The real season begins Saturday for the Buckeyes.
After cake-walking through mid-majors like Ohio, Marshall, and Eastern Michigan, Ohio State will face off against actual challenges like Iowa and Wisconsin.
The gauntlet begins with Illinois this Saturday. While Ron Zook and the Illini have struggled the last few years, they still pose a bigger threat than most of the Buckeye out-of-conference teams.
Ohio State can build on how they absolutely obliterated their opponents through the opening weeks. They also handled a highly-ranked Miami team.
As the Bucks begin Big Ten play, it looks like many can be blowout wins like what has transpired during most of the out-of-conference season. Teams like Purdue, Indiana, and Minnesota aren't too much better than the MAC and C-USA squads Ohio State played.
But it will have its challenges as well. Iowa is extremely talented, Wisconsin is solid, and Michigan is unexpectedly good.
With that said, how well can the Buckeyes do in the Big Ten this year? As of now, anything but an undefeated season would be a bust.