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Excluding the 2003 Fiesta Bowl vs. Miami, your favorite BCS bowl win in the Tressel Era is:



rkylet83's picture

Rose Bowl in 2010 for me.  Broke the streak of BCS loses and shut up the morons who despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, hammered Coach Tressel for not being able to win the big one.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Oregon, Arkansas (both in attendance), Notre Dame, and KSU.  Though knowing the fact that AJ Hawk (one of the ugliest men alive) married Brady Quinn's sister is  pretty awesome.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

Jason Priestas's picture

I went to both of those games as well and while each was a great game, the ending to the Sugar Bowl was insane. It was also Tressel's final game, vacated or not, so there's that angle as well.

I also live in Illinois, so, yeah, stop following me. 

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I live down in Champaign-Urbana so I don't think I am following you... I don't think.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

USMC11917's picture

On the record books or not, the Buckeyes beat an SEC team in a bowl game, a BCS game at that. Living in SEC territory that trumps even the mighty Rose Bowl. Hell, any Buckeye Victory over a quality team is enjoyable.

WC Buckeye's picture

Agreed. I went to this game and especially loved how the shitheel Oregon fans - who were loudmouthed smack-talking douchebags the ENTIRE game - were NOWHERE to be found after about 5 minutes before the end of the game.
Classless, pale, freckled, granola-eating, tree-hugging, ugly-ass polychromatic polyester-wearing pussies.

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gwalther's picture

I wonder what they have to say about our fans...

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WC Buckeye's picture

My whole family (wife and 3 kids) went to the game, and were our normal, peaceful selves, but by the third quarter we ALL had about had enough of these idiots. Having gone to several BCS games and been typical good-natured Buckeyes (no smack talking, wishing the other team's fans good luck, talking about hoping for a good game, etc.), we have witnessed a whole lot more (expected) good-natured behavior from Buckeye fans than otherwise.
If anyone had had anything negative to say about OSU fans based upon our or any other Buckeyes' behaviors after that game or any others that I have been to, I would be shocked. As we all know, this is consistent with what we hear about Buckeye nation - Columbus or anywhere else where real Buckeyes live.

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Abe Froman's picture

Arkansas was the easy pick.  Sure, it may be 'erased' from the books, but I am pretty sure that the NCAA knew of the infractions and said that the players involved could play.  Why they later took the win away is a mystery since they approved the players prior to the game.  To me, the game had all that was great about Tressel and all that was not great.  Able to game plan, manage the clock and NOT step on the throat.  You get it one game.  Against a very good SEC team also.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

Jugdish's picture

Abe - I agree totally with this game. The game was great from beginning to end. I love where the four OSU players were being interviewed after the game, and the great Dane thanked and shook the hand of Coach Holtz but ignored Mark May. Classic.

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Jason Priestas's picture

I participated in an ironic S-E-C chant in the first half with thousands of other Buckeye fans. Easily a top five life moment (related: my life is boring).

Jugdish's picture

I am so jealous. That had to be one of the most fun moments ever. I wish I had been there.

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gwalther's picture

2011 Sugar Bowl win is a close second behind 2010 Rose Bowl win.

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gwalther's picture

Worth pointing out - that was a solid K State team with Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles.

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J.Mo's picture

Wasn't one of the KState stars suspended for the game for getting out of control on NYE?

baddogmaine's picture

I choose Oregon because we were not supposed to win, we were REALLY well prepared with a  game-plan OR was not expecting, and we played strong for most of the 40 minutes. We were supposed to beat ND and actually made it closer at points than it should have been; and we nearly choked away the AR game. I don't remember a thing about KSt, which says how memorable that game was for me.
I also am really proud of our performance against TX. We lost in heartbreaking fashion but we were big dogs in that one and represented the Scarlet and Grey admirably. Even though it was a loss I think that was among JT's best coaching jobs.

avail31678's picture

Liked the TX game too.  Coly McCoy literally had the game of his career against us and they BARELY beat us in a year many were screaming that TX should have been in the NC game.  TX averaged 40 some points a game that year, and we held them to half that (ish).

