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OSU doesn’t want to be ‘that’ team who loses to FCS school

September 18, 2013
By JIm - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

COLUMBUS - Everything about Ohio State's football game against Florida A&M on Saturday screams mismatch.

OSU is ranked No. 4 and Florida A&M is an FCS team, flying in without any realistic expectations other than to cash a $900,000 paycheck for the game.

The Las Vegas betting line opened with Ohio State as a 57-point favorite. Never mind that the Buckeyes haven't scored more than 52 points in a game so far this season.

Ohio State's next two games after Saturday will be against Wisconsin and Northwestern. Florida A&M's next two will be against Morgan State and Savannah State.

Ohio State finishes its regular season with its tradition-laden game against its biggest rival Michigan. Florida A&M's last game is against Bethune-Cookman.

So, how does OSU approach a game like this? Does it make a difference to the players who they are playing?

"It does make a difference," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "I could give you some coach speak but it does make a difference. We need to do a very good job of coaching them this week

"There's going to be one (huge upset) every year, maybe two every year. It can't be this one this week," he said.

Quarterback Kenny Guiton, the star of last week's 52-34 win over California, said the Buckeyes should look at the game as an opportunity to improve.

"You come out and sharpen up your tools," Guiton said. "We want to be perfect. You're never perfect but that's what you play for.

"Every weekend is a test of leadership. Something is going to happen where you leaders have to step up. It's going to be a big test this weekend. We don't want anyone underestimating our opponent. We want to come in and do what we're supposed to do," he said.

The excitement level among Ohio State fans for Saturday's game is running at an unusually low level, judging by the fact that tickets were available Tuesday on the secondary market online for $40, just over half of face value of $79.

It is not an ideal matchup for the players, either, safety Christian Bryant said.

He said he would prefer playing another big-time opponent. "I like to showcase our talent. I would like to play bigger games," he said. "But it's really out of our control. I'm not really sure who makes the schedule, but we've still got to go out there and face whatever team is put in front of us."

Historically, FBS schools have won 82 percent of the time against FCS schools (formerly Division I-AA).

Four FCS schools have beaten FBS schools ranked in The Associated Press Top 25, the most recent coming in Eastern Washington's 49-46 win over Oregon State this season. Michigan, which was No. 5 when it lost to Appalachian State in 2007, is the only AP Top 10 team to lose to an FCS team.

Ohio State has played two games against FCS teams - a 38-6 win over Youngstown State in 2007 and a 43-0 win over YSU in 2008.

This season, 106 of the 125 FBS schools will play at least one FCS opponent. Since 1998, Big Ten teams are 75-6 against FBS teams.

Big Ten schools have agreed to no longer schedule FCS opponents. That decision and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany's explanation did not make FCS schools happy.

"They (FCS schools) are from another division," Delany said. ""It doesn't make any sense to be playing people from different divisions with fewer scholarships. They have 20 less scholarships. It's like a junior college team playing against a high school team or a high school team playing against a JV team."

OSU doesn't want to be 'that' team who loses to FCS school

By JIM NAVEAU

For The Weirton Daily Times

COLUMBUS - Everything about Ohio State's football game against Florida A&M on Saturday screams mismatch.

OSU is ranked No. 4 and Florida A&M is an FCS team, flying in without any realistic expectations other than to cash a $900,000 paycheck for the game.

The Las Vegas betting line opened with Ohio State as a 57-point favorite. Never mind that the Buckeyes haven't scored more than 52 points in a game so far this season.

Ohio State's next two games after Saturday will be against Wisconsin and Northwestern. Florida A&M's next two will be against Morgan State and Savannah State.

Ohio State finishes its regular season with its tradition-laden game against its biggest rival Michigan. Florida A&M's last game is against Bethune-Cookman.

So, how does OSU approach a game like this? Does it make a difference to the players who they are playing?

"It does make a difference," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "I could give you some coach speak but it does make a difference. We need to do a very good job of coaching them this week

"There's going to be one (huge upset) every year, maybe two every year. It can't be this one this week," he said.

Quarterback Kenny Guiton, the star of last week's 52-34 win over California, said the Buckeyes should look at the game as an opportunity to improve.

"You come out and sharpen up your tools," Guiton said. "We want to be perfect. You're never perfect but that's what you play for.

"Every weekend is a test of leadership. Something is going to happen where you leaders have to step up. It's going to be a big test this weekend. We don't want anyone underestimating our opponent. We want to come in and do what we're supposed to do," he said.

The excitement level among Ohio State fans for Saturday's game is running at an unusually low level, judging by the fact that tickets were available Tuesday on the secondary market online for $40, just over half of face value of $79.

It is not an ideal matchup for the players, either, safety Christian Bryant said.

He said he would prefer playing another big-time opponent. "I like to showcase our talent. I would like to play bigger games," he said. "But it's really out of our control. I'm not really sure who makes the schedule, but we've still got to go out there and face whatever team is put in front of us."

Historically, FBS schools have won 82 percent of the time against FCS schools (formerly Division I-AA).

Four FCS schools have beaten FBS schools ranked in The Associated Press Top 25, the most recent coming in Eastern Washington's 49-46 win over Oregon State this season. Michigan, which was No. 5 when it lost to Appalachian State in 2007, is the only AP Top 10 team to lose to an FCS team.

Ohio State has played two games against FCS teams - a 38-6 win over Youngstown State in 2007 and a 43-0 win over YSU in 2008.

This season, 106 of the 125 FBS schools will play at least one FCS opponent. Since 1998, Big Ten teams are 75-6 against FBS teams.

Big Ten schools have agreed to no longer schedule FCS opponents. That decision and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany's explanation did not make FCS schools happy.

"They (FCS schools) are from another division," Delany said. ""It doesn't make any sense to be playing people from different divisions with fewer scholarships. They have 20 less scholarships. It's like a junior college team playing against a high school team or a high school team playing against a JV team."

 
 

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