Since I started Axelrod Sports on January 31 of this year, I’ve posted 18 stories about Ohio State football, three of which kind of dealt with actual on-the-field matters (two signing day stories and one about the NFL Draft). Kind of like watching a wrestling program that is front-loaded with interviews and then being caught off-guard when an actual match begins, it wasn’t until I saw this Saturday’s season opener against Akron on the schedule that I was reminded that the Buckeyes do in fact compete in actual football games.
Under former coach Jim Tressel, it was pretty easy to figure out where each OSU team stood in the college football landscape before each season. Their expectations have either been to be BCS Championship contenders (’03, ’05, ’06, ’08, ’10), BCS bowl game contenders (’02, ’07, ’09), or to be rebuilding (’01, ’04). Sometimes they would exceed expectations (’02, ’07) and sometimes they would disappoint (’03, ’05, ’08), but you always had an idea of where the Buckeyes should’ve wound up each January.
This year? We have no f’n clue. Continue reading
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