Heist

By Ramzy Nasrallah on September 25, 2012 at 1:00p
75 Comments

You've witnessed a third of Ohio State's season and it looks far from perfect, unless you focus only on that 4-0 record.

At the same time, you've peeked ahead at the final eight opponents and all of them are severely flawed. Each already carries at least one loss, ranging from bad to worst.

The Buckeyes, deficient as they looked on Saturday against their 37-point underdog visitor, are still in line to accomplish all of their goals.

However, one has taken on more value over the last few weeks of nationally-ridiculed B1G bloodletting: Ohio State's absence in the B1G title game looming menacingly over Jim Delany's crown jewel is no longer a potential embarrassment. It's now the conference's only shot at salvation.

It's that simple. The Buckeyes have to steal the virtual conference title.

Ohio State's tentatively-scheduled but mandatory title game forfeit has been on the books since last November. Finishing atop the Leaders Division and sending a runner-up in its place didn't suddenly emerge as Plan B for a season abbreviated by NCAA sanctions.  

But the circumstances have changed. Simply rebounding from that 6-7 aberration has taken on less importance now that the conference has already piled up over a dozen losses. The B1G might actually be worse than you're willing to accept.

The Leaders Division features just two offenses among the top 50, and they both play their home games in the state of Indiana. The Legends' top offense comes in at 63rd nationally, which is the bottom half of the FBS. Congratulations, Northwestern.

Across the conference, teams are either mediocre or not nearly as strong as expected: Wisconsin's offense is actually tracking worse than Jim Bollman's historically atrocious unit from last season despite having a Heisman finalist in its backfield.

TACKLE HIM UNTIL HE'S TACKLED PLEASEIt's there for the taking. Like a player waiting to be tackled.

Michigan has looked horrible in prime time twice on national television. Denard Robinson drops back to pass has swiftly become a phrase that brings comfort to opposing defenses. He was supposed to see New York City in December.

The Wolverines were expected to take a conspicuous step back, but Robinson was not supposed to squander Michigan's streak of September Heismans™. If anything he was being counted on to extend it.

Penn State is at the precipice of its inevitable decline. Illinois was just brained at home by a WAC team. Iowa lost to CMU at home. Minnesota is vastly improved to the point where it's back to being on the cusp of a fringe bowl team again. 

Nebraska has a shot at being formidable. This is what passes for upper crust in 2012.

Saturday's ESPN College Gameday Showcase and Ohio State opponent Michigan State already lost at home to a team that has been incapable of scoring more than 20 points against any non-service academy. The Spartans struggled with Eastern Michigan last week the same way the Buckeyes shamefully danced with UAB for far too long.

What this all means in an era where media outlets have successfully aggregated fan bases into Conference-versus-Conference matchups to improve the marketability of individual games is that the successes and failures of individual teams are now being shared. 

So the byproduct of how college football is now delivered is that conference perceptions are either spreading their wealth or sharing in their sicknesses. The dominant trait is what carries the reputation.

A largely-undistinguished SEC is benefiting from its formidable strength at the top. A pedestrian ACC is drafting behind Florida State's resurgence. The Pac-12 has strong tailwinds from Oregon, USC and Stanford along with teams like Oregon State and Arizona State that have already taken BCS scalps - from guess where.

The Big Ten in 2012 does not appear to have a single aristocrat available to carry the flag. Jim Tressel was adept in executing this task for most of the past decade through the bowl season, with the exception of one unfortunate three-year stretch.

This was scheduled to be the second half of a two-year window for any B1G team other than Ohio State to take Tressel's abandoned torch while Urban Meyer used the season to construct his own dynasty. There doesn't appear to be a single taker.

Which is why it has to be Ohio State. They've got to take it back a year ahead of schedule, for the sake of the entire conference.

The Buckeyes' postseason-eligible conference mates are being led to a slaughter this winter. Every team is moving up as many as two bowl slots into an enormous mismatch that will come adorned with all of the standard promotional trimmings the B1G definitely doesn't want this year.

Still waiting for those routes to develop #walrusballLast year Jim Bollman dared MSU to set an NCAA sack record.

Only one shot at salvation exists, and that's Ohio State taking command of the regular season.

