Oh, [insert expletive]! Someone, please, talk me off the ledge.
This is not the game I wanted to see, and maybe that is what led me to predict a Sugar Bowl matchup with Alabama a while ago. I gave them a punchers' chance against the Tide. Texas, uh, not so much.
Phoenix used to be the best possible location for Ohio State in January. And then Urban Meyer and Roy Hall had to screw it up. Now, the negative mojo in the desert is palpable, and Ohio State will have to play its best game since 2006 to have a chance.
Let me get this straight. Ohio State has to travel across the country to play the team that beat Oklahoma by double digits? And now they are angry? For some reason, I have archival footage of World War II fighter planes repeatedly crashing into the ocean running through my head. Not good.
I know it is fashionable to say that Texas "has not seen a secondary/pass defense like Ohio State's," but if you watched any college football this season you know the Buckeyes have not slowed down any meaningful offense.
The top three passing offenses that Ohio State faced this season: Illinois, Troy, and Purdue, in that order. The fourth best passing team, statistically speaking, carved them up to the tune of four touchdowns and threw a 35-yard wheel route to the fullback!
I will preview this game more fully in the future, but for now I need to get a good night’s sleep and see if I can wake up with a new perspective.
For now, I will await your optimistic words of solace.