Four downs: Keys to Ohio State's opener 

August, 31, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The opener has finally arrived. Urban Meyer is slated for his debut at Ohio State, his team is eager to reestablish itself as a national power after a rough year and the Buckeyes can finally put a bow on the offseason after months of brutal workouts. They'll have the talent advantage when the curtain comes up at Ohio Stadium at noon on Saturday, but these four areas will be important and well worth watching.

FIRST DOWN

Hurry up: There's a reason the offseason program focused so intently on conditioning.
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