Ohio State must be great because they were undefeated last year, right?¬† Undefeated yes, but like Notre Dame, tOSU dodged more bullets than a firing squad survivor — and to top it off, they must replace ten out of their 22 starters!
In 2012 tOSU won six of their twelve games by a total of 30 points.¬† And this doesn’t even include their glorious victory over 3-9 Alabama Birmingham, who outgained the Bucks 403 – 347 and trailed by only 6 in the fourth quarter.
Take away the Bucks’ 14-point margin in two overtime games and you have t-mighty OSU outscoring six of their twelve opponents by a total of 16 points in regulation.¬† That averages out to less than a field goal per game!
Ah, but these were tough teams, you say?¬† No, not really.¬† Their combined records were 36 wins against 41 losses, with one of those six teams being our PAC-12′s own California Bears
kin rugs — who we all know checked into the bear hotel for early hibernation last September.¬† Let me say this about that:¬† 59 – 17.¬† That’s what our Ducks did to the kind of teams that¬†the Bucks¬†struggled with regularly.¬† Even with tOSU’s 14 overtime points against middling opponents, Oregon outscored California by 12 points more than tOSU outscored California, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan…combined!!!¬† And not one of those teams ended up ranked in a major¬†Top 25 poll.
It’s true that good teams find a way to win.¬† But really, really good teams don’t find themselves in a position where they have to¬†“find a way” regularly.¬† Notre Dame did, and Ohio State did, too.¬† Yet even with ten starters to replace, Ohio State is regularly hitting the early 2013¬†polls in the number 2 or 3 position.¬† Why all the love for Ohio State?