How Ohio State Would Fare Versus Each and Every Bowl Eligible Team This Season

Billy George@@billzonwheelzCorrespondent IIDecember 22, 2012

How Ohio State Would Fare Versus Each and Every Bowl Eligible Team This Season

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    Unfortunately for the 2012 Ohio State football team, they won't be able to play in any type of bowl game this season. This is because of the notorious sanctions imposed on the program by the NCAA.

    As we enter the 2012-13 bowl season, my mind began to wonder just how my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes would do against some of the tougher teams in the country. 

    So let's evaluate just how the Ohio State would fare versus each and every bowl eligible team in the 2012-13 season.  

Air Force Falcons

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: Mountain West

    Conference record: 5-3 

    Storyline: Led by senior running back Cody Getz, Air Force hasn't looked too good at all this season. They have only won 50 percent of their games and even though they have a 6-6 record, they have literally outscored their opponents by exactly one point per game.  

    The verdict: Ohio State would win by three or four scores in this one. 

Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Record: 12-1

    Conference: SEC 

    Conference record: 7-1 

    Storyline: Alabama is just flat-out stacked. They have one of the best defenses in the country, there are two All Americans on their offensive line alone and their quarterback (AJ McCarron) has the best QB rating in all of college football.  

    The verdict: Alabama would beat Ohio State by at least 14 points. 

Arizona Wildcats

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    Record: 8-5

    Conference Pac-12

    Conference record: 4-5 

    Storyline: Under first year head coach Rich Rodriguez, the Wildcats went on to win the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in a dramatic comeback versus the Nevada Wolfpack. They were led by senior captain Matt Scott who was one of the most efficient passers in the Pac-12. However, Arizona's defense finished just 116th in the country. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would dominate in just about every aspect of the game. 

Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Record: 7-5

    Conference: Pac-12 

    Conference record: 5-4 

    Storyline: Remember when Arizona State actually had a good football team? I do, it was back in the 1996 season when Ohio State knocked off the Jake Plummer-led Sun Devils in the 1997 Rose Bowl. Now the Buckeyes are better than they were in 1996 and Arizona State is worse! 

    The verdict: Ohio State would win by at least 10 points 

Arkansas State Red Wolves

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    Record:  9-3

    Conference: Sun Belt

    Conference record:  7-1

    Storyline: Arkansas State has a very good quarterback in Ryan Aplin. He has shown promise all year, having the 16th-best QB rating in the country  But he is the only true threat that the Red Wolves have as they haven't beaten a ranked team in over a decade. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would make the Red Wolves look like red puppies. 

Ball State Cardinals

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    Record: 9-3 

    Conference: MAC

    Conference record: 6-2

    Storyline: Being ranked 30th in the nation in terms of total yards gained this season, the Cardinals have been pretty successful moving the football down field. But keep in mind they are playing in a very weak conference and they're also ranked 103rd in the country on defense. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would have a field day versus the Cardinals. Literally! 

Baylor Bears

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    Record: 7-5

    Conference: Big 12

    Conference record: 4-5

    Storyline: While the Baylor Bears have accumulated more offensive yards than anyone in the country thus far, they are ranked just 119th in the country in terms of total defense. That's second-to-last in all of college football. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would win by at least two touchdowns. 

Boise State Broncos

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    Record 10-2

    Conference: Mountain West   

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: Boise State has been one of those "BCS Busters" in recent years. But they haven't played a ranked team since they knocked off the Georgia Bulldogs in game one of the 2011 season. They've lost a lot of players since that game though, including four-year starter Kellen Moore. 

    The verdict: The Broncos would hang around for a little bit, but the Buckeyes would pull away in the second half. 

Bowling Green Falcons

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    Record: 8-4

    Conference MAC

    Conference record: 6-2 

    Storyline: Let's face it. The last Ohio team to beat Ohio State in football was Oberlin College way back in 1921. Who knows how many Ohio teams have fell short of beating the Buckeyes since then? 

