My Plate Of Crow: Ohio State's Remarkable Story And How I Was Foolish To Underestimate Them
When Braxton Miller went down, I thought it was guaranteed that Ohio State would have a mediocre season at best. Then when they lost to Virginia Tech, I thought that was it for them.
The second-string quarterback named J.T. Barrett replaced Miller and had a nice season with 45 total touchdowns. But then he got injured in the rivalry game against Michigan.
That was it. Game over for Ohio State. They lost two Heisman potential quarterbacks. Now they were down to their third string quarterback. There was absolutely no way Ohio State could win with this guy. Or could they?
They slaughtered Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship 59-0. That was impressive. But there was no absolutely no chance they would beat Alabama and their stout defense.
Well, I was wrong on that one. Ohio State won that game 42-35, shocking the nation.
Okay, they beat Alabama. But they were not going to beat Oregon. Oregon’s up-tempo lightning-fast offense would be just too intimidating for the Buckeyes’ defense to handle. Not to mention they had the nation’s best quarterback at their disposal. Oregon was going to crush Ohio State.
Oops, looks like I was wrong again. It was Ohio State who did the pounding as they clobbered the Ducks 42-20. But how could this be? How could a team that was down to its third-string quarterback win a national championship?
Because that is what they were, a team. I underestimated the Buckeyes and thought it was a joke to consider them title contenders, especially after losing to Virginia Tech. But I’m here to say that I was wrong and I’m enjoying a nice plate of crow. What Urban Meyer did might be the best coaching job that I have ever seen. I can’t think of any team who could lose two Heisman-worthy quarterbacks and still win the national championship. Urban instilled a level of confidence into his players and it showed as it was them against the world. No one believed they could compete without Miller. Everyone believed that loss to Virginia Tech proved they were a mediocre team. No one believed a third stringer could lead them to the national championship. And yet, Ohio State is on top of the world.
Well done, Buckeyes. Well done.