BCS Unpopular Opinion: Ohio State Deserves To Play In The BCS Title Game

Columns, Football, Real Goes Right, Sports — By on December 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

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I’m writing this post with the assumption Ohio State beats Michigan State, Auburn beats Missouri and Florida State shows up to play Duke.

We’re going to hear a lot of talk over the next few weeks about whether a one-loss Auburn team should jump over an undefeated Ohio State team. Since this is the last year before the end of the BCS system, if there isn’t going to be the “five teams undefeated at the end of the year” controversy, ESPN is going to have to manufacture another one to create page clicks. Though I don’t respect OSU’s record (or OSU in general for that matter), I don’t believe OSU needs to take a backseat to Auburn.

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Let’s talk about OSU for a second. When the season started, OSU had been ranked as the #2 team in the country after going 12-0 in the previous season. Instead of taking a look solely at last year’s record, I actually looked at the OSU’s schedule. As you can imagine, the Buckeyes’ schedule was toilet-tissue soft. OSU’s most impressive victory last year was a 63-38 shellacking of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. OSU beat MSU by one point, Michigan by seven points, needed overtime to beat Purdue and Wisconsin, and managed to beat UAB by an amazing margin of 14 points.

With that said, the Buckeyes still somehow managed to find themselves as the #2 team in the country. Voters, for whatever reason, liked OSU enough to put them there while being aware about the lack of challenge in the previous and upcoming schedule. More than anything I want OSU to play in the title game, if for no other reason as a personal finger to the people who put Ohio State in that position in the first place. If nobody wanted OSU to play in the title game, the team shouldn’t have been ranked as highly in the first place.

OSU can’t help it plays in a weak conference. But still, it’s the B1G Ten conference. A “power” conference as ESPN and others would tell it. Being that it’s an automatic-qualifying conference (AQ), that means the Buckeyes have to be given the same chances as other AQ conferences. I understand the trepidation about letting OSU in. If you want to look and see where the SEC dominance of BCS title games started, OSU will be found on the wrong side of  history. Twice. OSU was badly outplayed in both games. (For even more SEC/OSU embarrassment, don’t forget OSU managed to lose to Florida twice that year. Once in the BCS and once in college hoops in the championship game.)

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    8 Comments

  • JT says:

    I understand dogging OSU’s schedule but honestly these were suppose to be rebuliding years after tattoogate and Meyer sped the process up and for all the love FSU is getting OSU has a better schedule rating. I understand the past with OSU getting trained in their last two ships but also in their last BCS bowl they handled Arkansas a legit SEC team. If the cards fall correctly I don’t think FSU runs over OSU like everyone wants to believe. One thing I do know is a running QB is Bama krytonite this year, so I think either FSU or OSU wouldn’t handled them.

  • I think your point about the B1G being an AQ school is absolutely on point. While I think it would be a hilarious mockery for OSU to not get in after being undefeated for 2 straight years, it would also be plain absurd. You win all your games in a legit conference – even if it is a very down year for the Big Ten – and you should have your shot. I know JAG is all on board with this.

  • Rob says:

    I’m just glad that you’re acknowledging, like few people are, that Auburn likely isn’t even the third best team in the country. Outside of being on the good side of God, Buddha, Vishnu or whomever you may pray to, that’s a 3 or 4 loss team. While good fortune can’t be discounted, it kills me that people on one hand look at OSU and say they haven’t been dominate, then look at Auburn and pretend they’ve been more impressive.

    • And therein lies the rub, right? By virtue of playing in the SEC and this perceived “week to week” difficulty, they don’t really have to dominate anybody. It’s just assumed that if you made it through the “best of the best” without dominating anybody, then whatever ranking given is one that they deserved.

      Except for when you get to the part where the bottom half of the SEC is pretty weak and don’t really do much to speak for the conference as a whole.

  • JAG says:

    This is by far the most well thought out and rational post regarding the BCS title game that I’ve read. Auburn has a legit beef. But in the final analysis, the team with the better record goes to the show, just like in all other sports.

    JAG

  • Chuck Chillout [insert 5 fly aliases] says:

    *starts slow clap*

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