By: Teddy Ellison
Coming off a close call, the Buckeyes could not be any happier to see a weak UAB team coming to Columbus.
After I predicted a Buckeye blowout, Urban Meyer’s team was let off the hook by three missed field goals and a late touchdown. Braxton Miller played a solid offensive game, and still remains one of the front-runners in the Heisman race. However, the Buckeyes’ defense struggled all game against Cal. Giving up 28 points and allowing over 160 yards to a running back on four carries is not a recipe for success in the Big Ten.
Luckily for the Buckeyes, they have their easiest game coming up this Saturday against a UAB team that is currently ranked 123rd in points allowed. Both sides of the ball will enter the game looking to regain confidence, and I think they will do just that.
UAB has virtually no running attack, and the defense is looking for a game to build off of. The Ohio State defense will stuff UAB on the ground and in the air, as Braxton Miller continues to rip off huge yards.
I don’t see the starters playing the entire game on Saturday. Meyer will likely let them regain their confidence and beat up on a weak UAB team for three quarters, then watch from the sidelines.
This week has really become more of a prep game for the Big Ten season, and they will need a huge confidence boost if they expect to compete on September 29th against Michigan State—their first test away from the Shoe.
As for this Saturday, it will be over at kickoff. The Buckeyes will cruise to a 42-0 victory.