For the next couple of articles, I will dive into a four-part series discussing the Ohio State 2018-19 football season and the future moving forward.
Part 1: The rollercoaster ride of the 2018-19 season.
Part 2: The coaching changes from the Urban Era to the Day Era
Part 3: The Dwayne Haskins story
Part 4: Tate Martell or Justin Fields?
Part 1: The Rollercoaster ride of the 2018-19 season
The past Ohio State football season can be described in many ways. The best way I will describe it to my children is “weird.” There were plenty of times in the beginning of the season I was thinking to myself, “This team can beat anyone.” There were also times I wanted to throw my fist through the TV. When all is said and done, the positives will be the following:
1, Finished 13-1
2. Beat Michigan 62-39 for the worst beating in the rivalry history
3. Won the B1G championship for the second year in a row
4. Beat the Washington Huskies 28-23 in the Rose Bowl
5. Dwayne Haskins finished 3rd in the Heisman race
The negatives overshadowed this season, and it started early with one of the biggest stories in years. The bombshell of a story claimed Urban Meyer knew about multiple domestic violence incidences between his wide receivers coach Zach Smith and his wife Courtney. On top of knowing about it, it was rumored he failed to step in and help. The story went from Urban supposedly lying at the Big Ten media day to him being suspended the first three games of the season.
Ohio State was going to start the season off with interim coach Ryan Day. Leading a highly ranked Ohio State team, there was a new quarterback for the first time since J.T. Barrett took over the campus back in 2014. The Buckeyes got off to a hot start winning the first three games and the offense looked unstoppable with Day and co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.
Meyer came back from his suspension and the season seemed to hit quicksand as Ohio State seemed to squeak by their opponents. Everything was exposed when Ohio State went on the road to West Lafayette October 20th . The Buckeyes were trounced by Purdue 49-20. From there on out they were written off by almost every member of the media.
After Purdue, Ohio State snuck by Nebraska and went on the road to Michigan State in a punt fest. They were then tasked with Maryland and had to stop a two point conversion to escape with a victory. Finally came #4 Michigan with the number 1 ranked defense and a QB transfer from Ole Miss in Shea Patterson that would finally get Harbaugh over the hump and beat Ohio State.
The game was over before the beginning of the 4th quarter, as the Buckeyes beat the living shit out of Michigan. The following week Haskins threw for 499 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Buckeyes rolled Northwestern 45-24 and won the B1G Championship for consecutive years. The following week, Urban Meyer announced that he will retire following the Rose Bowl.
A week later, Ryan Day becomes the successor for Meyer. The story ends as the sun sets in beautiful Pasadena with Urban Meyer leading the Buckeyes to a 28-23 victory.