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I don’t have a crystal ball but I see a crystal trophy in the future for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
After finishing last season as the only undefeated team but unable to play for the BCS and/or AP national title thanks to some greedy former players, OSU is eligible for a bowl game and should have it’s sights set on Pasadena.
It won’t be easy as second-year coach Urban Meyer has to replace four stalwarts on the defensive line and 75 percent of its starting linebacker corps, but if anyone knows about reloading, it’s Meyer, who won a couple BCS titles at Florida, including one over OSU.
But let’s not dwell on the past. Let’s talk about the present. And what a gift it would be for Buckeye Nation if OSU can end the SEC’s seven-season stranglehold on the national title.
This could be one of the top offenses in the country with a smashmouth offensive line and a running game that has a little thunder in Carlos Hyde, and some lightning with Rod Smith and Bri’onte Dunn.
Oh yeah. There’s that Braxton Miller guy, the junior quarterback for whom some are predicting Heisman happenings. He set an OSU QB record with nearly 1,300 rushing yards and if he can get that completion percentage up around 60% he will have the total package.
The defense, which had some coverage and tackling problems last season will be short on experience but not short on talent, led by outside linebacker Ryan Shazier and All-American cornerback Bradley Roby.
Fortunately for OSU, the schedule sets up extremely nicely, which is why I like the Buckeyes to be among the top 2 teams when the final BCS standings are announced.
Because of the great finish to last season and the plethora of talent on offense, OSU should begin the season ranked no worse than 5th in the pre-season coaches poll. Non-conference home games against Buffalo, San Diego State and Florida A&M should allow Meyer to empty the bench and get some guys valuable playing time while impressing the pollsters with some style points. A potential slippery spot could be at California but even a close win won’t hurt too much.
The Big 10, or however many teams there are this month, is going to be somewhat weak. That could hurt in the computer portion of the ratings but will help in the human polls as OSU should rack up easy wins at home over Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State and Indiana and should cruise at Purdue and Illinois, which could be de facto home games given the way OSU fans travel and the way the home fans stay away. A nationally televised night game at Northwestern in early October will actually be the highlight of the conference season until the Nov. 30 finale in Ann Arbor. Read More
Penn State fans hate Ohio State fans much more than Ohio State fans hate Penn State ones.
Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti made some comments earlier this week that seem to have OSU fans upset. My advice to OSU fans is just to let it go.
Why? Because Penn State doesn’t have anything else.
I am a firm believer of teams being able to have multiple rivals, but there will always be one that stands above all. For Ohio State, that team is obviously Michigan.
Penn State doesn’t have a Michigan-like rival. So, what do PSU fans do? They hate the team that has seen the most success in the conference in recent years.
The last two times the Buckeyes traveled to Happy Valley–in 2007 and 2009–I was there too. I spent two separate weekends in State College and went to both games at Beaver Stadium, both of which were Buckeye blowout wins I might add.
Before the game, my friends and I couldn’t walk anywhere around town without hearing it from somebody. I found it all in good fun, but you could tell that the PSU fans are just a little bit on edge when the Buckeyes come to town.
One Penn State fan (I’m assuming she was a student) attempted to insult me by asking, “why do you even go to Ohio State, were you too stupid to get in to Penn State?”
Sick burn, I know. I just laughed and said, “actually it’s because I’m from Ohio.”
I don’t think I was ever more excited to be wearing an Ohio State jersey after a game, though. I didn’t even have to say anything to the PSU fans. I simply walked out of the stadium smiling at all of them.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is go easy on the PSU fans because Ohio State is to them what Michigan is to Ohio State.
Even though it’s not like that to Buckeye fans, just remember that it’s not their fault they chose to be a fan of the wrong school.
May’s second midweek madness gets existential. The big story of the day was the “discussion” about the future of our favorite sport- more on that after the jump.
But one thing is for sure – Urban Meyer will bring hardware back to Columbus with him before all is said and done. Gold pants, B1G titles and crystal footballs. For everyone who has piled on over the last twelve months – from those in Ann Arbor, Madison, and SEC country to those posted up at the headquarters of ESPN, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News – there’s simply no way around it. Urban Meyer wins, and he wins big.
The benefactor? THE Ohio State University.