While Other Teams Fall, Ohio State Maintains Its Consistency

Sean JacksonContributor IIIDecember 15, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes encourages his players before the game against the Michigan Wolverines on November 21, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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This season saw some great moments and some not so great moments for Buckeye fans. The wins against Penn State , Iowa and Michigan gave the season a high note. The bitter loss to USC and the collapse at Purdue left many fuming.

Expectations for Buckeye fans every year is a national title or bust. And who can blame them? Jim Tressel has raised the bar for this program. While the two losses kept Ohio State from its ultimate goal, it could be a lot worse.

For one, you could be a USC fan. USC finished its season 8-4 and has the Emerald Bowl on the day after Christmas to look forward to.

You could be an Oklahoma fan. Sooner fans saw their season come to an end when Sam Bradford went down. Oklahoma has a date in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

You could be a Bulldog. Georgia finished 7-5 and 4-4 in the SEC. They have the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl to look forward to.

Even worse you could be a Michigan fan. Michigan started the season 4-0 before going 1-7 in a mediocre Big Ten. They’ll be watching the bowl games from home.

So while “Tressel ball” is boring and almost unwatchable, it is very effective. While teams like Oklahoma and USC have fallen off the radar, Ohio State returns with its fifth straight Big Ten title and its eighth trip to a BCS game. Don’t get me wrong, it is frustrating they’re not playing for a title, but it could be a lot worse.

Buckeye Tidbits

Buckeye fans got a glimpse into what the men’s basketball team is like without Evan Turner . It wasn’t pretty. The Buckeyes lost to Butler 74-66. It was clear that Jon Diebler isn’t the same player without Turner. Evan’s big play capabilities gave players like Diebler open looks. This could be a long eight weeks for the Buckeyes.

On the plus side, the ninth ranked Ohio State’ women’s basketball team went on a 12-point rally to defeat Mississippi 79-77. Samantha Prahalis led the Buckeyes with 17 points. The girls are 10-1 and face Wright State at home tonight. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

The Buckeyes men’s hockey team had a tough weekend, dropping a game to top-ranked Miami (Ohio) 4-2. The Buckeyes led 2-0 going into the third period before the Redhawks mounted their comeback. In the third period Miami outshot the Buckeyes 17-9, scoring four goals in the process for the win.