So nearly a week has passed since Ohio State lost 34-24 to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game. The end of football season always comes about suddenly – like ejecting from a plane, it brings a floating feeling before landing somewhere that never feels quite as familiar as it should upon returning to ground level. Even though it was predestined to happen this week if not sooner, it still brings a shock to the system.
I like to give life a few days to get back to normal, but then again sometimes I wonder if football season is the norm and the rest is just passing time.
What we learned last week: How hollow 24-0 can be, at least when it becomes 24-1.
Forgive me if this seems overly negative, but it is a hard conclusion to avoid when stepping back to assess the situation.
The Buckeyes won all their games for two regular seasons, but they have no national championships or even Big Ten championships to show for it.
Yes, they can claim two of the three Leaders Division titles of all time (I think there’s even a trophy for that), but has anyone ever considered those anything more than consolation prizes?
The past two seasons weren’t all for naught, of course.
When Urban Meyer officially took over in January 2012, Ohio State had lost four consecutive games, after all, and the Buckeyes’ reputation was in a state of disrepair.
Many felt it wouldn’t take a miracle to fix the program, but there was certainly work to do.