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Game Thread tOSU vs. Sparty, Sat 11/21, 3:30pm ET, ABC

Discussion in '2015 Football Season Capsule' started by MD Buckeye, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Good article by 11W, anyone still despondent about the loss to Sparty and not getting into the CFPs should read this:

    ESCAPE FROM PERFECTION

    You're still not over it, huh.

    It's not hard to tell, going by the forced smirk that appears every time you're told only entitled assbags fail to find joy in a 12-1 season that concludes with the Buckeyes piling up 86 points at the expense of Michigan and Notre Dame.

    Nobody wants to cop to being an entitled assbag but that smirk is still all you can muster. Wanted more, expected more, needed more, got less. And now everyone is declaring for the NFL draft witheligibility to spare. Smirk.

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    Sorry, I'm too old to ever take this for granted.

    Watching the buildup to the second-ever College Football Playoff gave you a touch of nausea, and then seeing Michigan State and Oklahoma getting throttled made you sick. You were instructed like a good soldier to get excited for the Irish in a New Year's Six bowl game anyway. Wanted more, expected more, needed more, beat up the Irish and made Glendale a happy place for the first time ever. That's good!Smirk.

    Lots of you bought tickets and made pilgrimages to three postseason games last season. This year the appetite for just one of those trips wasn't nearly the same. Regular season, Big Ten championship, semi-final, national title. This itinerary was cast in stone and as soon as it was cancelled we were lost in a fog. It's Ohio State, so really the trips were just postponed. Mechanical failure or something.

    This year's team was supposed to be invincible. No one was beating it; we had to engage in time travel to think up formidable challengers from the past just to pose a threat. The 2015 team garnered comparisons to the greatest Buckeye editions of all time before playing a single game in its title defense.

    One of the overlooked problems with time travel is that Greatest Buckeye Teams of All Time were all honored ex post facto. The 1967 team started the season 2-3 with a 41-6 loss at home. The 2001 team went 7-5. When Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech in early 2014 the Buckeyes had lost three of their past four games. Legendary teams generally show up unannounced.

    Nobody was getting a jump on crowning the 1968 or 2002 teams. They crowned themselves.

    So here's what we know: 1) You're still not over it, and you'll never fully be over it - these are the emotional pitfalls you signed up for when you decided to make Buckeye football matter more than it should. 2) Ohio State failing to win its third national championship in 14 years isn't catastrophe. 3) The smirks of 1998, for those of you old enough to remember, were far more painful.

    It's been so much smirkier than this. Yeah, 1998. Until now those reflections had been centered around losing to Michigan State, except there's some more important and damaging context we've been conveniently forgetting.

    First, Ohio State was on a crippling 1-8-1 stretch against Michigan under John Cooper when the invincible 1998 team arrived. The previous season it held the eventual national champion Wolverines to 42 yards on 42 carries, literally handed them the game-winning touchdown [Ed: don't click that] and came as close as it ever had to finally winning one up there.

    Nearly the entire team returned from 1997 along with seniors that had never beaten Michigan. Second, this was the first year of the BCS which delivered the first-ever official national championship game. The timing could not be better for what was expected to be the most dominant Ohio State team since 1969. It was the preseason #1 and played like it from the moment it hit the field.

    And third, it had the best players in the conference nearly across the board: Joe Germaine beat out Drew Brees for 1st team QB, Michael Wiley (and Ron Dayne) were consensus 1st team RBs - and Wiley's backup Joe Montgomery would be a 2nd round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Both guards Rob Murphy and Benji Gilbert were all-Big Ten, as were all three starting pass-catchers David Boston, Dee Miller and John Lumpkin.

    THE 1998 BUCKEYES HAD ONE LOSS, MAULED EVERYONE ELSE, WATCHED THE BIG TEN RUN THE TABLE IN ITS BOWLS - AND WATCHED THE TITLE GAME FROM HOME.
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    Smirk all you want - if you're still failing to enjoy what Ohio State delivered in 2015 then you deserve nothing good (and I'm saying this to me too, because I need it). This is the fight against joylessness. It's not like getting blown out by Florida after 2006. It's losing something we constructed in our minds that was too beautiful to exist.

    Over the next eight months you're going to read about the bright promise of a whole bunch of newish Buckeyes who have been waiting impatiently to get on a field that was blocked from them by way too many former teammates, most of whom will be millionaires before football starts up again. There's going to be absolutely nothingresembling The Grind in 2016, and this might make you happy because you're still smirking at how Ohio State's 2015 ended up ending up.

