The Ohio State Buckeyes have been in a tailspin amid turmoil and penalties levied by the NCAA, but with the hiring of Urban Meyer as head coach, the future looks bright in Columbus.
Meyer will have the luxury of returning 19 starters which is the most among any team in the top 25. Meyer won’t have to do much work especially on the defensive side of the ball.
The Buckeyes return an experienced defense, especially in the secondary where they return everyone from a defense that ranked in the top 20 against the pass. This includes the leading tackler C.J. Barnett who will wreak havoc in the secondary. The same can be said upfront as Ohio State returns the big boys upfront and ten starters overall. That will give Meyer a chance to improve the offense, something that the Buckeyes are in desperate need of.
Odds: Although some reviews will claim that Michigan is a “lock” to win the Big Ten, Ohio State should make it difficult. Since they are still playing under a bowl ban, the regular season game will be their bowl game and look for the Buckeyes to go all out, especially in the game against Michigan.
Betting Trends: Ohio State does have some interesting betting trends to take note of. The Buckeyes are 10-0 against the spread (ATS) in the last ten games with revenge. They will get a chance to avenge a loss when they play at Michigan State on September 29th, and it is also interesting to note that the Buckeyes are 6-1 ATS in the last seven games on the road against Michigan State. This could be a great spot to take the Buckeyes.
Quarterback Braxton Miller was thrown to the wolves a year ago starting as a true freshman and the end result was one of the worst passing offenses in the country. Meyer has put together some of the best offenses in college football and should work magic and make improvements that will be seen immediately.
In the spring game, Miller completed 24-of-31 passes for 258 yards as the Buckeyes reemphasized the passing game, another staple of a team run by Meyer. Miller has been impressive in his decision making which is unusual for such a young quarterback. If Miller can adjust to the up-tempo system put in place, the sky is the limit for this team.
Hiring Urban Meyer was a stroke of genius and the effects were felt immediately. Meyer came in and began landing four- and- five-star players with regularity, and the current 25-man class ended up ranked No. 6 nationally. [poll id="5"]
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