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Shhh. Don't Look Now, but the Buckeyes Have a Streak
By Patrick Murphy

The Ohio State Buckeyes possess the nation’s longest active winning streak and are in the middle of one of the longest such streaks in school history.

In the midst of any of special run, it is hard to take a step back and appreciate what is occurring.

Many athletes say they aren’t able to appreciate their accomplishments until they have passed.

Last week, Urban Meyer compared the unbeaten run to a no-hitter in baseball; you don’t talk to the pitcher while he’s in the no hitter and they don’t talk about the streak.

One player that has brought the streak up recently is Corey “Philly” Brown.

“Because of the amount of games we’ve won in a row, you know everybody’s waiting for our downfall,” the wide receiver said. “The way that the team is working right now, we’re playing right now, I just don’t see that happening.”.

After the win over Wisconsin, Ohio State’s streak is now tied for fourth in school history at 17. The Buckeyes are five games behind the mark set by the teams from 1967-69.

They are two games behind the 19-game winning streaks set by the 2002-03 and 2005-06 teams.

The 1968 and 2002 teams each won a national championship during their streak and the 2006 team made an appearance in the BCS National Title game.

This is what the 2013 team is hoping to achieve by extending the streak and breaking the Ohio State mark.

If they continue to win, they would tie the school record in mid-November on the road against Illinois and would be able to set the record the following week at home verse Indiana.

If this team is able to go undefeated through the regular season, it will put them at 24 consecutive wins. This would put them in elite company, as only three teams have had streaks as long in the BCS era, the University of Miami, Southern California, and Boise State.

Of those three, two of them – Miami and USC – won national titles. If the Buckeyes win the Big Ten title game, their streak would stand at 25 heading into their bowl game, likely the National Championship.

The streak would still be well behind that of Miami and USC – who both went 34 games without a loss – yet would have unique aspect in Meyer's record as the Buckeye Head Coach.

As long as Ohio State continues to win, Meyer will remain undefeated as the coach of Ohio State. If the Buckeyes set the school record, they also set Meyer’s record, which he set at Florida from 2008-09.

An undefeated Ohio State playing for a national title is always noteworthy. One with the nation and school’s longest winning streak and a head coach that is yet to lose would be something different altogether.

Of course there is still much work to do before the Buckeyes can begin to think about prizes at the end of the year.
No one talks to a pitcher during a no-hitter mainly due to superstition, but it’s also because they don’t want the pitcher looking past the next out.

The same is true with a run like the Ohio State’s. The Buckeyes may be favored in all of their remaining games, but they must continue to focus on each opponent one at a time.

This team’s goal is not to set unbeaten records, but to win the Big Ten Title and play for a National Championship.

If setting records comes along with that the Buckeyes will take it

“We’re just going to keep doing the same thing that we’ve been doing and we’re gonna keep winning,” Philly Brown said.
“You can only hold us down for so long.”

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