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Buckeyes sneak past Hawkeyes, win 19th straight

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Coming into the game against Iowa Saturday, Ohio State had two missions in order to keep pace for a potential spot in the BCS title game: win and win impressively enough to sway voters.

Well, one out of two ain’t bad.

The good news for the Buckeyes is that they were able to pull away from the Hawkeyes courtesy of a 24-7 advantage in the second half, posting its 19th straight win by the score of 34-24.  The not-so-good news was that half came after OSU looked positively underwhelming in falling behind the visiting Hawkeyes 17-10 after two quarters of play.

Head coach Urban Meyer has preached that his team can only control what they do and is focused solely on the next opponent, not BCS implications.  Meyer and his charges, though, are not only battling its next opponent on the field but fighting perception off of it: the perception that the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule was pastry-soft and the conference slate is not far behind.  And that, simply put, the Buckeyes just aren’t that good of a football team despite the fact that they are on a historic run of wins.

The way OSU played in the first half did nothing to help the perception.  Neither did Northwestern, one of the so-called quality wins for the Buckeyes this season, going down in defeat a third straight game.

The stark reality for Ohio State is that, even if they run the streak to 24 straight, they would fall behind the SEC championship game winner… and an unbeaten Oregon… and an unbeaten ACC champion in the BCS title-game pecking order.  That’s the situation facing OSU, regardless of if anyone connected to the program wants to publicly acknowledge it.

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12 Responses to “Buckeyes sneak past Hawkeyes, win 19th straight”
  1. johngaltwho says: Oct 19, 2013 7:21 PM

    Urban Meyer’s post game comments were a bit surprising…
    “It was a tight game until the officials really came through for us in that second half. Gave us a touchdown when the ball never crossed the goal line, negated an interception with a tickytack holding call unlike anything called so far in the game and ignoring our guys holding on offense to seal the edge giving us crucial first downs late. Officials had an up and down game but they came through for us in the end and we appreciate their effort and contribution. “

  2. polegojim says: Oct 19, 2013 7:33 PM

    Unexpected scary one… but in the end, they took care of business.

    Still doubt the Buckeyes can run with the Big Dogs.

  3. Anoesis says: Oct 19, 2013 7:35 PM

    Not a very impressive #4 team.

  4. safranic03 says: Oct 19, 2013 7:36 PM

    @John Taylor, clearly you know little about the way college football and tv work.

    There is a zero percent chance that if Bama, Oregon, Clemson and The Ohio State go unbeaten that it won’t be Bama-OSU.

    Both teams(Bama & OSU) draw anywhere in the country, especially OSU in Pasadena, no tv exec wants Clemson or Oregon, be real.

    Besides, This OSU team would handle both Clemson and Oregon, Bama maybe another case.

  5. dkhhuey says: Oct 19, 2013 7:48 PM

    Defense was shaky in the first half and did what they had to do in the 2nd. Nicely done Buckeyes!!!

  6. patssmelllikepoo says: Oct 19, 2013 8:02 PM

    There is a zero percent chance that if Bama, Oregon, Clemson and The Ohio State go unbeaten that it won’t be Bama-OSU.

    Both teams(Bama & OSU) draw anywhere in the country, especially OSU in Pasadena, no tv exec wants Clemson or Oregon, be real.

    Besides, This OSU team would handle both Clemson and Oregon, Bama maybe another case.

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  7. targhee159 says: Oct 19, 2013 8:04 PM

    I honestly don’t mind that they may go unbeaten and get left out of the NCG. Win the conference and win the Rose Bowl. If they do those two things, the rest really doesn’t matter. This week’s upsets proved what a BS system the rankings are anyway. Just win and the rest will take care of itself.

  8. watchfullhose says: Oct 19, 2013 9:26 PM

    If the buckeyes go undefeated, my only problem would be that they will have completed TWO complete seasons without losing a single game….I don’t think you can leave them out because you THINK someone else is better. No one else is 19-0 right now.

  9. basebuck says: Oct 19, 2013 9:36 PM

    You may be right but lots of teams are getting beat…we ain’t! Deal with it! I know it just kills you.”

  10. barkleyblows says: Oct 20, 2013 2:10 AM

    19 wins in a row is unheard of now days. Not many teams can do that no matter what the competition. Congrats Urban Meyer, Ohio State, and Buckeye fans on this remarkable feat.

  11. vincentbojackson says: Oct 20, 2013 2:43 AM

    OSU will be lucky to remain at #4 when the BCS rankings come out after the beat downs Alabama, Oregon and Florida State laid down.

    The fact is the Buckeyes have the 87th ranked schedule in terms of strength. Struggling with an Iowa team that lost their home opener to a MAC team won’t impress any of the voters.

  12. randamonious says: Oct 20, 2013 10:27 AM

    tOSU will be fourth tonight with the bcs polling. Probably accurate with the questions they have in the defensive backfield. The pot always gets stirred this time of year, but we all know anything can and will happen before the end of the season.
    Reminds me of 2002, just keep winning……

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