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Old 12-11-17, 03:41 PM
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USC vs Ohio State

Both were national title contenders but had two bad losses

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Old 12-11-17, 04:15 PM
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Love the match up..old school as it should be! Both deserve to be right where they are. Go Bucks!
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Old 12-11-17, 04:19 PM
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Should be played in the Rose Bowl. But then again, it is no longer a defacto home game for the Men from Troy.

On the field the USC front seven got pushed around by the big ND OL and gave up a ton of yards on the ground, would think that tOSU will do much of the same. When the Trojans have the ball the Buckeye DBs will be challenged but could be a big game for Ward as he looks to solidify a top 20 type status in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Old 12-11-17, 06:03 PM
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Should be played in the Rose Bowl. But then again, it is no longer a defacto home game for the Men from Troy.

On the field the USC front seven got pushed around by the big ND OL and gave up a ton of yards on the ground, would think that tOSU will do much of the same. When the Trojans have the ball the Buckeye DBs will be challenged but could be a big game for Ward as he looks to solidify a top 20 type status in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Old 12-11-17, 05:46 PM
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Interesting match up. Ohio states linebackers and secondary suck. USC has the best skill in the country. USC line sucks. Ohio State has a great Dline
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Old 12-11-17, 07:39 PM
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Interesting match up. Ohio states linebackers and secondary suck. USC has the best skill in the country. USC line sucks. Ohio State has a great Dline
A little too binary in your position analysis IMO.

Ohio State's secondary does not suck. It may be the most improved unit on the team from beginning of year to now. Going to be a big test against Darnold though
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I really hope Ohio State wins big just to maybe make the calls for an expansion of the playoff just a little bit louder
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Old 12-11-17, 08:09 PM
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I really hope Ohio State wins big just to maybe make the calls for an expansion of the playoff just a little bit louder
Hopefully this is 55-52 type game and the playoffs are blow outs. That would cause an expansion
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Old 12-11-17, 08:40 PM
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I really hope Ohio State wins big just to maybe make the calls for an expansion of the playoff just a little bit louder
Is JT playing?
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Old 12-12-17, 12:29 PM
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I really hope Ohio State wins big just to maybe make the calls for an expansion of the playoff just a little bit louder
Why do you want to expand it? They have the right final 4.
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Old 12-12-17, 01:04 PM
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Why do you want to expand it? They have the right final 4.
For my own entertainment.
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Old 12-25-17, 01:29 PM
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Why do you want to expand it? They have the right final 4.
Because it should be a final 8.

And OSU has a better resume than Alabama.
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Old 12-25-17, 11:23 PM
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Because it should be a final 8.

And OSU has a better resume than Alabama.
They do, but they also lost twice.
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Old 12-26-17, 02:44 PM
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Because it should be a final 8.

And OSU has a better resume than Alabama.
And USC has a better resume than Ohio State. We played a real schedule. Alabama and Ohio State played nobody. You should have to play a top 30 schedule to be considered for the playoffs
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Old 12-26-17, 04:13 PM
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USC was essentially in the same category as Ohio State with their Notre Dame loss IMO. A better opponent than Iowa, but that type of beating just couldn't be forgiven. Alabama's biggest credential was not having a Notre Dame or Iowa on their resume. Not getting whooped ultimately mattered more than not really beating anybody of substance.

From both a morale and perception standpoint this a huge game for OSU. A win completes a 12-2 season as BIG champs and the first OSU team to get it done against USC, and they finish somewhere between 3rd-5th in the polls. Urban continues his streak at OSU with 2 or fewer losses per year and he picks up some juice for the recruiting trail after a disappointing December on that front.

