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Ohio State Football: What We Learned from the Week 1 Game vs. Miami

David RegimbalFeatured Columnist IVOctober 11, 2016

Ohio State Football: What We Learned from the Week 1 Game vs. Miami

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    The Ohio State Buckeyes opened up the 2012 college football season with a 46-point rout of the Miami RedHawks.

    Ohio State's offense was held in check through 15 minutes, but things picked up in the second quarter and never slowed down as the Buckeyes cruised to an easy win.

    Here's what we learned from from the Buckeyes' 56-10 victory over Miami.

Devin Smith Is Not Human

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    After Devin Smith's freakishly impossible touchdown catch in the second quarter of yesterday's game, there's only one logical conclusion you can come to: He is not human.

    You might think he's human. It's easy to get confused because he looks so human-like, but he's not. In actuality, Smith is a special kind of alien that isn't constricted to the normal rules of gravity, or the restrictions of a functioning spine like the rest of us.

    No, his alien body allows him to do things like he did in this video, and that is both unfair and amazing at the same time.

Braxton Miller and Urban Meyer Deserve Each Other

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    Braxton Miller spent the entirety of his freshman season in play-calling hell. The prolific athlete came to Ohio State expecting to play under Jim Tressel, who with the right quarterback could produce a decently entertaining offense.

    But Tressel left Ohio State before Braxton set foot on campus, and the freshman ran Bollman's child-proofed (and production-proofed) playbook all season.

    Meyer likewise had a rough outing the last time he was coaching. After having back-to-back national championship-winning quarterbacks on his roster, Meyer struggled getting anything going with John Brantley at Florida. 

    The two hooked up for the first time this Saturday and showed how dynamic they can be working together. Miller has the athleticism to make Urban's offense electric, and Urban has the kind of playbook that can maximize Miller's production.

These Young Defensive Linemen Can Play

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    A lot of freshmen were able to get on the field against Miami, but none played better than the trio of defensive linemen that back up Ohio State's starters.

    Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt all made big plays in limited time on Saturday. Spence and Washington registered Ohio State's only two sacks on the day, and Tommy Schutt recorded three tackles while playing fantastic run support.

    These three freshmen are going to see a lot of time this year if they keep making the kind of plays they did against the RedHawks.

The Secondary Is Still a Question Mark

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    Ohio State's secondary struggled against Miami's passing attack, giving up 313 yards through the air to senior quarterback Zac Dysert.

    There were times in 2011 when Ohio State's pass coverage was way out of position, and that trend continued against the RedHawks. Part of that can be credited to Dysert, who threw for over 3,500 yards in 2011, and on Ohio State's surprisingly ineffective pass rush.

    Huge gaps persisted in Ohio State's pass coverage, and Dysert was able to find those holes, passing for over 300 yards despite his receivers dropping a ton of passes—including two sure touchdowns. 

    The Buckeyes will need to improve their pass coverage before they hit conference play.

Saying "Uncle" Won't Change a Thing

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    When Ohio State had a game in hand during the Tressel era, Buckeyes fans were forced to watch some of the most uneventful football imaginable.

    If there's one thing you can take away from Saturday's game—Urban Meyer doesn't roll that way.

    Ohio State entered the fourth quarter leading 35-10, but that didn't stop Meyer and the Buckeyes from scoring three more touchdowns before the game ended. And it wasn't just all from the running game—backup quarterback Kenny Guiton threw eight passes in the final quarter.

    Under Meyer, Buckeyes fans shouldn't expect their head coach to take his foot off the gas pedal in the fourth quarter of a blowout. The only thing that will change is personnel as Meyer tries to get young guys some experience and prevent needless injuries to his starters.

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