OSU quarterback Braxton Miller is one of the Heisman favorites heading into the season (photo importsweb.com)
COLUMBUS, OH - This what college football is all about.
As I made my way from the Tuttle Parking Garage across from Ohio Stadium, the atmosphere here in Columbus in anticipation for Ohio State’s home opener against the Buffalo Bulls was unlike anything I’ve ever been around before.
This is a football-crazy town. It’s actually a football-crazy state where everyone is a Buckeye.
But beyond all the glamor and “made-for-TV” spectacles, there is a college football game to be played at noon, and for the Buffalo Bulls, they’ve played in none bigger.
They will take on the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in front of around 110,000 fans inside “The Horseshoe.”
The Buckeyes are led by Heisman Trophy favorite and starting quarterback Braxton Miller. The junior led Ohio State to an undefeated 12-0 record last season as they hold the nation’s longest winning streak. He and second-year head coach Urban Meyer are playing no games this year as they hope to again post an undefeated season after a year of bowl in-eligiblity.
The Bulls, who were 4-8 last season in the MAC, are led by fourth year head coach Jeff Quinn and redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Licata. The Bulls faced Georgia last year to start the year on the road and hung with the Bulldogs for most of the game before ultimatley falling45-23.
The Bulls pride themselves on defense and are led by playmakers Khalil Mack, Colby Way, and Najja Johnson. Those three, along with every single other coach and player will have to be spot-on to contain Miller and the Buckeye offense.
Keeping with our “4-down” theme on the weekly QCS college football podcast, here are four things to keep your eye out for when the ball is kicked off at 12-noon on ESPN2.
1. How the Bulls start the game…
It’s going to be very difficult for UB to hang with OSU for all four quarter, but if they can start the game strong with some defensive stops and a quick score, it will determine in fact how long they can stay in the game
2. Braxton Miller…
Miller is one of the best and most electrifying players in the entire country and on paper, I’m sure he is licking his chops thinking about Buffalo. I am interested to see how he attacks the defense and if he and Urban Meyer are aggressive early.
3. Khalil Mack on a national stage…
Mack is probably the best player you’ve never heard of to anyone outside of Buffalo. Mack is a legitimate first round NFL talent and this is his time to showcase that against a top opponent on a national stage.
4. Joe Licata…
The redshirt sophomore is in for a challenge, and very simply put… Good luck Joe.
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