Urban Meyer led Ohio State to an undefeated season in 2012. In doing so, he re-established Ohio State as the team to beat in the Big Ten.
Thanks to players like Braxton Miller and John Simon—the offensive and defensive Big Ten Player of the Year, respectively—Ohio State went from 6-7 to 12-0.
Under Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes went 64-14 with seven conference titles—three outright and four shared. In Ohio State’s first season without Tressel, the Buckeyes went 3-5 in Big Ten play, the worst conference record since 1999.
But don’t let the 8-0 conference record fool you; Ohio State didn’t dominate its Big Ten foes. The Buckeyes won their eight conference games by an average of 11 points, but won five of their games by a TD or less.
While Meyer and the Buckeyes will likely enter the 2013 season as the favorite to win the conference, they are certainly not untouchable. In fact, there are five teams in the conference that should scare the 2013…
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