Maybe it’s time to put Jim Tressel on the hot seat.
Since the undefeated National Championship in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, Tressel has failed to produce a single ‘big game’ win.
Oh, don’t talk to me about the 6 straight victories over Michigan. Ohio State fans are the only ones who think that annual rivalry game means anything anymore. Sure, it usually has something to do with the Big Ten title, but, frankly, who cares?
Since that unlikely victory over the Hurricanes in January of 2003, the Buckeyes have been embarrassed in TWO more BCS title games. And in case you forgot, Tressel’s defense couldn’t stop Texas’ offense late in last years Fiesta bowl either. And then there was Texas in 2005, when Vince Young and the Longhorns ate up 12 of the 15 minutes in the 4th quarter.
The Penn State game last year at the ‘Shoe was another game where Tressel couldn’t put the ball in the end zone enough in a game that would’ve virtually clinched the Big Ten title. And do I even have to remind you what USC did to us last year at the L.A. Coliseum?
Tressel is old school. Kicking game, field position, smash mouth football. Three yards and a cloud of dust, Woody vs Bo.
For you die hard Buckeye fans, those days are over.
This is the 21st century. Passing game, a stable of big, fast tailbacks who run past giant linemen and linebackers who just aren’t quite fast enough to keep up with the thoroughbreds who get a 7 yard running start from behind the quarterback.
The college game isn’t about the kicking game and field position anymore. It’s not even about rivalries. It’s about big games and TV money and putting the ball in the end zone. If you have to rely on Terrelle Prior to engineer a drive TO THE END ZONE, you’re in trouble. He runs like Robert Smith (but can’t take the punishment like Robert), but throws like Cornelius Greene. If Prior is the best we’ve got at quarterback, we’re in for 3 more very long seasons.
The upside is that will give us time to scout around the country for an innovator who can come in and REALLY restore some pride to the program.
And beat Michigan while he’s at it.