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Austin R. Vaughn | NCAA.com | October 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1954 Ohio State Buckeyes

  The 1954 Buckeyes defeated USC in the Rose Bowl to claim their second national title.

Welcome back, sports fans, to Throwback Thursday; a time to look upon our past with equal parts nostalgia, pride and a healthy dose of shame. For as casual style goes through awkward changes and redesigns so do football uniforms and logos.

This week we take a look at the 1954 Ohio State Buckeyes.

In 1954, the Bucks had legendary coach Woody Hayes at the helm. However,  Hayes never won more than six games as the coach of Ohio State, and 1954 looked to be another six-win season with five ranked opponents on OSU's schedule.

But the Buckeyes, unranked in the preseason, shocked the college football world by sweeping their tough schedule. Ohio State jumped from the dregs of the unranked to the top spot thanks to big wins over No. 18 California, No. 13 Iowa, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 20 Pitt and No. 12 Michigan.

Ohio State's perfect regular season was rewarded with an invitation to Pasadena to face the 17th-ranked Trojans of USC in the Rose Bowl.

Hayes' No. 1 Buckeyes embarassed the Trojans 20-7 on New Years Day to cap off their perfect season, and the AP Poll named Ohio State national champions.

Ohio State fans don't have to live in their storied past, seeing as they're currently ranked No. 1 and are the reigning College Football Playoff Champions. But, that doesn't mean they should forget their pioneers.

For the 2009 Michigan game, the Bucks wore throwback uniforms to honor the program's second national champions and their classic style.

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