Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/13/14
The 2012 Ohio State season will always be remembered for “what ifs?” The Buckeyes finished their 12-0 season on Saturday by beating Michigan in what might be the biggest rivalry in all of American sports. But Ohio State can’t actually do anything with that undefeated record. Ohio State beat Michigan 26-21 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus off a strong second-half defensive performance that saw the Buckeyes blank the Wolverines. Heisman candidate and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had a solid, but unspectacular game for the Buckeyes with 189 yards and a touchdown through the air, and 57 yards on twenty carries, including a 42-yard jaunt. The 2010 tattoo scandal is affecting Ohio State players and coaches that had nothing to do with the situation, nor did they ever benefit from it. But because some players got some free tattoos and some coaches averted their eyes, the 2012 Buckeyes can’t play in the inaugural Big Ten championship game, nor can they fight for a BCS National Championship. The Buckeyes can still claim an AP Championship, but it’s just not the same. With Notre Dame remaining as the final undefeated team, Ohio State would have been set up perfectly for a berth in the BCS Championship if they had won the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes might be done playing in 2012, but they can look forward to a bright future. Head coach Urban Meyer brought them from a disappointing 6-7 2011 season to 12-0 in one year. While it’s rare for a team to go undefeated, and some people may view this year as a missed opportunity for Ohio State, the team is in good hands and could see more seasons like this one in their future.
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