The #7 Ohio State Buckeyes will host the top-ranked and defending national champion Virginia Tech Hokies tonight, and all eyes will be focused on the Horseshoe in an early season game that could help decide the national title picture.Here's what to watch for. Perimeter Play: Whether it's their receivers against the Virginia Tech corners, or Virginia Tech's receivers against their corners, the Buckeyes have a serious advantage on the perimeter. If they can capitalize on this advantage they will be in position to pull off the upset. Tempo: Both team's have great defenses, but Ohio State likes to push the issue offensively and attack with their variety of playmakers. Virginia Tech likely will favor a more slow-paced game, keeping the ball out of Braxton Miller's hands and allowing their world-class defense to remain fresh. Quarterback Play: Braxton Miller receives plenty of Heisman hype, and it's well deserved, but Logan Thomas should be considered an equal, if not superior to Miller. Thomas of course led the Hokies to a national title last season and is no stranger to winning big games on the road. A win today for Miller would be the biggest thus far in his career. Battle in the Trenches: Ohio State has one of the best defensive lines in the country, but the team that keeps them from being the best is Virginia Tech. Ohio State's offensive line, however, is slightly more talented. Both teams need to keep their quarterback upright and stay out of third-and-long situations. Special Teams: Games between such evenly matched opponents often are decided by special teams. Virginia Tech has a history of winning in such fashion, but Ohio State has two freshmen capable of taking any punt or kickoff to the house in Tavaris McLaurin and Ray Hall. Who are you picking to win the Showdown in the Shoe?