This year's edition of the OSU football Buckeyes still have some valley's to cross in order to enjoy the glory of 12-0, but at 9-0 the odds are looking better. I was pondering this week about another team in the not too distant past that had some commonalities with this Buckeye team. Consider the 1993 Auburn Tigers had: A new first year head coach (Terry Bowden), a post season ban, and reduction of scholarships due to the dreaded NCAA violations. Bowden's team also bore the additional penalty of no televised games. Somehow this team found the motivation and strength of will to run the table - and by beating their arch rival Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium on the final day of their season, put the finishing touches on an undefeated, 11-0 season. I remember watching the highlights of that game afterwards. The passion and intensity with which the Auburn coaches and players celebrated after that huge victory is/was a good reminder that an undefeated season is very special, no matter what.
Auburn turned out to be the only undefeated football team in Division 1 football that year. Their hated rival, Alabama, was sent to the SEC Championship Game as their replacement, where they lost to Florida (a team Auburn had beaten earlier in the season 38-35) 28-13.
The Tigers finished ranked fourth in the nation by the Associated Press but was named a co-National Champion by the National Championship Foundation. Additionally they were named National Champions by several polls/organizations: Harry Frye, Nutshell Sports, Sparks Achievement, and David Wilson.
Obviously, it would be preferable to have a shot at playing in the NC game - but to say the Buckeyes have nothing to play for couldn't be further from the truth. Go Bucks!