- Hoosiers shut down Evansville shooters 77-46
- Cincinnati beats Massachusetts Lowell 79-49
- OSU, Michigan go different ways after 2011 game
- Craft comes alive in No. 7 OSU's 65-50 win
- Xavier beats Abilene Christian 93-65
- No. 3 Kentucky rallies past Cleveland State, 68-61
- RAW VIDEO: Mick Cronin on UC Basketball
- Kentucky suspends RB Sanders for rule violation
- RedHawks Check in at No. 12/13 in National Polls
- NKU's Billups Collects Atlantic Sun Weekly Award
- James Young Named SEC Freshman of the Week
- UC's Kay earns AAC honor
- Ohio State a strong three in the latest BCS Standings
- Georgia routs Kentucky 59-17
- Mavericks Down No. 8 RedHawks, 3-1
- NKU defeats Tulane in overtime, 91-86
- NKU Women fall to Western Kentucky
- Miami basketball drops home opener to D-3 Wilmington
- Buckeyes roll Hoosiers, clinch spot in B1G Championship
- Cincinnati holds off Houston, 24-17
- Mavericks stun RedHawks in series opener
- Indiana falls short in 2K Classic Finale
- Christon Earns a Spot On The Naismith Award Watch List
- Buckeyes take on Hoosiers and history on Saturday
- Indiana dominates Washington, 102-84
- Kentucky football suspends three players
- Bearcats drop contest to nationally ranked Iowa State
- Xavier women fall short against Longwood
- Buckeyes fans struggle with Ohio St's BCS plight
- Kilpatrick Named to Naismith Early Season Watch List
- Ohio State looks to stay perfect against Indiana
- UK Trio Among 50 Candidates on Naismith Trophy Watch List
- Ohio State's Bradley Roby to jump to NFL in spring
- Xavier wins 100th meeting over Miami 77-51
- Youngstown State tops NKU women's basketball, 67-53
- Kilpatrick has 23, Cincinnati beats Campbell 81-62
- Williams' career-high 16 lead No. 8 OSU, 63-52
- RAW VIDEO: Tommy Tuberville on UC Football 11-19-13
- RAW VIDEO: Chris Mack on XU Basketball 11-19-13
- RedHawks Fall to Bulls, 44-7
- No. 4 Kentucky routs UT Arlington, 105-76
- Morehead State puts away Northern Kentucky 74-61
- Bearcats emerge with 5 straight wins
- Xavier, Cincinnati to find home for hoops rivalry
- Injured Bryant among OSU's senior honored Saturday
- Bearcats Announce Series With Miami (Fla.)
- UK set to meet Tx-Arlington
- Kay One Of Eight Manning Award Stars of the Week
- Ohio State's Meyer says BCS 'a flawed system'
- NKU's Doss earns second straight A-Sun Player of the Week honors
- RedHawks Hold Steady in Weekly Polls
- Baylor closes on Ohio State in BCS standings
- Buckeyes' ground game dominant over Illinois
- UK drops to 4th in poll while IU, XU and UC get votes
- Defense paces UC women past Kent State
- Xavier women drain nine triples in big win
- Kentucky exacts revenge on Robert Morris in blowout
- Miami undone against Wisconsin
- NKU drops home opener
- UK continues losing streak at Vanderbilt
- Buckeyes win ranked game ugly over Marquette
- OSU makes it 22 straight with Illinois drubbing
- Balanced scoring key to UC win
- UC crushes Rutgers, 52-17
- Xavier stays perfect, crusies past Morehead State
- Hoosiers improve to 3-0 with a big win
- Miami blanks Wisconsin, 2-0
- Vandy looking for bowl eligibility vs. Kentucky
- Meyer: No letdown for OSU at Illinois - or else
- Matta Announces 2014 Recruiting Class
- RedHawks ink 6-8 forward out of North Carolina
- Kentucky Adds Four for 2014
- Blackmon is Hoosiers' newest big recruiting prize
- RedHawks Ink McCormick and Mills
- Buckeyes unbeaten again, but are they better?
