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Poll finds most Ohioans think Ohio State would beat the Browns

Josh McCown AP

With the Ohio Primary coming up, Public Policy Polling slipped in some amusing questions in the latest public opinion poll of Ohio. Including who Ohio residents think would win a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns.

The answer: Most Ohio residents pick the Buckeyes.

According to the poll, 57 percent of Ohioans think the Buckeyes would win, 23 percent say the Browns would win and the rest are unsure.

That answer is ridiculous, of course: The worst NFL team would easily beat the best college team. It would be a game of men against boys, and a game that the NFL team would win by a score of 49-0 or so.

Public Policy Polling also found that 72 percent of Browns fans wanted the Browns to cut Johnny Manziel, as they did today, and only 12 percent wanted them to keep him. And in a piece of good news for the Browns, the poll found that 42 percent of Ohioans call themselves Browns fans, while only 29 percent are Bengals fans.

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95 Responses to “Poll finds most Ohioans think Ohio State would beat the Browns”
  1. 1969mojo says: Mar 11, 2016 4:42 PM

    OSU pays their players more money.

  2. brandonj21 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:42 PM

    The Browns are bad but not that bad. OSU would get pushed around in the trenches

  3. TheBrownsareClowns says: Mar 11, 2016 4:42 PM

    Which shows how stupid people in Ohio are. Ohio St lost to 2 backup QBs at home vs Michigan St. Lmao.

  4. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 11, 2016 4:42 PM

    No, Ohio State would not beat the Browns. And it wouldn’t be close.

  5. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 11, 2016 4:43 PM

    “The answer: Most Ohio residents pick the Buckeyes.”

    Most of the US and Canada, too. London, even.

  6. captainobvious says: Mar 11, 2016 4:43 PM

    I’d bet money that the Buckeye’s would crush the Browns. I’d love to see an exhibition game so I could rake in the cash! They might be “men vs boys” but they’re not talented men…and they’d be playing against talented boys.

  7. weepingjebus says: Mar 11, 2016 4:46 PM

    A poll of the Browns players themselves went with OSU at 77%.

  8. lscottman3 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:47 PM

    So we conclude people in Ohio are stupid

    Ok

  9. bryonneufeld says: Mar 11, 2016 4:47 PM

    Even Ohio State’s players have like 5% chance to get in the NFL and even smaller chance to ever see the field. Unlikely it would be much of a contest.

  10. stoolerz says: Mar 11, 2016 4:47 PM

    Ohio State has better scouts

  11. jag1959 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:48 PM

    99% of colts fans think if the game is played both teams should get a banner and a pizza party

  12. cajunaise says: Mar 11, 2016 4:48 PM

    If the Browns played the Browns, they’d both figure out a way to lose.

  13. jmagnet28 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:48 PM

    And I’m sure none of who voted for OSU to win were kidding…

  14. nenlain says: Mar 11, 2016 4:48 PM

    I don’t think it’s ridiculous. I think you’re ridiculous if you think it’s a foregone conclusion that the Browns can beat anyone, including the Buckeyes, a college team.

  15. BobbyHanks63 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:49 PM

    Same people who think Brady cheated to win. Critical thinking not a part of their brain trust.

  16. genoinabottlenyj says: Mar 11, 2016 4:50 PM

    Most of the buckeyes probably make more money as well

  17. vancouversportsbro says: Mar 11, 2016 4:51 PM

    They are right. Let’s have a poll on how big of a joke everyone outside Cleveland thinks the Cavaliers are.

  18. jets4thewin says: Mar 11, 2016 4:52 PM

    If the 2008 Florida Gators (National Champs) were to face the 2008 Lions (0-16) the Gators would still be underdogs by multiple touchdowns.

  19. traptses says: Mar 11, 2016 4:52 PM

    I don’t know. Most of the top college teams have about 10-15 players at any time that are capable of playing in the NFL. Which is about the same for the Browns

  20. ytownie says: Mar 11, 2016 4:53 PM

    The polls also have Trump leading Kasich in Ohio. That shows you the intelligence of Ohioans.

