Ten years after Ohio State’s last perfect football season, new coach Urban Meyer took the helm of a Buckeye team coming off a 6-7 season and under NCAA sanctions. ESPN and Bleacher Report both picked Wisconsin to win the Leaders division and gave OSU a fighting chance of winning double-digit games, but few prognosticators could have foreseen a perfect season.
Miami of Ohio, Central Florida, Cal, and Alabama-Birmingham fell before the end of September. Once conference play began, so went #20 Michigan State and #21 Nebraska, followed by Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, and Illinois. The goal line stand of all goal line stands secured an overtime win over Wisconsin in November, and a thriller in the Horseshoe against Michigan delivered a first-place finish in the Big Ten Leaders division, #3 ranking in the final AP poll, and Ohio State’s tenth undefeated season.