Ohio State Football: What to Watch for in Saturday's Spring Game

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IApril 20, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 19:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass to teammate DeVier Posey #8 during the fourth quarter on November 19, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Penn State defeated Ohio State 20-14. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Arguably the most anticipated spring practice session in the history of Ohio State football is about to come to an end on Saturday, as the Buckeyes' annual spring game is set to take place at the Horseshoe.

All eyes have been, and will continue to be, on the offense, as the public will finally get a first glimpse of what Urban Meyer and OC/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman's offense will look like—at least in basic form.

Meyer has stated people should expect a lot of passing in Saturday's scrimmage, even though the weather has had a tendency to not cooperate in recent springs.

Fans shouldn't worry too much about the running game, because if history tells us anything, Ohio State will not have many issues running the ball, especially with Braxton Miller running the controls.

But what fans should pay attention to is the quick tempo of the new offense.

Meyer and Miller told ESPN's Mark Schlabach that they plan to use an Oregon-esque style attack with a no-huddle, high-intensity pace, but it has taken some time and getting used to for the players.

Under Jim Tressel, more times than not, the offense was about grinding games out and and time of possession to control the game.

Now, to be fair, when he had the weapons to open things up, like in 2006 and 2010, the Buckeyes did have some very exciting offenses.

Expect something similar to the latter—only given more caffeine and ratcheted up to another couple levels when it comes to aggressive play.

Just don't expect Oregon/Clemson-esque explosiveness just yet; the players have only had a short time in the new offense.

It will also take some time for Urban Meyer and Co. to get the type of players ideal for the new system. But even still, there's plenty of reason to see a modern college offense in place, with the same type of defense intact.

As it has been in the past, the weather again could play havoc.

It's rare that Ohio State has played its spring game in prime weather. Usually, it's about the weather you'd expect in Ohio in mid-April: mid-50s with a slight chance of rain.

More spring games than not in recent years have been played in rain, including last year's, which was stopped early due to thunderstorms.

The forecast has looked more promising than in years' past, though it may still be a little chilly come Saturday.

Even with the chilly weather, the Buckeyes should be able to heat things up in the passing game should things go as the Buckeyes coaching staff hope for.


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