Ohio State President Gordon Gee, promoting the idea that a BCS Conference one defeat team would be preferable to a non BCS conference undefeated team, was quoted;
"We do not play the little sisters of the poor. We play very fine schools on any given day".
A review of the Ohio State Football schedule this year reveals that this statement is...shall we say..shaky at best.
Ohio State's out of conference schedule this year consisted of Marshall (5-7 in Conference USA) an 8-4 MAC Ohio team, who challenged them until the end, a really lousy MAC Eastern Michigan, and a mediocre ACC Miami team that is 7-5.
Their Big Ten schedule also has a fair amount of creampuffs, including Indiana (5-7) a putrid Minnesota that is 3-9 and managed to lose to South Dakota State, a 4-8 Purdue who got beat by Toledo, and middlin' 6-5 Illinois and 7-5 Iowa..
It does not end there. In keeping with their benevolent attitude towards those programs with less pedigree, Ohio State continues to schedule down. In 2011 they start off with Akron and Toledo. Wow. That's tough. Real tough.
They are also taking on a Colorado team that will no longer be the doormat of the Big 12. Nope. Colorado is moving to the PAC, where they can challenge Washington State for bottom of the pile in that conference.
Of course, they get Miami, who is coming off a 7-5 regular season and just fired their coach.
The Ohio State will also benefit from the bottom dwellers in the Big Ten; Indiana, who have not won a title since 1968, Minnesota, still waiting for the return of Bronco Nagurski, and a lousy Purdue all figure to be easy pickings for the Buckeyes next year.
Therefore, in both 2010 and the upcoming 2011 season the team has six "gimmes" in a twelve game schedule.
I guess Mr. Gee didn't bother to read his own teams schedule. Someone send the guy a program.
And while you're at it, tell him to bring back the old helmets with the buckeyes...these new ones look like turd.