The Cleveland Browns have always been the little brother to Ohio State in terms of football popularity. The Buckeyes come with a tradition of winning, while the Browns, to be as nice as possible, don’t.
But could one of the nation’s top collegiate teams actually beat a professional team, albeit one of the NFL’s worst? According to one poll also used to gauge the U.S. Presidential race, most Ohioans say yes.
A survey released Thursday by polling firm Public Policy Polling in Ohio found that 62 percent of likely voters in the state believe that the Buckeyes would beat their in-state NFL brethren if they met one the field.
This season has been like most of recent season past: Ohio State is unbeaten in four games, the Browns are winless in four games. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 2 in the nation, the Browns are ranked dead last in power rankings across the land.
What’s more, only 23 percent of the 782 likely voters polled think the Browns would actually win the game — not much better than the number of people who said they weren’t sure who would win (15 percent).
The news is even better for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer; only 7 percent of respondents didn’t have a favorable rating of the coach, compared to 55 percent who did. The only person in the poll with a more favorable rating in the state? LeBron James, of course. He came in with 60-percent approval.
For comparison’s sake, some other favorability ratings in the poll included 42 percent for Hillary Clinton, 38 percent for Donald Trump and 44 percent for Ohio governor John Kasich.
Unfortunately for fans in Ohio, it doesn’t appear that Buckeyes and Browns will be playing anytime soon.