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 Four – 2006 vs. 2005
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.
(7) 2006 vs. (2) 2005
Setting The Table
The 2006 squad — which played in the BCS title game — advanced to this round with a come-from-behind victory over Terrelle Pryor and the 2010 Buckeyes. Troy Smith ran the two-minute drill to perfection to lead 2005 Ohio State to a “W” over the 2008 Buckeyes.
Which one will advance to the next round? Scroll down to find out!
How It All Went Down
Troy Smith threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns as the 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes ousted the second-seeded 2005 squad.
This was a seesaw contest that went back and forth all evening. The 2005 team jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on 17-yard run by Antonio Pittman. The 2006 Buckeyes then rallied to go up 18-7 with just two minutes remaining in the first half. Thanks to two more Pittman touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving), the 2005 squad retook the lead 21-18 early in third quarter.
It was all 2006 Ohio State after that.
Smith was outstanding on the ensuing drive, connecting on four of his six passes, including a nine-yard toss to Maurice Wells to put the team up 25-21. The defense would seal the deal a few series later, forcing a fumble at the 2005 Buckeye 24-yard line. The 2006 squad would score four plays later on a one-yard run from Antonio Pittman, which tied Al Bundy’s record of four rushing touchdowns in one game (two for each team).
Final Score And Link To Summary
That completes round two. Please check back on Monday and Tuesday for the semifinals.