2019 Season Preview: A Game-By-Game Breakdown of Ohio State's Schedule

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I think the schedule really does set up kind of perfectly. Fields gets 4 games (3 of them should be a wash although I think UC is going to be "pesky" if you will) to really get his feet wet. FAU's defense shouldn't offer much of a challenge, which theoretically won't make him "better" but it will for sure build his confidence. UC is going to throw everything at the Buckeyes they possibly can, so the bar should be raised pretty significantly to give Fields some looks he hasn't seen and make him show more of his talent.

Indiana is a bit of an outlier for me. Every time we play them I think the Buckeyes are going to pounce early, not relent, and walk out with a 50 point win, but as of late the Hoosiers seem to just stick around somehow. I think IU is more of a chance for the defense to prove what they're going to be this year and give us either 1. reasons to worry about Nebraska, or 2. Comfort in feeling like we can slow the Huskers offense down.

Then I think playing Miami is the perfect cupcake before we head to Nebraska to play a team that is going to score a bunch of points, but has a swiss cheese defense. 

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

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HighStHero's picture

If we survive the 4 game stretch of Nebraska, Mich. St. Northwestern, Wisconsin I think we're sitting pretty. What worries me the most is actually the Mich. St. game. OSU won't sleep on Nebraska at night, but getting Michigan St. off a bye for back to back night games worries me. 

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mtrotb's picture

Who said Nebraska is a night game??

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Colortv1967's picture

OSU may not sleep on Nebraska but it will be a tough game to win. I don’t see it happening. 

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v65animal's picture

I'm going to the Wisconsin game, I hope it's more interesting than this article makes out, to make it worth an 8 hour drive. Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

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Cooper's picture

I’ll say it. 

Indiana has a quarterback named Michael Penix Jr.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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85ThruTheHeart's picture

I can’t help but to read that with lots of emphasis on the first 2 words...

"He has that look in his eye when it's time to start feeding the beast" UFM on EZE

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Archerm's picture

Re..the IU quarterback. Is this 11-Warriors or 11-year-old-Warriors?  Good golly.

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IGotAWoody's picture

One should never become too old to laugh at Dick jokes.

“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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Mad4527's picture

Says, IGotAWoody, Lol. I agree though.

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buck62's picture

A kid on the track team when I was in high school had the last name "Allpeter", not sure about spelling. It was funny when they would announce his name over the PA at track meets. I can remember one parent asking if that was his last name or he was bragging. 

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USArmyBuckeye's picture

I sincerely hope that the proper pronunciation of his name is a long E rather than a short one. Also, that he plays long and hard minutes. 

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CowCat's picture

He seems pretty cocky

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

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Hovenaut's picture

It may not be the most dazzling matchup on this list, but I'd argue the war the Slobs and Sparty's d-line have on October 6th might be the most important one of them all.

Got M...igan gossip? Bang it here.

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Cooper's picture

That entire stretch of @Nebraska, Sparty, @Northwestern, and Wisconsin is a doozy. If the Buckeyes come out of that 4 game slate unscathed, I will be pleasantly surprised.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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Hovenaut's picture

Yep, and then they still get to tangle with PSU and M...igan back-to-back to close the season.

Got M...igan gossip? Bang it here.

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Browns88's picture

Can't wait until the season starts.  Joey Freshwater getting destroyed.

Browns88

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Dillon G's picture

Rutgers needs to be between Penn State and Michigan. If they get chicken shit Saturday. So why not?

#walkaway

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Lighteyes's picture

Because unfortunately, Rutgers can only play one game per week and everybody wants Rutgers as a breather between games.

As long as (1) the B1G is overall really strong and (2) the B1G insists on playing all the OOC games by mid-September, most of the conference is going to end up with at least one miserable back-to-back. 

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OSU56's picture

Enjoying daily the 62-39 ttun beatdown.

 

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jhobson0006's picture

I just want to point out that in the last two years that our buckeyes won the national championship, they played Cincinnati in both years. Take it for what you will...

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BucksHave7's picture

One hell of a data point right there.  That works for me!

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cledaybuck's picture

And Kent St, Penn St, Minn, Michigan, Illinois, Wisc, and Indiana.

