Bret Bielema (still) hates Ohio State
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema—formerly with the Wisconsin Badgers—ranked Ohio State No. 12 in the country for the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the year, which is the Buckeyes’ lowest ranking out of any of the 62 ballots cast.
This isn’t the first time Bielema has publicly spurned OSU. He made it very clear that he didn’t like the way Urban Meyer recruited players during the spring session of 2012, and Meyer told reporters this September that he’s glad Bielema is gone.
There’s good reason for Bielema to dislike Ohio State. In his seven-year tenure with Wisconsin, he finished just 1-5 against the Buckeyes and scored 17 points or fewer in four matchups.
What’s even sillier than all this is the fact that Bielema placed the AAC's second-best team in Louisville at No. 6 (!!!) in the country and gave Central Florida—a Fiesta Bowl representative and team that beat the Cardinals—the No. 15 spot.
Even Louisville coach Charlie Strong placed UCF two spots ahead of his own team at No. 10.
Ohio State had won its first 24 games under Meyer before losing in the Big Ten title game against Michigan State on Saturday night, 34-24. A win would have secured a BCS National Championship bid, yet apparently a loss to the nation’s best defense on a primetime stage (and a drop to the Orange Bowl) is worth the 12th spot overall.
I wonder where Meyer would put Arkansas this year if he had the opportunity? The Razorbacks finished 3-9 and failed to win one SEC game in Bielema’s first season, beating FCS Samford by a close 10 and losing to a less-than-impressive Rutgers.
Thank God the College Football Playoffs start in 2014 and we can finally put the Coaches Poll behind us for good. Because this is just dumb.
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