After finishing 12-0 in his first season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s time to focus on 2013 and when Urban Meyer could lose his first game. With an early Big Ten road game, the first loss may come sooner than expected.
Aug 31, 2013
vs. Buffalo Bulls
Sep 7, 2013
vs. San Diego State Aztecs
Sep 14, 2013
at Cal Bears
Sep 21, 2013
vs. Florida A&M Rattlers
Sep 28, 2013
vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Oct 5, 2013
at Northwestern Wildcats
Oct 19, 2013
vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Oct 26, 2013
vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Nov 2, 2013
at Purdue Boilermakers
Nov 16, 2013
at Illinois Fighting Illini
Nov 23, 2013
vs. Indiana Hoosiers
Nov 30, 2013
at Michigan Wolverines
Since Meyer took over as a head coach at Bowling Green in 2001, he has lost only one non-conference game. That came against Texas A&M by a score of 28-26 in 2003 when Meyer was at Utah.
The Buckeyes open conference play with Wisconsin, which will be trying to replace running back Montee Ball. The Badgers' offense was in complete disarray in 2012 with Ball. Ohio State fans should expect to see an even worse Wisconsin offense without the talented back in 2013.
However, the following week against Northwestern, Meyer’s winning streak will come to a close.
The Wildcats had an amazing 2012 season, finishing with nine wins. However, this team could have easily finished the regular season with a 12-0 record, like Ohio State.
All three of Northwestern’s losses came in games in which it had leads in the fourth quarter: 28-17 over Penn State, 28-16 over Nebraska and 31-28 over Michigan.
Not to mention that Northwestern’s leading rusher and receiver—Venrick Mark and Christian Jones—are both underclassmen and should be returning next year.
On top of that, both of the Wildcats' quarterbacks—Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter—will be back for 2013.
With those three key skill players coming back, Northwestern's offense should be able to average at least the 29.8 points per game it averaged this year.
While Northwestern will see key players coming back on offense, the Buckeyes will be losing two of their top cornerbacks, Travis Howard and Orhian Johnson, who led the team in interceptions, and its top pass- rusher, John Simon, to the NFL draft.
While at home in 2012, Ohio State played exceptionally well, blowing out teams with a point differential of plus-149. However, on the road, the Buckeyes only outscoring opponents, 125-102.
The Buckeyes played only four road games in 2012, all in conference, and three of those four victories saw Ohio State win by seven or fewer points: 17-16 vs. Michigan State, 52-49 vs. Indiana and 21-14 vs. Wisconsin.
After an undefeated season, Ohio State should begin next season ranked in the top five. However, a potential berth in the BCS Championship Game will be threatened when the Wildcats take down the visiting Buckeyes on Oct. 5, 2013.