What can I say about the math? I was a Poli Sci major.
Sullie, I remember 1969 so I agree with you 100%.
Here is some more from the article:
“Of the 99 computer rankings tracked by Massey Ratings, which use a variety of methodologies, 64 pick Ohio State at No. 1. Only 31 choose L.S.U.”
Perhaps I didn’t articulate that as well as I should have.
And, in reality, after roughly a 15-year stretch comprising the 1980s and first part of the 1990s, where Ohio State fared poorly overall in the final national rankings (including not even finishing in the Top 20 at times),it was Coop who started the revitalization of the program to bring it back to the consistency of excellence achieved by Woody.
Fantastic! Thanks for posting.
I feel unequivocally they are one of the top four teams in terms of talent. But that does not necessarily equate to one of the four best teams from my perspective. They have to earn it on the field.
Joe seems like a really good guy. I wish him much continued success this season—that is, until he hopefully faces Ohio State in the CFP, in which case I hope he throws 3 interceptions, is sacked 5 times, and fumbles the ball twice. Sorry Joe.
I don’t think anything will compare to ‘69 simply because they were the defending national champs and they were destroying opponents—putting a ton of points on the scoreboard—at a time where there was relatively little passing and offenses were not looking to go no-huddle and speed up the game. It was total domination until the shock against TTUN.
Rashod already lived out one of my dreams as a kid: scoring a touchdown in the Rose Bowl.
I think Ohio State might remain number 1 because, the way the D is playing, I don’t think they would give up 41 points to Bama.
It was incredible. My only question: why use it in a blowout? Why not save this as a surprise for a more significant game?
I’m feeling much more positive having read the latest reports re 1) that the payment was not from an agent and 2) it involved getting a loan to fly his girlfriend to the Rose Bowl. That would be a small loan in the scheme of things. And, if he was upfront about the situation, that should mean no more than a 2-game suspension,
I don’t believe it was anyone from TTUN that somehow had the info and leaked it. They would have waited three weeks.
Ditto, I will be in my late 70s if I live that long.
My only question: will it happen during a bye week for the All-NFL QB, Justin Fields, so he can hang on the sidelines with Hall of Famer LeBron James and root on the Buckeyes?
Triv, I think Ohio State stays at the hotel right by the Shoe the night before a home game,
What this year’s team has achieved to date is a consistency of excellence—something that is indeed so hard to accomplish (as exemplified by the ups and downs of even the best Buckeyes teams over the years).
More likely than not they will be tested in the 4th quarter of a big game at some point in the next month (although hopefully it won’t be comparable to what they faced late in the 4th quarter against Maryland last year)!
I understand that as well. And I suppose part of the equation for current students is that they would love to be part of a season that would be remembered forever.
But I also remember as a student what it was like from the perspective of a player—in my case, soccer in the Ivies. We had no realistic chance of winning a natty although we did go to the NCAA tourney one year. If you had told me we could win the Ivy title—which would have been a very big deal for us—but would lose to Harvard in the process, that would have been unacceptable.
I played on multiple state championship teams in high school but one of my biggest thrills as a player was trouncing Harvard 3-0 freshman year. And in the two other years I played we won one game and tied one.
So, as a player, I was very fortunate in never having experienced the bitterness of a loss to our biggest rival—and, as a lifelong Ohio State fan, I can say that the Yale-Harvard rivalry is not as intense as Ohio State-Michigan. So I can’t imagine that the current Buckeye football players would ever be wholly satisfied winning a natty if they lost The Game.
Fascinating. Thanks for the info.
Thanks for letting me know about the prior post/poll: I obviously missed that. If the moderators want to remove this entire post, please feel free to do so.