As a college football fan, I've thoroughly enjoyed this season.
There are a lot of really good teams, making for a lot of surprising results. It's been a lot of fun watching teams like Alabama, Texas and Texas Tech surge to the top of the rankings after beginning the season regarded as afterthoughts in the national championship conversations.
And when some of these teams have been at their best, they've been jaw-droppingly good. Did anyone see Bama's first-half performance against Georgia? Or Florida's first half against LSU? How about Texas Tech's first-half showing against Texas?
What's really been nice is to finally see -- or, better yet, not hear -- Ohio State fans gain some perspective. An early beatdown from Southern California, combined with a loss to Penn State and the terrific showings of other big-time teams, seems to have let the usually-idealistic Bucknuts know that this year's squad lacks what it takes to play big-boy football in 2008. OK, Chris Wells didn't play against Southern Cal. But would Jim Brown in his prime have made a difference?
The usual chirping about how wonderful the Buckeyes are isn't moving through the air this season, and to me the silence is golden.
But wait. Oh, yes, I have heard some complaints about a stale offense and a little bit of other negative commentary. Oh, my gosh. I can't believe that people are questioning whether Jim Tressel walks on water!
Oh, and this, too. I was looking at SI.com's bowl-matchup prognostications the other day. The SI folks projected a Fiesta Bowl pitting Ohio State against Texas.
As Keith Jackson would say, "Whoa, Nelly!" If any OSU fan needs further proof that other schools have scholarship-worthy players, he or she should watch this game if it should come to fruition.