Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Greg Couch  |  Last updated 10/6/13
This needed to be a signature moment for Ohio State. It needed to be impressive, and to feel good. And if the Buckeyes wanted to be in the national championship race, they needed Northwestern to look like a national power, not the little guy playing over his head. Ohio State had a Saturday night national TV audience, a ranked opponent, a road game. And it won 40-30 after scoring a touchdown on defense on the final goofy play. But here's the truth: This isn't going to be enough. It never quite felt like the moment it could have been. The Big Ten looks like a second-rung league, and Ohio State? It looks like the Louisville of the Big Ten. If there was a hero of the night, it was running back Carlos Hyde and even he left you with mixed feelings. His tears afterward were just so hard to interpret. He is trying to redeem himself following a three-game suspension. "That suspension, it really hurt,'' he said. "Not being out there with my brothers cause of the mistake I made. . . "I k...
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