Buckeyes about to enter an offseason of change

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hang on. This could be a wild offseason at Ohio State.

Even if, as expected, quarterback Braxton Miller returns for his senior year, coach Urban Meyer will be busy rebuilding a team hit by two defeats to end the season.

”You sometimes have to go through things. I’d rather not, but that’s part of (it),” Meyer said in the somber moments after losing 40-34 to Clemson on Friday night. ”We played a good team in the Orange Bowl, and it was a high-scoring game with a lot of great plays. We didn’t finish it.”

That defeat, and a 34-24, streak-busting loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, just affirmed what many thought: The Buckeyes feasted on inferior teams but would falter against anyone close to as good as them.

Now Meyer has to do some finishing of his own.

He and his staff – whoever that might be, since many are expecting personnel changes – will have a busy offseason.

After feeling invincible for two years, the Buckeyes head into a long, cold winter with a two-game losing skid and a pile of question marks.

Up in smoke is the school-record 24-game winning streak that covered the past two regular seasons. Now there is a lot of hard work to be done, to not only make the Buckeyes better but to restore some faith in the program.

Meyer & Co. must completely plug a leaky defense, replace most of the offensive line, find a new go-to tailback and wide-out and develop new leaders.

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