Before any Ohio State fans take offense, I should throw out this disclaimer—I am an Ohio State alum and diehard Buckeyes fan. I am not some Ohio State hater.
Going 12-0 this year would be awful to stomach. Therefore, I am rooting against it. I am rooting for 11-1 with a loss to anyone remaining on the schedule (although preferably not Michigan).
Here is why.
12-0 gets Buckeye fans nothing but heartache, mental anguish and an even more permanent reminder of the improprieties that landed Ohio State a bowl ban penalty for this year, among other penalties. Let me say, once again, that not only were those penalties fair, but they did not go far enough.
Ohio State going 12-0 is a very real possibility, and so is all those aforementioned issues. The Buckeyes currently sit at 7-0. Their next three games are a pupu platter combination of Purdue, Penn State and Illinois. I cannot fathom them losing against any of those teams. That leaves mediocre Wisconsin and Michigan teams to close out the year. Either team could pull an upset—and I hope Wisconsin does.
Imagine a world in which Ohio State runs the table this year and is the only remaining undefeated team. To a simple minded homer—that would be awesome. To any Ohio State fan with half a brain—that would be torture. Ohio State would not get to play for the National Championship despite the fact they would be the only team without a loss. How on earth is that an enjoyable situation?
Just thinking of the teams that Ohio State might be playing for the National Championship if they were eligible makes it even worse.
Take your pick of Alabama or Florida from the SEC. How sweet would it be to knock the SEC off the podium like Ohio State did to the“unbeatable” Miami, Fla. back in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl? SEC fans would run their mouths (as they always do) leading up to that title game about how Ohio State could not beat them—despite the fact that Ohio State beat Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl the last time they played in a BCS bowl.
Notre Dame might be waiting there. If there is any fan base that runs their mouth more than SEC fans it is Notre Dame fans. What Ohio State fan would not enjoy knocking off Notre Dame like they did in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl? Instead, Ohio State fans would be forced to dream what could have been.
I am sure if Ohio State goes 12-0 there will be Buckeye fans talking a lot about how Ohio State deserves to play for the National Championship. It could lead to a situation that was messier than what we had last year in college football.
There is not a team in college football this year that Ohio State is incapable of beating. That is why I would rather have an 11-1 record and peace of mind. 12-0 gets Buckeye fans nothing more than imaginary bragging rights. That is why for the first, and hopefully only, time in my life I will be rooting for Ohio State to lose a game this season.