Have you ever argued with your grandfather that Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes squads were better than those of Woody Hayes? ESPN’s KC Joyner is here to help, providing his answer to a nearly impossible question: What is the greatest Ohio State team ever?
With a 0-100 scoring system to level the playing field despite differing eras, the 10-0 1954 Ohio State sits atop the list with 83.2 points. Hayes’ first national championship-winning squad was highlighted by Heisman winner Howard “Hopalong” Cassady.
The second-highest rated team was the 9-0 Buckeyes from 1944 at 80.7 points, which also had a Heisman winner in Les Horvath and a storybook finish with a national title. Among recent teams, 2002 finished No. 8 on the list with 62.1 points and 2014 rounded out the top 10 with 60.4 points.
Joyner’s criteria included whether the team won a national championship, conference record, and number of first-team All-Americans or All-Big Tens, and features metrics such as sports-reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) and Strength of Schedule (SOS).
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