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historical significance?

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by BuckeyeSoldier, Aug 14, 2004.

  1. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    When was the last time that Penn State, Notre Dame, Alabama, and Nebraska were all NOT ranked in the top 25 to start a season???
     
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    That is a great point...Let me see what I can dig up

    From Yahoo...still looking for Bama

    The last time the Fighting Irish, Nittany Lions and Cornhuskers all failed to make the preseason poll was 1964, when only the top 10 teams were ranked.
     
  3. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    And we finished 7-2 with home losses to PSU and scUM. :yow1:

    Lets pray for no kind of link whatsoever.
     
  4. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Nebraska will be in the top 25 at the end of the year, though, and Alabama could be too. Penn State I'm not so sure, but if they go 6-5 and win a bowl game they could sneak in. Still, just shows the parity in CF these days. I also think that eventually (not in the next few years, but eventually) the Florida dominance will start to wane some too, because not only have 2 teams moved to the ACC recently, but the Big 3 are no longer the only game in town. South Florida and Central Florida will play in mid-major conferences next season, and Florida International, Florida Atlantic, and Florida A&M are joining DI next season, I believe. Now, I'm not saying that they are going to miraculously compete with the big 3, but similar to the MAC schools in Ohio and Michigan, those schools will begin to entice some good players to go there with the chance to play for 4 years and all that.
     
  5. zincfinger

    zincfinger Gert Frobe-approved

    I don't know. Has Michigan or Ohio State ever lost a player that they wanted to a MAC school? I doubt it. Similarly, I don't see a player who has an offer from UF, Miami, or FSU ever going to USF, Central Florida, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, or FAMU.
     
  6. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    It's never happened before in the first AP poll of the year. From 1936 through 1949, the first AP poll came out some time in October, after the season had started. One of the teams was always in the first poll of the year.

    From 1950 through 2003, one of the teams was always in the preseason poll. So 2004 is the first time that either Bama, ND, Penn State and Nebraska all failed to make the first AP poll of the year. Nice catch.
     
  7. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    zinc,


    Yes, there are some on occasion. You are right, and as I tried to say, there isn't going to be a mass exodus to the smaller schools of all the blue chip players, but I don't think I'm stretching to say that Big Ben, Harris, Frye, and several other players would have lookd nice and played well in an OSU uniform. However, those types of players are the BMOC, the focus of the offense, and played 4 years solid at the MAC schools, which is enough to entice some players to go to the smaller schools, rather than play 1 or 2 years here. That was my point.
     

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