In January of 2010 the Ducks lost a tough battle to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl. But four years later, with practically brand new teams, who would come out on top if Oregon were to face Ohio State for the BCS National Championship?
Coming from a 12-0 season while bowl ineligible, the Buckeyes will want to prove their ability and dominance this season. With a prime quarterback and rising leader, Braxton Miller, Ohio State has a chance to get it done, especially since they play in the B1G, which doesn’t have near the depth of the SEC or the Pac-12 (hence they have a solid chance to go undefeated again).
On the defensive line, the Buckeyes lost four starters, and though head coach Urban Meyer has many second-year players to choose from, Ohio State will need to rebuild its defensive line. However, the Buckeyes do not have a poor defense overall, as they still have a great secondary. If Oregon were to face Ohio State for the National Championship, they should stick to what they know best: running the ball. With a fairly new line, it will be exponentially easier for the Ducks to break through on the ground than it would be to play the ball in the air against one of the best secondaries in the nation.
There’s no doubt in my mind that if the Ducks were to face the Buckeyes in January, the result would be a reversal of what happened in 2010. After all, Oregon didn’t have Mariota or DAT four years ago. Oregon 42, Ohio State 28.