In furtherance to Michael Citro's comments I would like to add that the "lofty expectations" were foisted upon us by everyone outside the program. In this day and age success is measured by total annihilation of other teams and championships. However, the amount of dedication and hard work this team put into the season cannot be understated. Additionally, we as fans can feel bad or disappointed but should not for a minute forget the pain and disappointment felt by the members of the team and coaching staff are 100 times more than we could ever hope to imagine.
Did I get upset and pissed when the Buckeyes lost to MSU; your damn right I did. I have been following OSU football since about 1970 and have watched great teams "not live up to expectations." However, as I did then and I do now I took the advice of others, including the writers on this sights advice, i.e. Ramzy, D.J. and Michael above and simply remembered to enjoy the ride.
So no disappointment should be felt; no anger at the Buckeyes not defending a National Championship and certainly no feelings of the "one that got away." Simply put; we can't change what has happened and can only "enjoy the remainder of the ride with the team we love and will always support!!!!!"