This is the 91st in a series of 100 daily posts, a Countdown to College Football. (Sort of.)
Nowadays most countdowns start at 10 and then last about six or seven days after that. You can’t believe the number of countdowns that never even finish. Do you know the number one cause of unfinished countdowns? Having to write intros. Not everyone can do it.
Some people struggle with what to write about day after day. Not me. There is never a shortage of topics or angles to take. This stuff is a breeze. I could participate in 50% of a 1,000-day countdown and not break a sweat.
I eat intros for breakfast.
In fact, they’re actually called “Intr-Os.” It’s just Cheerios, but I wrote over the box with a Sharpie.
Anyway, I sometimes have to cut these intros short because they come so easily to me.
Let’s just get to today’s edition, which features the fastest Buckeye football player to ever live, an SEC rivalry for all of the boiled peanuts, an OSU quarterback that nobody is talking about, and a fast running back against a tough middle linebacker.
If you would like to check out yesterday’s edition, you can find 11 Days To Ohio State Football right here.
Now please join us as we continue our countdown of the 100 greatest Buckeyes of The Ozone era (1996-present).
We will also preview one of the 100 most exciting games on this fall’s college football schedule, and one of the 100 things we’re most looking forward to this fall.
Plus, we’ll preview one of this season’s 100 biggest personnel matchups.
Greatest Buckeyes Of The Ozone Era
#10 Ted Ginn, 2004-2006
One of my great football sadnesses is never getting to see Ted Ginn timed in the 40-yard dash. His injury in the 2006 national title game kept him from running it at the 2017 NFL Combine. Honestly, that’s something that could have been aired on PPV if he had been healthy.
Another of my great football sadnesses was how little Ginn actually touched the ball at Ohio State.
But one of my great football joys was watching him play, no matter how little he touched the ball. There has never been anything like him, and I don’t ever expect to see anything like him again.
But getting back to the lack of touches…as a freshman, seven other players touched the ball from scrimmage more than Ted Ginn. He had 13 rushes and 25 receptions in 2004. That’s 38 touches from scrimmage, which was one fewer than Justin Zwick’s 39 rushing attempts. Ginn’s four punt return touchdowns were spectacular, however, especially the one against Michigan to spark the Buckeyes to victory.
As a sophomore, Ginn was fully integrated into the offense and had one more touch from scrimmage than Mo Wells. Ginn caught 51 passes for 803 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran the ball 12 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. He also had a punt return touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown.
In 2006 — his final season at Ohio State — Ginn was an All-American as a punt returner and All-Big Ten as a receiver. He led the Buckeyes with 58 receptions for 781 yards and nine touchdowns. He had a punt return touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown that year as well.
Ted Ginn’s name appears 48 times in Ohio State’s record book, which is almost as impressive as he was when he was simply running with the football on any given Saturday.
Best Games This Fall
#10 Auburn at Georgia
Auburn and Georgia split the season series last year. The Tigers won the first meeting at home 40-17, while the Bulldogs won the second meeting — the SEC Championship Game — 28-7. With Auburn’s loss, the Alabama Crimson Tide were somehow deemed deserving of a College Football Playoff berth.
Auburn and Georgia is an underrated rivalry. These two teams hate each other, and it goes way back to the time Georgia’s paw said he could beat up Auburn’s paw, which we know is horse crap.
But anyway, a fight was scheduled. People came from all over the South to witness what was sure to be a great battle.
Instead of fighting each other, however, Auburn’s dad and Georgia’s dad ended up just paying a bunch of kids to play football instead.
And that’s how the SEC was invented.
What We Can’t Wait To See
#10 New Oklahoma State Quarterback
Oklahoma State was picked to finish fifth in the Big XII this year by the assorted conference media. One of the reasons for that is the graduation of quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Expected to replace him is fifth-year senior Taylor Cornelius. Cornelius has seen time in each of the last three seasons, but last year’s 10 pass attempts were a career high.
While he is expected to produce in an offense where such things are pretty easy to do for quarterbacks, he is still a brand new starter and there are others behind him looking to be more than a one-year starter.
If Cornelius holds everyone off, who knows, maybe the Cleveland Browns will take a stab at him like they did when they drafted Cornelius’ grandpa Brandon Weeden.
Matchup To Watch
#10 Ty Johnson, MARY RB vs. Tuf Borland
Maryland running back Ty Johnson is one of the most explosive running backs in the Big Ten. With his offensive line, however, there are many times when he is completely rendered moot.
As D.J. Durkin’s recruiting gets better, so will the offensive line. If that group of run blockers is ready to give Johnson even a few slivers of hope each week, then he could be headed for a very good season.
Trying to keep him on the straight and narrow (literally) will be Ohio State linebacker Tuf Borland. Since this game takes place the week before the Michigan game, Borland is expected to be more than ready for this game.
Can Ty Johnson say the same?