Ohio State unparalleled on the field

Ohio State, owners of the No. 1 ranking, the Heisman Trophy and its archrival, showed its peerless in college football, writes Pat Forde.

Updated: November 19, 2006, 12:00 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The national championship game is now Ohio State against a 10-point underdog to be named later. But let's not fast-forward to the desert just yet.

On a day when the most-hyped game in the 103-year history of the most-hallowed rivalry is played, we should stay in the Midwestern moment. At least long enough to see how Ohio State offensive lineman Kirk Barton celebrated it.

Barton knows how to do it right. When you wrap up a 12-0 record, a wire-to-wire regular-season run ...

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