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Buckeye Blog Post: 43-8n’t too shabby
 
If you are not up on your license plate shorthand, here’s an explanation on the above title: 43 wins and eight losses for the 28 departing seniors on the Ohio State football team. That’s not too shabby.

It is a record that is worth some weight, but a conversation “from the water cooler” last week prompted a little research product to examine teams considered to be a part of college football’s lead pack the last four seasons.

The conversation was sparked by several news articles focused on comparing Ohio State and Oklahoma outcomes in BCS games.

Oklahoma vs. Ohio State – Los Angeles Times – CA,USA / Is Oklahoma the New Ohio State? – Bleacher Report – San Francisco,CA,USA

Our water cooler dialogue delved into the writers’ collective case that Oklahoma and Ohio State have suffered recent loses in BCS game.

After its 24-14 loss to Florida in the BCS title game Monday, Oklahoma has now lost its last five BCS bowl games. The Buckeyes dropped their third-consecutive BCS bowl Monday in a 24-21, last-second defeat from Texas.

The conversation went back-and-forth. I’ll spare the details, but it sparked a quick research project into comparing what teams that more than likely comprise college football’s lead pack the last four years.

How do the 28 departing Ohio State seniors stack up?

 The Lead Pack OSU   Penn St.  Florida  LSU  Oklahoma  Texas  USC
 W/L  43-8  40-11  44-9  42-11  42-12  45-7  46-6
 Overall Pct.  .843  .784  .830  .792  .777  .865  .885
 Conf. Titles  4  2  2  1  3  3  
 Conf. W/L  29-3  23-9  24-8 22-10  26-6  26-6  31-5
 Conf. Pct.  .906  .719  .861  .688  .812  .812  .861
               
 BCS Bowls  4  2  2  2  3  2  4
               
 Top 5 AP Poll  3  1  2  3  2  2  4
               
 Top 10 AP Poll  4  2  2  3  3  3  4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State senior class … 
43 wins
Four Big Ten conference championships (2 outright, 2 shared)
A 29-3 record in conference play
Four BCS Bowl appearances
2 national title games
2 Fiesta Bowls
Three finishes in the AP and coaches poll Top 5

(Tressel.com related article …)