Ohio State's early-season schedule did it no favors in the Big Ten race, but the Buckeyes have still…
Buckeyes Draw Toughness From Past
Toughness can only take a team so far – a fact Matt Sylvester is well aware of. As a fifth-year senior and team captain, the Cincinnati native helped lead the 2005-06 Ohio State team to its first outright Big Ten title in 14 seasons. That year's team had been picked to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack in the preseason poll but used toughness and grit to overcome a lack of overall talent to capture the league crown. This season, the Buckeyes boast four juniors in the starting lineup and were pegged to finish third in the conference. Heading into Sunday's road game with Illinois, they sat in a three-way tie for first place with six Big Ten games left to play. Both teams turned it on in the second half of the season, but this year's team could take note of what happened to the Buckeyes of four seasons ago. "We completely and totally ran out of steam," Sylvester told BuckeyeSports.com. "We had a strong February that was just a really tough schedule. We really did lose steam...
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