Never a good year for a bowl ban but...

D. Anthony's picture
November 10, 2012 at 6:45a

IF the Buckeyes go undefeated and we weren't serving the bowl ban year,  Buckeye Nation would be in an uproar over the fact that we would very likely not get the chance to play in the NC game. Winning every game and a bowl, when you are Ohio State, usually means you're National Champs...but this year it wouldn't and probably shouldn't as it's hard to argue for us to be among the top 2 teams if any combo of Bama, Oregon, KSU (no, not you Notre Dame) is still undefeated. I'm not by any means pleased about ever having a bowl ban but it might be saving me from 2 more headaches. 1. winning all our games and a BCS Bowl with no Championship this year. The 2nd is this; next year we have a similar weak schedule and could find ourselves in the same exact position with 2 or more teams in front of us with better/tougher schedules BUT we will certainly get more votes from many pollsters for being unbeaten for so many games in a row regardless of the schedules. It will be a lot harded to keep isbout of the top 2 next season. A bowl ban always sucks for the players more than anyone (especially the seniors) as they are the ones who put in all the work and aren't rewarded with that last game, but for us fans this isn't the worst year to serve a year...and no, I don't believe the NCAA was ever going to allow us to just offer up last year as our bowl ban year, without a ban for this season as well. Thought?

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Drewbuckeye's picture

I agree. This will also add some hunger for the team next season. Seeing that we return 10 starters on offense this team should be hungry and playing like this season and will not allow anyone to beat them. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'd love to play Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl just because we're the reason ND doesn't want to join the Big Ten.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I'm actually pretty relieved (I know, blasphemy..., see downvotes to stun...) we are not eligible for a bowl... But hear me out. A lot of us have worried that our defense isn't up to our standards, the offense is good when it is clicking, but we start slow and rarely have to come from behind in a deep hole score-wise. If we go 12-0 and don't play in a bowl, we can always ask 'what if?' But we would likely get throttled by a lot of the teams in the top 10 in a bowl game. I'd rather use this as a huge recruiting tool for the next two classes (because you know '14 recruits will start pulling the trigger as well) than face a bowl loss and hear the doubters (aka Mark fathead May) say 'I told you they weren't that good.'

Alhan's picture

The fact that we aren't playing will do nothing to shut the haters up. I would rather play in whatever game we could get in for a chance at a good win. I would think recruiting based on what we did would be better than recruiting based on what we might have done.

Edit - stupid autocorrect :-P

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Missing 15 extra practices is never a good thing.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

PharmBuck's picture

True, but it could help recruiting

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

By focusing on recruiting instead of a bowl game.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Go Buckeyes14's picture

If we finish the season 12-0 and there isnt another undefeated why wouldn't the AP vote us number 1? Seriously the AP has never been quick to run away from controversy (see 1997, and 2003) with a little luck we could still be celebrating a national title in ol' Columbus town this winter. Go Bucks!

GreenDog1's picture

I say you have to let it play out.  There are some assumptions here that may not end up being accurate.  First, we would play in the Nat Champ game if there are simply two undefeated teams (OSU obviously being one of them).  So at this point you would need 2 of 3 to lose.  Do you really trust Notre Dame to finish this?  They are living on the edge against bad teams.  At USC, I realize the Trojans have not been as advertised but they are better than PITT.  K State - I like these guys and Texas is a shell of its former self but they still have to play that game - at Texas.  Oregon still has the Civil War and that game has produced surprising results more than a couple times.  I won't accept that its ever good to not play in a bowl game you've earned, and really the second prize here is a trip to the Rose Bowl which we traded in for a trip to a no win situation horse crap Gator Bowl with the worst team we've had in 25 years. 

Go Bucks!  Michigan sucks!

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

If we were bowl-eligible, we would be ranked in the top four ahead of Alabama, though I would imagine not in the top two. The current SEC bias probably runs behind the long-held habit that voters have for punishing a team that will not win the national championship because of infractions. They're going to deny us a higher ranking because they know they can get away with it. In my mind, it has little to do with us being Ohio State or whether we deserve it or not based on performance this year. For many voters, it may be a conflict of ethics, for others a waste of time and an invitation to controversy (if the Bucks are the only undefeated team at year's end).
As has been stated many times before, we just need to win out and let the tongues wag between late November and early January. The power of "what if"  in that case becomes pretty strong stuff to motivate programs and sway recruits.

ih8rolltyde's picture

I made this argument a lot before Bama lost........ now i think the ban really hurts.
I believe at least 2 of the final 3 will drop a game, Bama will roll up a very overrated Georgia squad and win the title again. It will be up to us next year to slay the SEC, cuz its our damn fault this whole SEC nonsense got started in the beginning. (Turns a glare to Urban) Sports have a weird way of coming full circle; Urbz leading the Buckeyes to a crystal ball, over an SEC team, in the final BCS game, is poetic genius only sports can conjure.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT