2011 Big Ten Football Preview, Week 1: The Ohio State Buckeyes

Posted on June 3, 2011

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Liar liar, vest on fire

Picture courtesy of: Say It Ain’t So Joe!

Written by: Chris Frank

The first team of Coast2CoastSports weekly Big Ten Football preview is The Ohio State University Buckeyes.  Unfortunately (or fortunately for a fan of any other team) they have been on Sportscenter lately for all the wrong reasons.  It started with the report in December that some of their star-players, including former Heisman hopeful, Terrelle Pryor, were charged with selling memorabilia and getting discounts on tattoos for their autographs.  The players were allowed to play in the Sugar bowl in which they beat the Arkansas Razorbacks but were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season.  Then later on, it was made known that head coach Jim Tressel had known about it but had not said anything to the school or the NCAA, so he was suspended by the school for two games.  Then when the school president was asked about whether he was going to fire Tressel said “No. Are you kidding me? I just hope the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”  Then on this past Memorial Day, “the Vest” with urging from the school, tendered his resignation, leaving interim coach, Luke Fickell to try to keep the program together.

Luckily for the Bucks they are a normal Big Ten team so the first four of their games are going to be pretty easy with Miami and Colorado being as close to a real competition as they will get.  Then they have their first real test in their Big Ten opener against reigning co- Big Ten Champion Michigan State.  The following week they have to travel out to Lincoln to face the new kid on the block, Nebraska, my pick to win the Leaders division.  They finish off the year with a night home game against Penn State and then at Michigan Stadium for maybe the biggest rivalry of them all where anything can happen.

With the suspensions and now Tressel’s resignation this is sure to be a rough year for OSU. Expect a slow demise this season.

Prediction: Final record: 7-5

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