What is Ohio State football’s most appealing matchup of 2018?
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Which Ohio State football game are you most looking forward to in 2018? (If not one of these four, reply below)
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) June 8, 2018
I’m trying something different for the Ohio State question of the day, with fans getting a chance to make their voice heard via polls on Twitter. First up: Which 2018 Ohio State football game are fans most excited to watch? I’ll break down each of the contenders below before delivering my own verdict.
Oregon State (5 percent)
I included the lowly Beavers over, say, Michigan State because the home opener offers something that the third- or fourth-best Big Ten game won’t: a chance to see the first start of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ career. However, it seems fans are willing to wait for the TCU game, which should reveal more about the sophomore quarterback.
TCU (27 percent)
Ohio State will face TCU in what is technically a neutral-site game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This will be the first true test of both Haskins and the 2018 team as a whole, which makes it especially appealing. Coming off an 11-3 season in 2017, the Horned Frogs have shown up anywhere from No. 8 to No. 24 in “way-too-early” top 25 rankings for the 2018 season. That it’s a rarely played opponent and not a team the Buckeyes face every year also helps.
The TCU game. Young talented team in an environment we’re not really used to. Penn state white out is always a big game but our team should know what it’s walking into. And TTUN needs no explanation.
— Slandz (@Slandz) June 8, 2018
Michigan (31 percent)
I expected The Game to get more votes than this, but it’s understandable in a way because of how few wins the Wolverines have against Ohio State in recent years. It’s also the last game of the regular season, and it’s probably easier to get excited in June for what’s coming sooner. Still, the Wolverines could have their best team of the Jim Harbaugh era, especially if quarterback Shea Patterson can fulfill the lofty expectations placed on him.
This should be Michigan’s year to beat OSU. With that defense and now with a supposed answer at QB if it’s not their year this year then I don’t think they’ll win a game against Ohio State as long as Urban is the coach with recruiting going in seemingly opposite directions.
— Terry Lash (@Terry_Lash) June 8, 2018
Penn State (37 percent)
It’s going to be whiteout conditions once again in Happy Valley when the Buckeyes visit in 2018. Saquon Barkley is gone, but talented quarterback Trace McSorley remains. The Nittany Lions have been recruiting really well and have been the Big Ten team that has given Ohio State the most fits the last few seasons.
I selected the Penn State game because we will be going into hostile territory, and here lately this game has been a better rivalry than the team up north.
— David Hall (@614Dbuckeyefan) June 8, 2018
My choice: Michigan
I understand why Penn State and TCU are particularly appealing options, but The Game is still second to nothing in my mind. With the exception of 2015, it’s been a hard-fought game every year of the Urban Meyer era and the stakes could be similar to those of 2016 if Michigan is able to uphold its end of the bargain. The good news, though, is that there are three outstanding matchups to look forward to. Now we just need the season to get here already.
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