Ohio State Football 2012: Five Reasons the Rise to the Top Will Not Take Long

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Ohio State Football 2012: Five Reasons the Rise to the Top Will Not Take Long
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Ohio State--The Coach

Over the past decade, "The" Ohio State University has fielded a football team that 119 other different programs would be envious of—that is, until last year.

Killer tattoos, a spoiled prima donna quarterback, imaginary summer jobs and a coach whose sweater vest came unraveled left the team in the hands of a wet-behind-the-ears interim coach in Luke Fickell.

The result? A year in which the program finished with a lot of "firsts in a while" comments (and not in a good way) as a talented, but young team was strayed like a nomad wandering through a desert full of expectation mirages, bad directions and lost opportunity. 

But there is good news. Despite the laundry list of abominations, the program came out the other end of the NCAA root canal with perhaps more promise than before the scarlet and gray ship ran aground.

On November 28th, Urban Meyer stepped to the podium and pointed the proud program right back towards its usual expectations. But what's to say that this thing will go off as planed?

Here's a look at five reasons why Ohio State will be right back with the upper crust of the nation faster than a Terrelle Pryor loaner car.

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