#2/3 Ohio State v. #12 (FCS) Youngstown State

#2/3 Ohio State v. #12 (FCS) Youngstown State

#2/3 Ohio State v. #12 (FCS) Youngstown State

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Kickoff: 12noon

TV: Big Ten Network


I said last year that a game like this is below The Ohio State University and I still believe it.  The Big Ten in general is viewed as being soft and games like this are just fuel on the fire.  We all know why this two game series happened; Jim Tressel wants to pay back his former school with a couple of HUGE paychecks to help the YSU athletic department and the football team.  It might have even been a part of the hiring agreement back in 2000 but once this game is over I hope the OSU athletic department never even entertains the idea of playing an FCS team again.  Some talk about the possibility of another upset in the like of last years Appalachian State / Michigan game has been tossed about but I don’t see any possibility of that happening in this game.  This game will be by the sweater-vest book; simple, straight forward and efficient.  Don’t expect too much razzle-dazzle but rather look for the team to get their feet under them as the finally take meaningful snaps in the home opener.



The man of the hour will be junior running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Chris “Beanie” Wells.  With so many other talented and high profile athletes like Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Missouri quarterback Chase Daniels, Wells will need to come out of the starting gates with a big game.  100 yards and a touchdown or two in the first half will earn him some good numbers, a few highlights and a second half rest.  Right behind him will be redshirt freshman Daniel “Boom” Herron, senior Maurice Wells and sophomore Brandon Saine.  Senior quarterback Todd Boeckman will have his share of highlights as he gets in sync with his primary receivers Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline.  We will also most certainly see many of the talented freshmen like DeVier Posey and Terrell Pryor at some point in the game.  This unit will overwhelm the defensive of Youngstown State as the Buckeyes score as much as Jim Tressel lets them.



The Penguins will have a lot on their hands offensively this Saturday as they install a new spread offense, try to break in a new starting quarterback in either Todd Rowan or Brandon Summers and deal with an aggressive Silver Bullet defense.  Luckily for YSU they return a trio of veteran wide receivers and running backs to help incorporate the spread offense and give the young quarterback a working arsenal.  The ‘Guins also return a deep veteran offensive line that allowed only nine sacks in 2007.  The Buckeye defense is loaded with returning All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis, cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, linebacker Marcus Freeman and defensive end Lawrence Wilson.  Wilson broke his leg in last year’s YSU game and Buckeye nation is excited to see him get back on the field terrorizing opposing quarterbacks again. 



This is more of a scrimmage then a contest.  Youngstown State is simply overmatched in every aspect of the game.  Ohio State wants to get their starters in and out of the game as soon as possible to prevent injury and so they get a good look at the younger players on the team.  Almost as important as the win will be the game time experience the underclassmen can build on to propel them into next season.  The Buckeyes will lose an incredible amount of leadership and talent as many of the seniors graduate to the NFL and the meaningful snaps taken in these games will help the Buckeyes reload instead of rebuild in 2010.


Prediction: OSU 34 – YSU 3


Crazy stat or the game:

YSU has never lost in the month of August (7-0) and are 11-1 in their last 12 season openers (38-6, Ohio State 2007).


YSU players to watch:

Senior WR #1 Ferlando Williams

Senior DT #96 Mychal Savage

Senior C #67 Brad Samsa

Senior TE #87 Derrick Bush


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Ohio State 2018 Football Schedule

Jan 1st Rose Bowl v Washington
ESPN 5:00pm ET

Sep. 1 Oregon State Beavers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Sep. 8 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30pm ET

Sep. 15 at TCU Horned Frogs
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Sep. 22 Tulane Green Wave
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Sep. 29 at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Oct. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30/4pm ET

Oct. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Oct. 20 at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

Nov. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Time 12:00pm

Nov. 10 at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI Time TBA

Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD Time TBA

Nov. 24 Michigan Wolverines
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00pm ET