Are You ‘Nuts’

Two years ago, I probably would have been burned at the stake for saying what I’m about to say: Ohio State is overrated.  However, this year, I’m pretty sure that most people (outside of Columbus, OH, that is) will probably agree with me. 

I’m not saying they don’t have a ton of talent.  They do.  There’s no doubt they are a great team.  But are they the #2 team in the country (according to the AP poll)?

A quick look at the their schedule shows the Buckeyes playing 4 teams that are currently ranked.  The highest ranked opponent is of course USC, who is sitting at the #3 spot.  After that, the next highest teams drops to 13, and then the last two are at 20th and 22nd.  In other years a Big Eleven Ten Conference schedule would have been pretty brutal.  This just isn’t that year. 

And even USC is only scheduled to play 3 ranked teams (again, based on current rankings).

Contrast that to the #1 Bulldogs, who play 6 ranked teams, with three of those being in the top 10.  The SEC schedule is so tough, that it’s highly unlikely for any team in the Conference to come out the regular season unscathed.  And that may cost Georgia a chance to play in the Championship game, depending on if they lose and when.  

In OSU’s case, many analysts are saying the only opponent that could give them a true challenge is USC.  And if they win that they’ll likely end the season as the #1 ranked team.  

But I would argue that a one or two loss team like Georgia, or even Florida as much as it pains me to say it, is a better team than the Buckeyes.  Those teams will have to defeat much tougher competition to even stay in National Championship contention. 

And I think the last two years that an #1 Buckeye team is over matched when they play the SEC Champion. 

OSU is a great program with a great team and a great coach.  But I think their ranking is just too high, and I will join a lot of people in being disappointed if they play in the Championship game this year.


2 Responses to “Are You ‘Nuts’”

  1. As much as this pains me to say it… as a lifelong Michigan fan… but you couldn’t be more wrong about Ohio State this year.

    If anything they’re underrated at #2. The only way OSU fails to win the national championship this year is if they have significant injuries or significant coaching gaffes. Even then, they’ve got more talent top to bottom on both sides of the ball than any other ncaa team.

    Anything less than an undefeated season and national championship for OSU will be a massive failure. Last year was literally a rebuilding year and they went to the championship game… this year they have all the pieces back for another run, with far more experience under their belts.

    All that said, don’t assume USC is the only team that can beat them. Michigan fans will be quick to remind you of 1969 when a scrappy Michigan team led by a brand new coach with a brand new system went head to head against Ohio State and their “team of the century” and beat them in a massive upset.

  2. twonateshow Says:

    Wow, I said they’re a great team but have a fairly easy schedule compared to others and I couldn’t be more wrong? If that’s as wrong as I ever get then I’m in good shape.

    Just messin with you Gavette.

    Look, you have really good insight and you know the Big Ten well. But nowhere in my article did I say OSU isn’t talented. I agree, they are extremely talented and I’m sorry for not stressing that more.

    But what I am saying is that if strength of schedule is such a significant part of college rankings, then OSU is overrated. The fact that they lost a game to Michigan that they shouldn’t have 39 years ago doesn’t lend any more weight to what is a fairly easy schedule. Analysts all over are saying that their schedule is far easier than that of an SEC team.

    And it was even easier last year.

    So my point in all of this is what I reiterated at the beginning. They are tremendously talented, but there is no doubt the schedule is much less daunting then what any of the highly ranked SEC teams are facing. And I think they should be ranked a notch or two lower as a result. And as a result, I don’t think it’s as easy to judge their team by their record alone.

    The reason why is illustrated by the last two years. An undefeated OSU got blown out by a one loss Florida team. And the one loss Buckeyes were beaten comfortably by a two loss SEC team. Despite their talent and top ranking they’ve been overmatched.

    Again, they are a powerhouse team and I’m not denying that. I’m not saying that won’t be or shouldn’t be considered among the best at the end of the season. But the fact is their schedule is easier, and it should be reflected slightly in their ranking.

    By the way, kudos for defending OSU while being a Mich fan. It would be like me having to defend the Yankees. The mere thought makes me sick.

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