Which Team is the Biggest Threat on Ohio State's Schedule?

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GunnerBuck's picture

Neb. Simply because of the timing. 

"Come on, you sons of b!tches! Do you want to live forever?" -- Dan Daly, WWI

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Hovenaut's picture

The jury is still out on who the better team of this bunch is, but I voted the rival here.

I had to run away high, so I wouldn't come home low...

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BeneckeBuck5's picture

Penn State?

And Toledo still sucks.

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Qb Spy's picture

Franklin keeps getting close. That's the dangerous one I think.

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mb5599's picture

it's always scum.  as long as we beat them it is a successful season. 

Big B

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TMac's picture

tTUN, but as we've seen, it's not always the "biggest threat" that trips you up. 

ONE Not Done!

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mr.green's picture

Agree with that. And for anyone who voted for someone else i would say NEVER dismiss that team. Never. 

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Knarcisi's picture

In order: 1) Michigan 2) Wisconsin 3) Northwestern 4) Nebraska 5) Michigan St 6) Penn St 7) Cincinnati 

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FieldsofJreams's picture

I voted Other for Northwestern, thought that they should have been at least a named option.  

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AnaheimBuck's picture

And I completely agree with you.  @NW, with tall wet grass, on a Friday night, will be the very toughest game on OSU schedule.  And, if we do have to lose 1 game in the regular season schedule, it will be this game.  The "Fighting Fitzgeralds" will be ultra tough to beat.  No artificial turf and tall wet, grass will slow down the Buckeyes to NW's speed.

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

I dont get the tall wet grass argument. How does it slow our guys down but not theirs? I agree it will be a tough game but dont think their field will make the teams equally fast.

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jgarverick's picture

There's a general and long held opinion that NW purposefully leaves their grass long to try and reduce the speed/talent gap. Its merits are debatable.

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D56GoBucks's picture

I believe he was more questioning how that theory only affects one sideline, not that the theory exists. Say they do deploy that strategy, and our team speed is affected to some degree. It's also going to make Northwestern's lack of team speed even more glaring. Unless the two teams are playing in a safari, execute and get Ohio State athletes into space and no length of grass is going to close the speed and talent gap between the two rosters. 

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn"

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Takemysnare79's picture

I always think ttun, especially this year on the road with a different head coach.  BUT, if Luke's boys handle UCLA on a Thursday night, and we blow out FAU, WATCH OUT!  That is why I voted for the Bearcats. 

Cinci would have a lot of confidence, and Fickell will not be intimidated in the SHOE.  The Bucks may be overconfident, if you could say that about a team after just 1 game under their belts, because they are playing at home.  OSU has proven they get up for big games, only recently losing to "lowly" teams on the road, AT NIGHT.  UM game is a nooner. 

Plus, I trust Ryan's offense, and coaching, over anything Harbaugh tries to put out there.  Why in the world would any player go up north?  Have you listened to Jimmy boy's press conferences?  Of course you have----STRANGE, to say the least.  His assistant's/staff must truly understand how to motivate the Wolverine players during the week, because they are not going to receive any intelligible info from him.  At least Tress spoke from a knowledgeable point of view.  WOW, Harbaugh is "out there," right?

Just 39 days until the fighting, or lack there of, Kiffin's come to town------GO BUCKS!

Go TBDBITL Alumni!

Go Coach Day!

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lamplighter's picture

It's always those people up north.  Always.

Coach Fick will have his guys ready to play though, that's for sure.  Might be a slobber knocker

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allinosu's picture

I feel to beat OSU this year one has to get them early and that's Cincy. A lot of folks think it's Nebraska but on a neutral field I feel Cincy would hold their own against them.

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Monclovabuckeye's picture

Xichigan, Xichigan, always Xichigan!

I don't give a damn for the whole state of Xichigan.

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cecsix's picture

This is such a sneaky tough schedule. Not a ton of top 10 teams, but almost every team on the slate should end up with a winning record except Rutgers and maybe Indiana. Not many easy ones. 

