Ohio Sate Football Simulation Series: Round 2, Game 1: 2002 vs. 1998

Ohio Sate Football Simulation Series: Round 2, Game 1: 2002 vs. 1998

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Ohio Sate Football Simulation Series: Round 2, Game 1: 2002 vs. 1998

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?


Round 1 Results:  1998 vs. 2012  |  2002 vs. 1997  |  2007 vs. 2014 |  2015 vs. 2009 | 1996 vs. 2003 | 2013 vs. 2016 | 2010 vs. 2006 | 2008 vs. 2005

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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round Two, Game One – 2002 vs. 1998

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. Round One certainly didn’t disappoint, as we had some tight-contests and a couple of upsets.

Just 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. I mention that specifically for this matchup because many fans wrote in to ask why the 2002 national championship wasn’t seeded in the top three.

This metric accurate or bogus? We’ll find out as the top-seeded team plays the fans’ top choice.

(8) 2002 vs. (1) 1998

Setting The Table

The 1998 team justified its seeding by blasting the undefeated 2012 team 41-19 in a game that was much more lopsided than the final score would indicate. On the other hand, the 2002 team defeated the 1997 squad on a last-minute field goal by Mike Nugent.

Now it’s time to see who wins this one to head into the semifinals.

How It All Went Down

Led by a power running game and a stellar effort by the front seven, the 1998 Ohio State Buckeyes blasted the 2002 national championship team.

The 1998 team pretty much had its way with the 2002 defense. The running game was spectacular as both Michael Wiley and Joe Montgomery rushed for 139 yards. Yet, the passing game was just as solid with Joe Germaine throwing for 345 yards and two touchdowns.

Of course, the real story of the contest was the 1998 defense, which got after Craig Krenzel from the opening whistle. The ’98 Buckeyes recorded five sacks – including two from Jerry Rudzinski – and held all running backs not named Maurice Clarett to -1 yards on 27 carries.

Final Score And Link To Summary

(1) 1998 Ohio State 35, (8) 2002 Ohio State 20

Tomorrow: (12) 2007 vs. (4) 2015

 

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