    The verdict: Ohio State by 21

Bringham Young Cougars

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    Record: 8-5 

    Conference: FBS Independent 

    Conference record: N/A 

    Storyline: The Cougars' record doesn't show how close some of their games have been this season. Four of their five losses were decided by six points or less, and they only lost to Notre Dame (the number one team in the country) by three points. On top of that, BYU also has the third-best defense in the country. They are a pretty tough team. 

    The verdict: Even though the Cougars' defense is solid, I think the Buckeyes would win by at least ten points.

Central Michigan Chippewas

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: MAC 

    Conference record: 4-4

    Storyline: The Chippewas haven't looked so hot on paper this season, going just 4-4 in a very weak conference. They have been inconsistent on each side of the ball and they have even had their fair share of difficulties on special teams too. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would win this one big. 

Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Record: 9-3

    Conference: Big East

    Conference record: 5-2

    Storyline: Being yet another Ohio team that has never beaten the Buckeyes in football, the Cincinnati Bearcats have a pretty solid squad this season. Though they have a big fat three in the loss column, all of their losses were decided by just a touchdown or less. 

    The verdict: Since history repeats itself, Ohio State would take this one by a double digit margin.

Clemson Tigers

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    Record: 10-2

    Conference: ACC

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: Clemson's only two losses came against 12th-ranked Florida State and 10th-ranked South Carolina. Other than that, the Tigers have looked pretty solid. Tajh Boyd has become a very promising signal caller who has accumulated over 4,000 total yards and 40 touchdowns. Senior running back Andre Ellington has been pretty good as well. However, Clemson is 74th in the country in terms of total defense. 

    The verdict: This would be a very good game in my opinion. Because of the Tigers' defensive struggles, however, I think the Buckeyes would win it by a field goal. 

Duke Blue Devils

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: ACC

    Conference record: 3-5

    Storyline: The Blue Devils haven't looked so hot this season. They have the 104th-ranked defense in the country as well as the 69th-ranked offense. That doesn't buy your team a lot of success. 

    The verdict: Duke would stand no chance versus the Buckeyes. 

East Carolina Pirates

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    Record:  8-4

    Conference:  C-USA

    Conference record:  7-1

    Storyline: As only a sophomore, Pirates quarterback Shane Carden was one of the most efficient passers in his conference. He has a pretty good right-hand man in running back in Vintavious Cooper and a sure handed go-to receiver in Justin Hardy. But all of these components haven't been much of a factor versus the better opponents on their schedule. 

    The verdict: Buckeyes by 17 

Florida Gators

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    Record: 11-1

    Conference: SEC

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: Last year, the worst Buckeye squad in over 20 years lost to the Gators by just seven points in the Gator Bowl. This year, quarterback Jeff Driskel is a more polished passer than he was a year ago and the Gators defense is pretty solid. On the flip side, the Buckeyes have improved on both sides of the ball this year. Especially on offense. You know, the one thing Ohio State lacked versus Florida last year. 

    The verdict: I say Ohio State would win this one by one score or so. 

Florida State Seminoles

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    Record: 11-2

    Conference: ACC

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: If one wanted to watch a complete team, I would suggest that they tune in to a Florida State game. The Seminoles are second in the country in total defense, they have the 15th best offense in the land led by senior quarterback EJ Manuel and they have a very solid kicker. 

    The verdict: I think the Seminoles would beat the Buckeyes by a touchdown. 

Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Record: 9-3

    Conference: Mountain West 

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: The Bulldogs have one of the most accurate passers in the country in Derek Carr, and they have a very good tailback in Robbie Rouse, who knows just how to use every bit of his 5'7", 190-pound frame. However, offensive line problems, penalties and inconsistencies on defense makes the Bulldogs a very vulnerable team. 

    The verdict: Buckeyes by 14+ points. 

Georgia Bulldogs

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    Record: 11-2 

    Conference: SEC 

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: Having a very tough defense and an offense led by junior quarterback Aaron Murray (who has the second best QB rating in all of college football), the Georgia Bulldogs are one of the best teams in the country. They were just four points shy of playing in the national championship game. 

