Today, I will examine why Ohio State has exceeded even the loftiest preseason projections, and if Nebraska has a chance to hand the Buckeyes their first Big Ten loss. I’ll also handicap a few Big 12 games and a nationally televised Patriot League tilt. As always, follow me on Twitter @jorcubsdan for in-game and second-half thoughts. All lines for picks come via 5Dimes at time of publication.

I won’t name names, but one writer had Ohio State slated as the 13th best team in the Big Ten, ahead of only Rutgers. To say Chris Holtmann has exceeded expectations in his first year would be the understatement of the season. Why have the Buckeyes been so good this year? Let’s look at the four biggest factors.

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