TTUN absolutely has reason to be optimistic. First, why not? As a fan you might as well be an optimist. Second, Harbaugh is at least fun and he's had some success. Third, Durkin is damn good and a name many around here wanted prior to the Ash hire.
There is no reason that within a few years that team is a tough out wining 9-10 games. That being said, Ohio State is just on a differentl level right now. It's the Buckeyes and 'Bama then everyone else.
And if we're honest, Ohio State needs to haul in some more hardware to be where Bama is (although I'd absolutely take Ohio State's trajectory over 'Bama's right now).
Not it to be glib but It really isn't fair to compare the two programs right now because there is no comparison.