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Sporting News Big Ten Poll


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PROJECTED FINISH 1. Ohio State; 2. Michigan; 3. Iowa; 4. Wisconsin; 5. Purdue; 6. Minnesota; 7. Michigan State; 8. Penn State; 9. Northwestern; 10. Illinois; 11. Indiana.

Not much other info

Kinda surprising scUM is 5th in the big ten in first round draft picks in the last 6 years with 4. tOSU is first with 9.

Under players to watch for...
CB Ted Ginn, Ohio State, Freshman. One Big Ten coach says Ginn is the best cornerback recruit since Deion Sanders. Ginn eventually will win a demanding boundary corner spot; he also will return punts and kicks.
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=750 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top width=560> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>By Michael Bradley
for Sporting News
August 10, 2004

No. 6 Ohio State

Offensive philosophy
There's nothing flashy about Jim Tressel, who favors a clock-grinding ground attack. After the John Cooper era, which was more wide open and prone to big-game meltdowns, Tressel has refocused Ohio State back to its Woody Hayes roots. Things might open up some as the quarterback personalities change, but there never will be an aerial circus in Columbus-at least not as long as Tressel is around. Defensive philosophy
This unit blends big-play ability with assignment-based football. The staff favors a 4-3 and will mix coverages, but it isn't going to take many risks. Tressel prefers to overwhelm foes with talent and discipline instead of gimmicks. Game of the year
November 20, vs. Michigan. What does this game mean? Just about everything. You have to be a grizzled football veteran to remember a time when it didn't have a direct impact on the Big Ten championship. That's why it captures the nation's attention year after year. That's why it's the best rivalry in college football.

Bottom line
Don't expect Ohio State to play in the BCS title game. The offense has questions, and although the other side of the ball is strong, there are playmakers to replace. The Buckeyes will be good, maybe even 10-win good, but the real fireworks will come in 2005, when all the youngsters have grown up.

<TABLE style="BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" borderColor=#111111 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top>Ohio State schedule
Sep 4-Cincinnati
Sep 11-Marshall
Sep 18-at N.C. State
Oct 2-at Northwestern
Oct 9-Wisconsin
Oct 16-at Iowa
Oct 23-Indiana
Oct 30-Penn State
Nov 6-at Michigan State
Nov 13-at Purdue
Nov 20-Michigan
Strength of schedule
Conference: 2 - Nation: 8

</TD><TD vAlign=top width=10><SPACER height="1" type="block" width="1"></SPACER></TD><TD class=ysptblbdr2 vAlign=top width=1><SPACER height="1" type="block" width="1"></SPACER></TD><TD vAlign=top width=10><SPACER height="1" type="block" width="1"></SPACER></TD><TD vAlign=top>Buckeyes data
Coach: Jim Tressel (32-7, 3 years)
Offensive coordinator: Jim Bollman (3 years)
Defensive coordinator: Mark Snyder (1year)
Offensive scheme: Multiple
Defensive scheme: 4-3
Starters lost: 14
Site: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Ohio (artificial, 101,568)
Last league title won: 2002 (tie)
Last time didn't go to bowl: 1999
2003 TSN preseason rank: 2
2003 record: 11-2 (beat Kansas State in Fiesta Bowl); Big Ten: 6-2/T2nd
Website: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Its interesting they mention 2005 as the year we contend for the national title......sounds familiar doesnt it?

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bucknuts44820 said:
Its interesting they mention 2005 as the year we contend for the national title......sounds familiar doesnt it?

Yea, i think if our D-line shows up like we all know they can, then our defense can be just as good as the past 2 years. On offense even with a new QB, our key will be finding a solid RB. Whether that is Joe, Ross, Hall, Pittman, or Haw, i believe if someone really solidifies himself as an elite RB, we can run the table.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

Our LBers are scary, if we can keep the O-line off them, the sky is the limit for this team. JTs doesn't expect much from his offenses, and I believe this one will compare favorably with the past couple ones.

We also need for a punter to keep booming the punts.
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FCollinsBuckeye said:
Didn't we pull up the turf in the 80s? Besides, with the new and improved 'shoe, we're 105k+, iirc. Time to update your stadium info, TSN.

Beat me to it on the turf. The capacity is correct, though...the "official" capacity is 101,568, but we get over 105,000 all the time. That's why we are among the top in attendance percentage at 104%+ every year.
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