Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round 1, Game 6 - 2013 Vs. 2016

Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round 1, Game 6 - 2013 Vs. 2016

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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round 1, Game 6 - 2013 Vs. 2016

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’re going to look at an intriguing 6-11 matchup… the 2016 Buckeyes versus the 2013 Buckeyes.


Other Simulations:
Round 1:  
1998 vs. 2012  |  2002 vs. 1997  |  2007 vs. 2014 |  2015 vs. 2009
 1996 vs. 2003

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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Six – 2013 vs. 2016

As we talked about last week, we’re going through the best Ohio State teams of the last twenty years by holding a single-elimination tournament of sixteen seeded teams. We’ve already gone through the top half of the bracket, and now we are focusing on the bottom half.

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.

Here we go with an intriguing matchup between the 2013 team and the 2016 team both coached by Urban Frank Meyer.

(11) 2013 vs. (6) 2016

Setting The Table

The 2013 team was the first squad eligible for postseason play under Urban Meyer thanks to the slap on the wrist from the NCAA due to the Tressel tatoo/email thingy. The Buckeyes were — of course — led by quarterback Braxton Miller who was a perfect fit for the Urban Meyer spread attack.

That season could have been much, much more memorable because OSU won all of its games during the regular season, including a nail-biter over Michigan in Ann Arbor, but then lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game. It then followed that up with a loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl to leave things on a sour note.

The 2016 team once again had a great opportunity to bring home a national championship, even with some offensive deficiencies at times — at least comparatively speaking. Behind QB J.T. Barrett, OSU would beat everyone on its schedule except for eventual Big Ten champion Penn State on a blocked FG return for a TD. It even found a way to pull victory from the jaws of defeat against a tough as nails Michigan team in double OT.

Despite not winning the Big Ten, Ohio State received a bid to the College Football Playoff over conference champion Penn State. It did not end well. Clemson took the Buckeyes behind the wood shed and shredded OSU 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl to end any hopes of grabbing a second national championship in three seasons.

How It All Went Down

Braxton Miller led the 2013 Buckeyes on a 12-play, 63-yard drive to upset over the sixth-seeded 2016 squad.

It looked like this contest was heading to overtime when Tyler Durbin connected from 53 yards out to knot the scoring at 17-17. However, Miller had other ideas. Rather than the buckle under the bombardment of pressure from the 2016 front four, Miller took his play to another level. He went three for three on the final drive and picked up two crucial third down conversions on quarterback scrambles.

Although Miller’s heroics determined the outcome of the game, Carlos Hyde earned MVP honors in this contest. He finished with 106 yards on 22 carries, including the game-winning touchdown with just seven seconds remaining.

Final Score And Link To Summary

(11) 2013 Ohio State 24, (6) 2016 Ohio State 17

 

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