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Ohio State Drops Out of Top 25 in Both Polls, Is the Worst Yet to Come?

The Ohio State Buckeyes suffered a tough loss to the Miami Hurricanes this past weekend, and their dismal performance resulted in the team being dropped out of the top 25 all together for the first time since this writer can ever remember.

The Buckeyes were exposed both offensively and defensively, and I found this bit from ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg interesting, to say the least:

Worst hangover: Plenty of people wake up feeling bad after a night in Miami, but maybe not quite like Ohio State felt Sunday morning. The Buckeyes were thoroughly exposed in their 24-6 shellacking against the Hurricanes, and their feeble offense looked like some sort of pre-World War II design. Any outside hopes of a national title are gone, and serious changes will be needed for this team to compete against the best in the Big Ten.

My question would have to be which position(s) the Buckeyes would have to switch around in order to be able to compete. They are just a very inexperienced team, having lost many of their best players either to the NFL or suspension.

I still think this is a team that you don’t want to play, especially on the road in Big Ten play, but there is no doubt that they were exposed in a big way on Saturday night in Miami.

Head coach Luke Fickell has decisions to make. Before the season, I thought the team should go with Braxton Miller as the quarterback full time, and it may be time to do that just to see what you’ve got in the kid.

The Buckeyes begin Big Ten play in two weeks, with one more out-of-conference matchup coming up against Colorado this week, a game you can watch at 3:30 Eastern time on ABC or ESPN2.

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