The Big Ten conference was much maligned in 2012 despite the 12-0 Buckeyes, but with Braxton Miller returning after a sophomore season that had him in the mix for the Heisman trophy and an influx of defensive talent; the conference is in a prime position to have its first national champion since Ohio State won the 2002 game.
Looking at the 2013 schedule, it’s easy to envision the Buckeyes going undefeated for the second straight year barring a lengthy injury to Miller or a multitude of injuries along a young defense.
The toughest road game before a trip to Ann Arbor in the season finale to take on their “rivals” as Miller affectionately refers to Michigan is a week six game at Northwestern. Normally, the wildcats aren’t considered a tough venue, but after winning 10 games in 2012, they can’t be taken lightly.
Ohio State benefits by getting Wisconsin and Penn State in Columbus in what figures to be the two toughest conference opponents other than Michigan on the schedule and won’t have to face Nebraska this year.
Last year Ohio State was ineligible for a bowl game, but 2013 will be a different story.
The first 12 chapters will be the same as last year–all Buckeye wins–but the ending will be much different and the Buckeyes led by a Heisman finalist at quarterback and one of the game’s best coaches will be playing the SEC champion in the BCS National Championship Game next January.
If there is one team in the nation that can put an end to that conference’s dominance it will be led by Meyer, who won two titles in that conference and is bringing the SEC to the Big Ten. It’s going to be a magical season for the Buckeyes in 2013 and beyond with Meyer patrolling the sidelines and dominating on the recruiting trail.
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