As we know in years past there is always one game that completely catches the Buckeyes off guard. Whether it was Penn State in 2016, Iowa in 2017 or Purdue in 2018 the Buckeyes always seem to lose a game they shouldn’t. What could be the potential trap games in 2019?
Luke Fickell’s Reunion
Home against Cincinnati Sept. 7
Luke Fickell would want nothing more than to beat the Buckeyes on his first trip back to Columbus as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats. Fickell was an All-Big Ten player in 1996 and was the defensive coordinator when Ohio State won the National Championship in 2014. Another reason why the Bearcats would want to come into “The Shoe” and beat the Buckeyes is the fact Cincinnati is an instate rival and most players feel that Ohio State overlooked them in the recruiting process. Cincinnati is coming off a 11-2 record and a victory in the Military Bowl against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes may have more talent on paper but the Bearcats will not go down easy.
Friday night in Evanston
Away against Northwestern Oct. 18
The Buckeyes will head to Evanston for a rematch of the Big Ten Championship game for a Friday night contest against Northwestern. This will be both the Buckeyes’ and Wildcats’ first ever Friday night conference game. This could definitely be a trap game not only because it is a Friday night game but it is after the Ohio State’s bye week. Will the Buckeyes easily handle the Wildcats or will their sights be set on the following weeks game against Wisconsin?
Good to Great to Elite
Home against Penn State Nov. 23
After last season victory in Happy Valley, Penn State’s head coach James Franklin famous “Good to Great to Elite” comment was made during the post game press conference.
The past two seasons the Buckeyes would win this game by a total of two points. The only this that is different from this season is Penn State no longer has Trace McSorley under center and the contest between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes is the week before “The Game”. The Buckeyes could very well be looking ahead to Michigan and allow Penn State to steal one on their home turf.