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As I noted elsewhere, I will be doing a brief "replay" using the upcoming Ohio State 2016 schedule and my 2006, 2007, 2010 and "Great Teams" computer sets.  Using Ohio State's 2016 opponents, I will select each opponent's best team from my sets and have them face off against the Buckeye team from the same year (or era, in the case of the '73 Buckeyes).  Here's the schedule.  Each OSU team has three games.  I think an 8-4 overall record would constitute a very successful season.  There are some pretty good teams in the mix.

DATE        OPPONENT                        RECORD    RANK   OSU TEAM
Sep. 3      2007 Bowling Green Falcons        8-5      NR      2007
Sep. 10     2010 Tulsa Golden Hurricane      10-3      24      2010
Sep. 17     1974 Oklahoma Sooners            11-0       1      1973
Sep. 24     bye
Oct. 1      2006 Rutgers Scarlet Knights     11-2      12      2006
Oct. 8      2007 Indiana Hoosiers             7-6      NR      2007
Oct. 15     2006 Wisconsin Badgers           12-1       7      2006
Oct. 22     2007 Penn State Nittany Lions     9-4      NR      2007
Oct. 29     2010 Northwestern Wildcats        7-6      NR      2010
Nov. 5      1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers        13-0       1      1973
Nov. 12     2010 Maryland Terrapins           9-4      23      2010
Nov. 19     1966 Michigan State Spartans      9-0-1     2      1973
Nov. 26     2006 Michigan Wolverines         11-2       9      2006

            OHIO STATE TEAMS
            1973                             10-0-1     2
            2006                             12-1       2
            2007                             11-2       5
            2010                             12-1       5



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This week's game pits the 2007 Bowling Green Falcons against the 2007 Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium.

These two teams did not play in real life.  Bowling Green was 8-5 in 2007 and unranked.  They finished first in the Eastern Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with a 6-2 conference record.  (It does not appear as though there was a championship game in the MAC that year.)  They were trounced by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 63-7 in the GMAC Bowl.  They were solid at quarterback.  Tyler Sheehan hit on 63.7% of his passes while tossing 23 touchdowns and only 11 picks.  The Falcons’ ground game was weak.  Their top running back was Anthony Turner, who rushed for only 519 yards.  Their ace receiver, Freddie Barnes, hauled in an impressive 82 passes (1/4 of the team’s total) for 9 TDs.

In 2007, Ohio State (11-2) played in the national championship game and lost to LSU 38-24.  It clearly was a defensive breakdown for a team that was 9th in the nation in scoring defense.  Todd Boeckman was at the helm for the Buckeyes and had stats similar to Sheehan (63.9% with 25 TDs and 14 picks), albeit against stiffer defensive completion.  His favorite target was deep threat Brian Robiskie, who caught 55 passes for an average of 17 yards per catch and 11 TDs.  On the ground, Chris “Beanie” Wells collected 1609 yards (5.9 avg) and 15 TDs.  The defense was anchored by three-time All-American linebacker, James Laurinitis (121 tackles and five sacks), who was ably assisted by All-Americans Vernon Gholston (defensive end) and Malcolm Jenkins (cornerback).  Gholston had 14 sacks.

I’ll set the point spread at 17 points in favor of the Buckeyes.  Because the teams competed at different levels, it could be a blow-out if Ohio State is firing on all cylinders (which Tulsa apparently was in their bowl game), but the Falcons lost to Michigan State by only 11 and the Buckeyes topped the Spartans by only 7.

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Urban Meyer being introduced as the new head coach for the
    Bowling Green Falcons on Dec. 4, 2000.  Eleven years
     later, he would be named the Ohio State head coach. 



-- Edited by boomer on Tuesday 30th of August 2016 04:50:46 PM

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Looking forward to this. The Buckeyes are one of my four favorite college football schools.

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I'm sure the Hoosiers will play them tough. wink



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Well, I cannot say that my point spread predictions are off to a good start.  If you took Ohio State and gave the points, you probably could have switched to another game in the second quarter with confidence you'd have a little more geetus in your pocket by day's end.