Nick's picture

The Fiesta vs ND for me simply because it was the funnest game to watch out of those but the most gratifying win is probably vs Arkansas or Oregon.

acBuckeye's picture

Any win over Notre Dame will trump most others to me. I almost picked the Rose over Oregon, simply b/c it was the Rose Bowl, but recalling all the big plays against the Irish, especially when Pittman ripped off that 60 yarder late in the game to ice it, still brings me joy.

SPreston2001's picture

Yeah that game was so entertaining! We really kicked their asses!!

Earle's picture

I'm partial to great defensive performances, so I have to go with the 2010 Rose virtual shutdown of Oregon's vaunted offense, though I must give a nod to 2006 Fiesta and Hawk's abuse of his future brother-in-law while his fiancee watched in that ridiculous split jersey.

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JozyMozy's picture

Unfair: you only get to pick one. 
I chose the win over ND.

  • That crowd shot of Quinn's sister in the half-and-half jersey looking offended as hell after AJ's 2nd sack
  • The Troy/Ginn/Santonio/Gonzalez/Pittman gang clicking on all cylinders
  • That GLORIOUS Tedd Ginn end-around
  • The Pittman run to ice it after some vintage 2nd half Tresselball
bukyze's picture

Don't forget the ABC sign someone was holding up:
Catholics (Quinn's sister)

Dougger's picture

i went 1-3 as a student. 0-2 in BCS national championship games, then 0-1 against colt mccoy (in absolutely heartbreaking fashion, not unlike the previous two), and then the rose bowl. by that point i was cautiously optimistic but told myself don't get upset if we lose (impossible right?). everybody on the college football analyst team picked oregon except rece davis. and then the pounding commenced, and a coming out party for TP. that was awesome.
also beating notre damn was glorious, as was beating arkansas... im pretty sure i lost a few years of my life watching that latter game...

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BrewstersMillions's picture

"Corner....Endzone....Ball game"

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

Baroclinicity's picture

Fowler picked us, too.  I remember that distinctly on the Game Day set there at the stadium.

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Poison nuts's picture

Actually - it was 1-1 against Colt Mcoy - although I know you're talking bowl games, I just wanted to note the 2006 game vs. Texas...

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Bucksfan's picture

There is pretty much only one bowl game where you can see something that looks like this:

There is only 1 Rose Bowl, and it was one of the biggest thrills of my life to see the Buckeyes win one under that sky with my own eyes.  The mountains also look like this at sunset:

(Yes, I know it's not the same game, but that's what the San Gabriels looked like at sunset.)

BrewstersMillions's picture

That has to be one of the all time great shots involving OSU. I know you posted it a ways back and its just as awesome now as it was then.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

Bucksfan's picture

So much about that event goes above and beyond the football game itself.  It truly is a spectacle, and, generally speaking, the weather on New Years Day in Pasadena can only be described as "paradise-like."  The game's "importance" has unfortunately faded.  I mean, just look at this poll where the third Fiesta Bowl in 4 years is almost as popular as a traditional, top-10 ranked Big Ten champ vs. top-10 ranked Pac-10 champ Rose Bowl game that hadn't happened involving Ohio State since 1996.

BrewstersMillions's picture

At least you got to see it as it was always intended.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

acBuckeye's picture

Damn. That picture is so beautiful I'm almost reconsidering my vote.

Nkohl13's picture

I love the way the Oregon game went down. Back then I used for my info. All of the trash talking and garbage that commenters put up at the time. All I heard was how we couldnt stop Oregon and they were going to destroy us. Then we came out and just put them in a choke hold and never let go. It was great.

avail31678's picture

Games like that make me miss Heacock a bit.  He did dial up some good defenses against good offenses (Arkansas for the first half, TX in Fiesta Bowl for 98% of the game, Oregon in the Rose...)

