picture

The road schedule is nice as is the overall schedule. Not starting the year opening vs Indiana and immediately hosting Oklahoma like we did two seasons ago. We get FAU and Cincy before our first road trip to Indiana, come back for Miami OH before a probable road night game vs Nebraska, come home for Michigan state and get a bye before the road Friday game vs Northwestern. That's a favorable start to the season.

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Browns88's picture

Penn State (Home) and Michigan (Away) back to back games is going to be a physical and mental grind. 

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BuckeyePat's picture

Especially when they have Indiana prior. But if I know our coaching staff, we will be preparing weeks in advanced

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CowCat's picture

Of course I want us to win every game, but I'm taking a wait-and-see approach this season. Our road schedule is light but:

1) We have to play our two toughest opponents a week apart at the end of the regular season.
2) We have only won the NC twice when the road goes through Ann Arbor (1957, 1961).

We have the ability to win all of our games, but we will need to be an unstoppable machine in late November.

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BrutusB's picture

#warmtake: PSU won’t be one of our toughest two opponents this year. Wisconsin will be better than them. 

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CieGrant_Blitz's picture

No idea what to expect from either team.  Looks like Wisky will be playing true freshman Mertz at QB and PSU starting someone new at QB for the first time in forever with McSorely gone.  Both had disappointing defenses a year ago looking to rebound.

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BucksHave7's picture

PSU game this year is going to be fun.  This is not last year's PSU team.   Fields will hang 60 on them in the Shoe.   No McSorley, Sanders and only have the defense returns on a subpar defense from last year.  

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PhillyNut's picture

There are many who believe we are also returning a number of players from a subpar defense and lost to the NFL the best players on that defense with the exception of Fuller and Young.  Unlike the NFL every year can be so different for a college team on one or both sides of the ball.  Especially teams who have historically been able to recruit blue chip high school players.

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BucksHave7's picture

Who believes that? Last years team with that horrible defense finished #3 in the country. 

You talking about Nick Bosa? What draft losses... You know for once we return 2nd highest tackles of any FBS school. 

Our 7 years running of a top 3 stars rated class will pay off. Now we have the 5th best odds to win CFP. 

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Bucks19's picture

A lot of us still have questions about the defense until they prove us otherwise. 

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BucksHave7's picture

LOL....You are here to run on the Buckeyes. We all know that. 

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ronaprhys's picture

What worries me isn't the games on paper and the schedule, it's our ability to drop a game that we shouldn't and have another Purdon't event.  That's why Nebraska worries me.  A team that wasn't that good last year and may not be all that this year, but that comes out with a chip on their shoulder when we're looking ahead.  

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ChazBuckeye's picture

Nebraska and Nerdwestern are concerning bc of the aforementioned Purdue or Iowa effect ( i.e. eye f@$king event that just seems to go on all night long, similarly the Clemson game. But I digress...) is a very real concern. Until Day and company show us all those are no longer concerns by not taking any opponent lightly or for granted.

It is time!!!!!

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buckeye phi's picture

I almost hate to say it - but I think the  road games against Nebraska and Northwestern are very, very scary.  While I'm an Ohio State alum, I went to grad school at UCF - so I follow them, too (without same same zeal, of course)  The point is, I saw close up what Frost can do in his second year at the helm of what had been a down program.  And he obviously has a whole lot more to work with at Nebraska than he did at UCF. 

For that matter, the Huskers gave us all we could handle on our home turf last year.  As someone who has long thought Harbaugh is vastly overrated (and considering what UM lost on defense), I think it's possible Nebraska could be our toughest road game this season.  Rivalries aside - Frost may be that much better than Crazy Jimmie, in my opinion.  (Although, playing PSU the week before the skunkweasels adds another degree of difficulty to that one). 

And - for the first time since they've been handing out "stars", Northwestern will have a 5-star quarterback this season.  Even though we beat them in the B1G championship game last year, this could also be a very tough road game for us. 

Don't get me wrong - I'm expecting big things from our guys this season.  But, in my opinion, there are three very scary road games on our schedule -

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Absolutely agree.  The Nebraska QB could be a nightmare for a lot of teams.  The Buckeye defense needs to assert itself on the road contests.  To me, the crossover games and the teams within the division might be better than most think they are as well.  Cautious optimism.

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PhillyNut's picture

We will need the same type of defense against Martinez that shut down Mariota in the 2014 NC game. Mariota was both a better passer and runner than Martinez so it is possible with the right scheme and the right mindset for the players. Make him very uncomfortable early in the game.  

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ChazBuckeye's picture

I missed this before posting...
Agree with all here who say Neb. and NW are very, very scary...

It is time!!!!!

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FieldsofJreams's picture

Neither of them are scary, a lot of you have PTSD from Iowa and Purdue.

NW hasn't beaten a ranked tOSU/PSU/TTUN since 2004.  The only concern should be that it is a weird Friday-night game.

The Frost/Martinez hype is all well and good, but their defense and overall roster talent is still atrocious.  Nebraska allowed 37.5 PPG last year to everyone not named Bethune-Cookman, Troy or that garbage Sparty-Offense.

On defense, they have lost 6/7 of their top-tacklers.  There are only four high-3* JR/SR's on the roster to replace them at #250, #438, #441 and #451.

The prognosticators are one or two years early on the Cornhuskers. 

