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Buckeyes last of the Big Ten unbeatens

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In what walks, talks and looks like a lost season for the Big Ten, Ohio State is the wobbly conference’s lone remaining undefeated team.

And they’re ineligible for the postseason.

Such is life in the 2012 Big Ten as the No. 12 Buckeyes appear, at least record-wise — and arguably talent-wise as well — to be the best the conference has to offer, with a dominating 63-38 (?!?) shellacking of No. 21 Nebraska the latest data point suggesting Urban Meyer and star quarterback Braxton Miller have OSU headed toward a return to the national stage in 2013.

For now, though, the Buckeyes will play in neither the Big Ten championship game if they win the Leaders division nor a bowl — BcS or otherwise — thanks to NCAA sanctions levied on the football program because of bylaw indiscretions committed by the previous regime.

Including OSU, the Big Ten started the new football year with five teams ranked inside the Top 25 preseason polls.  The other four — Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin — have combined for seven losses through the first six weeks, with each suffering varying degrees of embarrassment in their respective toe stubbings.

Ohio State, Nebraska and Northwestern were the lone Big Ten schools ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 headed into the weekend; with the losses suffered by the latter two — it was the Wildcats’ first after winning their first five games — OSU could very well be the lone ranked team from the conference when the polls are released Sunday afternoon.

Just two Big Ten schools — the aforementioned Northwestern and Minnesota (?) — have one loss after Week 6.

If Ohio State is indeed the lone ranked team from the Big Ten come tomorrow — there’s a chance the two-loss Wolverines could slide back in thanks to impressive win over a surprising Purdue squad — it would mark the first time since 1988 — Michigan, No. 17 when only the Top 20 teams were named — that just one from the conference is represented in the AP poll.

Again, such is life in the 2012 Big Ten.

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22 Responses to “Buckeyes last of the Big Ten unbeatens”
  1. southernpatriots says: Oct 7, 2012 12:44 AM

    Urban Meyer is doing what my family and I thought he would do when he agreed to come out of retirement and coach at tOSU. This was a big deal, and most fans realized that, even if they held some animosity toward Meyer or toward tOSU. Using Tressels players for the most part, instilling in them a new spirit and belief in themselves, in their team, in the Buckeye Nation and all, Meyer’s promise was to bring a national championship to Ohio State. He is clearly on track to do that.

    The NCAA sanctions aside, this team has in his first year, established tOSU as the premier team in the B1G. This is their bowl season, this is their championship–the regular season. Meyer has made them believe in him and in themselves.

    As JT stated: “…with a dominating 63-38 (?!?) shellacking of No. 21 Nebraska the latest data point suggesting Urban Meyer and star quarterback Braxton Miller have OSU headed toward a return to the national stage in 2013.” Well done, Buckeyes, well done!

  2. scoregasmic says: Oct 7, 2012 1:07 AM

    I still think MSU is the best team in the conference(which is pretty sad) I know OSU beat them but if not for that fumble not being called a fumble at first that would have been returned for a TD, MSU would have won that game. If OSU could be in the B1G championship they would probably play MSU but i think MSU would get the win that time

  3. dkhhuey says: Oct 7, 2012 1:28 AM

    Every coach in the Big Ten just said ‘F@#$’ when they saw the results of this game! Urban Meyer, one of the best coaches in college football has the keys to one of the greatest programs in the nation. He is using Jimmy T’s recruits, sprinkled with some of his freshman guys, along with the fact that this is suppose to be a down season with the sanctions and installing brand new schemes both offensively and defensively and yet, the Buckeyes are 6 – 0 and just took down MSU and thoroughly pummeled Nebraska!

    Better bring your A game gents!!! The Buckeyes are starting to get their swerve back!

  4. frug says: Oct 7, 2012 2:04 AM

    If Ohio St. had done what Miami did and self imposed a bowl ban last year year when they were 6-6, they might be the favorites to win the national title this year thanks to a favorable schedule.

