Ohio State Football: Buckeyes' Chances for a Special Season Still Alive

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 10:  Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is pursued by Robert Bell #38 of the Toledo Rockets on September 10, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Toledo 27-22. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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I'm not sure there has ever been more negative talk around any 2-0 team than there has been around this 2-0 Ohio State Buckeyes team.

Even though they have yet to lose a game, there is a feeling of inevitability around the team. Surely, most would think, this team will lose a game at some point this season. They are without their long-time head coach. and several key players are serving suspensions.

I understand the frustration over how the offseason has gone down in Columbus, but there's no reason for that defeatist attitude.

Every goal for Ohio State's season is still very much in play and within reach.

The first goal of any season at Ohio State is to win the Big Ten title. Of course, there are hopes for bigger things than that, but a Big Ten title is the first goal.

Who's to say that the Buckeyes won't win the Big Ten title this year?

Only Wisconsin seems decidedly better, but anything can happen in one game, especially when that game is at home in the Horseshoe, as the big matchup against the Badgers will be.

As for bigger goals, a perfect storm is brewing for those to be in play as well.

This isn't a banner year for great college football teams. Only Oklahoma seems to be poised to win a national title. There are offensive questions about LSU and Alabama, and there have always been questions about the legitimacy of the Boise State Broncos.

The Buckeyes are down a few players. There's no doubt about that. It's not like they are throwing random scrubs out there, though. Ohio State has recruited just about as well as anyone in the nation over the last five or six years, and they will still have blue-chip, five-star players all over the field.

It's really not hard to envision a scenario where Ohio State just keeps winning and slowly moving up the rankings.

Before you know it, the Buckeyes will be back in their familiar position at the top of the college football world.