After an undefeated campaign in 2012, Ohio State sets its sights on the national championship with its bowl ban now lifted.
The Buckeyes went 12-0 last season (8-0 Big Ten), knocking off Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin before defeating rival Michigan in “The Game.”
Ohio State returns plenty of talent, including dual-threat quarterback Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes also landed the No. 2 recruiting class of 2013, according to 247Sports.com.
But there has also been plenty of unrest in the offseason, with second-leading rusher Carlos Hyde and tight end Marcus Baugh being suspended, offensive lineman Tim Gardner being kicked off the team and star cornerback Bradley Roby facing disciplinary measures.
It will be an uphill battle in 2013-14 for the Buckeyes, but there is hope that Urban Meyer can lead them to the promised land.
Here’s a look at the greatest tests of 2013 for Ohio State.
3. Sept. 28 vs. Wisconsin
In the recently released USA Today Coaches Poll, Wisconsin was ranked 23rd in the nation.
As you may remember, it took overtime for the Buckeyes to knock off the Badgers last year, with a Carlos Hyde touchdown run being the difference.
Of course, the Badgers had running back Montee Ball back then (who rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown), but second-leading rusher James White returns, the Badgers have two capable quarterbacks in Curt Phillips and Joel Stave and top receiver Jared Abbrederis and tight end Jacob Pedersen return.
Bret Bielema is no longer with the program, but new coach Gary Andersen proved his worth at Utah State, leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record in 2012.
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