It adds a layer of complexity to the series of gruesome postseason shamings that await what's certain to be several 7-5 B1G teams: The strongest program - the one that still has the most BCS bowl appearances and BCS bowl wins - had to take a flyer this year. That is what created these matchups. 

Sure, the teams are still bad, but the Buckeyes storming through the next eight games would go a long way to balancing the narrative. It would complete the best honeymoon season in Columbus since Earle Bruce brought home Ohio State's most recent Big Ten Coach of the Year award 33 seasons ago, and (if sanity finally prevails) should result in Meyer putting an end to that absurd streak.

The college football landscape is now defined by conferences rather than programs. Ohio State was the conference for most of the last decade. This season, despite its struggles en route to that oddly unsatisfying perfect record, it's positioned to be the conference once again, despite the lack of a 13th game.

So there's only one thing left to do and it will have to be delivered over the course of eight Saturdays: Get the hell out of 2012 with some dignity intact.

This year was already predetermined to be imperfect anyway. If the Buckeyes can simply avoid tripping over the B1G's carcass, they can plunder the narrative and declare victory in November. 

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Ethos's picture

You know it's fairly ironic because fans from many of the Big 10 schools have been doing nothing but complaining about how Ohio State has "embarrassed" the conference in its high profile match-ups, and how if Ohio State wasn't in the conference the opinion's of the B1G would be different.  Yet here we are, their one year opportunity to put their money where their mouth is, and every one of them (minus northwestern and minnesota which is freaking hilarious by the way) are falling flat on their faces.
Well boys, you got what you wanted and look what it's done?   

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

kr66osu's picture

This. A million times this.

Baroclinicity's picture

This also works with the conundrum of whether or not to cheer for conference foes in big games.  Forget it.  We get no support otherwise, and the conference is so bad that it won't matter at this point.
The only thing that will slavage the conference is a consistent winning streak against great teams/SEC.  A Michigan win over 'Bama type outcome (if it happened) will not get any traction if something like that happens only every third year.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I'm guessing that a vast majority of the motivational speeches given in this conference from the other schools contains references to tOSU.  We are without a doubt the biggest target out there and set the bar for what is considered success.  Without us - the Big Ten barely has a recognizable face.

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Jeremy91's picture

Exactly. They all placed the B1G's reputation on Ohio State's shoulders year after year and finally here was their one chance to back up all the crap talking they did while we played for national championships and no one steps up. In fact they all did the opposite, they shied away from the spotlight that they've envied for so long. Freakin' pathetic.

"Do not pray for an easy life. Rather, pray for the the strength to endure a difficult one" - Bruce Lee

buckeyejonross's picture

Not only that, if they were so pissed at us for losing the National Title game and finishing undefeated or with one loss, why didn't they just beat us instead? You had every chance to derail us from ruining your rep, and instead you lost like the rest of them. Go to Hell.

"You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." -William T., Battle of Atlanta, B1G.

Doc's picture

Winning it all will keep us from wallowing in the mediocrity that is the B1G.  Let AACC and the rest of 'em flip anf flop just like a flounder.

"Say my name."

BUCKfutter's picture

DOUBLEYOO TEE EFF...lol how did this ad make it on this site

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Ethos's picture

what sucks is I like her more then the blonde wearing the buckeye stuff for the same site.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

Jeremy91's picture

Thought the exact same thing haha

"Do not pray for an easy life. Rather, pray for the the strength to endure a difficult one" - Bruce Lee

thatlillefty's picture

Saw this the other day. Have we been trolled?

Squirrel Master's picture

Ads are ads guys, you can't control what Google ads puts on there.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

droessl's picture

I had 2 reactions to this:
1. Michigan women have fashion?
2. I was honestly shocked that it was a real ad, and not a 350lb woman.

BUCKfutter's picture

I was going to make a joke along the lines asking if the 25% off referred to the clothes, or the girl because she's wearing the clothes, but then i decided it would not be a nice thing to say

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

BUCKfutter's picture

The 350 lb woman is on the wisconsin ad...

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

There should be a disclaimer that this is not a real AACC fan and that these tees only come in sizes ranging from XXL - XXXXXXXL.  Having said that - I do like this model better than the 'MEH' girl.

