Ohio State win defines Tressel, Big Ten
Jim Tressel is the face of Ohio State football. Ohio State has dominated the Big Ten under his watch.
Therefore, Jim Tressel is the face of Big Ten football.
But Tressel didn't lose. He almost never loses, especially in November and when the Big Ten title is at stake. But he has struggled in bowl games and marquee nonconference matchups in recent years. Does conservative coaching work outside the Big Ten footprint? We'll find out in January.
You and [Iowa's Kirk Ferentz] are kindred spirits. Good coaches. Successful coaches. Yet your combined management of the end of this game is why the rest of the nation rolls its eyes at the bland Big Ten.
But do you care? No. You don't care. Because here in this tunnel-visioned, tradition-addicted conference, going to the Rose Bowl is just about as joyful a result as playing for the national title.
And you don't care because even after the fans voiced their dismay, hyper-conservatism triumphed in the end. Your painful-to-watch pragmatism was rewarded. The Vest knew best.
Your tight end, Jake Ballard, said this: "Tressel's way usually works out. He's our leader and we'll follow him everywhere."
To Pasadena now.But how Tressel and the Buckeyes fare in Pasadena will ultimately determine how the Big Ten is viewed nationally.