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Ohio State Vs. Florida, 2012 Gator Bowl: Urban Meyer Era Ready To Begin

After suffering its first four game losing streak since 1943, first losing season since 1988, and its first seven loss season since 1897, the Ohio State Buckeyes and their fans are naturally frustrated as they move into the 2012 season. Without the promise of a bol game, it will be a rebuilding year, as Along the Olentangy points out:

As Meyer heads into his first offseason in Columbus, he will also have to replace three offensive line starters and a steady tailback. The Buckeyes have plenty of talent at tailback, but Meyer must recruit and develop offensive line talent. Losing Mike Adams and Mike Brewster will hurt next season, but without a Big Ten championship to play for, it was a lost cause anyway. Take next year to develop the young players for a national championship run in 2013 when Braxton Miller is a junior. That is the goal now, and everything Meyer does this offseason will be working towards it.

The goal of a National Championship is quite lofty for a program coming off of a 6-7 season, but that is always one of the goals in Columbus. It is clear Meyer has his work cut out for him.

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