Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Heading into next season myself and many others will simply be hoping for one thing, the avoidance of yet another BCS Title Game featuring the Buckeyes. Throughout the season I expect to be joined by many additional folk cheering against the Buckeyes and for their 1st, 2nd and possibly 3rd loss. Whatever is needed to keep them out of the title game.
In 2008 the Quest to Keep Ohio St. out of the National Title Game rests mostly on the shoulders of the Trojans. On September 13th the Buckeyes will head into the LA Coliseum 2-0 coming off easy victories over Youngstown St. and Ohio and looking for a significant upswing in the polls. A victory for the Buckeyes in LA will give them the #1 out of conference victory of the season. USC will assuredly be amongst the preseason favorites and a road victory against a top five team goes a long way to push a team towards a repeat trip to the title.
A victory by the Trojans however would make the Buckeyes assent much more difficult. If the Trojans could avoid two Pac 10 slip ups they would certainly be assured a higher ranking than the Buckeyes. This means that a single undefeated squad and a 1 loss or better Trojans results in the relegation of the Buckeyes. In addition if the Buckeyes proceed to drop a single Big 10 game and the 2008 season unfolds with less drama than the 2007 version than a two loss Buckeyes squad should expect a trip to the Rose Bowl or worse.
It's 8+ months away but the college football season has one essential matchup in which Tommy the Trojan must decapitate the Title hopes of Brutus the Buckeye.