Defining perfect is difficult. Even in the statistics driven sports world, few things can accurately be described as perfect
Baseball has its "perfect game" game in which a pitcher allows no base runners.
Bowling has its "perfect game" in which the bowler throws 12 straight strikes.
Even in those two instances though you'll find the nitpicker who would suggest the pitcher got away with one or two less than perfect pitches and the bowler had a few lucky pins fall just the right way.
Bo Derek portrayed the "perfect" woman in the 1979 movie "10" but any man would tell you, there is no such thing as a perfect woman. Plus one man's "ten" is another man's "8.5"
So, here we sit with an Ohio State football team that is a perfect 10-0. The only big time team in the country to boast such a record.
Are they perfect?
In terms of wins and losses, yes the Buckeyes are perfect.
Ask any coach in the film room this morning if he would describe his players as perfect and you'd be lucky to get more than a grunt and perhaps a chuckle.
I would submit unless you have a team that scores a touchdown on every drive and holds the opposing team scoreless in every game, you will really hear a football coach describe his team as perfect.
Fans are worse--especially the ones who call in to sports talk shows.
There is always something to nit-pick about. Always one play, one blocked kicked or missed assignment that someone is going to notice from C-deck or their family room Barcalounger.
"Still a work in progress". Urban Meyer said moments after his team beat Illinois 52-22 to keep the team's perfec record intact.
"We're still working and grinding and pushing because at some point we have to be a balanced team. We're not there yet."
Those who have watched this team's ongoing pursuit of "balance" and "perfection" would have to agree with Coach Meyer.
Longtime Buckeye fans will you the pursuit of the unattainable "perfect team" has given fans something to complain about since the 19th century.
Somewhere this week, the Buckeye's season to this point will likley be referred to as the "perfect ten".
But just as Bo Derek had her detractors, honest assessors of this Ohio State team will relaize it needs a little less padding "over here" and a little more padding "over there."
In short, the bye week is here and there's plenty of work to be done in pursuit of perfecton.