  21. valentino8100 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:54 PM

    The Browns have sucked, yes. That said, it really doesn’t say much the football IQ of the people of Ohio that they believe any college team stands a chance against any pro team.

  22. ttommytom says: Mar 11, 2016 4:54 PM

    I would bet my life savings the Browns would win.

    How many Buckeyes would make the Browns roster? 15 to 20?

    17 rookies and 6 would start. The rest on special teams.

    6 OSU starters vs 16 Browns starters and those 6 are rookies. (11+11-6=16).

    Not to mention the Browns have a REAL coach this time around.

    So puleeze…

    PS

    What about FGs , X points and Punting?

  23. bondlake says: Mar 11, 2016 4:55 PM

    Why not schedule a game between the Crimson Tide and the Browns?

    Why not?

  24. tomtravis76 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:56 PM

    Why O why O would you ever live in Ohio? One of the worst states , so much Klan there.

  25. indyhorsepower says: Mar 11, 2016 4:56 PM

    Heard these types of things before, absolutely ridiculous….the best college football team could not hang with the worst pro team for five minutes, period. Nice for off-season, fill the time talk but absurd.

  26. zeke2517 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:57 PM

    Well, they don’t live in Ohio because they are particularly intelligent.

  27. macbull says: Mar 11, 2016 4:58 PM

    If Browns fans could trade Jimmy Haslam for Urban Meyer, the Browns would stand a chance.

  28. captainobvious says: Mar 11, 2016 4:59 PM

    You’re assuming that the Browns are essentially a college “all star” team which is why they would beat the Buckeye’s…right? That’s also assuming that Jimmay and his front office know how to draft. The last time they picked a player who was the best at their position in college was Joe Thomas. Other than a very few other players…most of the Browns would be 2nd stringers on the Buckeye’s.

  29. brenenostler says: Mar 11, 2016 4:59 PM

    LOL

  30. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2016 5:00 PM

    Are those the same people that said Vernon Gholston would be great?

  31. steelerfan63 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:03 PM

    I’m from eastern Ohio. 80% Steeler fans here. Btw the Clowns could threaten the 08 Lions mark this season.

  32. corporatemediaprostitute says: Mar 11, 2016 5:03 PM

    Moronic.

  33. granadafan says: Mar 11, 2016 5:06 PM

    Most of them also decked themselves out in Manziel jerseys and gear.

  34. zeke2517 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:07 PM

    “You’re assuming that the Browns are essentially a college “all star” team which is why they would beat the Buckeye’s…right? That’s also assuming that Jimmay and his front office know how to draft. The last time they picked a player who was the best at their position in college was Joe Thomas. Other than a very few other players…most of the Browns would be 2nd stringers on the Buckeye’s.”

    Pretty much everything you wrote there was dumb, starting with your use of an apostrophe to pluralize.

    Let me guess… You’re from Ohio.

  35. cornerstone2001 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:07 PM

    BobbyHanks63 says:
    Mar 11, 2016 4:49 PM
    Same people who think Brady cheated to win. Critical thinking not a part of their brain trust.

    3 6
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    …The folks who think Brady is innocent also think OJ was innocent

  36. charliecharger says: Mar 11, 2016 5:13 PM

    The Buckeyes and Browns have the most awesome loyal fans in the world. Ohio State has rewarded their fans nicely over the years. I hope that some day the Browns will have a good team again. Those Browns’ fans will love you forever if they put a winner on the field. The NFL might think about being more careful in the future when approving the sale of a franchise.

  37. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 11, 2016 5:15 PM

    Ohio state would probably score more than 12 total points in two playoff appearances over the last 15 years like the Dolphins have done. Isn’t that right, Bitchsidejames?

