Disclaimer: As a student of the University of Miami, I would rather abstain from this matchup, as I happen to also be a Buckeye fan from birth. Growing up with a hatred of the 'Canes, the University of Miami ended up being the right fit for me, even if the football team wasn't.
But even as a student at UM, you bet I'll be donning the Scarlet and Gray when these two rivals meet. (Oh heck, and on every Saturday for that matter.)
With that being said, Ohio State travels down to the worst stadium in college football (Dolphins Stadium), and faces a "replenished" Miami team, who is hungry for a huge win.
Last season, the Hurricanes stumbled all over themselves.
When they came into Columbus, college football fans were expecting an epic matchup, which was in reality, the Miami special teams keeping them in the game to make the score look closer than it actually was. Ohio State dominated them in all facets, and forced Jacory Harris to throw pick after pick.
This season may be a different story. Ohio State is without some of their best players, and although Miami is unranked, they are in for their biggest test thus far. Quarterback Joe Bauserman, who should be starting at this point in the season, is playing in the biggest game of his career thus far, and may be a little bit intimidated. But Bauserman is not going to be a factor; instead it will be the Ohio State rush game that influences the outcome the most.
That being said, I still believe Ohio State can win this game, and win it handily. Miami just doesn't have the weapons (or the coaching) to compete with Ohio State. Ohio State could start their entire second team and still Ohio State would have the edge.
I hate to bash my own school, but I would love to watch my classmates leave the stadium with their heads in their hands as I return to my dorm (insert winky face here) after the game.
Prediction: Ohio State 42, Miami 21