A rivalry born?
Ohio State-Florida should become new USC-Notre
Posted: Thursday April 5, 2007 1:50PM; Updated: Thursday April 5, 2007 1:50PM
I was looking at the Ohio State football schedules for the next four years and noticed something was missing.
These are the Buckeyes' upcoming non-conference games:
2007: Youngstown State, Akron, Washington, Kent State
Yes, those USC games look good. So do the match-ups with Miami, Washington and Marshall.
As for the Youngstown States and the Akrons -- well, no college diet is complete without a few cupcakes. But the team you really want to see there is conspicuous by its absence.
Is there any team that Buckeyes fans want to beat more than the Gators right now? And is there any team that Florida fans would take more joy in beating one more time than Ohio State?
Through luck and bracketology, Florida and Ohio State have been handed a rare opportunity to start a great intersectional rivalry.
Most of our great college sports rivalries depend on proximity (Duke-North Carolina, Auburn-Alabama) or at least being in the same conference (Michigan-Ohio State, Georgia-Florida).
The exception is USC-Notre Dame.
College sports really has nothing else like it. They have been playing each other since 1926, and at this point, the series is a singular phenomenon. The existence of the rivalry enhances the status of both programs.
Ohio State-Florida could be like that. With the events of the past few months, they have the chance to catch up in a hurry.
The set-up couldn't be better. To have those same teams that met in the football championship meet again in the basketball finals -- and to have Florida trounce Ohio State once again -- is the kind of scripting you generally see in professional wrestling.
After two frustrating losses in title games, Ohio State fans now want to beat Florida at least as badly as they want to beat Michigan -- if not more.
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