  38. laukkanen5 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:20 PM

    well how many browns players on that current dumpster fire of a roster would go rd 1 in this draft….cam blubber erving ? joe thomas is on his last leg, Joe Haden gets fried all day long on sundays…
    let’s see- no qb, avg running backs, worst wr’s in nfl by miles, even with Gordon
    o line- awful
    d line- Danny Shelton packed on 50 pounds after he was drafted
    line backers- worse in nfl
    secondary- worse in nfl..

    punter and kicker- all pro caliber…that’s it

  39. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 11, 2016 5:20 PM

    cornerstone2001 says:…The folks who think Brady is innocent also think OJ was innocent —————————————————— You just won dumbest comment ever…..congratulations. Who taught you trash talking? Betty White?

  40. charliecharger says: Mar 11, 2016 5:20 PM

    The Browns might beat the Buckeyes if they played today, but there are far more future pro bowlers at Ohio State than there are playing for the Browns right now. If the Buckeyes’ players got to take the players they have right now, and work with an NFL coaching staff for a year, they’d thump the Browns.

  41. wjmoffatt says: Mar 11, 2016 5:21 PM

    A team that had a nail biter vs northern Illinois is going to beat a professional football team?

  42. isphet71 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:25 PM

    What the poll is REALLY showing is how delusional Ohio State fans are.

  43. justintuckrule says: Mar 11, 2016 5:26 PM

    Don’t be so sure. Notre dame used to beat pro teams all the time back in the olden days

  44. jerruhjones says: Mar 11, 2016 5:32 PM

    Thanks for that unbiased reporting of the Browns, PFT, as always!

  45. wimpyburgers says: Mar 11, 2016 5:33 PM

    I think we found a viable replacement for the Pro Bowl.
    Decades ago they had the College All Stars Game in Chicago, where the all stars would play a pro team. I would love to watch a good college team kick a NFL team’s butt on national TV

  46. dbranch65 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:36 PM

    Not even close. The offensive and defensive line would dominate. Remember these are men on the Browns. Wouldn’t be close.

  47. lscottman3 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:37 PM

    To think OJ was innocent is to deny the facts

    To think Brady is guilty is to deny the facts

    So let’s see if you can figure out who’s correct in their positions

  48. stew48 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:39 PM

    If a valid poll, it just confirms how little most Ohioans know about football.

  49. suckmyskittles says: Mar 11, 2016 5:40 PM

    HAHAHAHA so a team that has maybe 3-5 kids make it to the NFL every year is going to beat a team full of 3-5 from every college team… must be something in the water there!

  50. jacktatum32 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:41 PM

    I think it’s be more like 38-14 Clowns

    Although, I have a hard time figuring our how the Clowns would score

    The Buckeye TD’s would be a blown coverage long TD pass and a special teams TD

    if this game were held with Cleveland opening day roster 2016..it may be closer as 60% of the talent the Clowns did have..has signed elsewhere

  51. joel418 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:41 PM

    Funny stuff! In fairness, no NFL team has accumulated more “bless your heart” ribbons than the Browns since they re-entered the league😉

  52. stew48 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:47 PM

    I started following ND about 1940, and I sure don’t remember any such games. Unless you refer to Great Lakes navy team made up of collegians then in service. The most recent example of college team beating pro team would be Appalachian State beating Michigan!

  53. financialmusingsblog says: Mar 11, 2016 5:49 PM

    OSU would hang with the Browns for about a quarter. The Browns would win the game by three or four touchdowns. I just see the Browns outscheming and overpowering the Buckeyes. I understand the sentiment that OSU would win, but it wouldn’t happen. There is a reason they are pro football players. If it was a team of all stars, then it would be closer.

  54. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 11, 2016 5:52 PM

    Most Michiganders would agree.

  55. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Mar 11, 2016 5:55 PM

    The 1980 Olympic U.S. mens hockey team were college kids and amateurs with day-jobs.

    They beat the world-class professional Russian team.

    The Cleveland Browns are far from that.

