Ohio State or Miami: Which Troubled Program wins a National Championship First?
One of the best games of the day will be the Miami Hurricanes and the Ohio State Buckeyes playing in the Orange Bowl.
The rematch from a year ago should be more interesting this year, but it certainly isn't what was advertised at the beginning of the year. The game was supposed to consist of Jim Tressel against Al Golden, Terrelle Pryor against Jacory Harris, the Miami defense against the Ohio State offense and fireworks were supposed to be going off every quarter.
Now the game features a revamped Ohio State offense and a Miami team that will be back in full force after the suspensions were served. Miami appears to be the favorite in this contest, but looking long term which team has the upper hand?
Miami still faces more penalties from the NCAA as does Ohio State, but Miami looks to have a more severe hammer thrown down on them.
So which team has a brighter future and a better chance of winning a national championship first?
The nod has to go to Ohio State. The Buckeyes are still a program that has the same prestige. The scandal that Terrelle Pryor and company brought on the program will be short lived.
Suspensions may still come down from the NCAA and some scholarships will likely be taken away, but the program at the core will still flourish. Ohio State is still one of the best programs in the country and from a recruiting standpoint, they are second to none. Even in the mist of this scandal, Ohio State was pulling in top recruits.
Miami, on the other hand, still has a good name but Al Golden's first recruiting class was nothing special and that trend is going to continue. The death penalty may not be a factor anymore for the Hurricanes, but they will still have scholarships stripped for a couple of years and that's going to hurt their recruiting even more.
Florida State and Florida are cleaning up in the state of Florida, and even the smaller teams like Central Florida and South Florida are stealing recruits from Miami. If South Florida or Central Florida somehow end up in the ACC, they will steal even more recruits from Miami.
Miami may never recover from this and if they do it won't be for a while. Ohio State has the upper hand in this argument because if Luke Fickell fails as head coach this season, they will get a bigger name coach than Al Golden. They will continue to be one of the best programs in the country and will continue to dominate in the Big Ten.
Ohio State wins this argument and will win a National Championship before Miami.
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