onetwentyeight's picture

The Oregon and Arkansas games felt empty and meaningless to me. Tress had already gotten his a** handed to him by Our Current Head Coach and also managed to lose to a man who eats grass. Beating 2nd tier newly-bourgeois powers like Oregon or Arkansas felt hollow after losing the Big Ones against the SEC bad boys. I know others will disagree with how I feel but that's just my take on those 2 victories. 
I picked the ND game because there was still HOPE back then. That team looked unstoppable trashing the Irish back when the Quinn/Weiss hype machine was still in full gear and people thought ND was "legit" relevant again. Almost everybody was coming back and the potential we thought guys like Ginn and Troy had was off the charts. It really felt like a new Golden Age, a modern day dynasty, might be in the making. Or at least a wire-to-wire #1 run. That ND game was a foreshadowing of what was supposed to be our upcoming, dominant Nat'l title run season. So much hope... such a more innocent time. 
Strange how one bloody night in Glendale Arizona can change how you viewed the last ~10 years of college football. 

Ian Cuevas's picture

Sugar Bowl. I have no doubt Ohio State could have played with the best of them that year, including Oregon (again) and/or Auburn. Cam Newton vs. Terrelle Pryor? Tell me that wouldn't be a match up you wouldn't get excited for.

bukyze's picture

I too was at the Oregon game.  Buckeye Bash at the Santa Monica pier on New Years Eve with 20K fans,  watching the sun set over the ocean with dozens of groups of people taking pictures using either the sun or the ferris wheel at the end of the pier as an 'O' (I had a picture of both with my wife.  The ferris wheel was an 'O', I was an 'H', my wife was an 'I', and the sun setting just above the horizon on the ocean was the other 'O'.  I was so happy with that picture, words can't describe it.  We had taken close to 400 pictures during that vacation.  Unfortunately, my wife accidentally hit a 'delete all' button on the camera, and we lost every single picture.  It makes me sad just writing this), a stadium with surroundings that were even more beautiful than I thought they could be, and a great overall game.  An event I will never forget.  Even if I don't have any pictures to prove it :(

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Just so many big plays in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and, remember, that's when the 'genius' of Charlie Weis was very much an accepted fact. For Tressel and our explosive offense (617 total yards) to just trash the Irish, it shut everybody up and really launched our run the NCG the next year.

gwalther's picture

That win has been diluted for me by how not good it turns out Weis was at ND. It really did nothing to boost Ohio State's credibility, unlike the Oregon and Arkansas wins.

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yrro's picture

So, so close between 2011 and 2010. I picked 2010 because it was all about the good emotions of what Ohio State should be. Playing in the grandaddy of them all against a team that the nation just *knew* was better than us, and we beat them up for four quarters. Vintage Tresselball working exactly as it was supposed to for the whole second half. Our band making Oregon's look like high schoolers. I have never felt the weight, importance, and absolute beauty of OSU tradition more strongly on that day. It was tradition and history against the new flashiness and tradition just ground its way through them. It was a team that had stumbled to start, but had reeled off victories against five teams that finished the season with double digit wins, led by one of the best unheralded defenses in OSU history. It was glorious in every way that college football is good.
2011 was more about revenge, and hate. It was a complete roller coaster. The mocking SEC chant at the end of the first half was incredible fun, but it was followed by the most depressing second half ever, and ended with an amazing last second finish, and then catharsis, and a giant fricking monkey off our backs.
All in all, I picked the positive emotions over the negative ones, even if the negative ones were a lot of fun (and I enjoyed New Orleans in general a lot more than Pasadena). 

Maestro's picture

I voted Sugar, but it is only beats out the Rose by the narrowest of margins in my mind.  The way it all happened.  The highs and lows and highs.  The whole SEC thing.  Watching Coach Tressel sit at the post game roundtable with Mark May squirming in his chair nearby.

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Doc's picture

The Rose Bowl against Oregon was my pick.  We were given no shot to win and we grinded them into hamburger.  It got the BCS "monkey" off our backs.  And it was a Rose Bowl.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Come's the Sugar Bowl..

