…since Ohio State last lost a conference game.
On October 8, 2005, OSU lost a frustrating matchup against Penn State. The following week, the Buckeyes started a conference winning streak that has lasted until now.
A Big Ten record 20 straight conference victories. Eleven of those earned against ranked teams.
The last time Ohio State lost to a Big Ten opponent:
- The NHL lockout was ending.
- New Orleans was still draining water after Hurricane Katrina.
- Ted Koppel was planning his retirement.
- Movies like Capote, Into the Blue, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were playing in theaters.
- Matt Leinart was on pace for what everyone assumed would be a second Heisman Trophy.
- Mike Hart and Chad Henne were only 0-1 against the Buckeyes.
- Chris “Beanie” Wells was in high school.
If you extend the record and include the entire 2005 season, and all the non-conference and bowl games since then, Ohio State is 32-3.
About those three losses? 2005 Penn State, who finished ranked #3 in the country. 2005 Texas, who finished ranked #1. And 2006 Florida, also #1.
To sum up:
- Three seasons.
- 35 opponents (15 of them ranked!!)
- 32 victories.
- Only 3 losses, to two national champions and a #3 squad.
And it’s not going to end soon, folks: There are still three more games to go in the season. And depending on the number of juniors that jump to the NFL, OSU’s 2008 team figures to be even stronger than in years past.
It boggles the mind as to why some still question Ohio State’s #1 ranking.