The Ohio State Buckeyes are set to host in-state foe Cincinnati Saturday afternoon in Columbus. It’s supposed to be a somewhat close game, with Luke Fickell making his return to Ohio Stadium and leading a hungry Bearcats team that’s ready to prove that they are the real deal after beating UCLA to open the season. With that win over the Bruins, Cincinnati has won 12 of their last 14 games dating back to last season, including a perfect 3-0 record over Power Five opponents. While Fickell is looking for a big upset win in his homecoming, Ryan Day is also trying to continue the dominance on the football field against other Ohio teams that previous Ohio State coaches had.
With the in-state matchup set, the Buckeyes released yet another solid video trailer for their game against the Bearcats.
“Every season has a story,” a voice says while an equipment manager takes a helmet from a locker and sets it on a table. “We start with a blank slate. With an opportunity to grow. Hit by hit. Leaf by leaf. These helmets aren’t just something you wear. They define who we are.
“How many leaves will define our story?”
The helmet of choice so happened to be Chase Young. The defensive end had a dominant opening game of the season against FAU, something that the Buckeyes should grow accustomed to for much of the season.
With one game under their belt this season, the video is filled with plenty of bone-crunching, big-time hits, touchdown-making plays, and other must-see highlights from Week 1.
It’s worth reminding you that when Ohio State plays Cincinnati, it usually turns into really good things at season’s end.
From the totally coincidental stat department: three of the last four times Ohio State has played Cincinnati, the Buckeyes have gone on to play for a national championship that season.
— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) September 5, 2019
Some other facts about the matchup: Ohio State hasn’t lost to an in-state foe in 95 years. They have never lost to an in-state opponent in Columbus. Cincinnati hasn’t beat the Buckeyes since 1897. These are all the types of things Fickell’s Bearcats are trying to overcome this weekend, let alone the fact that they want to beat the No. 5-ranked team in the country.
The Buckeyes are looking to stay hot and continue their dominance that they had in the first eight minutes of their season-opening win over Florida Atlantic last Saturday. The potential is clearly there, but they just have to prove that for an entire 60 minutes now.
Show. Them. Ohio’s. Here.
Ohio State is clearly making sure that people know who the best football team in the state is.
The Buckeyes and Bearcats are set to kick off at 12 p.m. ET at Ohio Stadium.
Previous trailers: Week 1