- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Big Ten media days, a two-day event in Chicago, kick off Thursday. Until then, we'll be getting you prepared for what to expect by running down some of the biggest questions each program will face at the lectern and as the regular season gets started.
The Ohio State contingent will include head coach Urban Meyer, offensive tackle Taylor Decker, linebacker Joshua Perry and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington. There might just be a wee bit of attention paid to the defending national champs. Here are a few questions the Buckeyes can expect to face:
1. Quarterbacks, quarterback, quarterbacks: The crazy quarterback competition gained more clarity last week when Braxton Miller revealed he would be trying his hand at receiver. But the position is still far from settled, with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett set to go head to head in fall camp and Miller likely still playing at least a little bit of a role under center. The situation has received so much attention during the offseason that Meyer and the players are sure to be asked about it to the point of exhaustion. Whether we get more substantial answers is another matter entirely.
2. Repeat in the works? Ohio State is a considerable favorite to win the national championship again this season, loaded as it is with top-shelf talent and blessed with a favorable schedule. Expect lots of questions about how Meyer ensures the team doesn't let its success go to its head, about how hard it is to repeat (which Meyer has experience with from his Florida days) and potential chemistry issues with the quarterback battle. When a team is as good as the Buckeyes appear to be on paper, people will try to poke at every potential hole. Ohio State had an enviable offseason, with just about everything going right, including recruiting. Meyer looks like he's building a possible dynasty in Columbus, and every word he utters in Chicago will take on added weight as a result.
3. Meyer vs. Harbaugh: Meyer and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh probably will have little interaction this week, save for perhaps shaking hands at Friday's kickoff luncheon. Still, it was no accident the Big Ten made its schedule with Ohio State as the headliner on Thursday and Michigan in the spotlight Friday. Both coaches and programs figure to hog the limelight, and everyone is fascinated by the personalities leading these two historic rivals. Don't expect any Steve Spurrier-style jabs from either coach, but clearly media types will try all sorts of ways to get sound bites from Meyer on Harbaugh or vice versa. It should make for interesting theater if nothing else.
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