Ohio State Looks Beatable Despite Easy Win over Buffalo

Andrew CoppensContributor ISeptember 2, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 31:  Jordan Hall #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes out runs Jake Stockman #9 and Lee Skinner #24, both of the Buffalo Bulls, for a touchdown during the second quarter on August  31, 2013 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have now won 13 straight football games, the longest active streak in college football, and are ranked No. 2 in the country. All should be right in Columbus then.

But, if you've been paying attention during this winning streak, you've probably found yourself asking this question: How haven't they lost a game yet? 

After all, they struggled with Cal, UAB, Indiana, Wisconsin and a few others along the way last year. Yet, here we sit heading into Week 2 of the 2013 season, and Ohio State has managed to take everyone's best punches and come out on top. 

For Urban Meyer's bunch, this season was all about turning to a fresh page. Ohio State is once again eligible for the postseason after missing out last year, Braxton Miller is a Heisman Trophy frontrunner and they have a reputation as a winner to uphold. 

So, while Ohio State took care of the Buffalo Bulls 40-20 on Saturday, a closer examination of that game reveals a pattern we saw all too often last year and that is a team that can be beat. 

The 20-point victory margin over the Bulls wasn't nearly as comfortable as it would seem. 

Ohio State went up 16-0 early on in the first quarter and it appeared the rout would be on. Especially following back-to-back two-point conversions following those opening touchdowns. 

After one quarter of action it was 23-0 Ohio State.

However, all that apparently did was wake up the Bulls offense and put the Buckeyes' defense to sleep, because the rest of the way Buffalo outscored the Buckeyes 20-17.

Sure, the Buckeyes only allowed 73 yards rushing and made the Bulls look awful on third-down conversions (3-14 for the game), but the defense showed some of the same flaws it did last season. The team also showed the same lack of discipline that troubled them last season as well, committing nine penalties for 94 yards. 

Before you start to think that it was all on the defensive side of the ball, the OSU offense also had it's share of issues, including running all of 13 plays in the second quarter and had a three possession period in that same quarter that went like this:

Turnover on Downs, fumble and interception.

That interception was a pick-six that cut the score to 23-13 with 7:10 left in the second quarter.  

Combine all of that information and you can clearly see a team that has plenty to work on—especially as the supposed No. 2 team in the country.  

Schools like California, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan aren't going to let you jump out to a 23-point advantage. Those same schools also aren't going to fail to capitalize if the Buckeyes relax for a single second on defense either. 

While Ohio State showed some very impressive things on offense, this team is far from invincible and Week 1 showed us exactly why. 


*Andy Coppens is the lead Big Ten writer for Bleacher Report. Join the conversation on Twitter by following @andycoppens.