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?
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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Round Two, Game Three – 1996 vs. 2013
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.
(3) 1996 vs. (11) 2013
Setting The Table
Thanks to some late-game heroics from Braxton Miller, the 2013 team rallied to defeat the 2016 College Football Playoff-bound Buckeyes. Similarly, Joe Germaine came off the bench to ignite the 1996 offense to a 23-3 victory over 2007 Ohio State.
Will the 2013 team continue its “May Madness” or will the 1996 squad become the second Cooper-coached team to reach the semis?
How It All Went Down
Carlos Hyde ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns to spark 2013 Ohio State to an upset over the 1996 Ohio State.
Don’t let the final score fool you: this was a hard-fought contest. The 1996 team actually led this game in the third quarter and only trailed by three heading in to the final stanza. However, the 2013 squad opened up the fourth quarter with a nice scoring drive to take a 10-point lead. With a double-digit deficit, John Cooper had no choice but to go for it on fourth-and-six from his own 42 with just five minutes. The 2013 defense stopped Pepe Pearson for a one-yard gain, ending any hope of a potential comeback.
That crucial stop energized the 2013 sideline. The Buckeyes would score touchdowns on the next two possessions to turn this one into a laugher.
Final Score And Link To Summary
Tomorrow: (7) 2006 vs. (2) 2005