- Kilpatrick Named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50
- Doss scores 29 points as NKU defeats Illinois State, 61-48
- Xavier's new head coach earns first win with 79-75 overtime victory at Michigan
- Talented trio commits to UC
- Kent State beats MAC East rival Miami 24-6
- Bearcats comeback falls short against Florida State
- Xavier Announces Five-Member Recruiting Class
- Shazier Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Semi-Finalist
- RAW VIDEO: Tommy Tuberville on UC football
- Christon scores 18, Xavier beats Tennessee 67-63
- Hoosiers barely hold off LIU-Brooklyn 73-72
- Sun Devils roll over Redhawks 90-54
- No. 2 is No. 1 as Spartans beat Kentucky 78-74
- Craft scores 17, No. 10 OSU holds off Ohio, 79-69
- Ohio St. set to meet Illinois
- Cincinnati beats North Carolina State 68-57
- Buckeyes Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross Named to Wooden Award Top 50 List
- Semaj Christon Earns A Spot On The Preseason Wooden Award List
- RAW VIDEO: Chris Mack on XU Basketball
- RAW VIDEO: Mick Cronin on UC Basketball
- OSU WR: Buckeyes would wipe field with 'Bama, FSU
- Kentucky, Michigan State stay 1-2 in AP poll
- McKay Shares NCHC Weekly Honors
- RedHawks Check in at No. 8 in Both Polls
- Kilpatrick Named to American Weekly Honor Roll
- Randle Tabbed SEC Player of the Week
- NKU's Doss earns Atlantic Sun Player of the Week
- OSU remains outside looking in for BCS
- Xavier Women Fall At Ohio, 94-88
- Kentucky rolls NKU, 93-63
- Huskies Edge RedHawks 2-1
- NKU women beat UC in season opener
- Cincinnati holds on for 28-25 win over SMU
- Mauk leads No. 9 Missouri past Kentucky, 48-17
- Scott, Ross start, star for No. 11 OSU
- New-look Hoosiers roll past Chicago St. 100-72
- Miami hockey wins opener against St. Cloud State 2-0
- NKU narrowly loses to Purdue, 77-76
- RedHawks drop hoops opener to ND, 74-62
- Cincinnati holds off NCCU for 74-61 win
- No.1 Kentucky topples UNC-Asheville, 89-57
- Xavier beats Gardner-Webb 83-59 in season opener
- Kentucky preparing for No. 9 Missouri
- Stanford jolts Oregon and OSU's hopes in BCS race
- Five Kentucky Players Earn Preseason All-SEC Accolades
- Cameron Johnston a Ray Guy Award semifinalist
- Brian Neal Officially Named Xavier Women's Basketball Head Coach
- Ohio State may be unbeaten, but still needs help
- Miami's Moore to miss nine games due to NCAA violation
- Heuerman named John Mackey TE of the Week
- Tommy Tuberville press conference 11-5-13
- RedHawks Fall to Falcons 45-3
- No. 1 Kentucky working to develop lineups
- Cincinnati Freshman Released from Rehab Center
- Randle Named to Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List
- Ohio State's Shazier Named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week
- Balanced Scoring Leads UC Women to 58-33 Exhibition Win
- No. 1 Kentucky pulls away from Montevallo, 95-72
- RedHawks Move to No. 7 in USCHO.com Poll
- Kentucky loses WRs Montgomery, Timmons to injuries
- Miller a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien QB Award
- Four Wildcats on Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List
- Zach Edwards Named American Defensive Player of the Week
- Xavier women topple UIndy, 70-65
- Buckeye hoops win tune-up against Walsh, 93-63
- Kentucky football topples Alabama St, 48-14
- Miami Hockey completes sweep of Canisius, win 5-3
- Xavier wins exhibition opener over Quincy, 84-54
- Cincinnati tops Bellarmine in exhibition finale, 84-72
- Buckeyes punish Boilermakers 56-0
- Kentucky hoops crusies past Transylvania, 76-42
- Miami Hockey blanks Canisius, 3-0
- Bluiett picks Xavier
- No. 1 Kentucky starts with more high expectations
- Buckeyes trying to keep winning streak intact
- Barber named NCHC Player of the Month
- UK Ranked No. 1 in Associated Press Preseason Top 25
- OSU picked to finish 3rd in Big Ten
- Miami Defeats Northwood in exhibition game, 76-71
- Brendon Kay helps Cincinnati beat Memphis 34-21
- Xavier much deeper heading into Big East
- Buckeyes return 4 starters in Matta's 10th season
- New-look Hoosiers after better results in 2013-14
- Chris Mack Press Conference
- Mick Cronin Press Conference
- Tommy Tuberville press conference 10-15-13
- Bearcats' Tuberville Settles Fraud Lawsuit
- Tommy Tuberville press conference 10-8-13
- WATCH: Redhawks make coaching change
- Miami University Names Interim Football Coach
- Court Rejects Sandusky's Appeal For New Trial
- OSU Football Team Offers Grieving Father Consolation
- Tommy Tuberville press conference
- UC Quarterback Legaux Out for Season
Buckeyes fans struggle with Ohio St's BCS plight
Updated: Thursday, November 21 2013, 04:47 PM EST
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- As he strolled to the locker room on Wednesday night after Ohio State's chilly outdoor practice, Urban Meyer reflected on the speculation going on outside the team offices among Buckeyes fans about the BCS, bowl games and rankings.
