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Under the former quarter system, Ohio State classes didn't begin until late September (last year it...

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Under the former quarter system, Ohio State classes didn't begin until late September (last year it was on Sept. 21) meaning the Buckeyes always played three, sometimes four, games before taking a single class. It was an edge for Ohio State. But did the Buckeyes win more games because of it? Probably not. In the last 10 years, Ohio State was 26-4 during its first three games of the season, losing at the Miami Hurricanes last season, to USC in 2008 and 2009 and to Texas in 2005. Considering 20 of those games were supposed to be home game walkovers, going 6-4 in the 10 national matchups that were designed to be competitive isn't the sign of a obvious advantage. The Buckeyes also had close calls against Toledo last year, Navy in 2009, Ohio in 2008, Marshall in 2004 and North Carolina State in 2003.

Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer
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