This week was a bye week for the Ohio State football team, so the Buckeye Nation had to wrestle with deeper, almost philosophical questions — like whether it is ever appropriate to root for Michigan.
Normally, the notion of supporting Michigan would be anathema to most Ohio State fans. They despise the strutting Wolverines and everything they represent. Asking purists Buckeyes to root for Michigan would be like asking Ted Cruz to do whatever he can to ensure that “Obamacare” is a great success.
This year, though, the issue is slightly different. The Buckeyes have won every game, but they haven’t looked particularly impressive in doing so. And their schedule is weak. It’s apparent that the Big Ten, top to bottom, just isn’t that good this year, and if Ohio State hopes to play in the BCS championship game it needs some signature wins. Pragmatists argued that if Michigan goes undefeated then Ohio State would gain credibility by beating them.
The debate between the pragmatists and the purists raged in Columbus this past week. Alas, it was mooted by yesterday’s results, as the Penn State Nittany Lions beat the Michigan Wolverines in four overtimes, 43-40. Now everything can go back to normal and Buckeye Nation can root for teams to beat the pants off Michigan every week.