Beanie Wells had quite a day.  He rushed for 226 yards and scored three times on runs of 3, 58 and 82 yards.  The few good drives that Bowling Green mustered either ended with a sack or a fumble.

Next week, the 2010 Buckeyes will take on the 2010 Tulsa Golden Hurricane, who I'm sure will give the Buckeyes more of a run for their money.

                            1    2    3    4    F
   Bowling Green 2007       0    0    0       0
#5 Ohio State 2007          3   28   21   14   66

Qtr   Clock  Team    Scoring Description(Extra Point)
  1    5:44   OSU    R.Pretorius 38 yard field goal
  2   13:28   OSU    C.Wells 3 yard run (R.Pretorius kick)
  2   11:12   OSU    C.Wells 82 yard run (R.Pretorius kick)
  2    5:22   OSU    T.Boeckman 20 yard run (R.Pretorius kick)
  2    0:01   OSU    B.Saine 65 yard run (R.Pretorius kick)
  3   12:54   OSU    S.Rehring 52 yard fumble recovery (R.Pretorius kick)
  3    7:42   OSU    B.Saine 12 yard pass from T.Boeckman (R.Pretorius kick)
  3    1:13   OSU    B.Hartline 62 yard pass from T.Boeckman (R.Pretorius kick)
  4   12:12   OSU    C.Wells 58 yard run (R.Pretorius kick)
  4    8:40   OSU    K.Christian 8 yard pass from R.Schoenhoft (R.Pretorius kick)

GAME STATISTICS
                BGSU       OSU
1st Downs         12        22
Rush Yds       35-70    44-396
Pass Yds         110       192
Passes       12-24-0   12-17-1
Punts        10-37.5    2-54.0
Fum-Lost         4-4       5-2
Penalties       7-42       1-5
Time Poss      29:43     30:17

PASSING              Att  Cmp   Yds  TD INT  Sack
Bowling Green

Tyler Sheehan         22   12   110   0   0  5/30
Anthony Glaud          2    0     0   0   0   0/0
Ohio State
Todd Boeckman         13    8   166   2   1   0/0
Rob Schoenhoft         4    4    26   1   0   0/0

RUSHING              Att  Yds   Avg  Lng  TD
Bowling Green
Chris Bullock         15   51   3.4   31   0
Willie Geter           8   44   5.5   15   0
Tyler Sheehan          7  -24  -3.4    4   0
Anthony Turner         3    1   0.3    3   0
Dan Macon              2   -2  -1.0    0   0
Ohio State
Chris Wells           17  226  13.3   82   3
Brandon Saine         13   95   7.3   65   1
Maurice Wells          8   42   5.3   17   0
Joe Gantz              2    9   4.5    8   0
Rob Schoenhoft         2    0   0.0    3   0
Todd Boeckman          1   20  20.0   20   1
K.Christian            1    4   4.0    4   0

RECEIVING             No  Yds   Avg  Lng  TD
Bowling Green
Tyrone Pronty          4   34   8.5   12   0
Freddie Barnes         4   46  11.5   13   0
Corey Partridge        2   10   5.0    6   0
Marques Parks          1   10  10.0   10   0
Willie Geter           1   10  10.0   10   0
Ohio State
Brian Hartline         5   96  19.2   62   1
Brian Robiskie         2   47  23.5   30   0
Chris Wells            1   24  24.0   24   0
Maurice Wells          1    6   6.0    6   0
Dane Sanzenbacher      1   -1  -1.0   -1   0
Brandon Saine          1   12  12.0   12   1
K.Christian            1    8   8.0    8   1

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Vern Gholston tackles Anthony Turner for a loss.
The Falcons' leading rusher in 2007 had only one
yard on three carries.

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Chris "Beanie" Wells on his way for six in the second.



-- Edited by boomer on Thursday 1st of September 2016 03:45:35 PM

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Pretty close to this year's result (Ohio State 77 Bowling Green 10).

Next, the Buckeyes will face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. 2010 is the year.

