Embrace it the coach says.
The Buckeyes are "in the mix" according to Urban Meyer. "In the mix for what? Don't worry about he says.
Meyer said he spoke to the team about ranking and their potential impact on a national title chase for the first time Sunday when the first official BCS rankings came out.
Ohio State is 4th. That does put them "in the mix" but does not put them in "the game".
That's the bad news. The good news is, Ohio State plays at least 5 more games. It might be 6 more and will likely be seven. That gives the team plenty of time to climb the last two or three rungs on the less-than-perfectly built national championship ladder.
The climb appears easy. That is good and bad news.
The Sagarin rankings seem to be the closet thing we have to a non-emotional results driven college football poll.
Sagarin has the Buckeyes ranked 10th this week. The reason? Their strength of schedule is awful (76th accordiing to Sagarin).
Penn State the Buckeyes opponent this week is ranked 46th in the Sagarin rankings. Ohio State is favored to win this week by a couple of touchdowns.
Next week's opponent, Purdue is 1-6. they are ranked 136th in the Sagarin rankings. Ohio State should roll the Boilers but because they will be so heavily favored to do so, even a lop-sided win won't do much for the Buck's resume.
Illinois is 66th in the Sagarin. Indiana is 48th and Michigan, though ranked 24th in the latest AP poll is 36th in the Sagarin rankings meaning if everyone does what they are expected to do in November, even a win over Michigan will do very little to move the Buckeye's ahead of this year's college football hotties--Alabama, Oregon and Florida State.
It's an old song. The Buckeyes have one win against a top 30 team (Wisconsin). They've been pushed by two teams now seen as average at best (Northwestern and Iowa).
Their stats aren't gaudy. They are not ranked in the top five among FBS schools in any offensive or defensive category.
Braxton Miller's Heisman candidacy lost steam in the first month of the season to further smudge the shine on the Buckeye apple.
What we have is a nice, undefeated team playing in a conference that is so pedestrian it doesn't allow a true gauge on greatness.
Ohio State may run the table, win the Big Ten championship game and still find themsevles ranked right where they are now unless the top three teams all lose a game or two between now and December.
Never has perfect come with less of a prize. Well, okay except for maybe last year.