Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Four-2015 vs. 2009

Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Four-2015 vs. 2009

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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Four-2015 vs. 2009


We are continuing our simulation series where we use our friends at WhatifSports.com to simulate matchups of the best Ohio State teams over the last 20 years. It may (or may not) determine which OSU team was the best over that time, but hey, it’s all good fun either way, right? We are up to the 2015 team vs. the 2009 team.


Other Simulations:
Round 1:  
1998 vs. 2012  |  2002 vs. 1997  |  2007 vs. 2014

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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Four – 2015 vs. 2009

As we talked about last week, it’s time to take a look at the best Ohio State teams from 1996 – 2016, and we’re starting with a matchup between the No. 1 seeded 1998 team vs. the No. 16 seeded 2012 squad that was Urban Meyer’s first in Columbus.

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.

That’s enough talking, let’s kick things off.

(4) 2015 vs. (13) 2009

Setting The Table

The 2015 team probably should have gotten more love than it did. The team had the majority of its key pieces back after making an unexpected run to the 2014 title, but sputtered a bit on offense trying to figure the whole quarterback thing out.

It still beat everyone on its schedule aside from a weird rain and wind driven contest at home against Michigan State, where a last second field goal gave the Spartans the victory. Somehow, that was enough to keep the Buckeyes out of any talk for the College Football Playoff despite destroying Michigan the next game.

The 2009 team was led by quarterback Terrelle Pryor and was just a few plays away from going undefeated. There was the razor thin loss against USC at home in the second game of the year, and a bizarre turd of a game on the road to Purdue. Aside from that, the team beat everyone else on its schedule, including a Rose Bowl win over an Oregon team that put up pinball scores in 2009.

How It All Went Down

Led by a dominant effort on defense, 2015 Ohio State destroyed Terrell Pryor and the 2007 Buckeyes.

Make no mistake about it: the 2015 Buckeye D dominated this contest from the opening whistle, forcing three-and-outs on 2009 OSU’s first four series. They stuffed the running game all day long, limiting the 2009 Buckeyes to 67 yards on 39 carries. Yet, the back seven was equally impressive, holding Pryor to just 7 of 27 passing, while recording two interceptions. Not surprisingly, 2009 OSU only converted on 1 of its 17 third down passes.

With the defense taking control of the contest, the 2015 Buckeye offense leaned heavily on star running back Ezekiel Elliott. He finished the evening with 196 yards rushing, 56 yards receiving, and two touchdowns.

Final Score And Link To Summary

(4) 2015 Ohio State 30, (13) 2009 Ohio State 7

Next up: We’ll kick off the rest of Round 1 coming Monday.

 

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