FOX Sports activities School Soccer Analyst
Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is aware of what’s at stake for his Buckeyes within the newest version of faculty soccer’s most well-known rivalry.
“I imply, it is the whole lot,” Smith stated of “The Sport” between Ohio State and Michigan. “The emotion runs deep. Tensions run excessive. Particular gamers come out in particular video games, and it will create a buzz for you for the remainder of your life.”
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RJ Younger talks with former Ohio State QB Troy Smith about Saturday’s massive matchup, CJ Stroud’s Heisman possibilities, and extra.
And whereas Smith hasn’t strapped on a Buckeyes helmet because the 2006 season — earlier than the School Soccer Playoff period — he understands the pressures of 2022 higher than most. In spite of everything, he performed in “The Sport” the final time each groups entered it unbeaten, and he additionally did it whereas feeling the warmth of Heisman Trophy rivalry.
Ohio State’s present quarterback CJ Stroud faces that sort of stress, and Smith is rooting for him to win all of the group and particular person honors that he can.
“I would like him to be the eighth one,” Smith informed me, referencing the seven earlier Heisman Trophies on show on the Woody Hayes Athletic Heart. “I would like him to go on forward and produce house one other Heisman Trophy. Hopefully, we’ll be slapping fives with him on the stage. what I imply, in New York.”
As for the CFP, the most recent rankings revealed on Tuesday had the Buckeyes holding regular at No. 2, and the Wolverines at entrenched at No. 3. That is the primary time CFP period that these groups had been ranked that top, and the primary time since Smith’s look in 2006.
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What’s at stake? The Buckeyes are enjoying not only for the Large Ten East division title and a spot within the Large Ten Championship, however for CFP functions, they’re enjoying for the most effective wins of the season.
Presently, No. 1-ranked Georgia holds the most effective victory of this marketing campaign, a 27-13 win over former No. 1-ranked Tennessee that on the time was the Volunteers’ first lack of their season.
Whereas the Michigan-Ohio State winner could be a shoo-in for an invite to the CFP, a detailed recreation doesn’t disqualify the loser. With necessary video games everywhere in the closing weekend of the season and convention championships being performed within the subsequent, there’s an opportunity for the 2 finest Large Ten groups to make the CFP.
If No. 5 LSU is buried by Georgia, that would assist the Buckeyes even when they lose to the Wolverines for the second season in a row. It might additionally assist if No. 6 USC loses to No. 15 Notre Dame. In spite of everything, the Irish would have wins over USC and the ACC champ — whether or not that seems to be No. 8 Clemson or No. 17 North Carolina — and do not forget that Ohio State beat ND this season.
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Neither the Buckeyes nor the Wolverines will wish to entertain that, although. Even now they’re utilizing each attainable second to arrange to win this weekend.
The Wolverines wish to show final yr’s dominating victory was no fluke, and that their days of being brutalized by the Buckeye are over. And let’s not overlook that former Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis referred to as OSU “a finesse group; not a troublesome group.”
“To be trustworthy,” OSU tight finish Cade Stover stated on Tuesday. “I actually do not give a s— what anyone else says about our toughness. We all know what we have.”
So that is what’s at stake when Ohio State and Michigan meet on Saturday (Midday ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities app): Bragging rights, an undefeated season, a assured spot within the CFP and for Stroud, a possible Heisman Trophy.
All of it hearkens again to 2006, the final time “The Sport” carried this a lot weight, a weight Smith is aware of very properly.
“I keep in mind that day vividly,” Smith stated. “It is part of OSU historical past, and I’m extremely grateful to be there.”
Listed below are final week’s School Soccer Playoff rankings, with up to date information and whether or not every group received or misplaced final week:
1. Georgia (11-0)
2Ohio State (11-0)
3. Michigan (11-0)
7. Alabama (9-2)
9. Oregon (9-2)
10. Tennessee (9-2)
11Penn State (9-2)
12Kansas State (8-3)
13. Washington (9-2)
15. Notre Dame (8-3)
16Florida State (8-3)
17. North Carolina (9-2)
18. UCLA (8-3)
19. Tulane (9-2)
20. Ole Miss (8-3)
21. Oregon State (8-3)
24. Cincinnati (9-2)
25. Louisville (7-4)
RJ Younger is a nationwide school soccer author and analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the podcast “The Quantity One School Soccer Present.Observe him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Younger Present” on YouTube.
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