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QB Cornelius Greene was the Big 10 MVP

Record: 11-1
Coach: Woody Hayes
Selectors: None

9/13    @Michigan State    W, 21-0
9/20    Penn State               W, 17-9
9/27    North Carolina        W, 32-7
10/4    @UCLA                 W, 41-20
10/11  Iowa                       W, 49-0
10/18  Wisconsin               W, 56-0
10/25  @Purdue                W, 35-6
11/1    Indiana                    W, 24-14
11/8    @Illinois                 W, 40-3
11/15  Minnesota              W, 38-6
11/22  @Michigan             W, 21-14
1/1/76  UCLA(Rose)        L, 23-10
LINEUP
QB Cornelius Greene                                                  DE Pat Curto
HB Archie Griffin                                                       DT Nick Buonamici
FB Pete Johnson                                                        DT Eddie Beamon
WB Brian Baschnagel                                                  DE Bob Brudzinski
TE Larry Kain                                                            LB Ed Thompson
WR Lenny Willis                                                        LB Ken Kuhn
C Rick Applegate                                                       LB Aaron Brown
G Ted Smith                                                               CB Craig Cassady
G Bill Lukens                                                              WS Bruce Ruhl
T Chris Ward                                                               SS Ray Griffin
T Scott Donnelly                                                        CB Tim Fox
K Tom Klaban                                                             P Tom Skladany

The case:
 
In 1975, only two major college teams, Ohio State and Arizona State, came into the bowl season as undefeateds.  ASU was from the minor WAC conference and therefore not considered a serious national championship contender.  When OSU lost the Rose Bowl, the voters decided that 11-1 Oklahoma should take the crown.  There are a number of problems with this.  OSU had already beaten UCLA in the regular season.  The team that Oklahoma beat in the Orange Bowl, Michigan, was there because they lost to Ohio State.  OSU's one loss came to a 9-2-1 team that was champions of the PAC10.  Oklahoma's only loss came to a 7-5 Kansas team in a 23-3 route.  Ohio State demonstrated on the field that it was the best team in the country.  Anything less than a share of the title with Oklahoma is a travesty.

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Legendary punter Tom Skladany