By: Teddy Ellison
The Ohio State Buckeyes seem to enter every football season as a National Championship Contender. But this year is different. The NCAA came down with sanctions on the football program, stripping it of scholarships and the opportunity to play in a bowl game this year. Despite all that, Columbus is still buzzing with anticipation for the season opener against Miami (OH) on September 1st.
Urban Meyer, the biggest coaching name to relocate in a long time, believes he can make this team great. After winning multiple national championships and transforming Tim Tebow into a household name, Meyer took a year off. Now that he’s back on the sideline, Ohio State fans hope he can do the same thing with Braxton Miller – and their entire football program. After having one of their worst years in recent history, Ohio State needed something to get excited about, and Meyer undoubtedly brings just that.
The Buckeyes non-conference schedule is a cakewalk this year, with their biggest test coming against the California Golden Bears on September 15th. However, this does not mean it is going to be an easy year for the Bucks. Coming into the season ranked 18th in the AP Top 25, the scarlet and grey will likely be an underdog against Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Michigan, leaving my final prediction as a 9-3 2012 campaign. I think the Buckeyes will squeak out a hard fought win against Nebraska on October 6th, but will struggle to find the motivation to beat those three big names on their schedule.
At the end of the day, this team is going to go as far as Braxton Miller can take it. He is a young, talented kid who needs to show significant leadership growth if he is going to lead this team to a ten-win season. Everyone wants to talk about Urban Meyer and the new coaching staff, but this season will start and it will end with the growth of Ohio State’s young quarterback.