Over the past two or so months, Ohio State has quietly put together one of the least talked about undefeated campaigns you will ever see a program that prestigious put together.
Part of the reason nobody is paying attention to the Buckeyes right now is because the Big Ten has been horrendous this year. Ohio State has racked up 11 wins, sure, but the wins have come against mediocre competition. The team’s two signature victories came against Michigan State and Nebraska. Neither of those is exactly season-defining.
The weak nature of the Big Ten notwithstanding, the other reason why nobody is paying attention to Ohio State this year is because there’s really no point. Currently, the Buckeyes are in the second year of a two-year postseason ban. No matter what happens, regardless of whether they beat Michigan this weekend or not, the Buckeyes' fate has already been decided.
Hoping to add some meaning to their team’s season, Ohio State fans tried to appeal their school’s ban to a higher power today. In a petition to the White House, the aforementioned fans asked for a pardon because the folks who got them banned from the potseason “are no longer part of the program.” Here is the full petition (via the Detroit Free Press):
"The Ohio State University football team is one win away from an undefeated season. However, due to imposed sanctions, they are not allowed to participate in their conference's championship game or the following bowl season. While a punishment for past indiscretions is to be expected, a bowl season ban is too harsh for a few young men trading memorabilia for tattoos and some change.
"The offending players and coach who covered it up are no longer part of the program. Please exercise your executive power to pardon the NCAA's excessive sanctions placed on The Ohio State Buckeyes to enable a rightful, satisfying culmination to the college football season for the American people."
While the White House has yet to respond in an official capacity, it is worth noting that the petition was taken down about an hour ago. Here is the message that is on the page now: “The petition you are trying to access has been removed from the site under our Moderation Policy because it is in violation of our Terms of Participation.”
It’s a mass conspiracy is what it is.
(Kudos Detroit Free Press)