Ohio State Football: Examining Buckeyes' Last 3 Regular Season Games
While Ohio State's postseason ban doesn't allow it to compete for a bowl game this season, that hasn't stopped Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes from going 9-0.
With wins against such teams as Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State, Ohio State is ranked No. 6 in the AP poll through nine weeks of action.
The question now becomes, will the Buckeyes run the table this season?
Here's a breakdown of each of their last three games.
Vs. Illinois: Saturday, Nov. 3
Not only has Illinois lost its last five games, Michigan dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson exploded against the Fighting Illini in Week 7.
In the 45-0 blowout, Robinson passed for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 14.5 yards per pass attempt and rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Ohio State has averaged 5.45 yards per carry this season (14th in the FBS) while compiling 29 rushing touchdowns, per CFBStats.com.
Illinois has allowed 4.03 yards per carry (55th in the FBS) and 17 rushing touchdowns (tied for 100th).
Need I say more?
At Wisconsin: Saturday, Nov. 17
Michigan State showed last week that if you have a strong run defense you can stymie Wisconsin's run-heavy offense.
When facing a similar squad in Nebraska in Week 6, Ohio State did allow Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead to rush for 119 yards on 14 carries.
The only difference is, it didn't matter because the Cornhuskers don't have a good run defense and allowed Braxton Miller and Co. run all over them in Ohio State's 63-38 victory.
The Badgers, on the other hand, have allowed 3.43 yards per carry (24th in the FBS) and five rushing touchdowns this season.
The one catch? They allowed Nebraska dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez to rush for 107 yards and a touchdown in a 30-27 loss in Week 5.
I expect Miller to do enough to lift the Buckeyes past the Badgers.
Vs. Michigan: Saturday, Nov. 24
As of now, I can't see Michigan beating Ohio State.
Who poses the biggest threat for Ohio State the rest of the way?
Michigan's run defense was looking good until Week 9, when the Wolverines allowed Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and Ameer Abdullah to combine for 159 rushing yards.
While Ohio State was hurt by Rex Burkhead in Week 6, it did hold Martinez to 40 yards on 18 carries.
It's pretty apparent by now that Denard Robinson is heavily relied on in Ann Arbor. Simply limiting him gives Ohio State a chance to emerge victorious.
Add the fact that the Buckeyes have already notched 12 interceptions as a team and Robinson has had problems with interceptions the past two seasons and you get an Ohio State victory.
I expect Ohio State to win its last three regular season games.
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