Ohio State was given all it could handle by the Iowa Hawkeyes for a half on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, before pulling away for a 34-24 win—a win that moved the Buckeyes’ streak to 19 straight games and their record to 7-0 for the 2013 season.
The Buckeyes should be enjoying a win over a tough defensive opponent in an improving Big Ten conference, but….
….The only problem is, the Buckeyes are damned if they do, damned if they don’t in the eyes of pollsters and the BCS computers.
Blow out Iowa at home? So what, you were supposed to do that.
Have a relatively close game for a third straight time in Big Ten play? Well, that’s no good either…remember, the Big Ten isn’t a tough conference.
So, no matter the result, Ohio State wasn’t likely to gain any respect in the minds of people who hold the school’s National Championship Game fate in their hands.
It’s a scenario that is likely to play out each and every week the rest of the season for the Buckeyes.
The only way it doesn’t play out like that is if Michigan comes into “The Game” without another loss.
Otherwise, Ohio State isn’t going to play another team with enough cache to help its status with most pollsters or computer models in the BCS.
The simple fact is: Ohio State needs to win pretty almost every week and get some help if it is to make the BCS title game.
Despite the perception that is playing out nationally, two things were made…
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