OMG....I've just been referred to as an "elder"! Yes, I remember the 1969 team and the loss to Michigan which started the 10 year war.
No team since the 1969 team entered a season with the expectations that team had. It was said that "if you want to watch the 2 best teams in the country, then watch the Ohio State practice on Wednesday, when the First Team Offense goes up against the First team Defense." Only my fellow "elders" will remember that quote or something similar to it. It's why the upset loss to Michigan that year was so profound. Yes, in each decade there have been OSU teams with great expectations, but none like the 69 team.
As for expectations......yes, we have some fans that go off the rails even after wins.....you know, the ugly wins, like last year vs. NIU.
But remember one thing: this program enjoyed plenty of success in the Jim Tressel years....and although we will never know what could've been in 2011 had Tatgate never happened, there was a feeling or a murmur, that our dominant years on the national scene may have been behind us. Win the Big Ten? Yes. Beat Alabama or the elites of the SEC? Maybe, maybe not. Urban Meyer was hired and PAID to get Ohio State football to the "next level"....which means expecting the highest caliber football every year and competing for National Championships. There was nothing "missing" from Buckeye football in the Tressel years, except the confidence that we'd never have an off-year.
Meyer has set a high bar....but frankly, it was expected of him....and in turn, his staff. Alabama is the standard bearer for College Football as we sit here today whether we acknowledge it or not. Meyer has been brought in to have Bama and OSU mentioned in the same sentence and we are damn close. The old adage that "we don't rebuild, we reload"... will be put to the test this year as will Meyer's ability to coach up a truly green team. It'll be fun as hell to watch, that much I know.