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A lot of hype surrounds the Ohio State program with new coach Urban Meyer coming on board to lead the 2012 edition of the Buckeyes. His recruiting class also turned some heads taking what was a fairly pedestrian class and turning it into one of the top classes in the nation. Needless to say, expectations are high and fans have been gobbling up Buckeyes merchandise in preparation for Fall, even long before the Summer has gotten underway!
Sat. Sept. 1 MIAMI, Ohio
Sat. Sept. 8 CENTRAL FLORIDA
Sat. Sept. 15 CALIFORNIA
Sat. Sept. 22 UAB
The early part of the schedule shapes up well for a team that's going to look to get the offense to find its feet. With Meyers ability to create offensive schemes around athletic quarterbacks, the early schedule (with the possible exception of California) shapes up to be a strategically important string of cupcakes.
Sat. Sept. 29 at Michigan State
Sat. Oct. 6 NEBRASKA
After a soft early schedule, things certainly get tougher traveling to a surging MSU program and then following that with a home game against the Cornhuskers that likely won't be a walk in the park either.
Sat. Oct. 13 at Indiana
Sat. Oct. 20 PURDUE
Sat. Oct. 27 at Penn State
Sat. Nov. 3 ILLINOIS
Sat. Nov. 10 Bye Week
Sat. Nov. 17 at Wisconsin
Sat. Nov. 24 MICHIGAN
Interestingly, the schedule finishes up with increasingly difficult tests with the biggest games coming against the Badgers and the dreaded Wolverines. If U of M builds off of their BCS win, this could be an interesting and important game in terms of the Big 10 hierarchy, particularly given the relatively new coaching staffs guiding both teams.