In 2012, Ohio State went 12-0 and won the Leaders Division of the Big Ten Conference. But due to past transgressions made by a former head coach and several former players, the Buckeyes were ineligible for post-season play as the NCAA handed down a one-year ban along with other penalties.
This season, Ohio State is off to an unblemished 6-0 start after defeating two ranked teams in consecutive weeks, an impressive feat. Through six weeks of the season, no other FBS team has accomplished that. In fact, only two other programs in the Top 25 have two wins over ranked teams.
With that, though, the Buckeyes remaining schedule seems to go downhill following OSU win over No. 16/15 Northwestern, especially if Michigan can’t get their collective “_hit” together. The Wildcats just might be the highest-ranked team the Scarlet & Gray will face until January.
But since Saturday’s game, the mainstream media trolls have been out in full force. Of course with one of, if not, the largest fan base in the country, the key for any mainstream media website is to bash the Buckeyes. That guarantees visitors and page views.
The tagline of my website says, “America’s Team,” because you either love or hate Ohio State.
Let’s begin with Yahoo! Sports and Pat Forde.
Forde, who once worked as a national columnist and regular on various shows across the ESPN platforms, joined Yahoo! in 2011 to pursue a career with “more journalistic freedom.” I’m guessing that meant Forde wanted the ability to write whatever crap came to his mind.
In an article entitled, “Ohio State powers past Northwestern, but hardly looks pretty in BCS beauty contest,” Forde mentions in the beginning about senior running back Carlos Hyde and the incident over the summer at a downtown Columbus nightclub.
Mr. Forde states that Hyde served a three-game suspension for “allegedly slapping a woman at a nightclub.”
Again, journalists are usually armed with the facts. Forde seems to have forgotten those.
Hyde was a “person of interest” by police in the alleged assault against a female patron at Sugar Bar 2 that occurred early Saturday morning on July 20.
Later, surveillance video was released. From what I saw, and what most others did from that video is that the woman, who was underage and inebriated, swung at Hyde first. It’s unclear that Hyde ever struck the woman.
On July 30, Columbus Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said “as far as the police department is concerned, the case is officially closed.” No charges were filed, though Hyde still served a suspension.
Forde went on to say that “Ohio State has trudged through its two hardest games between last year and Nov. 30, holding off Wisconsin and rallying past Northwestern. If it weren’t for preseason polls and brand recognition, the Buckeyes would be nowhere near No. 3 in the USA Today coaches poll. The only ranked team they’ve played was the No. 16 Wildcats.”
Following a bye this week, Ohio State hosts Iowa on Oct. 19, then its home vs. Penn State (3-2), at Purdue, another bye, at Illinois, home vs. Indiana, and the regular-season finale at Michigan.
Yes, that’s fairly easy. But it’s not Ohio State’s fault that the rest of the Big Ten is deemed as weak. As of press time, the Big Ten is ranked fifth, just behind the Big XII. Of course, leading the pack is the almighty SEC, followed by the Pac-12 and ACC.
I also must admit I’m not a fan of “style points.” A win is a win.
But the schedule is what it is. And usually the non-conference portions are put together years in advance. In future years, Ohio State has several home-and-home match-ups set up with Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, North Carolina, TCU, Oregon, Boston College and Texas up through the 2023 season. The problem is, there are no guarantees that any of these teams will be any good when Ohio State meets up with them on the gridiron.
Years ago when California was added to the schedule, the Golden Bears were a perennial top 25 team under former head coach Jeff Tedford, who produced eight first-round draft picks and 40 eventual NFL’ers like Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch and Javid Best.
Of course, part of Ohio State’s scheduling problems for this season was the result of Vanderbilt cancelling a trip to Columbus last October. That led OSU’s athletic director, Gene Smith, to scramble last minute to find an opponent which turned out to be San Diego State.
But one has to wonder why Smith reached out to schools like Buffalo and FCS-member Florida A&M. Buffalo was added to the 2013 schedule back in February of 2012.
And then there’s Matt Hayes from Sporting News. In his piece that was published Sunday entitled, Carlos Hyde saves Buckeyes, but never should have played,” Hayes states that Hyde “shouldn’t even have been on the field.”
Hayes went on to say more moronic morsels like Hyde “is the same man who hit a woman this offseason, and “lived to play another day of college football.”
The article continued:
I wonder if it has been hard for the girl Hyde hit? You know, the girl who refused to press charges at the time against Hyde — even though there was video evidence of Hyde hitting her.
Why do women refuse to press charges against men who batter them? The No. 1 reason: fear of retaliation. (Editor’s note: section updated to reflect charges not filed.)
Or in this case, fear of living in Columbus and doing something — anything — to sidetrack the train to Pasadena.”
Truly, a journalistic piece of garbage.
Haters gonna hate. And the only way that’s going to stop is when Ohio State stomps whatever SEC team it faces in the BCS National Championship game.