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Ineligible for the postseason, OSU is the B1G’s best team

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The point has been made emphatically: the Big Ten is having a down year and the gap between the top of the conference and the top of college football has gotten wider. No need to keep harping on that.

But to claim there are no good teams in the Big Ten just isn’t accurate right now. There is. The team just isn’t eligible for either the conference championship game or the postseason.

Yep, it’s Ohio State, and the No. 14 Buckeyes proved as much on Saturday on the road at No. 20 Michigan State in a gritty 17-16 win led by quarterback Braxton Miller — also arguably the conference’s best quarterback. Miller accounted for 82 percent of Ohio State’s total offense (179 yards passing and 136 yards rushing) and came back from what initially looked like a bad knee injury to finish the game.

Miller’s touches weren’t all that surprising; what was interesting was the ineffectiveness of Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bellwho had just 45 yards on 17 attempts. Really, Sparty’s offense was based around the pass with first-year starter Andrew Maxwell. Maxwell played well enough, but it just wasn’t what one would expect out of MSU.

Ohio State can still technically win the Leaders Division in the Big Ten and have a physical trophy to display. If the Buckeyes can get past Nebraska at home next week, there aren’t many obstacles preventing OSU from claiming the Leaders division.

Except for that season-ending game against Michigan, but that’s obvious, isn’t it?

What wasn’t obvious, at least at the beginning of the season, was that the Big Ten’s best team might be one that can’t hoist a championship trophy.

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9 Responses to “Ineligible for the postseason, OSU is the B1G’s best team”
  1. manchestermiracle says: Sep 29, 2012 7:23 PM

    Considering that they should have lost to MSU if not for a blown call, that ain’t saying much. Miller hyper-extended his knee and dropped the ball before he was down. A Spartan picked it up and had a clear path to the end zone, but the play had been erroneously blown dead. That would have made the score 20-17 MSU. OSU might have mounted a comeback, but they looked anything but impressive in this game.

  2. zurnvs says: Sep 29, 2012 7:55 PM

    U r right they were not impressive, and they will have to look a lot better next week. But what does that have to say about ur team. Refs didn’t stop u from rushing the ball or catching it. We look like dog s–t. U r what ur record says ur. Where 5-0, ur 3-2, don’t hate. U robbed Wisconsin last year.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Sep 29, 2012 8:15 PM

    These are the best two teams the Big Ten has to offer this year?

    That was painful to watch. MSU’s receivers dropped about 20 wide open passes and the Bucks offense seems to consist of Braxton Miller and 10 other guys standing around watching.

  4. WingT says: Sep 29, 2012 8:22 PM

    I bet Gene Smith is glad he played in a bowl last year and opted to take the ban this year…

  5. hardballtalkusername says: Sep 29, 2012 8:25 PM

    Wow that conference is terrible this year.

  6. thraiderskin says: Sep 29, 2012 11:19 PM

    We definitely have our weaknesses. So far, I’m not impressed with Meyer. Miller is a trooper, but the Buckeyes look undisciplined. That might fly is a few games, but we are not that much better than anyone. I would consider the B1G a disaster this year.

  7. manchestermiracle says: Sep 29, 2012 11:32 PM

    zurnvs:

    Not my team, just making a rather obvious observation. If The Ohio State is “ur” team let’s hope “u” aren’t a student. That would mean the academics there are as bad as the football….

  8. Battle Red Raider says: Sep 29, 2012 11:57 PM

    I actually think Northwestern is legit and has a shot

  9. wjmoffatt says: Sep 30, 2012 3:07 AM

    Purdue is actually the best team, not sure how they’re still flying under the radar, having a top 15 pick at DT, two shut down CBs, and offense keeps getting better.

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