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IGotAWoody's picture

This checks out. I'll be damned, that's one heck of a trivia nugget!

“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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cledaybuck's picture

Kent St. is the weird one (in addition to UC).

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Davep160's picture

"Jackson played at Rutgers before coming to Ohio State as a graduate transfer this summer, and his former teammates at Big Ten media days said they expect plenty of trash talk with Jackson leading up to this game. He’ll likely be extra motivated to have a big game in the stadium where he previously played his own games, and his former teammates on Rutgers’ defense will certainly have their sights on trying to beat his blocks."

Rutgers Player: You suck Jonah

Jonah Jackson:  I am a Rutgers graduate and a winner.   Are you?

The lord of brevity.

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ronaprhys's picture

Interesting article, but right now the only game that matters is the FAU one.  Win that one, and do so by a very solid margin.  THEN, start prepping for UC.  After winning that, prep for the next.

Rinse, repeat.

'97 - Molecular Genetics

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FieldsofJreams's picture

We’re not on the team, just silly fans.  I could care less about the FAU game, I’m looking ahead to Nebraska.

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Snake64's picture

I think the beginning of the season sets up interestingly. In my opinion Day needs to leave Fields out there game 1 against FAU with the idea of attacking through the air to get Fields comfortable looking through his progressions. If he continues to be a 1 read and run QB it's going to severely detract from the offenses potential. For everything we've heard and i've watched his tapes is he's never been able to pick up UGA semi-complicated offense was 1 read and run and i feel like OSU runs something fairly similiar. 

UC will give them a test but i see the Buckeyes moving on handidly. The game that worries me the most actually is that IU game. Mostly because they play us tough and it's early in the season on the road. If Fields is still struggling to run the offense at this point in the season this could be our trap game loss. From there i'd see us winning out. 

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BucksHave7's picture

We have the most talented roster in the country.  We have the gem hire of a new HC with key new staff members hired. 

BucksHave7

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USArmyBuckeye's picture

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll of course be thrilled if the team brings home a natty this year, but I would consider 12 wins, with one being against the turds up north to be a very successful season all things considered. 

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

We're going to get UC's best shot. I'd say any success Ridder will have will require them to establish a strong running attack behind Michael Warren, Gerrid Doaks, and Tavion Thomas. Our defense needs to punish their new offensive linemen which will create opportunities for our linebackers to make plays (or not).

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jpfbucks01's picture

UC just does not scare me except for the in state factor.

Ridder was terrible in the 3 games they played against decent defenses (Ohio U, Temple and UCF)

In those 3 games he completed less than 50% of his passes for less than 6 YPC and ran for 2.3 yards per carry while they lost 2 of those 3 games and won the other by only 4.

I know he will likely be a little better but they are replacing 4 of their 5 O-linemen, so he may be running for his life if we otherwise stuff the run.

They are also replacing 3 of 4 D-linemen and their leading tackler from last year. Besides for all their stat success they played a very weak schedule last year which inflates those results quite a bit.

UCLA was 3-9, Miami O was 6-6, Bama A&M was a 6-5 FCS school, U Conn was 1-11, Tulane we throttled, SMU went 5-7 and took them into OT, Navy was 3-10, USF was 7-6, ECU was 3-9 and even their bowl opponent Va Tech was 6-7

That's not exactly murderers row there

so color me less than impressed

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Montana silver bullet's picture

Thanks for that info, quite interesting 

Montana Silver Bullet

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brothadudeguy's picture

I agree. i think their head coach makes things a little interesting too but I'm not concerned at all. People are worried about Fields being ready for this game but I think this game will feature a heavy dose of Dobbins considering they have new starters on the D line. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

I believe UC will be a very tough game. Sure, Ohio State is much more talented, but Fickell is a great coach and they will have a chip on their shoulder. The BIG is going to be brutal, but that is what you want. One game at a time. #FTTE!

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NorthCoastBias's picture

Northwestern Matchup to Watch should be amended to Ohio State's players vs. the Ryan Field grass lol

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

"The Buckeyes shouldn’t have much trouble winning this game, and will likely be able to play their backups in the second half". C'mon Dan we don't have backups, just more starters.

