I'd have to say 2010 gets the nod at #2, based on sheer talent. If not for a couple of awful quarters in Madison, that team very well could have gone undefeated and won the championship.
2012 was obviously great for a lot of reasons, most importantly the fact that it helped cleanse us of the filth that was the 2011 season. That said, I think the final 12-0 record somewhat overstates how good that team was. Certainly they got better throughout the season, and there were occasional flashes of brilliance (Nebraska, most notably), but I've watched several of those games over (Indiana, Cal), and it's amazing how limited they were offensively. The playbook consisted of Braxton right, Braxton left, the occasional deep bomb to Devin Smith and then Braxton scrambling after going through 1-2 reads. 2012 will always have a special place in my heart, but I think a lot of folks forget how much that team struggled at times, so I don't think they can reasonably be placed at #2...
I said this in the Skull Session, but it bears repeating. I am so proud to have had guys like Mike Bennett wear the Scarlet and Gray. Anyone ever spewing the outdated notion that "Urban only plays/recruits thugs" needs to listen to Michael Bennet or JT Barrett or Darron Lee or Evan Spencer in an interview. Not only are they all amazing athletes, they are all articulate and intelligent and unbelievable representatives of The Ohio State University.
I'm sure they already are, according to people like Clay Travis.
Holy shit do I love Michael Bennet. I am really going to miss that guy.
Oh, and anyone who likes to throw out the tired narrative that "Urban only plays thugs", go listen to Josh Perry or Evan Spencer or JT Barrett or Darron Lee or Michael Bennett in an interview. Incredibly articulate and intelligent guys, every one of them. Guys like that make me proud as hell to be a Buckeye.
The InternetMgoBlog is generally a cesspool of absolute shit, this is our corner and community. Good job team.
Fixed that for ya.
I wasn't around for the conversation last night, but looking back at the timeline and the overwhelmingly positive and supportive nature of the responses 618 got from people here, all I can say is that this site is fucking amazing. Anyone that thinks that Buckeye fans - and 11W Buckeye fans, in particular - only care about football is wrong. We definitely take care of our own and it feels good to be a part of such a caring community. Glad you're alright, 618.
Dashoe, you're thinking of '02. We kneeled on the ball in '06.
Oh, the irony in both of these posts...
No, the joke is that you're completely discounting post-season performance, which has been the PRIMARY METRIC for determining the SEC's recent dominance over college football. No one's saying the SEC West still isn't an excellent division, and possibly the best, but you can't just write off 2-5 by saying that the on-field results don't matter.