Buckeyes Must Continue To Play Like Champions

Ohio State not only has to win out, it most likely will need some style points if it wants to get a sixth straight BCS bid. See what we mean along with This Week In College Football History, news and notes from Around the Country and the Fearless Forecast.

On the day before each Ohio State football game, Buckeye Sports Bulletin staffers offer their predictions on the upcoming contest in our electronic newsletter. Before the Oct. 30 matchup with Minnesota, this is what I wrote:

"In a season that has already featured plenty of Jekyll-and-Hyde moments, which costumes will the Buckeyes don Saturday night when the Golden Gophers throw their Halloween party at two-year-old TCF Bank Stadium?

"Will OSU come dressed as an efficient passing team as it did against Indiana and in the second quarter last week against Purdue? Or will the Buckeyes resemble Swiss cheese as they have so often this season on special teams?

"Will the team show up as a locomotive, grinding out the tough yardage on the ground as it did late in the game at Illinois? Or perhaps the Buckeyes will feel unmotivated and just throw something together at the last minute as they appeared to do early against Wisconsin.

"The scariest thing about this Ohio State team? It is nearing the three-quarter pole of the 2010 season still in the middle of an identity crisis. The Buckeyes don't yet know what kind of team they want to be and decision time is rapidly running out.

"Not that it will matter much against the Gophers, who occupy last place in the Big Ten standings and deservedly so. OSU should go to Minnesota and win by 50 points because that's what championship teams do. But are the Buckeyes a championship team or simply masquerading as one?

"Stay tuned."

Hindsight being 20/20, we now know Ohio State didn't quite win by 50 points, but ...

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Say: Nov. 5.

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