Ohio State is 7-0 and ranked 7th in the country but they are members of the team using words not usually used to described a team living on the upper floors of college football's most elite fraternity.
Ohio University's football team is also unbeaten ranked in the top 25 for the first time in 44 years. The Bobcats are 25th, 18 spots behind the Buckeyes but sound much more sure of themselves than their big brothers from Columbus.
There's no point in spending a lot of time nit-picking over the Buckeyes troubles. Their issues Saturday night were right there for everyone to see.
They gave up 49 points. That's the highest number of points scored on the Buckeyes since the 1996 embarassement at Penn State.
They gave up 481 yards of offense to the Indiana Hoosiers, 352 of them through the air to maintain their status as the worst pass defense in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes won the game but the Silver Bullets are shooting blanks.
As one of just 12 remaining FBS unbeatens, the verbage flying out of Ohio State right now should be full of bravado and confidence.
Coach Urban Meyer said after the game of his defense, "Spread offenses expose us."
"We're ripped to shreads," Meyer said of his linebacking core. "I wish I had an answer."
Doesn't exactly overflow with confidence does it?
Pressed for explanations on how two 18-point 4th quarter leads were whittled down to 3 by Indiana, the following words or phrases were used.
"Nonchalant" from Braxton Miller.
"Complacent" from fullback turned linebacker Zach Boren.
"Relaxed" from tailback Carlos Hyde.
Put those three words in a notebook with "passive" which was dropped by Meyer earlier this year and you have some lovely adjectives for describing the underachiever in your math class. They are not words you like to see posted around the football facility.
Carlos Hyde rushed for a career high 156 yards and a touchdown but said of his teammates after the game, "That ain't us."
Boren who lead his team with 8 tackles said, "We just didn't finish. It's kind of been a theme all year, we haven't finished."
Not finishing and still being undefeated and ranked in the top ten is a good thing. It means there is still plenty of room for improvement.
And, it's also fair to point out the offense does seem to be doing it's job in amassing 52 points and 587 yards of total offense.
But Coach Meyer and his staff need to work on removing the nonchalant, relaxed, complacency that apparently exists with at least half of this football team.
Those are attributes no team would like to be associated with.