I am very optimistic about the fate of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2013, at least during the regular season. I have Braxton Miller as my Heisman Trophy favorite and I do not think Ohio State’s undefeated run in 2012 was a fluke. Yes, the Buckeyes got lucky at times, but as I have continued to point out about the 2012 Buckeyes, they found every way to win when they needed it most.
So, what do they have for an encore now that they are once again eligible for postseason play? I predict (regular season) perfection.
I went through the entire 2013 Ohio State schedule for my friends over at Athlon Sports, predicting each game on the Buckeyes’ schedule. While there are some potential hurdles that could cause a stumble, I’ll take overall talent and coaching pedigree to help the wins continue to flow this season. A road trip to California is deemed to be tricky, although I think Ohio State returns with a victory. A Big Ten road contest at Northwestern could have upset written all over it, although as you know by now I’m not nearly ready to hop aboard that Northwestern bandwagon just yet. Still, it would not be inconceivable to see Northwestern stun the Buckeyes early in the Big Ten schedule.
The Leaders Division should be a relative cakewalk for Ohio State. Maybe Wisconsin gives them a run but I expect Ohio State to hold firm at home against the
Badgers and Penn State as ell as avoid a letdown at Purdue. the fate of an undefeated regular season could fittingly be determined in Ann Arbor, home of the arch rival Michigan Wolverines. I’m on record of calling for the Buckeyes to take this year’s rivalry game.
As I have previously predicted on Crystal Ball Run, my Big Ten Championship pick is Ohio State over Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship game. With a predicted 13-0 record, I will also go on record now and say Ohio State will play for a BCS Championship, against Alabama. It would only be fitting to see the Buckeyes, Crimson Tide, Saban and Meyer in the final BCS Championship Game of the era before we move to the College Football Playoff. Alabama has the most BCS titles (3), Saban has the most BCS championships (4), Meyer is 2-0 in BCS title games and Ohio State has participated in three BCS championship games (winning one). The only other team that may be more fitting to see in the final BCS Championship Game might be Oklahoma, who has more appearances than any school with four. Personally, I’ll sign up for an Alabama-Ohio State match-up any day of the week.
Check out how my picks compared to members of the Athlon Sports team as well as Big Ten Network blogger Brent Yarina. How many wins are you predicting for Ohio State in 2013?