Ohio State Opponent Analysis: Miami (OH) Redhawks
The start to Ohio State’s 2012 football season, the first led by new head coach Urban Meyer, is only a few days away. Here’s everything you need to know about the Miami (OH) Redhawks and their last meeting with the Buckeyes:
The Buckeyes and Redhawks last met on the gridiron on September 3, 2005. The Buckeyes, led by junior quarterback Justin Zwick, amassed 382 total yards and four touchdowns. Miami, led by senior quarterback Josh Betts, put up 298 total yards and one touchdown. Ohio State’s hard-nosed defense held Miami to only 48 yards on the ground, and the Buckeyes won 34-14.
For this Saturday, keep your eyes on the Redhawks’ passing game, as Miami has been known for having a potent aerial attack over the years. Last year, junior quarterback Zac Dysert finished second in the conference with 292.8 passing yards per game along with throwing 23 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. Miami also finished the 2011 season ranked 29th nationally in passing efficiency. Junior wide receiver Nick Harwell was a nominee for the Biletnikoff Award last season (given annually to the most outstanding college football wideout) and finished 2nd in the Mid-American Conference last season with 1,425 receiving yards.
Urban Meyer has hinted several times to the media that this Ohio State team will come out against Miami on Saturday and play angry, high-energy football. Several Ohio State true freshmen are also expected to play, notably on the defensive side of the ball.
The Buckeyes open the 2012 season September 1st at Noon in Ohio Stadium.
Other key facts:
- Ohio State outscored opponents 111-47 combined in the second quarter of 2011 season games.
- The Buckeyes are 179-48-15 all-time vs. in-state schools and have won 37 consecutive games against native Ohio teams.
- The last in-state school to beat the football Buckeyes was Oberlin back in 1921 by a score of 7-6.
- Ohio State is 4-0 all-time against the Redhawks.