''Fans get to have some fun,'' the second-year Ohio State coach said. ''That's what makes college football so neat right now.''
Buckeyes fans could not disagree more.
This is not fun.
They're riddled with angst and anguish these days because their favorite team is stuck in third place in the BCS, Baylor is charging fast from behind and there seems to be no good alternative to another bowl season of thinking what might have been.
Callers to sports-talk radio and those clicking on Ohio State booster websites can't figure out what the Buckeyes have done wrong.
Ever since Meyer took over, they've won every game - 22 in a row, the longest streak in the nation. And still it doesn't look as if the Buckeyes can elbow their way into the BCS title game ahead of top-ranked defending champion Alabama or No. 2 Florida State.
The fans' emotions are jumbled.
Some are angry, most are frustrated.
But it's not as if they're marching through the streets of this white-collar city carrying pitch forks and torches.
A year after NCAA sanctions prevented the Buckeyes from putting their unbeaten team on display in a major bowl game, almost all of the Ohio State faithful have grown comfortable with their team being left behind - again - in the race for the national championship.
''Most people I've talked with have kind of resigned themselves to (the fact) it's not in this team's hands and that's the stark reality they have to face,'' said WBNS radio's Paul Keels, the play-by-play voice of the Buckeyes and host of Meyer's weekly coaches call-in show. ''What they can cling to is the hope that this team goes unbeaten, wins the Big Ten championship, and if they can't go to the BCS championship game, well, then you still have something else to brag about.
''It just seems as though there's been somewhat of a reluctant acceptance to the way the whole situation sits right now.''
Heading into Saturday's final home game against Indiana, the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) have few chances to wow the BCS poll voters and computers. The final regular-season game is at The Big House against a Michigan (7-3, 3-3) team that has played poorly in recent weeks.
Should the Buckeyes win those two games, they'll most likely meet 13th-ranked Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7 in Indianapolis.
The final BCS rankings come out the next day. Ohio State fans already have an ominous feeling how it'll all end. If things turn out right, a trip to the Rose Bowl. But the Buckeyes would be playing there a few days before the national title is settled and the crystal football trophy is handed out.
It's come to this in present day college football: A berth in the Granddaddy of all Bowls is seen as a bitter pill to have to swallow.
Ohio State's star quarterback Braxton Miller was asked if he had any advice for the team's most ardent fans - the ones who buy only gray cars with a scarlet interior, or who name their kids Urban.
''Man, I have no idea. Because it's not in our hands,'' he said, smiling.
He said about all anyone following the Buckeyes can hope for is that the team wins by a landslide in each of its games.
''Just make it look easy,'' he said. ''Maybe (the voters) will switch it up in the future. We hope for the best.''
It's not just the top two teams that worry Ohio State fans. Unbeaten Baylor has climbed into the No. 4 spot in the BCS rankings, right behind the Buckeyes. In the system's migraine-inducing mathematics, the Buckeyes are 1.045 points behind Alabama and .792 points behind Florida State - but only .0013 ahead of Baylor.
''I can tell you that this week, with Baylor on their heels, there's a little more anxiousness (for fans),'' said Matt McCoy, sports director at Columbus radio station WTVN, where he hosts Ohio State-centric shows. ''I got an email from a guy who said, 'Can you imagine if Ohio State gets passed over for the title game for Baylor?' I can't remember exactly what he said after that, but it was along the lines of, 'The world is officially ended.'''
There's also a subset of Ohio State fans who would be perfectly happy if the Buckeyes run the table, miss out on the national title game, but end the season with winning streak - and dignity - intact.
They remember the lopsided losses in the national championship games after the 2006 and 2007 seasons - the former to a Florida team coached by Meyer. Maybe sitting out the title game, and holding on to the possibility that the Buckeyes might have won if invited, is far better than going up against an Alabama team and possibly getting smoked.
After all, the Buckeyes are 0-9 in bowl games against Southeastern Conference teams. One win in the 2011 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas was vacated due to NCAA violations.
But there's always hope, right?
''There's also the folks who say, 'Hey, at least we're in the championship game.' You can think back to 2002, when they went into that title game and were heavy underdogs,'' Keels said, referring to a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami for the Big Ten's most recent national title in football. ''They at least had the chance.
''But there are people who fall into that 'be careful of what you wish for' category, too.''
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