In today’s edition, we celebrate number 16, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Texas A&M in the 1987 Cotton Bowl, 28-12.
Earle the Bruce took the Buckeyes to Dallas to face off against Jackie Sherrill’s Aggies. Being a ‘Jackie Sherrill Aggie’ just doesn’t sound right, but evidently such things existed. Ohio State led at the half 7-6 in a back and forth but not effective 30 minutes. Despite having Jim Karsatos as the offensive trigger man, the Buckeye defense won this game by producing 5 interceptions, two for pick-6’s. If you were to chart out the platoon performance, it would look like this: Read More
There are two story lines to this match-up and it appears that we will see many bowl games between teams who have left a conference for another. The Cotton Bowl hit on a biggie here with the Aggies and Sooners. First, you have the first ever frosh to win the Heisman in Johnny Manziel trying to keep the streak alive of proving there’s no such thing as a Heisman curse. The winners are 4 and 6 in the last 10 games they played after receiving the award. After losing four straight, which included former Buckeye Troy Smith, they are on a three game winning streak. In 5 of the 7 games during the last two streaks were winners playing for a National Title, Mark Ingram and Cam Newton were the only two winners in those games.
Second, you have a game that everyone is calling a good rivalry out of what use to be an annual Big12 game. The Aggies and Sooners first played in 1903 which was hit or miss for several years and the Aggies won 3 of the first 4. They picked back up close to the end of WW2 and after the ’51 season went forty plus years before getting back on track in 1993. Since then, the Sooners have dominated the rivalry having won 12 of 18 and took over the series in the 2000′s winning every year save for 2002 and 2010. The Aggies moved to the SEC and have surprised everyone with the season they’ve had upsetting Alabama along the way, thus winning the Heisman for Johnny Football. Read More