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Buckeyes' win solidifies spot at the top

Ohio State converted the remaining skeptics with a win over Iowa. But the Buckeyes still think they have work to do, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: October 1, 2006, 9:43 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The season began with a debate. Only a month ago, Ohio State was named No. 1, but on a soft consensus. The Buckeyes collected fewer than half (63-of-130) of the combined first-place votes in the Associated Press and USA Today polls. Six other teams split the rest.

Five games into the season, and especially at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday night, the Buckeyes proved there is nothing soft about them. Not their offensive line. Not their quarterback. Not their defense. And certainly, ...

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