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

buckeye76BHop's picture

Noticed that yesterday...and you guys at 11Ws can't say it's because what's in our browser history.  Because I can assure you with 100% assurance that I never have that ugly name in my browser...ever!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

buckeyedude's picture

I've been wondering the exact same thing, but was afraid to ask.

 

 

shortbus20's picture

Seriously...nice topic and you stick the picture in it and change the entire direction of the post...nice job...:(

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cplunk's picture

If you've actually legally trademarked "September Heismans" you have to let me know where to send the free bottle of booze I'm shipping to you.
Well played.

Squirrel Master's picture

2 years to try and own the B1G before the conference king comes back is enough time! Sad none of the teams stepped up to take the crown! Wisky has failed magnificently! MSU is almost there but seems to always end up short! Nebraska is still trying to figure out if they want to be just some plain ol cornhuskers, or they want to be Brasky as in Bill Brasky, the greatest sales man that ever lived!
Not even going to mention UM as the leader of the conference! Chills!
Perhaps Northwestern has one of those years where they come out of no where and takes the Rose Bowl! It happened before.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BUCKfutter's picture

Can you imagine a Northwestern vs Purdue title game...if you look at the schedule it's a legitimate possibility.  Stadium would be half empty and ratings would be terrible.  That said, would be an extremely fitting end to this season given how it's gone so far for the B1G.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Boxley's picture

Think of the carnage! Purdue or Northwestern versus LSU, USC. Whomever the B1G conference champion would have to face if your scenario played out!

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Besides, both NW and Purdue teams would be very confused. "When did they change the date & venue of the Motor City Bowl/Little Caesars Pizza Bowl to Dec. 1 in Indy? And why aren't we playing Western Michigan? . . ."

IBleedSandG's picture

That what would be kinda hilarious. Just imagine how either of those teams would fare in the Rose Bowl against SC or Oregon. Yeeeesh.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

Squirrel Master's picture

Northwestern lost to USC in the Rose Bowl in 1996, 41-32. that Northwestern team was pretty good!
IDK, USC is not as good as thought this year. Northwestern could catch them by surprise. Northwestern is actually playing very well too. Against FCS teams but very well. 
Although, It will be either Oregon or Stanford. NW doesn't stand a chance against those teams.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

penult's picture

Give them some credit, they're 3-0 against FBS and BCS teams. Can anyone else in the B1G say that?

headina's picture

Awesome article. I will still take the Buckeyes in every one of their remaining games. I want blood though. I hope/assume the O has only shown 5% of the playbook

GO BUCKS

Boxley's picture

Well we have made it to the B1G conference schedule unblemished as most predicted, and our reward is that we get to play 8 conference teams that are all ranked lower than us. Even if we win out  all the other conferences will say MEH.... It was wins in the B1G so what!
i cannot believe the dismal performance of the B1G overall this year, it is too bad that it can't be Minnesota and Northwestern in the conference championship. That would be funny!
The best thing to look forward to the rest of this season is to see improvement in our players and wait for next year , and it is only September now, yeeeeshhh... 
 

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Maestro's picture

The narrative is already written.  The B1G really sucks this season.  Just resign yourself to that fact and look to the future.  
I hate cofrocentrism, but ready yourselves to hear it screamed from coast to coast.  The B1G sucks !! The B1G is worse than C-USA and all kinds of nonsense.  The B1G might go 0-fer in bowl season and because of it OSU is going to get underestimated going into next season.  That's cool.  I hope there is a large chip on the shoulder of this team coming into 2013.

vacuuming sucks

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

The B1G is worse than C-USA and all kinds of nonsense.

With victories over UCF and UAB Ohio State has already clinched the C-USA title.

Boxley's picture

^^^^Nice,
I see we cannot upvote staff comments or articles, too bad. That would be a good feedback indicator

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

I see we cannot upvote staff comments or articles, too bad.

The best way to upvote staff is to Like, RT or +1 their work. Share the 11W love outside of 11W.

joel121270's picture

Did I miss something, I can't see where to vote, haven't since the announcement came out.