    The verdict: I'm afraid Georgia would beat the Buckeyes by a field goal or so.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Record:  6-7

    Conference: ACC

    Conference record: 5-3 

    Storyline: The Yellow Jackets have been inconsistent at their very best this season. Just about the only thing the Yellow Jackets have done well this season is rushing the football. Including quarterback Tevin Washington, Georgia Tech has four players with 500+ yards rushing and they are second in the the country in terms of total rushing yards. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would cruise to victory over the Yellow Jackets. 

Iowa State Cyclones

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    Record: 6-6 

    Conference: Big 12

    Conference record: 3-6

    Storyline: The Cyclones are one of the punching bags of the Big 12 conference. In the last three years combined, they have only won a total of nine games in the conference. Big 12 champion Kansas State has eight conference wins in this season alone. 

    The verdict: Iowa State would get blown out by Ohio State 

Kansas State Wildcats

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    Record: 11-1

    Conference: Big 12

    Conference record:  8-1

    Storyline: The Wildcats live and die by quarterback Collin Klein. He is the heart and soul of the team and his toughness is something worth mentioning in itself. Because of Klein's abilities, a lot of people overlook running back John Hubert. Though he is small in stature, he has a big heart and that is evident on the football field. If Kansas State had a good defense, they might be playing in the national title game the winter. 

    The verdict: Klein would lead his team to a narrow victory over the Buckeyes. 

Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Record: 11-2

    Conference: MAC

    Conference record: 8-0

    Storyline: Kent State is one of those teams that top-notch programs play in the first couple of weeks of the season. Though the Golden Flashes are the champs of the MAC conference, they have only beaten one ranked team in the last five seasons combined. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would win in a blowout. 

Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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    Record: 8-4

    Conference: Sun Belt

    Conference record:  6-2 

    Storyline: Finishing second in the Sun Belt conference, the Ragin' Cajuns have consistently been inconsistent for a very long time now. Despite having an accurate, dual-threat signal-caller (Terrance Broadway) and an authoritative power back (Alonzo Harris), Louisiana Lafayette doesn't have the "it factor" needed to beat a tough opponent. 

    The verdict: Ohio State by 17 

Louisiana Monroe Warhawks

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    Record: 8-4

    Conference: Sun Belt

    Conference record: 6-2

    Storyline: The Warhawks have the 72nd-ranked defense in the country as of now. That's not so hot. However, they have been quietly stable on the offensive side of the ball thanks to quarterback Kolton Browning, who leads the team in rushing and throwing the football. 

    The verdict: Louisiana Monroe would beat the Buckeyes...and then they would wake up from their dream 

Louisville Cardinals

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    Record: 10-2

    Conference: Big East

    Conference record: 5-2

    Storyline: The Cardinals look very sharp under the direction of super sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. He has already became a polished passer is his young career and he carries the team on his back. A pretty solid defense that is ranked 25th in the country supports him.

    The verdict: This would be a pretty close one, but I think that the Buckeyes would pull away about mid-way through the third quarter and wind up winning by a score or two. 

LSU Tigers

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    Record: 10-2

    Conference: SEC

    Conference record: 6-2 

    Storyline: Though the Tigers don't have a top-notch quarterback, they are loaded with talent at every other position on the football field—specially on defense. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would come up a tad short of beating the Tigers. 

Michigan Wolverines

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    Record: 8-4

    Conference: Big Ten

    Conference record: 6-2

    Storyline: Seeing as how the Buckeyes have already beaten the Wolverines, this one's an easy one to pick. 

    The verdict: Ohio State all the way baby! 

Michigan State Spartans

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: Big Ten

    Conference record: 3-5

    Storyline: This is another team the Buckeyes have beaten this year and it was at Michigan State. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would prevail versus Sparty 

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: Big Ten

    Conference record: 2-6

    Storyline: The Golden Gophers are one Big Ten team that the Buckeyes didn't face this year. Having a tough time establishing a ground game and finding a reliable quarterback, Minnesota is very mediocre. 

