How much does respect matter?


Interesting read over at ESPN about the Buckeyes. In this article by Bruce Hooley, Kirk Herbstreit tries to make an interesting point. Here’s the quote:

In my opinion, Ohio State could do more about [improving] the image people have of its program by playing a talented USC team that right now is as hot as any in the country … I promise you, if Ohio State goes into the Rose Bowl, everyone is going to be saying, ‘USC is going to kill Ohio State.’  Ohio State will gain more respect if it plays USC in the Rose Bowl and wins that game, than if it goes and beats West Virginia and wins the national title. From an image standpoint, Ohio State would score more points going to the Rose Bowl than by going to the national championship game. If you can believe that, that’s the truth.

Yes, but no Kirk. Truth is that the Buckeyes will have their chance to beat the Trojans next year, week 2. If the Buckeyes ‘backed in’ to the National Championship game and beat West Virginia, then turned around and beat USC week 2, they will have done everything they could to silence critics. Truth be told, the critics will still find something to exploit. There will be no silencing.

The Mountaineers run the type of offense that everyone says Ohio State can’t handle. They have the star players at the right positions to run that version of the spread. If the Buckeyes get the chance to play West Virginia and they lose, are the critics right? I would have to say they have a point. No question the offense that Illinois runs is quite similar to what West Virginia does, only WV is probably better. If the Buckeyes would win that game it would go a long way towards proving the Buckeyes are able to handle a good spread offense.

If they lose whatever bowl game they play in, we may have to re-evaluate our team. Granted, this team was not supposed to be in title contention this year. Let’s not forget this. But if you would like national respect, like we had after the 2002 team, the Buckeyes would have to beat West Virginia and USC. I don’t have a problem with that. But if the Buckeyes can’t get it done, does national respect matter to you?



Filed under Buckeyes, college football, ESPN, Jim Tressel, Ohio State, Sports

7 responses to “How much does respect matter?

  1. Hmm, I may have to think about that question a little longer, but I personally think I kind of like OSU’s national misperception. I like that nobody respects OSU and nobody ever thinks OSU is any good, because it makes it that much more fun when we always win.

  2. I’m a bit torn on this as well. Part of me would rather go to the Rose Bowl, but a National Championship would be pretty cool as well. WV does make me nervous due to the aforementioned offense – but especially from a “NCAA” point of view, all a OSU/WV game would do is allow bloggers to bash “ratings” and the midwest a bit more.

    So for the sake of RSS content, National Championship or bust!

  3. I, for one, am sick and tired of hearing that OSU is “backing in” to the National Championship game, that OSU doesn’t deserve to get there because of “the game that shall not be spoken of”, and OSU doesn’t have the speed to play with SEC teams or teams with the spread and read option. I’d like to see them open up a can of whoop-ass this year, and shut a lot of people up.

    I’m also sick of seeing people trying to make the argument that the Rose Bowl would be a better destination, instead of a National Championship. With that mindset, I now understand why Herbie couldn’t beat Michigan–not one single time–in his career at Ohio State.

    I’m very interested in seeing them go to the National Championship game for the reasons I stated before, and for the fact that they’re already going to play USC in 2008 and 2009. If they play them this year too, I’m going to be sick (and tired) of seeing that matchup.

  4. Brendan

    Whatever team wins a Championship this year will have backed into it. If given a chance to steal a National Championship in a down year, take it. No one remembers that Florida was a questionable choice last year.

    I have to say it makes me nervous that so many people are taking it for granted that Missouri will lose. Hopefully, Stoops can convince his team to win one for Ohio.

    As much as the country does not want to see Ohio State in the National Championship Game, I know America does not want to hear about West Virginia and Missouri for six weeks. What percentage of Americans can even pick them both out on a map?

    Go Bucks!


  5. Welcome Brendan. I know if I were coaching Mizzou I’d be pretty hacked off that we were the #1 team and an underdog to the #9 team. I don’t care if they beat you earlier in the season or not.

  6. Any team that wins their last game of the season to win their Conference Championship is not “backing in”. That goes for Missouri if they win, West Virginia if they win, and yes, Ohio State since they won their last game.

    Definition of backing in: Nebraska backed into the National Championship game 2001 when they got shellacked by Colorado in their Conference Championship game, then pounded by Miami.

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