Ohio State going bowling in Cleveland
Despite the tough loss to USC last week, the Ohio State football team is bowl eligible after just the second week of the season – well sort of. The Buckeyes will actually be bowling this weekend because the Patriot Bowl is cleverly disguised as a regular season match-up against the Toledo Rockets at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
While the name of the game could be mistaken for a fictional contest from the sitcom Coach, this match-up on the banks of Lake Erie is actually the third edition of this regular season bowl game.
The Patriot Bowl was hatched as an annual regular contest match between a team from the Mid-American Conference and one of the three U.S. service academies. Akron bested Army in the inaugural contest, which is the only game to feature a service academy squad. Last year, Boston College defeated Kent State, 21-0.
While this is the Buckeyes first trip to the Patriot Bowl, they are 5-1 in previous appearances in these regular season bowl games/classics, which has included the Pigskin Classic, Eddie Robinson Classic and the Kickoff Classic. Ohio State’s latest appearance was a 45-21 win over Texas Tech to open their 2002 National Championship season in the final Pigskin Classic.