    The verdict: Minnesota would fall short by at least two touchdowns. 

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Record: 8-4

    Conference: SEC

    Conference record: 4-4

    Storyline: The Bulldogs looked pretty good this season—that is until they actually played a ranked opponent of course. Against the three ranked teams the Bulldogs faced, they were outscored by 76 points. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would win by 10+ points. 

Navy Midshipmen

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    Record: 7-4

    Conference: FBS Independent

    Conference record: N/A 

    Storyline: The last time Navy faced the Buckeyes, they gave them a run for their money. The Midshipmen's triple-option attack can be pretty tricky at times. The problem for Navy is the fact that everyone knows exactly what to expect against them. 

    The verdict: Navy would lose by double digits versus the Buckeyes. 

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Record: 10-3 

    Conference: Big Ten

    Conference record: 7-1 

    Storyline: Nebraska is yet another team Ohio State has already beaten this year. 

    The verdict: Ohio State all the way 

Nevada Wolf Pack

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    Record: 7-5

    Conference: Mountain West 

    Conference record: 4-4 

    Storyline: When evaluating the Nevada football team, there's one name that stands out: Cody Fajardo. The dual-threat quarterback has accumulated 3,907 total yards of offense and 32 touchdowns. On the flip side, the Wolf Pack defense has let even the more inferior opponents gain big yardage on them.

    The verdict: Ohio State would win by 10 to 20 points. 

North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Record: 7-5

    Conference: ACC

    Conference record: 4-4

    Storyline: Mistake-prone would be the best way to describe this year's NC State squad. All year long, the Wolfpack found a way to lose games. In their five losses this year, they turned the ball over 21 times. 

    The verdict: The Bucks would cause mistakes and capitalize on them against the Wolfpack. 

Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Record: 12-1

    Conference: MAC

    Conference record: 8-0 

    Storyline: The Huskies have looked pretty impressive this year. They swept their way through the MAC conference and their only loss came in Week 1 versus the Iowa Hawkeyes by just one point. 

    The verdict: If Iowa could beat the Huskies, the Buckeyes could too. 

Northwestern Wildcats

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    Record: 9-3

    Conference: Big Ten

    Conference record: 5-3

    Storyline: Northwestern is another Big Ten team the Buckeyes haven't faced this season. Though their two-quarterback system can be tricky and they have an accurate starting quarterback, their offensive line is one of their downfalls. Their defense isn't much better either. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would beat the Wildcats convincingly like they always do. 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Record: 12-0

    Conference: FBS Independent

    Conference record: N/A 

    Storyline: Notre Dame's defense has carried them past a bunch of tough teams this year and their offense has just enough spunk to give teams fits. Quarterback Everett Golson has been a bright spot for the Fighting Irish offense and the team looks very legit. 

    On the flip side Notre Dame never saw a QB like Braxton Miller all year 

    The verdict: I think Notre Dame would lead for most of the game but in the end the Buckeyes would prevail just as they did when Brady Quinn was the QB for the Fighting Irish. 

Ohio Bobcats

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    Record: 8-4 

    Conference: MAC

    Conference record: 4-4 

    Storyline: Though Tyler Tettleton and Beau Blankenship give the Bobcats a good one-two punch on offense, they have been ineffective versus some of the tougher teams on their schedule and their defense has had the propensity to give up big yardage and a lot of points. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would come out on top big time in this one 

Ole Miss Rebels

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: SEC

    Conference record: 3-5

    Storyline: The Rebels are known for losing by a lot of points versus ranked opponents. Whether they blow assignments on defense, fail to execute on offense, commit senseless penalties or turn the ball over, they always find a way to beat themselves. 

    The verdict: The Bucks would roll right past the Rebels. 

