Ohio State Football: Breaking Down Why Buckeyes Will Dominate in Week 4

Steven GerwelContributor IIISeptember 22, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 15:  Ryan Shazier #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reaches to haul down C.J. Anderson #9 of the California Golden Bears after a large gain at Ohio Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated California 35-28.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes had quite a scare during their 35-28 victory a week ago against California.

While the Buckeyes eventually won the game and maintained an undefeated record, the Cal Golden Bears were in a position to win the game and pull off an upset, which is not a good sign considering the Buckeyes have Bowl Game aspirations.

Now that the heart attack was averted, it's time for Ohio State to take on a lesser opponent in order build some confidence moving forward.

The Buckeyes put together a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio) in the opening week, but they haven't had a blowout win since. Perhaps, another lopsided win will provide a needed boost before taking on Michigan State and Nebraska in back-to-back weeks. 

And with the small-school University of Alabama Blazers next on the schedule, the Buckeyes will have every opportunity to flex their muscles. 


Blazers Will Be Outgunned Against Buckeyes

The University of Alabama Blazers suffered a competitive 39-29 loss to Troy in their opening game, but we saw them struggle once they took on a big-time opponent in South Carolina. 

South Carolina was able to hand the Blazers a thorough 49-6 victory, and will look to avoid a similar fate against the Buckeyes. 

For South Carolina, Marcus Lattimore and Mike Davis combined for 169 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while the Gamecocks also picked up 322 yards through the air. 

The Blazers were able to throw for a respectable 240 yards, but their ground game was held to an embarrassing 27 total yards. 

With Ohio State up next, the University of Alabama will once again be destroyed. 

Ohio State gave up 224 rushing yards against California, so it's surely thrilled that the Blazers are incapable or running the ball. 

And while Blazers quarterback Jonathan Perry had a solid game against South Carolina, he was unable to find the end zone and averaged just over six yards a pass. 

Braxton Miller threw for four touchdowns a week ago and will be ready to pick apart the Blazers secondary while also posing a threat in the run game. Meanwhile, running back Jordan Hall will look to boost his stats after an impressive 87-yard performance a week ago. 

It's obvious that the Buckeyes have the Blazers outgunned, but they still need to take this game seriously. 

It's not that they're in any real danger of actually losing the game, but they need to use this game as an opportunity to build momentum moving forward. 

If the Buckeyes can build their confidence, there's a good chance they can maintain an undefeated record for quite some time.