  56. rivercitydawg says: Mar 11, 2016 5:56 PM

    hmmm….
    so 57% of the responding to the poll are complete morons…
    what a shock…

  57. clelek05 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:58 PM

    Then shut up and play the game. Don’t just talk. Play it for charity. I got 50 times on OSU.

  58. lionboy23 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:59 PM

    There is no way any college team could beat even the worst NFL team. The 53 guys on any NFL roster are bigger, faster and more experienced than any college team.

  59. bornahawker says: Mar 11, 2016 6:08 PM

    No chance, wake up you idiots!
    Go Hawks

  60. patswhatsup says: Mar 11, 2016 6:13 PM

    Obviously. Some of the better college players make up the crappiest NFL players. A mediocre defense would crush college offenses. Just the shear size of the defensive playbook would provide enough material to confuse the best college qbs.

  61. steves11 says: Mar 11, 2016 6:20 PM

    If you took a poll of Ohioans about whether they’d rather live in Cleveland, Cincinnati or neither one…..guess which answer would win? Not the first two.

  62. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 11, 2016 6:38 PM

    TheBrownsareClowns- although I’m sure you’re a troll your dead right on this one. No college team is beating a professional team period. This isn’t basketball the difference in strength and a professional mind is massive.. As college programs get more and more professional that gap closes then gets pushed apart as the pro game adjusts. But for anyone who is in Ohio to actually believe a college team full of 18-21 year Olds is going to beat the browns who won atleast a few games is flat out an ignorant reflection on that state.

  63. mrfrostyj says: Mar 11, 2016 6:50 PM

    Obviously you’ve never been to Ohio.

    Most Ohio State fans believe Ohio State would win the Superbowl if you put them in the NFL.

  64. ebdug says: Mar 11, 2016 7:02 PM

    “It would be a game of men against boys, and a game that the NFL team would win by a score of 49-0 or so.”

    Haven’t heard that one since the Jets beat the Colts in ’69.

    Also of interest, the poll found that the 2013 Manziel-led Aggies would beat the Browns as well.

  65. laxer37 says: Mar 11, 2016 7:06 PM

    Slow down Buckeye fans. Your team struggled with Northern Illinois last year.

    No college team would ever stand a chance against an NFL squad. Every player on every NFL roster was a stud on their college team.

  66. chargerdillon says: Mar 11, 2016 7:11 PM

    It pains me that there’s still people who ultimately believe there’s no chance and it would never be close.

    The fundamental difference between the Buckeyes and Browns is how they are managed.

    In theory a professional team should never lose to a college team, but when you have a crooked owner, a bad coach, and a bad GM, it’s entirely possible the continued poor drafting by the Browns which continues to churn out losing seasons is only accumulating lower than Buckeye level talent.

    Physicality sure the Browns in theory should be significantly stronger. If you’re telling me you’ve got Meyer for a coach, and a top 5 recruiting class. I’ll take the underdog in the Buckeyes on that bet all day.

    You’re telling me you’ll take the Browns and give me points?! When in the history of all gambling does that not sound like a pretty good bet to make?!

  67. oldschoolomen says: Mar 11, 2016 7:18 PM

    Normally, I’d agree, but how many Buckeyes in the draft would be instant upgrades in Cleveland? Bosa, Bell, Elliott, Apple, Decker, Thomas. Would Austin Davis start in Columbus?

    Typically, an NFL team with NFL players would roll on a college team. I just don’t know how many NFL players are actually on the Browns.

  68. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 11, 2016 7:20 PM

    Ohio State will only have 6 – 8 players on the opening day roster who will play in the NFL. The Browns will have 53.

  69. londonmondayclub says: Mar 11, 2016 7:46 PM

    Some years ago, Jimmy Johnson stated that he felt that his Miami Hurricanes team would likely have beaten his initial Dallas Cowboys squad. Jimmy obviously had the advantage of seeing both teams up close and so it is reasonable to feel that his opinion is valid.

