“Sometimes you have great games and sometimes you don’t.”
Those were the words Ohio State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith used in the aftermath of a surprising and brutal 41-14 thrashing at the hand of the Florida Gators in the 2007 national title game.
The Buckeyes had entered that game as college football’s most dominant team, going wire-to-wire through the 2006 season ranked atop the polls while putting together a perfect 12-0 campaign.
Their perfection came to a screeching halt in Glendale, Arizona that night.
Some Ohio State fans try to blame the loss on Ted Ginn Jr.’s freak injury during the game’s opening kickoff. Some try to blame it on the long layoff between the end of Ohio State’s regular season and the title game.
Those who can be honest with themselves know that there was something much different that separated Ohio State and Florida that night.
The Gators’ front seven manhandled one of the greatest offenses in Ohio State history.
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