The 1935 Buckeyes likely would be considered an all-time great team but blew a fourth-quarter lead at home against Notre Dame and lost 18-13 on a late touchdown pass by Fighting Irish halfback Bill Shakespeare. (No, really: The winning play came on a pass. Oh yeah, and his name really was Bill Shakespeare.)
A year later, Schmidt’s team lost to Notre Dame again 7-2 and suffered a 6-0 loss to a Pittsburgh program that was one of the power programs of the day.
In ’37, Ohio State came up one point short against USC (13-12) in October and were uncharacteristically shut out at home by Indiana 10-0 in November.
The other trend related to the Michigan game.
Schmidt made his first mark on The Game early when he declared the Wolverines put their pants on the same way as the Buckeyes, a statement that led to the tradition of Ohio State players receiving gold pants charms for every win over Michigan.