Saturday Ohio State takes on Penn State in the shoe at 3:30 pm and for me it will be my last home game as a student in the Shoe. This game will not only be a big game for the teams but for me as well, in fact one of my fondest memories of my freshman year came during the Penn State weekend. College game day was covering that game as OSU was ranked #10 and Penn State #3 and there was tons of hype. OSU had the bruiser Beanie Wells and a super freshman you may have heard of named Terrelle Pryor. My dorm had decided we wanted to make it on game day so we made a huge sign and ended up sleeping outside it the freezing rain and cold to get a front row spot on the show. It turned out to be a great success as our poster was shown quite a few times and of course we got those cool hard hats! (I’m the guying directly above the “E” in ESPN)
The best part of the whole college gameday experience was that I actually didn’t have a ticket to the game but one of my friends who liked my dedication actually gave me a ticket!!! Score!!! This day was just getting better and better! After a much needed nap after gameday I went to the game and that’s where the day took a nose dive, many OSU fans will forever remember this.
A devastating end to an overall pretty decent game but we on the short end of a 13-6 score. After this game is when my dislike for PSU really grew, numerous fans where gloating and making fun of TP, really being classless and offensive at times. It really made me realize that I’m a passionate fan but never want to be like the PSU fans I met.
Fast forward to 2010 when PSU is back in the Shoe this time we are ranked #8 and PSU #11. Another big game on the big stage. This time we fell behind early and low and behold the cocky PSU fans are coming out of the woodwork, yelling and cursing at us and telling us how worthless we are. Of course after an incredible turn around in the second half that saw OSU pull away and eventually win 38-14 I took a little bit of pleasure watching their fans leave with their head hung, but one thing I made sure of was to not say a word and act like my team had been their before.
That brings me back to this years game where the off the field issues are dominating the headlines more than whats on it. From the Tat 5 to the sex abuse scandal most people won’t even care whats going on on the field. Their are a few things I do hope to see before during and after the game. First, I want OSU fans to show some class and respect to all PSU fans and the team, they are just as hurt and shocked as we are about the horrific events that are being described in the sex abuse case there is no need to throw salt on the wound. We have the greatest fan base in the world so lets show PSU and the nation just that. And on a more football related side I want to see of course an OSU victory but I want to see some improvement. Braxton Miller has only thrown for over 100 yards twice this season and that is a major issue, for the love of God can we please crack open the 3rd or even 4th page of the playbook! Let him throw down field take some chances and at the very least keep the defense honest. Also, give Carlos Hyde the ball!!! This guy is a beast and deserves some touches especially in the red zone where we can use a guy that weights 235 pounds. On the defense lets hope they remember how to tackle and watch for freshman Ryan Shazier to be making lots of plays.
Overall I see a close game but I’m going with OSU- 14 PSU- 10 and what a nice way to go out for my final OSU game as a student, and as always lets hope for a good clean game and some respect show by buckeye nation.