Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Three - 2007 vs. 2014

Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Three - 2007 vs. 2014

Terry Johnson

Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Three - 2007 vs. 2014


Senior Editor Terry Johnson attempts to answer an impossible question the only way that he knows how: letting the best Ohio State teams of the last twenty years settle the issue on the gridiron — sort of. We used our friends at WhatifSports.com to simulate these matchups. This time, we’re letting the 2007 team go against the national-title winning 2014 squad.


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1998 vs. 2012  |  2002 vs. 1997  |  2015 vs. 2009

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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Three – 2007 vs. 2014

As we talked previously, we are continuing our simulation of the best Ohio State teams over the last twenty years.

And as a reminder, we used the seeding method used by the Sports-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) to seed the teams. SRS uses both strength of schedule and margin of victory, so it gives preference to teams that beat quality opponents — not necessarily where you might think teams would be slotted based on record and trophies.

Next up, we have a juicy matchup between the 2014 team that peaked at the right time to win a national title, going against the 2007 team that made it all the way to a national title appearance.

(12) 2007 vs. (5) 2014

Setting The Table

The story of the 2014 team is well-chronicled. Left for dead after an early season loss at home to Virginia Tech, and playing with its second string freshman QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State began to slowly find itself.

It announced its arrival by beating a highly ranked Michigan State team on the road and just continued to get better. And after a 59-0 beat-down of a solid Wisconsin team in the Big Ten Championship game, the powers that be put the Buckeyes into the first ever College Football Playoff where the Scarlet and Gray messed around and won the thing — all with third string quarterback Cardale Jones taking center stage.

The 2007 season was also a bit of a surprise. Ohio State had lost Heisman quarterback Troy Smith and other weapons but retooled quickly. The Buckeyes went out and won their first ten games before being upset at home by Illinois. It then disposed of Michigan, and when all the other teams went by the wayside, got an invite to play in the Sugar Bowl opposite a two-loss LSU team for the national championship.

It did not go well, but that’s not to take away from a team that was led by a solid defensive corps, and running back Beanie Wells leaping over and running through defenders.

How It All Went Down

Playing with the type of swagger that Ohio State was famous for under Jim Tressel, the 2007 Buckeyes rallied to upset the 2014 national champions 24-21 thanks to an unlikely source.

Surprisingly, the hero in this contest was not Beanie Wells. Don’t get me wrong: he had a monster outing, rushing for 201 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard gallop that put the 2007 team up 7-0 early.

No – the player of the game was 2007 QB Todd Boeckman. Faced with a bombardment of pressure, Boeckman went three-for-three on the final drive. He was especially impressive on the decisive play, extending the play with his feet and finding a wide-open Brian Robiskie for the game-winning score.

Final Score And Link To Summary

(12) 2007 Ohio State 24, (5) 2014 Ohio State 21

 

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