Why Ohio State Deserves A Shot At BCS No. 1
Why Ohio State Deserves at Shot BCS No. 1
There has been a lot of exciting college football played this season with some amazing performances and heartbreaking upsets. Teams such as the Missouri Tigers have shocked and amazed people with their unbeaten record in the SEC until coach Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks were able to dish out some anguish in the form of an overtime defeat over coach Gary Pinkle’s Tigers.
The Texas A&M Aggies, led by highly touted coach Kevin Sumlin and the jaw-dropping quarterback Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel, have unfortunately had their struggles and will not be in the title hunt this season. The same can be said for the entire Big 12 football conference.
If the proposed college football playoffs were to be in place this season, it looks like the recently announced selection committee would not have much of a difficult task at this point in the season. Yes, there is still a lot of football to be played, and that will include conference championship games as well as teams being forced to compete with players missing in action. One such team is the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who have been without one-time Heisman hopeful Taylor Martinez for five weeks and are now releasing reports that his wounds are more serious than just a turf toe injury.
The four teams that stick out so far are of course the reigning champions Alabama Crimson Tide of the SEC, the Oregon Ducks of the PAC 12, the Florida State Seminoles of the ACC, and the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten. Unfortunately, this season will not feature a playoff, and fans will most likely see two of these teams compete for at National Championship. Here is an argument for why Ohio State deserves to be one of those teams.
7. Urban Meyer
Coach Nick Saban of Alabama is the reigning national championship coach. Neither Jimbo Fischer of Florida State nor Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks have the experience comparable to Saban's, but Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer does.
6. Braxton Miller
This year has been another year of quarterbacks leading the way in the Heisman race. Both Jameis Winston of Florida State and Marcus Mariota of Oregon are leading candidates for the Heisman trophy this year. Their credentials this season are impressive, but their skills sets do not greatly outshine those of Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller, whose collegiate career has been much more impressive thus far. Miller brings a great deal of experience to the position.
5. Two Years Undefeated
If the Buckeyes win out this season, they will have gone two seasons without a loss. This is something that even the mighty Crimson Tide cannot lay claim to.
The Buckeyes squad has shown resilience and depth this season. Quarterback Miller injured his knee early this year and backup Kenny Guiton stepped in impressively. The Buckeyes were also without top running back Carlos Hyde for the beginning of the season because of disciplinary reasons, but Jordan Hall was able to lead the rushing attack for the Buckeyes very efficiently.
3. NFL-calibre talents Of Corey Brown and Bradley Roby
The Buckeyes are the class of the Big Ten in many ways, and one of those is most certainly speed. The Buckeyes are one of the few teams around the country that can match up with the speed of teams like Oregon. Wide receiver Corey Brown and All-American cornerback Bradley Roby both have NFL-caliber speed.
2. Defense Against the Run
The Buckeyes have faced some good rushing attacks in the Wisconsin Badgers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, just to name a couple. The Buckeyes are a team capable of stopping the run.
1. Special Teams
The special teams for the Buckeyes have been very good this season. They have been effective because of two vital decisions. First, coach Urban Meyer has taken special interest in coaching his team’s special teams this season. Secondly, coach Meyer has committed to playing first-string players on special teams in an effort to get his best talent on the field more often.