    Many years later, he softened his stance, saying that the UM time MIGHT have run things pretty close with Dallas (but stopped short of saying that they would have won.

    Of course, the cowboys team was REALLY bad and the Miami team was REALLY good and also played a pro style offense and defense which would have given them a chance – college teams would mostly lose due to their college schemes, even if they could compete physically.

    I suspect that pride alone would have led to Dallas upping their game sufficiently to beat the Hurricanes, but then, the Dallas team was pretty dire, with not much spirit. If Michael Irvin was part of the Miami team them I suspect the Hurricanes would have won, whereas if he was playing for Dallas (which he was when JJ arrived) then, the Cowboys would have edged it. But it would have been close – not 49-0 – and would have been much more interesting than watching the probowl!

  70. ebdug says: Mar 11, 2016 7:47 PM


    silverandblack052099 says:
    Mar 11, 2016 7:20 PM

    Ohio State will only have 6 – 8 players on the opening day roster who will play in the NFL. The Browns will have 53.

    True. But the Buckeyes have more players that should play in the NFL.

  71. londonmondayclub says: Mar 11, 2016 7:57 PM

    Ohio State has at least 6 or 7 players who are possible 1st round draft picks. Add to that as number of other later round picks and then a significant number of underclassmen who will be future draft picks and I would guess that at least 25-30 of last year’s Ohio State squad will one day be in NFL training camps. – Talent is not the issue – it is strength and experience – 18-21 year olds will not survive well against 25 – 30 year olds.

    BTW When Miami played Notre Dame in 1987, a there were more then 75 future NFL players on the field between the 2 squads – some only made it to training camp, but pretty insane talent levels none the less

  72. nhpats says: Mar 11, 2016 8:11 PM

    rnerstone2001 says:
    Mar 11, 2016 5:07 PM
    BobbyHanks63 says:
    Mar 11, 2016 4:49 PM
    Same people who think Brady cheated to win. Critical thinking not a part of their brain trust.

    3 6
    Report comment

    …The folks who think Brady is innocent also think OJ was innocent
    ———–
    Not really…..you see witb OJ there was actual evidence that a crime was actually committed. With deflategate, there is not…..unless you choose to ignore basic science and Walt Anderson’s statements.

  73. charger383 says: Mar 11, 2016 8:38 PM

    Ohio State is better coached and prepared than Browns

  74. packmanfan says: Mar 11, 2016 8:56 PM

    They should do a poll for a new name, logo for the helmet and different uniform colors.
    They need to get with the times in this modern NFL instead of being stuck in the last century.

  75. slash714 says: Mar 11, 2016 9:19 PM

    Ohio is a great state and I’m hoping I can transfer
    Back soon. No hurricanes, no heat waves and Ohio state football is as good as it gets but they ain’t beating no NFL team and I guarantee 70% of Ohioans believe that either.

  76. thetooloftools says: Mar 11, 2016 9:20 PM

    “The worst NFL team would easily beat the best college team. It would be a game of men against boys, and a game that the NFL team would win by a score of 49-0 or so.”

    I USED to believe this but many pros are not used to contact because of that stupid CBA. College kids would be playing to impress while the NFL team would be playing not to get hurt because they want to keep cashing checks. The NFL doesn’t always have the best teams so I’m not buying any of that logic anymore.
    Once when the head coach of the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers John McKay was asked about “the execution of his team” he said “I’m all for it” which I think is one of the best answers in the history of sports.

  77. 33vikes says: Mar 11, 2016 9:52 PM

    There are 1650 players in the NFL. There are 1400 in the Big Ten. So, one would think the NFL would have better players. Jeez.

  78. ctiggs says: Mar 11, 2016 9:53 PM

    All these haters this isthe best state in the union. The klan? Ive lived in ohio most of my life never seen them. And my buckeyes would beat the Browns dont know how i didn’t get this poll. Also there are way more bengal fans than this shows. Its probably 40 bengals and t 40 browns And 10 steelers

  79. packmanfan says: Mar 11, 2016 9:53 PM

    This is exactly what the Clowns need as a pre-season pick-me-up.
    Hey guys! We just beat a football team!
    On the other hand, it would backfire because do we really expect the Cubs of football to beat a college team?

