COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 5: Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs up the middle for yardage against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Indiana 34-20. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been the class of the Big Ten for the last 10 years, but there is one venue that has been a nightmare for them in that time. It is not Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley or Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, each with 100,000+ screaming fans. It is not Camp Randall in Madison, where the Badgers are always a tough opponents. Surprisingly, it is Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, home of the Purdue Boilermakers.
Since 2000, The Buckeyes have lost three of their past five games in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers are the lone team in the Big Ten that can boast a winning home record for Ohio State in that time. Ohio State's last trip was a 26-18 Purdue upset of the No. 7 Buckeyes two years ago, and it broke a 16 game road winning streak in league play for OSU. The Buckeyes dominated 49-0 in Columbus last year, but Purdue's Hammer & Rails sees Purdue as a threat:
They are completely one-dimensional as one of the best running teams in the country and even Indiana was able to move the ball on them last week. Away from home they are 1-2 on the season, with a win over Illinois that was virtually handed to them by the Fighting Illini.