Much has been said about No. 4 Ohio State’s schedule and how the weakness may cost the Buckeyes a shot at playing for the BCS National Championship in January.
Even though Ohio State took down No. 25 Wisconsin and Northwestern in back to back games, the general consensus outside of Columbus is the Buckeyes current ranking is based more on reputation than substance.
While the void of ranked opponents is cause for some concern, here are three reasons why the Buckeyes should not be worried about their schedule.
Winning Matters Most
At the end of the day, the goal is survival. Winning ugly is far superior to losing admirably. Stanford, Oklahoma and Georgia were all long shots to make it to the title game before last weekend, but now, each team will be fighting just to make it to a top-tier bowl game.
Ohio State will have a few bumps over the next five games, but Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana do not have the total packages to seriously challenge the Buckeyes. Barring a complete meltdown, they should cruise comfortably.
The last two games will make or break Ohio State’s season. “The Game” is in Ann Arbor, and all bets are off when these two rivals collide. The Michigan Wolverines are lost right now, but nothing invigorates the soul better than knocking your mortal enemy out of contention. Look for Michigan to rebound before the annual showdown against the Buckeyes.
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