Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round 1, Game 7 - 2010 vs. 2006

Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round 1, Game 7 - 2010 vs. 2006

Terry Johnson

Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round 1, Game 7 - 2010 vs. 2006

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? Today, we move on to a mirror match between two 12-1 teams coached by Jim Tressel.


Other Simulations:
Round 1:  
1998 vs. 2012  |  2002 vs. 1997  |  2007 vs. 2014 |  2015 vs. 2009
 1996 vs. 2003 | 2013 vs. 2016

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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round One, Game Seven – 2010 vs. 2006

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 two 12-1 teams coached by Jim Tressel.

(10) 2010 vs. (6) 2006

Setting The Table

The 2010 Ohio State team was arguably the most underrated team in the school’s storied history. It posted a 12-1 record, with the lone loss coming on the road to Wisconsin. While that would usually be enough to get into the national championship conversation, the Buckeyes finished sixth in the final BCS rankings, and ended up in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. They beat pre-motorcycle accident Hogs 31-26.

As most OSU fans know, the NCAA later vacated all 12 of those wins. However, for purposes of this tournament, we are taking into account what the team did on the gridiron rather than what it did off the field.

The 2006 Ohio State might be the best team that didn’t win a national championship. It destroyed every opponent it played that year, winning 10 of its 12 regular games by double digits. It also handed then-No. 2 ranked TTUN in arguably the best game of the season. As well as they played that season, the 2006 Buckeyes lost in the BCS title game to an Urban Meyer-coached Florida squad 41-14 thanks to a fluke injury (Ginn), a calculated gamble that didn’t work, and a tipped pass.

In other words: that contest wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the score suggested.

How It All Went Down

Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith found Brian Hartline for the game-winning touchdown, sparking the 2006 Buckeyes to a come-from-behind victory over the 2010 Buckeyes.

This contest was easily the best in the tournament so far. The 2006 team looked like it had the game in hand when it went up 20-9 with under 14 minutes to play. But, the 2010 team rallied to take a 25-20 led thanks to the one-two punch of Boom Herron (21 carries, 163 yards) and Brandon Saine (8 carries, 89 yards). Smith responded by leading the Buckeyes on a 9-play, 62-yard drive to retake the lead with less than one minute remaining.

Terrelle Pryor got the 2010 team in position for a potential game-winning field goal. Unfortunately, Devin Barclay’s 56-yard attempt came up just short.

Final Score And Link To Summary

(7) 2006 Ohio State 26, (10) 2010 Ohio State 25

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