COMMENTARY | It's probably best not to throw rocks in glass houses.
Even though OSU has won 21 straight games, the Bucks are still stuck behind an FSU team that is No. 2 in the BCS standings thanks to an October 19 rout of the Clemson Tigers. Though the Noles' 51-14 win that day was impressive, it came against a Clemson team that has exactly one quality win in 2013 -- a 38-35 home victory over the not-exactly-fearsome Georgia Bulldogs on August 31.
When trying to trump up OSU's unworthiness of a national title shot, FSU sympathizers/Buckeye haters tend to shy away from the conferences the two teams represent -- the ACC and the Big Ten. Even though the Big Ten hasn't been great in 2013, it's still not at the level of the ACC, which hasn't had a legitimate national title contender for over a decade now. The fact is, I'll take the Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers over Clemson and the Miami Hurricanes any day of the week.
Knowing this, the next move by the people who think the Buckeyes are overrated is to attack OSU's non-conference schedule. A dubious theory at best, it ends up looking completely nonsensical when you break down OSU's and FSU's non-conference slates.
The Buckeyes played Buffalo, San Diego State, California, and Florida A&M outside of the Big Ten in 2013. I'm not even going to bother arguing the fact that the Cal game was scheduled years in advance and that Vanderbilt backed out of a meeting with the Bucks; I'm just going to go off of each team's performance in 2013. At the end of the day, OSU won these four games by an average margin of 37 points against two likely bowl teams in Buffalo and SDSU, a lousy Pac-12 team in Cal, and an FCS team in FAMU.
FSU has only played two non-conference games thus far in 2013, defeating Nevada and Bethune-Cookman by an average of nearly 51 points per game. Usually powerful Nevada has been awful in 2013, and it is currently 3-7. Bethune-Cookman is a MEAC team like FAMU, so that game was just a payday for the Wildcats. The non-ACC teams FSU still has to face, Idaho and Florida, aren't anything to write home about, either. Idaho is a lost cause right now at 1-9, and Florida is an absolute mess at 4-5. The Gators basically have to beat FSU if they hope to make a bowl game this season.
Comparing the two teams schedules, the FAMU and B-C games are a wash. SDSU is obviously doing better in the Mountain West than Nevada is this season, so the Buckeyes have the edge there. Buffalo is light years ahead of where Idaho is right now, so another point for OSU. I'll give FSU the edge on the Florida/Cal matchups, but the fact is that OSU has actually played a more difficult non-conference schedule than FSU will in 2013.
I guess that settles that issue.
Shaun Heidrick is a Yahoo Contributor who has followed the Ohio State Buckeyes for over 25 years.
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