Buckeyes Should Not Be Taken Lightly

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IJune 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes leads teammates Alex Boone #75 and Marcus Freeman #1 out onto the field before the college football game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Buckeyes 35-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Scarlett and Grey have been getting overlooked and have begun to be tainted with overrated chants over the past couple seasons. Indeed the Buckeyes have faltered when being put in the national spotlight.

Some wonder if Jim Tressel is caving. Others speculate that the talent is not as talented as the other elite teams in college football. 

The Buckeyes will have a much different look coming into this season.

With the multi-talented Terrelle Pryor calling the shots for an entire season, many fans will be amazed this season. Pryor reminds me alot of Vince Young. Like Young, Pryor is an amazing talent and has the ability to awe the crowd and make 100,000 screaming fans beg for more.

Speed will be something new for the fans of Ohio State. Chris Wells, the Buckeyes' power back that was drafted after last season, is gone.

Sophomore Daniel Herron, who is a pure speed back, will be taking the majority of the carries this season. He ended last season with six touchdowns and 439 yards; not too shabby for a tailback who did this on only 89 attempts.

Look for his speed to be a huge asset to the Buckeyes success in the run game. With Pryor and Herron, the option will be a weapon that could end up being very lethal to many teams. 

Ray Small is also incredibly fast. If Small is able to stay healthy, he will be not only a nightmare in the slot receiver position, but a special teams playmaker. 

Where the Buckeyes took the largest hit was at the linebacker position. Losing James Lauranitis will be something that will effect Ohio State throughout most of the season. Ross Homan will be asked to step up and be an essential part of the defense.

The Buckeyes return Jermario O'Neal, Chimdi Chekwa, and Kurt Coleman as their top defensive backs. They're not the best at their position, but all are very athletic.

The defense could be the downfall for the Ohio State Buckeyes this season, but many young players will have the chance to establish themselves as a top players.

One of the best games of the season could be USC at Ohio State at the Horseshoe.

I can see Ohio State beating USC this season. The Trojans lost a lot after last season and will be very young with only seven seniors on the team. No doubt USC will be one of the most athletic teams as usual, but look for the speed of both teams to match-up.

Going into the Horseshoe and trying to win is not as easy as many may think. At one of the largest stadiums in the country, fans and players alike will be looking for some revenge after last season's embarrassing loss in California.

My message to all the doubters out there: Don't write off the Scarlett and Grey. I strongly believe that whoever wins this game will find themselves playing Florida for the national championship.

The Big Ten will not be very competitive again this season, with Penn State being the only other obstacle for OSU to overcome. Notre Dame may be the best competition for USC other than Ohio State.

When looking at the both teams are quite capable of going undefeated depending on who wins that game on September 12. Look for the Buckeyes to win this game and get a rematch with Florida once again.

Hopefully this year history does not repeat itself and the Buckeyes will overcome adversity.