With Ohio State coming into the season being ranked No. 2 in the country and a chance to play for the National Championship game come January, the Buckeyes were far from perfect in their first game of the year against the Buffalo Bulls.
Although the perfectionist coach Urban Meyer saw his team make multiple errors that would drive any coach nuts, the no. 3 Buckeyes will no doubt rebound and come up big in their second game against San Diego State.
Against the Bulls, the Buckeyes were nearly perfect in the first quarter as fans even got to see a mostly serious, mannered Meyer crack a small smile. However, his smile quickly turned into a frown while his Buckeyes went from flawless to sloppy.
Although the Buckeyes went on to beat Buffalo 40-20, Meyer was stern and blunt about his team’s mistakes, where the rankings seemed to agree. The Buckeyes dropped from No. 2 to No. 3, which puts them behind Oregon and Alabama as the top two teams in the country.
Despite the lack of concentration at times during the game, the Buckeyes did rack up 460 total yards of offense, as Braxton Miller completed 15-of-22 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The player of the game, however, was injury-prone Jordan Hall, who rushed for 159 yards and scored twice for the Buckeyes.
With the Buckeyes focus now shifting towards their second game against the Aztecs, this will be a perfect game for them to not only correct their mistakes, but to exert their offense at will.
The Aztecs are coming off of a rough first game as they were defeated 40-19 by Eastern Illinois. During the game, the Aztecs had five turnovers and allowed their opponent to rack up 533 total yards of offense. While San Diego State put up a total of 440 yards of offense themselves, their turnovers and lack of defense spelled doom for a team that has a very slim chance of upsetting a team like Ohio State.
In order for the Aztecs to have any chance against the Buckeyes, they better hope to not commit five turnovers, especially against a team who likes to capitalize off of them.
To add even more trouble for the visiting team, the Buckeyes will be welcoming back their top defensive back in Bradley Roby and bruising running back Rod Smith after both finished serving one-game suspensions. Having these two players back will make an impact both defensively and offensively.
Many people believe that the Buckeyes are overrated and overhyped as a team, which may be true on some levels. However, the truth is that the Buckeyes are one of the best teams in the nation whey they play up to their potential and are focused on the task at hand.
Against the Aztecs, I expect the Buckeyes to deliver a knockout punch that will have an effect that lasts more than just the first quarter. Expect the Buckeyes to come out hungrier and play a more finesse game, where they will execute better on both sides of the ball.