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Ohio State Football: Troy Smith selected as Buckeyes' top BCS-era player


While the BCS era is now over as we head toward a College Football Playoff, you can’t shake the fact that there were some pretty memorable players that were apart of it.

Considering the fact that Ohio State was usually in the mix for the national championship, winning one, the Buckeyes have had their fair share of contributors come through and make quite the impact and cement a lasting legacy.

But, who was the best of them all?

Well, in a recent poll run by the Big Ten Network, of course, the only player to win the Heisman Trophy during the era won, and that was Troy Smith.

Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland), 11 Warriors: Troy Smith (2003-2006) – The list of names at Ohio State is long, especially when you factor in the Buckeyes were one of the winningest teams during the BCS era. But I’d have to side with Troy Smith. He was Ohio State’s only Heisman Trophy winner during that time-frame and nearly every big game he played in. Sure, he whiffed in the national championship game against Florida. That doesn’t disqualify him, though. Smith’s 2006 statistics led to one of the most resounding victories ever in Heisman Trophy voting. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,542 yards with 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions — and he defeated two No. 2-ranked teams in fairly convincing fashion (the Michigan game wasn’t as close as the score indicated). 2006 wasn’t Smith’s only great year. He was every bit as good in 2005, a year in which Ohio State could make the argument for being one of the top two-loss teams of all-time. Many will point to the Florida game, but his heroics against Michigan in 2004, 2005 and 2006 mean Smith will forever live in Buckeye lore.

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