It looks as if Ohio State is beating up on the Big Ten, but that's actually backward. The truth is this:
The Big Ten is killing Ohio State.
The Buckeyes can't win in this conference. They beat Purdue 56-0 Saturday, and this just happened to be one of those moments when a 56-0 win actually is a loss.
Ohio State could have won by whatever score coach Urban Meyer wanted. In fact, it did. But if it had been 90-0, then that would have been seen as bad sportsmanship. At, say, 35-10 it would have been too close against a lousy team.
Really, 56-0 was as good as it gets, other than the fact that opinion will go in two stages: 1) So what? They clobbered a crummy team. And then, 2) What time is Florida State-Miami?
See? They couldn't win no matter what happened.
"We knew we had to come in and make a statement,'' tight end Jeff Heuerman said.
But that's exactly the problem. There is no way to make a statement in the Big Ten. A month ago, Ohio State had its best chance, at Northwestern at...