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Good 2005 schedule

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by BuckeyeNation27, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. OSU5NC

    OSU5NC Newbie

    PSU returns all 11 of their starters on defense.. and it's after a bye week. We also haven't done well historically in HV. It's definitely a tough one, and I definitely feel more confident about anyone at home over a rival on the road.
  2. Sdgobucks

    Sdgobucks Pig on a wing

    I did allude to them being tough, as I still think they are, but my main point is that they are sandwiched between Texas and Iowa. As for PSU... would you have thought that we would have lost to Northwestern???? I dont know that PSU will be that good, but I am just pointing out that we go on the road after a bye week ... we will most likely have trouble.
  3. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    i know this. infact, i stated it in my post. but to say SDSU and PSU are our 2nd and 3rd most dangerous games, with a schedule that includes @meshitagain, texas, iowa, and @minnesota is kind of reeeeeeeeeeeediculouse
  4. Texas will be very tough to beat. At Penn State is a nightmare.

    Michigan State has a 50/50 chance of winning, as they do with any team any day of the year. OSU could beat MSU by 30, or MSU could hang 50 on OSU. You never know, and there is no way to predict it.

    At Minnesota is a nightmare too. Don't be surprised to see an "L" in that one. Those nutjobs at Minnesota can fill that toilet and make it loud as hell, and the turf gives even turf teams fits.

    And we all know the UM game is a toss up every year.
  5. souL

    souL I.bulldoze

    I hate to say this, but I'm so glad we don't have to play Wisconsin. I would rather... well I would rather do just about anything than watch us play Wisconsin.
  6. JXC

    JXC 17-2 since 2001

    I have to disagree with most. I don't see this as a NC schedule at all. Texas is going to be a really tough game...but that game may not matter when it comes to a NC. After Texas...Iowa could also be really tough, but we get them at home. But @ scUM and @ PSU (Penn State's defense will be amazing next year...but so will ours). That's not an easy schedule.

    The schedule is never in our favor during an odd year. When the road to a NC runs through Ann Arbor, it's going to be tough. I'd much rather have the schedule we had this year, and deal with Purdue and Iowa on the road than deal with PSU and scUM. We always struggle in Happy Valley...we always play a lot worse than we should there.

    I'm not saying that I don't think we will do it. CUZ I THINK WE WILL WIN ALL OUR GAMES NEXT YEAR! But I don't think it's going to be easy and I don't think the schedule is in our favor.

    When we win all our games next year, it will be because we are the best team in college football...and not because of our schedule. If you want a schedule set up to win a NC...go to USC. :)
  7. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

    Regardless of whether or not you like our schedule next year, I am not sure that it will be regarded as a tough schedule. Sure, we will earn lots of respect for beating Texas, but down the stretch they will probably be a 3+ loss team. We do not have the purdue/wisconsin's to make our schedule a little more respectable. Perhaps Iowa will be a powerhouse, or perhaps they will lose 2-3 games as well again next year. Picking up Illinois and an unproven Minnesota squad in replacement for Purdue/Wisky doesn't bode well for the polls.

    I think our schedule is tough, and most big 10 fans would. But those who don't understand the strength of opponents such as PSU at home even if their record is abysmal may not respect our schedule.
  8. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    I guess what I wonder most is if our guys will need a week to prepare for going into Beaver? :wink2:
  9. kippy1040

    kippy1040 Junior

    It seems to me that the years Ohio State came close to a National Championship quest, were the even years. Like 1954, 1968, 2004,. The odd years were not so inviting though. We came close in 1979 when we were undefeated but lost in the Rose Bowl. In that year we blocked a punt in Michican,under Coach Bruce's 1st year. I thought for sure we had a chance in 1998 to go all the way but the other team up north screwed up that deal.

    In 1995 all we had to do was beat Michigan and we were in contention for an N/C. I think in 97 was the same scenario. Just beat Michigan and we are close. So when ever I see the odd years come up for Ohio State I get a little Antsy and my hopes are a little diminished but I still HOPE.
  10. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I really like our schedule next year. Dropping Purdue and Wisky for Minnesota and Illinois is a great trade off. Texas at home will be tough but we've got somethings going for us. Texas is losing Cedric Benson, a guy who's been big big contributer for his 4 years, Derrick Johnson, one the best LB's in the nation this year and a top ten NFL draft pick, Jayson Glynn their Remington Canidate C, their leading WR Tony Jeffrey, and their kicker. Not too mention if any of their talented underclassmen on the lines and secondary bolt to the NFL which is possibility. Texas is a running team and replacing a back like Cedric Benson isn't going to be easy for them. Texas also has history of struggling in OOC games against good teams. Arkansas thumped them in Austin in two years and would have beat them this year if not for a turnover. They also lost in 2000 at Stanford. It won't be an easy game, but IMHO Texas is very beatable at the Shoe next year. We force Vince Young to beat us with his arm I like our chances.

    I think the two toughest B10 games we'll have will be Iowa and scUM. Iowa brings most of their team back next year and should be one of the top top teams in the conference again. However at home and with that memory of getting our asses handed to us this year I think we can take them. After Northwestern this year I don't think I'll take any B10 for granted but other Iowa and Michigan every other game is very winnable. We've struggled after bye weeks the last two years but I think much of that is the circumstances. Wisky was a good team that was jacked playing a night game at home. The Northwestern game I think more had to do with having a young team. I think with the kind of senior leadership A.J., Bobby, Mangold etc. we'll be locked and loaded for the Lions. I think next year we'll be 10-0 going into the scUM game.
  11. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    I agree with Dayton, I think that we may come in very hungry next year and with a realism that any Big Ten team can take you on a given day without commitment.

    There is one big reason for caution in my mind. Losing the Nuge. His incredible range and accuracy has had a real impact on our opponents. Geez, give the Buckeyes the ball on the 50 and this bugger is in range! He has just been super. So, we bring back experience but a pretty big hole right there.

    Funny though, we just keep getting kickers who astound us, so maybe we have another excellent kicker about to astound us!

    I am incredibly optimistic!
  12. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    who says a NC has to be won with an easy schedule. I was just pointing out that the 2 tough away games have basically bye weeks before them.
  13. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

    I think we should get excited about next year, but not lump NC aspirations on these players. They are going to turn around from a 4-loss rebuilding season and probably win the Big10 when it is as strong as its been in quite a while (UM will be pretty good, MSU will be explosive, Iowa will be very good, Purdue's backup QB seems very talented, Wisconsin is always good, Minnesota may be able to capitalize more on their RBs next year).

    So let's hope for the best and maybe a battle for the NC, but I'd be very happy for these guys to go out and win the big10. That is quite an accomplishment in itself, and much moreso than it has been in recent memory (I am only 21 so I don't remember a long span of the Big10, but it has rarely had this many top teams in the last 5-10 years... this year it was even but more due to all being good not great teams).
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2008
  14. TallIndian

    TallIndian Rookie

    Texas is a Big Test for us .....

    This will be a match up of Top Ten Teams ......

    Game Day will be whinning when Geiger says NO.

    Iowa is the game that stands out to me as a land mine.

  15. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Oct 23, 1999 Mack got a 24-20 win in Austin against #3 Nebraska.

    In 1998, his first year at Texas, Mack won 20-16 in Lincoln against #7 Nebraska on Oct 31, and beat #6 Texas A&M 26-24 in Austin on Nov. 27.

    Mack's last victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry was in 1999, when they downed an unranked Sooner team 38-28, in Stoops first year. (Also won 34-3 in 1998, the last of John Blake's 3 consecutive losing seasons).
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2004

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