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Skull Session: The 2014 Big Ten Championship Game Was Magical, Ohio State Has A Good Chance To Go Undefeated, And TC Caffey Earns Buckeye Leaf

Today is Thursday, which means it’s a good day to have a nice day. Make sure to caffeinate and dominate.

Also, if you are a Columbus resident, be sure to get a library card this month. If you do, the main library will be renamed Flavortown HQ.

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

Let’s have a good Thursday, okay?

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

All went well in the State of Ohio on that fateful night in Indianapolis. Jones went 12 of 17 for 257 yards and three touchdowns, Elliott had 220 yards and two scores on 20 carries, and Smith caught four passes for 137 yards and made three trips to the end zone.

On the road, as the No. 5 team according to the College Football Playoff Committee, Ohio State needed a blowout win over Wisconsin to qualify for the CFP. The Buckeyes delivered and would eventually win a national championship, making their 59–0 win over the Badgers one of the most significant wins in program history.

Gutridge had that information again. He found that the Buckeyes had finished an unblemished regular season 18 times since the program’s inception in 1890, which once again made me wonder: what are the odds that Ohio State will finish 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 near the top of weekly polls. As it stands, the predictor likes the Buckeyes’ chances of winning a perfect 12 games this fall, with Ohio State’s least likely win being against Penn State at 69%.

Ohio State’s odds of winning their remaining games



To win %


Sat 24 Sep



Sat 01 Oct


@State of Michigan Sat 08 Oct 79


Sat 22 Oct


@Penn State Sat 29 Oct 69

@North West

Sat 05 Nov



Saturday November 12



Sat 19 Nov


Michigan Sat 26 Nov 73

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

An undefeated regular season would put the Buckeyes firmly in the top four teams in the country and could make them the No. 1 seed in the CFP. From there, all bets are off as they go for their first national championship since 2014. And let’s be honest, that’s all that matters to Ohio State fans. Undefeated regular seasons are fine, but championships are the goal, and this year’s team have done what they have to do so far to give themselves a chance to accomplish that feat.

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

Caffey was featured in a video on Ohio State Football Twitter after receiving a sheet from Buckeye for his efforts on the game. He described his long run and revealed he didn’t know where he would finish 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 capitalize on his opportunity against the Rockets. He certainly made the most of it. I also loved seeing how his teammates reacted to his touchdown. He seems to have as much or more of an impact in the locker room than on the pitch.

When players talk about The Brotherhood, I think that’s what they mean: celebrating the successes of their teammates, no matter who is in the spotlight in certain games. Whether it’s CJ Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Caffey, the Buckeyes are happy to score points and win games, and that’s a good thing.


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