OSU Football: Why The Buckeyes Could Contend For National Title Next Season

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OSU Football: Why The Buckeyes Could Contend For National Title Next Season
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The Ohio State Buckeyes had one of the more unusual seasons in school history in 2010.  The Buckeyes started out a preseason top five team, quickly jumping to No. 1, before losing to Wisconsin. 

The loss to Wisconsin not only put a damper on their national title hopes but also meant they weren't going to the Rose Bowl, either.

As the Buckeyes finished the season 11-1, and earned a trip to the Sugar Bowl, the idea that the Buckeyes would have a chance to defeat an SEC school in a BCS game was something they relished.

Then, after it was revealed five players would be suspended next year for selling memorabilia and accepting discounts on tattoos, a victory over Arkansas seemed somewhat tainted.

The five players facing suspension next year were more than likely all going to be starters, and one, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, was likely to be among the favorites for the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

That the five will miss the first five games of next season more than likely takes Ohio State out of contention for not only the national title but also the Big Ten Championship as well..

Or does it?

Here are five reasons why we could possibly see the Buckeyes in the BCS National Championship next season:

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