What If Terrelle Pryor Didn't Sign With Ohio State?

Michael PeriattCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes moves to pass the ball during the Big Ten Conference game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Ohio State football always has excitement surrounding it. Naturally, any program that has had the level of talent and success the Buckeyes have had are going to attract a lot of attention.

But think about this for a second.

What if the Buckeye's didn't have Terrelle Pryor?

Most of the nation has written the Buckeyes off as the slow team that can only win in their weak conference anyway.

The only national attention they get surrounds Pryor. And the sad thing is, it makes complete sense.

I liken it to women’s tennis player. Without Pryor, the Bucks are good (Probably between 15th and 20th in the world rankings with a couple tournament wins) But with Pryor, not only does their tennis player become a top-seven player that's won a couple majors, but she becomes super hot.  So hot, she's getting modeling gigs on the side.

Now, please don't take this the wrong way. I am in no way commenting on Pryor's looks. I'm just saying that Pryor makes the Buckeyes exciting and at the same time a better team.

He passes "The Bladder Test."

What's the "The Bladder Test" you ask?

Say you're watching a game with your buddies and whatever you’re drinking is running through you like Usain Bolt. Your team isn't in the red zone and there is at least six minutes left in the game. You have to go so bad you might have to stand up and move around a little bit just to spread it out, but you don't want to miss anything in the game.

When Pryor is in the game, you risk a urinary track infection and stay put because there’s always a chance that he’s going to do something special. Something you’ve never seen before.

Even fans outside of Ohio will spend a few minutes of their Saturday to see if he’s the real deal.

So that brings me back to the original question.

What if the Buckeyes didn't have TP?

How much of a difference did it make that he chose Ohio State?

What if he chose Michigan or Penn State?

1. Ohio State would not be a preseason top ten team.

2. The starting QB would be Joe Bauserman or some recruit that isn't nearly as gifted as Pryor. Now I like Bauserman as much as the next guy, but I was at the spring game and trust me; there's a sizeable difference.

3. If Pryor signed with Penn State, Daryl Clark would probably still be the starter, but the Nittany Lions would be the consensus preseason Big Ten Champion pick.

4. If he signed with Michigan, they'd be a top 25 team. (Yes, he would make that much of an impact on their offense.)

5. Ohio State's chances of redemption in the next five years are cut down significantly because of the lack of a game changing athlete.

It's amazing that what hat an 18-year-old kid decided to put on a little over a year ago has such an impact on college football.

At least he put on the Scarlet and Grey.