Oklahoma Sooners

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    Record: 10-2

    Conference: Big 12

    Conference record: 8-1

    Storyline: The Sooners always seem to have a pretty good football team. Senior quarterback Landry Jones has shown that he is a true leader, and they have a good ground game led by running back Damien Williams. However, over the last few years the Sooners have had some problems on the defensive side of the ball—especially versus dual-threat quarterbacks. 

    The verdict: I think the Buckeyes would present more than what the Sooners could handle. 

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Record: 7-5

    Conference: Big 12

    Conference record: 5-4

    Storyline: Being sixth in the country in total yards gained this season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are an offensive powerhouse. The problem with them is that their defense gives up 426 yards per game. That doesn't spell out the recipe for success. 

    The verdict: The Cowboys would fall way short of a victory versus the Buckeyes. 

Oregon Ducks

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    Record: 11-1

    Conference: Pac-12

    Conference record: 8-1

    Storyline: Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota has been a spectacular fit for the uptempo, high octane Ducks offense—completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. On top of that, he has rushed for over 600 yards while averaging seven yards per carry. With speedsters like Kenjon Barner, and De'Anthony Thomas accompanying him, the Oregon offense is lethal. What's surprising is the fact that Oregon isn't bad on defense either. 

    The verdict: Oregon would top Ohio State by about at least one score if they met this year. 

Oregon State Beavers

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    Record: 9-3

    Conference: Pac-12

    Conference record:  6-3

    Storyline: Oregon State looked like a team on a mission all year long. Even in their three losses, the Beavers showed heart. If it weren't for their turnovers, they would likely be 11-1 on the year with their only loss coming to Oregon.  

    The verdict: Ohio State would exploit the Beavers defense en route to a huge victory. 

Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Record:  6-6

    Conference: Big East

    Conference record: 3-4

    Storyline: Though Pittsburgh is sitting at 6-6, they took Notre Dame to three overtimes—away from home. Not only that, four of their losses were decided by 10 points or less. But there's still no denying that the Panthers aren't a quality team. 

    The verdict: Pittsburgh wouldn't be a true threat to the Buckeyes at all. 

Purdue Boilermakers

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: Big Ten

    Conference record: 3-5

    Storyline: We all know what happened when Ohio State played Purdue earlier this season. And the Buckeyes were even without their starting quarterback in the fourth quarter of that game. 

    The verdict: The Boilermaker would come up a tad short. 

Rice Owls

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: C-USA

    Conference record: 4-4

    Storyline: Rice hasn't looked good at all this season, being very turnover prone and not showing up on defense. The saddest part about their porous record is the fact that they didn't play a single ranked team. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would dominate the Owls.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Record: 9-3

    Conference: Big East

    Conference record:  5-2

    Storyline: The Scarlet Knights have a pretty good football team. They beat BCS bowl-bound Louisville and held a Cincinnati team that averages 31 points to just three points. They don't necessarily have players with stats that stand out, but they have a good defense and they are good at finding ways to win. 

    The verdict: Even though I think Rutgers would give the Buckeyes fits, I see Ohio State coming away with a victory in this one. 

San Diego State Aztecs

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    Record: 9-4

    Conference: Mountain West 

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: The Aztecs have looked pretty good at times this season. They don't have a high powered offense and their defense is just flat out average, but they had their bright spots. Whenever they got matched up against a tough team, however, they failed to execute. 

    The verdict: The Bucks would put up many points en route to a blowout over the Aztecs. 

San Jose State Spartans

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    Record: 10-2

    Conference: WAC

    Conference record: 5-1 

    Storyline: The San Jose State Spartans have surprisingly looked like a tough team this year. They only lost by three to the Pac-12 champion Stanford Cardinals, they beat BYU and their only other loss came against a pretty good Utah State team. They showed that they were vulnerable versus some very weak teams though. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would exploit the Spartans' every weakness and come away with a win. 

