The Ohio State Buckeyes enjoyed a perfect regular season in 2012 but couldn’t reap the benefits of a BCS bowl out of it due to their NCAA postseason ban. Urban Meyer will be looking to repeat that success in 2013 and make their way to a BCS National Championship and has the talent to get there. But the road to get to a title will be tough as the Buckeyes’ road schedule could keep Ohio State from a repeat of their perfect year.
While the Buckeyes’ will be heavily favored in each of their home games, their road slate will be a little tougher. This fall, Ohio State will travel to play the Cal Bears, Illinois Fighting Illini, Northwestern Wildcats, Purdue Boilermakers and Michigan Wolverines. While the game against the Illini, who went winless in the Big Ten last season, should be a sure-win for the more talented Buckeyes, they will be in for a much bigger fight on the other stops.
Last season, Cal gave Ohio State all they could handle in the Horseshoe, narrowly missing on their bid for an upset. Northwestern is coming off a 10-win season in 2012 and looking like a real threat to compete in the conference. Purdue is a wildcard with a new head coach and a talented roster that pushed Ohio State a season ago. Of course, Michigan poses a major hurdle as they always do in their rivalry game at the end of the season.
Few teams will face a slate of road games like Ohio State does next season. Will it keep the Buckeyes from achieving perfection for a second straight year?