Wikipedia states that Tulsa "finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in C-USA to claim a share of the west division title, however due to their loss to SMU they did not represent the division in the 2010 Conference USA Championship Game. They were invited to the Hawaiʻi Bowl where they defeated Hawaiʻi 62-35." They were ranked 24th in the final AP poll. Tulsa scored a whopping 41.4 points per game (6th in the nation), but gave up 30.3 (85th overall).

Tulsa's quarterback, G.J. Kinne, was a one-man show. He completed 59.8% of his passes for 3650 yards with 31 TDs and only 10 picks. He also led the team with 561 rushing yards (that's over 4000 yards of total offense). Kinne spread the ball around, but his favorite receiver appears to have been Damaris Johnson (55 receptions for an average of 15.3 yards per catch). Johnson also returned punts and kick-offs and has breakaway potential on special teams.  Since Tulsa's ground game was mediocre, they'll have score early and often through the air (perhaps with a kick-six) to win this one.

The 2010 Buckeyes finished 12-1 and were ranked 5th in the final AP poll.  They averaged 38.8 points per game (11th) and surrendered only 14.3 (5th).  They defeated Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, 31-26.

Like Kinne, quarterback Terrelle Pryor had an excellent all-around year (his last for the Buckeyes, as it turned out).  He completed 65.0% of his passes for 2772 yards with 27 TDs and 11 interceptions.  He rushed for 754 yards (5.6 YPA).  Dan "Boom" Herron was the team's top rusher with 1155 yards (5.3 YPA).  Pryor mostly passed to wide-outs Dane Sanzenbacher (55 receptions, 17.2 YPC) and DeVier Posey (53 receptions, 16.0 YPC).

This game could be a high-scoring affair, though the Buckeyes have a superb pass defense that could contain Kinne.  The teams had no common opponents, so I'll have to ball park the point spread.   I'll say Ohio State 33 Tulsa 20, though something tells me this could be more of a shoot-out.



-- Edited by boomer on Wednesday 7th of September 2016 11:27:44 AM

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At the half . . . 

Nice drive by the Golden Hurricane in the closing moments of the half after a Terrelle Pryor fumble on a drive that threatened to put the Buckeyes up by three scores.  Tulsa risked not having enough time for a field goal by going for it on third and goal from the 10 with :08 remaining and no timeouts, and the gamble paid off. 

Total yardage is quite close (215-211), as are first downs (14-13).  Tulsa has the edge in both.  Two picks by the Buckeye defense really hurt.  QB stats follow the scoring summary.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Tulsa 2010

7

7

  

14

Ohio State 2010

14

7

  

21

Scoring Plays

Qtr

Clock

Poss

Scoring Description (Extra Point)

Score

  

1

12:43

Ohio State 2010

D.Herron 1 yd. run (D.Barclay kick)

7-0 O10

  

1

7:47

Tulsa 2010

C.Clay 4 yd. run (K.Fitzpatrick kick)

7-7 tie

  

1

5:09

Ohio State 2010

D.Sanzenbacher 23 yd. pass from T.Pryor (D.Barclay kick)

14-7 O10

  

2

8:33

Ohio State 2010

J.Stoneburner 9 yd. pass from T.Pryor (D.Barclay kick)

21-7 O10

  

2

0:01

Tulsa 2010

T.Roberson 10 yd. pass from G.Kinne (K.Fitzpatrick kick)

21-14 O10

  

 

Passing Stats

 AttCompYdsComp %Yds/AttTDTD %INTINT %LongSackRating
2010 Tulsa 2010
G.J. Kinne201111155.05.615.0210.0291/498.1
2010 Ohio State 2010
Terrelle Pryor131215492.311.8215.400410/0242.6


-- Edited by boomer on Wednesday 7th of September 2016 10:15:25 PM

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The games with the '73 Buckeyes against the '74 Sooners and '71 'Huskers could be classics but Ohio State will have to contain two very strong running attacks.

That is a killer schedule in November to round out the season.

