I notice that the Baylor Bears lost to the Oklahoma State Cowboys last night. In fact, losing doesn’t seem quite like the accurate word when you fall by a score like 49-14. Perhaps crushed is more accurate. Or obliterated. Or shellacked.
I’ve got nothing against Baylor, and I’m not one of those thin-skinned Ohio State fans who becomes enraged at every perceived slight from the national media. I don’t watch ESPN, I don’t read sports columnists on line, and I really don’t much care what some carefully coiffed commentator has to say about whether one team is better than another — because they are so often, and so predictably, wrong, wrong, and wrong again.
This season, however, members of Buckeye Nation can’t help but notice that the sports chat community always seems to want to talk up some team other than Ohio State. I think that’s not only because the TV shows and the talk radio community focus on ginning up controversy to attract viewers, but also because they are just dazzled by high-scoring offenses. Until yesterday, Baylor was a high-flying offense that was putting up the points, just as Oregon had done before it. (Coincidentally, Oregon also got mauled yesterday.) These teams are like the flavor of the week at the local ice cream shop — it’s interesting to try the vanilla mango cherry pistachio mix, but at the end of the week you realize chocolate chip is just better.
It’s an old saying in college football that November separates the contenders from the pretenders. With Michigan Week now officially upon us, Ohio State remains undefeated. There are not many teams left that can say that.