Ohio State Buckeyes Fact Sheet: Let the Haters Hate

Nate WagnerContributor IMay 20, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes snaps the ball against the Texas Longhorns during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The haters are out in force this year, Buckeye fans! The hate is in the air and the fingers are on the keyboards as the college football blogospheres light up with disdain for the Scarlet and Gray.

I can't help but wonder what it is that really fuels the hatred for this team. I've heard things like, "They are given opportunities." And, "They never earn anything."

I'm not even here to debate whether that is the truth or not. I think my personal opinion would be apparent. What I would like to do is point out just a few quick facts to the haters:

1. The body of work of tOSU is quite likely better than your team's, according to the list of winningest football programs of all time as of the end of last season:

1. Michigan: 872-297-38
2. Texas: 832-320-34
3. Notre Dame: 831-285-42 
4. Nebraska: 827-337-41
5. Ohio State: 808-306-53

2. The recent body of work by Ohio State is likely better than yours (winningest programs this decade):


RankTeam nameWinning 
Percentage
Games 
Won
Games 
Lost
Games 
Tied
Games 
Played

1Boise State0.8521798170115
2Texas0.8434897180115
3Oklahoma0.84298102190121
4Southern Cal0.8087093220115
5Ohio State0.7982591230

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Now I can hear you all reaching for your keyboards right now to tell me that Ohio state wins because they don't play anyone. This is false and simply not backed up by fact. Ohio State's record against other conferences this decade:

 

ConferenceAll SitesHomeAwayNeutral
Win%gmWLTAvg.ScrWin%gmWLTAvg.ScrWin%gmWLTAvg.ScrWin%gmWLTAvg.Scr
ACC1.000220 33.026.01.000110 44.038.01.000110 22.014.0 
BigEast1.000220 34.015.51.000110 37.07.0 1.000110 31.024.0
CUSA1.000220 25.012.51.000110 27.06.01.000110 23.019.0 
MAC1.00011110 32.012.51.00011110 32.012.5  
MWC1.000330 23.310.31.000330 23.310.3  
SunBelt1.000110 28.010.01.000110 28.010.0  
WAC1.000220 46.58.51.000220 46.58.5  
BigTen0.792725715 28.615.60.80636297 29.814.20.77836288 27.316.9 
BigXII0.667642 30.018.70.500211 33.523.01.000110 24.07.00.667321 29.719.7
PAC-100.667642 20.315.81.000220 26.58.00.500422 17.219.8 
SEC0.000404 18.233.5  0.000404 18.233.5

 

There are a few things there for the haters to chew on.

Firstly, the only conference that tOSU has a losing record against this decade is the SEC. They have met four times. Of those four times, twice was in the national championship game. The results of those games have certainly not been pretty. 

The other two games were a dropped home-and-away series with South Carolina in 2001 and 2002.

If we want to look at the facts, Ohio State has played its way around the conferences and has done so with success. There is no predictor of what team may be good from one year to the next. For example, when Washington was scheduled it looked to be a worthy opponent. It turned out not to be so. 

Lastly, I'd like to state that the haters had better be ready to get a mouthful of Buckeye gaudy stats this season because it is entirely possible it will happen. We won't know until we get there.

There is a big game against USC looming on the horizon. If the Scarlet and Gray wins, it will likely be called a fluke or USC is in a "down year." If we lose, it will add more fuel to the haters' fire.

I'm excited about this season and the hate only helps to make me more so.

For now, let the haters hate. I love it!