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I wouldn't say last seson was a fraud. Clarett was certainly a big part of their offense and he will be missed. But they still won a number of games without him. I don't think OSU was the best team in the nation last year. Miami was probably better. But actually being the best team and winning the national championship are two different things.
I suppose OSU made the right decision with regard to Clarett but it is certainly depressing. Not only because I'm an Ohio State fan but because we may not get to see Clarett play college football any more. He is a tremendous player. He broke the OSU freshman rushing record even as he sat out 3 or 4 games. There are some really tatlented backs he surpassed: Archie Griffin, Keith Byers, Robert Smith and Eddie George. Ofcourse Archie Griffin is the classic example that great college backs don't always make great NFL backs.
Ohio State's season this year will demonstrate how good of a team they are without Clarett. Ofcourse, they are basically a running team so it'll be interesting to see if one of OSU'S other backs can fill his shoes. The Washington game demonstrated that they are a top 10 team. However, the game against San Diego State justifies Miami's leap frogging over OSU in last week's polls.
Yes they did. The old ideal set by Woody Hayes was often referred to as "3 yards and a cloud of dust." Get three yards on every down and you keep the ball, make firsts down, control the clock, and ofcourse put points on the board. Well, perhaps in honor of the late Woody Hayes, at last week's game against NC Stat, OSU's two starting running backs combined for a total of......................................... 3 yards. Even Krenzel managed more than ten times that by scrambling for about 40 yards.
On Saturday they face the nation's #1 rated offense. USC? No. Oklahoma? No. Michigan? No. They'll play the Falcons of Bowling Green(Ohio) who are3-0 and upset Purdue last week. Not only will Clarett not be joining the Buckeyes this year(or ever?) , OSU's new star running back(oh yeah, and quarterback), Craig Krenzel, is injured and doubtful for the game. Does OSU need Clarett? Yes. Am I worried about the Falcons of Bowling Green? Definitely.