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MGOBLUE0205's picture

Frost is a good coach no doubt, but their defense is still a trainwreck. I don't think that's going to be fixed in year 2, and I think OSUs defense will be better this year. Nebraska will score, but not enough to win. I could see something like 45-24 you guys. As far as Michigan goes, i'm more concerned with the offense even with the 62 points you put up last year.

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RaleighBuckeye's picture

You should be concerned, we over the 4 years are averaging 41.25 scoring against your Don Brown defense and you lost Bush, Gary, Mirage boy (can’t remember his name), etc even if you take the 62 and 30 out still high 36 1/2. 

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allinosu's picture

A lot to be said for a team takes on the HC personality. We won't know what that is for a while. 

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Dublin68's picture

We have Four tough road games, the only easy won is at Rutgers

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RaleighBuckeye's picture

Cincanatti was a bowl team and improved, don’t sleep on them coaches, we should win but pay attention 

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Knarcisi's picture

They do avoid those two places and also don’t have a marquee OOC matchup but our schedule is anything but easy. 

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Dillon G's picture

Through the years, before the Big 10, and early in the Big 12, going to Nebraska was as close to an automatic “L” as you could get in college football.

#walkaway

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Now they're losing at home to Troy. How the mighty have fallen.

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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extemporary08's picture

Northwestern is the trap! On the grass in Evanston where they always play us tough. On a Friday sandwiched in between two bye weeks.

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countrybuckeye's picture

Not only “grass” but “I couldn’t mow the lawn because it rained every other damn day and now I need an F’n combine” kinda height

’cuz, ya know, to negate tOSU’s ‘speed advantage’

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BuckZealot's picture

Planning on going to that one....hopefully as part of a big Buckeye presence in Evanston.  Agree that this may have flashback overtones of the Purdon't playing at night.  Hopefully not.

Prices are 120$ and up for this game......7$ for the NU-UNLV tilt Lol!

Enjoy the wins over *ichigan, ....I still remember the dark days of the 1990's....

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Count on the grass being a mile long in northwestern for that one as well. Wish the B1G would realize these Friday night games are terrible. The entire Midwest enjoys high school ball, particular the small towns that shut down on Friday nights.

Noon games suck

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BucksHave7's picture

Never bought into the long grass theory.  Doesnt the long grass slow down NW as well?  Meaning that while both teams are slowed down, the speed DELTA we have still exists. 

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Archerm's picture

Not sure about the long grass impact overall, but to your point about the delta, I would expect a slow field has more impact on a speed team and less impact on a slower, plodding team.  Thus the speed delta is much smaller.

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Bucks19's picture

If you are used to playing on grass it’s an advantage. Longer grass does help the team used to it. 

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BucksHave7's picture

Like Hayden Fry's pink locker rooms.

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Rocket Man's picture

Not too crazy about playing Penn State at home the week before a trip to Ann Arbor.  PSU game takes a lot out of people.

Why can't we move the PSU game and play Southwest Louisiana State that week and call it Chicken Shit Saturday?

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I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

No, the more apt comparison would be to not only move the PSU game, but also drop Nebraska or Wisconsin from the schedule altogether to replace with SE Chattanooga Mercer Citadel St.

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Spivan's picture

I get what Frost did ar UCF was incredible, but it is a lot different in the B1G than the AAC. At UCF he was able to pull in a lot of talent that was better than the rest of the conference.

He isn't going to out talent Ohio State anytime soon.

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PhillyNut's picture

Hey, I was at that TaxSlayer game.  Going to Florida expecting nice weather.  Night before the game temps in the low 70s.  Temp at game time in upper 50s with a wind.  By the time the game was over we were in the shade and felt like it was in the 40s.  Fitting end to that season.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I wouldn't say the road slate is easy by any stretch.  If Nebraska ends up being as good as people think they could be, that could be a tough game.  Northwestern on a Friday night (stupid but whatever) could be tough with the 5 star QB they just got, if they can continue to build on what they did this past season.  The Game on the road has never been easy in my lifetime, save for 2015...if they live up to their overhype, then that's going to be a war.  Even Indiana hasn't been an easy trip the last few times...Urban's first two trips there, OSU won by 10 combined points...and the 28 point margin in 2017 was not indicative of how tight that game was for much of it.  Rutgers will be a gimmie for sure.

So yeah, they don't go to the traditionally toughest road environments in the Big Ten, which, outside of OSU...PSU and Wisconsin?  I can't think of any other real tough road environment.  Maybe the Big House if they want to be?  And no roadies outside the league.  Still, doesn't seem like an easy road slate, even if Nebraska/NW/IU/Rutgers/TTUN aren't your traditionally tough environments...three of those teams will be good enough to challenge OSU, one may hang around for a half (IU), and only one will be easy (Rutgers).

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Trebor40's picture

I think the excitement of the staff will be contagious and the players will be up for each new test their coach must face! There are very good coaching staffs throughout the B1G Ten and those our beloved Buckeyes face are in fact some of the better! Nebraska, NW, Michigan, MSU - these teams are filled with outstanding coaches who are eager to derail the team who has been up top for so very long - How are team deals with the ups and downs of these match ups will show us all what type of leaders Day and his staff truly are! We will have tactical advantages through our tremendous recruiting as well as strength & conditioning staffs. Now if our coaches continue to attack teams as they have begun to under Day on offense - they can do so for BOTH sides of the ball which I am beginning to believe will be the case according to a few who have witnessed Hafley in action! 

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