The Best Team In Ohio Is Ohio State, Sorry Cincinnati

Michael PeriattCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2009

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07:  Tony Pike #15 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws a pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.   by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Did anyone hear Isiah Pead? 

He said the University of Cincinnati's football team is better than Ohio State's.

And now I'm engaged in an epic war on Facebook with some UC fans (I'm from Cincinnati) that think he's right.

It's time to set the record straight.

Just because UC is one spot back in the rankings, does not entitle them to make ridiculous claims.

Bandwagon anyone?

Isiah said that because OSU and UC had the same amount of losses last year (three), and because OSU already lost this year, then you'd have to say UC is the better team.

But let's take a little closer look at that, Isiah.

Of UC's three losses last year, they lost to Oklahoma (No. 4), to Connecticut (unranked), and to Virginia Tech (No. 19).

Ohio State's three losses came to USC (No. 1), Penn State (No. 3), and Texas (No. 3).

Ohio State never lost to a team outside the top five while Cinci got thrashed by an unranked Connecticut. Interesting.

But the past is behind us.

Let's look at the present.

So Ohio State lost by three to USC (a perennial national power) while UC beat Rutgers (a team without a quarterback), Southeast Missouri State (a team with two directions and the word "state" in their name), and Oregon State (an admittedly talented team that is probably in the second teir of their conference).

And based on these victories, and OSU's lone loss to USC, UC fans are ready to take that leap of faith and say they are better than OSU.


I mean, give UC credit. You can't fault them for beating the teams on their schedule, but when the toughest team you play is the Oregon State Beavers, then you don't reserve the right to say that you're better than teams who are only losing to the elite.

(And yes, OSU haters, USC is still "elite." In the past few years, USC has lost to sub-par teams and still finished in the top five.)

Also, do you really think the level of skill and athleticism is swayed in UC's favor?

OSU brings in top recruiting classes year after year filled with blue chip athletes from across the nation.

UC, while their recruiting has improved, brings in guys OSU doesn't want. Occasionally, the Bearcats steal one or two guys.

But the bottom line is that OSU has superior athletes and superior football players.

You can argue this if you want, but there's a reason OSU puts more players into the NFL than just about anyone else.

On a semi-unrealted note, I would like to clarify one thing. The UC fans claim that OSU is "afraid" to play them.

Umm, where have they been?

Ohio State has proven that they will play anyone, anywhere. Just look at their schedules: Texas (2005-06), USC (2008-09), Miami (FL) (2010-11), Cal (2012-13), Virginia Tech (2014-15) Oklahoma (2015-16), and Tennessee (2018-19).

Also, we played UC in Cincinnati in 2002 and they are on the schedule for 2012 and 2014.

The apparent response to this is that OSU is afraid to schedule UC now because of how good they are. And in 2012 Brian Kelley will most likely be gone so they won't be as good.

What they don't realize is that OSU makes there schedules years in advance.

Ohio State doesn't have Nostradamus under contract. No one could have predicted UC would be this good three or four years ago.

OSU might have lost a lot of big games lately, but no one can say that OSU is afraid to play anyone.

UC has definitely improved. The fact that I felt the necessity to dignify their assertions by writing this article proves that maybe I feel a little threatened.

But after just three games into the season, a traditionally average team who has beaten other traditionally average teams does not have the right to claim they are better than  a renowned program like Ohio State.