The Ohio State Buckeyes are two games away from achieving the team’s first unbeaten regular season since the school went to the national championship game in 2006. They lost, of course, and blemished that record.
If the Buckeyes had self-imposed a bowl ban on themselves last season, instead of earning a Gator Bowl bid in 2011, we’d be talking about their BCS title chances rather than the moral victory of running the table without a bowl appearance this season.
Hindsight is 20-20, though. No one could have known the Bucks would have fallen off that drastically last season without a couple of players and their head coach. Their final 6-7 record wasn’t just bad, it was historically bad. Ohio State hadn’t ever lost seven games in a season and hadn’t posted a winning percentage under .500 since 1966.
So yeah, it wasn’t something anyone saw coming or even though possible, despite the circumstances.
Luckily for the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer has turned…
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