OSUNeedles's picture

Just means you don't have 50 helmet stickers yet... Keep commenting and you'll make it... I haven't gotten my black stripe removed yet either.

joel121270's picture

Ahh...thanks for the info

Maestro's picture

Once OSU plays Tulsa in 20-whenever it will be official.  Not a day before that sir.

vacuuming sucks

Boxley's picture

The problem with a low poll start is that it makes it very hard to make it to a NC game, especially if the rest of the B1G is rated so low as well.
It's not hard for LSU, USC, Alabama to make it in the NC game, as they start at the top and will have much higher rated competition to keep them there (deservedly or not). We could win out next year and still not be considered a top 2-4 rated team, let alone number 1. 

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Akeem96's picture

Since the inception of the BCS, Auburn is the only undefeated BCS coference team to have been left out of the title game and that was because there were three BCS conferences with an undefeated champion.
Regardless of conference perception, I don't see any undefeated B1G team being left out of the top 4?
As for next year, I suppose it could happen again but I still think it is very unlikely to again have three undefeated BCS Conference champions, especially now that most of the conferences have a title game.

Maestro's picture

Yes, there is a final four next season so a little less to worry about in the polls.

vacuuming sucks

cbusbuckeye's picture

I thought next year was the last BCS MNC year, with the final 4 starting in 2014???

Maestro's picture

You are correct, please ignore my post.

vacuuming sucks

Boxley's picture

I agree that it would be improbable that if we were undefeated that we would be left out of the top four. Unless the conference as a whole sucks as badly next year, and if there are multiple undefeated teams it could happen.
I was going more for irony, than actuality in my post.
So was it ironic that I missed the mark in the first place in my attempt at irony? If so did I actually end up not missing after all. I will need to drink on this and ponder it overnight.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I always respond the same when I hear that - I just don't care about what other schools are doing in the conference.  The only two schools I care about is THE Ohio State University and the team that is playing AACC.

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

BuckeyeVet's picture

@Arizona - Great minds think alike. Me too.
 

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 
 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Deeeeenard cough up those INTs and the fumble - not to mention that huge clueless look on Flounder Hoke's face.  PRICELESS!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

penult's picture

Confrocentrism seems like incestry to me. I can't be a part of it.  No way will I root for Michigan or even Minnesota or any other B1G team.

Alhan's picture

The Legends' top offense comes in at 63rd nationally, which is the bottom half of the FBS. Congratulations, Northwestern.

This was not expected at all.  Even with UM's missteps and Denard's many many many INTs, I would have expected them to be in the lead.  Now that I look back on it though, I don't know why I would have thought that since they started against Alabama's pro defense.

You can kill a fly with your slipper or a cannon. Either way, the fly dies. -Ramzy

argyle182021's picture

Whomever the B1G ends up sending to Pasadena is going to be slaughtered by USC or Oregon. 

Maestro's picture

or Stanford or UCLA or Oregon State.
take your pick

vacuuming sucks

BED's picture

I wouldn't count Nerdwestern out at this point.  They're playing well.  Especially if some also-ran from the PAC-12 wins the title game (looking your way DickRod).

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Estrada's picture

Meh, color me underwhelmed with the Nerd-cats thus far.  Their die-hard fans (all 3 of them) will tout that they've beated 3 AQ schools, but they've looked inconsistent in doing so (and those 3 schools are 'Cuse, Vandy, and BC...not exactly a murderers row).
Though to be fair underwhelming would be a fair characterization of nearly every B1G team this year. 
I think a somewhat reasonable argument could be made for almost any eligible team making the conference championship game, save Indiana (and they may have had a small chance if Roberson hadn't been lost for the season) and Illinois without triple word score last name at QB (with him, they have a shot though not a good one).
I think it will be Purdon't v. Bill Nebrasky, but that will prediction will probably be laughable in 2 or 3 weeks.

BED's picture

First off, amazing handle/avatar.

Second, you have valid points.  On twitter Saturday I actually had a convo with Lemesaries from the PD re Purdue, and how they're likely to rep the Leaders in Indy this year.  I predict Purdon't and the Nerds.  Should be a laugher.

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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Estrada's picture

Thanks, it was between that and Sir Cordell Buttcheese Farnsworth III, PhD, Esq.
It's a sad commentary on the B1G when Purdue had the "best loss" to the Domers.  Though I guess they're just a few ACL injuries away from tumbling back down to Earth (and at the rate they've been incurring those the past 2 years or so, I'm guessing they'll be crashing down by next week Thursday).

