Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Semifinal No. 2 – 2013 vs. 2006

Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Semifinal No. 2 – 2013 vs. 2006

Terry Johnson

Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Semifinal No. 2 – 2013 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? We are all the way up to the semifinals now as the 2013 and 2006 teams square off for a right to the final.


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

Round 2 Results: 1998 vs. 2002 | 2007 vs. 2015 | 1996 vs. 2013 | 2006 vs. 2005

Semifinal Results: 2015 vs. 1998

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Ohio State Football Simulation Series: Semifinal No. 2 – 2013 vs. 2006

As we talked about a few weeks ago, we’re going through the best Ohio State teams of the last twenty years by holding a single-elimination tournament of sixteen seeded teams. The first two rounds 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.

(11) 2013 vs. (7) 2006

Setting The Table

The 2013 squad defeated the 2016 CFP Playoff bound Buckeyes in the first round, and followed it up by thrashing the 1996 squad in the second round. The 2006 Buckeyes made it here with some last-second heroics over the 2010 team and a solid victory over the second-seeded 2005 club.

Which of these teams will advance to the championship game against the 2015 Buckeyes? Scroll down to find out.

How It All Went Down

Carlos Hyde ran for 267 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 2013 team to victory over the 2006 squad that played for national championship.

Don’t let the final score fool you: this was a much closer game than the final score would indicate. 2006 Ohio State led for most of the first half and held a 13-10 advantage with 1:36 remaining in the second quarter.

Then, Hyde took over.

On the first play of the ensuing possession, Hyde ripped a 54-yard run to put the Buckeyes inside the 2006 OSU 20-yard line. Three plays later, Braxton Miller rumbled into the end zone to give the 2013 team a lead that it would not relinquish.

While the contest would remain close during the third quarter, the 2013 squad would blow it wide open in the final stanza. Hyde scored on a 62-yard run to open the fourth quarter, ending any hope of a potential comeback. On the following series, he broke a 65-yard run to give the Buckeyes first-and-goal at the one. He scored his second touchdown on the next possession after a CJ Barnett pick gave 2013 OSU the ball at the 2006 Buckeye four-yard line.

Final Score And Link To Summary

(11) 2013 Ohio State 45, (7) 2006 Ohio State 16

Next Monday – (4) 2015 versus (11) 2013 for all the marbles.

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