Bowden also decided to run a fun, passing offense when almost every other college team was running some version of "3 yards and a cloud of dust". It's on a bigger scale but isn't completely dissimilar to what basketball coaches like Johnny Orr and Billy Tubbs did.
When Ohio State got in over TCU and Baylor during that first CFP, everybody knew the fix was on. It is true that Ohio State won the whole thing. That doesn't mean that it's not true that they didn't deserve to be there in the first place.