Survive and advance.
Those three words are usually reserved for March Madness. But they perfectly describe what the Ohio State Buckeyes must be feeling after escaping with a 58-57 win over the Northwestern Wildcats.
At 22-0, the Buckeyes can expect to get every opponent’s best effort. Their quest continues on Thursday night in Columbus against their arch-rival, the Michigan Wolverines.
With nine games left, here are some thoughts about, and predictions for, whether perfection is within reach. This is the toughest part of their schedule, and there are several games that could put an end to the dream of an undefeated regular season.