Bill Syken at Sports Illustrated thinks that Florida and Ohio State need to be playing each other alot more often:
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
2008: Youngstown State, Ohio, USC, Troy
2009: Army, USC, Toledo, New Mexico State
2010: Marshall, Miami, Army, opponent to be announced.
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?
Syken makes a pretty compelling argument in favor of the idea that these two big-time college football programs should find a way to capitalize on what’s happened over the past four months, and do it quickly.