With three weeks of non-conference play in the books and one cupcake left before Big Ten play, it’s time to look ahead to see where Ohio State might be derailed in conference play. What teams should keep Buckeye fans up at night with worry?
If nothing else, non-conference play has revealed that some Big Ten teams are far better than expected (Illinois), while others have faded (Nebraska).
The Buckeyes are not alone in this exercise, as Alabama, Oregon and Clemson fans are also likely circling a handful of games left on the schedule that make them uneasy. However, none of those teams have the pressure of repeating an undefeated conference schedule like the Buckeyes do.
In addition, Alabama and Oregon might rebound from a loss, while Ohio State likely needs to run the table to stay in the BCS National Championship race.
The stakes are high and the target is squarely on OSU’s back, so let’s take a look at those teams that have positioned themselves well to cause the first loss of Urban Meyer’s tenure in Columbus.