 

With reading these college seasons, I'm wondering if I should start an '87 college replay (sorta) or the 2012 NFL replay.



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The Buckeyes again exceeded the point spread, but not by much.  This game was much closer than the score indicates.  If not for a touchdown on a blocked punt and a 62-yard run by Dan Herron, Tulsa could have stayed in the game until the end.  Terrelle Pryor was almost perfect against a poor Tulsa secondary, and G.J. Kinne never really got into a rhythm.

Next week, the 1973 Buckeyes have a huge test against what likely will be a favored 1974 Sooners squad.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

#24 Tulsa 2010

7

7

7

0

21

 #5 Ohio State 2010

14

7

7

14

42

 

Scoring Plays

Qtr

Clock

Poss

Scoring Description (Extra Point)

Score

  

1

12:43

Ohio State 2010

D.Herron 1 yard run (D.Barclay kick)

7-0 O10

  

1

7:47

Tulsa 2010

C.Clay 4 yard run (K.Fitzpatrick kick)

7-7 tie

  

1

5:09

Ohio State 2010

D.Sanzenbacher 23 yard pass from T.Pryor (D.Barclay kick)

14-7 O10

  

2

8:33

Ohio State 2010

J.Stoneburner 9 yard pass from T.Pryor (D.Barclay kick)

21-7 O10

  

2

0:01

Tulsa 2010

T.Roberson 10 yard pass from G.Kinne (K.Fitzpatrick kick)

21-14 O10

  

3

8:53

Ohio State 2010

D.Torrence 2 yard punt block return (D.Barclay kick)

28-14 O10

  

3

3:29

Tulsa 2010

C.Sears 4 yard pass from G.Kinne (K.Fitzpatrick kick)

28-21 O10

  

4

12:17

Ohio State 2010

R.Fragel 4 yard pass from T.Pryor (D.Barclay kick)

35-21 O10

  

4

8:11

Ohio State 2010

D.Herron 62 yard run (D.Barclay kick)

42-21 O10

  

 

 

TUL

OSU

First Downs

24

22

Rushes-Yards

42-194

35-225

Passing Yards

154

175

Passes

16-27-2

16-17-0

Punts

3-28.0

2-47.0

Fumbles-Lost

0-0

1-1

Penalties-Yards

4-23

1-10

Time of Possession

32:49

27:11



-- Edited by boomer on Thursday 8th of September 2016 10:20:34 PM

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PASSING

 

Att

Comp

Yds

Comp %

Yds/Att

TD

TD %

INT

INT %

Long

Sack

Rating

Tulsa 2010

G.J. Kinne

27

16

154

59.3

5.7

2

7.4

2

7.4

29

2/6

116.8

Ohio State 2010

Terrelle Pryor

17

16

175

94.1

10.3

3

17.6

0

0

41

0/0

238.8


RUSHING

 

No

Yds

Avg

Long

TD

2 Pt

Fum/Lost

Tulsa 2010

Alex Singleton

20

77

3.8

15

0

0

0/0

Charles Clay

9

35

3.9

14

1

0

0/0

G.J. Kinne

7

36

5.1

17

0

0

0/0

Willie Carter

3

34

11.3

16

0

0

0/0

Damaris Johnson

3

12

4.0

7

0

0

0/0

Ohio State 2010

Dan Herron

18

128

7.1

62

2

0

0/0

Terrelle Pryor

8

58

7.3

24

0

0

1/1

Brandon Saine

7

27

3.9

7

0

0

0/0

Jordan Hall

2

12

6.0

7

0

0

0/0

 



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RECEIVING

 

No

Yds

Avg

Long

TD

2 Pt

Tulsa 2010

Damaris Johnson

7

84

12.0

29

0

0

Thomas Roberson

6

49

8.2

24

1

0

Clay Sears

3

21

7.0

10

1

0

Ohio State 2010

Dane Sanzenbacher

4

53

13.3

23

1

0

Jake Stoneburner

4

41

10.3

15

1

0

DeVier Posey

3

22

7.3

10

0

0

Reid Fragel

2

8

4.0

4

1

0

Dan Herron

1

4

4.0

4

0

0

Brandon Saine

1

6

6.0

6

0

0

Corey Brown

1

41

41.0

41

0

0



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The games with the '73 Buckeyes against the '74 Sooners and '71 'Huskers could be classics but Ohio State will have to contain two very strong running attacks.