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Cooper's picture

I think some people are conflating bigger threat with best team. Michigan is clearly the best team on the schedule, but I think Northwestern is the biggest threat to an undefeated regular season. I also think people are underrating how difficult the Penn State game will be. Week before Michigan, likely crummy weather, Penn State having 10 games under their belt with a new QB and RB. I honestly don’t think OSU’s conference schedule could really get any more difficult.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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cricejr's picture

Cincinnati will be kinda tough but we just have better players. Penn St is retooling and coming to Columbus. Wisconsin has their version of Joe Bauserman.  michigan, whatever.  Michigan St will be a tough game as it typically is as they bring back a lot of defensive players. My choice was Nebraska.  The time of it makes sense, it's a road game, it'll probably be a night game, coach Frost usually steps it up big time in year 2, and they are the perfect team to be overlooked.  And this doesn't even take into consideration that we usually have that middle of the season letdown and this is the perfect fit.  We win this and I'll start thinking undefeated if we haven't lost yet.

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D56GoBucks's picture

Wisconsin will likely be starting their highest-rated QB recruit ever in that game. 

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn"

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Call me crazy, but a Friday night, on the road, against a team that just got a 5 star QB...Northwestern.  I'm thinking Northwestern. 

On paper, it should be TTUN, but how am I ever supposed to take them a certain level of serious again after last year?  Harbaugh has virtually zero ability to win big games.  Can't beat OSU.  0-1 against the Irish.  Can only beat MSU when they're not very good.  1-14 in their last 15 against top 10 teams.  What am I supposed to be scared of?  OSU loses more to teams they shouldn't than teams they should.

Class of 2010.

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george the buckeye's picture

Michigan.  Why?  Because I think that game will determine who wins the East and who plays in the B1G CS game.  If we lose at Neb we could get a rematch in Indy. Same with NW or Wisc.  Not so with Michigan.  And it's in AA, our first year HC, the wolves have the talent, the streak will have an ending at some point in time, etc etc.

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BeneckeBuck5's picture

My ranking of the 12 games, in order of difficulty:

1. @ TTUN
2. @ Northwestern
3. vs. Penn State
4. @ Nebraska
5. vs. Wisconsin
6. vs. Cincinnati
7. vs. Michigan State
8. @ Indiana
9. vs. Maryland
10. @ Rutgers
11. vs. FAU
12. vs. Miami
 

And Toledo still sucks.

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BuckAlum09's picture

Northwestern concerns me... just because of the weird Friday game, short work week, kids slack off for a second and find themselves in a dog fight with Fitzy and Cats.

"...and when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of booze. And we'll drink to old Ohio till we wobble in our shoes."

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ATLBuckeye09's picture

I chose Nebraska as it's a B1G West team we should handle and it's on the road. They have a good experienced QB & they gave us a game last season in The Shoe.  I still think we win that game since I am not sold on The Black Shirts. I am in no way shape or form worried about scUM. Game 12 means they will be beat up by then just like every other team is at that point in the schedule. Their 2s & 3s are no match for our depth. That & the most overrated coach in America who can't win a big game to save his life put no fear into me. Yes it's The Game so I am quite sure Day & Co won't take them lightly but we will win and keep that domination train rolling! 

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!

Woody Hayes 1913-1987

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Frimmel's picture

Went with "other" avoiding the easy answer of TSUN and assuming this is meant more as "upset alert threat." 

As we've seen in the past it isn't always the strongest team that gets you. Cincy is early and should have a good game plan but talent wise they shouldn't be able to keep pace. They should also be facing their own early season issues. 

Neb, PSU, Wiscy, TSUN, are all tough teams and it should not be difficult to be "up" for those games or show up flat or underprepared. PSU has a rebuild on their hands but they'll either be as good or better than their record by the end of the season. I don't know how any one thinks going to Nebraska is some sort of "trap." Same with Wiscy. TSUN is the be all end all so again "we're seeing that one coming." Tough teams and tough games but not really "upset alert" sorts of games. 

