When it comes to the best teams of the 2012 NCAA football scene, one team that is often forgotten are the Buckeyes of Ohio State. The team finished the season as the No. 3 team in the nation, according to the AP. They did this after a 12-0 season under the guidance of first year coach Urban Meyer. The team was ineligible for postseason action a year ago, possibly keeping them out of the BCS National Championship Game. Let’s look back on the 2012 season and ahead to 2013 when they can compete for the national title.
As we mentioned, the Buckeyes finished the 2012 season undefeated, winning many games with ease including three against top 25 ranked teams. Among their biggest wins of the season, the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State (17-16), Nebraska (63-38) and Michigan (26-21), prompting many to wonder what could have been if they hadn’t been banned from a bowl game.
Key 2013 Games:
The Buckeye fans are some of the most loyal in the sport and despite their ban a year ago, still saw more than 100,000 fans at each home game. It should be more of the same in 2013 as they welcome some tough opponents to Columbus and will travel for some exciting games as well.
• Saturday, September 28 – vs. Wisconsin
A year ago, Ohio State defeated Wisconsin in Madison, 21-14. It was a tough battle for Ohio State and it should be more of the same when they meet in Columbus. When these two teams meet in their first game of Big Ten action, it will be a game that could set the pace for the rest of the conference.
• Saturday, November 30 – @Michigan
Ohio State finished their 12-0 season a year ago by knocking off Michigan at home in The Game. Michigan holds the lead in this rivalry that dates back to 1897, but the Buckeyes will be hoping to finish this season off the same way it did the year before, with a victory against their greatest rival.
Other Games of Note:
Saturday, October 5 – @ Northwestern
Saturday, October 26 – vs. Penn State