COLUMBUS, Oh— The Urban Meyer Era is set to start year two Saturday afternoon as Ohio State opens up their 2013-2014 college football campaign by hosting Buffalo. In the inaugural year under Meyer, the Buckeyes ran the table, capping off their 12-0 record by beating Michigan 26-21, thanksgiving weekend in Columbus.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller returns under center for the second-ranked Buckeyes. He did just about everything last season except drive the team bus. In Meyer’s wide-open, fast-tempo, spread offense, Miller put up eye-popping numbers, worthy of this season legitimate Heisman Trophy front-runner talk. He amassed about 3300 yards of total offense from the line and scrimmage, while accounting for 28 touchdowns.
Top rusher from a year ago Carlos Hyde and valuable back up Rod Smith, will not be available for Miller to hand off too. The pair will not be in uniform, after off-the-field team violation suspensions.
On the other side of the ball, there are more holes to fill. Ohio State will be without All-American defensive back Bradley Roby. Meyer suspended the junior cornerback for the game after a legal problem this summer near his hometown. The Scarlet & Grey will try to replace eight defensive starters from a year ago.
Buffalo is coming off a 4-8 mark from a year ago. The Bulls finished in the middle of the pack in the MAC, going 2-3. Buffalo will be led by senior quarterback Alex Zordich. He threw for 1250 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.
Kickoff is set for Saturday at noon from Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
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