That is a killer schedule in November to round out the season.

With reading these college seasons, I'm wondering if I should start an '87 college replay (sorta) or the 2012 NFL replay.



I'm biased in favor of college football.  Also, if your 1987 replay lasts until next year, it will be a 30th anniversary event.

I've played the 1973 Buckeyes against all three of their opponents.  I coached them against the computer.  I won two ('66 Michigan State 17-16 and '74 Oklahoma 17-10) and lost to '71 Nebraska 28-7.  This time, I'll let the computer do the coaching for both teams.



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#2  Ohio State Buckeyes
                   vs
#1  Oklahoma Sooners

This week's game should present more of a challenge for the Buckeyes (both in real life and this "replay").  For our purposes, it's the 1973 Buckeyes against the 1974 Oklahoma Sooners.

In 1974, Oklahoma (11-0-0) started and finished ranked #1, though the 1974 Buckeyes managed to occupy that slot for a few weeks in between.  With Barry Switzer at the helm, they out-scored their opponents by an average of 43.0 (1st in the nation) to 8.4 (5th).  They were a run-centric team, passing only 7.5 times per game (completing three).  Their top rusher was tailback Joe Washington (1321 yards, 6.8 YPA), who was ably assisted by fullback Jim Littrell (837 yards, 6.8 YPA).  The team averaged over 500 yards in total offense per game, 438.8 of which was on the ground.

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Sooner quarterback Steve Davis heads for daylight against Wake Forest.

The 1973 Buckeyes were coached by Woody Hayes.  They finished 10-0-1 (ranked #2), the only blemish on their record being a hard-fought 10-10 tie against Michigan.  Ohio State also ran the wishbone and rarely passed (completing 3.2 of 7.9 passes per game).  Their big threat was the legendary Archie Griffin (1577 yards, 6.4 YPA), who would go on to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies in 1974 and 1975.  Quarterback Cornelius Greene was the second-best rusher on the team with 720 yards (5.7 YPA).  The Buckeyes averaged 37.5 points per game (4th overall) while yielding a league low 5.8 per game.  The conference's decision to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl was vindicated by a 42-21 shellacking of the USC Trojans.

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OSU blockers help Archie Griffin elude Michigan tacklers.

With both teams having solid defenses, this game likely will be a good old-fashioned "three yard and a cloud of dust" affair punctuated by an occasional burst into the open field.  Since neither team has the ability to score quickly through the air, the team that controls the line of scrimmage early should have the advantage. 

In real life, Ohio State and Oklahoma have met twice with each team winning on the road.  In 1977, the #3 Sooners defeated the #4 Buckeyes on a last-second field goal, 29-28.  Six years later, the #6 Buckeyes returned the favor with a 24-14 win over the #2 Sooners.

In this one, I'll say the Sooners by 3 (16-13).  I think they have a slight edge in the all-important run offense and run defense categories.



-- Edited by boomer on Tuesday 13th of September 2016 05:35:45 PM

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I have essentially four favorite college football teams, all for very different reasons; Oklahoma, Ohio State, UCLA, and BYU. They are all playing each other this weekend. I am not sure if I will get a chance to watch both games, or if I even want to. I suppose given how the year is shaking out, I will "root" for the Buckeyes and Bruins. But there will be no winners or losers for me this weekend. Oh well, what I get for having split loyalties. The BYU-UCLA game is being played ten minutes from my office, in fact.

The 77 OU-OSU game was a classic but I was about as torn as a twelve year old could be that afternoon.

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I'll have to re-run my '73 Buckeyes vs '74 Sooners game in a day or two. My first two attempts (won by Oklahoma then Ohio State) had significant set-up flaws that could have skewed the results. I think I have the kinks worked out now.

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