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Game Thread Ohio State 3, Southern Cal 35 (Sept. 13)

Discussion in '2008 Football Season Capsule' started by thedecline19, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    If OSU wins the excuse will be that USC "hasn't gelled yet" and "lacks experience due to (X) players going in the draft last year. Basically, there will be a laundry list of protective excuses for USC should they lose.
  2. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    You forgot the old standby - Pete Carroll was having a bad hair day
  3. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    I agree with the point you're making. On the other hand, we need to accept that those who will be reciting that "laundry list" will have a point.

    The truth is, we are catching USC at a good time. Early in the year, they will be as inexperienced in key areas as they've been in a few years. We can call it "excuse making" if we want. To a certain extent, it is "excuse making" to say such things.

    But there is also a certain legitimacy to putting this win, if we get it, into perspective. Yes, it will be huge. Yes, it will be over a very good team. It will be USC's 2nd OOC loss in what, 5 years? We don't need to make it any bigger by downplaying the opponent's lack of experience. I understand that you aren't doing that; but others commenting on this subject have done exactly that.
  4. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    It's just ironic that the same people giving them the benefit of the doubt haven't let anything slide with us. No one cared to mention we had to replace 9 starters on defense and 2 1st round draft picks on offense in '06 after the Florida loss and everyone seemed to suddenly forget we were replacing just about every key player on offense and half our defense last year, after the LSU game. It seems we're the only team in the country that isn't allowed to show any weaknesses. Part of that is flattering because it means people have such high expectations for us but it's also a curse because when we don't meet those expectations we get unfairly punished. And unfortunately, the media has way too much influence on the game.
  5. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Agreed on all points.

    In fact, it was in thinking about our own inexperienced team going up against a more seasoned (and stronger) team last January that I composed my post.

    While others may apply a different standard to us than to USC, let's be careful that we don't do the same thing but in the other direction. Let's acknowledge that our opponent has more holes to fill than we do. It's OK. We can be fair, even when "they" are not. We're Ohio State. Being held to a higher standard is part of the territory, regardless if it is a blessing or a curse.
  6. generaladm

    generaladm Senior

  7. Football_Junky

    Football_Junky Ohio State fan 4 lyfe


    That is a very good point, a bunch of them actually. I never really looked at the game that way but I see your point.
  8. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!!

    its been the same thing with USC and media every year the past Few seasons

    highly ranked preseason, media rambles on about how they are "loaded with talent" and how their bench players could start for most other schools

    they lose to a Stanford or Oregon State and it is a "fluke"

    and every year at the end of the season we have to hear about how USC is "the best team right now" even though they did not get it done earlier in the season against subpar competition

    and then the media goes on about how to "watch out fo them next year, they will be better!"
  9. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.


    I agree that WE can do the emboldened; however, I'm not seeing a whole lot of that from the media pundits. Case in point: Cowherd said that there will be 15 NFL pros on the defense in the game. Nine from USC and 6 from OSU. He did say that the Offensive line for USC is inexperienced; however, there was no statement throughout his entire discussion that there is really any weakness to the USC team. In truth, he didn't say that tOSU had any glaring weaknesses either; however, the inundation of "recent history" IS playing a huge role. The transitory effect plays a role when people think of tOSU; however, USC doesn't get much of that if at all.
  10. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    For every reason you mention, look for Cowherd to totally blow it out of proportion if we win the game by 7 points or more. He will make it look like the biggest sports accomplishment of all time by the time he's done flapping his lips. Don't let his own recent history fool you, he's talked up the Buckeyes and he will do it again. Overstating his case is his stock in trade. In overstating the case for the Trojans, he is setting the table for totally overblowing what the Buckeyes accomplish on September 13th.

    Don't get me wrong; I've said before and I'll say again that it will be a huge win. But Colin "how-does-this-asshat-have-a-syndicated-show" Cowherd will make it into something it isn't, both before and after.
  11. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

    That is true. Thanks for reminding me. :wink2:
  12. alpo

    alpo Newbie

    I'm in this choir to whit you preach! Couldn't agree more...and I'm sick to death of it!
  13. generaladm

    generaladm Senior

    The media love affair with USC has been going on for most of PC's tenure, they did give them a NC they didn't earn. The disparity between the media's attitude between USC and OSU is quite glaring. Look at last year, OSU was slighted all year because of an atypically weak Big Ten schedule, often described as "charmin soft". USC had a much weaker slate last year and got a free pass for losing 2 games. In the last 3 years, USC's marquee OOC opponent (other than the 1 good game ND gave them) was Arkansas, who was 14-11 over the two seasons they played. The criticism of playing a weak schedule in a weak conference applies much more to USC than OSU. As far as Cowherd talking up the Buckeyes, I certainly have never heard it. I used to catch his show frequently when I drove to work, and he had nothing but vitriol for the program and the fans.
    alpo likes this.

    BUCKYLE Washed

    Before the '05 Tejas game, he said "tOSU is going to beat Texas like a drum!"
  15. generaladm

    generaladm Senior

    Okay, so Cowherd is a hack and a jinx!

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