Ohio State Football: Why Jim Tressel's Buckeyes Are a College Football Dynasty

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Ohio State Buckeyes football head coach Jim Tressel speaks to the crowd following the introduction of the football seniors at halftime of the basketball game against the Miami RedHawks at Value City Arena on November 26, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 66-45. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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For as much as Ohio State struggled in the 1990s with John Cooper, Buckeye fans have great reason to be proud of the work that Jim Tressel has done.

Since 2001, Tressel has won one national title, played for two more, and won or shared seven Big Ten conference titles, including a record six straight.

Even the legendary Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, among other coaches, haven't been able to match what Tressel has done.

So does this make Jim Tressel's OSU teams of the 2000s a dynasty? Considering their consistency of staying in the top ten, the answer has to be yes.

While in Columbus, Tressel has won at least 10 games in eight of his 10 seasons.

Although he gets flack for not being flashy and having an inability to beat big non-conference opponents, he has mostly avoided the type of seasons that Texas and Florida are going through currently.

His biggest problem has been an arch-conservative nature on offense, in the process making his teams seem boring.

But plain and simple, he wins.

He wins conference games in November and beats Michigan, going 9-1 against the archrival Wolverines.

Tressel, however, has an Achilles heel. That is the SEC, going 0-fer against a conference that has been a thorn in Ohio State's side, with a 1-8-1 record in their history.

Ironically, the other teams in the Big Ten which Ohio State has dominated have not had as much of a problem with SEC teams for some reason.

But for Tressel's struggles against SEC teams, he has pulled off some good bowl upsets as well, including the 2010 Rose Bowl where Oregon was favored by as many as four points.

The game that everyone will remember him for is the shocking upset of double-digit favorite Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, where a powerful Hurricane offense came up against a roadblock defense from Ohio State.

And consider the Miami offense featured powerful weapons including WRs Andre Johnson and Roscoe Parrish, TE Kellen Winslow, Jr. and RB Willis McGahee, all of whom have been good to great in the NFL.

While the pass interference call heard 'round the world is what most people will associate with that game, don't forget how Tressel's team was in control of that game for a majority of the second half.

Since then, it seems as if Tressel's Buckeyes have put up a residence in the BCS, playing in seven BCS bowl games in nine seasons (not including this season).

While other programs have come and gone from dynasties including Miami and USC, Ohio State has been a model of consistency.

Does Tressel need to improve on flaws? Like all coaches, of course.

Tressel's offensive philosophies hinge on protecting the football and not letting the offense loose unless he trusts his players to keep possession and not make costly turnovers.

But this philosophy does at times restrict the playmaking ability of his skill players by not using them in the most effective and explosive manner.

Regardless of the criticisms, there is no doubt that Ohio State football under Jim Tressel is as good as it's ever been, going back to the days of Woody Hayes.

And when Buckeye fans can celebrate a win over Michigan and a trip to the BCS almost every season, life in Columbus is good.

This article is featured on The BCS Blitz. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @bielik_tim.

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