For the first time in Ohio State football history, the Buckeyes have won three consecutive outright Big Ten championships.
We’ll pause for a moment here as you think “That can’t possibly be right!”
But it is. Until Saturday night in Indianapolis, Ohio State had never won the outright conference title in three straight years.
The Buckeyes’ 34-21 win over Wisconsin made OSU the 2017, 2018, and now 2019 Big Ten champions.
It’s also the first time a Big Ten team has won 10 conference games in a season. The Buckeyes went 9-0 in league play during the regular season, and just pushed it to double-digits with the title game win over Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes have won 22 outright conference championships in their history, the most of any school in the league. Michigan is second with just 16.
The Bucks have taken two of three outright titles before.
They won back-to-back outright titles in 2006-2007, but shared the 2005 and 2008 titles.
They won three straight Big Ten championships from 1968-1970, including two outright titles, but shared 1969 with Michigan.
Earlier this week, first-year OSU head coach Ryan Day acknowledged the magnitude of that accomplishment – not just to pull off the outright three-peat, but to do it with a perfect record this season.
“I think it would be huge. To go win this thing undefeated would say a lot about our team,” Day said. “The last couple years there’s been that trip up along the way, then we had to rally to go win that. I thought that said a lot about the character of the program both last two years.
“This one is a little bit different. Now it’s more about can we sustain this level of play throughout this regular season, now into this championship season. That’s the challenge.
“That’s something that we’ve been focused on week in, week out. Now here we go. Head towards that finish line the last, you know, homestretch. Then after we get done with that we come up for air and figure out what’s next. All our eyes are on that finish line.”