Ohio State Buckeyes
Head Coach: Urban Meyer 2nd year….12-0 (2012)
“In a word”…scary…The Buckeyes led the Big Ten in scoring and were among the top two or three in most offensive categories, including pass efficiency.
Braxton Miller is the OSU offense. His running and passing abilities are quite possibly second to none in Buckeye history, but it’s the decision making and game management skills that need improving.
Most people will tell you that there is no coach better for improving those skill sets than Urb. The skill positions are loaded with talent in HB Carlos Hyde and WR Corey Brown, but WR Devin Smith is the guy who should scare most opponents.
The offensive line (four senior starters) is back except for a new starter at RT, but this has the potential to be a much better unit this season than it was in 2012. The Big Ten members must be shaking in their boots at the thought of the most efficient passing team and the highest scoring team coming back not only mostly intact, but even better. Ohio State certainly appears to be in the best shape to not only win the Leaders Division and possibly the Big Ten title, but to make a serious run at the last BCS title game.
“In a word”…weakness?…Now understand that we are grasping at straws here…we are discussing a team that will not have lost a football game in nearly 20 months when the 2013 gets underway. OSU finished sixth in the Big Ten in total defense; second against the run and eleventh against the pass. They did however tie for the conference lead in INT’s and they were the most penalized team in the Big Ten.
So if you are not a fan of Ohio State you could cling to those numbers and hope. OSU does only bring back four starters from this unit.
The 2012 weak spot could be the strength in 2013 and that is the secondary. The CB position may just be one of the best tandems in the country. Bradley Roby (17 pass break ups in 2012) and Doran Grant (19 tackles) are two of the best.
The front seven may be weakest link, as Meyer must replace six starters from the D line and LB’s; don’t feel bad for him though. There is more talent on the sidelines in Columbus than in most schools. They will be just fine and LB Ryan Shazier will make sure of that. He had a remarkable 2012 with 115 tackles, five sacks, 17 TFL’s and eleven PBU’s. The former safety is a force and gameplans should be made to avoid him.
Ohio State 2013 Schedule
It really sets up nicely for the Urbanator. They open with homers vs Buffalo and San Diego State, then a road trip to Cal and the non-conference slate closes with Florida A&M visiting the Shoe. The Marching 100 will be the only thing worth watching here…
The Big Ten schedule gets underway the next week with the Badgers coming to OSU followed by a trip to Evanston. A bye, then homecoming vs Iowa, another home game vs PSU, a road game at Purdue, a bye, and then they close with a trip to Illinois, the home finale vs Indiana and lastly, a trip to Ann Arbor. The schedule has its challenging parts: the trip to Cali, the first two Big Ten games; and playing three of the last four games on the road is never easy. Before you start to get all concerned for the Buckeyes, remember, it’s OSU.
Ohio State Could’s Should’s and Will’s…
Ohio State could win all seven home games in 2013.
The Buckeyes should reach October without a loss.
OSU will lose a game in 2013…in fact, they will lose more than one.
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