A decade ago, new OSU head coach, Jim Tressel was coming off of his first loss, and Buckeye Nation was depressed. Sure, the loss was to UCLA, a ranked team, but one that ultimately finished 7-4. The fans were more disappointed in the fact that the team’s offense looked abysmal, with quarterback, Steve Bellisari going 5-23 for just 45 yards in the game, not completing a single pass in the 2nd or 3rd quarters. Any of this sounding familiar?
For the most part, the comparisons between the two games end there. Tressel had a solid contract and time to build, while Fickell is coaching on potentially borrowed time. He needs wins and needs them now, as a 7-4 season for him (like Tressel’s first regular season) with almost certainly result in the loss of his interim role. That team came back the next week and beat a decent Indiana team by two scores for a much needed victory.
Likewise, Buckeye Nation currently needs a convincing week 4 demonstration of true OSU football, or else some of the diehard fans like myself might curl up into the fetal position for the next 3 months. If I have to rely on Sundays to be my positive football day, as a Browns fan, there’s a good chance that I won’t make it out of this season. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but we need a win against Colorado and we need it bad. So, what can we expect from one of the new members of the Pac 10/12/16?