Ohio State's football program headed into 2012 with hopes of erasing the shadow that hung over the program from the previous year. Thirteen weeks and 12 games later they accomplished their goal.
In the past decade, Ohio State has shown the slim margin between a historic season to remember and a historic season the Buckeye faithful wants to forget.
The 2002 team went undefeated, but they needed a little luck and good timing. They went 14-0 with seven of those wins coming by a TD or less.
Later, the 2011 team showed what could come with a little bit of bad luck and bad timing. The Buckeyes' seven losses came by an average of seven points and only Miami beat Ohio State by more than a TD.
So Buckeye fans, enjoy this undefeated season because they don't grow on trees—only six in Ohio State history. Even with a coach as good as Urban Meyer. The 12 plays that went Ohio State's way to save, turn around or just were awesome could have gone the other way. This Ohio State team—which won six games by a TD or less—could have just as easily dropped four games.
There were several reasons the team didn't lose: Zach Boren and John Simon's leadership, coaching upgrades and the occasional flare for the dramatic provided by several different players.