Picking the Greatest Ohio State Football Game of All Time: The G.O.A.T. Game Tournament, Michigan Bracket

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KBonay's picture

I have a feeling the current games will reign champion.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Sad, but true.  By all accounts, the 1919 win was a helluva game.  Unfortunately, no one on these boards saw it live.

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

Not to mention that the 2016 game was a hideous game.  Two mediocre offenses going against good defenses, was tough to watch.  Not that good defenses aren't fun to watch, but that was not a pretty game.  I voted 1919 Chic Harley without hesitation.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Me too. 100 years from now, people probably won't be as enammored with the 2016 game.  

1919 stands the test of time. 

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osu992's picture

on these boards.

Lest I remind you, he got got. Your boy was done dirty.

New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.

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nm_buck's picture

A bit late to the thread here but dammit... Earle whooping Bo's ass will always be one of my favorites. 

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AnnArborsBuckeye's picture

I did my part in voting for the 1919 contest. Nothing better then the first win!

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cptfreedm's picture

I wish there was more appreciation of how deep the tradition and history of College football is.  Ohio State is one of the best examples of same.  The 1919 game was victory against Fielding Yost for goodness sake, led by the man responsible for the subscription drive to build the 'Shoe.  The 1941 team was considered to be miraculous at the time and that year established Paul Brown's bona fides to the nation.  Just because it is an overtime game doesn't make it automatically qualify.  The '06 game was the most exciting in my lifetime and had the highest stakes too.  Who doesn't love Woody's TWO 50 point outbursts against TTUN as well!  Good brackets no matter how it turns out.  I vainly cast votes for '19 and '41 in honor of the tradition and pageantry of Ohio State Football.

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Hovenaut's picture

Well said, Cpt.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

Total recency bias. Makes the polling a bit unfair.

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huffdaddy's picture

I'm biased as hell.

That said, it's hard to argue against either the 2006 or 2016 games objectively.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Objectively, the 2016 game was awful.  OSU's first half consisted of a missed FG, four punts (including two '3-and-outs'), and thankfully a pick six by the defense. If not for TTUN completely blowing it on that play, the Buckeyes go into halftime down 10-0.  OSU should've won that game easily.

The underdog win in 1919 is much more impressive.  

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G.'s picture

2006 was such an epic game too, irrespective of the fact we were 1 & 2... That's gotta be the best all-time.

G.

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avail31678's picture

I truly tried to read the descriptions of the older games and consider historical significance.  I voted for a couple of the older ones.  I actually voted AGAINST the 2002 game even though we won the Natty and an interception on the final play sealed the game.  That 2002 offense was really hard to watch sometimes. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

But the defense made it all worth while

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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avail31678's picture

Agreed Linga.  That D just HAS to go down as one of the best of all time.  So much talent, and to stymie that epic Miami offense whose average scoring drive was around a minute was impressive. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Funny how weeks before all we heard was that the Cane offense was unstoppable 

Nothing like a little extra motivation 

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I have to say, '06 is just the type of thing legends are made of.  It was the game among the games.  I'll never forget that day, ever.

Also, honorable mention to 2015, a 42-13 drubbing of Harbaugh by Coach Meyer in their first meeting.  That's for sure memorable.

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chefjoey's picture

Another honorable mention game was the 2013 game in Ann Arbor where Tyvis Powell intercepted the 2 point conversion to seal the win and keep the season undefeated. Although we lost the next two, it featured many great moments including (see photo). The only Michigan-Ohio State game I've ever been too and it did not disappoint. 

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basketbuck3442's picture

I agree with 2013. I also think 2005 should be in here. Both instant classics.

'05 was such a grind it out game where we came from behind, and some great plays made especially by future Senator Anthony Gonzalez. 

In my mind I have never left Mug Night...

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chefjoey's picture

I forgot about that catch! What makes that game better was I had missed most of the game and caught the last minute at a friends house (hint: I live in Michigan) *evil laugh*

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ChristianHaven's picture

And Ohio State buried Bo Schembelcher 6 feet deep at midfield along with all the ghosts of the Ten Years War.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Went with 1, 4, 2, and 3.  It's tough to vote for a game that I have not watched opposed to on that I did watch.  Go Buckeyes!  Beat TTUN!

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UniotoTank55's picture

Great games across the board. The only lower seed I picked was 1974 over 1968, because while "Because I could not go for three" is iconic and we won a natty in 1968, the game wasn't in question after halftime. 1974 was a thriller right down to the final second.

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TheSweaterVest's picture

Yeah, can we listen to the UM radio team on the play-by-play of the kick again?  Classic. 

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BeatTTUN's picture

Earle is an 8 seed?
Thought he would be first

I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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osu992's picture

Earle the coach, not the 11W user.

New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.

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BeatTTUN's picture

Vote for Earle!

I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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Earle's picture

2006 is a tough draw, but I'm up for the challenge.

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Tyvis'sGrandpa's picture

I hate being reminded about him and that 21-point L to Indiana at home

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Hovenaut's picture

Voted accordingly.

