Ohio State is coming off a 12-0 undefeated season in 2012 but was relegated to watch the bowl games due to NCAA sanctions. However, this year we are off the sanctions and can go bowling. Last year has set the bar high for us in 2013 and for most its 12-0 and a trip to the title game or bust but I don't think we're ready to play in it yet given our youth. Yes, I know all about Meyer second year performances at schools but to think we could go to the title and win it is mind boggling. Some things I think that would hold us back are:
- Youth and inexperience on our teams as we have to play freshmen and sophomores in key positions
- Defensive and Offensive Line vacancies
- Running through a weak B1G is not as impressive as a 1 lost SEC team (overrated Gators and Tigers) who may jump us. Sure beating up on Purdue and Indiana is nice but as a fan of the quote, "iron sharpens iron" I don't think the B1G will make us battle tested versus teams playing in other conferences (i.e. Big 12, SEC, etc.).
- There is always a chance we lose
I think the bar for next year may be a bit too high to expect us in the title game but it is in no way not attainable. I personally see OSU winning the B1G and headed to the Rose Bowl next year with a 12-1 record. I know the bar for our team unlike most B1G teams is to compete for national titles and win B1G titles but would you be fine with a Rose Bowl year? In a year of uncertainty, it may be best to low ball expectations for a bowl game and aim for the Rose Bowl versus going to the title game so that we aren't disappointed in the end. If a title game comes with our success I'll take it but I'm smelling roses this year in the 100th Rose Bowl game. What say you Buckeye faithful!