Monday, January 02, 2006

Fiesta Bowl - Halftime Thoughts

I figured OSU would outclass Notre Dame; I didn't expect this level of domination. Both lines are winning the battle at nearly every snap. The Buckeye's defense is suffocating a very, very good offense.

But what has been most spectacular is the way Troy Smith has truly led this offense. As I've said before, he is a quarterback unlike any Ohio State has had before. And, as Large Bill, among others, has earlier pontificated, you can't help but ask, what if? What if Smith hadn't been a knucklehead, lost a couple early games to get into form, then come in and led the entire Texas game? A Buckeye win? Rolled into Happy Valley, and won that game too?

Then, my friends, we would be waiting for the Rose Bowl, two days hence, and another shot at a National Championship.

But this is no time for what-ifs. Yes, there is a lot of football left to be played. But let's enjoy this. And let's give some early kudos to Jimmy Tressel and his team for another buttoned-up game plan.

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