This isn't a National Championship caliber team. And it will take A LOT of soul searching for this team to go to Los Angeles and come out with a victory. I love my team just as much if not more than anyone else, but I'm just giving you my educated opinion. I'm not going to draw this out, I will give you offensively and defensively why this team won't win a national championship. OFFENSE 1) I've been screaming this since the beginning of LAST YEAR, and everyone told me I don't know what I'm talking about...These wide receivers (Robiskie & Hartline), are the weakest starting combo of wide recievers that OSU has had since I can remember and I have been around this program for over 20 years. Not fast enough, don't run tight, crisp, disiplined routes, aren't physical enough to create separation...I could go on but I won't. Ohio State needs to start repping DeVier Posey and seeing if Ray Small can ever be what he was thought to be out of high school, because AT LEAST they are a threat to make defenses respect their home run ability. 2) I love Jim Tressel for the good man that he is, and the leadership and example he is. Jim is a testimony to the thought that there are still good men in this business, and he IS the BEST COACH IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY. However, Jim MUST give up his play-calling duties. He needs to bring in an offensive coordinator who can give this team some fresh air on the offensive side of the football. There is too much talent in this offense that is not being utilized to its full potential. I truly believe that this would not only help the team offensively by bringing in a good young coaching mind to the staff along with new ideas, but it would allow Jim to redouble his efforts on every other front. Gameplan prep, recruiting, fund raising, and overall team management. I have just found it extremely disappointing that a team with as many weapons as this team has offensively has struggled as much as the Buckeyes have through his tenure. 3) Todd Boeckman isn't the answer. Its hard to say this because of the ineffective play of the wide receivers but Todd just hasn't showed me he'd capable of being able to make plays when there isn't anything there. I think Todd Boeckman has more talent than Craig Krenzel. But Todd doesn't have the football IQ Craig Krenzel had. Krenzel knew his limitations and stayed within them. Krenzel knew he couldn't win a game by himself, so he maximized what he had around him. Spread the ball around to his positions (INCLUDING THE TIGHT END), threw the ball away when there wasn't anything there, scrambled when the opportunity was there, took what was given to him, and MOVED THE CHAINS. If Todd would realize those things that Krenzel was gifted with the knowledge of, this offense would be a whole lot more effective. But Todd hasn't to this point learned to let the game come to him, and continuously tries to force the issue, which is where the turnovers come into play. And you can't win a National Championship by turning the football over. DEFENSE 1) Coach Heacock in my opinion has worn out his welcome. Its not that this defense has been poor under his watch. Because I wouldn't be accurate making a statement like that. This defense does good job of NOT LOSING the football game most of the time. The problem is the philosophy. I'm sick of the following phrase...BEND BUT DON'T BREAK. Bend but don't break defenses are for teams that don't have the talent that this defense has/had in the past. I would pretty much take Mark Dantonio back in a heart beat. Dantonio knew he had the speed, athleticism, size, and every other intangible that you look to describe a dominant defense at his disposal...and he used it! He blitzed from every angle imaginable, he pressured, he attacked. Dantonio's defense took the fight to you, beat your a**, picked you back up and beat you again. There is a difference between Coack Heacock's defenses and the Dantonio defenses and the LSU's, Florida's, and USC's defenses...Heacock's defenses are fast, and the latter defenses PLAY FAST...and there is a difference. I think it is Luke Fickell's time to see if he's willing to bring back the "Bullets" portion back to the Silver. Because defense is about dictating a tempo and imposing YOUR will upon your opponent. 2) The Defensive Line play has to improve. And I'm going to single out the defensive tackles. Part of this goes to Heacock's "philosophy" of having more "mobile, athletic" tackles. But the problem is that they are getting pushed around by those big uglies inside. No pass rush up the middle, they aren't containing their hole responsibilities, and consistently get stood up and pushed back at the POA. How does this improve? It's starts with better coaching on the d-line, and extends more importantly into once again a change in philosophy and better recruiting of the position. They have to find a way to hit Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida...etc...some of these states that are known for producing those massive, athletic, disruptive forces at the tackle position. Because the proof is in the championships, the south, whether you like it or not, are where those big athletic tackles are being found. The Buckeyes have to go into hostile territory and recruit the hell out of that position. They have to find a way to beat those SEC schools for their fair share of talent in the front seven. I don't want this to be negative. I don't want to make anyone angry. I'm simply trying to point out some major deficiancies with our team. I fully expect this team to go out and compete for another Big Ten championship. They have the talent to do so. But I simply feel this team doesn't have what it takes to get it done. And unfortunately not all of that is entirely on their shoulders for blame. Take my opinion for what it is...an opinion. But instead of being disgusted at a very good Ohio State for not reaching a singular goal of a National Championship...enjoy a very good team full of good kids, who will graduate, play hard, and make you proud not just on the field every Saturday on the field, but the other 6 days of it off the field. Enjoy the season, the stadium atmosphere, the fall weather, and all of the other goals that THE Ohio State University will achieve this season. Go Bucks!