Skull Session: 2014 Big Ten Championship match was magical, Ohio state has a good chance of going undefeated and TC Caffey deserves a Buckeye Leaf

Today is Thursday, which means it’s a good day to have a great day. Make sure to drink caffeine and dominate.

If you’re a Columbus resident, make sure to get a library card this month. Doing so will rebrand the main library as Flavortown HQ.

Guy Fieri wants you to do it, so I don’t know what else you could want to do. And if you don’t live in Columbus, do it anyway, because books are cool.

Let’s have a nice Thursday, okay?

A GREAT MEMORY. On Wednesday, a video of the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game appeared on my Twitter timeline. Immediately all the good memories came back watching Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Devin Smith and Curtis Samuel scoring all over the Wisconsin defense. At the same time, Joey Bosa, Doran Grant and Vonn Bell incapacitated the Badgers’ offense.

Everything went like the state of Ohio on that fateful night in Indianapolis. Jones finished 12-of-17 for 257 yards and three touchdowns, Elliott collected 220 yards and two scores on 20 carries, and Smith caught four passes for 137 yards and had three trips to the end zone.

Looking on the outside as the No. 5 team according to the College Football Playoff committee, the state of Ohio needed a great win over Wisconsin to make it to the CFP. The Buckeyes delivered and would eventually win a National Championship, making their 59-0 stomp over the Badgers one of the most significant wins in the history of the program.

Gutridge had that info again. He found that the Buckeyes have completed 18 unblemished regular seasons since the program’s inception in 1890, which made me wonder again: What are the chances of the state of Ohio finishing the 2022 season undefeated?

For that information I turned to the Allstate Playoff Predictor, a computer system used by ESPN to calculate College Football Playoff odds for programs that top the weekly polls. As it stands, the Buckeyes’ odds forecaster holds up to a perfect 12 games this fall, with Ohio State’s least likely win against Penn State at 69%.

Ohio State’s Odds of Winning Remaining Games

Matchup

Date

win%

Wisconsin

Sat 24 Sep

89

Rutgers

Sat 01 Oct

98

@Michigan State Sat 08 Oct 79

Iowa

Sat 22 Oct

95

@Penn State Sat 29 Oct 69

@Northwest

Sat, Nov 05

98

Indiana

Saturday 12 November

98

@Maryland

Sat 19 Nov

85

Michigan Sat 26 November 73

Ohio State’s next lowest odds for a win are 73% against Michigan in the final game of the regular season on November 26 and 79% at Michigan State on October 8. Outside of those three games, the Buckeyes are offered at least an 85. % chance of beating the other six remaining opponents on their regular season schedule.

An undefeated regular season would put the Buckeyes firmly in the top four teams in the country and potentially make them the No. 1 seed in the CFP. From then on, all bets are off as they try to win their first national championship since 2014. And let’s face it, that’s all that matters to Ohio State fans. Unbeaten regular seasons are fine, but championships are the goal, and this year’s team so far has done what it took to give itself a chance to achieve that feat.

CAFFEY FOR SIX. The entire Ohio State roster celebrated when walk-on running back TC Caffey’s scored a 49-yard touchdown against Toledo last weekend, which also happens to be the longest carry of the season by a Buckeye ball carrier.

Caffey was featured in a video on Ohio State’s football Twitter after receiving a Buckeye Leaf for his effort on the piece. Describing his long run, he revealed he didn’t know where he would end up when he took over from fellow freshman Devin Brown.

“I felt like a little kid,” Caffey said of the touchdown. “It was like a dream come true for me.”

I’m glad Caffey was able to take his chance against the Rockets. He certainly made the most of it. I also loved seeing how his teammates reacted to his touchdown. It seems that he impresses as much or more in the locker room as he does on the pitch.

When the players talk about The Brotherhood, I think this is what they mean: celebrating their teammate’s successes, regardless of who is in the spotlight in certain games. Whether it’s CJ Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Caffey, the Buckeyes like to score points and win games, which is a plus.

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Doors open at 3 p.m. for Eleven Dubgate X, which will be held this Saturday prior to Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin. This event is dependent on your donations, which will benefit Special Olympics Olentangy. cash and Venmo (@OSSOSTORM) both are accepted.

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