I often wondered if those who were lobbying for the Luke Fickell-era to commence in 2012, ever considered what the team's 2011 record would have been, with Tressel on the sidelines. Same talent. Same schedule.
We know what happened:
Sat, Sep 3 Akron W 42-0
Sat, Sep 10 Toledo W 27-22
Sat, Sep 17 at Miami (FL) L 6-24
Sat, Sep 24 Colorado W 37-17
Sat, Oct 1 Michigan State L 7-10
Sat, Oct 8 at (14) Nebraska L 27-34
Sat, Oct 15 at (16) Illinois W 17-7
Sat, Oct 29 (12) Wisconsin W 33-29
Sat, Nov 5 Indiana W 34-20
Sat, Nov 12 at Purdue L 23-26
Sat, Nov 19 (21) Penn State L 14-20
Sat, Nov 26 at (17) Michigan L 34-40
So, I wondered.
I've reviewed the 2011 regular season schedule.
I see Tressel starting Miller against Akron, getting better offensive production out of the gate and improving steadily on this side of the ball, throughout the season.
With everybody else in their familiar roles on staff and despite the loss of Nathan Williams, I see...an undefeated season.
I think we may have missed the opportunity to watch Jim Tressel do his best job of coaching, yet.
What do you think?