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Ohio State Football: Near Misses In The Past Haunt, Teach

Part of the excitement comes from the end of the sports drought that occurs after the NBA finals. Most of the excitement comes from the renewed opportunity to again see the Buckeyes compete for a national championship.

As the season nears though, trepidation creeps in. Anything less than a national championship borders on failure for Buckeye teams consistently loaded with talent. However, the reality of the matter is that national championships are rare.

The 2015 playoff run, ended a 13-year stretch since the Buckeyes last ended number one following the improbable Fiesta Bowl victory over Miami.