Two Ohio State Soccer Teams Ranked Top In ESPN To Never Win National Title
The Ohio State football program has eight national championships to its name. It gets tricky when you count the number of different organizations that recognize a national title, but eight is the generally accepted number.
However, there are several other teams who were good enough to take home the ultimate prize, but didn’t because of a bad game, one or two unlucky cuts, or other unrealized potential. You could argue that some teams that didn’t win the national championship were collectively better than others.
ESPN took up that theme and ranked the top 50 college football teams not to win a national championship, and two OSU teams made the list. We think there is a glaring omission, but we’ll get to that later.
For now, you can check out the full list for yourself by visiting ESPN.com and enjoy the memories (subscription required). For now though, here are the two Buckeye teams highlighted by Bill Connelly.
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# 18-19 “Tie” – 1973 Ohio State Football Team
October 27, 1973; Columbus, OH, United States; FILE PHOTO; Ohio State Buckeyes running back (45) Archie Griffin on the sidelines against the Northwest Wildcats at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes beat the Wildcats 60-0. Credit: Photo by Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
What Connelly says
A joke: second
“You could say that Ohio State’s three biggest wins over Michigan: 30-27 in 2016, 42-39 in 2006… and 10-10 in 1973. The No. 4 Wolverines missed two goals in the 30s. final seconds against Ohio State, top Ann Arbor, and the next day the Big Ten athletic directors voted to send the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl instead of the Wolverines, despite OSU having been there the year before.
“Most ADs publicly cited an injury to Michigan quarterback Dennis Franklin as the primary reason for the vote. MU head coach Bo Schembechler mourned the conspiracy until his last day. Either way, these two programs were at their peak in 1973. In the 20 games that weren’t against each other, they beat their opponents 723-112. This includes the 42-21 destruction of USC by OSU in the Rose Bowl. Michigan probably would have done something similar.
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# 13 – 2019 Ohio State Soccer Team
Dec 7, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, United States; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) hands the ball over to running back JK Dobbins (2) against the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
What Connelly says
A joke: the third
“We remember Ryan Day’s 2019 Buckeyes primarily for the game they lost: a controversial and utterly magnificent 29-23 loss to Clemson that sent the Tigers to the CFP final against LSU. But what OSU did in its first 13 games made it an all-time great. He won his first 10 games by an average of 52-10, then beat three consecutive top 10 teams – Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin – by an average of 17 points to get to Clemson. Justin Fields threw for 3,273 yards, JK Dobbins rushed for 2,003 and DE Chase Young was the best defenseman in the country. An unreal team with an unhappy ending.
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Two more Ohio State teams that should have won a national title?
November 21, 2015; Columbus, OH, United States; Ohio Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback JT Barrett (16) hands the ball to Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) during warm-ups before the Buckeyes’ game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
A joke: Fourth
The 1973 and 2019 teams are worthy of this list, but there are two very committed Ohio State teams that should be on it. Ezekiel Elliott, JT Barrett, Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa, Michael Thomas, Curtis Samuel, Braxton Miller. All of these guys and more have been key contributors to the comeback squad after having a surprising run for the national title in 2014. It could be the most talented group ever dressed in scarlet gray. You know the story well, but the Buckeyes fell three points in a bit of a weather quagmire against Michigan State, which incidentally made the PSC themselves.
Somehow this team didn’t get any recognition when discussing teams to make the college football playoffs and we wonder if the same should be true if Alabama were in the same. situation. The Buckeyes then dismantled Michigan, then did the same against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Three points. That’s all that separates a team that should have won it all.
NEXT… Michigan State ruins the day again
Another team that should have won the title
Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer (45) tackles Michigan State Sedrick Irvin (33) in the second quarter of Satruday on Nov. 7, 1998, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo / Chris Putman)
The 1998 team
A joke: second
And we can’t forget the 1998 squad either. It was the No.1 preseason team heading into the season, but it also fell to Michigan State in a strange game that caused some bizarre turnovers and 50/50 bullets that the Spartans always seemed to find when needed. The Spartans erased a 24-9 lead, scoring 19 unanswered points in the second half to win 28-24, intercepting a pass from Joe Germaine in the end zone with OSU leading for the win to seal it.
Some of the names on this team included Germaine, David Boston, Dee Miller, Andy Katzemoyer, Damon Moore, Antoine Winfield, and Michael Wiley. Before the 2015 team, it was the most dominant team I have ever seen in my life.