Ohio State Football: What to Expect from the Buckeyes' Opener Under Urban Meyer

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IAugust 27, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Game week is finally here, and this is a week Ohio State fans have been waiting for since Urban Meyer was hired as head coach on November 28 of last year—two days after OSU's 40-34 loss to Michigan.

Since then, Ohio State has been banned from the 2012 postseason and lost to Florida once again in a bowl game. After that loss, the sun has been shining on the Buckeyes nonstop outside of a couple of arrests.

A dynamic recruiting class and coaching staff has inspired tremendous optimism along with Meyer's charisma and resume.

Hardly ever has a season been so anticipated as this year's endeavor, even though Ohio State won't get to play for either a Big Ten Championship or a national championship.

This is more than all of those things—this is a new era, a new culture. And ESPN's All-Access: Training Days show was a perfect example of the new culture.

It's a new world, and the curtain finally gets to be pulled back on Saturday morning as the Buckeyes face Miami (OH), who ironically Meyer faced to open his last year at Florida.

What we will see on Saturday is an offense that actually has the goal of scoring points and will feature an Oregon-esque tempo. It likely won't be as fast and explosive as the Ducks' offense or Meyer's Florida offense due to the lack of explosive playmakers in the backfield.

The offense will still be able to make some big plays because of Braxton Miller's ability to both run and pass, as well as solid receivers who have a lot to prove.

But the biggest reason for expecting a much-improved offense with a killer instinct is Meyer's push to instill some offensive accountability, something he said in the All-Access special (see 1:38 in video) felt didn't exist until he got there—Jim Bollman haters ready the pitchforks.

Defensively, expect the same type of thing that Buckeye fans have seen for the past few seasons, except that the corners will be playing off of the line more than normal in the hopes of creating more turnovers.

In the extremely likely scenario that OSU leads Miami by a big amount, look for quite a lot of freshmen to make their Buckeye debuts, including stud linemen Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington.

A win is pretty much a foregone conclusion considering the buildup and the hype leading toward the season.

What fans probably want to see more of is just unraveling the mystery and getting a clearer picture of what this new football team will look like.

The offense is still somewhat of a mystery, and the spring game gave us a look at the passing game. We don't know what the inside zone read game will look like.

Saturday will get us a better look at the future of Ohio State, something we have waited to see until November 28, 2011, when Urban Meyer announced his goal to, "Make the great state of Ohio proud."


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