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Schedule next year is a joke.
They will be big favorites over every opponent next year.
They don't play for the NC it's a disappointment.
It's crazy, but true.
The 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Schedule features games against California, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin.
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This post was edited by PCL 12 months ago
Northwestern will not be and easy test. Neither will purdue. Both on the road against teams who always play us hard
I just heard the same thing a few weeks ago about the Basketball team. We wont know the strength of this years schedule until the end of the season. The Schedule looks easy on paper but we will see. Last year the NFL pre-season ranked the Broncos as the #1 hardest schedule and at the end of the year it was the 4 easiest schedule... Point is, you never know.
I will also guarantee that OSU will have a few close, grind it out, slobberknocker games.
Expectations are high like always............Go Bucks
"Leaders & Legends? Really? How about just name the divisions, Ohio State & everyone else." -Colin Cowherd
Our quarterback does front flips, suck it.
I agree completely about preseason rankings not meaning much, and that you can only truly judge the strength of the schedule after the fact (look at ND's schedule last year).
Additionally, you can only judge whether recruits live up to their rankings by how they play at the college level.
That being said, OSU has accomplished more the previous year than any other team on the schedule. OSU has athletes the teams it plays can only dream about pulling. It's not like there is a Texas or Auburn on the schedule that underperformed recently but has been pulling great classes the whole time. scUM is the only team that (on paper) looks even close to OSU.
Definitely a schedule built for success. I hope the team is battle tested enough for a big bowl matchup...that was a huge problem vs LSU in the NC game.
Well, since there have been exactly 6 undefeated/untied seasons in program history I never underestimate our schedule.....we always have 1 game where we dont play well and the ball doesnt bounce our way.....then there is always another game where we get a Big 10 game surprise.....we have 6 new starters in our front 7 on D.....and our safties have played very average at times.....so I dont think our "easy" schedule will, in reality, play out that way...........
Again, I agree that the easiest road can be stumbled on.
But I don't think you will find an easier path to the post-season. Playing scUM and then MSU in the conference championship game is not exactly a murderer's row.
Show me a top team that has it better...
It is definitely an easier path than the SEC, and probably the Pac 12 as well.
I might even argue the new Big 12, because TCU is solid, and WVU is not chopped liver, and then throw in Oklahoma, Texas, K State, Ok State and those types, probably tougher than the Big 10 top to bottom.
Meyer stressed being the best fundamentally sound team this spring, because after Bama crushed Notre Dame he noted they were the best team fundamentally he saw all year in portions.
Keep stressing and correcting fundmental soundness, and that will win you games with less errors.
Is this schedule easier than most? Yes. Can we go undefeated with a few close games? Yes. Could we lose a game? Yes.
This offense and this OL should be leaps and bounds above last year, because they know the system now and Braxton is so much improved in all aspects as well.
I heard Earl Bruce say Urban ran only 30% of his play book last year and still went 12-0, he saw the plays in the OSU offensive war room and what is there vs. what was run, he is there a lot.
Starting working in these young speedsters like Wilson, Elliott, Clark and Marshall, it only becomes that much better.
Urban noted last week on ESPN, the DL did not disengage last year. Heacock is there to help mentor whipping the man in front of you and disengaging, that was his coaching of the DL at OSU previous.
Hard to go 13-0, but with Meyer pushing all the right buttons, I would not bet against him and this schedule, especially if we keep cleaning up fundamentals and he maximizes our speed athletes on both sides of the ball vs. a very less athletic Big Ten.
This post was edited by ohiost83 12 months ago
Nebraska dropped Ohio State and Wisconsin, and they picked up Illinois and Purdue, their schedule got exponentially easier.
Nebraska also has Northwestern and MSU in Lincoln, and they go to UofM, who they can out score and beat.
UofM also now has to go to PSU, and still, that is not easy and O'Brien will have them ready to go by that late in the season.
Just me, I think it is Nebraska vs. OSU in Indy. The Huskers offense is just loaded with play makers at WR's, and stacked at RB. If Martinez cuts down his TO's on offense per game, they are going to score a lot.
A lot of DL got hurt mid season, and they are healthy now, and big time RS frosh like Valentine, Ohio native McMullen and the #1 WSDE JUCO made some big noise in spring ball, their DL is going to be a lot better than last year. 4 RS frosh are to hit that rotation and add depth, and word was Valentine and McMullen looked pretty darn good.
Nebraska at Indy could easily be OSU's hardest game if that works out.
Nebraska vs MSU will be a heck of a game, and likely the deciding factor in who wins their division.
One team with a loaded offense and a questionable D that should be improving. The other with a loaded D and a questionable O that should be improving. MSU really felt robbed in East Lansing by some very questionable calls that decided the game. Their OL was decimated by injuries last year which killed their production. They will want major payback going into Lincoln. Slugfest city...I'm getting amped up for football just thinking bout it!
I have no argument PLC, stating that we have an "easy" schedule on paper that could lead to an NC...in reality, however it can be scary in achiving that goal by this 2013 "un-proven team". I just get a little worried about too many of us thinking that now that UM is at the helm, and we have a #2 class coming in,, Brakton calling the shots, and an easy schedule that all of our opposition is going to lie down and say.."hey take it, I have no chance".
In my 74 years as being a Buckeye and watching most of the season since 1947, where I understood football, we have had dozens of "easy schedules" and fully loaded team that have "taken the gas" in games they should have won,and blown the title. I hope this is not one of those years...and it should not be but..Meyer had his year in 2012 that has now exposed this team's potential, and every move we make will be scrutinized by our foes and the media in trying to "win it all"....I hope we do.....
This post was edited by Bigjimmie 12 months ago
Our schedule wouldn't be so much of a joke if we were say Minny or Indiana. The fact that we think we are pretty good makes the schedule look weak. I think that is a good thing. Here's to hoping we live up to expectations and the schedule does turn out to be a joke.
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