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OSU on Top
Even before I opened the Nov. 27 issue, I knew I could not sum up what the Ohio State Buckeyes have done this year better than your cover did. The Best. Period. No matter what happens at the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 8, the Buckeyes have proven during the regular season that they are the best team in the nation. Go Buckeyes.
While reading Austin Murphy's The Buckeyes Have It (Nov. 27), I was impressed by Troy Smith's comments regarding the importance of his teammates. Smith and the Buckeyes are earning respect not only by winning games, but by how they win games: with respect and humility.
It's funny how when Smith was suspended for a game two years ago for violating team and NCAA rules and standards, we Buckeyes faithful—remembering Maurice Clarett—rolled our eyes and thought, Not this again. Instead we got a leader and a class act, an undefeated season, a trip to the national championship game and a Heisman Trophy winner.
Clearly this classic OSU-Michigan game featured the two best teams in college football. The BCS should have honored the late Bo Schembechler, a coach for the ages, by granting his alma maters a rematch for the ages.
Florida deserves its spot in the BCS title game since the Southeastern Conference was by far the toughest conference in the land this season—as SI stated in its cover story a few months back (Battle of the South, Oct. 16).
I grew up in Ohio during the Bo versus Woody era of the Michigan-- Ohio State rivalry, and my father and I both went to the school where each of these football giants had his early coaching success: Miami ( Ohio). When the Wolverines would beat the Buckeyes, my dad would say, "Goody, goody, goody, Bo beat Woody!" Now Bo again joins Woody, and his type won't be seen again.
SCORECARD (Nov. 27) has the odds of a particular number hitting in the Ohio Pick 4 Lottery as 10,000 to 1. It's a slam dunk, however, that that understates the odds of a particular number coming up and that number being the final score of the OSU-Michigan game—a parlay, in gambling parlance. The odds of the Pick 4 number matching the final score are presumably incalculable.