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Who Would Give OSU the Biggest Trouble?

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by Sloopy45, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. Sloopy45

    Sloopy45 Pimp Minister Sinister

    What Big Ten team would give the Buckeyes the biggest trouble this year?

    In '02, I'd have to say Purdue because their great D stifled the O for most of the game.

    In '03, scUM's Offensive Line contained our D-Line and beat us.

    But who is going to be the team that gives us the most trouble in '04? The best O in the Big Ten or the best D in the Big Ten (besides us, of course)?

    And if so, which team is that team?
     
  2. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    ill let you know after purdue plays ND.
     
  3. brutus2002

    brutus2002 Junior

    Nation is right ND might expose Purdue. Minny would be a battle but we don't play them. I think our biggest hurdles are Wisky, Purdue, and Meshitagain!!!
     
  4. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    Hell the Illini put up 30 on Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan are the two that I worry about. Luckely (at least in the case of Mich) we get them at home. Wisky seems to play tOSU well no matter where the game is.
     
  5. Sloopy45

    Sloopy45 Pimp Minister Sinister

    brutus2002: "I think our biggest hurdles are Wisky, Purdue, and Meshitagain!!!"

    What about at Iowa? Granted, they've been pounced on by ASU, but I still think they're a better team than they've shown.

    If we break it down statistically (I know this means nothing, but bear with me), over Tressell's career at OSU, his winning pct at Home is .917 (22-2). On the road, its still a great mark, but he has been vulnerable: .722 (13-5).

    So given a difference of .195, our most likelihood to be upended (if at all) would be one of the road games or (obviously) to scUM at home.

    So, after weeding those out, at Northwestern (unlikely), at Iowa (maybe, but probably not), at Michigan State (no way), at Purdue (possible), and scUM.

    We have at Iowa, at Pudue, and scUM. Given the home field situation, which is most likely to give OSU trouble and why?
     
  6. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    I don't think anyone needs to list the reasons the scUM game will be tough. It would be tough if they came to the Shoe winless. Purdue will be tough because it's on the road and they have something the other teams in the Big Ten don't...an experienced quarterback. Kyle Orton will probably be the toughest quarterback we play this year, depending on the bowl game, and we squeaked out two victories against the Boilers in the last two years. Their defense is young so we should be able to score some points against them. As bad as Iowa looked against ASU they looked better against scUM and it would have been even closer if they didn't turn the ball over as much as they did. Ferentz will take care of that, you would think. It will be a huge game for them and they have us at home.

    In my eyes, scUM and Purdue are 1 and 1A with Whisky and Iowa 3A and 3B as far as the toughest games on the schedule go.
     
  7. BrutusBobcat

    BrutusBobcat Icon and Entertainer

    Given the way NC State played at VT, we might already be past our biggest hurdle on the schedule (of course, that doesn't answer the question).

    I always sweat the teams that are fundamental -- solid defense, low turnovers, steady running game -- which right now looks like Wisconsin. Purdue is a high scoring football team, which is not always the same thing as being a good football team (see Texas Tech). Michigan is getting better, but still is mistake prone. I also agree about road trips. Iowa will be a different team back home in Iowa City, and Ferentz is a good coach. He'll have them playing much better ball this year than they have so far.

    Given where the teams are right now, my vote is Wisconsin though.
     
  8. Tlangs

    Tlangs Owner of the Tressel Jacket

    Purdue is going to be a tough game. They have played us well the past few years and it is on the road this year. We should be able to hold their offense in check but we will need to put up some points. Hopefully our running game will be in high gear by then. If they are undefeated there will be a lot of hype and it will be a tough place to play.

    I see gameday making a visit to Purdue.
     
  9. Sloopy45

    Sloopy45 Pimp Minister Sinister

    At Purdue and scUM at the HorseShoe is a very difficult way to end the season. Maybe the toughest last two games I've ever seen OSU have.
     
  10. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member

    I've got to say I think this is right on the money-

    This could be a striaght up field goal duel.

    I was more worried about Pudue until Illinois put 30 on them.

    Meatchicken will likely be the toughest game when it rolls around, but right now.. they've got issues to work out... the win over Iowa was nice but Iowa's D might be a giant sieve... so we don't know really what Henne (Maybe Gutierrez by then) can do.

    If we had to play any of the 3 today, I would worry most about Wisconsin.
     
  11. Buckinghorse

    Buckinghorse Will work for bpCash

    I started the season concerned with NCS, Purdue and then scUM.

    Even with the points put on by Ill on Purdue this game I think will be the toughest being away and with our last two wins on their minds.

    Wisky won't be easy for the reasons given above but it'sat home.

    Iowa just doesn't concern me even though it's away

    scUM will always be tough but I being at home and watching them play I feel good about this one.
     
  12. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    scUM didn't beat Iowa, Iowa beat Iowa. I really don't think miSHITgan is all that good this year. Of course, they'll still play us tough, but I don't think that game will be as close as in the last couple of years. I'm most worried about Purdue, I think. Whisky will be tough, but we have them at home, and we "owe" them from last year. Purdue has lost two close games the last couple of times we've seen them, and they have the offense to truly test our D. Only returning 2 defensive starters, though, I would think we can take them, but they still worry me. Iowa also worries me, especially after their loss to miSHITgan. They played much better than the score showed, but if their running game doesn't improve (they are currently last in the B10), we should handle them as well.
     
  13. kippy1040

    kippy1040 Junior

    After watching the 2002 and 2003 games of Purdue and Ohio State, i would say its going to be Purdue who is going to give us the most trouble. What ever record they hold coming into our game with them will be no factor. Weather is its 9 and 1 or 1 and 9. They are laying for us. The Notre Dame game with them will give you an Idea on how good they are going to be down the road when its time for Ohio State to go to Lafayette.
     
  14. Sdgobucks

    Sdgobucks Pig on a wing

    If I remember correctly one of those losses at home was from Wisky ... We have only beat them once in the past three years. I would have to say they are the biggest threat.
     
  15. Sloopy45

    Sloopy45 Pimp Minister Sinister

    Sdgobucks: "If I remember correctly one of those losses at home was from Wisky"

    100% correct. Tressell's home losses were to Whisky and Illinois in '01. I can't see Whisky winning at the 'Shoe this year: we even had that game well in hand before Bellisari threw an awful pick to shift the momentum in the Badgers' favor.

    Funny Brent quote from that game: Lydell broke off a big run with us up 17-0 or 17-3 (something like that), and Brent yells, "Do you hear it, Columbus? THE BUCKEYES ARE BACK!!" Right on cue, Bells throws the pick and Whisky rolls off however many unanswered points to win 20-17.

    I will say this, tho': Whisky is the only Big Ten team that Tress has a losing record against (1-2). The rest rounds out like Illinois (1-1), scUM (2-1), Penn State (2-1), and the others are all perfect.
     

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