The #2 Ohio State Buckeyes blew their shot to play for a national championship with their 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship.
The Buckeyes were quiet all week after Alabama was upset against Auburn last Saturday, and all they had to do was beat the Spartans to play for a national championship. The Buckeyes were 24-0 over the last two seasons entering last night’s game over, but they couldn’t win the one game they needed to the most.
Ohio State still hasn’t beaten a top 10 ranked opponent during the regular season since 2006.
It’s always fun to see the reaction from other teams in college football when their championship fates are on the line. And there’s no better place than The Columbus Dispatch, where fans reacted to the loss in the comments section.
“SEC rules again”
“This team can not be considered elite until the defense is solid. You can’t count on out scoring people every week and this week it caught up to us. Change has to come. Fickell ET Al need to go. It’s a wonder it took this long to happen. No way we can stand up to the likes of FSU or Bama with the D as it is.”
“Do we even have a defense? Dumb *** fickle”
“The win streak has come to an end. Pathetic offense.”
“Bucks came out super tight, made numerous silly mistakes on both sides of the ball. Miller made a few plays, but is not willing to just let go. MSU is clearly putting the game on Miller’s back and he has made an inconsistent response. Holding the ball when guys are open down field or just in single coverage. If he loosens up, then they can win, if not, then it is 24-1. Same problems on D, no safeties.”
“I believe what we have all learned here is that although Ohio State played a great game tonight, you’d have to be some silly, delusional hillbilly to actually think for a second that this team deserves a shot at a National title. Now, go ahead and cue the ignorant, thin skinned luckeye faithful.”
“FIRE FICKLE, FIRE WITHERS AND FIRE COOMBS……..OUR DEFENSE SUCKS CAUSE THEY CAN NOT COACH WORTH A ****. Kinda relieved a little though, rather lose this one that really get to NCG and get schooled cause we have no defense due to some of the worst defensive coaches in college football today. There really isn’t no way else to put it. No excuse for the way our defense has played in the last three years, its all on the coaching, plain and simple…..Have to get rid of the defensive coaching staff and hire better ones….”
“Got too cocky, too mouthy, too ghetto. Smelling the roses from east Lansing. OSU has been over rated for way too long.”
“Hey Urban, you plan to play easiest schedule you could to stay undefeated backfired. This team is not in top 10 and its your fault! PLAY SOMEONE!”
“Better luck next time Luckeyes. Better to lose Big Ten Championship game than be embarrassed by the SEC……again!”
“Poor preparation by coaching staff. MSU did the same things the team up north did last week and OSU acted like this was something new, Also, OSU pass defense is very weak and made key mistakes resulting in penalties. The way MSU defensive backs stuck to OSU receivers called for some diversionary plays to take the heat off. None ever came and Braxton scrambled to find someone open. I blame the coaching staff for this “L”.”
Here are comments from Ohio State’s 247Sports’ website:
“Trying to be careful in how I say this, because I am making the SEC homer point for them…But who is really surprised by this result? Who is really surprised by our play calling and defensive showing? We “put it all together” against Florida A&M….
Hate that I am saying this…Braxton- not ready for NFL, but I would not be upset if he goes. Thank you for your time being a great buckeye…It is much appreciated. Bring on JT…lets throw the effing ball.”
“So this is what it feels like to lose…. damn that game sucked….defense did not get the stop when needed most but even worse was that our offense did not make the play when our defense gave them short fields (INT and Blocked Punt); not to mention a MSU on-side kick that didn’t work. Credit goes to the Spartans…damn this sucks.”
“It is completely shocking how bad this defense it. We have taken 2 pedestrian offenses and made them look like Air Coryell. Fickell sucks. So does everybody coaching beyond the D-Line. Barnett sucks. Pitt Brown double sucks. The 24 game win streak means nothing now. Absolutely nothing. They didn’t beat anybody worth a shit. I’m completely disgusted and embarrassed. We have been the joke of college football since 2006. We just f*cking confirmed it again. Total embarrassment. I hope Urban’s dog bites him when he goes home tonight. And one more thing, connor cook sucks. Stanford will show america that. Ray Charles could throw for 300 yards on this shit ass pathetic defense.”
“No question who wanted it more. So that’s what it’s like to have corners who can actually COVER? Sure wish we had some. Defense most definitely sucked for 3 quarters. No excuse. Made an average quarterback look like a Heisman candidate.
Defense really does win championships. Such a shame with this offense. The O could have won it, but the D lost it.”
“THAT HAD TO BE THE WORST, YES WORST, PASS DEFENSE I HAVE EVER SEEN, IVE SEEN PEE WEE PLAYERS, PLAY BETTER THEN THAT!!!!!!!”
“We had a second rate game plan on both sides of the ball by second rate coaches – Herman, Coombs, Withers, Fickell – all are overrated. Need accomplished coaches under Urb, not upstarts. Hope they’re all sent packing and we replace them with experienced, accomplished coaches with D1 credentials. Urb put his trust in the wrong people. The experiment is over. Replace them, or continue to be second rate in a second rate B1G conference.”
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