Ohio State may have won 31-24 on Saturday against rival Wisconsin, but there was little celebrating in the Buckeyes locker room less than 24 hours later—and that’s because devastating news was handed down to the team in the aftermath of victory.
Senior safety, and team captain, Christian Bryant suffered a broken ankle in the win and his season, along with his career, were over.
This is how Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer put it to the media (h/t ESPN.com):
We just got news we lost our captain. Just tough news, I just love that kid — he’s done so much for our program, come so far. Incredible leadership skills, and he’s going to be even more valuable outside of football. Hard part of the game, boy.
So, life must go on for the No. 4 ranked team in the latest AP Poll.
That’s the harsh reality of sports and the grind of a season—there is little time for self pity and loathing about things you can not control.
It also puts Ohio State in an interesting position because of what is in front of them.
Up next on the schedule are the Northwestern Wildcats, who have one of the most explosive and multiple offenses in the Big Ten. However, after that things become much easier to deal with—thanks to games with Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois all in the mix.
Sure, there are some tests in the passing game, but those teams are a lot less multiple and a lot more straight forward with what they like to…