    I sure hope that trip to Jacksonville was worth it last year because cost them a chance to go to Miami or Pasadena this year…

  5. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 7, 2012 2:30 AM

    @southernpatriots
    Looks like LSU has some more work to do with their conservative game plans, where’s the Les Miles, the Mad Hatter, that we all came to love. It seems like he has all but disappear. Anyway I’m being a little too harsh on him, LSU ‘s front is plagued with injuries and there’s only so much the staffs can do with such a young and inexperience replacements that they have plugged in and there to keep it being a full blown levee over flow. Even with the lost LSU is still in the hunt and control their own destiny.
    Now for my main reason for posting @southernpatriots: you asked in a previous posting, “is it Saigon” the Pho restaurant that’s own by one of my sibling? The answer is No.., his restaurant is further up North, still in the State of Louisiana. I am Laotian (pronounced la ocean), and yes I have traveled far and wide and was fortunate enough to have experienced so many wonderful traditions and cultures from all around the world.
    I believe, sadly, that this is the only similarity you and I have. My travels were more for selfish reasons,and for personal reasons.
    The things that you have done, and the people you have helped, and the lives you have touched are beyond description. I am truly humble when you might have suggested that you and I are the same.
    You, southernpatriots, are truly a great person. All the sacrifices you have made, to help the victims of natural disasters in New Orleans, and the works that you do in WV and around the world, in third world nations, and the war torn nations are with out a doubt a noble deed.
    As for Governor Foster, I have personally met him, but my best friend he was also my roommate at the time (when I was living in Baton Rouge) used to praised Gov. Foster all the time for making his job less stressful. My buddy was working as a State of Louisiana Freud Investigated Unit. He would take me to the Capital building and show me where his office was and the kind of Freud investigations that he did through out the state. Of course he would never go into details. Since Foster took over he said it was easier to do his job and not have to worry so much about back door politics and what not.
    With all that said, yes indeed it is as true Asians raised in Louisiana, as for Canjuns and other Louisianians. Next time you see Gov Foster passed that along for me, thank you, God Bless! And Let’s Geaux Tigers!!

  6. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 7, 2012 2:34 AM

    @southernpatriots
    It supposed to have said:
    I have Not personally met Gov Foster

  7. broncosfan29 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:27 AM

    Really? OSU looked horrible against UCF, Cal, and UAB. The Big 10 is Trash this year. So its not saying much. Sorry but its the truth.

  8. broncosfan29 says: Oct 7, 2012 3:32 AM

    And so glad Urban Liar is over his “health issues”. What a joke that was. I think the worm knew Florida would have a couple of down years so he bolted.

  9. rsmeans says: Oct 7, 2012 4:19 AM

    Michigan is by far the best team in the Big 10 which will become evident in Columbus when they meet OSU. OSU would be no better than sixth in the SEC. Michigan would be in the top four.

  10. cometkazie says: Oct 7, 2012 8:51 AM

    I think teams that are not BCS eligible should not be ranked. Part of the punishment.

    My 2¢, strictly.

  11. southernpatriots says: Oct 7, 2012 9:23 AM

    cometkazie:

    Those college football ranking groups that are part of the BCS final formula do not rank teams which are not BCS bowl eligible. BCS rankings will also not include those teams which are not BCS bowl eligible.

    These include (I think): Harris Poll and Coaches Poll. The AP Poll acted reluctant to participate in the final rankings for BCS some years ago, so they were sidestepped for the Harris Poll. The AP will rank any team, BCS bowl eligible or not.

    But all that technical stuff aside, I agree with you.

    My 1¢, (or less….ha.)

  12. buckeye1nation says: Oct 7, 2012 9:32 AM

    I think the Buckeyes are doing what I had hoped they would do this season and that is get better every game. They did not look good early and I actually thought they were a bit over rated. Going into East Lansing and getting a win is never an easy task and Nebraska is a solid, if not outstanding, team. Yes, the B1G is down this year and the SEC is still the best conference (and it kills me say that). But Conferences don’t win Championships, teams do. That team up north will be a test, but we have them in The Shoe and Urban understands the importance of this game and will have the team ready.

