5 Reasons Why Ohio State Belongs in BCS Title Game
5 Reasons Why Ohio State is Deserving of a BCS Title Game Berth
There are more things that need to be taken into account when it comes to arguing about who should be included in the BCS Title Game. It goes beyond strength of schedule and the conference a team plays in. Their talent, depth, record, success against other ranked teams, among others need to be taken into account as well. Ohio State will face their toughest test of the season when they meet the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday. We will get to see how good they really are and that they can compete with the top defense in the nation. A win over Michigan State should no doubt put them in the BCS Title Game. There are still going to be some SEC fans who think a one-loss SEC team like the Auburn Tigers should be there instead of Ohio State just because they are in a stronger conference, have a stronger schedule and because they knocked off the former No. 1 team in the Alabama Crimson Tide. Just because you beat the No. 1 team in the nation does not mean that you deserve to be in the title game, especially when you have one loss and there are undefeated teams left like Ohio State and the Florida State Seminoles.
Urban Meyer gained experience coaching in the BCS Title Game when he was coaching the Florida Gators. He has also led his Buckeyes to a current 24-game winning streak that broke a school record and is currently the nation’s longest. That winning streak is hard to ignore. The Buckeyes went 12-0 last season, but were banned from postseason play and likely would’ve gone to the title game if it weren’t for the postseason ban.
Ohio State’s defense has struggled this season, but their offense has been unstoppable and is one of the best in the nation. It has won them plenty of games this season and will likely continue to do so. A national championship for Ohio State could change the perception of the Big Ten. Why shouldn’t the Buckeyes be given the chance to compete in the BCS Title Game?
Here are the five biggest reasons why Ohio State belongs in the BCS Title Game.
5. Coaching experience
Many think that if Ohio State plays in the title game, that they will be unprepared and get run all over no matter who they play. Don’t forget who their coach is now. It’s Meyer, who coached Florida to the title game in 2006 and beat the Buckeyes to win the national championship in just his second season with the Gators. It’s his second season with the Buckeyes. Can he do it again? There is no question that Meyer knows how to win, especially in big games. He won a national championship with the Gators in 2008 as well. He’s been there before and knows how it works. He will have the Buckeyes prepared if they are given the chance to play in the title game.
4. Winning streak
The Buckeyes are undefeated under Meyer. They currently hold the nation’s longest and a school record winning streak at 24 games. Their 12-0 season last year likely would’ve sent them to the title game, but they were banned from postseason play because of the tattoo scandal that involved Terrelle Pryor, among others, and forced former head coach Jim Tressel to resign. If they beat the Spartans in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday, then they deserve to play in the title game.
3. Ability to win big games
Meyer knows how to win big games and he has taught his team how to do so as well. They played and beat two ranked Big Ten teams back-to-back this season. They beat the Wisconsin Badgers at home 31-24, then beat the Northwestern Wildcats 40-30 the next week in Evanston. They won the games they were supposed to win and even completely annihilated much inferior teams in both non-conference and conference games. Their near-loss against the Michigan Wolverines this past week is a testament to how great this rivalry is. You can just throw the records out the window when Ohio State and Michigan play each other. The game was also in Ann Arbor and Michigan played better than they have all season and didn’t make the mistakes they normally make. The Buckeyes are favored to beat the No. 10 Spartans on Saturday, and if they do win, that’s another win in a big game that they can add to their resume.
2. Undefeated record
Allowing a one-loss SEC team to jump the undefeated Buckeyes to play in the national title game would be an injustice to college football. Ohio State has been undefeated two seasons in a row and they deserve the opportunity to play in the title game, no matter what conference they are in or how strong their schedule is. They just need to beat Michigan State first to keep their national title hopes alive.
1. Explosive offense/Braxton Miller/Carlos Hyde
Ohio State’s explosive rushing attack has only gotten better as the season has progressed. The combination of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde in the backfield is enough to make any defense nervous, even Michigan State’s No. 1 defense. This running game has won plenty of games for the Buckeyes this season. Hyde is a 1,000-yard rusher, a feat he achieved in just eight games this season. He is also the first 1,000-yard rusher under Meyer. Hyde has rushed for 14 touchdowns and averages 7.8 yards per rush. He has rushed for over 100 yards in the last seven games for the Buckeyes, including two 200-plus-yard efforts, one of which came just last week against Michigan. Miller can beat you with his legs or his arm. He is always a threat to run and has rushed for around 150 yards or more in the past three games along with six rushing touchdowns. Another 100-plus-yard rushing performance against Michigan State on Saturday would allow Miller to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark as well. It is difficult to stop both of them, but doing so could be a key to victory for the opposing team. Stopping one or the other is not an option because the other is still a threat and can win the game for the Buckeyes on his own, much like Hyde did against Northwestern when Miller was struggling.