Going into the 2012 season, first year head coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes could have mailed it in early. They were on probation and facing a one-year bowl ban, so they had nothing to play for on the season. It would have been easy to give up.
Last season, the Buckeyes finished first overall in the conference in scoring offense, scoring 36.9 points per game on the season. They finished second in the conference in total offense, putting up 422.1 yards per game. Urban Meyer wasted no time getting his spread offense rolling in Columbus.
Going into 2013, it should be even better. Electric quarterback Braxton Miller returns for this third season as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback and is considered by some to be the Heisman Trophy front runner after throwing for 2,039 yards, 15 touchdowns and also running for 1,271 yard and 13 touchdowns.
At running back, the situation isn’t so clear as projected starter Carlos Hyde is currently in legal troubles, so his status remains unclear. Jordan Hall and Bri’onte Dunn could fill in during his absence.
At receiver, the Buckeyes return two of the best young talents in the Big Ten at the position with Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith. The two were the leading receivers on the team last season and look to improve their numbers in 2013.
The Buckeyes also return one of the best offensive lines in the country, so it’s easy to see why people are excited how the team will do in 2013 with so much talent returning. If they are able to ignore distractions, their schedule is pretty easy and a run to the Big Ten championship will be obtainable.