Run_Fido_Run's picture

The year is 2013 A.D in the season of hydreth (autumn). It is one year after Urbin the Magician had made a deal with King Uthertonio. In return for saving the Big Ten and teching them magic, Urbin gets Uthertonio's most prized possession. No, not his first born son; the trophy, ye fools!

Uthertonio: Urbz! You come when you're not asked... and pay no heed when I call you!
Urbin: Oh, I have slept... for nine moons. What I did for you wasn't easy. Now you must pay me... the trophy is mine, Uthertonio... you swore an oath.
Uthertonio: They were hasty words, Urbin. We won this last year thanks to our own flesh and blood!
Bielemagough: Uthertonio, is this true? Don't let him take my child! I mean your trophy!
Uthertonio: I swore an oath, Bielemagough. I made a pact with Urbin.
Bielemagough: It was you, you came to me that night! YOU ARE THE ONE WHO TOOK MY RECRUITS!
Uthertonio: To visit to the House of Roses and be crowned temporary champion ... is that all?
Urbin: You betrayed the Big Ten, you destroyed reputations, now no one trusts you. You're not the one, Uthertonio. Give me the trophy, I will protect it.
Uthertonio: TAKE IT... TAKE THE DEVIL TROPHY!

BED's picture

I lol'd.  Bielemagough.  EPIC.

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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

buckeyedude's picture

Wow. That's pretty frickin awesome, Fido!

 

 

kr66osu's picture

I still laugh to myself remembering how ESPN's "experts" completely disregarded the idea of Wisconsin not going to the B1G Championship Game during the off-season. Anyone with half a brain could see they weren't going to be very good this season. Danny O'Brien was absolutely atrocious last season and yet they hyped him as the next Russell Wilson, and it was the exact same situation with Michigan State and their new QB. The only team that has shown any consistency going back to last season is Nebraska, but obviously they have their ceiling as well.
I'm going with Nebraska and Purdue in the B1G CG this year. As hilariously bad as that sounds, it's insane that it's a very real possibility this year. Yuck!
The Big Ten should just save itself the embarrassment of the inevitable winless bowl season and just take a break this year

OldColumbusTown's picture

@ KR66OSU
Wouldn't that be something... 
B1G commissioner Jim Delany has just released a statement: "After reviewing our conference institutions' code of conduct regarding athletics over the past year and a half, and our general suckiness as a league in the sport of football, we hereby institute a football bowl ban for all conference members effective immediately and to be enforced solely during the 2012-2013 college football bowl season.  We hope this time off will give 11 of our institutions enough time to re-evaluate the directions of their football programs, as well as allow Urban Meyer the chance to implement his system and philosophy at Ohio State and re-tool our conference's national power."
Based on the venom being spewed toward the conference this year, they may as well just take that break.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Ramzy - you make an excellent point. We are being force fed the notion that conferences, versus individual teams are what matter. This is an artificial construct created by the LSM (Lamestream Sports Media). This is such an an odd notion since I just don't see other fans of teams in the BIG caring about conference strength like the knuckleheads in the SEC do. Do Oregan Duck fans care about other Pac12 teams? All that should matter to a Div 1 fan s is that their team is in some type of conference that qualifies for the current BCS/Playoff hybrid.  

Alhan's picture

I've been lured into cheering for the conference in the past, but I just can't be bothered this year for whatever reason.  My only concern, with regard to your comment about being in a qualifying confernce, is I wonder if it is possible for the B1G to become so crappy and irrelevant that they lose thier AQ bid.

