5 Reasons Why Ohio State Is Alabama's Biggest Threat in 2013

January 23, 2013 at 8:53a    by Alex    
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The article goes into more detail, but ultimately the five reasons break down to:

COACHING

Meyer has been one of college football’s most successful coaches of the BCS era, recording a 39-8 record from stops at Bowling Green and Utah and a 65-15 mark at Florida. Meyer won two national championships during his tenure in Gainesville and is 12-0 in his only season with the Buckeyes.

SCHEDULE

Neither team has a difficult schedule, but Ohio State’s slate is slightly easier than what Oregon will face. The Buckeyes face Buffalo, San Diego State, California and Florida A&M in the non-conference portion, and Oregon will play Nicholls State, Nevada and Tennessee.

IMPROVING PLAYMAKERS

The good news for Ohio State is nearly all of its skill players from last season return, and running back Jordan Hall is back after missing nearly all of 2012 due to injury.

DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS

Even though the defense loses linemen John Simon, Johnathan Hankins, Garrett Goebel and Nathan Williams, this unit has potential to show improvement in 2013.

BRAXTON MILLER'S DEVELOPMENT AS A PASSER

Miller completed 54.1 percent of his throws as a freshman and improved that number to 58.3 percent in 2012. With another offseason to work with Meyer and coordinator Tom Herman, Miller could push that total to over 60 percent.


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Killer nuts's picture

I think another big reason should be that Urban has beaten Saban before. Not many coaches can say that

Devin1024's picture

That's a true story!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

For a second I thought I was on Bleacherreport.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

sb97's picture

Now that made me laugh :)

buckeye_baker's picture

Only if it is followed by a second slideshow titled "5 Reasons Why Oregon is Alabama's Biggest Threat in 2013".
Which is then followed by "5 Reasons Why Indiana is Alabama's Biggest Threat in 2013".

"I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying." -Woody Hayes

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Followed by "10 reasons why Alabama is unstoppable".

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Another factor is the Buckeyes' special teams could be nasty this year. Urbz will have another year to develop his ST systems + the influx of young, raw, athletic talent from the 2012 & 2013 classes. 
The returners could be electric.
The aggression and athleticism on KO/P defense teams, with the likes of J Marcus, Perkins, Mike Mitchell, Johnson, E Apple, Burrows, etc., will be fun to watch.
D. Basil will be a senior and while the punter (Townsend or Epitropoulos) will be inexperienced, he'll still likely an upgrade over Buchanan.  

bukyze's picture

We first need to stop getting our punts blocked.

cal3713's picture

I have a good tip for the team in that regard... don't let people run to the punter unblocked.
(And on the plus side, this year gave us both a rare undefeated team, and a rare punt block where the opposing team actually blocked the punt between the time the kicker dropped it towards his leg and the time it should have been kicked.) 

smartfootballrankings's picture

Another tip - don't let people run at the punter.  That stupid formation that let's 3 people get a running start at the punter while the back blockers try to figure out everything at lightning speed just doesn't work.  Might as well resort to a rugby punt if we are going to try that kind of stupidity.

sb97's picture

IF Ohio State were to beat Alabama it would be because of 1) Improved OL play 2) Balance on offense 3) Our D controlled their run game forcing them to pass more than they would like.

Ahh Saturday's picture

There are really two questions that will determine how far this team goes next year. First is the D line. I expect big things from Washington and Spence in particular, but replacing Hankins and Simon is not an easy thing. Bennett could be a key here. His development was slowed last season by his injury, but he showed a lot of promise before that. If those three can step up, I think Schutt can replace Goebbel without any drop off. The second question is leadership and team chemistry. Will a team without Simon and Boren in the locker room come together the way last year's did? This is no small thing, and should not be taken for granted. Now, if the team gels, and the D line steps up, yes, this team is a legitimate threat to win a championship.

cinserious's picture

Yes, I think shazier, Roby, and Bennet get together in the offseason and form a nucleus of leadership. I know they are not seniors but might a well be. They will be the voice, backbone, and strength of our defense in 13 and those three will vocalize Meyers motivation for being a pissed off team on a mission of unfinished business. Gobble will be missed.

