Mostly due to the allure of Urban Meyer, my expectations were massive for this season. Finish 12-0. Put the Big Ten on notice. Treat Brady Hoke and TSUN to some good old fashioned blunt force trauma. Anything else would be a massive disappointment. For most OSU fans, those are pretty much ALWAYS the expectations. But under Meyer, however, we were all more confident than ever.
Unfortunately, anyone who’s suffered through these first four games knows that’s not the path we’re on.
A month in, we as fans find ourselves knee-deep in missed tackles, elementary-level offensive lapses, and a coaching staff that can’t quite seem to figure out who they want their team to be.
I’ll get into all of that in more detail shortly, but it suffices to say that this much has been clear: Ohio State football is not where we want it to be. Nor is it where we THOUGHT it would be at this point. And frankly, at times it is completely unrecognizable.
Yet, tomorrow the Bucks will take the field in East Lansing to open up the Big Ten season. They’ll face a Michigan State team that has myriad problems of their own, yet will probably still pose one of the tougher tests of the season (keep up the good work, Big Ten!). Cupcake season is over, and stuff is about to get real.
Here are three things we know about our beloved Buckeyes, three things we’re about to find out, and one confident prediction for tomorrow’s outcome...