We look ahead to the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl…
THE Ohio State Buckeyes (6) vs Washington Huskies (9)
5:00 pm EST on ESPN/WatchESPN
In the spirit of complete transparency, I must inform you, the reader, I have been a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes since consciousness (I would listen to the Ohio State band tape on the way to preschool) and watched each and every one of their games this season (I even set an alarm to wake up at 9:00 am PST in Vegas to watch the Maryland game after going to bed five hours earlier). Thus, you will get an insider’s look at the skill players of the Scarlet & Gray in this preview.
The level of talent on Ohio State’s roster is easily top three in the country, but the Buckeyes haven’t consistently played to their potential in 2018. It’s infuriating to watch the same team who lit up the scoreboard for 62 points against the nation’s second-ranked defense (2,588 days and counting) not only struggle but get dominated by an average Purdue squad. The loss in West Lafayette is the only blemish on OSU’s record (12-1) this season; however, additional unimpressive performances against Maryland, Nebraska, and Minnesota resulted in a final fifth place CFB playoff ranking behind a more deserving Oklahoma team. Oh wait… that’s what SHOULD have happened. In reality, the Buckeyes finished sixth in the final rankings behind fifth place Georgia thanks to both the national media and committee’s undying love for the Confederacy Conference.
The Washington Huskies had College Football Playoff aspirations of their own coming into this season as they opened the season ranked sixth in the AP poll. Unfortunately, an opening game loss to Auburn coupled with October defeats at the hands of Oregon and Cal ended that dream. The Huskies have responded with four straight wins to close out the season including victories in the Apple Cup against rival Washington State and over Utah to win the PAC 12 title.
Let’s take a look at some of the key players in this matchup…
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