Liking Their Chances

Officially, it’s National Nurses Week, National Pet Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, National Charter Schools Week, and National Drinking Water Week.

Unofficially, it seems this has been the week to celebrate Ohio State’s chances at becoming the first team in eight years to unseat the SEC.

Numerous media outlets have posted articles about the Southeastern Conference’s seven straight BCS Championships and posited Ohio State as the number one candidate to break the streak.

That includes Athlon, which made the case by mentioning Ohio State’s 13 returning starters and an offensive line that “should rank among the best nationally.”

CBS’s Dennis Dodd put it simply. “I believe in Ohio State,” he said. Meanwhile, CBS’s bowl prognosticator, Jerry Palm, picked OSU and Alabama to play for the BCS title on January 6th.

ESPN joined in by naming the Buckeyes the top team in their latest rankings, heaping praise on Ohio State’s recruiting haul and suggesting, “the Buckeyes might be more talented and face a much easier schedule in 2013 than they did last season, when they went 12-0.”

Even newspapers in SEC country dubbed OSU “the perfect foil for the SEC.”

And Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel decided to ask several Buckeye players about all the hype. After getting the thoughts of Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby and Jack Mewhort, Mandel concluded that there would be some poetry of Ohio State being the SEC’s first victim (at the hands of then Florida coach Urban Meyer no less), and being the team that finally broke the trend.

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