I think 2012 was a tossup. I know we went undefeated but there were honestly a ton of holes and it was a bumpy ride. Granted a lot of players left the year before because of tatt gate.
Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't the "what if" or "if we played 10 times we'd win most of the time" a whiny TTUN fan thing? That's what you're doing right now. Pretty sure i heard that a lot in 2016 and ever from some of them last year because they thought they had the better team. As did a lot of people here. The only game that matters is the ONE that's actually played and Clemson beat us. Plain and simple stop doing mental gymnastics to make your pride feel better. It's ok.
2016, 2017, 2018 all Clemson and there is no question. OSU lost games they had no business losing so no i will not pick them against an elite team like Clemson. 2016 they might have lost to Pitt but it was by 1 point not 31. 2017 they may have lost to the Cuse but it was by a field goal not 29. That's a big difference for me. Any OSU team qb'd by JT was not going to beat that Clemson defense and BV.
Obviously Iowa and Purdue are not the better teams and no i would not bet them straight up. But the fact they won those games by 4+ td's is the exact reason even as a fan i cannot fathom endorsing them for a playoff spot.