Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14
While the national spotlight doesn’t shine as bright on Ohio State this fall as the Buckeyes atone for past sins, this Saturday’s contest against Cal provides them with an opportunity to defend Big Ten honor.Last weekend, Illinois, Nebraska, and Wisconsin all returned from the left coast besieged and bloodied by PAC-12 opponents. Being an Ohio native, it was reminiscent of that queasy feeling I used to experience on New Year's Day when Woody Hayes would take the “three yards and a cloud of dust” philosophy to Pasadena.However, with the arrival of Urban Meyer, that scheme will be become a fond yet distant memory (Queue the Carmen, Ohio song). While the Buckeyes cannot vie for a BCS Bowl this year, they can pursue more subtle goals such as putting a beat down on a PAC-12 opponent. This is not your father’s Ohio State Buckeyes the Cal Bears will face on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ speed and athleticism, coupled with a more balanced zone-read option scheme, looks more PAC-12 than Big Te...
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