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Building Bucks

We give you some fake money and a time machine—you give us your all-time OSU football team.

Every season brings new faces and leaders to the spotlight when it comes to Buckeye football. Names like Archie and Eddie—no last name needed—instantly come to mind as iconic athletes who have set the standard of excellence for those after them, while names like J.T. Barrett and Zeke Elliott serve as a reminder that we could potentially be watching the best years of football Ohio State has had in its decorated history.

In a dream scenario, we could hop into a time machine and put together an ultimate team of Buckeyes and watch them destroy any opponent placed in front of them. Unfortunately, I don’t see any flying DeLoreans within the outerbelt, but I do see a laundry list of players that could be combined together to create for some pretty interesting teams. What if Ted Ginn Jr. and Braxton Miller teamed up for the fastest option threat offense in the country? Would you have been able to stop a defense anchored by Chris Spielman and Joey Bosa?


There’s no singular right way to do this—just a wrong way. The rules are simple: you have $25 to create the all-time best Buckeye squad. You can be under the allotted amount, but you cannot be over. Each player is valued from $1 to $5 and you must select a player from each option. Without further ado, let’s start building these teams, and perhaps more importantly, arguing why your team is clearly better than Chad’s.

$5Troy SmithArchie GriffinDavid BostonMike NugentJoey BosaChris SpielmanAntoine WinfieldWoody Hayes
$4JT BarrettEzekiel ElliottCris CarterVlade JanekievskiMike VrabelAndy KatzenmoyerJack TatumUrban Meyer
$3Braxton MillerEddie GeorgeTerry GlennRyan PretoriusWill SmithAJ HawkMalcolm JenkinsJim Tressel
$2Terrelle PryorMaurice ClarettTed Ginn Jr.Drew BasilJim StillwagonJames LaurinaitisChris GambleEarle Bruce
$1Craig KrenzelBeanie WellsMichael ThomasSean NuernbergerLuke FickellRyan ShazierMike DossJohn Cooper

Staff Picks:

Mitch Hooper: $4 JT Barrett$1 Beanie Wells$4 Cris Carter$2 Drew Basil$5 Joey Bosa$1 Mike Doss$5 Chris Spielman$3 Jim Tressel

TJ Neer: $3 Braxton Miller$4 Ezekiel Elliott$2 Ted Ginn, Jr.$2 Drew Basil$5 Joey Bosa$3 AJ Hawk$2 Chris Gamble$4 Urban Meyer

Wyatt Crosher: $5 Troy Smith$3 Eddie George$1 Michael Thomas$2 Drew Basil$5 Joey Bosa$4 Andy Katzenmoyer$2 Chris Gamble |$3 Jim Tressel

Think your team is the best? Shoot us your ultimate squads on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Feature photo by David Heasley.

Mitch Hooper

Mitch Hooper


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