What a difference a postseason victory makes. Now, I find myself anticipating what could be a special season in 2010. Of course, we have to get through the rest of winter, spring football, summer conditioning and fall camp, but the fact remains that exactly 31 weeks from today, OSU will kick off the 2010 football season at home against Marshall.
The Buckeyes will be shooting for a sixth consecutive Big Ten championship, seeking to tie their own conference record set between 1972 and '77. The team will also be shooting for an unprecedented seventh straight victory over archrival Michigan while attempting to extend their string of Bowl Championship Series berths to six in a row.
Those goals seem well within the Buckeyes' grasp, but there are others. Terrelle Pryor will embark upon his third season as a starter and seek to build upon his Rose Bowl performance. Could he challenge Alabama running back Mark Ingram for the Heisman Trophy? Why not?
Then there is the holy grail for all Division I-A teams: the BCS National Championship Game. The title game will be played in a familiar venue, at least for the Buckeyes – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. – and if Ohio State can get to the championship contest, it would become only the second team in BCS history to play in four title games. (Oklahoma is the other one.)
Before any of that can occur, of course, the Buckeyes must get through a 2010 season that features some tough road contests. For those of you experiencing football withdrawal, here is a breakdown of the team's schedule next fall in reverse order of difficulty.
Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Day Blog: Jan. 28.