Roby: "We know we're the kings"

Earlier this week, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer called Wisconsin the Big Ten's "top dog." Buckeyes cornerback Bradley Roby took umbrage with the statement, proclaiming that his team is still the league's king.

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Listening to the Ohio State cornerback speak, he makes it very clear that what's his -- or what he thinks is his -- is not also yours. Having always been media savvy, ending his own interview sessions with "last question" while talking to reporters, Roby didn't mince words when the subject of Wisconsin -- the three-time defending Big Ten champion and the Buckeyes' upcoming opponent -- arose.

"When somebody takes something that's yours, the next time you see them there's going to be a fight," Roby said. "Saturday, obviously, is going to be a fight."

While Roby's ill will toward the Badgers is apparent, it is also arguably justified. After all, it was a 7-5 Wisconsin team that won last season's Big Ten Championship Game, playing in place of the Leaders Division champion Buckeyes, who were banned from postseason play as a result of NCAA violations committed by Jim Tressel and members of the 2010 OSU team.

As Roby watched from home, the Badgers -- who finished third in the Leaders Division behind both undefeated Ohio State and a similarly postseason ineligible Penn State -- trounced Nebraska by a score of 70-31, punching their tickets to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl for a third consecutive year. It's that recent string of success that led to Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer calling Wisconsin the "kings" of the Big Ten on Monday, a notion that his star cornerback strongly disputed.

"We know we're the kings," Roby said. "Simple as that."

Despite Roby's proclamation, the fact of the matter is that Ohio State hasn't won a Big Ten conference championship since 2010, a title that was later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Meyer's squad may have reestablished itself as the cream of the crop in the league with last season's 12-0 record, but this Saturday's battle between the Buckeyes and Badgers is being billed as OSU's official opportunity to firmly plant its flag atop the conference hill.

And as a result, you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger buzz in the Buckeye State for an incoming opponent, save for Michigan's biannual trip to Columbus.

A primetime kickoff being aired on national television under the bright lights of Ohio Stadium, Saturday's Big Ten opener for the Buckeyes already has all of the makings of one of those special atmospheres that can only be created once or twice within a college football season. That hasn't been lost on Roby, a redshirt junior who prior to this season announced that it would be his last in Columbus before entering the NFL Draft.

"I love night games. It's electrifying out there. Primetime, ABC," Roby said. "Let's have fun. With night games, people have all day to get drunk and stuff like that. So, it's going to be crazy."

But while the nighttime crowd and special Nike ‘rivalry' jerseys that the Buckeyes will be wearing on Saturday have already provided Roby with the proverbial "juce" that Meyer and his staff so often preach, it pales in comparison to what the opponent that will be across the field has already incited in him. Games like this are why the potential first-round pick returned to college in the first place, and will provide both him and his team with a platform to prove that they are the best in their respective fields.

"This is the first very big game," Roby said. "There's so much at stake. Anytime you open with a Big Ten game like this, it's going to be big."

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