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Game Thread Ohio State 58, Northwestern 7 (final)

Discussion in '2007 Football Season Capsule' started by BB73, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    My guess is to get in the players' heads, on both sides. Northwestern's players endured pretty brutal beatdowns in both 2005 and 2006, and honestly looked like they didn't even want to be there this past Saturday. They had no heart. No emotion.

    That game was over before Northwestern even stepped off the bus. I guess that's my point.

    Why do it? Because he can. You use any edge you can get. Otherwise, what's the point of harping on the NU-upset angle in the locker room in Seattle, when about 80% of the current roster was playing high school football in 2004? Look at the 2005 and 2006 games. Both were the last game before Michigan - the trap game where OSU has historically struggled as Michigan week looms. In 2002 it was Illinois. In both 2003 and 2004 is was Purdue. That's two overtime wins and a last second loss. All of sudden, we're rolling by 40 routinely to kick off Michigan week?

    I think there's more to it than simply discounting Northwestern as a bad football team. Of course, they are, but this is three straight seasons where the outcome wasn't in doubt after one quarter. All of sudden we're selling-out to block punts and going for it on 4th down up 35 in the 4th quarter?

    That's just cold.
     
  2. MililaniBuckeye

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

    It's because Tressel doesn't like the idea of being the first coach to lose to Northwestern in 33 years, the first to lose at Evanston since in 43 years, and the one who let NW snap our 24-game win streak against them.
     
  3. jwinslow

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

    Stylish!

    - Jay-WINS

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Fungo Squiggly

    Fungo Squiggly Mortal enemy of all things Bucky Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion '18 Keeper League Champ '18 BPCFFB II Champ

    Literary scholar, I am not.....but I believe JT would qualify as the "Dr. Jekyll" of college football rather than the "Mr. Hyde". :p
     
  5. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ


    I believe this to be the case. I know Milli and others have discussed it before. You can see the difference in focus, attitude and execution between NU and other teams we know we are going to kill.

    I think after 2004, JT has decided that every year he gets to let his hair down, pretend he's Ike Turner, put something on it for Tina/NU and make it sting.
     
  6. BB73

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


    Actually, he was the first to lose at Evanston in 46 years. :wink2:
     
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  7. shetuck

    shetuck We scored twenty...

    you're right Katt. i got them backwards.
     
  8. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Lens Envy?
     
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  9. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    :slappy:
     
  10. TooTallMenardo

    TooTallMenardo “Big-time players step up in big-time games.” '17 Bowl Pick Em Champ

    I love the shorts man!
     
  11. jwinslow

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

    :slappy: Nope, own the same model he's using.

    Oh, but Hayn's 400m on the ground? :sad:
     
  12. MililaniBuckeye

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

    Smart aleck... :tongue2:
     
  13. calibuck

    calibuck Too soon old, too late smart

    Jay-Wins ---looking good my man!

    One of the reasons that the Buckeyes have looked 'sluggish' right before the Meatchicken game, is that the Bucks spend a part of practice working on plays for Michigan. During Woody's day, don't know how, but it seemed we always played Northwestern the week before teeing it up with the ugly hats. Most of the time, the team was practicing for Michigan, and could sleepwalk over Northwestern, on sheer talent alone.

    Now, with the 85 schollie rule, lesser teams have picked up the 20 or so guys that used to sit the bench for the 'biggies', and that has made parity more a reality in college football. (the same as the salary cap in the pay-for-play league).

    Yeah, I've noticed that the Bucks struggle down the stretch, usually for teams that they should clobber, so wouldn't be surprised that the same coaching practices hold true even today. After all, when your body of work is reviewed after a year, wouldn't you rather say you beat Michigan than creamed Northwestern? Squeaking by Illinois to prepare for Michigan seems a small price to pay for the extra time spent. I seem to remember that all NCAA teams have so many minutes that they can practice during the week, so that way they get in extra reps on the 'trick' plays that no one has seen.


    :gobucks3::gobucks4::banger:
     

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