If there's a team that has gotten the most mention at No. 1 on most early rankings, it's Ohio State. This is a team whose two losses last year came against top-3 competition. They clearly improved as the year went on and ended the year on a high note with an offensive drubbing of Notre Dame. They were well-coached, played a tough schedule, and return a good amount of starters (albeit only on one side of the ball, more on that later). They're not as solid as, say, USC in the 2005 preseason poll, or even the 2003 Ohio State team after their National Championship season the year before. But the Buckeyes are definitely a dangerous team capable of running the table in the regular season. Here's where I have issues, though: I find it ridiculous how this team is consistently placed ahead of Notre Dame.
I know your first argument so I'll throw it out there for you: Ohio State whooped Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl last year, and if that's not a good assessment of where these teams stand, then I don't know what is. In fact, you're right. It is a great assessment of where these teams stood, LAST YEAR. That argument would be a lot more relevant if more than half of OSU's team hadn't graduated or booked it for the NFL. I have beef with OSU's No. 1 argument because, when you line these teams up against each other, I can't see how someone can claim OSU as the better team.
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