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The 1942 Season Through The Words Of The Past, 10/13/1942

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October 13, 2017 at 6:15am
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10/13/1942

2017 is the 75th anniversary of Ohio State's first national championship season. To honor the achievement, this series will post articles from the Columbus Citizen Journal on the day they ran in 1942.

Today's selection from the CJ brings a brief history on the series history against Purdue, the latest Williamson System Rankings and an op-ed piece from Lew Byrer. 

Tough

Purdue's 7-to-6 win over Northwestern Saturday isn't the only reason for believing that the Boilermakers will be plenty tough Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium.

Last year the Bucks were hard pressed to win 16-to-14. In 1940 it was 17-to-14. In 1938 they suffered their only defeat in history at the hands of the Boilermakers by a 12-to-0 count.

Thus in their last three games against Purdue the Bucks have been outscored 40 to 33, though they won two of the games and lost one.

Saturday's game will be the tenth between the two schools in a football series which started back in 1919. In the nine previous games Ohio State won eight and Purdue one and Ohio State has scored 150 points to 40 for the Boilermakers.

The complete record follows:

      OSU     PURDUE
1919     20     0
1920     17     0
1921     28     0
1923     32     0
1924     7     0
1937     13     0
1938     0     12
1940     17     14
1941     16     14

Hard to believe that Ohio State and Purdue had only played nine games prior to 1942. The Buckeyes owned the Boilermakers in the first six games of the series, but in the last three games Purdue was becoming the pest that they are now known to be.

Williamson Rankings

The 1942 football season swept down Consistency Lane last (week) with the Williamson System. In 194 games reported were only eight "real" upsets and one "terrible" tie, as far as the system was concerned.

[...]

Those eight "real" upsets were genuine: Illinois 20, Minnesota 13; Florida 6, Auburn 0; Corpus Fliers 18, Texas Aggies 7; Purdue 7, Northwestern 6; Princeton 10, Navy 0; UCLA  30, Oregon State 7; Drake 19, St. Louis U 9, and Randolph-Macon 6, Richmond U. 0. The "terrible" tie was: Bucknell 7, Temple 7.

[...]

The system's season record to date on a win-or-lose basis is 86.4 percent correct. That is based on 543 games reported to date, with 70 upsets and 12 upsetting ties.

Not counting the ties, the system's season record to date is 87 percent correct---the best we have clicked off in several years.

The system picks Ohio State over Purdue this week, ranking the Buckeyes 17th nationally.

Williamson System Top 20
RANK TEAM
1 IOWA PREFLIGHT
2 ALABAMA
3 GEORGIA
4 WISCONSIN
5 ILLINOIS
6 GEORGIA TECH
7 TENNESSEE
8 TULSA
9 VANDERBILT
10 BOSTON COLLEGE
11 KENTUCKY
12 MICHIGAN
13 ARMY
14 WASHINGTON STATE
15 NOTRE DAME
16 TCU
17 OHIO STATE
18 COLGATE
19 GEORGIA PREFLIGHT
20 NORTH CAROLINA PREFLIGHT
21 MINNESOTA
22 ST. MARY PREFLIGHT
23 NORTH CAROLINA
24 FORDHAM
25 GREAT LAKES

The Williamson System has an impressive winning percentage. I think it would be interesting if the Williamson System was implemented today.

The Buckeyes are now in the top 20 and there are some interesting teams ranked ahead of them. How would Gordon Gee feel seeing The Little Sisters of the Poor ahead of Ohio State?

Lew Byrer

Here's hoping Paul Brown and his assistants can keep Ohio State's gridders from reading, or at least from believing, what they're seeing in the papers these days.

Picking up this morning's paper and reading that a group of 91 sport writers throughout the country had rated the Buckeyes No. 1 among college teams in the nation, your correspondent shuddered.

Too often he's seen promising Ohio State teams ruined by that sort of stuff.

No matter the decade, there will always be reporters and fans of the Buckeyes that are expecting the sky to fall. Byrer continues his Debbie downer article.

Sure it's a great team Paul Brown has at Ohio State this fall. It's a better team than most of us expected at the start of the season.

But boosting it from a mediocre rating to tops in the nation on a basis of wins over Fort Knox, Indiana and Southern California is just as silly as was rating it well down the list at the start.

I don't believe guys like Shaw, Csuri, Fekete, McCafferty, Willis, Horvath, Sarringhaus, Frye and the rest who have been making the Bucks winners by their constantly superb play are liable to get all cocky and complacent just because a lot of guys who should know better have gone overboard on them when they have less than one-third of their tough schedule completed.

If they do it will make things much easier for Purdue, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Pitt, Illinois, Michigan and the Iowa Seahawks on the days they meet the Bucks.

I hope Paul and his helpers can convince their boys that the only way they can even come close to deserving the premature rating they've received is to keep on playing their absolute best every second of every minute of every game.

The rating is bad from two standpoints. First it's liable to make the Bucks overconfident. Second it will have Purdue, next Saturday, and every other team Ohio State faces, keyed up to the limit in an attempt to upset the touted top-notchers.

Paul Williamson, in his weekly ratings today, rates the Bucks 17th. That's a little more like it, but it still may be too high.

The AP Poll released on Oct. 12 had Ohio State ranked No. 2 in the nation, just behind No. 1 Georgia. Rounding out the top 5 were Michigan, Alabama and Illinois.  

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