There is talk in Columbus that this is the year. This is the year when all the near-misses come to an end. This is the year that all the talent comes to fruition. This is the year that Ohio State will hoist the BCS trophy when it is all said and done.
To be fair, there is a bit of an argument to be made for them. Their schedule looks winnable. The Buckeyes finally got a big monkey off their back when they popped Oregon in the Rose Bowl on New Years. The holy triumvirate is gone, with Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, and Sam Bradford headed to the NFL ranks.
Not so fast. There are some significant hurdles that stand between Ohio State and BCS glory. Here they are.