Ohio State Football: 5 Reasons the Buckeyes Are a Lock for the BCS in 2013

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IFebruary 13, 2013

Ohio State Football: 5 Reasons the Buckeyes Are a Lock for the BCS in 2013

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    Ohio State looks like they will be a much better team in 2013 than the team Urban Meyer coached to a 12-0 record, which means the BCS should be in their future.

    The Buckeyes have one of the best players in the country returning in Braxton Miller, and a coach in Meyer who has a history of BCS appearances.

    OSU should be a preseason top-five team come August, and barring any major setbacks, a BCS favorite. 

    Here are five reasons why the Buckeyes are a virtual lock for the BCS in 2013.

Braxton Miller

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    Braxton Miller is among the most electrifying playmakers in college football after a breakout sophomore season. And he will only get better.

    Miller became the first OSU quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards, and he also threw for 2,039 yards and accounted for 28 total touchdowns.

    He does need to work on his passing, but it will certainly be an emphasis this spring as he works with Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman to continue improving his mechanics.

    Miller took tremendous strides as a passer last season. It's only expected that he continues to grow as a thrower. 

Big-Time Playmakers on Defense

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    Ohio State may have a lot of holes to fill on its defense, replacing eight starters including the entire starting defensive line.

    Yet they do have two outstanding defensive players to build around in defensive back Bradley Roby and linebacker Ryan Shazier.

    Shazier will have to be the leader of the linebackers next season, but we already know that he is an outstanding playmaker with incredible athleticism to make those plays all over the field.

    Roby is the typical shutdown corner with great athleticism and ball skills. He can take away half of the field, which will make life easy for whoever starts opposite him.

Outstanding Freshman Class

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    Urban Meyer furthered his reputation of being an elite recruiter by signing one of the top three classes in the country to play at Ohio State.

    The class is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. On defense you have defensive end Joey Bosa, linebacker Mike Mitchell and safety Vonn Bell, and on offense you have studs like quarterback JT Barrett, wide receiver Jalin Marshall and running back/receiver Dontre Wilson.

    It's unclear how many of these freshmen will see the field, although Meyer plays freshmen quite often.

    Some will be expected to have an impact in spot duty at minimum.

Limited Conference Opposition

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    It's no secret that the Big Ten is very weak, especially when it comes to the mid and lower-level teams in the conference.

    Ohio State's schedule replaces Michigan State and Nebraska as cross-divisional opponents with Northwestern and Iowa next season. The Buckeyes have two tough road games at Northwestern and Michigan, but traveling cross-country to Cal is always a tough task.

    Wisconsin and Penn State come to Columbus, which means the biggest challenges standing between the Buckeyes and their first Big Ten Championship Game will happen in the Horseshoe.

    Advantage goes to the Buckeyes in that case.

Urban Meyer

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    Urban Meyer did such an outstanding job of coaching the 2012 Buckeyes to a perfect record, and he did it with what may be his least-talented roster.

    With a national championship to play for and a roster with a year's worth of experience in Meyer's system, this season may be even better than the last.

    In fact, 2013 could be the best chance Ohio State has to win a national championship in quite some time, and Meyer knows how to take a team there. This time, he has the horses to lead the Buckeyes back to the BCS.

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