To say that last year wasn't quite all wine and roses for Ohio State would be a huge understatement.
But now, Urban Meyer has taken over as captain of the scarlet and gray ship, and all of Buckeye nation is downright giddy with the prospects of where the program might be headed.
Everybody calm down.
If history is any indication, the combination of the prestige and tradition of Ohio State with the coaching moxie of Urban Meyer should get the program back among the nation's elite. But despite the collective excitement of Ohio State fans, it might be at least a year or two.
The offensive-scheme and culture are changing, there's not much to play for in 2012 because of the postseason ban, and last year didn't exactly provide a montage of memorable moments for a season highlight video. To paraphrase, the ingredients might be there, but they'll need some seasoning.
The new coaching staff will inevitably begin to diagnose where the strengths are—but most importantly—where the biggest warts are. After all, a team is only as good as its weakest position. At least that's what I read in a coaching journal somewhere.
This year can only be looked at as one of transition. How well that bridge to better things holds up will largely depend on how well the spackling paste and duct tape can work to fill the holes.
Here's a look at the five weakest positions the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes should be most concerned about.