A B1G week for the Buckeyes

Big Ten's results in Week 3 nonconference games will play key role in BCS

Updated: September 11, 2013, 8:44 AM ET
By Brad Edwards | ESPN Insider

Urban MeyerGreg Bartram/USA TODAY SportsUrban Meyer and Ohio State need their conference rivals to win this weekend.

While most of the nation will be focused on the Alabama-Texas A&M matchup this Saturday, there's a less-hyped storyline that also could have a major impact on the BCS championship race.

This is an incredibly important weekend for the Big Ten as it tries to re-establish its reputation as an elite football conference -- a reputation that has taken a beating in recent years due to out-of-conference failures. The Ohio State Buckeyes might not be among the Big Ten teams expected to be challenged Saturday, but they should have a major rooting interest, because this one day could determine how the Buckeyes' schedule is perceived by both voters and the BCS computers.

To read Brad Edwards' full article on why this weekend is a pivotal one for the Big Ten's conference strength and Ohio State's BCS title hopes, you must be an ESPN Insider.

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