When the Ohio State football team bolts onto the Ohio Stadium field tomorrow afternoon, it will do so as members of the No. 6 ranked team in college football according to the latest Associated Press writers' poll.
The Buckeyes haven't been so highly regarded since they finished the 2010 season at No. 5 in both the AP and USA Today coaches' poll. Of course, that was the season that has since been vacated by the same NCAA sanctions that preclude this year's team from competing for a Big Ten championship.
Those sanctions also prevent the Buckeyes from competing for the 2012 national championship – at least the one that is decided on the field by the Bowl Championship Series format. That title is likely to be waged between Alabama (or some other SEC team seeking to extend the conference's national championship streak to seven) and any one of a handful of other possibilities.
That Ohio State is disqualified from competing for the BCS title is a bitter pill, but the Buckeyes are taking that medicine in the wake of the yearlong scandal that cost former head coach Jim Tressel his job and his legacy.
But while the team cannot win the national championship that is decided on the field, there is no reason why Ohio State can't contend for the AP version of the crown.
Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Say Blog: Nov. 2.