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Perfection within reach for Ohio State football

Published: Tue, November 13, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Associated Press


Coming down the stretch, No. 6 Ohio State’s biggest goal — going 12-0 — is still very much within reach.

Some of the Buckeyes don’t want to talk about it for fear of jinxing it. Others freely acknowledge that there’d be nothing better than running the table and showing up all of the naysayers after last year’s losing season and a year of NCAA violations, suspensions, sanctions and humiliation.

Even coach Urban Meyer — who jokingly chided a reporter for mentioning that Ohio State’s center hasn’t made a bad snap all year — mentions 12-0 to his team.

“We know how big it is and it’s rare that you see a team go undefeated,” wide receiver Corey Brown said. “We know that, because [Meyer] talks about it all the time, obviously. This group is hungry enough and everybody wants to do it because we’re all in, all the time.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll do it.”

The Buckeyes are banned from going to a bowl game, so it’s a longshot that they could impress enough Associated Press media voters to climb all the way to No. 1 without playing after the regular-season finale on Nov. 24 against No. 23 Michigan.

But 12-0? All that requires is coming off a bye week and winning at Wisconsin on Saturday before knocking off the rival Wolverines a week later.

“We need to be 12-0,” fullback-turned-linebacker Zach Boren said. “It’s one game at a time. We’re not thinking about injuries, polls [or the fact that] we have nothing after the Team Up North game. We’ve got the two biggest games of the season coming up.”

Meyer was asked on Monday if, knowing that his team can’t play in a bowl, he has to fight the urge to think the Buckeyes might miss out on all the national championship talk because there will be no postseason games.

“You know, I could lie to you and say that I don’t. Every once in a while [I think about it], but not as much as I thought,” he said. “I’ll hear it and read it once in a while, and I have good friends in the profession that will make a comment, and I’ll think about it for a second. But then I go back to knowing exactly who we were, and you go back to how we’ve won and who we are right now. We’re pretty fortunate where we are. Let’s find a way to get [win] No. 11.”

Ohio State trumpets that it has won seven national championships — yet has only gone unbeaten five times in 122 previous seasons of football. The only perfect seasons have come in 1916, 1944, 1954, 1968 and 2002.

Defensive end John Simon urges caution on all the 12-0 talk.

“We’re just not getting ahead of ourselves. We know every day is going to count if we want to achieve our goals,” said Simon, a Cardinal Mooney High graduate. “There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel. You can see it. But these are going to be two of our toughest games of the year.”


1Irishtiger(51 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

They have the PERFECT schedule, too. About as weak as any in the country this year. Look out Walsh and Malone!

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2taxme(361 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

OH-IO I love the mention of John Simon every article about the Buckeyes. Very desirvent but when you write in the article that there hasent been a bad snap at center all year, you really should mention that that center who hasn't had a bad snap all year is Cory Linsly who graduated from Boardman High School. As far as Irish Tiger. Bet the Buckeys could trounce one of the top 3 ranked teams. Probably the overated one you root for!

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3GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Too bad OSU didn't take the bowl ban last year. This year could have been really special.

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4jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Irishtiger reminds me of the guy on the street corner passing out $20 bills, and people complained because he wasn't passing out $50 bills.
Sounds more like irishpussycat.

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5ysupenguins_com(108 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Sorry, but Meyer is the same bum that was run out of Florida under the screen of some "bogus" medical problem that forced his supposed "doctor-ordered retirement". Didn't last very long did it? What a remarkable cure!!

The only problem he had was insider knowledge that the NCAA was coming down hard on the corrupt Florida program. As long as he is the coach of OSU ...am not a fan. BTW: I live Columbus and my son and daughter are OSU grads. I am always a YSU fan first. The problem with most Buckeye fans ...they chose to be ignorant because he is now OSU's coach. You would have agreed with every word I say a few years ago when JT was on the sidelines & U of F was walking all over the Bucks.


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