With the exception of maybe the Crimson Tide, you'd be hard pressed to find another program with bigger expectations placed before it than Ohio State. The Urban Meyer-led Buckeyes finished 12-0 in his first season in Columbus, and in college football, good results always return lofty expectations.
Now it's an extremely tall order to expect a program to finish any season undefeated, let alone two in a row. The Buckeyes are losing two key starters on the defensive line along with a few other positions. They struggled against some inferior opponents throughout the 2012 season and at times looked very underwhelming.
All this being said, Urban Meyer and his team finished this past season unscathed and have plenty of talent to bring to the table in 2013. Returning starters like Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby have some serious unfinished business to attend to this season.
And in the grand scheme of things, the Buckeyes have a serious shot at running the table, for a number of reasons.