Path To The Playoff: Ohio State, Stay Interested

    Follow me … don’t cost nothin’ @PeteFiutak Step Six: Stay interested until Thanksgiving. Yeah, yeah, yeah, anything can happen on any given Saturday, but

    April 14, 2015

    Follow me … don’t cost nothin’ @PeteFiutak

    Step Six: Stay interested until Thanksgiving.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, anything can happen on any given Saturday, but we’re all adults here so let’s cut through the BS: Ohio State is going to be a gigantic double-digit favorite in each of the first ten games, and it might be expected to win big late in the year against Michigan State and Michigan, too.

    Can Virginia Tech pull off the upset for the second year in a row? The opening game of the year is in Blacksburg, and the Hokies should be far better than they were last season when they came up with the 35-21 shocker in Columbus, but it’s asking a lot. Meyer’s motivational speech won’t be difficult to write.

    Hawaii will be a scrimmage, and while Northern Illinois and Western Michigan will be among the MAC’s best teams, those have to be layup lines at home for the Buckeyes.

    Penn State and Minnesota will be solid, but those two games are at home. Maryland shouldn’t be a problem, and road games at Indiana, Rutgers and Illinois are about as squishy-soft as it gets in the Big Ten. Throw in the massive break of missing both Wisconsin and Nebraska from the West, and all of a sudden, it should be a walk in the park up until the third weekend of November.

    As long as the team is motivated.

    Michigan State is a home game, and while the showdown against the Fighting Harbaughs is in Ann Arbor, it obviously won’t be hard to get up for that one.

    In other words, there’s absolutely no excuses when it comes to the schedule.

    Path To The Playoff: Ohio State
    Step One: Accept that the quarterback situation is going to be a distraction and just live with it
    Step Two: You’re the defending national champion. Act the part
    Step Three: Dominate, just in case
    Step Four: Depth, depth, depth. Use it
    Step Five: Don’t keep the other team in the game with giveaways
    Step Seven: For the love of Urban, HAVE FUN
    Is It Going To Happen?

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