Week 1 was a great way to start the season for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes got to play another Power 5 foe in Oregon State and looked at not just the starters, but the younger backups and what they could do. All of this, again, was against a Pac-12 school. We’ve all heard of Oregon State.

For the Beavers, Week 1 was somewhat of a disaster. The 77-31 final score sums it up. Oregon State, however, did take away $1.7 million for going to Columbus and getting beaten by 46 points.

On Tuesday, Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes had this to say on a Portland radio show after what was pretty much an embarrassment to the program:

“We won’t do it this way. This game was scheduled several years ago… it was a one-off, payday against a perennial top-five team. That’s not our philosophy. Our philosophy is that we’ll play the middle of the Big Ten, the middle of the Big 12, we’ll play a group of five team and a FCS team… building momentum means everything right now.”

Barnes doesn’t think Oregon State got anything from its beat-down to open the season. And maybe, Barnes is right. What good does it do — outside of money — to go play a powerhouse program and get blown out?

To have a chance at upsetting an Indiana, Purdue or Kansas State, for example, may make more sense.

At least that’s how Barnes is seeing it.

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