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Ohio State vs Virginia Tech: 4 Reasons OSU Will Lose, 4 Reasons They Will Win

4. A history of slow starts

Ohio State has yet to start the season strong under head coach Urban Meyer. When Meyer gets the boys rolling, they’re tough to slow down. But they have a history of starting slow.

In 2012, they trailed Miami of Ohio at the end of the first quarter, 3-0. Yes, they stepped on the gas and crushed the Redhawks, but they let one of the worst teams in the NCAA silence Ohio Stadium for a full quarter.

In 2013, they put their foot on the throat of Buffalo in the first quarter to the tune of a 23-0 score. However, early in the third quarter, the Bulls had trimmed that margin down to 10 points at 30-20 thanks to some sloppy play.

In 2014, the Bucks could not find any rhythm and trailed Navy 7-6 at halftime. Two big plays in the third quarter opened things up, but Buckeye Nation was silent and scared for the J.T. Barrett era on its’ opening day.

Ohio State did win all three of those games, but against a team like the Hokies, they can not afford a long lapse like they have experienced in the first game of Meyer’s previous seasons at the helm.

Now, to balance things out and send you into Monday’s game with confidence, here’s four reasons the Buckeyes will dominate their opening game.

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Born and raised a Buckeye fan, Jeff Seemann has been covering sports in Ohio for 25 years. He attended The Ohio State University in 1987, where he went to more football games than classes. As a result, he is now (finally) finishing his degree at the University of Cincinnati. He claims to have been in attendance at Earle Bruce's final game (a win over That Team Up North), the Browns' double-OT win over the NY Jets, and the game known as "The Shot". He is only fond of recalling the memories of two of those games. Feel free to annoy him on Twitter at @JeffFromOhio

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  1. Mark Grabowsky

    September 1, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    You are so right on everything you said.. great article

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