Scarlet and Gray: Black and Blue Deja Vu

Jim blogs on another humbling experience on the national stage for Ohio State

Buckeye fans I know were worried that it would happen again...and it did.

Ohio State was crushed by top ranked Southern California 35-3 before a national audience on prime time TV.   The psyche of the Buckeye Nation was already fragile after back to back losses in the Bowl Championship Series title game.    This latest thumping adds to the consensus among the pigskin pundits that the Big Ten in general, and Ohio State in particular, can't compete any longer with the Big Boys of College Football.

That belief is major fodder for the radio talk show and the message boards debates.

But there is no denying that this latest embarrassment hurts the OSU players and the program.   Granted, the Buckeyes were playing without one time Heisman hopeful running back Beanie Wells.   But even if a healthy Wells did play, I don't think it would have made a difference in the game.  The Trojans were far and away the better team last night.   Truth be told, I don't think there's any team in college football that can play with coach Pete Carroll's kids right now.

What's left for Ohio State?  They could very well run the table from here on out and win another Big Ten championship.   Then, depending on how the rest of the season plays out,  the Buckeyes could conceivably  play in  another national championship game next January.

There are some Buckeye fans  I know are hoping that DOES NOT happen.  They don't want to risk yet another defeat in the title game and see their beloved Buckeyes become the Buffalo Bills of college football.

But be careful what you wish for.  Because as the saying goes:  You can't win if you don't play.   And Yogi Berra surely must have said:  "You can't lose 'em all."







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