It may not have traced the line a lot of Ohio State fans or insiders had plotted before the season even got going.

Due to injuries and suspensions, it seems the cast of characters has changed each week.

Yet the fourth-ranked Buckeyes have arrived right where they had hoped, the start of the November stretch run with a perfect record and a world of possibilities.

Coach Urban Meyer says the stated goal isn't a particular trophy or title. The grand design is just for Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) to have a shot at winning titles.

That's certainly the case heading into Saturday's game at Purdue, and the three regular-season games that follow.