If Ohio State coach Urban Meyer could have run his typical offense last year, Braxton Miller probably would have needed a few less ice baths and ibuprofen.
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Urban Meyer’s offenses
Year School Rushing yds. Passing yds. Record
2012 Ohio State 2,907 2,178 12-0
2010 Florida 2,165 2,396 8-5
2009 Florida 3,105 3,305 13-1
2008 Florida 3,235 2,995 13-1
2007 Florida 2,602 3,341 9-4
2006 Florida 2,240 3,305 13-1
2005 Florida 1,761 2,720 9-3
2004 Utah 2,849 3,148 12-0
2003 Utah 1,926 2,568 10-2
2002 Bowling Green 2,629 2,758 9-3
2001 Bowling Green 1,836 2,387 8-3
Ohio State’s schedule
Sat. BUFFALO noon ESPN2
Sept. 7 SAN DIEGO STATE ABC
Sept. 14 California 7 p.m. FOX
Sept. 21 FLORIDA A&M TBA
Sept. 28 WISCONSIN 8 p.m. TBA
Oct. 5 Northwestern 8 p.m. TBA
Oct. 19 IOWA 3:30 p.m. TBA
Oct. 26 PENN STATE 8 p.m. TBA
Nov. 2 Purdue TBA
Nov. 16 Illinois TBA
Nov. 23 INDIANA TBA
Nov. 30 Michigan TBA
Three Ohio State storylines
1. The Buckeyes had superior leadership from John Simon and other seniors last year, and coach Urban Meyer said developing a new set of take-charge players will make or break their season. There are no shortage of candidates with quarterback Braxton Miller, left tackle Jack Mewhort, linebacker Ryan Shazier and safties C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant.
2. Having to replace six players in their defensive front seven is a daunting task, but the sentiment around the Buckeyes seems to be that the front four will be even more disruptive. If they can find some quality linebackers to team with Shazier, an all-conference pick, the defense should hold up just fine.
3. Miller rushed for 1,271 yards last season, the second-highest total for a QB in Big Ten history behind the 1,702 of Michigan’s Denard Robinson in 2010. But teams figured out how to slow him down by the end of the season. He averaged nearly 140 rushing yards the first seven games and 72 over the final five. But the Buckeyes believe they have the playmakers and passing attack to complement Miller and won’t need his rushing skills nearly as much. We’ll find out soon enough.