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If you had to change the outcome of one game in Ohio State history, which would it be?

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by John Baranowski, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. AJHawkfan

    AJHawkfan Wanna make $14 the hard way?

    This is the one I thought of too. Had we declined the Gator Bowl invite, we may have been bowl eligible in 2012, when everything fell just right and we could/should/would have been matched up against ND for the NC instead of Bama?
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  2. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    Which was after the 96 season... had the right season, just the wrong TUN.
  3. I will throw this one out to the crowd. Would you change the outcome of a game to give OSU a loss?
  4. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

  5. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    If David Edwards doesn't win that 1897 opener against Ohio Medical, maybe our 19th-century AD realizes his mistake and fires him before he can put up the worst season in OSU history, including our first loss to scUM.

    But to answer the question more seriously... booooo!
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  6. Tanner

    Tanner Senior

    Definitely Sparty in '98. That not only was like watching a slow motion car crash, it was like I was in the car and it was a bentley and I was on my way to a beautiful girl's house and I woke up in a coma with no health insurance.
  7. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior


    Let's say in 2015 we lose to VT again to open... with a feeling of desperation we then beat sparty then yes.

    I think if we lose a game early in 2015 we probably don't lose again to be honest.
  8. The year is 1992. In the previous four season Ohio State could not beat that team up north and had averaged 4 losses per year. It was widely speculated that another loss in The Game would have been the end of John Cooper's tenure at Ohio State. In the trailing minutes of The Game Ohio State scores a touchdown cutting the lead to one point. Coop chooses to kick the field goal to tie the game hoping to get the ball back and win the game with a field goal. This does not happen and The Games ends in a tie. Gordon Gee proclaimed "This tie is one of our greatest wins ever". John Cooper keeps his job only to enrage fans for years to come.

    Would you trade the tie for a loss to replace John Cooper quicker?
  9. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    If the Air Force debacle couldn't get that cocksucker fired, nothing was ever going to. I will go to my grave believing they held on to Cooper longer than they should have to overcompensate for the way they fired Earl.

    Reasoning being that if they fired a second coach within 5 years of the last, they'd never get a decent coach to take the job again.
  10. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    1. Using your scenario; how do we get first to Tressell and then Meyer?
    2. Tressell wins the NC with the talent Cooper left him.
    3. Though he wasn't big in The Game, Coop managed to beat Notre Dame twice, tying the all time record for that game.
    4. Cooper brought Ohio State into the national recruiting picture, a legacy of players who went on to outstanding pro careers.
    5. Cooper closed down the Southwest Ohio pipeline to Notre Dame and Michigan and got Ohio State back in the doors of Cincinnati High Schools.
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  11. I agree with everything you said. I just wanted to throw out something different than the usual 1996 Michigan, 1998 MSU. Or was it the other way around? :)

    I wanted to see what the anti Cooper faction would say to such a scenario.
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  12. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    As a life member of the He Man Cooper Haters club I would say this; I would endure it all again if I knew that we would get 17+ years of Tressel and Meyer to follow

    (I think)
  13. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    In my lifetime/memory, that was far and away my answer because of the talent we had on that team.

    Followed up by the Springs slip, then probably MSU in 2015 for the same reason MSU in was way too talented to lose a game that season, should have been back-to-back titles.

    Edit: THe '06 title game loss to UF has to be right up there for the reasons everyone else has of the best teams we have ever had and would have pumped the breaks on the S-E-C bullshit. Only reason I didn't throw it in there is because as painful as that was, we weren't even close. But the thread premise is simply change the outcome, not change the outcome of a close game, so the '06 UF game is a very valid answer. And I wasn't alive for the '69 scUM loss, but can see why that would be considered the worst.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
  14. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    You know, I may be the biggest Cooper apologist. Yeah, he sucked those last two games of the year, but he brought us out of the 9-3 funk Earle Bruce had us in, and into some 11-1 and 10-2 funks. We may have gone full suck-tard to get to that point, but the destination was worth the journey.
    Plus, as someone else said, we need to somehow get to Tressel and Meyer. Again, maybe the destination is worth the journey.
    Plus plus, that which doesn't kill us only makes us stronger. I'm nervous EVERY Michigan game. And it feels great when we win. Maybe the 15-2 record against Michigan since 2001 isn't as much fun if Cooper was 10-2-1, instead of 2-10-1.
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  15. Buckerooni

    Buckerooni To the last, I grapple with thee.

    Haven't been on here in a couple of years because of personal life craziness, and logged back just now. Hello!

    I don't know if anyone has mentioned this game yet, but I'd change the 2011 loss to TTUN. Would have really, really felt good to win that one, during that difficult year, and would have really chapped their assess to lose to Fickell. And now we'd have 14 wins in a row.

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