With the 2013 football season slowly approaching, still the Big Ten seems to be looked down upon by the college football world.
Heck, it seems like you’re not in the SEC, you shouldn’t be allowed in the best of the best conversation. Sure, the SEC has won seven national championships in a row, but the Ohio State Buckeyes have a full head of steam coming this fall.
Already with an undefeated season in 2012, the Buckeyes could be in for another huge year with the right amount of talent at certain positions and a schedule that isn’t too daunting. The question is, though, with the schedule Ohio State has in 2013, would a one-loss team, or even another undefeated team pass up a Buckeye team riding a 25 game win streak? My answer: No.
First off, love ‘em or hate ‘em, we can all agree that Ohio State is one of the most prestigious programs in college football. The schedule sets up perfectly for an undefeated run. There’s no doubt that we, as the media, are looking ahead, but how can’t you when the toughest non-conference opponent could be a home game against San Diego State? That’s not a shot at the program, just reality.
This will be the biggest factor in the BCS rankings all year for Ohio State. The Buckeyes need to hope the rest of the Big Ten ups their game and climbs up in the rankings so it can ultimately boost OSU’s overall strength of schedule. Looking farther on, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Michigan should all be ranked fairly decent, but that only gives Ohio State three ranked games all season.
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