  80. dannawally says: Mar 11, 2016 9:57 PM

    Heck, my High School team could beat the Browns.

  81. m63munshower says: Mar 11, 2016 10:00 PM

    As bad as the Browns are perceived to be, OSU player comp for the game would not nearly cover their game-inflicted medical bills…

  82. gp1390r says: Mar 11, 2016 11:59 PM

    Why does this come up every few years? I remember when it was the 2001-2002 Miami Hurricanes vs. the worst NFL team at the time, 2006-2007 Florida Gators, then the various Alabama teams the past few years. Please. It wouldn’t be close. Even the Browns are still pros. The 2-3% of college players that make it to the NFL. The lines would dominate on both sides of the ball for starters. Then you have the much more complex playbooks/schemes of the NFL. Men vs. boys.

  83. gomybirdsgo says: Mar 12, 2016 2:39 AM

    Not an Ohio state fan, and don’t really care much bout cleveland. Ohio State would kick their tails in. I hate the “worst nfl team could beat the best college team” crap. Especially considering half of Ohio states starting line up will be playing pro next year. Ohio state is better coached, deeper, and flat out has better front line talent. I’d set the line 6 in Cleveland.

  84. nyneal says: Mar 12, 2016 4:03 AM

    Yes, Ohio State would beat the Browns.
    But that’s because they spend about as much time in school as the Browns players do, and because they get paid about as much.
    And the Ohio State kids know how to party as good as Johnny Busto does, too.

  85. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 12, 2016 6:01 AM

    Well, Cleveland beat the Saints two meetings in a row, so does that mean Ohio State can beat the Saints, too?

  86. liltifer says: Mar 12, 2016 7:47 AM

    And in other news, 12% of respondents don’t actually follow the Cleveland Browns.

  87. alfredogarciashead says: Mar 12, 2016 8:47 AM

    And most Ohioans voted for Obama the past 2 presidential elections.

  88. newjerseygiants says: Mar 12, 2016 9:12 AM

    This team really needs to change their name.

  89. slash714 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:00 AM

    That’s an awesome name. Honoring the greatest coach of all time or or would it be better to name it after a bird or someones job?? I want to be a packer or be called a steeler?? Now that stupid

  90. raymondtx says: Mar 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    I would love to see the College Football champion go up against the sorriest NFL team every year. Alabama vs Titans 2016 Toilet Bowl by Scrubbing Bubbles

  91. pensfan1 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:28 AM

    It might be a good game but I thing OSU has a better than even chance of pulling out the win. Lots of history to back it up…………….Slippery Rock State beating OSU and more recently Appalachian State beating Michigan – in Michigan. That’s like high school teams beating a top ten college team. Doesn’t happen often but happens more often than believed.

  92. wallabear says: Mar 12, 2016 11:03 AM

    Haha. Urban Meyer is good… but not that good lol

  93. ryanw822 says: Mar 12, 2016 12:19 PM

    49-0? I’m assuming you think the Browns will just take a knee at the start of the third quarter then?

  94. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 12, 2016 12:22 PM

    I really know nothing about NCAA but i know 1% of all college players make NFL teams. Not sure the rate in the conference Ohio State plays, maybe its higher but not by a ton. This is stupid. Those guys have never played an NFL team or see NFL defenses game plan for them. Something Browns do all the time (just not great). The Browns would crush them where they stand.

  95. robertbstevensonddsmscom says: Mar 13, 2016 11:59 AM

    Massillon High School could have swept the Browns during 1996-98. The ‘new’ Browns are a bag of spare parts, seconds, damaged goods and old punchlines. I’d rather watch my ex-girlfriend dance with her new boyfriend.

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