You can kill a fly with your slipper or a cannon. Either way, the fly dies. -Ramzy

Ethos's picture

To answer this question, you simply have to turn and look at the Big East, and rest easy.
Not to mention, it's the BCS, they only are about money, and the Big 10 brings in truckloads of it to these bowls INCLUDING the NC.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

Alhan's picture

My phantom concerns have been masterfully dismissed by you good sir (or madam).  Someone upvote Ethos for me! (still need ~10 stickers >.<)

You can kill a fly with your slipper or a cannon. Either way, the fly dies. -Ramzy

Geraffi's picture

Another great article, Ramzy!
My quick math reveals this:
ACC       31-16  = .660
PAC 12   29 -15 = .537
SEC       38-17   = .691
Big 10    33-13  = .717
Big 12    27-5    = . 845
 
Every conference has weak teams.
Every conference has a team or teams that have lost to teams outside of the power conferences. 
What the B1G currently lacks is a quality win against a quality opponent, but based on percentage the B1G has the second best record. 

wside buck's picture

The Big 10 is also the only conference to yet have played any in conference games so its record is somewhat inflated.

Boxley's picture

Nice data table very helpful, upvote! You would have thought we were the worst conference in the country based on the media bashing. Thanks for that table, I will use it when talking to my delusional SEC friends.
Yes I have some, lived down there for about six years. I am officially a "Damn Yankee" by their standards, and by that I mean I can read, write, do not have carnal knowledge of my sister, etc;  

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

buckeyedude's picture

And likely you don't wear jorts and a mullet.

 

 

phxbuck's picture

I feel if the B10 was worth two craps we would be singing a different tune.  I disagree that the media has simply pushed people down this road of showing pride for their conference.  Regions and States have always practiced homerism on the regional and state level.  Ask a person from Ohio who plays the best high school football in the country and 8/10 will tell you Ohio and argue this point feverishly.  North, South, Midwest, West all carry some type of sports or cultural banner in to the fray when talking in a group.  People (especially sports fans) always want to be part of something great and will latch on to anything (conference pride) to tout their dominance if it exists.  Hell I argue till I am red in the face that Jim Brown was the best running back of all time (which he is), it's literally all I have as a Browns fan so I run with it.  If the B10 won 6 straight titles we would be just as obnoxious. 

ElGato69's picture

I remember that, as the Buckeye fans exited the Superdome following their victory over Texas A&M in the '99 Sugar Bowl, wrapping up a 5-0 showing by the Big Ten in bowl games that season, chanting "Big Ten sweep!  Big Ten sweep!"  Much love was shown for the conference that day...

chubler's picture

As a student at Notre Dame, I truly don't understand why OSU doesn't just go Independent. You've got an enourmous alumni fanbase. You've been successful recently, so you've got tons of fairweather fans and a lot of "it" or "happening" factor. You're the dominant brand in a high-population state.
Notre Dame has done a whole lot more with a whole lot less to work with, with a comparatively small alumni base and lack of recent success, and being situated in the middle of (essentially ) slums surrounded by cornfields. More money, more clout politically/bcs-wise... Doesn't make a lot of sense.
The Big Ten is cool, but it's really fun to push around entire conferences during BCS negotiations and schedule whoever you want whenever you want. You also don't get people whining at you because of things other schools do or games other schools lose. 
 

txbucknut's picture

This next game against Sparty is going to tell us a lot about this years Buckeye team. Part of me agrees with Urban, in that the defense was built to play agains a team like MSU..a Big Ten team, but part of me wonders, considering that with exception to Miami (OH), if every team the Bucks have faced this year thus far have been successful running the ball against this Defense, what is going to happen when one of the best backs in the nation lines up across from them. The good thing is that the Sparty passing game seems to be in worse shape that the 2011 Buckeyes passing offense. We'll know for sure come Saturday afternoon. Hopefully having pretty much every key guy back on both sides of the ball, they'll get it together. Go Bucks!!

buckeye76BHop's picture

You've witnessed a third of Ohio State's season and it looks far from perfect, unless you focus only on that 4-0 record.

Good stuff as usual Ramzy...especially loved this^^^^ Now lets hope the Major League reference (which I loved that too BTW) comes true.  As you mentioned, tB1G shouldn't be that difficult for OSU to navigate through as long as they stay focused (and healthy). 
 
 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
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BeijingBucks's picture

The ambivalence of the Buckeye fan base aside... 
If mathmeticians were always right they would rule the world. 
We are just at the beginning of a very exciting journey... With our B1G compatriots just lining up to be the fodder which gets us there. 
Is anyone really worried about the Media not giving OSU a boost next year in spite of the down B1G? They can prop up whoever they want i.e. USC. 

 

 

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