As the Ohio State Buckeyes went charging toward the middle of the field to throw Gatorade on head coach Urban Meyer, they finished their 2012 season as only one other team had: undefeated.
In just one season, all the promise that came with Meyer’s hiring had come true. The team went from a sad-sack 6-7 squad all the way to the pinnacle of college football.
One problem: A bowl ban leaves Ohio State ineligible to compete in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game or play to play for the national championship in January.
For all intents and purposes, the bowl ban has done the seemingly impossible: rendered an undefeated season completely meaningless in the long scheme of the program.
That’s not to downgrade the actual accomplishment of finishing the year 12-0. The Buckeyes’ run was strong, included some scintillating last-minute comebacks and (at times) defied logic.
This Ohio State season is actually strikingly similar to the nation’s other undefeated squad, the No. 1 Notre…
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