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Old 12-11-17, 08:28 PM
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That as well would probably be better
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Old 12-12-17, 12:06 PM
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SC is streaking and Barrett just isn't a very good QB. Maybe he'll save his best game for last, but I think SC wins by 7-10 points.
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Old 12-13-17, 09:25 AM
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SC is streaking and Barrett just isn't a very good QB. Maybe he'll save his best game for last, but I think SC wins by 7-10 points.
Feeling the same way. I think Ohio State has the better roster, but the difference in QB play is so drastic (ala Oklahoma) that USC will win
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Old 12-13-17, 09:45 AM
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Hopefully the long layover will cool off USC because they looked pretty damn good against Stanford. I'm not sure how good Stanford's QB is, but he looked pretty good against the USC secondary. They are certainly vulnerable to the run and Weber/Dobbins should get 30-40 touches combined. One version of OSU can definitely win this game, but the versions we've seen against Oklahoma and Iowa will lose by 2+ TDs.
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Old 12-12-17, 01:49 PM
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Games like these are hard to predict...both teams were trendy preseason picks to reach final 4 and fell short. Sometimes teams do not show up in these situations. OSU sort of did that v. Clemson a few years ago. But then after 15 season they pounded ND. If both teams show up OSU D is better than USC so Bucks win by TD.
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Old 12-12-17, 05:39 PM
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If Schiano brings the heat on defense like he did against Wisconsin, and Urban finally gets his head out of his rear end & hands the ball off to Dobbins & Weber a combined 30-40 times, I think the Buckeyes win by 10-17 points.

Now, unfortunately, Urban will probably continue his bromance with JT, and it will come down to the last second again when it shouldn't have. I certainly don't think USC is any better than Wisconsin overall, and as previously mentioned, USC won't have the advantage of this being a home game for them like the Rose Bowl is for them.
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Old 12-13-17, 09:51 AM
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If Schiano brings the heat on defense like he did against Wisconsin, and Urban finally gets his head out of his rear end & hands the ball off to Dobbins & Weber a combined 30-40 times, I think the Buckeyes win by 10-17 points.

Now, unfortunately, Urban will probably continue his bromance with JT, and it will come down to the last second again when it shouldn't have. I certainly don't think USC is any better than Wisconsin overall, and as previously mentioned, USC won't have the advantage of this being a home game for them like the Rose Bowl is for them.
Pretty much feeling this way. I'm expecting Dobbins and Webber to get roughly 20 carries combined with Urban allowing J.T. to carry the load one last time. If it's the J.T. running and dinking and dunking show, I'd expect them to lose by about 10 points. Add another score if Urban's coverage units are in peak poor performance form. If they run the backs 35-40 times and periodically bring some heat with their pass rushers IMO they'll win by two scores.
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Old 12-13-17, 10:38 AM
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^ I agree but we've been saying it for a few years now, and almost every single big game it reverts back to JT dives. I'm at a point where I fully expect to see what we always see, and not what we hope
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Old 12-13-17, 11:14 AM
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They could both be 5-7 and I'd be up for this game. Bout time. Unfortunately, it probably won't be on network and I won't get to watch it.
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Old 12-13-17, 06:23 PM
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Anybody from either team with solid draft prospects taking a pass on this game ?
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Old 12-16-17, 06:08 PM
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They could both be 5-7 and I'd be up for this game. Bout time. Unfortunately, it probably won't be on network and I won't get to watch it.
ESPN. Care to take the trial run with Sling TV?
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Old 12-13-17, 09:00 PM
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38-17 tOSU is my pick with Barrett going out with a great win.
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Old 12-14-17, 05:40 AM
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38-17 tOSU is my pick with Barrett going out with a great win.
What if Ward and Baker sit this out ?
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Old 12-16-17, 01:29 PM
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What if Ward and Baker sit this out ?
Baker says he will be playing regardless of NFL decision: https://www.landof10.com/ohio-state/...bowl-nfl-draft
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Old 12-14-17, 01:01 PM
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38-17 tOSU is my pick with Barrett going out with a great win.
That would be great!

I'm thinking more like a low-score nailbiter if tOSU defense shows up or a repeat scoring nailbiter of USC / PSU from last year.
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