Ohio State Football: Toughest Tests Left for Undefeated Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes have an undefeated season in their sight and spite in their soul. Despite their lack of postseason eligibility, Urban Meyer has his boys motivated and running over everyone they come across.
Would they have been as successful under Jim Tressel? It's impossible to know. However, fans are surely wondering if they would be challenging for a national title had everything not fallen apart a couple offseasons ago.
Regardless, the Buckeyes will continue to roll through their schedule, building up steam for the five difficult tests they have left.
Click through to find out who stands in Ohio State's way of a spotless record.
September 29: At Michigan State Spartans
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Ohio State might have their toughest matchup of the season in East Lansing. It also might double as the toughest game for fans to watch as the over-under should probably no be higher than 13.5.
Both teams have stout defenses that aren't keen to giving up large chunks of yardage or points. Considering the passing attacks of both teams, that probably wasn't an option anyways.
The Spartans have their own Heisman hopeful in Le'Veon Bell, but he has struggled against top-notch rushing defenses. This game will be too close for comfort, yet Braxton Miller should find a way to make just enough plays to escape with a victory.
October 6: Vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have straight steamrolled people, with the exception of when their opponent is ranked (although not when the teams met). The UCLA Bruins squeaked out a six-point victory over the Huskers in Pasadena.
Considering the game is at home and OSU is going to be ranked when Nebraska comes calling, Ohio State stands a great chance at another win.
It's difficult to imagine the Huskers being well equipped to deal with the Buckeyes rushing attack. However, Nebraska has a more balanced attack since Taylor Martinez has stepped up his passing acumen. He has completed 70 percent of his passes while throwing nine touchdowns against one pick.
Oct. 20: Vs. Purdue Boilermakers
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Not since the days of Joe Tiller have the Purdue Boilermakers been considered a season spoiler. Now, they're looking to be much more than that.
They have two victories over inferior opposition, but their loss to Notre Dame really opened some eyes. Defensive tackle Kawann Short has been rocketing up draft boards since he stepped onto the field in Week 1.
The Boilermakers aren't likely to score enough points to win the game. Yet, their defense should limit Ohio State enough to make it interesting.
November 17: At Wisconsin Badgers
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After three tough games in four weeks, Ohio State will have two weeks to take it easy before heading up to Madison, WI. Camp Randall Stadium is a difficult place to play, as any Big Ten team would attest.
The Badgers haven't looked to be the same team they've been the last few years though. They haven't been able to put away teams that don't have any business being on the field with them and lost to a pesky Oregon State team.
This is probably the year the Buckeyes exercise any Madison demons that linger from years past. Can't hurt to get some good mojo going for the years ahead.
November 24: Vs. Michigan Wolverines
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There isn't much that's needed to be said here. It's Michigan week.
Denard Robinson will be making his final trip to the Horseshoe, not that the Buckeyes have ever had any problems with him there. However, he did lead the Wolverines to the streak-breaking win last season in Ann Arbor.
Neither team has proven much as of the writing of this article. By the time both teams meet up for this season-ending tradition, we'll know much more.
But it can be said that Michigan's offensive and defensive line will have problems dealing with the Buckeyes fronts. That is a fact that is likely to determine the winner.