Ohio State Football: Why ESPN disrespected the 2014 Buckeyes

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Michael Thomas #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates his touchdown with teammate Nick Vannett #81 during the second quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State defeated Rutgers 49-7. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

ESPN recently ranked the top 150 college football teams from the past 150 years. While Ohio State football had six teams on the list, one should be higher.

Six Ohio State football teams were ranked in ESPN’s recent “150 greatest teams in college football’s 150-year history” list. While that should be viewed as a pretty cool accomplishment, I think that ESPN ranked one Ohio State team way too low.

The following Buckeye teams made the cut: 1968 Ohio State (Ranked No. 13); 2002 Ohio State (Ranked No. 34); 1954 Ohio State (Ranked No. 61); 2014 Ohio State (Ranked No. 118); 1973 Ohio State (Ranked No. 137); and 1944 Ohio State (Ranked No. 150).

Here is how each one of those teams fared during their respective seasons: the 1968 Buckeyes went 10-0 and won the AP, Coaches, FWAA, and NFF National Titles; the 2002 Buckeyes went 14-0 and won a BCS National Championship; the 1954 Buckeyes went 10-0 and won the AP National Title; the 2014 Buckeyes went 14-1 and won the College Football Playoff National Championship; the 1973 Buckeyes went 10-0-1 but did not win any national titles; and the 1944 Buckeyes went 9-0 but did not win any national titles.

Looking at each of these teams and all of their accomplishments, and also looking at the other teams ranked above them on the list, I have come to the conclusion that one team was completely disrespected by whoever took part in making this list – the 2014 College Football Playoff-winning team.

Yes, I might be a prisoner of the moment because this is Ohio State’s most recent squad on this list but I think the facts speak for themselves.

Here are the reasons why I think this team should be ranked higher.

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