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Game Thread (2004) Game One: Cincinnati - 9/4/04 (W, 1-0)

Discussion in '2004 Football Season Capsule' started by Clarity, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    I predict OSU wins 36-13 and Justin Zwick throws 2 TD's, each caught by Santonio Holmes.

    I'm trusting NCAA Football 2005 on this one.
     
  2. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    The only reason why Cincy kept it close in 2002 was that the field was pure shit, Clarett didn't play, and Cincy played their game of the year. Plus, didn't Gino Guidugli graduate? He was their only offense.
     
  3. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    Mili, I commend you on your spelling of Gino Guidugli. I don't even know if it's spelled correctly, but it looks it. Anyhoo, he is actually back for one more year, so they do have that going for them. I still don't see this being a close game though. Especially after last year.
     
  4. zincfinger

    zincfinger Gert Frobe-approved

    I agree that the shitty field conditions had something to do with it, but the OSU second string should be able to handle Cincy, good conditions or bad. I know bad games pop up from time to time, but to me, this should be a close contest about as much as an FSU v. USF game should be close.
     
  5. Buck I-71

    Buck I-71 Newbie

    Aptly put. *

    And that's it.
     
  6. VprHis

    VprHis Get off my lawn, you hooligans!

    No, I believe Gino is currently on his 11th year of eligibility, somehow... Kinda like Jason White :) Must be something about QB's that they never seem to want to leave college...
     
  7. tomwal

    tomwal Newbie

    im telling all you homo's right now, this game has nothing to do with the field of play, it's all about the (rivelry) coaching!!!! mark my word this one will stay close.
     
  8. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    my view

    I think OSU will shut down Cinny's run game completly and force them to use Gino rolling out and trying for those short under neath routes. I say rolling out because if he stands back there good night sweet heart. I think at first it will definatly work as Ohio State IMO will play the first quarter very causiously considering they don't want to fall behind with a young team. I think the game will be like last years Northwestern game. The Defense will bend but not break, and our offense will be steady but not great. I do however see the score being somewhere along the lines of 28-3 or 24-0..... I just think Ohio State has too much speed and has too many weapons to be denied in this one. Going along with the fact that we have something to prove to the Polls' since we're being writen off so fast this year. I think Ross rushes for 130-150 yards also with 2 Td's! I can't wait guys! GO BUCKS.
     
  9. MegaWoody

    MegaWoody Newbie

    First three games are scary; beating tOSU would make their seasons

    D'Antonio's boys will defend our young QBs well and will attempt to bottle up our highly suspect running attack. He will use some 'trickeration' on offense to befuddle our much better defenders.

    I look for the Bucks to win a low-scoring squeaker -- 17-16.

    Marshall and NC State will be highly-motivated too. These first three will be a real test for Zwick and company.
     
  10. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    So many unknowns leading to so much speculation that I felt the need for an historical perspective. I am not a statastician but it seems to me data over several years will reflect other times and teams that had lots of unknowns, in essence it all evens out. So, since we started playing an Ohio team every year in Columbus:

    1997-2003 OSU @ home vs Ohio teams
    Record: 8 wins 0 losses
    Total points: 297-113
    Avg Score: 37-14
    Largest MOV: 49 points
    Smallest MOV: 7 (2003 vs BGSU)
    OSU highest/lowest score: 51/24
    Opponents highest/lowest: 20/0
    Scored 50 or more: 1 time
    Scored 40 or more: 3 times
    Scored 30 or more: 1 time
    Scored 20 or more: 3 times
    Scored less than 20: 0 times

    Under JT
    Record: 3-0
    Total Score: 103-48
    Avg score: 34-16

    I am going out on a limb, putting my faith in the stats and calling it 37-14 OSU. It will probably stay close early but too much talent + too much depth + The Horseshoe= W(big w :wink2: )
     
  11. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    Meh. 36-13. I was close.
     
  12. OTCBuck

    OTCBuck Newbie

    While I think Dantonio has a real future as a head coach, I just don't understand how he will be able to stay with JT or OSU on his first game out. Nearly every head coach has a tough adjustment period, unless you inherit Miami like Coker did. Sure he has a lot of returning players and a great defensive scheme, but he has no idea how they are going to be able to execute his schemes against an opponent yet. There is no way he can judge how his players will do in his schemes against a school with the talent level like OSU. His players aren't covering guys like Santonio in practice, they have no one who can even give them that kind of look. Dantonio doesn't even get a warm up cupcake team to feel out his team and make adjustements. This game will be more of a learning process for him, rather than a game where he can just come out and coach.

    Whenever JT has time to prepare, he comes up with a pretty good offensive gameplan. Watching the Washington game last year, you would have thought OSU was poised to be a top 20 offense.

    My prediction is OSU 31 Cincinnati 10.
     
  13. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    The magic of "copy and paste"... :biggrin:
     
  14. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    More data because I'm bored:

    1953-2003
    OSU at home: 247-56-8 (.807)
    Home openers: 45-4-1 (.900)
    Last loss in home opener:1978 to PSU (25 years)

    OSU at home under Jim Tressel: 20-2 (.909)

    Anything is possible but those are some mighty long odds to be bucking, especially for a mid-tier C-USA team breaking in a new HC.
     
  15. DoctorSJ

    DoctorSJ Beat the Irish until they can't River Dance!

    Bucks whip Cincy

    The headline will read! After a warm reception for the new HC and ex-Buckeye defensive coordinator, the Buckeyes proceeded to make the welcome and return less warm with a prompt and brutal thrashing in the first half leaving the Bearcats reeling. The Buckeye defense combined for three sacks and one interception in the first half and went into the locker up by three scores. The second half brought Troy Smith into the game and he wowwed the crowd with his ability to escape the rush. Final score - Bucks 41 Kittens 6
     

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