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B1G title game set as Buckeyes set school mark for consecutive wins

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In one fell swoop, the 2013 version of Urban Meyer‘s Ohio State Buckeyes achieved a pair of historical benchmarks for the storied football program.

Most importantly, Ohio State’s snowy 42-14 whipping of Indiana pushed the Buckeyes to 7-0 in Big Ten play with just The Game against Michigan remaining.  Courtesy of a win over 6-1 Wisconsin in late September, OSU clinched its first-ever Big Ten Leaders division championship.

In the win, Carlos Hyde (18-117-2) became the first running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards for an Urban Meyer-coached team.  Despite missing the first three games of the season because of a suspension, the senior has now rushed for 1,061 yards and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground in eight games.  He’s rushed for at least 111 yards in each of the past six games, posting a career-high of 246 in the win over Illinois last weekend.

Braxton Miller contributed as usual, combining for 304 yards of total offense (160 passing, 144 rushing) while scoring two touchdowns each through the air and on the ground.

Coupled with Michigan State’s clinching of the Legends division earlier Saturday, the Big Ten title game is now set: MSU vs. OSU Dec. 7 in Indianapolis for the conference’s automatic BCS berth and, for the Buckeyes, a potential spot in the BCS title game.  The teams last met in 2012, a one-point win for the Buckeyes that was the closest, margin-wise, during their nation’s best winning streak.

Speaking of which, the win over IU was OSU’s 23rd straight, breaking the school record of 22 set from 1967-69.  The 23 straight is tied, along with five other teams, for the 34th-longest streak in FBS history, and is the longest by an automatic-qualifying program since Notre Dame in 1988-89.  Non-AQ Boise State won 24 straight in 2009-10.

The record for a Big Ten school is 29 straight by the 1901-03 Michigan Wolverines.  Just five schools who were members of the Big Ten at the time of their streaks have won more consecutive games than the 2013 Buckeyes.

While the week-long attention will be focused solely on That School Up North, the immediate attention of Buckeye Nation — from coaches to players to fans — will ever-so-briefly shift to Stillwater.  If Oklahoma State should trip up Baylor, the Buckeyes would be in the driver’s seat at No. 3 should either Alabama or Florida State — either on the field or off — stumble coming down the home stretch.

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15 Responses to “B1G title game set as Buckeyes set school mark for consecutive wins”
  1. mkoogs says: Nov 23, 2013 6:48 PM

    OSU says go OSU! Beat Baylor!

  2. jrs45 says: Nov 23, 2013 6:51 PM

    Should be a good game.

  3. polegojim says: Nov 23, 2013 7:04 PM

    Congrats to both teams and programs for carrying football excellence through the entire season!!!

  4. sfsugator says: Nov 23, 2013 7:30 PM

    Ohio sate hasn’t played anyone in the last 2 years, that conference is absolutely horrid. Fact

  5. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 7:31 PM

    NICELY done Buckeyes!!! Braxton Miller, El Guapo, and Ryan Shazier were incredible! Congrats on setting the school consecutive win record as well!!!

    @pole – it is now officially The Game week!!! It is going to be another smash mouth game!!!

  6. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 7:32 PM

    BTW – GO Okie State!!!

  7. polegojim says: Nov 23, 2013 7:34 PM

    @sfsugator… how bout that Gator victory today??? Oh wait… wow… and you felt compelled to tell OSU about how to qualify wins???

    @DK… yes, well… it will be a game anyways. Anything can happen… but we’ll need to find our MIA offense to compete.

  8. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 7:39 PM

    @pole – I sat in that stadium WAY too many times when we were supposed to crush TSUN and came away empty handed so I’m not taking anything for granted when it comes to The Game! Right now, the only thing TSUN has left to make their season is knocking off OSU!!! They will be up for this game and put up a big time fight!

    @sfsugator – aahhh, what’s the matter – still mad bro?

  9. jrs45 says: Nov 23, 2013 8:06 PM

    sfsugator
    Nov 23, 2013, 7:30 PM EST
    Ohio sate hasn’t played anyone in the last 2 years, that conference is absolutely horrid. Fact

    Lmao! Yep you’re right they should set a game up with GA Southern in November bahahahaha! Gaytors!

  10. overratedgators says: Nov 23, 2013 9:03 PM

    Can’t believe a Gator fan has the balls to make a strength of schedule argument, when his team can’t even beat an FCS school at home. How would the Gators fare against Ohio State’s schedule? My guess is they’d finish 3-9. At least the Gator players can all enjoy watching the bowls this year, since they won’t actually be playing in one.

  11. BrownsTown says: Nov 23, 2013 9:23 PM

    Guys, lay off the Gator fans. See, they’re also SEC fans and several SEC teams won today. So….face!

  12. joerevs300 says: Nov 23, 2013 11:19 PM

    *YAWN*

    Which will make it all the sweeter when Alabama and FSU win out and OSU fans can cry themselves a river. And probably get smashed by someone in a lower end BCS bowl.

    Maybe if you had actually played someone in your non-conference, you wouldn’t be depending on other teams losing ahead of you.

  13. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 11:39 PM

    @joe – OSU will never cry themselves a river! We are amazingly proud of our Buckeyes and know they can play with anybody! If Bama and FSU plays for the NC this year – awesome! We will play the cards that are dealt us this year and come back stronger next year! Urban has built a monster in Columbus that will put us in the top 5 for years to come! You should probably get used to it!

  14. keets55 says: Nov 24, 2013 8:17 AM

    everyone can talk trash as long as there’s no LEGITIMATE playoff system and the “opponents” in the TitleGame are decided by voters and a system which may-or-may-not have bias. I mean, really, how hard would it be between Dec. 1st and January 1st to have a MarchMadness type of playoff to decide who should really be in the Championship?

    Baylor’s loss should be enough proof for anyone of two things—–the best teams don’t always win and it is extremely difficult for any team to make it through a season undefeated. that Ohio State has played almost two complete seasons without a loss shouldn’t be downplayed despite what anyone thinks about the conferences and team records.

  15. manik56 says: Nov 24, 2013 11:52 PM

    Fact Checker:

    Ohio State did win the division last season. Of course they did not represent the division in the championship game.

    USC won 34 games in a row from 03-05.

    Miami won 34 games in a row from 00-02.

    Both schools are obviously BCS automatic qualifiers as well. I have no idea how Taylor can not remember those teams. Perhaps USC vacated some of those wins. I do not recall Miami vacating any wins during that time. Either way, Taylor dropped the ball.

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