Ohio State Football: A Look Ahead at the Buckeyes' 2013 Schedule

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Ohio State Football: A Look Ahead at the Buckeyes' 2013 Schedule
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In 249 days, over 105,000 fans will fill the seats inside Ohio Stadium to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes kick off the 2013 season. Ohio State will be hosting the Buffalo Bulls, looking to win its 13th straight game under head coach Urban Meyer.

With quarterback Braxton Miller and eight other starters returning to an offense that averaged over 37 points per game in 2012, expectations are soaring high for the Buckeyes. Ohio State will likely enter the season ranked in the top five, and the schedule sets up very nicely for a possible title run.

 

8/31 Buffalo
9/7 San Diego State
9/14 @ California
9/21 Florida A&M
9/28 Wisconsin
10/5 @ Northwestern
10/19 Iowa
10/26 Penn State
11/2 @ Purdue
11/16 @ Illinois
11/23 Indiana
11/30 @ Michigan

 

The non-conference schedule is very manageable, especially after Ohio State replaced Vanderbilt—who cancelled its game against the Buckeyes last October—with San Diego State. Cal gave Ohio State a tough fight this fall in Columbus, and the rematch in Berkley will be the Buckeyes' first non-conference road game since getting hammered 24-6 against Miami in 2011.

Ohio State catches a break in conference play as both Nebraska and Michigan State fall off the schedule. The Spartans and the Cornhuskers are expected to be two of the better teams in the conference, and not having to face them makes the Buckeyes' path to Indianapolis (for the Big Ten title game) easier to navigate.

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Devin Gardner and the Michigan Wolverines should give Ohio State its toughest test in 2013.

The Buckeyes will hit the road five times in 2013, and their home games are a bit front-loaded. They'll only play two games outside of Ohio Stadium during the months of September and October, but will be on the road for three of its four games in November.

At first glance, the Buckeyes look to have a very manageable slate. Three of their 12 opponents might be ranked in the preseason Top 25—Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan—but none of those teams will come close to cracking the top 10.

Ohio State will likely be favored to win every one of their games in 2013, and if they take care of business, they might find themselves in Pasadena playing for the national title.

 

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