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Ohio State failed to end their winless (on paper) bowl record against the SEC, but certainly weren't embarrassed like the last time they lost to Florida. The Buckeyes did make some good plays and were certainly in the game at times.
But more than anything, this game finally ends the longest five months Ohio State has had in the modern era with their first losing season in over 20 years.
There are many things Ohio State needs to figure out, including how to find fast playmakers to make their offense look less offensive.
It showed that while Braxton Miller can be a solid QB, he needs some help to get himself to the level that Terrelle Pryor was at from a passing standpoint.
The Meyer era began right after the game, with a team meeting at seven the morning after the game, signaling the end of both a happy and disappointing era.
The Jim Tressel era is officially over, with most of his assistants being relieved of their duties and a new man becoming full-time coach.
This game was a microcosm of the whole 2011 season: poor coaching decisions and indecisive play by players on both sides of the ball. Couple that with abnormal breakdowns and the continued lack of senior leadership, and you have a 6-7 season.
The loss of the Gator Bowl is not turning the page, it's more like taking that book, stashing it in an old, dusty box in the attic and grabbing a brand new book from Barnes and Noble.
That's what the Urban Meyer will be; a new era and a (hopeful) revolution in Buckeye Nation.
Final Grade: C
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