In the end, they're great...as every win over the rival should be.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Zimmy07's picture

The header photo has some horrible blemish on it next to Boston.

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MichiBuck12's picture

1, 4, 2, 3 for me. I'm not old enough to remember the older games but '68 is the one that coined my favorite Woody Hayes quote of all time.

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LTWilliams's picture

1987 (my birth year) probably won't win but can we start a petition to bring back the red shoes? 

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jbcuky's picture

Might as well just give it to 2006.  It's going to win this in a landslide.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Which is interesting cosidering how that season ended.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Hovenaut's picture

Not so sure...

I guess we'll find out.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Bristol24's picture

2002 for three reasons...

1.  It lead to a NATIONAL Championship.  OSU has dominated the Big Ten since that game.

2.  I lead to multi-decade dominance of Michigan.  I grew up in the 1990s.

3.  It happened in my lifetime.  That is my individual basis.

Agree or disagree.  I think everyone gets upvotes for OSU wins over Michigan!!!

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Pahimar's picture

I voted for 2002 for similar reasons.  I remember sitting with some of my friends and my parents friends at their house after the game.  We were all legitimately more elated than the results of a sporting event has any right to make full grown adults (well, I was almost full grown anyway!).  The thing I remember the most, however, were the two slightly different spins on the same emotion.  For the people my parents age they were thinking, "we're finally back."  For my part, knowing only the darkness of the 90's, I was thinking, "this can really happen, we can actually beat them regularly."

It may be recency bias, but I just can't help myself on this one (and to be fair, I did vote for 1919 because it seems legit).

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THE's picture

All wins over TTUN are most enjoyable.  For me personally its 2002 and 2006 by a landslide.  2002 because I was a student living the ride but we still shed the doubt of the Cooper years and were nervous as hell that Michigan would ruin another natty shot.  Alas, we slayed those demons and took the whole damn thing.

2006 obviously.  But when Bo passed away before the game I just remember thinking "that's it, we're toast now."  But the vest unleashed a scoring barrage (and so did Lllllllloyd) that folks werent expecting on two of the top defenses.  Very exciting game and even moreso as the sun set and the game wrapped up under the lights.

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Cruiser79's picture

I went with 

1 - 5 - 7 - 3 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Spot on Cruiser - well put

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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gumtape's picture

I went with #8, only because of the red shoes and spielman crying. Those were big stakes.

High and tight boo boo

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GareBear's picture

I can't. I can't choose. I'm sorry. I've failed. 

Michigan sucks

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TMac's picture

I voted chalk.  - also I would have seeded '06 (1) & '16 (2) with 2002 (3)

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avail31678's picture

It's unfortunate that two of OSU's most iconic wins over TTUN resulted in such horrific bowl game results.  Had to really try not to let that bias my thinking

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AnnArborsBuckeye's picture

I went old school and voted for many of the older games. 1919 was our first win over them, it gets the nod in my book. 1942 gave us the opportunity to win us our first national title, it gets the nod.

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analyticalguy's picture

8, 5, 2 & 3.  Going against the "recency bias" in all but one.

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lamplighter's picture

Earle's last game - an upset win, win #1, the 2002 pre-Natty, and the Super Sophs, another pre-Natty,  Can't get much better, although the spanking in year 1 of their current coach was pretty sweet

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allinosu's picture

The 'revenge' game of 1970 was the biggest with the most anticipation of any UM game since I've been alive. Our great team went down to defeat the year earlier was like a gut punch that lasted until the next year's game. With UM fans saying they beat our best ever football team it was the most satisfying victory of all time against UM. Not being on this list makes this bracket irrelevant.

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cpfanatik77's picture

Agreed. I missed the poll last week, and just came back to the original voting page to see which of the other games beat it, since it had to be on here. How on earth was that game not a choice?

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TheSweaterVest's picture

Hmm, let's see.  2016 with a chance to get blown out by Clemson and claim 2nd in the division.

Or, 1979 with a chance to go to Pasadena and play USC for the MNC. But you have to take your first-year coach and play Bo in Ann Arbor, knowing tOSU had scored only 3 field goals in the previous 3 years against them.

Yeah, I don't think it's close.  I'm going with the blocked punt and the late Todd Bell.

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Am I the only that when I click on the selection then press vote it takes to another page with the poll results and a bunch of pie charts and other mostly political polls that it wants you to vote on?

Yeah...I'm not doing that shit...  The Game in 2006 is my vote for the win.  That's the best I can do.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

2006, 2016, 2002, 1974

I chose 1974 because I'm a sucker for TTUN schaudenfreude, and Mike Lantry is as good a source of it as there's been.  Poor guy turned two potential TTUN wins into a loss and a tie.

I was there for 2002 and 2006 and those were easily my two favorite Horseshoe experiences.  If only I could've made it for last year...

Class of 2010.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Natural bias I suppose, but I voted for the games I watched on TV or on site (1974, 2002, 2016) or in the case of the only pairing where I saw both games, attended in person (2006).

The 1970 and 2001 games should also be cited for their importance. I would put both of those ahead of 1987, which was a nice little moment but anticlimactic at the end of a miserable season.

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