Setting reasonable goals can be difficult for an Ohio State team that went undefeated last season. Expectations have reached new levels, and the media is hyping things up like nobody’s business. Ohio State is going to play the SEC Champion in the BCS National Championship Game! Let’s pump the breaks and let the games play out before that talk begins surfacing. The Buckeyes still have to iron out a few wrinkles and handle a tricky Big Ten schedule before booking a flight to the Rose Bowl. Reasonable goals never hurt anybody. Top-Two Offense in the Big Ten If you thought this offense was good last season, wait until things unravel this year. The Buckeyes return nine starters from a unit that finished third in the Big Ten, averaging 423 yards per game. Quarterback Braxton Miller will be a lot more comfortable in his second season under Urban Meyer. The backfield is deeper than it was last
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Presented with perhaps an easy way out, Ohio State instead is reinforcing its emphasis on beefing up its schedule heading into the playoff era. The move to a nine-game slate in the Big Ten means everybody in the league will have to be a bit choosier with its opponents outside the league, and for teams such as the Buckeyes who already had four squads lined up to fill slots in 2016, that also means casting one game aside. It could have worked to cancel a series with Oklahoma, a home-and-home arrangement that starts with what figures to be a difficult road trip to visit the perennial power.
Rod Gilmore breaks down his top-five cornerbacks heading into the 2013 season, and Ohio State junior Bradley Roby grabs the No. 2 spot.
1. Ohio State: The Buckeyes have a very friendly schedule in 2013, and quarterback Braxton Miller continues to improve as a passer. They are unquestionably the top dog in the Big Ten. But…
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Urban Meyer knows the talk about another undefeated season and the possibility of Ohio State returning to the national championship game as early as next January has not only started,…
It’s no secret that Ohio State didn’t finish the year with the air attack that they preferred. Some blame can be put on Braxton Miller as a first-year quarterback in a new system, and some blame has to be on the receivers—whether it was not creating enough separation or just running wrong routes. Either way, as a whole, improvement through the air is a must in order for Ohio State to flourish and reach its full potential in 2013. With every wide receiver who earned playing time last season returning, who will lead the Buckeyes in that department this upcoming season? The most popular pick, and rightfully so, would seem to be Corey Brown, who led the team in receiving yards last year with 669. Brown mostly played on the outside because the Buckeyes lacked a true playmaker in the slot position. Most expect him to line up in the slot in 2013 where more touches
Raekwon McMillan has appeared to be quite the Ohio State lean heading into the summer of the 2014 recruiting cycle, but one major SEC program could give the Buckeyes some issues moving forward. McMillan, a 5-star linebacker, has visited Ohio State multiple times, and the Buckeyes are the top team on his 247Sports interest list. A recent visit to Florida seems to have really caught his attention though, according to Jeff Barlis of ESPN.com: “It was a great visit,” the ESPN 150 prospect said. “Haven’t been here in a while, so came back down here to talk to coach [Will] Muschamp and coach [D.J.] Durkin again. We just talked about coming to play here, filling Jon Bostic’s role, stepping in as the next middle linebacker to play under him, playing under a defensive coach, stuff like that.” Barlis reports that McMillan plans to
The issues that will determine whether Ohio State has a successful 2013-14 season are fairly well established at this point. The Buckeyes will have to replace the scoring of Deshaun Thomas, continue to…
Ohio State’s road to its first national championship since 2002 and its first (non-vacated) Big Ten title since 2009 will bring different challenges every week, some easier than others. The Buckeyes, much like most other powerhouses in the game, will have “easy” games as well as big-time matchups with powerhouses. In a 12-game schedule, there’s an ebb and flow with how tough the games get, with the toughest usually being at the end of the season. But who presents the biggest challenges for the Buckeyes in 2013? Here is a ranking of the Buckeyes’ opponents from weakest to toughest on the schedule. Begin Slideshow
The Ohio State Buckeyes will likely be a preseason top-five team heading into the 2013 season. They return their top playmakers on both sides of the ball. Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby are all back to lead the Buckeyes. But the success of Urban Meyer’s second Ohio State team will be up to the offensive line—a line that returns four starters, three of which earned at least All-Conference honorable mention. The key to the line will be the underclassmen. Not only will the Buckeyes need one underclassman to step up to be the right tackle, they will also need depth if they are going to compete for a Big Ten and national title. The Returning Upperclassmen The 2013 offensive line should be in good hands for the most part. The four starters return from last year’s line helped the Buckeyes finish undefeated and lead the Big Ten in scoring. Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall and Andrew Norwell are