Big Ten should brace for domination by Ohio State football
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org October 14, 2012 10:06PM
Urban Meyer has pointed the Buckeyes on a path to perennial success. | Getty Images
Updated: November 16, 2012 6:20AM
This season continues to be a mere warning shot fired by Ohio State to the rest of the Big Ten.
Within two years, the conference will become a contest to see who finishes second to the Buckeyes.
The scandal that hit former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel might have been the best thing to happen to The Ohio State football program.
Call it the Urban Meyer Effect. Despite not having the type of athletes to fully unleash his spread offense on the Midwest, Meyer and the Buckeyes are undefeated in a season in which the record means little because OSU is handcuffed with NCAA sanctions that will keep the team out of the Big Ten title game.
While the rest of the conference continues to be on the decline, the Buckeyes are setting the stage to be an SEC-type team surrounded by overrated Big Ten talent.
And as far as how those nasty NCAA sanctions would hurt the Buckeyes and their recruiting this season? They just landed five-star cornerback Eli Woodard out of New Jersey to move them into the top five in the 2013 recruiting rankings.
It’s coming, Big Ten. You’ve been warned.
◆ Is there any way the Big Ten Network can add a parental-control option so children don’t have to be exposed to the weekly horror?
◆ Crystal ball time —
Oct. 27: Oklahoma 27, Notre Dame 13.
◆ Remember when Missouri defensive end Sheldon Richardson ripped into Georgia and life in the SEC, saying, “It’s like watching Big Ten football. It’s old-man football?’’ The Tigers, who joined the SEC this season, have played four games in their new conference. “Old-man football” 4, Missouri 0.
Players of the week
RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin: After a disappointing start to the season, Ball rushed for a career-high 247 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over Purdue.
Texas Tech defense: No one has even slowed down West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, let alone stopped him. Texas Tech’s defense held the quarterback to one touchdown pass in the stunning 49-14 win.
2002 The last time the Irish started 6-0. They finished that campaign 10-3, including a loss to North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl.
Key games Saturday
South Carolina at Florida, 2:30 p.m., Ch. 2: The Gators can take full control of the SEC East with a victory. They only have a showdown with Georgia on Oct. 27 standing in their way.
Kansas State at West Virginia, 6 p.m., Fox-32: The Mountaineers had an unexpected stumble against Texas Tech and would love to end the dreams of Kansas State.
Alabama at Tennessee, 6 p.m., ESPN: The top team in the country enters the meat of its schedule, first traveling to a potential trap game in Knoxville.