Ohio State Football: Strengths, Weaknesses and Secret Weapons

The Ohio State football team has the opportunity to make a run at major college football’s first ever playoff, and while the Buckeyes are strong in many areas, there are a few weaknesses that could derail Urban Meyer’s squad.

What will it take to overcome those shortcomings?

Here are Ohio State’s greatest strengths, weaknesses and a look at a couple of secret weapons ahead of the 2014 season.

Strengths

Meyer needs strong quarterback play for his offense to execute at a high level, and that’s exactly what he’ll get this year from Braxton Miller.

Entering his final season, Miller is on the brink of shattering every quarterback record at Ohio State. The dual-threat signal-caller has mastered Meyer’s offense and is primed for big things in 2014.

Ohio State will need him to continue his upward trajectory. Miller told Doug Lesmerises of The Plain Dealer that’s exactly why he decided to stick around for his senior season:

I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year. Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game. I’m looking forward to working for another year with Coach Meyer and Coach Herman.

On the other side of the ball, Ohio State’s defensive line is hoping to trigger a defensive resurgence.

The Buckeyes struggled defensively last year, especially down the stretch when they allowed an average of 38.3 points per game to their final three opponents (Michigan, Michigan State and Clemson).

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