The Ohio State Buckeyes were a 12-0 football team, are currently ranked #3 in the AP Poll, and are one of only two undefeated teams in the country. None of these things, however, thanks to the postseason ban, seem to mean anything to anyone.
I am one of the first and foremost people to say that Ohio State deserved the sanctions they were given and needed to clean up their act a bit. The bowl ban and the sanctions should not, however, give the Buckeyes this blatant disrespect from everyone around college football.
It started off with the Big Ten coaches. While voting for the All-Conference teams, in an apparent, and childish, message to Coach Meyer, the Coaches of the Big Ten did not select a single Ohio State Buckeye to the first team on the offensive side of the football. Braxton Miller, the award winner for best offensive player and best quarterback in the conference, was voted as a second teamer by the Big Ten coaches. Corey Brown and Carlos Hyde were also voted second team, while Andrew Norwell and Jack Mewhort were left completely off of the ballot.
It then turned to Bret Bielema during the 2012 Big Ten Championship game. Bielema stated that Wisconsin deserved to be there, even after their 5 losses, simply because they were eligible. Ohio State went into Madison, and even in the midst of one of their worst offensive outputs of the season, defeated the Badgers on the way to an undefeated season. It was obvious that the Badgers did not deserve to be there. It was a clear jab at the Buckeyes. Bielema and Meyer got off to a rocky start and clearly that trend is going to continue.
Last night, the Heisman nominees were announced and, of course, Braxton Miller was left off of the ballot. Accounting for the most total yards in a single season in Ohio State football history, Miller lead the 12-0 Buckeyes to their first undefeated season in 10 years and only the sixth in school history. Meanwhile, Colin Klein, who had nearly the same numbers as Braxton and one more loss, is on his way to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Granted, Braxton was not going to win the award, however, he definitely should have been invited to the ceremony as he was truly the most valuable player on one of the two undefeated teams in the country.
Urban Meyer said at the beginning of this season that he wanted an angry football team. I don’t think he ever got one. This football team was not angry, but was instead selfless and loving. They weren’t angry because they had nothing to be angry at, outside of themselves. Next season, however, the anger should be steaming out of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
“Maybe someone took something from you?!” Meyer exclaimed during that meeting at the beginning of the 2012 campaign. Well, they certainly have, haven’t they? They took a Heisman nomination, a chance at a National Championship, your Big Ten 1st Team All-Conference accomplishments, and all the respect that you deserve away from you. Think about that this offseason. Let it boil beneath your blood until spring and fall camp start. Then unleash the fury. The road to 13-0 starts now, gentlemen, what kind of football team are you going to be? An angry one.