The Sooners And the Buckeyes: Two Peas From the Same Pod

Doug UrschelCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye poses for a photo prior to the Buckeyes 35-3 loss to the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

No two college teams mirror each other more than the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Both used to be football powers. The operative word is used.

Jim Tressel has coached Ohio State for eight years.  Bob Stoops has coached the Oklahoma Sooners for ten years.

Jim Tressel's Buckeyes won the National Championship in his second year at Ohio State.  Bob Stoops' Sooners won the National Championship in his second year at Oklahoma.

Both football programs have become worse since winning their National Championships.

Jim Tressel has won four bowl games and lost four at Ohio State.  Bob Stoops has won four bowl games and lost six at Oklahoma.

The Sooners and Buckeyes have lost their last three bowl games.

Tressel and Stoops are the only two coaches ever to lose two consecutive BCS Title Games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Oklahoma Sooners are the only two football programs to lose two consecutive BCS Title Games.  

Neither team were much of a factor in the two BCS Title Games they lost. 

Ohio State and Oklahoma continue to be listed near the top of the Coaches Poll in preseason rankings.  

Insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The coaches are not alone in the aforementioned insanity. Major sports magazines continue to rank both teams with blind obedience to their hopes and desires.

Apparently, facts, history and reality will never get between the experts and their personal desires. 

Is it insanity or love?  

Could there be something that would cause the people who keep placing teams in the National Championship Game to use facts, instead of fantasy? Is it possible that the voters don't take their responsibility to place the two best teams in the country in the BCS Championship Game? 

Doesn't the BCS claim the above to be their primary role?—They talk the talk, but sure don't walk the walk.

Currently, the entire nation is looking at a repeat of last year's BCS Championship Game.  Florida vs Oklahoma? Try to get the taste of that out of your mouth.

Is it much of a stretch to believe that the voters of the BCS have an Ohio State, Oklahoma and SEC love affair going? The BCS might start to consider that the viewing public would consider an Oklahoma appearance as a fix.  Common sense doesn't even have to be applied.

Failure upon failure should hurt a football program.  The operative word here is should.

This past season USC was completely written off by the BCS voters because of a loss in their third game.  USC lost at Oregon State by six points in a mid-week night game.

Florida became No. One by losing a Saturday home game to OLE Miss by nine points.

What do you think?  Does it make sense to disqualify USC from playing in the BCS National Championship Game after that six point loss? 

USC had a defense second to none.  Announcers repeatedly expressed how many USC players were going to be drafted into the NFL  That spoke to the quality off players.

Maybe it was too much quality.  Maybe that's why USC was kept below Texas and Oklahoma for the remainder of the year. 

Why give the voters any credit for voting on merit.  The voters had to be voting on agenda.

USC went on to defeat five bowl teams and win their seventh consecutive PAC-10 Championship.  They also had their seventh consecutive 11 or more win season and  seventh consecutive AP ranking of No. Four or higher. 

All of these were either NCAA or PAC-10 records.

USC also won their fourth consecutive Rose Bowl win.  This was a Rose Bowl record.

USC finished the 2008 season ranked No. Three in the AP Poll and No. Two in the Coaches' Poll. 

I guess the voters only felt safe to call a spade a spade after the season was over.

The best that the BCS people can say is they didn't know who was good or bad.  They might say they tried their best, but without a playoff the teams are selected subjectively.

The BCS people can't say that they had no idea how the Oklahoma and Ohio State teams would do.  What about bowl losing streak is difficult for the BCS and coaches to understand?

The Sooners and Buckeyes have given us about a half of a decade of BCS Championship Game failures.  Do the voters want to make it an even decade?

How about this.  Have Oklahoma and Ohio State stand aside and allow more qualified teams to play in the "big game?" 

The two of them can lose in any bowl game.  Why make it the BCS Title Game?