Here in the SB Nation Network one of the newer blogs is the Ohio State site Land-Grant Holy Land. Luke Zimmermann is doing an excellent job of covering the Buckeyes, and he was kind enough to answer some questions about their trip to Purdue in November:
T-Mill: Is there some legitimate fear coming into this game despite the talent difference because of Ohio State's bizarre troubles with Purdue?
Luke: Not at all. Ohio State are 17 point favorites in the earliest credible lines and with good reason. Last year's game was more of an aberration than anything given the talent differential between the two teams and while we know and love Darrell Hazell, Kent State was 5-7 in his first year there.
Luke: Not at all. The offensive lines a then freshman Braxton Miller and sophomore Terrelle Pryor played behind in past Purdue road losses were maldeveloped and under coached. The Buckeyes now have one of the best talent evaluators in the country calling the shots on the line and an experience laden corp that should be able to play with anyone. Bruce Gaston's great but I'm not sure that front seven is causing Tom Herman or any of the offensive think tank to lose any sleep just yet.
T-Mill: Why has the Ohio State offensive line struggled so greatly vs. OSU?
Luke: I don't think they have as a rule. In the two games you're alluding to, probably because both of those offensive lines were bad and poorly coached.
T-Mill: The Buckeyes got some big breaks in last year's unbeaten season. Can they repeat or where does the luck run out?
Luke: Last year's team lived on the edge, played up and downed to their opposition, but still just about earned every bit of luck they got. They rallied to improbably beat Purdue without the best offensive player in the league, kept their resolve after surrending a late lead against Wisconsin to win in overtime, then prevented Michigan from getting past the 50 in the second half without the conference's defensive player of the year.