SMU Mustangs

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    Record: 6-6

    Conference: C-USA

    Conference record: 5-3 

    Storyline: There isn't a weaker team on this slideshow than the Southern Methodist Mustangs. While playing in a rather weak conference, they have been blown out by some pretty crappy teams. 

    The verdict: Ohio State by 3+ touchdowns. 

South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Record: 10-2

    Conference: SEC

    Conference record: 6-2

    Storyline: Led by power back Marcus Lattimore and a very accurate Connor Shaw, the Gamecocks have been pretty impressive this year. They blew out the Georgia Bulldogs and then lost in back -o-back weeks versus LSU and Florida. Their defense is questionable, but overall they have a good football team. 

    The verdict: Though the Bucks would be tested on defense, the combination of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde would steer Ohio State to a victory. 

Stanford Cardinals

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    Record: 11-2

    Conference: Pac-12

    Conference record: 8-1

    Storyline: With solid defense and strong quarterback play, the Cardinals were the only team that was able to slow down the high powered Ducks of Oregon. They were also able to knock off USC, UCLA and Oregon State, and come away with the Pac-12 crown. 

    The verdict: I feel as if Stanford would beat Ohio State just like they beat Oregon. 

Syracuse Orange

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    Record: 7-5 

    Conference: Big East 

    Conference record: 5-2 

    Storyline: Senior quarterback Ryan Nassib is the heart and soul of the Orange, being responsible for 63.7 percent of the team's offense. Syracuse has had a rough time getting things going for the most part this season though, as their record indicates. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would squeeze orange juice out of the Orange. 

TCU Horned Frogs

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    Record: 7-5 

    Conference: Big 12

    Conference record: 4-5

    Storyline: Texas Christian is another one of those BSC busters. But they haven't looked like it at all this year, even though they were able to top the Geno Smith-led Mountaineers. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would crush the Horned Frogs. 

Texas Longhorns

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    Record: 8-4  

    Conference: Big 12

    Conference record: 5-4

    Storyline: Texas hasn't looked like...well, Texas in recent years. They have given up a lot of points to little teams, failed to execute versus ranked opponents and done horrible against their rivals. It doesn't make sense because they consistently reel in top notch recruits. 

    The verdict: Texas doesn't nearly have what it takes to beat Ohio State. 

Texas A&M Aggies

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    Record:10-2 

    Conference: SEC

    Conference record: 6-2

    Storyline: Led by "Johnny Football", the Texas A&M Aggies have looked like a team on a mission this fall. This is primarily due to the fact that they have Johnny Manziel (otherwise known as the first ever freshman to win the Heisman trophy) on their team, but they have a surprisingly good defense as well. They are the only team that was capable of beating Alabama this year. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would give the Aggies a pretty good fight, but would fall just a bit short of a victory. 

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Record: 7-5 

    Conference: Big 12

    Conference record: 4-5

    Storyline: Pass heavy Texas Tech has seen better seasons than this years. Actually, just about each and every ranked team the Red Raiders have faced in the last two years have gotten the best of them. 

    The verdict: Texas Tech wouldn't fare well versus the Buckeyes. 

Toledo Rockets

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    Record: 9-4

    Conference: MAC

    Conference record: 6-2

    Storyline: Being another Ohio team, Toledo has never found luck against Ohio State in the past. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would win very, very big versus the Rockets.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Record: 10-3  

    Conference: C-USA

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: Sure, Tulsa's 10-3 record looks good on paper. But the guys that call themselves the Golden Hurricane haven't faced a ranked opponent all year and they have lost against some pretty soft opponents. 

    The verdict: Ohio State by three scores. 

UCLA Bruins

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    Record: 9-4 

    Conference: Pac-12

    Conference record: 6-3 

    Storyline: The Bruins have looked good for the most part this season, beating ranked teams like Nebraska, Arizona and USC. They have a quarterback (Brett Hundley) who has played well all season and they a running back (Johnathan Franklin) who is fifth in the nation in rushing yards. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would still be dominant on both sides of the ball versus UCLA. 

