Beat the Buckeyes! That has to be the battle cry around Big Ten country in 2013, as the Buckeyes look to be the far-and-away favorites to win the conference title. When a national championship and Heisman contender are in the conference, everyone puts a target on that team all year long.
And so it will be with the Buckeyes, especially coming off a 12-0 season. Ohio State wants to validate the results of the 12-0 season in year one of the Urban Meyer era, but the road will not be easy every week in the second pass through the Big Ten. Even with Nebraska and Michigan State off the schedule.
Even the most ardent member of Buckeye Nation knows that there are some games that will give them a bad gut feeling. Although that game is likely not Illinois, even a lowly team like Purdue can make the Buckeyes sweat, especially on the road.
But those two teams will not be making the following list, as this is all about talent, and both those teams need to reload significantly. However, there are plenty of other teams on the schedule for Ohio State that do not have such problems. Plenty of returning lettermen and starters and bad matchups for some OSU units are the hallmarks making this list.
So let's take a look at the teams with sufficient talent to pull off the big upset in the B1G this fall.