Ohio State is sick of the SEC, and it is safe to say that the Buckeyes want to end SEC bowl dominance. Here is a rundown of Ohio State’s 0-9 record against the conference. Two of the losses came against Alabama.
AP: Jan. 2, 1978
Sugar Bowl New Orleans, La. Alabama 35, Ohio State 6
The Crimson Tide of coach Paul “Bear” Bryant absolutely dominated the Buckeyes (9-3) of coach Woody Hayes before 76,811 in the Louisiana Superdome. Alabama practiced at home until just four days before the game, while Hayes had the Buckeyes go to New Orleans two weeks beforehand because of concerns that they might not be able to have full workouts in cold, snowy Columbus. Too long at the bowl site? Almost three decades later, that would still be a troubling question for the Buckeyes when they played an SEC team.
MORE: Jan. 2, 1995
Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando, Fla. Alabama 24, Ohio State 17
The Buckeyes entered the game at No. 13 after a rare (under Cooper) victory over Michigan. With the score tied at 17-17 in the fourth quarter of this evenly matched contest, the Buckeyes were forced to punt. On second down near midfield, Crimson Tide QB Jay Barker tossed a short pass to TB Sherman Lewis who avoided tacklers as he raced up the heart of the field, crossing the goal line with 42 seconds left. Below you can read more summaries: