Coming into Sunday’s game at Wisconsin, the Buckeyes had everything to play for.
They were tied with the Badgers and the Wolverines for third in the Big Ten race, had yet to notch a significant road win and had the shadow of a 1-6 record against ranked teams looming over them.
With the regular season essentially hanging in the balance, if nothing else, you could’ve at least banked on effort from the blue-collar Buckeyes, right?
Wrong. Ohio State looked unconscious in their 71-49 demolition by the Badgers.
And even though their offense—which has been ground and analyzed to a pulp this season—wasn’t efficient, it was actually their defense, the backbone of the Ohio State program, which betrayed them.
“These are beginning-of-the-year mistakes and mental errors,” Aaron Craft said of Ohio State’s defensive lapses to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We need to hold each other accountable.”
After all, less than a month…
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