Ohio State facing an uphill battle unlike any other in recent memory at this year’s Rose Bowl

Ohio State football hardly ever has excessive hardship when it concerns a place it plays in the postseason. OSU fans take a trip well nearly every year, appear to constantly have momentum getting in the postseason, and have actually just recently been betting some truly huge things as soon as the routine season has actually concluded.

However that’s not the case this year.

Ohio State, for the very first time in a while, is going to a bowl that it’s been to just recently, throughout the whole nation, in a postseason video game that — for all its historic magnificence — won’t have much of a rainbow at the end. There’s no shot for a championship game, simply the capability to head out on a winning note and win a Rose Bowl champion.

Now, that’s absolutely nothing to sneeze at, however that’s a various bar than anybody intended to pursue in 2021. At Ohio State, it’s now about winning the Huge 10, entering the College Football Playoff, and attempting to bring house a championship game. For the very first time because 2015, none of that remains in play.

Include that to the truth that there is an international pandemic beginning to surge once again with the Omicron version, and what makes certain to be an extremely pro-Utah crowd (membership might be needed), and things are going to feel a lot various out in Pasadena on January 1. We haven’t heard yet, however there might even be some OSU gamers that decide to not play in the Rose Bowl due to the fact that of a desire to remain healthy for the NFL — particularly with none of the ideal group objectives still on the table.

It would all indicate an intriguing dynamic for what we may see in the “Granddaddy of the all” in about a week’s time. Does this young group have what it requires to bust through all of that? Time will inform.

The Ohio State gamers and training personnel are stating all the best aspects of the Rose Bowl mattering and all that, however the human mind can be an unusual thing.

“I think a lot of our guys have a lot of pride in themselves and a lot of pride in this team,” Day stated after being chosen to play in the Rose Bowl. “There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of progress that was made all year from when we started this thing. We want to finish this thing the right way. We have a really good opponent in Utah, great bowl in the Rose Bowl, and so we want to have a great month.”

Pride is a genuine thing, and completing on a high note for a young group deserves a great deal of currency, however when you are dealing with boys still worried about a great deal of other things that don’t contend with the regular glossy items any longer, it’s anybody’s guess regarding what Buckeye team appears at the base of the San Gabriel mountains.

I’m never ever going to be one to take a look at the Rose Bowl as a frustrating location. After all, if you’ve existed, you comprehend the mystique, setting, and all of that, however that’s all most likely lost on the generation playing college football nowadays. It’ll be an obstacle for Ryan Day and personnel to coach up a group that’s no doubt still miserable after losing to Michigan for the very first time in nearly a years, and sitting house enjoying both the Big 10 Champion and elsewhere besides the CFP.

There are a lots of characteristics that enter into the long layoffs in between the routine season and championship game, and this one has layers and layers of them. The group OSU is playing in the Rose Bowl is a powerful one and won’t pity Ohio State in the least.

The Buckeyes much better not pity themselves, either or it might be the very first time the program has actually had 3 losses in a season because the 2011 season.

Time to see what this group is made from.


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.