Miami (OH) vs. Ohio State: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IAugust 29, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02:  Quaterback Braxton Miller #5 of Ohio State Buckeyes calls a play during the Gator Bowl against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on January 2, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Urban Meyer era at Ohio State will get underway as the Buckeyes and the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks begin their season in a head-to-head battle in Columbus on Saturday. 

The Buckeyes are big favorites in this game, and rightfully so. They should roll in this game. 

Despite the expected lopsided outcome, this game has plenty of reasons to keep fans intrigued, and fans shouldn't need reasons in the first place. This is the start of college football! 


Where: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio 

When: Saturday, September 1 at 12 p.m. ET

Watch: Big Ten Network

Listen: Redhawks radio networkBuckeyes radio networks 

Betting Line: Ohio State -24.5 (according to Bovada on 8/29)

Key Storyline: Urban Meyer's Buckeye Debut

This is the first game of what promises to be an outstanding era of Ohio State football. The reason for the hope is that revered coach Urban Meyer is in his first season with the Buckeyes. 

Meyer brings with him a career 104-23 record and a killer spread/option offense. This offense is nothing new to the Buckeyes, but there are sure to be some different tweaks and looks now that the offense is in the hands of the mad scientist that brought the spread/option offense into vogue in the first place. 

Who Might Not Play for Miami (Ohio)? 

*Injury information according to USA Today.

LB Tyler Tucker is out for the season with a shoulder injury. 


Who Might Not Play for Ohio State? 

*Injury information according to USA Today.

LB  Storm Klein, TE Jake Stoneburner and OL Jack Mewhort will all miss the contest due to eligibility issues. 

DL Nathan Williams and RB Jordan Hall have both been ruled out due to knee issues. 


What They're Saying

WKYC brings us up to speed on the rivalry, or lack thereof, between these two neighboring programs. 

These in-state foes have met only four times before in history despite being separated by just a little more than 100 miles. Ohio State improved to 4-0 in the all-time series with its 34-14 victory over the RedHawks on Sept. 3, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in the last encounter. The Buckeyes have defeated 57 consecutive non-conference opponents not ranked in the top 25.


Miami (Ohio) Player to Watch: Zac Dysert, QB

The Redhawks have a dynamic passing game. They were 14th in the nation in passing yards per game last season, and senior QB Zac Dysert is back to try to improve on the 3,513 yards he passed for a season ago. 

If he even comes close to those numbers, he will leave as the university's all-time leading passer. Ben Roethlisberger currently holds that honor and is just 1,939 yards ahead of Dysert.


Ohio State State Player to Watch: Braxton Miller, QB

Urban Meyer has an amazing track record of success with his QBs. It is going to be fascinating to see what he gets out of Braxton Miller.

Miller has at times both dazzled and maddened Ohio State fans with his inconsistent play, but don't be surprised to see drastic improvements in his game this year. In fact, as Mike Singer of points out, those improvements may already be taking hold as he went 27-of-39 for 358 yards and two touchdowns in the last Buckeye scrimmage. 


Key Matchup: Buckeyes' Pass Rush vs. Redhawks' Passing Game

If Miami (Ohio) can give Dysert time, he can give this offense a chance to get in rhythm and do some damage; however, that is not going to be an easy task. 

With John Simon (seven sacks last season) leading an athletic front seven, the Buckeyes are going to be able to get after the passer. 


Prediction: Ohio State 42, Miami (Ohio) 10

The Buckeyes are going to be fired up for this season opener as every player goes all out to make a lasting impression on their new coach, and that new coach should have plenty of tricks up his sleeve. 

Urban Meyer has had a lot of time to get creative for his next venture onto the sidelines. Ohio State will roll in this one. 


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