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Breaking Down the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule

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Breaking Down the 2013 Ohio State Schedule

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The Ohio State Buckeyes went 12-0 lasts season in an unfortunate bowl ineligible season following the whole Jim Tressel-Terrelle Pryor memorabilia for money and tattoos controversy.

The Buckeyes will be poised to make their undefeated record mean something in 2013 and with Heisman candidate quarterback Braxton Miller calling the shots, this team has a solid chance to win the Big Ten and possibly make a national title appearance.

Urban Meyer is putting together a dynasty-type team in Columbus and there’s no doubt that he can do it looking at his track record as the Florida Gators’ head coach a few years back. With a career record of 116-23, Meyer has taken the Big Ten by storm and has struck fear into the hearts of coaches, upset that the conference title may be tougher to grasp than ever before with Ohio State back on top.

Losing a wealth of key defensive pieces will be a tough pill to swallow for the Buckeyes, but with Meyer’s top recruiting classes, they will only be getting better from here on out.

Running back Carlos Hyde is to be suspended for the first three games of the 2013 season because of a run-in with the law this offseason. He could take a lot of the pressure off Miller when he returns and give the already-solid offense another option. Rushing for nearly 1,000 yards in his junior season in 2012 was a huge bonus that the Buckeyes weren’t expecting and he could get over 1,000 this season even with a three-game hiatus.

Let's see how they stack up against the competition in 2013.

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Aug. 31: Buffalo

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Buffalo comes to town for the dreaded first game of the season for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Bulls will likely be no issue for the Buckeyes and Urban Meyers squad will start the season with an easy win.

PREDICTION: Buffalo 7, Ohio State 49

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Sept. 7: San Diego State

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San Diego State is returning 16 starters, but starting quarterback from 2012, Ryan Katz, is not one of them. The Aztecs will have a poor offense in 2013 and searching for a starting QB will be a big reason for that.

PREDICTION: San Diego State 10, Ohio State 38

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Sept. 14: at California

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The Golden Bears are coming off a poor season in 2012 and have some key returning players on both sides of the ball. However, their defense won't be able to slow down the Heisman-contending Braxton Miller.

PREDICTION: Ohio State 41, Cal 24

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Sept. 21: Florida A&M

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This game requires no explanation. The Buckeyes will easily beat up on Florida A&M at home. End of story.

PREDICTION: FAMU 7, Ohio State 52

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Sept. 28: Wisconsin

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The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off yet another conference title and Rose Bowl appearance. However, they will be without Bret Bielema at head coach and their starting quarterback situation looked a little cloudy this offseason. Oh, and they don't have a guy by the name of Montee Ball who liked to run for thousands of yards and score tons of touchdowns.

PREDICTION: Wisconsin 21, Ohio State 37

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Oct. 5: at Northwestern

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Northwestern seems to be everyone outside of the Big Ten's favorite Big Ten team. The Wildcats won 10 games last season -- something they haven't done in quite some time. Cain Colter and Venric Mark are two of the most dynamic quarterbacks and running backs, respectively, in the conference. However, playing at Northwestern usually happens to have a home game feel for most road teams.

PREDICTION: Ohio State 31, Northwestern 28

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Oct. 19: Iowa

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The Iowa Hawkeyes were a win or two from being considered pathetic in 2012. Finishing 4-8 after a strong start to the season, Kirk Ferentz and crew underachieved while James Vandenberg was one of the worst quarterbacks in the conference after being predicted to be one of the best. The offense will still be pretty poor in 2013.

PREDICTION: Iowa 13, Ohio State 34

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Oct. 26: Penn State

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Matt McGloin led an improbably-good Penn State team in 2012 with his best season as a college QB. He finally played up to expectations and became of the surprises in all of college football. However, Bill O'Briend and the Nittany Lions are still ineligible for postseason play in 2013 and they will have to adjust to a new quarterback under center.

PREDICTION: Penn State 27, Ohio State 39

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Nov. 2: at Purdue

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Darrell Hazell is going into the 2013 as the newest coach of the Purdue Boilermakers. With much success in 2012 as the head coach of a surprising Kent State squad, Hazell has high expectations for his team and said he hopes to get them back to the Rose Bowl. They're going to need a quarterback before that can happen, though.

PREDICTION: Ohio State 35, Purdue 20

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Nov. 16: at Illinois

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The Fighting Illini were just awful in Tim Beckman's first season as head coach. Turning this team around will take a huge effort and many people, including myself, don't believe they are going to be much improved from the 2-10 squad last year. It's been a couple years since this team won a Big Ten game.

PREDICTION: Ohio State 42, Illinois 7

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Nov. 23: Indiana

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Indiana is a notoriously bad football school and for good reason. It hasn't been to a Rose Bowl in decades or even been a serious conference contender in quite some time. However, under the direction of Kevin Wilson, this team has a good chance at making its first bowl game in years.

PREDICTION: Indiana 17, Ohio State 41

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Nov. 30: at Michigan

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The Buckeyes undefeated record will come down to one game in the 2013 season: Michigan. The Wolverines will be hungry as ever to take down their biggest rival and ruin their perfect season. For that reason, as well as the fact that Michigan will be playing at home, I think the Wolverines will ruin the Buckeyes' perfect mark.

PREDICTION: Ohio State 30, Michigan 34

The Buckeyes finish 11-1 and make their first appearance ever in a Big Ten title game.