OK-- so I will admit it... I'm more than a little nervous about Saturday, especially now that Beanie is doubtful for the game. Still I'm somewhat optimistic that, having nothing to lose and everything to gain, Ohio State will pull off the W against USC. (Some would call this crazy; I call it true fandom.)
Excepting games that happen 60+ days after our season typically ends, Ohio State does have the tendency to play up or down to the opponent (which is what I'm using to ease my mind about LAST weekend)... and Tressel and the boys do better when they aren't expected to do anything at all. It's not like there is a dearth of depth or talent on OSU's side of the ball. If we can minimize our mistakes and take advantage of theirs, we may just royally screw the bookmakers in Vegas...
So call me buck-i-nuts if you want, but I will continue to naively hope that we have a shot at taking this game, silencing the West Coast armchair critics and their devoted worshippers in the media. We'll have to wait and see if we'll have a chance to do the same to the Southern ones... let's take things one game at a time.