“ Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something…” ~ Thomas Edison
Leave it to Thomas Edison, an Ohioan and considered “The Father Of Invention”, to appropriately summarize the goals for the 2016 Ohio State football team. No rules – just accomplish something.
“Something” is a pretty vague and open concept. Considering how much talent Ohio State lost to graduation and the NFL Draft, considering how I have written throughout spring practice about how 44 players on Ohio State’s roster are either redshirt freshmen or true freshmen…Damn right, Mr. Edison. There are no rules. Ohio State fans are just looking to see what this team can accomplish against a much tougher schedule in 2016 than 2015, with tremendously talented, yet inexperienced, players.
at Wisconsin Badgers (Game 6)
2016 OSU Opponent Ranking: 5 out of 12
Players Recruited By Ohio State: I may be mistaken, but I do not believe there are any players on Wisconsin’s roster who were offered by Ohio State. Please let me know if I am mistaken.
Game Date: October 15, 2016
Kickoff Time: 8pm EST, telecast TBD on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2
Location: Camp Randall Stadium
Rationale For The Ranking: Ohio State makes its first trip to Camp Randall since 2012, Urban Meyer’s first season as Ohio State’s head coach. Ohio State escaped with an overtime win over Wisconsin, 21-14. How about back in 2008, when Terrelle Pryor was able to pilot Ohio State to victory, despite being a true freshman at the time? The point I am making is Camp Randall has been, and probably always will be, a very difficult place to play. Throw in the added factor of a night game, meaning the fans will be even more amped up for this game, and I believe this will reflect the difficulty the Buckeyes will have in this one.
A benefit Ohio State has, versus Wisconsin – the timing of this match-up. Yes, Wisconsin has a week off to prepare for the Buckeyes, while Ohio State will be coming off a home game versus Indiana. But…that preceding game is in Ann Arbor, against “That Team Up North”, on October 1. Throw in the fact that Wisconsin opens up versus a nationally-ranked LSU team on Lambeau Field in Green Bay for the season opener, plus plays at Michigan State on September 24th…The Badgers may be a little banged up for this bout with the Buckeyes.
Prediction: The intangibles favor Wisconsin, no doubt about it – a week to prepare, home crowd, and night game. Considering Ohio State will have played a night game earlier in the season, on the road, at Oklahoma in September, will give me the belief that the young roster will not be completely unprepared for Camp Randall. It should be a good one, as they usually are when the Badgers and Buckeyes clash.