    @ cometkazie: tOSU is only ranked in the AP Poll, which permits voters to vote for teams on probation, which the Coaches poll does not allow. When the BCS rankings come out, tOSU will not be a part of it.

  13. imforbigblue says: Oct 7, 2012 10:16 AM

    It’s OK all the haters can say whatever They want about OSU because this is Myers first year his tune up years per say. Let him get a few classes of his own stud players in here and let’s see who’s the best in the Big 10. You all can say your teams are but the losses on your records say different. As for saying UM would be one of the top teams in the SEC now that’s a joke bama showed you different Lol

  14. vincentbojackson says: Oct 7, 2012 11:01 AM

    Thanks to OSU’s weak non-conference schedule and a painfully weak Big 10, I don’t think we’ll ever really know how good they actually are this year.

    It ruined their seasons, but at least MSU, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin scheduled some challenging non-conference opponents.

  15. polegojim says: Oct 7, 2012 11:03 AM

    Meyer’s done a good job and Ohio is good… ok, I almost threw up just typing that…

    That said, Ohio’s win over MSU was not impressive, it was accidental, just like Notre Dames win against UM. UM had Gholston so controlled, they actually put in Rhees to try and get something going. NOT so with Big Red – he ate them up.

    Truth is, at times, any team can fall into a win both Ohio and Notre Dame KNOW they got two undeserved gifts.

    Michigan/Ohio game will be decided on whether DRobs brains remain in his head, or if he goes ‘Notre Dame’ again and they fall out. If DRob has a good game, it’s over.

  16. polegojim says: Oct 7, 2012 11:06 AM

    PS – Notre Dame fans…. please don’t say it was the Defense that caused those INTs. It’s not even remotely true.

    I have NO issue giving ND credit and have made my appreciation for the ND program known on many levels. DRob was your 12th man and most valuable player.

  17. thraiderskin says: Oct 7, 2012 12:04 PM

    Perhaps Meyer will make me eat my words after all. I have not been a fan of Meyer since he got to Ohio State, I don’t care for the option, but last night’s scoring session, certainly, makes me happy. I do wish he would adapt the offense into a more pro-style, but so far so good. Nothing makes me happier then watching my Buckeyes tear up another B1G team, surrounded by a bunch of drunk Wisconsinites.

  18. ohiobucks says: Oct 7, 2012 5:06 PM

    @rsmeans you must have fallen down and hit your head if think that team up north has any chance this year at The Ohio State University.

  19. CBFAN says: Oct 7, 2012 5:12 PM

    I would take Braxton Miller any day over Denard.

  20. handsofsweed says: Oct 7, 2012 5:19 PM

    @polegojim

    I’m not sure what Ohio has to do with this article. The Buckeyes didn’t play them this year and Ohio beat Penn St., not MSU.

    And the only MAC school Michigan played this year was Massachussetts.

  21. dkhhuey says: Oct 7, 2012 10:48 PM

    The Buckeyes are buying into the Urban plan and they are getting better each and every day! From what I heard, there were a ton of potential 2013 and 2014 recruits at the game last night and that had to make an incredible impression on those kids!

    With the talent he is bringing in – next year is going to be one fun year!!!

  22. daj0024 says: Oct 10, 2012 3:38 PM

    Definitely a re-building year for tOSU. And yes the Big Ten (plus a few) is not really looking too strong this year. Until recently tOSU was the only B10 team to schedule the heavyweights: USC, Texas, etc. and I would like to know why that went away as it was good for the program, even if we lost the game. As for our northern rivals, last year they barely beat us with the weakest team we have had in a long time and they having the strongest they have been in years and AT THE BIG HOUSE. This year is at the ‘Shoe and tOSU team is getting better every game. It will be a good November game. It will also be our “Championship” game.

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