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April 20, 2007
Mailbag: Looking for preseason respect
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He will be on the road throughout the spring bringing you scoop from campuses across the nation.You want respect?
You have to earn it.
For example, wouldn't a team that has posted two unbeaten seasons in 14 years have earned respect?
Wouldn't you respect a team that has posted no fewer than eight victories in six of the last seven seasons and posted double-digit victory totals twice in that span?
Would you respect a team which has won four division championships, a conference championship and has played in bowl games in seven consecutive seasons (with a 4-3 record)?
What if the same team accomplished all that was listed above? Wouldn't you respect that team?
I would, even if a fan of that team doubts that I do.
One program that has earned national respect is Ohio State. I will be at the Buckeyes' spring game this weekend, and Rivals.com national writers will also be at Notre Dame, Alabama and Rutgers. Be sure to check out our coverage this weekend and early next week.
Olin Buchanan is the senior national college football writer for Rivals.com. To send him a question or comment for his Friday Mailbag, click here.