The Buckeyes rose to No. 2 in the nation behind the likes of Jared Sullinger down low and William Buford on the perimeter, and the Big Ten crown was practically handed to OSU right then and there. Should they be concerned by their two recent losses? Not so much. Both came on the road in Big Ten play; Indiana is playing like a Top 10 team, especially at home, and the Illinois loss came on a elite-level, historic shooting performance from Brandon Paul. This is an unquestionably talented team with the likes of Sullinger and Buford, but also don't forget Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas as well.
Michigan State and Indiana have risen as somewhat of a main challenger to Ohio State, but the Buckeyes get both at home in the second-half of the season and end with a trip to East Lansing in what could decide the league title. Now, the Spartans are not as all-around solid as some of Tom Izzo's past teams, but they are an extremely strong rebounding team with Draymond Green, Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix off the bench. More so, Michigan State has so many new pieces in the fold this year like Keith Appling moving over to point guard, freshmen and a transfer that with improved chemistry and experience, this team could get even better.
Ohio State should not be written off just because of two early-season conference losses, but instead, let's see how the Buckeyes respond moving forward. They have enough talent to win a national title this season and will ride the backs of their stars to do so.