Best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe 4th Of July weekend out there. Go Bucks!
“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is.
Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep
moving on.” ~ Ulysses S. Grant
Leave it to a native Ohioan to spell it out what needs to be done in
order to win. West Point graduate, Civil War general, and former United
State President, I am willing to bet Ulysses S. Grant would have given
football coaching a shot if it had been around in his day.
While counting down the days until the 2015 college football season
begins, I thought I would pass the time by ranking and reviewing the
upcoming 2015 Ohio State opponents, from least difficult to most
difficult. This ranking system of mine will be highly subjective, prone
to possibilities of injuries, transfers, or other unforeseen events
that could dramatically impact its accuracy. As always, I encourage
comments and critique about what I have projected.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Game 8)
2015 OSU Opponent Ranking: 6 out of 12
Players Recruited By Ohio State: DL Darius Hamilton, DB Ronnie
James. There may be more players on Rutgers’ roster that had offers
from Ohio State, but Hamilton and James are the only ones I could find
in my research. Please correct me if I am mistaken.
Game Date: October 24, 2015
Kickoff Time: 8pm EST. ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 telecast TBD.
Location: High Point Solutions Stadium
Rationale For The Ranking: Ohio State had no trouble last season
with Rutgers in Ohio Stadium, defeating the Scarlet Knights 56-17.
While another lopsided victory by Ohio State will be forecast by the Las
Vegas prognosticators, something about a trip to Piscataway, New Jersey
has me wondering how focused the Buckeyes will be. After all, Ohio
State will have played always tough opponent Penn State the week before,
and may be looking ahead to Minnesota the following week. Throw in the
fact that this will be a night game, and the Rutgers faithful will have
had all day to get ready for the first visit by the Buckeyes to High
Points Solutions Stadium.
Prediction: Similar to my prediction for Northern Illinois, I see
Ohio State possibly coming out slowly in this one, but picking up steam
by the end of the first half. The longer Rutgers stays competitive in
this one, the more the crowd will be into it, thus making it more
challenging for Ohio State to pull away with a convincing win. Another
56-17 victory may be in the cards, but it will not surprise me if this
stays closer than the 2014 contest.
Previous Posts In The Series:
12 – Hawaii
11 – Western Michigan
10 – at Indiana
9 – at Illinois
8 – Maryland
7 - Northern Illinois