BUCKEYES WERE REALLY IN A REBUILDING YEAR

     The national championship game was fun to watch-- but LSU was the better team and Ohio State was at a distinct disadvantage playing in New Orleans-- just ask Notre Dame about last year's Sugar Bowl!  LSU blew both teams out-- it's like Michigan playing a bowl game in Ford Field-- that would be the Motor City Bowl, but you get the idea.

     Ohio State played a soft schedule, especially in the non conference-- Akron, Youngstown State and Kent State-- are you kidding me.  Woody Hayes would never play such small schools.  Ohio State going through the Big Ten wasn't that big a deal either-- heck the Buckeyes struggled at home just to put away Michigan State.  They lost Heisman quarterback Troy Smith and two NFL calibre receivers so why should they be better than last year's team which lost by four touchdowns to Florida?

     I've always said you can win the national title at either Michigan or Ohio State.  The winner of their final game gets a shot at the national title and that's been the case each of the past two years.  And the rest of the teams in the league, generally speaking, just do not generally stack up.  Many of the other leagues have conference championship games which the Big Ten does not.  Some teams that are favorites can lose and fall out of BCS title game contention.  That's how Ohio State made it to New Orleans in the first place.  The Buckeyes are decent, not great.  I'd rank them somewhere around eighth in my final top ten.

     And my final five would read-- USC, LSU, Georgia, West Virginia and Missouri.  No scientific process there.  Just a feeling of the top five teams in order at season's end.  As for Michigan State-- the Spartans' loss to Boston College moved the Eagles from 14th to tenth in the Final A-P poll out Tuesday.  If you watched the game you tell me-- do you think Boston College is one of America's ten best teams from this past season?

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