Big Ten Breakdown: Ohio State

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Big Ten Breakdown: Ohio State

Buckeyes stand out in Big Ten as College Football season approaches

All right, as much as it pains me to say this (As a Michigan Fan), Ohio State is "The Best Damn Football Team" in The Big Ten. Putting salt in my wounds is the fact it's been that way for a while now winning outright or a share of the Big Ten title the last five years.  This season they are again favored, by many, to not only win the Big Ten, but contend for a national title. In the early bird rankings they stand at #2, behind current champions Alabama.  Those may be preseason rankings and assumptions, but there is no doubt the Buckeyes should, once again, be a force to be dealt with.  Let’s take a deeper look at the 2010 Buckeyes and their road to the BCS championship that they last captured in 2002.

 

Recruiting

For the 7th straight year they have a top 25 recruiting class coming in. This year they bring in ATH Corey Brown, DB Christian Bryant and Terrelle Pryor's possible successor, Taylor Graham, just to name a few.

Coaching

While the whole nation is Nick Saban crazy, many have overlooked Jim Tressel and his signature sweater vest.   Not including the job the other two Jims,   Offensive Coordinator Jim Bollman and   Defensive Coordinator Jim Heacock, he did a tremendous job last season guiding his team to an impressive Rose Bowl win and there's no doubting Terrelle Pryor's maturity and development making him a potential Heisman candidate this season.

Stadium

Buckeye Stadium, better known as "The Horseshoe" at 102,239 capacity, is the third largest in college football. More importantly the noise is enclosed and vibrates on the field making it the loudest in the Big Ten.   The early season match-up with the Miami Hurricanes should give you the first taste of the season of 102,000+ fans screaming and a rematch of the '03 Fiesta Bowl.

Schedule

  1. Marshall - They should win easily 42-10.
  2. Miami - Real "nail-biter", UM loses on a failed Two-Point conversion, Ohio State 27-25.
  3. Ohio - 34-7. Ohio State is too good for the Bobcats.
  4. Eastern Michigan - 56-3. Come on OSU, why are you playing an 0-12 team.
  5. @Illinois - First road game of the season could provide early struggles, but this is a rivalry, and it’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes faltering here. OSU 33-10.
  6. Indiana - Lots of points. 42-17 Ohio State. Indiana cannot stop Buckeye’s offensively
  7. @Wisconsin - Second road test for Ohio State. Come up short at Camp Randall. Wisconsin 20-14.
  8. Purdue - Revenge for Ohio State, upset last year. OSU 38-9.
  9. @Minnesota - Specials team play a big part in this game. Ohio State escapes 28-24.
  10. Penn State – Used to be one of the most anticipated games of the year, but glitter has dimmed a little.  Ohio State 27-10.
  11. @Iowa – Iowa could be tough this year, but OSU should handle them 27-17.
  12. Michigan – Apologies to my fellow Wolverines, but it’s hard to see the Buckeyes falling out of the National Title at the hands of their biggest rival.  Sorry fellow Wolverines, but I use to pick Michigan in this game every year and learned my lesson.  Ohio State 34-21.

 

Turning Points

The three biggest games are the turning points; Miami, at Wisconsin and at Iowa. Those may present their biggest obstacles for defeat.   If they want to play in The BCS Title game, they better hope that if they trip up they do so early versus Miami or at Wisconsin. If they beat Miami they then will have to watch out for at Wisconsin or at Iowa. If they manage to beat all three teams, watch out for a sneak attack because of how tough it is to go undefeated.

Upset Picks

They have a fairly easy schedule. If they are undefeated going to Minnesota, they could run into problems and lose that game. Penn State provides an obstacle, and you can't sleep on Michigan.

Outcome

National Championship or Rose Bowl. Anything less would be a failure.

 

 

 

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