Ohio State Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Central Florida

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Ohio State Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Central Florida
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Ohio State is an 18-point favorite over Conference USA foe Central Florida, according to Vegas Insider.

But don't let that number deceive you: The Knights are a very underrated football team and could pose a threat to any high-caliber team, if taken lightly.

The Buckeyes are coming off a dominant 56-10 win over Miami (Oh.) in Urban Meyer's coaching debut. Quarterback Braxton Miller combined for 368 yards—including a career-high 161 rushing—and three touchdowns, looking like an all-around improved player from last year.

UCF took care of business in its season opener, as it destroyed Akron 56-10 after taking a 35-0 lead by halftime. The offense got the job done, but it was the defense that took home the game ball—it forced four turnovers and held the Zips to 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) on third down.

This matchup poses some intrigue. Both teams have been banished from postseason festivities due to NCAA sanctions, but could likely contend for their respectable conference championship if eligible.

Here are five keys to the game and what Ohio State needs to do to avoid a colossal upset in Columbus.

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