Certainly. You're thrilled and
fearful that you have woken up at the worst of times.
You've seen 11-0 seasons before and they've ended about as well as
Rosie O'Donnell's magazine/show/diet/haircut (choose one).
Before you fell asleep in August, you saw that there were 13 regular
season games on the schedule. Undefeated
seasons are no good if you're a Buckeye fan and it's not Thanksgiving yet.
You're conditioned to fear this. However,
you are still intrigued that the Buckeyes are thus far unscathed and you wonder
how that could be, because in August Ohio State was essentially breaking in a
new starting quarterback. Plus,
they had more questions in the defensive backfield than a five-year old at
Hooters. Add to that a fat, sloppy
and very inexperienced offensive line corps with little depth, and you were
expecting no fewer than two losses at this point.
But that's not the case.
11-0? You knew they were going
to beat Penn State, since they always obliterate the Lions in Columbus.
Winning at Wisconsin is tough but somehow a regular occurrence for Ohio
State. At Purdue – sure, that's not too big a shock.
The crappy teams on the early Fall schedule – givens.
But that offensive line…those defensive backs…is 11-0 amazing or
Now that you've been awake for awhile, we'll break it to you – the
answer is both. The schedule has
definitely been a blessing thus far. The
Washington State win has become even more huge it was September 14 – consider
that this is a team whose coach complained about OSU keeping their starting
running back in at the end of the game, and that this is currently a top 5 BCS
team we're talking about. Penn
State is in the top 15 of BCS. Nobody
else is even close, except Michigan, who they have not played yet.
Michigan, who they have not played yet.
Michigan, who…wait, this is vaguely familiar.
This is no good!
Now you've had a chance to surf the Internet, check out some team message
boards and watch ESPN. 11-0 and #1
in the BCS should mean something, but somehow it seems that Ohio State isn't
deserving if you buy into many people's opinions in the media and on the Web.
Apparently Iowa, a team that before you went to sleep had celebrated a
landmark victory in the mighty Alamo Bowl last year, suddenly got good.
Granted, they lost this season to what looks like this year's Alamo
Bowl representative – Iowa State – at home, but it still seems the consensus
is that they would beat Ohio State if the two teams played. The prognosis is that they're way to good offensively for
Ohio State. If you're
understanding this correctly, this means that the teams that Iowa outscores –
those same teams that Ohio State completely shuts down – are beaten worse
by Iowa than by Ohio State, and this makes Iowa better.
This is the reasoning. And
Miami, who has won 400 games in a row, is somehow #2 in the BCS. Well, this actually doesn't make sense to you, but the Iowa
argument is just stupid. Sure, Iowa
could beat OSU if they played. Florida
State might as well. And USC, and
Georgia, and maybe Texas A&M on a good day, but what does that matter?
Iowa lost and Ohio State didn't, and college football's championship
works the way it works, so what's the purpose of even proposing that kind of
consolatory waste on the Internet and television?
Iowa and Ohio State haven't been scheduled to play in 2002 for a few
years now – this isn't news. We
knew they wouldn't play each other last century.
Maybe Iowa shouldn't have been God awful since 1997. Maybe if Iowa beat
Ohio State more than once every 10 years, they might have a legitimate beef in a
year where both teams are clearly the best in the conference, but don't meet
on the field.
Now that you've wiped the crap out of your eyes and have seen the national perspective, consider the details – Ohio State football. The offensive line is fatter and sloppier than you remember it. The defensive backfield has been salvaged by a former (current?) wide receiver and a sophomore would-have-been-a-safety-if-it-weren't-for-depth. The two safeties have been the biggest liabilities in pass coverage. The front seven is absolutely carrying the team. The quarterback is refreshingly better than…no, you cannot remember who the las