Ohio State’s offense led the Big Ten in scoring in 2012 on their way to an undefeated season. In 2013 the stakes will be higher since the Buckeyes will be eligible for the postseason and therefore will have a chance to compete for the Big Ten title and possibly the national title.
The Buckeyes will have to lean heavily on their offense—which returns nine starters—because the defense will be young, especially in the front seven.
The definition of an “x-factor” can vary, but everyone knows about some of Ohio State’s established stars. But for the Buckeyes to match—or increase—their success in 2013, they will need some players with the potential to take their play to the next level and become reliable, consistent playmakers.
Ohio State left no doubt in 2012 that they could run the ball. Quarterback Braxton Miller became Meyer’s first 1,000-yard rusher while running back Carlos Hyde missed two and a half games and still amassed…
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