Ohio State Buckeyes Should Challenge Boise State Broncos Or Florida Gators

Matthew WilderContributor ISeptember 16, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators attempts a pass during a game against the South Florida Bulls at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It is nice to see that the Buckeyes have Oklahoma on the schedule for the next few years. However, seeing how Ohio State has been a rising power as victories against Oregon and Miami prove, the Department of Athletics at Ohio State should take full advantage of the great situation the university is in. Seriously, they just won the Rose Bowl in January, defeated the Miami Hurricanes last Saturday, and are part of the BCS National Championship talk. It's time for the Athletic Department and the NCAA  to reward the team and the fans with a much tougher schedule. Perhaps OSU could have Boise State or Florida on the schedule along with Oklahoma.

Although it is unusual for any team to square off against two top 25 teams during out of conference play, Ohio State should be one the teams to set such a tone. College football t.v. ratings would be at unprecedented levels and fans would go nuts about this. Alabama , Boise State, Oregon, Texas, and Florida should also get in on this. In fact, most of the top 10 teams should.

This would also make the BCS projections much easier to determine. Of course, many college football fans could say that the risk is certain very powerful teams will be punished by not winning such games. It is a risk, but it is important to seperate the men from the boys.

We should also take into account that some weeks during the season have very little hype at all. This week is no exception. The only big time we have on tap is the ninth ranked Iowa Hawkeyes against the twenty-fourth ranked Arizona Wildcats.