Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; A general view as Ohio State Buckeyes fans rush the field after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 26-21 to go undefeated on the season at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Q: After Ohio State’s victory against Navy, do you think that the Buckeyes are contenders to get to the first College Football Playoff?
A: Well, they’re undefeated still, so yes! (lol). I still think they are a playoff contender. It’s funny how OSU struggles with a 9 win team from last year and a team who will win 9 or 10 games this year, yet they “pulled out a win”! However, Bama struggles with a 4 win WVU team from last year and they “beat a great Big 12 team”.
OSU didn’t play well for 3 and a half quarters and still managed a 17 point win. The offensive line has got to get better and JT Barrett has to eliminate a couple of the mistakes but if they can get by Tech the schedule gets a little easier until they travel to East Lansing on November 8th.
Despite giving up over 300 yards rushing there were improvements on the defense. We’ll see how good the Buckeyes are this Saturday when they take on one of the best defenses in the country.
Q: For Hokie fans traveling to Columbus, is there any place that you would recommend they stop at for lunch or entertainment?
A: There is plenty to do for those traveling Hokies and they will find that Buckeye fans are the most welcoming fans in America. There have been legendary tailgating stories from visiting fans like Nebraska and Texas. I highly suggest they swing by some of the hot-spots in the day-of-game lots and can visit the official site for more information to tailgate themselves.
Lane avenue has some of the best shops and eateries on campus and will provide plenty of opportunity to interact with Buckeye fans. The average fan can take in nearly everything from Ohio Stadium to Lane Avenue and back, but must go to St. John Arena for the Skull Session that happens two hours before kick-off. Even fans of other teams can enjoy the atmosphere and also The Best Damn Band In The Land.
Q: Lastly, what is your prediction for the game?
A: It will depend on the offensive line and the defensive secondary- the two question marks for Ohio State entering the preseason. Neither were really tested against Navy the way they will be against the Hokies. If the Ohio State team that played the second half against the Midshipmen shows up from the opening kick, it may be a long night for the visitors.The one thing I will say for certain- it will be loud. 109k+ in a revamped stadium, at night, after a bit of controversy about standing and cheering to get the fanbase fired up… yup, there’s a reason Phil Steele has Columbus as the best home field advantage in college football.
We would like to thank The Buckeye Battle Cry for joining up for a Q&A this week.