IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1, 1969- OHIO STATE BUCKEYES WIN COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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It was fifty years ago today- Wednesday January 1, 1969- in the prestigious Rose Bowl the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes finished a perfect season by beating the #2 team in the nation- the USC Trojans- and their Heisman Trophy winning running back O.J. Simpson  by the score of 27-16. The MVP of the Rose Bowl was Ohio State quarterback Rex Kern.  OJ Simpson had a big game 171 yards rushing and an 80 yard touchdown run but USC turned the ball over 5 times leading to the loss.  The 1968 Ohio State team- coached by Woody Hayes who won the Coach of the Year Award that season- is considered by many one of the greatest teams in college football history.  The Buckeyes started that season though highly undervalued- at #11 in the pre-season poll. The #1 team in the pre-season was Purdue- who would finish 10th in the final poll after going 8-2.

1969 was a different era in college football. Today we are bowl gamed to the point where for the most part no one cares about most of the games. There are forty -one bowl games today- 80 teams go to bowl games. What kind of a reward is that? A mediocre season gets you to a bowl game. Back in 1969 there were 11 bowl games. It was a reward to be selected to go to a bowl.

The 1968 Bowl season ended on January 1st with the traditional four big bowl games being played.  In the Cotton Bowl- Texas beat Tennessee 36-13, Orange Bowl Penn State completed an unbeaten season beating Kansas 15-14, Sugar Bowl Arkansas 16 Georgia 2 and the before mentioned Rose Bowl- Ohio State 27-16 over Southern Cal.

The Final Top 10 for the 1968 season  1- Ohio State  2- Penn State  3-Texas 4-Southern Cal 5-Notre Dame  6- Arkansas 7-Kansas 8- Georgia 9-Missouri 10-Purdue

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6 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1, 1969- OHIO STATE BUCKEYES WIN COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly. The Bowl games have been cheapened… 7-6 will get you a bowl…maybe 6-6…
    It’s like not keeping score in little league…Everybody is a winner… but they aren’t…

  2. Yes I remember when there was just the 4 major bowls and they were named after things – orange sugar cotton rose. Nowadays we have these sponsored bowls – my favorite was the Poulen Weedwacker Bowl – say what now?

    • Yes i have no idea what bowl is located where nowadays- kind of like how they are always changing the names of stadiums/ballparks. It’s all about making some extra money.

  3. A team with a non winning season should never be eligible for a bowl.
    Skip the meaningless the bowl games and considering holding the draft in February right after the Super. Bowl.

    • They used to have the draft a couple weeks after the super bowl- my steelers were cleaning up in the draft back then..coming up with a lot of unknown gems… then they moved it back..

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