With 20 straight wins, how is Ohio State not No. 1?


Since Urban Meyer took over as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, he has yet to lose a game. Ohio State has won 20 straight games and had it not been for sanctions levied by the NCAA last year, the Buckeyes would’ve likely won the Big Ten and appeared in the national title game.

Now, the Buckeyes are 8-0 and considering they own the nation’s longest winning streak, they should be crowned as the top team in the country in the rankings.

Ohio State is one of the most balanced teams in the country, ranking in the top 20 in rushing yards, points scored and points allowed according to ESPN. In a span of two weeks earlier this season, they also upended a pair of ranked teams by a combined 17 points.

Just last week, the Buckeyes really came together and proved that they are the most dangerous team in college football. Ohio State went into Penn State and obliterated the Nittany Lions 63-14. The 49-point loss was Penn State’s worst loss in 114 years.

Keep in mind, this is the same Penn State Nittany Lions team that upended Michigan in overtime earlier this season, and the Wolverines are still ranked.

Also keep in mind that for almost three of the Buckeyes’ eight games this season, they were without starting quarterback and preseason Heisman Trophy candidate junior Braxton Miller.

Miller was injured in his team’s Week 2 game against San Diego State, allowing senior quarterback Kenny Guiton to finish off that game and then start the next two games. Although the Buckeyes didn’t face any stiff competition, Guiton played well enough for Ohio State to earn victories, which is never easy for a backup quarterback and proves how deep this Buckeyes roster is.

Ultimately, none of the other top three teams — Alabama, Florida State and Oregon — beat up on a team like Ohio State did to Penn State last week. Yes, Florida State did demolish Clemson. But Clemson was overrated, and it showed throughout the year with close outings against teams like Boston College and Maryland.

Ohio State is starting to really find its groove and should breeze through the rest of the season and finish a perfect 12-0 yet again. With a Big Ten title, the Buckeyes would be 13-0 and would be winners of 25 straight games. How do you not put the winner of 25 straight games into the national title game?