Bob Stoops Overall Bowl Record: 4-6 = .400
BCS Bowl Record 3-5 = .375; with loses to schools such as Boise State and West Virginia when Oklahoma was a heavy favorite
Key Non Conference loses in regular season: TCU 2005, UCLA 2005, Oregon 2006,
Record against Rival Texas since 2002: 5-3
Bonus loss: As a favorite - 2003 Big 12 Championship blown out by Kansas State and still played, and lost in the National Title game to LSU
Looking at this, Tressel has a better overall bowl record, better BCS bowl record and a better record against his respective schools top rival. Most importantly, which is what Tressel gets the most heat for, are his fewer key loses than Bob Stoops.
Tressel's key loses are to schools like Texas, USC, Florida and LSU. Each school either won the national title the year they beat Ohio State, or finished in the top 3.
Bob Stoops has key loses to LSU, USC, Florida and also to schools like TCU, UCLA, Oregon, Kansas State, West Virgina and Boise State. Other than LSU, USC and Florida, which are loses both programs have in common, the rest are against inferior programs to Oklahoma and were all games where The Sooners were favored.
Bob Stoops added to this list this season by losing, at home, to BYU.
If Jim Tressel is at fault for anything at Ohio State, it is for setting the bar too high, to early. He has been unable to win a national title since his second year, but outside of that he has been extremely successful. He has won every big game he was supposed to win, except for the National Title game against Florida. He has never lost to an inferior program at any point in his tenure at Ohio State, which is not something Bob Stoops can say.
Bob Stoops has lost multiple games as a favorite, along with multiple games to inferior programs.
Before college football fans, and most importantly Ohio State fans, call for Tressel's head, everyone should take a look around and compare Tressel to his peers. I am certain you will find that he is one of, if not thebest at his position.
Ohio State fans, you need to look around and think about what would happen if Tressel were to be fired. Who would replace him? Who could live up to your expectations? Are there really any coaches out there that are available and nearly as good as what you already have?
I doubt it.
Now - media, lets turn the attention on Bob Stoops and go easy on Tressel.