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Another year, another set of high expectations for Ohio State. That's just the way things are with Urban Meyer in Columbus.
The Buckeyes were nearly in a position to play for the BCS championship last season, but they lost the Big Ten title to Michigan State. Ohio State then dropped the Orange Bowl to Clemson.
But there's a lot to be excited about this year. Quarterback Braxton Miller is back, and the defensive line should be one of the best, if not the best, in all of college football.
The concern is the offensive line, which is replacing four starters off of last year's group. All consistency on offense starts in the trenches, so it's paramount that the Buckeyes come together up front sooner rather than later.
Optimistic: 13-0. Somehow, someway, the Buckeyes find a way to win every game, including the Big Ten title, and are selected into the first College Football Playoff.
Pessimistic: 9-3. A stunning loss to Navy in Week 1 gets Ohio State off to a bad start. The Buckeyes then lose games to Michigan State and Michigan to end the year.
Realistic: 11-1. It's hard to go undefeated. To go undefeated three regular seasons in a row (not counting the conference championship)? Good luck with that. We'll say Ohio State trips up somewhere unexpected—say, at Minnesota.