COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: President John F. Kennedy's assassination shocked the nation and left millions grieving on this weekend in 1963.
Unlike the NFL, which played its regular schedule as if nothing had happened two days after the young president's murder, college football reacted differently.
Ohio State had lost its previous two games, both at home, heading into the season-finale at archrival Michigan on Nov. 23. The Buckeyes took buses headed north to their hotel in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Friday the 22nd, according to Ohio State football historian Jack Park in his book, "The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia."
Word quickly spread about the tragedy unfolding in Dallas.
The Buckeyes spent the night at their hotel, preparing to play a game the next day. While the team was traveling to Michigan Stadium at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, however, officials announced that the game would be postponed for one week.
The American people, and college football, were in mourning.
Illinois was set to play at Michigan State for the Big Ten championship that Saturday, but the game was moved back to the following Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.
Ohio State returned to Columbus and repeated its trip a week after originally scheduled.
The game was played before a crowd of just 36,424 — Michigan's smallest crowd in 20 years and the fewest fans to see a Wolverines home game since the opening of the stadium in 1927. The sparse turnout may have been due to fans who remained traumatized by the events of the preceding week, but also because neither team was having a vintage year. The Wolverines came into the game just 3-3-2 (2-2-2 in the conference), while Ohio State was 4-3-1 (3-1-1).
Michigan took a quick 10-0 lead but just before halftime Buckeyes QB Don Unverferth tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to future NFL Hall of Famer Paul Warfield. Midway through the fourth quarter, Unverferth rolled out and skirted left end on a 5-yard touchdown run.
The Buckeyes led 14-10 when Michigan drove to the Ohio State 6 with under 2 minutes remaining, but the drive stalled there and coach Woody Hayes' team captured their fourth straight win over the Wolverines.
SAYING GOODBYE: Eighteen seniors will be playing their final home game on Saturday.
They are S C.J. Barnett, K Drew Basil, OG Ivon Blackmon, S Corey Brown, WR Corey Brown, S Christian Bryant, WR Chris Fields, CB Adam Griffin, QB Kenny Guiton, RB Jordan Hall, OG Marcus Hall, RB Carlos Hyde, OC Corey Linsley, LS George Makridis, OT Jack Mewhort, OG Andrew Norwell, CB Bradley Roby and S Jamie Wood.
Basil, Corey "Philly" Brown, Bryant, Hyde and Norwell are true seniors. The rest have spent at least one year as a redshirt.
THEY CALL IT A STREAK: Of course, Ohio State can lock up the longest winning streak at the school with a victory against Indiana on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC).
Should the Buckeyes win, it would also be the fifth-longest streak in Big Ten history and the longest by a conference team in more than 40 years.
Also, Urban Meyer's 22 straight victories with the Buckeyes are the fifth-most by a coach to begin his tenure at a school, behind Pop Warner's 30 at Pittsburgh, Fielding Yost's 29 at Michigan, Walter Camp's 28 at Yale and Larry Coker's 24 at Miami.
LOOKING AT IT THE OTHER WAY: The only way the Buckeyes would not play in the Big Ten championship game as the Leaders Division champion is if they lose their final two games while Wisconsin wins twice.
The Buckeyes are a 32-point favorite over Indiana, and will likely be favored again at Michigan next week.
Wisconsin plays at Minnesota before hosting Penn State.
Three teams remain in the running in the Legends Division, although Michigan State is in the driver's seat. All the Spartans have to do is win one of their next two games to seal the deal and meet Ohio State on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in Indianapolis.