Originally Posted by daquips
OSU has more cupcakes than Hostess.
Of your last 6 national champions from the SEC (EXCLUDING BOWL GAMES):
24 non-conference games total.
Only 4 of those 24 opponents has been ranked in the top 25.
Only 1 has been ranked in the top 20 (Virginia Tech in 2007 at #9, which was a home game for LSU).
7 of the 24 opponents have been from "power"/major conferences. 12 were mid majors, while 5 were FCS schools.
Slightly over 80% of the 24 non-league games have been home games. (Excluding the 1 neutral sight game between Alabama and Virginia Tech in 2009 played in Atlanta).
Of the 7 non-league games vs. major/power conference opponents, 4 were home games, 2 were away, and 1 was neutral.
1 of those 24 non-league games has been played outside of southeastern portion of the country (Alabama AT Penn State in 2011). Or by simpler means, north of the mason-dixon line/and/or west of the Mississippi.
Why point this out? In contrast, in that time span (2006-2011) I give you Ohio State's non-conference resume. Shall we compare?
OSU has also played 24 non-league games in this time frame.
4 of the 24 opponents were ranked in the top 25.
3 of those 4 opponents were ranked either #1 (2008 USC), #2 (2006 Texas) or #3 (2009 USC). #12 ranked Miami [Fla] (2010) was the other ranked opponent.
2 of the 4 games vs. ranked opponents were home, 2 were on the road (2006 Texas, 2008 USC).
OSU has played 8 non-league games against "power"/major conference opponents in this time frame. 14 other opponents were mid majors, while only 2 were FCS schools (Youngstown state in 2007 and 2008).
Slightly over 80% of OSU's non-league games are played at home (excluding 1 neutral sight game with Toledo).
Of the 8 power/major conference opponents in this time frame, 4 were home games, 4 were away games.
4 of these 24 games were played greater than 1,000 miles from Columbus, spanning across 3 different time zones (Washington, USC, Texas, and Miami).
I'm tired of hearing the haters hate. OSU plays equal to better schedules year in and year out than the best of the SEC do, and we will travel. We've played WAY better non-league competition than any of your national championship teams have, more teams from major conferences, and a NOTICEABLE amount less FCS schools.
Finally, think about this: In the next 5-6 years, OSU will have added Virginia Tech, Cal and Oklahoma to this list twice each. Yet again, going all over the country to play major teams.
I didn't see one name on any of those 6 SEC schedules I looked at that came anywhere close to an OKLAHOMA, TEXAS or USC in a non-league game. Miami and Florida State were the biggest 2 names I saw, and guess who played them? Florida. In state.
You trolls can keep arguing, but you're dead wrong. SEC plays more FCS schools, doesn't travel ANYWHERE but in their own southeastern portion of the country, and doesn't play very many ranked teams in non-league play. And the numbers are above, in case you'd like to refute it. I can't wait to hear your responses.
Since most of the trolls like to argue the "SEC vs. OSU" argument, here are your numbers. This isn't a one on one comparison. This is SIX of your VERY BEST TEAMS against one. They should be out killing everyone, dominating the competition shouldn't they? After all they are the all powerful SEC. Yet they aren't. They're sitting in their own back yard, beating Tennesse-Chattanooga (I see they're a favorite of several SEC schools), and North Texas. Pretty easy to get comfortable when you never have to leave the house. On top of all the non-league games that are at home (over 80%), 100% of the league games...HOW MANY bowl games are played down there? Like 3/4 of them?
If OSU has more cupcakes than Hostess, the SEC is the fat kid gobbling up all those cupcakes. Seriously, go out and see the world. Play against someone where you can't drive to the game from your house that morning. Or do they not have airports in the south? I've been there plenty of times, I'm pretty sure they do. Someone should inform some of these AD's that they are allowed to travel by plane.