Undefeated Tough Goal, But Not Impossible

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August 21, 2013 at 9:04p

Mr Park,

You are the Dean of The Ohio State University. There is the possibility something could occur that hasn't happened since 1947-48. A team goes undefeated,untied in the Big Ten.
The last time OSU went undefeated in the Big Ten was 1954-55, but in 1955 they had 2 out of conference loses. Buckeyes have never gone back to back undefeated untied in their history, closest was 1916-1917, a out of conference tie with Auburn stopped it. In the Big Ten Michigan in 1991-92 had 3 ties in 1992, 2 of which were in conference. So they went undefeated back to back but not undefeated untied. MSU went undefeated and untied in the Big Ten 1965-1966, but a out of conference loss in 1965 and a out of conference tie 1966 stopped them from back to back perfect seasons. Tom Harmon may have won the Heisman in 1940, but it was Minnesota who went back to back undefeated untied in 1940-41 in all games. Michigan also did it in 1901-1902. If Ohio State wants to play in the National Championship game they are most certainly going to have to go undefeated in 2013, and it hasn't happened since 1947-48, not impossible but very difficult, it's not the rivalry games that get you it's usually a trap game. Michigan, Penn State and Illinois are rivalry games. Wisconsin has a recent history as a proven winner. Ohio State's trap games are usually Michigan State ('72, '74, '98) and Purdue. Northwestern could be but they are ranked and everybody is talking about them.  We don't play MSU (maybe in B10 Championship), but we do get Purdue where we have lost the last two times 3 of 4 and 4 of 6. Purdue was Bruce's Wisconsin, Cooper's Illinois, thorn in the side. I think Iowa will be undefeated when we play them them in fact everybody should have a winning record if not undefeated when we play them up to Purdue, it depends on Iowa.
  But the reason I write is because of the 10 years war, Michigans dominance over Ohio State in the 90's and Ohio States dominance over Michigan in the 2000's, that their must have been a back to back undefeated season somewhere in there. And there were some close ones, but 1947-48 was the last time it happened. Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it. It's been 65 years since it happened and 4 times prior:

Michigan   1947-48 (10-0-0), (10-0-0)
Minnesota 1940-41 (8-0-0), (8-0-0)
Minnesota 1934-35 (8-0-0), (8-0-0)
Iowa          1921-22 (7-0-0), (7-0-0)
Michigan   1901-02 (11-0-0), (11-0-0)

Ohio State undefeated, untied back to back seasons:

1954 (7-0-0, 10-0-0) 1955 (6-0-0, 7-2-0)
1916 (4-0-0, 7-0-0), 1917 (4-0-0, 8-0-1))

Going back to back undefeated is not impossible, as evidenced by the 5 teams above. Urban Meyer always improves his 2nd year. While he can't improve his winning record, he has a chance to improve on what previous  Ohio State teams have done, and do what no Ohio State coach has done, lead a team to back to back undefeated seasons.

In Him,
Ron Miller
Germantown, TN 38139

               "Holy, holy, holy
       is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come." Revelation 4:8

He was gracious to reply and in his reply:

Hi Ron,

This is a great piece of work, and I really appreciate you sending it to me.  The Michigan seasons of 1947 and 1948 were especially remarkable in that there was a change in head coaches between the two seasons.  Fritz Chrisler coached the 1947 team, and Bennie Oosterbaan took over as head coach in 1948.  I also appreciate your Revelation verse 4:8.

Again, Ron, thank you for your kindness in sending this to me.

Best wishes,


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