Ohio State Looks to Remain atop Big Ten vs. Nebraska

By Patrick Schmidt

The two best teams in the Big Ten meet for the second straight week.  Ohio State remains the best in the conference after they took care of business vs. Michigan State-who was the second best team last week.

This week’s new runner-up in the conference is Nebraska after their furious comeback vs. Wisconsin.  The cornhuskers overcame a 17-point second half deficit to pick up their fourth win of the year.

Ohio State is undefeated and Urban Meyer is poised to make the Buckeyes the best team in the conference, even if he and his team are ineligible for a postseason bowl.  Defeating Nebraska in Columbus on Saturday would give the team two straight wins over ranked teams and two big conference wins while also equaling last season’s win total of six.

Ohio State gave away the game in Lincoln last season having blown a 21-point third quarter lead and added injury to insult when they lost quarterback Braxton Miller to an ankle injury. As last week’s win over Wisconsin showed, this year’s team is fully capable of thriving in the clutch and overcoming what seems like insurmountable odds.

The Buckeye defense did a marvelous job shutting down the nation’s second leading rusher, Le’Veon Bell last week, and will need a similar effort this week in limiting the ground attack of Nebraska that ranks fifth in the nation.

For Ohio State to remain undefeated it will take another dominant individual effort from Miller who has found himself in the Heisman conversation after five games.  However, he cannot turn the ball over three times like he did in East Lansing a week ago.

Ohio State will not be in the Rose Bowl this year, but a win over Nebraska can keep the Huskers out of it as well.

Prediction: Ohio State wins 27-24

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com Wednesday mornings from 8-10.  View his show’s website here.

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