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Unbeaten Buckeyes survive OT, claim Leaders trophy

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Thanks to NCAA sanctions, and publicly stated or not, Ohio State had three realistic goals for the 2012 season: a Big Ten Leaders division trophy, a win in The Game and an undefeated season.

Consider Mission No. 1 accomplished, with Nos. 2 and 3 within their reach next weekend.

A Carlos Hyde touchdown run in overtime coupled with a defensive stand on Wisconsin’s lone extra-session possession propelled the Buckeyes to a perfect 11-0 on the season.  The 21-14 win also pushed No. 6 OSU to 7-0 in Big Ten play, giving them a two-game lead on Penn State — also ineligible for the postseason — with just one game left, meaning that the Buckeyes’ have officially claimed the outright Leaders division title.

Despite the NCAA sanctions stemming from the Jim Tressel era, the Big Ten confirmed earlier this year that, yes, the Buckeyes would be in line for the trophy if they won the division.

While a divisional trophy is nice, a season for the Buckeyes isn’t considered a success without a win against That School Up North.  With Michigan on tap next weekend in one of the greatest rivalry games in all of sports, Ohio State can both cap off its first perfect season since 2002 and avenge their loss to the hated Wolverines last season in one fell swoop.

As for the Badgers, and even as UW dropped a second-straight heartbreaker to the Buckeyes, UW had already punched their ticket to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship earlier this month.

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16 Responses to “Unbeaten Buckeyes survive OT, claim Leaders trophy”
  1. 10kmp says: Nov 17, 2012 9:10 PM

    Happy for the kids. 11-0 with a division title is a nice little season for a team that was reeling only 10 months ago… I only hope the offense and the play callers show up next week because that part of it was embarrassingly bad today. Go Bucks!

  2. totallysirius says: Nov 17, 2012 9:20 PM

    The Meyer era is off to a good start.

    I hope the rest of the B1G can handle being pwned for years to come.

  3. pryor4heisman says: Nov 17, 2012 10:01 PM

    Best team in the country will be home for the Bowl. What a shame. Looks like it would have been OSU vs Notre Dame. Not even a hundred rudys running around would be enough for overrated Notre Dame to win.

  4. TxGrown says: Nov 17, 2012 10:38 PM

    “Best team in the country will be home for the Bowl.”
    Have only themselves to blame for that.

  5. 303bengalguy says: Nov 17, 2012 10:50 PM

    I don’t think you can underestimate the bad decision to play defense first. If I was Bielema (however you spell it) I’m giving my defense a breather and keeping my hot offense on the field against a gassed Bucks def. Why isn’t that being talked about more? Completely moronic decision after winning the toss. I don’t care what the book says, I take the ball in that situation and force OSU to score second.

    But as a Buckeye fan, thanks!!!

  6. vincentbojackson says: Nov 17, 2012 11:22 PM

    The Big Ten continues to be almost unwatchable. What the hell happened to this conference?

  7. badgerbuck says: Nov 17, 2012 11:36 PM

    I cannot believe wisconsin is going to the big ten championship game what a joke.they have not one signature win this year,my god give e a break

  8. baseballbarrister says: Nov 18, 2012 2:25 AM

    If a buckeye falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?

  9. bigbuckeye76 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:51 AM

    The Defense and WR’s on this team are no where near “best in the country”.

  10. omniusprime says: Nov 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    I seriously doubt that going undefeated was a team goal at the beginning of the season, I’m sure Urban Meyer was far more reality based than that. However it is sad that what could well be the best team in the country could be sitting home for the bowl season, but then they only have Tressel to thank for sorry outcome. What incredibly bad timing to possibly go undefeated yet unrequited in the bowl games.

    I hope OSU beats Michigan and USC beats despicable notre dame so that the AP poll is justified in giving us a dual national champion.

  11. spunhead73 says: Nov 18, 2012 9:43 AM

    OSU the best team in the country? Hahahahaha. What have you idiots been smoking? They haven’t beat anybody good,their defense is horrible,Miller is way overrated,and they will never hang with the SEC. By the way,ND is for real,and be glad OSU doesn’t play them because ND would destroy them. GO IRISH! Bucks Su ck!

  12. metalhead65 says: Nov 18, 2012 10:13 AM

    wait you mean the badgers did not have 600 yards and run up the score this week? oh wait they were playing a team with tradition and talent so that explains it. have fun choking in whatever bowl you go to as usual.

  13. hovenaut says: Nov 18, 2012 10:34 AM

    State of the conference, probation, first year coach and previous year aside, the fact OSU has a chance to finish unbeaten is a great accomplishment for the team.

    Can’t wait for next week, and then the next few years to come.

  14. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Nov 18, 2012 12:23 PM

    @ TxGrown

    Actually they have their former coach and players to blame. Not a single player involved in the sanctions is currently on the team.

  15. buckeye94 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:37 PM

    Yo spunny why you here? You don’t sound like a fan just a igut with nothin better to do. That D is good I mean how can anyone sit there and not claim it we even have John Simon whose one of the best DE in the nation now. Miller’s stats are good and he’s a heisman runner so your analogy of him being bad is out tge window. ND is good but they have struggled just as every team has…for the record that should have been a stanford td but oh well and if Pitt makes the field in ot they beat ND but oh well. Get over your self it’s football just because your team is either no longer undefeated or is ND doesn’t mean hey come ridicule the buckeyes…just f*** off ya lil bi*** a**

  16. acmepackers says: Nov 18, 2012 9:18 PM

    No one cares about OSU. This season is a wash. As usual, the Big Ten is just brutally awful.

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