Noon games suck

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Nutinpa's picture

That's what I used to think until UNLV outscored our 2s and 3s a couple of years ago.

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Ole Buckeye's picture

I think you were on the right path when you said the matchup to watch was scUM's O coordinator against Mattison.  

But really, this is about Ryan Day vs TTUN.  Working up here in TSUN, I'm sensing that Wolverine fans are thinking that a head coaching change will help open the door for a victory this year. 

Ryan Day needs to squash TTUN in his first year, just to send a clear message that nothing has changed, we still got the mojo over you. 

Like USArmy says, 12 wins including one against TTUN is good enough for me. Even if we drop a shocker to NW or something.

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Calibuckeyefan1's picture

This is not an easy schedule.  Tough 4 game stretch with @Nebraska,  Mich. St,  @NW and Wisconsin.  

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mr.green's picture

Not disagreeing on the toughness of the schedule but are Wisconsin, Nebraska and Sparty all coming off some fantastic years i missed? I see this as a stretch of good games against better than average foes. Champions prep hard and win these games. Toughest games will be at the end. Three weeks of the best the B1G can throw at us (counting the championship). 

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allinosu's picture

We run the table on that schedule. A very solid defense with quality depth wins the day.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Luke Fickell is a great and loved Buckeye. Many are suggesting they will be a tough competitor. I think they'll be respectable for a while but our huge talent advantage will become obvious by the second quarter. I expect a 30 point win with many backups seeing significant playing time.

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HopCassady40's picture

This is a perfect schedule for a new coach and new QB.  They should be undefeated going into Ann Arbor and until Harbaugh AND Michigan show they can beat the  Bucks, it will be an undefeated regular season.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

TL;DR . . . Everyone v. tOSU Defense.

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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dschuetz11's picture

Really, the only game that is important is the Michigan game!

Both teams could be playing their second-string quarterbacks!

Michigan has already lost one of their potentially-starting right tackles and their starting cornerback!

By November, it will be a game of attrition!

Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining!

~Judge Judy~

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Ryan.Honeycutt's picture

Personally I’m not looking forward to Gunnar hoax’s playing against Miami (OH) I want to see fields progress, work out any kinks, become more comfortable in the offense, drive the ball... yes if our buckeyes are winning by 30 midway through the 3rd quarter, then ok, I could see the 2nd team get some reps, but I would rather have the 1st team work to get ready for their B1G schedule

RyanPH

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Das Hufeisen's picture

Looking forward to the home game at night vs Sparty.  For some odd reason we didn't have any home night games last year.  Usually those are great opportunities for OSU to hammer someone worse than they normally would.

AKA the Horseshoe, the Shoe, and the House That Harley Built

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george the buckeye's picture

Except the 2015 loss to Sparty at home that was, well, a killer for the most talented team in the land.  IIRC that game was at night.  I remember it dark and rainy but maybe it was a 3:30 start that just ended in the dark.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I don't see UC being the big challenge that everyone thinks they will be...just check their schedule last year, yeah they went 11-2 but look at who they beat.  In-state motivation, Luke Fickell, sure, but I think OSU pulls away by the 3rd quarter.

Nebraska worries me for now...they could end up being overhyped, though, and by the time that game rolls around, I'll be more confident.

MSU worries me IF Nebraska is good and that game is a thriller...I think MSU is on the decline, but history shows that OSU better not be off their game against them.

Northwestern and that long grass...I'm more worried about the 5-star QB they have (who has to play on that same long grass)...they play smart, tough, and that Friday night game feels like the ultimate bizarro world scenario, and I hope OSU can survive that.

I'd be far more worried about Wisconsin and PSU if they were road games.  Wisconsin could be in for a bounceback year, though.  PSU, on the other hand, I think takes a step back, and this year's matchup won't be a thriller like the last 3.

Then there's The Game.  Maybe they will be motivated after the embarrassment last year, but nothing says disrespect like them being favored over you despite your clear dominance over them for years and years, and the annihilation last year.  It is up there, they expect to have a better offense...should be an interesting game.  However, there's a reason that Tressel and Urban have owned that ass for the better part of two decades - respect for the rivalry.  If Day continues that respect, which it appears he will, then he will continue the domination.

Class of 2010.

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