COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senior day in Columbus has arrived. The slew of 17 Ohio State seniors along with junior Bradley Roby, who announced his NFL intentions this week, will run down the ramp and onto the Horseshoe turf for the final time this afternoon.
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) should extend the nation’s longest winning streak and set the new school record in the process as they host Indiana (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten).
For all of the program accolades, the most glaring stain is that Ohio State is staring up at Alabama and Florida State in polls. A win Saturday would assure them a spot in the Big Ten Championship game in two weeks, but their hopes of spot in the National Championship game are fading quickly.
“Without spending much time on it, because it’s not fair for our team to do that, I will say this: I think it’s (the BCS) a flawed system,” Urban Meyer told reporters in Columbus this week. “We have to make sure that our focus is getting better each week instead of the national stuff. I think I’m learning a lesson to shut my mouth and quit worrying about this and that.”
On the field, Ohio State has steam rolled their way through opponents. In last week’s 60-35 thumping of Illinois, they rushed for 441 yards, 246 of them from Carlos Hyde. He also hit the end zone five times, bringing his season total to 13.
Braxton Miller guided the high-powered Buckeyes. He finished with 320 all-purpose yards and, more importantly, was mistake-free with the football.
Indiana hung tough with Ohio State last season, losing 52-49 in Bloomington. They are coming off their worst performance of the year, getting pounded by Wisconsin 51-3 last week.
The quarterback duo of Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson combined to go 12-30 for 122 yards with an interception.
The Hoosiers haven’t beaten the Buckeyes since Oct. 8, 1988.
Ohio State will finish the regular season next week when they travel to Ann Arbor to bang heads with Michigan. If the current scenario holds true, they would face Michigan State in the conference title game in two weeks in Indianapolis.
Team members and Coach Meyer were tweeting in anticipation of their last game at the Horseshoe:
Last game in the shoe… We gotta turn up
— corey brown (@phillybrown10) November 22, 2013
I'm excited n sad for tomorrow. #LastTimePlayingInTheShoe
— Carlos Hyde (@El_Guapo34) November 22, 2013
1 last time in the 'Shoe https://t.co/AnO6pkToxS
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) November 22, 2013
P.J. Ziegler will have a full recap and all the highlights along with post-game reaction tonight on FOX 8 News at 10. Plus, look for a full report here on FOX8.com.
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