Part of what makes college football the greatest sport in the world is the passion of those who watch it—even as that passion devolves into its regrettable (and inevitable) offspring, cruelty and hate.
The spirit of the hometown crowd. The bitterness of the rivalries. The sadistic sense of schadenfreude every time a division opponent falls. All of it injects the game with a unique spot of energy, and all of it—well, most of it—is good for the sport.
But for fans of the Big Ten, this season is is the exception that proves the rule. With the conference teetering on the edge of mediocrity and only one team in the top 20 of the current BCS standings, it’s time for league fans to swallow their pride and rep the only horse left in the derby.
Rooting for Ohio State is sacrilege, and it might feel dirty or unnatural.
But so is cutting off your nose to spite your face.
I’m aware that this argument might be unpopular. I expect it to be. And in the interest of semi-full disclosure, I am a lifelong fan of a Big Ten team that isn’t Ohio State.
The notion of rooting for the Buckeyes—something that goes against every fiber of my gut—took some time to grapple and cope with. But at the end of the day, my interest is my own program. I follow my head instead of my heart.
As a utilitarian football fan, my hope, over time, is to create the maximum amount of happiness relative to suffering. Whichever outcome produces the best pleasure-pain quotient is…
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