B1G media day preview: Ohio State

Big Ten media days arrive in just less than two weeks, on July 28. But we can hardly wait for the event and the season to arrive, so we’ll get you ready in the coming days by identifying three pressing questions that each league squad will face at media days, along with their possible answers. Next stop: Ohio State, which will bring quarterback Braxton Miller, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman along with coach Urban Meyer to talk about the chances of breaking through for a conference crown.

1. Are the Buckeyes a playoff contender?

As long as Meyer is around and recruiting at his typically high level, his team is likely to be on the short list of candidates for a playoff appearance during the preseason. In two seasons with the program, he’s already posted an undefeated record and was one win away last fall from having Ohio State play for the national title. But there are some question marks about his third team in Columbus, and Meyer doesn’t usually pull many punches when evaluating his roster. Will the Buckeyes be able to successfully replace four starters on the offensive line? Is there a tailback capable of filling the void left behind by the graduation of Carlos Hyde? What was the deal with the defensive woes at the end of last season? Those answers from Meyer could reveal plenty about the title chances for the Buckeyes.

2. What is Miller’s legacy?

The two-time defending player of the year in the league rarely talks about his own accomplishments or his place in school history, so chances are he might get worn out by the line of questions that will come his way in Chicago. His legacy is going to be a topic of conversation whether Miller wants it to be or not, and going into his senior season, it remains a complicated issue. …

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