Ohio State has reached the midway point of the season undefeated, and following the first of two bye weeks, the Buckeyes will resume “The Chase” this Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The first six games didn’t pan out as many had expected, but the unblemished Buckeyes are still in the thick of the national title hunt.
How far can Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes extend the nation’s longest win streak? What storylines will emerge for Ohio State during the second half of the season?
Here are five things to watch as the Buckeyes continue their quest for perfection.
Will Braxton Miller Bounce Back?
The last time Braxton Miller was on the field, a turnover-plagued performance against Northwestern almost forced the coaching staff to bench their star quarterback in favor of red-hot backup Kenny Guiton.
Miller doesn’t need to bounce back from just one bad performance. He also must rebound from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of three weeks. Miller looked sharp in his return against Wisconsin, but he turned the ball over three times and accounted for zero touchdowns against Northwestern in Week 6.
Three of Ohio State’s final six opponents boast top-20 defenses (Iowa, Penn State and Michigan), so Miller will need to step up his play.
Can the Secondary Improve?
Ohio State’s secondary was supposed to be the strength of the defense, but through six games, the defensive backfield has been the team’s biggest weakness.
The Buckeyes are giving…