Urban Meyer is focused on the future and very little on the past, he said today as his fourth-ranked Ohio State football team seeks to push the nation's longest winning streak to 21 games on Saturday.

Urban Meyer is focused on the future and very little on the past, he said today as his fourth-ranked Ohio State football team seeks to push the nation's longest winning streak to 21 games on Saturday.

"We're just trying to get a win on the road at Purdue," Meyer said during his weekly news conference.

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Oddsmakers have indicated that won't be difficult, making the Buckeyes 31-point favorites over the Boilermakers (1-6). Purdue is led by first-year coach Darrell Hazell, former assistant at Ohio State under Jim Tressel.

Meyer likes the momentum his team gained in a 63-14 victory over Penn State on Saturday night in Ohio Stadium. Quite a few players performed well on both sides of the ball, he said, including cornerback Bradley Roby and defensive end Noah Spence on defense. The offensive line, running back Carlos Hyde and quarterback Braxton Miller also drew praise.

Hyde turned in his third straight game of 100-plus yards rushing.

"Carlos Hyde is playing at a very high level, and then offensive tackle and captain Jack Mewhort played as well as we have seen him play, and he plays at a high level, too," Meyer said.

Miller had his second straight game with more than 300 yards of total offense. Receivers Corey "Philly" Brown and Devin Smith also delivered key catches, and freshman speedster Dontre Wilson continued to emerge.

Miller today was named the Big Ten offensive player of the week and Wilson was the conference's freshman of the week.

Now comes the last half of the Big Ten season and the reason why the saying "the games they remember are the ones in November" came about. As Meyer said, he doesn't throw a lot of goals up on the board for his teams. Just one.

"It's always the same, to compete for championships in November," he said.

The Buckeyes, preseason favorites to win the Big Ten in this the last year of the Leaders and Legends divisions, are currently in control of the Leaders. Division champs will play in Indianapolis on Dec.7 for the league title and automatic berth in the Rose Bowl.

Ohio State has designs on rising to become one of the teams in the last Bowl Championship Series national title game on Jan.6. Sitting No.4 in the current BCS standings behind Alabama, Oregon and Florida State, the Buckeyes obviously are going to need help.

But in Meyer's world, it's one practice at a time, one game at a time that matters at the moment. He said that his players understand what's at stake, especially going to a place like Purdue, where the Boilermakers have upset OSU the past two times. Last year in Columbus, Purdue took the Buckeyes to overtime as backup quarterback Kenny Guiton saved the day.

"So you can bet the focus is very intense," Meyer said.

Meanwhile, Meyer said that special-teams standout Devan Bogard has been lost for the rest of the year for the second straight season because of an ACL tear in his right knee.

"That's just crushing ... a big blow," Meyer said.

He added that wide receiver Evan Spencer, who left with a left knee bump, and middle linebacker Curtis Grant, who suffered neck strain after a head-on collision, will be back this week.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier learned today he has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award. Safety C.J. Barnett is among 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award.

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