    But you shouldn't. And I shouldn't. Because no one wants to be an entitled assbag.

    Entire article: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2015/12/65589/escape-from-perfection
     
  2. Tanner

    Tanner Senior

    Game still feels like a bad dream almost 4 months later. Almost everything about it was incomprehensible.
     
  3. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Especially when you watches that joke of a team pretend to replace the B1G in the playoffs.

    Right up there with the other msu game of 98 with how I'm not sure how we lost. Massive let down and honestly I hope that countdown ticker keeps going until that game because next year it needs to happen
     
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  4. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    2 of the past 3 years Sparty has kept us from a run at the NC... need to put the boot into them for a few years.
     
  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Excellent article....

    The 2015 Buckeyes Would Beat About 148 Of The 150 Teams In The "Greatest College Football Teams Of All Time" Rankings

    So in honor of college football's 150th anniversary, ESPN decided to make a list of the 150 greatest teams in college football history. I'm not here to knock on the idea. It's pretty cool and it was fun to read. But I am here to knock on the fact that this list absolutely blows. Or at least it needs a name change.

    A panel of 150 voters was created ranging from former coaches like Frank Beamer and Bob Stoops to football experts like Paul Finebaum and Condoleezza Rice. Then they included a bunch of media members too. And I can't fault them all because any time you make rankings, especially of 150 very successful teams, there's going to be dissension. That's not the point of this. The point of this is that this rankings are not realistic AT ALL. Let's be clear: they called this the "greatest teams of all time", meaning the best teams ranked in order.

    Am I crazy in thinking that an average team in today's day and age -- let's say this year's Wisconsin team -- beats Knute Rockne's "Four Horsemen" Notre Dame team by a million?

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    Jonathon Taylor would run for 1,000 yards on them. In the first half. So if you want to go by "special seasons" then it's fine to put the 1945 Army Black Knights at 58, but don't call it the "Greatest Teams of All Time" rankings. If we're talking greatest teams of all time, I'm talking talent. I'm talking The U in 2001, USC in 2004, Texas in 2005, and a combination of Alabama and Clemson teams from recent years. Line them up against any of these greatest Army teams and they win by triple digits.

    But honestly, I probably wouldn't have blogged this just to say that. I get that it's an argument of talent and different time periods that you just can't compare. But the reason I had to blog is that this panel of 150 voters chose multiple teams that didn't win championships, and they left the greatest team of all-time off their list: the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes.

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    Nope, not that one. Not the one that won the championship. The NEXT one. The team that choked to Michigan State. The most talented team of all time. I would pay an infinite amount of dollars to watch the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes play the 94th ranked 1888 Yale Bulldogs. 5 Buckeyes were drafted in the 1st round. 11 were selected in the first 102 picks. And 12 names were called overall. This team was DIRTY.

    Here's just a couple of the absolute dawgs on that roster:

    Joey Bosa - Defensive End (#3 Overall Pick)

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    Ezekiel Elliott - Running Back (#4 Overall Pick)

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    Michael Thomas - Wide Receiver (47th Overall Pick)

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    Darren Lee - Linebacker (20th Overall Pick)

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    Vonn Bell - Safety (61st overall pick)

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    Taylor Decker - Offensive Lineman (16th overall pick)

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    Eli Apple - Cornerback (10th Overall Pick)

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    And then you can toss in Braxton Miller, Josh Perry, Cardale Jones, JT Barrett, Adolphus Washington, Nick Vannett, Billy Price, Pat Elflein, Raekwon McMillan, Gareon Conley, and Jalin Marshall. HOLY SHIT that team was absolutely loaded. Oh, and we had Urban Meyer.

    This team would go down as perhaps the greatest of ALL-TIME if it weren't for that god damn Michigan State kicker.

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    Entire article: https://www.barstoolsports.com/barstoolu/the-2015-buckeyes-would-beat-about-148-of-the-150-teams-in-the-greatest-college-football-teams-of-all-time-rankings-1412752?utm_content=buffer047c2&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=organic_social_twitter_BarstoolTweetss

    Re: This team would go down as perhaps the greatest of ALL-TIME if it weren't for that god damn Michigan State kicker.

    :nod:
     

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