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December 13, 2013 - Seth Staskey
Obviously, there was major disappointment around Ohio and Buckeye Nation after the Buckeyes lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game and missed out on a possible berth in the BCS Championship. However, not all is lost. The Buckeyes will play in the Orange Bowl, which isn't a bad consolation prize whatsoever. Obviously, any trip to a BCS Game is a goal when the season begins, but when you're as close to a trip to play for the whole enchilada, it's tough.
The Buckeyes did get some better news on Friday when Ryan Shazier indicated that he's "leaning" toward coming back to school for his senior season. That would be a huge lift to a defense that faced major scrutiny during the season. As for Braxton Miller's future, it's still up in the air. He won Big Ten Player of the Year for the second straight time and told the Chicago Tribune that he hadn't decided yet. He did say he was growing tired of getting hit. That wasn't a jab at the line, which was one of the best in America, as I read it, but more about the approach. I guess if he'd continue to progress throwing the ball, then he might not have to be called upon to run the ball as much.
It'll be interesting to see how the Buckeyes fare in the Orange Bowl. I don't think there will be a hang over from the B1G title game. I think Urban Meyer will have the team focused and ready to play. Whether or not they can slow down Tajh Boyd and Sammie Watkins throwing the ball is a slightly different animal.
Well, at least Jan. 3 isn't that far away.
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