Urban Meyer has come to Ohio State and integrated the thing he knows the most about—winning. The former Florida guru will help lead this new-look Buckeyes team to an undefeated season, even though they are not eligible for postseason play in 2012.
At the center of this new-found success is QB Braxton Miller, the sophomore dual-threat passer/runner that's making folks forget all about fellow Big Ten counterpart Denard Robinson.
Miller is running this offense with ease right now, and he's doing something Robinson's never really mastered during his time at Michigan.
He's avoiding turnovers, and more importantly, winning ballgames.
It's that ability that's set Miller apart from the rest of the Big Ten right now, that and his ability to run for 100 yards and a touchdown virtually in his sleep.
The sophomore QB has entered the Heisman race with his strong early season play, and the 6-0 start for the Buckeyes has helped legitimize his campaign. No doubt Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers are the talk of the town right now, but why not Miller, too?
It's not just Miller that has helped turn this team's fortunes around. Meyer has had a huge impact, as well as some inspired play on defense and in the special teams games in recent weeks.
Just Saturday night against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten bout, Ohio State was able to force four turnovers and score on a punt return. They gave up 38 points to the black hats, but it didn't matter, due to timely plays and the offense putting on a clinic.
Against Michigan State in Week 5, the defense stepped up for the stalling offense, while answering questions about this team's ability to win on the road in a pressure situation.
Ohio State has beaten AP Top 25 teams in consecutive weeks, and if you look at the schedule, it doesn't get much tougher the rest of the way.
Penn State and Michigan are the only true tests left for the Buckeyes. Going on the road to State College will be a true test of will and strength, but Ohio State closes out their home-heavy season at the Horseshoe against Michigan in the final week of the season.
Oh, and don't forget, Ohio State has nothing to lose.
The threat of a national championship game eludes them. This team can't compete for the Big Ten title, and can't become eligible for a bowl bid. If I'm a Big Ten coach right now, that makes me a little bit scared after watching the 63-point onslaught Saturday night.
The quick turnaround comes after a disappointing two years for the school, which included the dismissal of Jim Tressel, the NCAA sanctions on high-profile star Terrell Pryor and two disappointing seasons on the field, this is a welcome surprise for Ohio State fans.
If they can keep stories like third-string QB Cardale Jones out of the news, they're on their way to an impressive bounce back season and what should be an undefeated mark in 2012.
Will Meyer and the Buckeyes emerge as the favorites to begin 2013? The SEC always has something to say about that, but a 12-0 mark would certainly send confidence and expectations sky high next season.
This is a dangerous team, folks, and it shouldn't be any surprise to see a big fat zero in the loss column come December.
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