After a pathetic opening to the 2011 season, the Miami Hurricanes will match up with No. 17 Ohio State in Week 2.
Miami came up short against a Maryland team that should have been an easy victory for the Hurricanes. The Terrapins topped the Canes, 32-24.
This should have been an easy way to open the season, after all, the Hurricanes will match up against four ranked opponents in the coming weeks—two in their own conference.
Essentially, their shot at getting into the AP College Football Poll or even a respectable bowl game have diminished quite substantially.
Their chances aren't, however, completely shot. If the Hurricanes can bounce back from a tough loss to Maryland with a victory over Ohio State, they could still end the season in pretty good shape.
Here are five keys for the Hurricanes against the Ohio State Buckeyes: