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Preseason Top 25: Number 2 Ohio State Buckeyes


 

Preseason Top 25 Countdown:

25- Northwestern Wildcats

24- TCU Horned Frogs

23- Oregon State Beavers

22-UCLA Bruins

21- Nebraska Cornhuskers

20- Wisconsin Badgers

19- Texas Longhorns

18- Kansas State Wildcats

17- Boise State Broncos

16- Notre Dame Fighting Irish

15- Michigan Wolverines

14- Oklahoma State Cowboys

13- Oklahoma Sooners

12- Florida Gators

11- Florida State Seminoles

10- Louisville Cardinals

09- LSU Tigers

08- South Carolina Gamecocks

07- Texas A&M Aggies

06- Clemson Tigers

05- Stanford Cardinal

04- Oregon Ducks

03- Georgia Bulldogs

 

02- Ohio State Buckeyes:

Coach: Urban Meyer

2012 Record: Overall 12-0   Big Ten (8-0)

 

The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off of an undefeated season that surprised everyone. They had future Hall of Fame coach Urban Meyer in his first year at the helm, and they were on probation from postseason play. Meyer developed a raw team and turned them into arguably the best team in the nation last year.

Quarterback Braxton Miller threw for over 2,000 yards and ran for almost thirteen hundred more. The Ohio State Buckeyes offense is explosive and can score in an instant. They can play the power run game, run with finesse, and can throw the deep bomb against almost anyone.

Defensively The Buckeyes were solid in every area besides pass defense. They gave up a ton of yardage through the air, finishing 11th in The Big Ten. They will need to improve in order to win the conference in 2013.

2013 Outlook: The Ohio State Buckeyes should run the table with their regular season schedule. The toughest non conference games are San Diego State at home and Cal on the road. Two games in conference to circle are October 5th at Northwestern and November 30th at rival Michigan. This team has the talent to play for a BCS Championship. The only question is if they can duplicate what they did last season with the expectation of winning it all.

Tags: Big Ten Football Braxton Miller Ohio State Buckeyes Football Urban Meyer

  • Marcus Jackson

    I have tremendous respect for OSU both as a school and as a football program. I think there is a good chance that like last year they either go undefeated or suffer only one loss. However, I don’t know if that would indicate that they are one of the best 2 or 3 teams in the nation if the strength of schedule does not improve from last year. Specifically, I’m not referring to the average ranking of each opponent as playing 12 teams that ranked from 24 to 74 giving you an average of 49 does not in my opinion make a difficult schedule. The question is how many Top 10 teams will they face to truly give an indication of how good this team is. Last year Oregon, Alabama, Notre Dame and Georgia posted wins against teams that were ranked in the Top 10 and even with most of them suffering 1 loss I’d struggle to rank OSU ahead of those 4 teams. Hopefully a resurgent Michigan and a focused Nebraska will provide those opportunities for OSU to truly be challenged and demonstrate that they are truly deserving of a #2 ranking.