Gone ham, be back soon...

buckeyedude's picture

I agree "Ahhh." Chemistry and leadership are so important in any team. I think Roby and Shazier on the D side and Braxton and Mewhort on the O side have to step up and show they are leaders and push the rookies coming in.
And hopefully Mewhort doesn't get busted for peeing in public this summer. ;)

 

 

lippertini's picture

It's nice to hear all this, but though I suppose anything is possible, I don't think it's at all likely that our D-line will be improved over last year. 
There's a lot of talent there and they might be good, but last year's version was truly special. The 2013 guys will need another year or two to just get to that level, not to mention surpass it.

BuddhaBuck's picture
  • Reason #6 - Experienced Offensive Line. Four of the five starters return with a highly-praised Taylor Decker waiting in the wings. 
  • Reason #7 - 2013 recruiting class. Urban loves to play freshmen if they're ready and he has a Top 5 nationally ranked class rolling into CBus this fall.
  • Last year's DL improved as the year went on and will probably be remembered more for their leadership (Captains Goebel & Simon) than pure dominance on the field (let's be honest, it didn't compare to the 2002 line). IMO it was much more of a B1G DL than an SEC DL... I expect the full transformation to begin this spring and I look forward to seeing Spence and Diesel step up.
  • Not only did Braxton improve his overall completion %, he did it while throwing the ball 97 more times.

Don't text while driving.

yrro's picture

To be entirely honest, the linebackers spent a lot of time making the D-line look bad. Even with the departures on the d-line, our biggest holes to fill are the Mike and Star.

sb97's picture

Fortunately, I think we will see some improvement there even if we never solve the Curtis Grant enigma.  We had some injury problems compounded by a lot of attrition over the previous couple of seasons at LB.  We have some good young prospects some of whom have been in the system for a year and should be ready to step up.  I am really looking forward to seeing what Camren Williams can do.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Is this article pointing out why OSU is more likely to play Bama in the NCG than Oregon is or is it trying to say why OSU is more likely to beat Bama than Oregon? I'd be interested to see if it is the latter, but if it is the former, they aren't exactly reinventing the wheel by saying OSU is more likely to be in the title game than Oregon.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Buckeyejason's picture

Let all the 2013 hype begin. Lets not crown our selves nationals champs just yet..always comes back to bite ya in the ass!

BUCKEYES BABY!

buckeye_baker's picture

Sincerely,
2012 USC team

"I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying." -Woody Hayes

btalbert25's picture

It's fun to talk about and really what fans on 11W say is completely irrelevant to what happens on the field.  There are a lot of IFs that need to line up for the team to win it all next year, but there are a lot of IFs for that have to line up for anyone to win the national title. 

buckeyedude's picture

You're absolutely right, BT. And Alabama just did it, two years in a row, even though they dropped a game.

 

 

sb97's picture

I dont think people are really predicting a championship in this thread.  In my case, I was speculating on what they would have to do in order to win a game like that.

The 614's picture

In the words of John Madden:
"Usually the team that scores the most points wins the game."
Not to be confused with another of his amazing insights:
"If this team doesn’t put points on the board I don’t see how they can win.”
Thankfully, scoring points won't be one of our problems next year.

"Anyone can run the option.  I can run the option."
-Urban Meyer-

Toilrt Paper's picture

For Ohio State to make it to the BCS Title game, regardless of the opponent, they must be undefeated and the offense must average 40+/game, due to the weak schedule. 

buckeyedude's picture

Not guaranteeing it, but that is a very real possibility(undefeated and the offense must average 40+/game) with the 2013 OSU offense. It's UFM's job to keep the kids focused and not pay attention to us fans.

 

 

iball's picture

I think Texas AM is a bigger threat to Bama. They beat them in Tuscaloosa last year and they have the best CFB player since Tebow at QB.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

cbusbuckeye's picture

Lets not get ahead of ourselves...he played one good, albeit very good, season, in 2-3 years that call can be made. The Air Raid offense also does a great job of inflating stats, see Case Keenum, Houston. 

sir rickithda3rd's picture

i dont think its a necessity to score 40+ points... I think the fact if we win all our games going to the championship tosu would be on a 25 game winning streak with arguably the best big game coach there is... that alone is enough to get a shot imo

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

DaytonBuckeye4life's picture

Were the buckeyes and now we got Urban Alabama is going down I'm just being confident. Go Bucks!!!

buckeye76BHop's picture

Agree on all 5 points...and personally...unless Bama or OSU has a slip up...it seems as if they're on a collision course.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

cplunk's picture

I don't think Alabama will win the SEC next year.
My money is on Texas A&M.