Ohio State Buckeyes: Refusing to Go Away

Michael Cline@mclinedSenior Analyst IAugust 9, 2009

EVANSTON, IL - NOVEMBER 11:  The Ohio State Buckeyes take the field prior to the start of a game against the Northwestern Wildcats on November 11, 2006 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 54-10.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With the release of the 2010 USA Today Preseason Poll, college football is finally putting the car in drive. In four weeks the stadiums will fill, the fans will cheer, and the players will begin to battle it out on the gridiron.

Although I don't agree with the idea of having a Preseason Poll, it is there, it is relevant, so I cannot choose to just ignore its existence. 

Rating the teams before they've even run out of the tunnel will continue to perplex me, but I must admit that seeing the Poll does get my blood flowing.

College football has one of the most thrilling regular seasons in all of sports, and I love every minute leading up to one of the worst postseasons in all of sports. 

The top five teams listed were fairly predictable if you've been following college football in the off-season. With Florida at No. 1 and Texas, Oklahoma, USC, and Alabama filling in the rest of the spots respectively. 

Then come the Ohio State Buckeyes sitting pretty at No. 6. The team the nation loves to hate is in fact refusing to go away.

The Buckeyes have lost three straight BCS Bowl appearances, two coming in the National Championship Game. 

Because of this, many fans across the nation deem Ohio State as overrated, unworthy, and downright bad.

But is this true? Are the accusations against one of college football's most storied Universities accurate?

The Buckeyes have four Big Ten titles, shared twice, in four years. They've also been to a BCS Bowl game six of the last seven seasons. 

Although their record in those bowl games is less than flattering, their ability to maintain top level performance throughout the season is unprecedented.

Jim Tressel has come under fire recently, with his struggles in the post-season, but he continues to build championship caliber teams by recruiting the best players from all over the country. 

And with those recruits comes a team that will continue to be in the Top 10, whether you like it or not. 

It's exciting to be a college football fan when camps begin to open, but even more exciting to be a Buckeye fan. 

No matter the hard knocks we've taken over the years, our team is still our love and nothing will change that. Not even the four-win season in 1988.

Ohio State is once again favored to win the Big Ten and will have an early shot at proving their national stakes with a September 12 meeting against USC.

Losing to the Trojans in Columbus would be tumultuous, but a win should solidify the team as being contenders once again.

Is the nation ready for that? Are they ready to see the boys in Scarlet and Gray on national television in early January? Are they ready to swallow their pride and give Ohio State the credit they'll deserve?

It may be too early to tell, but in the mind of the Buckeyes who will put on their pads Monday for training camp, there will be an answer.

One way or another, ready or not, here they come.


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