Ohio State Football: Can the Buckeyes Have Another Perfect Season in 2013?

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IJune 12, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes smiles with head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Ohio State Buckeyes won, 35-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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It's safe to assume that very few people thought the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes would have a perfect record. If they don't this year, at least based on what the people in Las Vegas think, it may be a disappointment.

The Golden Nugget Casino has the Buckeyes favored in all 12 of their regular season games, including being a 6-point favorite in their road clash with the Wolverines.

That's nothing new to the Buckeyes, who were favored in each of their games in the 2002, 2007 and 2010 seasons, along with 1998 in which they were double-digit favorites every week.

Looking at OSU's schedule, there's a pretty decent chance the Buckeyes could run the table once again, but this time having a chance to play for a national championship, unlike last year.

The team is also much better, particularly on offense with nine returning starters and a bevy of talented freshmen Urban Meyer can plug in for certain situations.

It also helps having Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller back for his junior season after having a breakout season in 2012, flourishing in Meyer's spread offense.

The defense is definitely a question after being very inconsistent through most of 2012. Losing six starters on the front seven, even with an uber-talented pair of sophomore defensive ends in Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington set to take over, doesn't help matters.

Going perfect will also require passing several big road tests, including trips to Northwestern, Purdue and Michigan, among others.

Navigating the Big Ten is not nearly as difficult as navigating the SEC, where Meyer failed to rack up a perfect season during his time with the Florida Gators.

After doing it in his first year in Columbus with a team that looked slightly deflated after a 6-7 season in 2011, anything less than perfection in 2013 is going to be disappointing.

That's a lot to ask for any team because any number of things can go wrong. Last year, Ohio State caught its fair share of breaks throughout the season and stole some games along the way.

OSU may have been the nation's last unbeaten team, but it probably wasn't the best in the country.

It's asking a lot for a team to find a way to get that many breaks to go their way two years in a row.

But the talent is there, and it may only be getting better as the season nears.

2012 may have been Meyer's least talented team, at least on paper, for as long as he is the coach of the Buckeyes.

If he can find the heart that team had going into this season, perfection is possible once again.

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