I'm thinking the Nerd-cats are the biggest threat. Friday night road game. Late enough that Fitz should have his early season hiccups worked out but not so late that his team will be too beaten up and weary. NW will have a chip on their shoulder with something to prove and likely a hunger to get back to Indy. 

You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. 

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OhioStGoon's picture

It's scUM and it isn't close. If Day beats Harbaugh scUM's program will be irreparably broken and sent back to the stone age with no hope in sight...

GO BUCKS

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1MechEng's picture

Ohio State always gets up for TTUN, so that probably isn't the biggest threat.

Instead, I went with Nebraska, a dangerous up-and-coming Scott Frost team with a very good, mobile QB. And, the game is in Lincoln, so it will be a tough environment.

Trust me! I'm an Engineer.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Last year we had vulnerability too often due to a weak defensive scheme. This year we see immediate improvement on D and none of these teams can match our diverse scoring attack. We have to give all due respect to our opponents every week but we will be just fine through December.
Hopefully fine and unbeaten through mid January.

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tussey's picture

I said TTUN.  They are the one team that will directly impact our chances to go to Indy.  Sure Nebraska and Northwestern will be tough games but we can lose one of those and still end up winning the East.  I don't think we can lose a head to head against TTUN and still win the East.  

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BuckAlum09's picture

#1 "trap game" (I hate that term by the way, but... unfortunately due to the last few years, we have to acknowledge it exists.)

At Northwestern, Friday evening... Short week makes it weird for the team from a structure/routine standpoint. Patty Fitz will have them cats ready to catch us napping right away in the first quarter. Most likely find ourselves close at half with a much needed wake up call type halftime speech from the Predator.

"...and when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of booze. And we'll drink to old Ohio till we wobble in our shoes."

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K3403's picture

"Best Team" is different than "Biggest Threat". I think the "Biggest Threat" is Northwestern. They are always scrappy and will be especially dangerous at-home in the "trap game" spot between Michigan State and Wisconsin...even with a bye week. We should be keenly aware of what can happen if/when we lose to an un-ranked, underachieving team from the West. 

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PA Buckeye's picture

36% of you aren't "respecting the rivalry." Always Satan's _itten. Always.

Besides, I was a student during the Cooper era. Always _ichigan.

Hell with the lid off

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

I'm saying Cincinnati because it's going to occur early in the season when the line will still be gelling and Fields still raw.  It would be easy to overlook Cincy but they're going to be good. Experienced QB & RB and a solid defense (with experience). 

You win with people. 

And so forth...

9 Units Strong!

 

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wojodta's picture

I'd put Sparty ahead of at least Nebraska and Cincy. That's prolly in the top 3 toughest games.

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D56GoBucks's picture

Don't overthink it. It's Michigan. That's not to say there aren't plenty of other concerns in navigating this schedule. The Nebraska game is already receiving significant attention. The weird atmosphere of the Northwestern game will be interesting. Penn State the week before The Game is a brutal scheduling break. Wisconsin is particularly worrisome to me if Graham Mertz is as good as he's been touted, not longer allowing defenses to stack the box against the best running back in the country.

But while Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Penn State all could be problematic, the fact is the Buckeyes will likely be favored in every one of those games, and for good reason. Could they get beat? Of course. But there is only one game on this schedule in which the Buckeyes could be heading into it as an underdog. It's on the road, against a desperate (and good) football team, in what could be a B1G title game/CFP play-in game. It doesn't get any more threatening than that.

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn"

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WB's picture

Looking at the last couple of years I'd say the biggest threat to Ohio State is... Ohio State. The Buckeyes easily have the skill and potential to beat every team on their schedule. If/when OSU loses this year, I see it being a result of poor play (i.e. Purdue, Iowa) rather than an opponent's stellar performance.

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