The Ohio State Buckeyes open their season and title defense with a grudge match against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on September 7, their sole loss last year having come against that squad, and the team will need to deal with a stadium full of rowdy Hokies fans as the season begins for both teams that day. It just so happens that Buckeyes sophomore defensive lineman Jayln Holmes isn’t particularly intimidated by Virginia Tech’s fans.
And here’s why.
On Twitter, there is an account devoted to college football recruiting that named Virginia Tech’s fan base “the best college fan base in America.”
Of course, playing for team with fans as rabid as those of the Buckeyes, Holmes was not impressed with this tweet at all.
It’s hard to argue Holmes’ logic. While Virginia Tech does have some devoted fans, the football team has never won a national title in nearly thirty years under coach Frank Beamer and hasn’t even been in the national title picture for several years. Moreover, Lane Stadium, the team’s home turf, only seats just above 66,000.
And then there are the Buckeyes, who are fresh off a championship season and still undefeated in Big Ten play under coach Urban Meyer. Moreover, over the past decade or so, the team has almost always been a national championship contender. Playing in a stadium that can seat nearly 105,000 passionate fans, it seems pretty clear which team has the stronger fan base.
But that doesn’t mean that Holmes has not thrown down the gauntlet. Ohio State is going to enter this game angry and when the dust settles, don’t be surprised if the Buckeyes open their season with a big win.
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