“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.
We are getting into the stretch of games that I believe will be
challenging for Ohio State. Not impossible, not insurmountable, but the
type of games and opponents that Ohio State fans would be wise to not
overlook or be overconfident about as the games approach. I am willing
to bet that Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff
will be on guard against any overconfidence with the players.
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Game 9)
2015 OSU Opponent Ranking: 5 out of 12
Players Recruited By Ohio State: OL Jonah Pirsig. To the best of my
knowledge, Pirsig is the only player on Minnesota’s roster that had an
Ohio State offer. There are a few Ohioans on the roster, but I do not
believe any were extended offers by Ohio State. As always, please let
me know if I am mistaken, and I will correct my error.
Game Date: November 7, 2015
Kickoff Time: 7pm or 8pm EST. ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 telecast TBD.
Location: Ohio Stadium
Rationale For The Ranking: It would be so easy to look at this game
on the surface and believe Ohio State will be a prohibitive favorite.
It will be a night game, it is at home, and Ohio State will have had two
weeks to prepare for Minnesota.
While all of those factors should be considered, something else
weighs on my mind ~ how Ohio State struggled against Minnesota in 2014, winning 31-24.
Yes, the weather was a factor, but give credit to Minnesota for
continuing to battle against Ohio State. Minnesota Head Coach Jerry
Kill and his staff have a fundamentally sound, physical, tough team that
refuses to be intimidated. Night game in Ohio Stadium or not,
Minnesota will be ready to play on November 7th.
Prediction: The best thing Ohio State can possibly do versus
Minnesota is to get out to a good lead early, forcing Minnesota to
adjust or possibly abandon its offensive focus, which is to run the
ball. Minnesota will hope to improve its passing game this season, but
will it be enough to keep pace against what should be a tenacious Ohio
Former Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel used to preach to his Ohio State teams that “November is for contenders, we always say that,”.
The arrival of a solid Minnesota squad on November 7th into Ohio
Stadium will be a tremendous opportunity to see if Ohio State is at that
Previous Posts In The Series:
12 – Hawaii
11 – Western Michigan
10 – at Indiana
9 – at Illinois
8 – Maryland
7 – Northern Illinois
6 – at Rutgers