The Ohio State Buckeyes have a bye week this weekend. Does that mean that the members of Buckeye Nation won’t be watching football? Hardly!
No, this is the time of year when any team on the outside looking in is watching the scoreboard, hoping the teams just ahead get knocked off. That’s Ohio State’s situation. The Buckeyes are undefeated, but they are ranked fourth in the BCS standings behind Alabama, Florida State, and Oregon. If the Buckeyes hope to make the BCS Championship Game — and of course they do — they need to win out and have two of those teams lose. The Buckeyes control the former requirement, but they can’t control the latter. That means that, on every weekend for the rest of the season, Ohio State fans will be rooting for the Buckeyes and Whoever is playing Alabama, Whoever is playing Florida State, and Whoever is playing Oregon, too.
The TV watching season kicks off in earnest tonight, when Stanford matches up against Oregon, and continues on Saturday, when Alabama plays LSU. These are games where, theoretically at least, the teams ahead of Ohio State could be upset and open the door for Ohio State to move up in the rankings.
I’m mostly concerned with the Buckeyes keeping their focus exclusively on their personal improvement and their next opponent. Because I’m not playing, however, I’ll gladly do some scoreboard watching and open rooting on behalf of the Men of the Scarlet and Gray. So . . . c’mon Cardinal! C’mon Bengal Tigers!