Just like 2002, Close Games will be Commonplace

Just like 2002, Close Games will be Commonplace
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Just like 2002, Close Games will be Commonplace

At halftime of the Ohio State game I don’t think I was the only one in Columbus taking a deep breath. I surely wasn’t the only one who looked around and saw shocked faces and heard the yells of people calling for Tressel’s job. But this game is just what the Buckeyes needed, and was very reminiscent of what happened in the 2002 season.

By Eric Geier

A Sign of Things to Come

Let’s face it, the past two years we’ve had it pretty easy. We’ve been able to settle in come game time and watch the Buckeyes pretty much dominate their regular season opponents (save Illinois). But Saturday versus Ohio University may be a sign of things to come for the Buckeyes. No game this season is going to be easy, the Buckeyes are going to have to scrap and claw for each yard as everyone is out to show that the Ohio State football program is nothing special.

Four Close Calls in 2002

I have a feeling that close games are going to be commonplace this season, at home and away. The Buckeyes squeaking out close games was commonplace in the 2002 National Championship season. The Buckeyes barely got a win in a hostile Cincinnati environment and had to lay it all out on the line for the Big Ten season. Who could forget Craig Krenzel’s miracle pass to Michael Jenkins to seal a victory against Purdue? Besides those two exciting games, the Buckeyes barely won against Wisconsin and No. 10 ranked Penn State.

I believe that this season could be fairly similar. The game against USC is going to be close, and if the Buckeyes do win, they are going to do it in dramatic fashion. So buckle your seatbelts people, this season is going to get wild.

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Ohio State 2018 Football Schedule

Jan 1st Rose Bowl v Washington
Pasadena
ESPN 5:00pm ET
28-23

Sep. 1 Oregon State Beavers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET
77-31

Sep. 8 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30pm ET
52-3

Sep. 15 at TCU Horned Frogs
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
40-28

Sep. 22 Tulane Green Wave
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
49-6

Sep. 29 at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
27-26

Oct. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30/4pm ET
49-26

Oct. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
30-14

Oct. 20 at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
20-49

Nov. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Time 12:00pm
36-31

Nov. 10 at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI Time TBA
26-6

Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD Time TBA
52-51

Nov. 24 Michigan Wolverines
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET
62-39

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00pm ET
45-24