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avail31678's picture

He was an absolute beast that day.  There was one reply, in a matter of about 1.5 seconds he shoved down two Arkansas blockers and then dove and tackled the running back for a loss/no gain.  Unbelievable. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

1. Shutting up ND fans
2. Shutting up SEC fans
3. Shutting up everyone that thought Oregon would drop 50 on Ohio State

In that order.

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Bucksfan's picture

Trust me, all of those fanbases have yet to shut up.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I meant for that day.

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

luckynutz's picture

I chose the fiesta bowl against nd...for several reasons. First of all, I know too many nd fans. And they honestly believed they were going to work us over that night. Once the offense started flowing, I knew it was going to be a big w for us. When troy found santonio behind the secondary, it was just beautiful. Second of all, the fact they kept showing aj hawks girlfriend in the stands the whole game. (Yeah, I knows she's brady quinns sister...but which would you rather claim to be?) And the last reason is I couldn't help but formulate in my head the exchanges between quinn and aj after he planted brady. I'm sure they weren't too hateful...but in my had I imagine aj saying something to the effect of your sister takes it from behind better than you bro. Or feels good right? That's what your sister tells me... imagine being brady and coming to family get togethers. Wonder if he gets all sweaty and shaky when aj walks in?

Phillips.449's picture

How sweet is it that we have this question to debate?!?  What a freaking run we have had as Buckeyes fans.  No matter what anyone says about our team, it can't be argued that the BCS era has been dominated by tOSU.

jestertcf's picture

I voted notre dame. I remember Ted Ginn flying by the corner who underestimated his speed, and seeing AJ Hawks finacee cringe when he blindsided Brady Quinn, who happened to be her brother.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

OSU/Notre Dame pregame hype:
Charlie Weis with 5 weeks to prepare for OSU
Charlie Weis rubbed his Super Bowl ring, when asked which was more impressive, his Super Bowl rings as Offensive Co-ordinater in New England, or Jim Tressel's rings earned as Head Coach in the NCAA
Charlie Weis was an offensive genius
This game was during the same season ND lost to Southern Cal in South Bend due to the "Bush Push".  OSU lost to Texas in Columbus due to Limas Swede's catch.  95% of Talking Heads thought Southern Cal was going to destroy Texas in the BCS NC Game, becoming the best team ever.  I think that same 95% thought ND's close loss to USC was more impressive than any of OSU's win's.

Killer nuts's picture

That Kansas State Fiesta Bowl game, as great as it may have been, never stands a chance when it is up against Ohio State winning a rose bowl, Ohio State beating the SEC, or Ohio State beating Notre Dame. Those are 3 of the 5 best things any Ohio State team can do (Beating Michigan and winning a national championship being the other 2)

MediBuck's picture

I loved the Sugar Bowl because we finally got the SEC monkey off our back, but I think in terms of significance, the Rose Bowl takes it. The Sugar Bowl season, we were supposed to be in the national championship. Looking at the depth chart now, I realize it was one of the top three most talented teams we've had in the past decade. No matter how you cut the pie, our expectations were a bit higher then.

The Rose Bowl season, we were heartbroken after an early loss at home to USC, questionable for the BCS after falling to Purdue, then disillusioned in our QB who seemed to have lost the trust of his head coach. We were the underdog, and all the talking heads were crowing about our string of 3 straight BCS defeats and how Oregon's vaunted offense would run down our slow Big Ten asses. Then, Pryor came out throwing, and the rest is history. If anything, I'd like to say that it was that game that restored my faith in OSU. Though 2012 was a nightmare, it wasn't unexpected given we lost our beloved commander-in-chief, All-American QB, and had to endure a season's worth of play-calling by Jim Bollrus. Urban Meyer has only continued the success recent Buckeye squads have had since 2009, and I'd like to believe the catalyst was that year's Rose Bowl.

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J.Mo's picture

Tough call. I attended the Rose Bowl and it's the Grand Daddy of them all but damn beating an SEC eam where my man Dane Sanzenbacher (in my book he was the MVP of that game with Cam Heyward a close second.... Screw Pryor) saves the day. I gotta go with the Rose Bowl and Tress taking care of Chip Kelly.