COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Not many teams which are hamstrung by NCAA probation and a bowl ban have ever made a run at winning The Associated Press national championship trophy.
One of them was coached by current Akron head coach, Terry Bowden. Another might just be the Buckeyes, who are ranked eighth and stand 6-0 heading into a string of four games against unranked opponents.
Bowden led the 1993 Auburn Tigers to an unbeaten season and a No. 4 ranking in the AP poll, which does not exclude NCAA-sanctioned teams from its ranking.
Bowden took a break from his Zips' preparations for a showdown with another unbeaten team from the Buckeye state, Ohio University, to reflect on what was a magical year for Auburn.
"One thing I remember, we had gotten to 9-0 and if we won the next game against Georgia, we would have been the conference champions," said Bowden, whose team could not win the Southeastern Conference title because of its NCAA sanctions and postseason ban. "We had beaten Florida and Alabama was behind us. I said to our players, 'You guys would have a ring.' I said, 'If you win, we'll get you a ring. We're not allowed to say, 'SEC Champs.' It's going to say, 'Best in the SEC. On the Field.'"
So Bowden and the Tigers went to Athens, Ga., and beat the Bulldogs 42-28.
They couldn't win a conference title, they couldn't play in a bowl game and they couldn't win a trophy or championship rings. But all of that didn't stop them.
"Those kids got all excited after the Georgia game was over and we won," Bowden remembered. "They said, 'We're getting our rings! We're getting our rings!'"
He added, "I still wear mine: Best in the SEC."
STAT OF THE DAY: According to ESPN, of the 15 undefeated teams remaining in the Football Bowl Subdivision, three are from Ohio (Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio State) and two are from Oregon (Oregon, Oregon State). No other state has more than one.
SIMONIZED: Senior and two-time captain John Simon was announced Tuesday as the Chuck Bednarik Award's national player of the week.
The rush DE was also named the Lott IMPACT Award and the College Football Performance Award national defensive player of the week.
Simon was dominant in No. 8 Ohio State's 63-38 win over No. 21 Nebraska Saturday with seven tackles, including a school record-tying five tackles for a loss, totaling 24 yards. Included in that total was two quarterback sacks and he also forced a fumble.
He is second in the Big Ten with 7.5 tackles for minus yardage (totaling 33 yards) and is sixth in sacks.
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