"Being here at Ohio State, those are the type of games you play for -- big-time games against a great opponent at their place on the road. It's exciting. That's why you go to Ohio State. I can tell you one thing: It's not like Ohio State and That Team Up North," he said.
- J.T. Barrett via Max Olson, ESPN
It wasn’t very long ago that J.T. Barrett was just another high school recruit looking to make his mark in college football. Before Ohio State even pursued the Texas-native, Barrett had his eyes set on becoming a Longhorn. All he needed was an offer from Mack Brown, and he would have pulled the trigger on fulfilling his childhood dream. Instead, the Longhorns offered Tyrone Swoopes. Barrett still waited for an offer and even admits that he would have still committed had they offered both quarterbacks. Instead, an offer wasn’t coming and then Tom Herman came calling.
The rest is history, as Barrett committed to Ohio State and announced he was done with recruiting. Of course, he hasn’t regretted it since, but now with Oklahoma on the schedule, Barrett can live out some of the childhood dreams he had. It may not be the Red River Rivalry played at the Cotton Bowl, but he’ll still get an opportunity to take down the Sooners in Norman this weekend. Of course, Barrett’s career has been superb to this point, amassing a 17-2 record as a starter along with a championship and Fiesta Bowl win under his belt. Still, the chance to showcase what he can do against the Sooners in front of a national audience could provide a boost to the beginnings of a Heisman campaign.
“I’m a Sooner fan, I kind of like to see them win all their games. They don’t play Ohio State very often, so when it comes up, I’m gonna win one way or the other. I’ll catch grief if I go back home to Ohio and OU wins, and if Ohio State wins, I’ll be catching grief here at the police department.”
- Eric Grubbs via Emma Keith, OUDaily
On Oklahoma’s Police Department staff, an Ohio State fan, Eric Grubbs, cheers on the Buckeyes from the confines of Norman, Oklahoma. With Ohio State coming to town on Saturday, Grubbs is ready for the special moment. Of course, in his time at Oklahoma, he likes to see the Sooners win just as much as actual Sooners fans, so regardless of the outcome on Saturday, Grubbs will be in a good place. Still, it’s always a neat story when there’s a Buckeye fan in ‘enemy’ territory. And in this case, Grubbs actually works for the university.
Though Ohio State and Oklahoma don’t meet very often, Grubbs was there for the last time the two teams met in Norman. That was a game that the Buckeyes won 24-14 in 1983. It’s pretty cool to hear some of the stories that Grubbs has had while working in Oklahoma including a funny one about how he replaced the OU flag with a Block ‘O’ for Ohio State on the flagpost. No one noticed it for several weeks until it was finally taken down.
“I hate to admit that, but yeah, 15 years ago, maybe 10 years ago, I would’ve been like, C’mon, man, toughen up. What the hell’s wrong with you?”
- Urban Meyer via Brandon Sneed, Bleacher Report
Brandon Sneed and Bleacher Report did an excellent story that I strongly recommend you read. Urban Meyer’s struggle with his mental health had been a storyline that surrounded Meyer in his final years at Florida. Before being hired by Ohio State in 2011, Meyer even had to agree to rules set by his family to help control his issues. Now, by opening up a bit about his struggle, Meyer is looking to help everyone in America that struggles with the same sort of problems.
A lot of the quotes were quite eye-opening, and it certainly gives a great look at what it was like for Meyer to suffer through this. One particular instance was discussed when coaching Ohio State. In the Big Ten championship game in 2013, when Braxton Miller was stopped a yard short of the first down to give Meyer his first loss as head coach at Ohio State, he spoke of how the same rage and anger boiled again - the same as it was at Florida. But then he mentioned that a strange calm washed over him and that he was able to pause the moment and move on from it. Since then, it’s been no looking back.
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