Down for the Count: Why Ohio State Can't Win the Big One
I know the season is still over three months away, but the Ohio State fans are at it again, feeling the rest of the world is afraid of them or owes them something.
While this sense of entitlement is part of the problem with their entire football program, and we'll get to that in detail in a moment, of course the Buckeye fans are way off base on their comments and assumptions.
To answer the direct accusations, I don't hide behind the keyboard from anyone, I also don't challenge or respond to people who challenge me to fist fights. I think the whole idea is pretty trashy. If you really want to find me I'm pretty accessible.
Secondly, while you may not like to hear it, I do know what I'm talking about from first hand experience. I lived in Ohio for almost 10 years, my wife is from Ohio, and her Grandfather played QB for your beloved Buckeyes.
But let's get back to the point of this whole article, that the Ohio State Buckeyes have quite a few substantial reasons that they can't win big games and it doesn't have to do with a particular moment, play, or jumping any sharks.
Firstly, good things seldom happen to teams or people who don't earn what they are given. This is simply the way of the world.
While Ohio State has won plenty of football games and a lot of them against good football teams, they seems to often have a cloud of controversy surrounding whether or not they deserve what they are given. The Buckeyes have yet to prove they are worthy.
It's never a feel good story coming out of Columbus; it's a team that backed into a National Title game against LSU, won a National Title on one of the most disputed plays in college football history, and were given a BCS Bowl berth over a team who was more deserving but played in a less popular conference.
Maybe people would respect the Buckeyes more if they stood up and just won a big game, something the Buckeyes can't seem to do. Whether it be the blowout loss to Florida, USC, or the losses to Illinois and eventually LSU that erased Ohio State's media hype that somehow OSU was unbeatable, the Buckeyes haven't seemed to get it done in quite some time.
Maybe even Ohio State could win a National Championship if they were actually forced to earn something. Being given undue rewards just doesn't seem to be the answer. The way things are going, we may never know.
Could it be the closer NCAA scrutiny on programs is hurting Ohio State just enough to keep them from getting that edge that puts them over the top? Ohio State seems to be ducking charges on a yearly basis.
While I know it's old news, it's tough not to bring up Maurice Clarett one more time. If the NCAA is taking away Bobby Bowden's wins for something some of his players may have done, how does OSU get to keep any wins Clarett was a part of?
It's tough to argue Clarett wasn't a filthy dirty stain on the OSU program. We're talking about a player who led his team to the National Title game, made several key plays and scored the winning touchdown not even being eligible the following season, something is seriously wrong here.
We know Clarett turned up dirty after he left the Buckeye program. We Know Andy Katzenmoyer took Golf to become elgible. We know players played with 0.0 gpa's. We know of players getting cars from boosters. What is there we don't know?
Whether they like or not in Columbus (or anywhere else for that matter), the rules have changed and enforcement and investigations are for real. The financial implications are huge. If the Buckeyes can sell tickets, put people in seats for big bowl games as their fan base is so proud of without winning National Titles, then why bother going the extra mile like Woody used to?
In any event, when a team gets as many chances as the Buckeyes do, eventually those chances run out and it's time to start talking about what could have been or talking up second place like it's what a program of this magnitude strives for. I think that time has already begun for Ohio State' Football program.
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