I've actually been thinking about this for awhile. Iowa 2009 = Ohio Stat 2002. Tough defenses, unremarkable offenses, freshman running back(s), close victories. Could it Be?
I was about to research the smilarities, recently. Luckily for me, the great Big 10 blog The Rivalry Esq., broke it down better than I ever could have. Here is their article. GO TO IT!
A few of my favorite similarities they found...
1.Ohio State faced two out of conference BCS opponents in 2002. One from the Big 12 (Texas Tech) and one from the Pac 10 (Washington State). Iowa faced two out of conference BCS opponents this year. One from the Big 12 (Iowa State) and one from the Pac 10 (Arizona).
2.Ohio State rebounded from a 5-3 Big Ten Season in 2001. Iowa is rebounding from a 5-3 Big Ten Season in 2008.
3.Ohio State played South Carolina in the Outback Bowl in 2001. Iowa played South Carolina in the Outback Bowl in 2008.
9.Ohio State was ranked Fourth in the BCS Standings heading into Week 9 in 2002. Iowa is ranked Fourth in the BCS Standings heading into Week 9 this season.
10.Ohio State won six games by 7 points or less in 2002. Iowa has already won four games by 7 points or less
Are these similarities mere coincidinces? You decide. Luckily for us, it looks like there will be two games won by more than 7 points. Thank God. I'm going to have cardiac arrest soon if this continues.