UCF Knights

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    Record: 10-4

    Conference: C-USA 

    Conference record: 7-1

    Storyline: For being a low profile school from a rather soft conference, UCF has been a pretty awe-inspiring team in recent years. They gave the Buckeyes a scare in Columbus earlier this season,and after that, the only two teams to beat them were Missouri and Tulsa. They just finished their season off with a win over Ball State in the Beef 'O' Brady's bowl. 

    The verdict: Ohio State already proved they could beat the Knights this year. 

USC Trojans

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    Record: 7-5 

    Conference: Pac-12

    Conference record: 5-4 

    Storyline: USC was supposedly "the team to beat" before the season began. But after losing five games this season, we realize the program is far from where it was when a guy named Pete Carroll was their head coach. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would go wild on the Trojans' unsteady defense and Braxton Miller and company would outscore the likes of Matt Barkley and his group of NFL-ready receivers.  

Utah State Aggies

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    Record: 11-2

    Conference: WAC

    Conference record: 6-0 

    Storyline: The Aggies' two losses were by a combined total of just five points and thanks to their explosive offense, they finished off their season with a 42-15 thrashing of the Toledo Rockets in the Idaho Potato Bowl. However, they only played one ranked team all year long. 

    The verdict: Utah State would be overwhelmed by Ohio State, as the Bucks have more talent than each and every team they've seen all year. 

Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Record: 8-4 

    Conference: SEC

    Conference record: 5-3

    Storyline: The Commodores are limited in the amount of weapons they have at key positions on both sides of the ball. However, they didn't do too bad in conference play considering that they play in the best conference in college football. 

    The verdict: Vanderbilt wouldn't have nearly enough fire power that it takes to top the Buckeyes. 

Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Record: 6-6  

    Conference: ACC

    Conference record: 4-4

    Storyline: The Hokies have been just about as average as their record suggests they've been this year. Without a reliant passing game, Virginia Tech hasn't quite been able to stretch many defenses and their defense is pretty poor itself. 

    The verdict: The Buckeyes would breeze right by the Hokies. 

Washington Huskies

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    Record: 7-5 

    Conference: Pac-12

    Conference record: 5-4 

    Storyline: Junior quarterback Keith Price has been the spark plug of the Huskies' offense. He and running back Bishop Sankey create a good one-two punch. Too bad Washington's defense doesn't have any type of spark plug or one-two punch. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would blow by the Huskies just like they did back in 2007. 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Record: 7-5  

    Conference: Sun Belt

    Conference record: 4-4

    Storyline: Being one of the worst programs in all of college football, the Hilltoppers haven't beaten a ranked team as long as I've been alive. Because I am not ashamed to reveal my age, that's been over 22 years. 

    The verdict: Ohio State would demolish the Hilltoppers. 

West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Record: 7-5 

    Conference: Big East

    Conference record: 4-5 

    Storyline: Even though the Mountaineers are lead by one-time Heisman favorite Geno Smith, their defense is flat out terrible, being ranked 108th in the country. There's a reason why they've lost five games this year. 

    The verdict: West Virginia wouldn't come remotely close to beating the Buckeyes.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    Record: 8-5 

    Conference: Big Ten

    Conference record: 4-4 

    Storyline: Since Ohio State already beat the Badgers this season, we're going to go ahead and assume they would win again if they faced them in a bowl game. 

    The verdict: Ohio State wouldn't have too much of a problem taking care of the Badgers. 

The Wrap Up

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    Based on my observations there are eight teams in the country that could beat the Ohio State football team if they faced them this year. Just think if this were correct, the Buckeyes would be able to go 62-8 versus bowl eligible teams. That's pretty darn good if you ask me!

    So what do you think? Are there any other teams that the boys in scarlet and gray wouldn't be able to beat in your opinion? Do you think that I was wrong about any of the teams that I said the Buckeyes would lose to? Feel free to leave your comments below.

    But as I always, God bless and GO BUCKS!!! Have a merry Christmas everyone!