So yeah. This isn't a mediocre mountain west defense with an inexperienced front seven. This certainly isn't an FCS school. This is Ohio St., and even with last year's coaching shenanigans they're still filled with elite recruits and NFL hopefuls. As a matter of fact, SBN's own NFL draft site tells me that seven current Ohio St. defenders are likely draftees in the near future. Gulp.
It's worth noting that although last year's Buckeye defense was good, it wasn't Jim-Tressel good. You know, the type of defense that's so good that you can run an incredibly conservative offense and still win comfortably? The question is if that very slight decline will be immediately corrected by Urban Meyer, who as you might have guessed has had some pretty good defenses in the past.
The results thus far have been mediocre but encouraging. Central Florida and Miami (OH) both had averageish offenses last year for non-AQ teams, and both had decent success moving the ball against the Buckeyes. But both teams also coughed up the ball three times each, which will tend to prevent points from going up on the board. Ohio St. already has five interceptions. I don't really need to say anything more here, do I?
Personnel, stats, and of course some classic Cal pessimism after the jump.