Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie, on Ohio State…”You know you’re playing the best, and that’s how it’s been the past few years…You’ve seen Ohio State be successful year in, year out. They’ve got a great program down there. It’s another challenge for us….You want to be the best, you want to be a champion? You gotta beat those guys.”
In the game many Ohio State fans — including this one — anticipated as being one of the biggest challenges for the Buckeyes in 2019, Ohio State travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. At 3-1, the Cornhuskers believe that this is the type of game that will help put their program back into the national conversation.
The Miami RedHawks have a tradition of occasionally pulling off upsets against superior opponents. 1986, the then-Miami Redskins upset eighth-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge, 21-12, en route to an eventual MAC Championship. 1995, Miami traveled to Evanston, Illinois, and upset eventual Big Ten champion Northwestern in week two, 30-28.
Speaking about Ohio State, Indiana head coach Tom Allen is relishing the opportunity to welcome the Buckeyes into Memorial Stadium, in Bloomington, Indiana. If Indiana were to upset Ohio State (GASP! Darkest Day III!?!), it would be the first time since October 8, 1988. That was back when some young whippersnapper named Ronald Reagan…
This Saturday afternoon, Luke Fickell is planning on making his homecoming to Ohio State memorable. Coming off a dominant 24-14 home win over UCLA in the season opener, Cincinnati is primed to claim their first-ever win against the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium, and the first victory over Ohio State since 1897, a 24-0 shutout.
Truth be told, Florida Atlantic has not provided much information either, as no starting quarterback has been announced, with speculation that Chris Robison will get the nod. Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is not thrilled with opening up on the road against the Buckeyes, stating, “There’s a lot of different ways to go about these things.”
With news coming so fast and furiously out of Columbus about the new coaching staff, I wanted to let the dust settle a little bit before offering up any commentary about the players who have decided to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Before I say anything further, I want to express my sincere best wishes to each of these…