Buckeyes, Paterno fight back against critics, odds

It may gall the patrons of High Street to hear it, but the nation wrote off Ohio State six weeks ago.
That would be about the time the Buckeyes trudged off the grass and up the concrete tunnel at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, singing that song from the musical “Wonderful Town,” the 2003 Broadway revival.

Why oh why oh why oh
Why did I ever leave Ohio?
Typical American college football fans know about Script Ohio and The Horseshoe and The Ten-Year War. They know that Ohio State long ago received membership in the sport’s elite. They know that even with all that glory, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel is in the midst of the most successful run in the history of the scarlet and gray.