Ohio State Buckeye Football Conspiracy
Posted by LOTGK on September 12, 2008
The Ohio State Buckeyes played Ohio last Saturday, a MAC team at home. The Buckeyes were expected to win by a large margin. Halfway through the third quarter, Ohio was beating the Buckeyes 14-6 and on the move. The announcers were chirping in saying perhaps the #3 ranked Buckeyes were looking ahead to next Saturday’s showdown against #1 ranked USC at California or that perhaps the Buckeyes were not deserving of such a ranking. The Buckeyes went on to win the game but many doubts remained about this years team and their quest for the BSC championship.
The line for Saturday’s game (USC vs OSU) is 11. The Buckeyes are huge underdogs, as every sports reporter in the country has told you, USC are giant killers in the month of September. The Buckeyes don’t have a chance against USC, especially the way they played against Ohio last week. To pile on, Heisman trophy candidate Beanie Wells, OSU’s star running back, is doubtful for the game.
What is really on the line for this game?
If USC defeats the Buckeyes, it will solidify their #1 ranking and more than likely propel them into the BCS championship game. If the Buckeyes win, it will move them up to at least #2 and solidify them as a serious contender for the BCS championship game. A loss by any of these teams, and the BCS championship game is gone.
Coach Tressel is no stranger to big games. His team has played in three BCS national championships in the new Millennium winning one going a perfect 14-0 for the season. He knows what it’s like to win and to lose the big games. He has also set the stage for this game on Saturday.
Watching the Buckeyes against Ohio, I noticed that the offense was very vanilla. Standard trap running plays. No misdirection. No long bombs. No roll outs. Simply the old 3 yards and a cloud of dust offense favored by legend and former coach Woody Hayes. I mention this because of film study. Or lack of film study. USC has no real film on Terelle Pryor, the Freshman quarterback, (6′ 6″ – 235 pound) who will see plenty of action this season, especially against USC on Saturday. He played very little in the first two outings, and always played with the second and third team unit. Never with the starting cast.
Speaking of keeping things close to the sweater vest, Beanie Wells is listed as doubtful for Saturdays game. This makes USC prepare and spend more time working on their defense with and without Wells. All USC has seen so far is Senior quarterback Todd Boeckman in a pro set with Wells in the backfield. Imagine USC’s surprise if Pryor comes out under center in the second series. With the starting offensive line. In the spread offense with Wells in the backfield. Pryor’s strength is his power and speed. Imagine him rolling out forcing the linebackers and safties to commit. Imagine Pryor either taking the lane to move the chains or flipping the ball back across field to Wells with the defense flowing away from him.
Coach Tressel realizes the magnitude of this game so early in the season. He realizes it’s a good thing that the Buckeyes are huge underdogs, double digit points, and that every sports beat writer have written them off for this year. It brings the team together, binds them with one goal and purpose. He realizes that the powers that be the BCS coalition are hoping for a Buckeye loss although they won’t come out and say it, but want to avoid a three peat at the BCS championship game. He also realizes that USC may be overconfident while the Buckeyes are backed into the corner with nothing to lose but with something to prove.
The Grassy Knoll Institute believes Tressel is playing a little game of cloak and dagger, a ruse, subterfuge if you will by not showing USC any usable film footage, or whether or not Pryor will see considerable action, and keeping a wrap on the supposed Wells injury.
The Odyssey of the Buckeyes trials and tribulations over the past three seasons have fortified and strengthened their ranks. Several star players (Who are considered gods) could be playing in the NFL but opted to stay one more year for King and country. Saturdays game will be a hard fought contest, with many fierce battles. A contest leaving no weapon unused, and to the victor, the spoils.
As for USC, Greek mythology speaks of the mighty Trojans falling to an invading army from the East, succumbing to a ruse, a Trojan horse, a gift to pay homage to all that is Trojan. The Trojans were overconfident then, and overconfident now.
Hell, even Goliath took one on the chin now and again.
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL