I'll be honest -- I've never really cared for the Big Ten. But as a Husker fan living in Northeast Nebraska and commuting to Iowa frequently, I hear a ton of talk year in and year out about "how great the Big Ten is."
I've made a concentrated effort this year, however, to watch Big Ten football and see for myself whether or not the conference -- and Ohio State -- is overrated.
I honestly believe that, if this same group of kids and coaches had the name "Kansas" instead of "Ohio State," I guarantee you they wouldn't be in the top five.
The Buckeyes have yet to beat anyone ranked higher than No. 25. This year's nonconference schedule was soft (see: Akron and Youngstown State).
Although my money's on Michigan winning the "Weak Ten Conference" -- as some people have dubbed it here in Nebraska -- I could see the Buckeyes pulling through.
But let's be serious: The Buckeyes are where they are because they're the only undefeated team with name recognition and recent success.
This one here goes to all unbeatens in the Football Bowl Subdivision: they played a weak non-conference schedule. Maybe it wasn't meant to be that way. The OSU-Washington game, in a year or two, could be a very interesting matchup.
I have to admit: I'm praying Wisconsin beats Ohio State, just to show everyone how overrated the Columbus crew is.
And if you think Ohio State isn't overrated, riddle me this:
Of the teams in the Bleacher Report Top 10, who would the Buckeyes beat?
I'd put OSU just outside the top five right now—at best. I think LSU, Oregon, ASU, and Oklahoma would all beat Jim Tressel's team...by at least a touchdown.
If the Buckeyes win out, I believe their opponent will be the new national champion.
Okay, so I may be a complete outsider to Ohio State and the Big Ten, but that's just the way I see it.