Love these articles! I want to know how other top contenders are faring on the trail, in comparison to our Bucks. Keep me’ coming!!
I wish they actually did this. You shouldn't need to schedule a team 10 years in advance. Just have a conference to conference agreement that you'll take part in an out of conference matchup each year, and seed accordingly before the season. One year you're on the road, the next you get the marquee home game on your campus. You could put caveats in there that you wouldn't play the same team 3x in a row or something, so one year OSU would play Bama, the next LSU or Georgia, for some variety. I don't know who would do the seeding though, because the B1G media picked OSU to finish 2nd last year to UM (lol).
Had Durant gone #1 to the Trailblazers and Oden #2 to the Supersonics no one would even remember that he didn't work out, and he wouldn't be labeled a bust. I think there were questions about Oden's durability, but he showed he'd play through injuries in college. There were questions about Durant being too skinny too, but obviously Durant is one of the best players in the game today and Oden has been out of the league for awhile. Some guys bust out because they couldn't cut it. Others, like Oden, just have their bodies fail them.
I've only gone once, but it was a cool event. Definitely worth doing!
If we can have a 1st round QB drafted every other year, that's sure to do wonders for us in the QBU sweepstakes. Right now I think Oklahoma's #1 in that position with Mayfield and Murray being #1 overall picks in recent drafts. It will be interesting to see how it plays out going forward though.
Smith willingly decommitted, is likely to end up at Bama, and I get downvoted for posing the question if it helps clear room for another recruit? I guess speculation on the meaning of Hancock's tweets is fine....
I agree, but Joe's 2018 didn't scream he'd be a huge success. Joe's work ethic, free schedule, and Brady's offense led him to having one of the best collegiate seasons ever.
Grimes a better possibility now??
Hard for me to get worked up when a kid decommits and our average player rating goes up. Oh, and we still have the #1 rated class, by far.
If we essentially stopped recruiting him, that signals to me we think we're about get someone better, or there was some buyer's remorse on the offer, and/or confusion on if the offer was committable or not.
I wish him the best, and look forward to OSU finishing out the class strong.
Is that completely off base?
I'm 6 feet tall and was skinny at 180. I can't imagine being 6'8" and 175 pounds. Kalen needs to be eating PB&Js every hour with protein shakes in between meals!
I think some of those games you mentioned were a result of switching to a 9 game B1G schedule, and having to drop home and home series with other schools to ensure we had 7 home games. Florida Atlantic was definitely a last minute addition.
I think playing one of the Ohio MAC schools or Cinci in the Shoe each year should essentially be a requirement, and then one marquee OOC opponent. For the third game I'd like to play a lower tier P5 school like: Pitt, BC, WVU, Louisville, Kentucky, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, etc.
Already on the schedule....mentioned in the article....
We've pulled quite a few players out of Missouri lately. This year Burton is from Kentucky. I mostly meant if we play a team from the SEC consistently, we'll be in those southern states and on their radar more often. I realize that there's not much intrigue in beating those lower tier teams in the conference, but we've already scheduled the 2 big dogs in each side of the conference. Might as well go down the list and schedule others in the conference. I don't think we get anything by playing ACC, Big 12, or PAC-12 schools.
I'm an Air Force veteran, and absolutely love the military appreciation games at Ohio Stadium....but I don't want any part of the service academies. Army should have beaten UM last year. We might not have been as prepared as we should have been for VT in 2014 because we played Navy the week before. I just don't see an advantage in scheduling a clearly outmatched opponent that runs a quirky offense.
FSU is hot garbage. They're elite in name only. Same with Stanford. They've won the PAC-12 three times in 20 years, and haven't been much of a threat since Andrew Luck went pro. Other than a trip to California, they're not worth scheduling.
My list, based on your parameters:
1) Tennessee 2) Texas A&M 3) Kentucky 4) Auburn 5) Missouri 6) Arkansas.......
I'm excited for the home and home with Alabama and Georgia, and don't think OSU should back down from anyone. That being said, I'd like to play Kentucky. They're recruiting Ohio hard, they're an SEC team, and shouldn't be hard to schedule. I'd like to pad our resume by beating SEC teams regularly, but it doesn't have to be the elite teams in the conference. I'd be fine with playing Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Vanderbilt, etc. Just to destroy the narrative that they're an elite conference and we're scared to schedule them. I'd like to see their fans twist and fret saying that we're afraid to schedule anyone, when supposedly their conference is so tough. We start stacking wins every year against their member schools they won't be able to say much. It'd undoubtedly help recruiting as well.
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I did not think 59-0 was possible, but I wasn't living in Ohio at the time and a lot of friends and colleagues were asking me what I thought of Cardale leading OSU into that game and I told everyone that I had an odd feeling we were going to win big. I didn't think we'd make the playoff because of it, but it just seemed like the team was coming together around Cardale in all of the stories that week leading up to the game. What a wild game that was. I wasn't surprised our Defense dominated.
This was going to be my pick. I was surprised we won the 2002 NC game, and surprised we dominated Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl, but I've never yelped the way I did when Turner hit that shot. I'll never forget it because I was in a public setting and made a scene.
I think their answer at the time was that he had spent a night in the hospital getting fluids, and they weren't sure how good to go he was. I was at that game, and it was extremely frustrating. Zeke calling them out in the postgame was great. What a waste of arguably the most talented team OSU fielded in the UFM era.
Last Man Standing's Mike Baxter went to UM and rags on OSU, but his wife is a graduate. There's constantly mentions of the rivalry on the show. That's on top of all of the other examples already mentioned.
This is welcome news, but Saban will be gone by then. If they're anything like they were pre-Saban, this will be like playing Cal.
I'd be all for scrapping the OOC games and jumping right into league play. There's a better chance UM finishes 3rd in the B1G East than it wins it. They do seem to beat PSU at home, which they have this year. But there's just no way with a new QB, pieces on the OL, and this crazy offseason that I see them being ready to play early. They've got a brutal schedule with Wisconsin and PSU at home back-to-back, then road trips to MSU and Minnesota back-to-back. MSU might be terrible, but it's still on the road and a rivalry game. The other 3 in that stretch are all conference champion contenders.
Well, according to Wikipedia, since 2015 PSU is 8-12 against top 25 at the time they played. That's 40% winning percentage. UM is 10-14 in the same timeframe against top 25 at the time they played. That's 41.7% winning percentage.
I'd say that's a toss-up, and final ranking should factor in. PSU's losses against top flight competition was much closer than UM's. That's why they finished with higher final rankings than UM almost every year of the JF and JH tenure.