Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Who Need to Step Up Their Game

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Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Who Need to Step Up Their Game
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A group of Buckeyes celebrates during their game against UAB

An undefeated record is nothing to complain about, however, some Buckeyes will need to step up their game if Ohio State is going to contend for a national title. 

Through four games, Urban Meyer's team has had mixed results. Of course the messages are positive overall with a 4-0 record, but the Buckeyes have had some glaring struggles. 

A defensive line many expected to be the best in the nation has largely underperformed in the early-going, and though they have put points on the board, the offense has been unbalanced. 

Secondary concerns remain, and the run-heavy offense continues to rely on quarterback Braxton Miller too often. 

But Ohio State is winning, and in the end that is all that matters. 

The schedule gets a bit tougher in coming weeks, however. Starting with this weekend's matchup at Michigan State, the Buckeyes play two straight against ranked opponents before traveling to Indiana. 

A date with Michigan will conclude a season which Ohio State fans hope will end with a Big Ten Conference championship (and perhaps more).

But if Urban Meyer's squad wants to have any shot at national title contention, a few key players are going to need to step up.

Here are five names who will have to improve for the Buckeyes:

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