Ohio State just wrapped up an undefeated season, the only team to do so other than Notre Dame. The difference between Notre Dame and Ohio State: while Notre Dame is headed to a national championship, players from Ohio State will have to settle with watching the game from their couches.
In 2011, Ohio State football was hit with a one-year bowl ban after 8 players allegedly traded jerseys and sports memorabilia in exchange for tattoos and money. Despite all this Ohio State was resilient, managing to pull off wins over 3 ranked teams (Michigan St., Michigan, Nebraska) and a win over an impressive Penn St. team.
They were ranked 10th in rushing in the country, and averaged just over 37 points per game. Braxton Miller had a great year racking up over 2000 yards passing and over 1200 yards rushing, to go along with 28 total touchdowns, proving he’s one of the most dynamic players in all of college football. They also managed to finish #3 in the AP poll, 2 spots higher than Oregon.
But with all this buzz around Ohio St. football it begs the question – are they really this good? While there is no doubt Ohio St. put together an impressive season and they are most definitely one of the top 20 teams in the nation, the whole notion that Ohio St. would be in the National Championship without the bowl ban is peculiar.
Ohio St. had the 65th ranked schedule and only played 3 ranked teams, none of which were in the top 10, and there were definitely holes in their defense. But all this time that they won’t be practicing for bowl games will be spent on recruiting trips, and as of right now Rivals is ranking their recruiting class as No. 7; soon to be higher.
Next year’s Ohio St. team could do some serious damage. But what do you think? Where would Ohio St. have finished without the bowl ban?