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‘The Game’ (Ohio State vs. Michigan) Prediction

‘In the 1968 Ohio State versus Michigan game, already up 42-14, Ohio State scored another touchdown. Woody Hayes then called for a two point conversion, which they converted. When asked why he did it, Woody said; “Because the rules won’t let you go for three.”‘

That quote sums up the genuine dislike between these two teams. I grew up in Tallahassee and the FSU/Florida rivalry doesn’t come close. In Columbus, this game makes or breaks the season. This year, the focus is slightly diminished because Ohio State has already punched their ticket to the Big 10 Championship game next weekend. However, make no mistake, this game is still huge. Ohio State comes in undefeated with an outside chance of a National Championship berth. Michigan, on the other hand, has a chance to redeem what’s been a disappointing season and ruin the championship run of their rival (see 1969 or the entire John Cooper era).

Here are my quick thoughts. Urban Meyer is 21-3 in rivalry games from his time at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Advantage – Ohio State

Ohio State has a ton more talent and is better coached – Advantage – Ohio State

There are numerous articles that Michigan fans are selling their tickets in droves (some tickets are rumored to be as low as $60). This means lots of OSU fans at the game…. Advantage – Ohio State

Game day weather – Cold with a moderate wind – This helps Ohio State because they’ll be able to execute their game plan without having to worry about footing/rain/snow – Advantage – Ohio State

Winning streak – Ohio State has won a school record 23 games in a row! – Advantage – Ohio State

Horrible Uniforms – Advantage Michigan

Given the way the teams have played this year, I really think Ohio State should win easily. The question will be if they can play within their emotions and avoid making costly plays (fumbles, interceptions, etc.). My prediction is that Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde run wild over the wolverines. The Ohio State defense is just bad enough to give Michigan some hope, but in the end, Ohio State wins 31-17.

As an added bonus, here’s a picture from the game last year with Ohio State capping off an undefeated season and the kids storming the field in celebration.

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Line – Ohio State by 16 (opened at 12)

Over/Under – 57

This week Predictions –  Ohio State does not cover and the Under

Last week – 2-0 (Hooray for Indiana)

Season – 7-10-1

If you want to talk about how Michigan sucks, or your general dislike of the school up north, feel free to drop a note below.

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2012 OSU Football – Undefeated – A Year in Pictures

The 2012 OSU Football season wasn’t supposed to be anything special. It was the first year of the Urban Meyer who came in replacing the most accomplished OSU coach since Woody Hayes. Due to some horrible decisions, the team was on a self-imposed bowl ban (Athletic Director Gene Smith should be fired for this) so realistic expectations were to set the team up for a success in 2013 and, of course, beat Michigan.

I was lucky enough to purchase season tickets from a wonderful friend and was able to attend nearly every home game. Some highlights from the year before I link to the photos….

  • Braxton Miller was amazing. I was in awe multiple times per game. I can’t wait to see the progress he makes in the off-season  He can be a beast in 2013.
  • TBDBITL (The Best Damn Band In The Land) really stepped up their game this year under the new band director Jonathan Waters. Instead of lame tributes to John Williams, halftime became must-see events. The halftime show at the Nebraska night game is legendary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngjcAvg6TYg )
  • When Urban was hired, he vowed to ‘Make the Great State of Ohio Proud’…. in year one, this was a resounding success.
  • It is unfortunate that Gene Smith was so incompetent in his role as athletic director by imposing the bowl ban this year instead of on last years 6-6 team. This was the wrong choice for a lot of reasons… the first and most important is that this team didn’t feature any of the players that got OSU into the mess in the first place. They all left OSU after last year. Second, why jeopardize tomorrow for today. When you are running a $100+ million dollar organization, that line of thinking is inexcusable.
  • I don’t care how bad the Big 10 is this year, OSU deserves to be ranked #2 in the country. They went undefeated in a major conference. This team reminds me of the 2002 OSU National Championship team in that they do whatever it takes to win. Some teams just have that ability. I would have loved to see them play in a BCS game.

Anyway, my photo album is located at: 2012 OSU Football Pictures