So the defending National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t repeat. I guess Buckeye Nation should’ve reveled in the 2014 team’s accomplishment a little longer, instead of getting greedy for more. But that’s not what this is about. This season just goes to show no matter how talented a team is, winning back to back championships may very well be more difficult than winning the first one.
I titled this “what could’ve been”, but that was just click bait to get you to read this. I’d rather focus on what was. And, what was is very positive and impressive when you look at the totality of what has been accomplished in the last four years, especially considering where this program was at the start of the 2011 season.
Finishing 12-1 with a 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame isn’t a bad or disappointing season. But more impressive, the Senior Class leaves Columbus with a record of 50-4, and is tied for the winningest senior class in COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY. They completed 4 consecutive 12+ win seasons, which included a 12-0 season in 2012 when they were bowl and conference championship ineligible, a Big Ten Championship, an impressive 4-0 record against “that school up north”, a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and the big bad SEC, and a National Championship. How can one be disappointed in that?
In addition to the senior class, the junior class will highlight this spring’s NFL Draft as several of them will be first round picks with Joey Bosa leading the way as potentially the first OSU #1 overall pick since Orlando Pace back in 1997. This team will potentially have 5 players drafted into the first round of this spring’s NFL draft, and as many as 12 in the first 3 rounds.
The offense that was much maligned for the majority of the season, wasn’t as horrid as many fans made it out to be. The Buckeyes finished the season 2nd in the Big Ten in scoring at 35.7 points per game, while averaging 434.1 yards per game. They had the B1G’s number one rushing attack averaging 245.2 yards per game with a league best 39 touchdowns.
5 Buckeyes were selected as First-Team All-B1G performers, and Ezekiel Elliot won B1G Offensive Player of the Year, which is the 4th consecutive season a Buckeye won the award.
And, once again, Ohio State saved the B1G’s reputation, along with the “Fighting Khaki’s”, after a dismal performance by their conference mates in the bowl season. Buckeye Nation can be disappointed that this team didn’t get a shot to defend it’s title, but as Coach Meyer has said on many occasions in the past couple of weeks, the season is not a disappointment.
Enjoy this Buckeye fans, what we have witnessed doesn’t come around often, if at all.