Let me start this by saying that Ohio State made its own bed and is getting exactly what it deserved during the 2012 season.
No matter whether you believe that the former players that took benefits, the university administration that downplayed it or Jim Tressel, who covered it up, are to blame for this year’s bowl ban, rules were broken and there are consequences to be paid. But after the Buckeyes put together the most unlikely unbeaten season in school history with Saturday’s 26-21 win over Michigan, the fact of the matter is that OSU’s transgressions have robbed college football of what would likely have been one of the highest-rated championship game matchups in recorded history.
A Notre Dame/Ohio State championship game would feature teams that boast the No. 1 and No. 4 national fanbases according to a 2011 New York Times article and would likely dwarf the 21.6 rating that USC and Texas earned in the 2006 Rose Bowl, which is the highest-rated BCS game since the…
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