A season's worth of skepticism about Ohio State was validated in a loss to Michigan State and the Buckeyes are no longer in the conversation to be No. 1.
Not now. Not for the rest of this season.
Repeating as national champion is hard, even for the first team to be a unanimous preseason No. 1 in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes' offensive issues sprung up early in the season and were never resolved. When they finally played a team that could stand toe-to-toe with them, they wilted.
Maybe Urban Meyer messed up by making Cardale Jones the starting quarterback instead of J.T. Barrett? Maybe the Buckeyes did not realize how much they would miss former offensive coordinator and...