THE Ohio State University 2013 Preview 2013 Season Preview The Buckeyes of Ohio State come into this season ranked #6 in the preseason. Coach JFunk is optimistic about his team this season. Some of the young guys who were considered a liability going into last season, including at the quarterback position, have great experience now and are ready to make a run for the Big Ten championship. The offense will be solid but not extravagant this season. Senior QB Justin Siems returns. He was out for 10 games last season with various injuries, the big one was a broken jaw. In his absence young QB Lance Clarke, a true freshman at the time, got some valuable game experience and had mixed results. Siems has squarely secured his spot as the starter but the #2 QB position should be a little more interesting. Lance Clarke, even with his experience as a starter last season appear to have been passed by RS FR Sam Bailey. Bailey is similar to Clarke in speed with a bit stronger arm and bigger build. He has really shown out in camp and the general consensus is if Siems goes down, Bailey will get the call. The RB position should be a good one for The Bucks. Jordan Hall had the ability to start last season but unfortunately for him he was playing behind Heisman finalist Carlos Hyde. This season he will carry the load. He is faster than Hyde and should provide a bit more explosiveness. If he can pound between the tackles and new starting FB Cedric Walker can make some holes the running game shouldn't miss a beat. The receiver position lacks a lot of quality experience. The primary receiver this season will most likely be Zac McGrew. McGrew was the slot receiver last year but with the losses of the the top two receivers McGrew will need to step up along with Jerry Henderson, who only had 8 receptions all of last season. Luckily, for these young guys they will not be relied on a lot to WIN games for The Bucks just to not lose them. The offensive line looks to be they key to this team. They are big, strong, and experienced. Ohio State will live or die on the backs of this group. If they can dominate they're men, communicate, and protect Siems the offense will flourish. Center Jack Mewhort is the leader of this unit and will be very involved in the overall success of this unit. Onto the defensive side of the ball. The defensive line won't be the strength of this unit but they are a young, tough group. The defensive ends aren't dominant but they can pressure the QB and occupy linemen. DT John Simon will be the anchor of the defensive line. He will be a force that will deman double teams in the middle of the line. His presence will be imperative for the success of the elite Ohio State linebacking corps. They're may not be a better group of linebackers in the country. Period. Seniors Homan, Bell, and Klein will be looking to kill people. Plain and simple. These guys don't have many weaknesses and should wreak havoc in the Big Ten this season. The defensive backfield is spectacular as well. Corners Corey Brown and C.J. Barnett should be able to match up well with any receivers in the country. SS Jamie Wood is possibly the best all around defensive back in the country and FS Willie Smith is big and fast and should be able to help over the top on the pass and come up big in the run game. On special teams Eric Jones will be taking care of the kicking and punting duties for The Buckeyes. Jamie Wood will be the primary return man with Jordan Hall supplementing him on kickoffs. All in all this season could be good for The Buckeyes. They have an offense that is favorable to their style of play and a back 7 on defense that could be the best in the country. They should be able to effectively move the ball against any team and keep most teams from scoring a lot. Ohio State is ready for 2013.