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2013 Ohio State Buckeyes football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionLeaders Division
2013 record0–0 (0–0 Big Ten)
Head coachUrban Meyer (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorTom Herman (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorEd Warriner (2nd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Co-defensive coordinatorLuke Fickell (8th season)
Co-defensive coordinatorEverett Withers (2nd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
Seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
Iowa   0 0         0 0  
Michigan   0 0         0 0  
Michigan State   0 0         0 0  
Minnesota   0 0         0 0  
Nebraska   0 0         0 0  
Northwestern   0 0         0 0  
Leaders
Illinois   0 0         0 0  
Indiana   0 0         0 0  
Ohio State   0 0         0 0  
Penn State*   0 0         0 0  
Purdue   0 0         0 0  
Wisconsin   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 7, 2013
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
    As of December 7, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes football team will represent The Ohio State University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It will be the Buckeye's 124th overall, the 101st as a member of the Big Ten Conference and the third as a member of the Big Ten Leaders Division. The team will be led by Urban Meyer, in his second year, and will play their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Before the seasonEdit

Previous seasonEdit

Urban Meyer, after being hired in November 2011, quickly brought in an entirely new staff to lead the team in 2012, featuring Tom Herman and Ed Warinner as co-offensive coordinators, with Everett Withers and former interim head coach Luke Fickell as co-defensive coordinators.[1] Meyer also began to shape the team by bringing in a top ten recruiting class.[2] Following an offseason of transition, Ohio State began the 2012 season against Miami (Ohio) on September 1, defeating the RedHawks 56–10. Ohio State entered Big Ten Conference play with a 4–0 record and in their first conference game, would defeat the Michigan State Spartans 17–16. A 63–38 victory over Nebraska on homecoming would give Ohio State a 6–0 record and put them in the top ten in the AP Poll. Overtime victories over Purdue and Wisconsin, along with many other close victories, would give the Buckeyes an 11–0 record heading into their annual matchup with the Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines 26–21 and completed their undefeated season, the first for the program since 2002.[3] Though Ohio State was ineligible to play in any bowl game or to be ranked in the BCS or Coaches' Poll, they were still eligible for the AP National Championship.[4] Following the season, Ohio State was ranked third in the AP Poll behind the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide and the second ranked Oregon Ducks.[5]

Spring PracticeEdit

Ohio State began their spring camp earlier than they had in previous seasons, starting it on March 5.[6] The 2013 spring game will be played on April 13 and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Ohio State will play their spring game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, while Ohio Stadium undergoes renovations.[7]

PersonnelEdit

Coaching StaffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Ohio State
Alma mater
Urban MeyerHead coach 2ndCincinnati (1986)
Tom HermanOffensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks2ndCalifornia Lutheran (1997)
Ed WarinnerCo-Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line2ndMount Union (1984)
Luke Fickell Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers11thOhio State (1997)
Everett WithersAssistant Head Coach, Co-Defensive Coordinator2ndAppalachian State (1985)
Kerry CoombsSpecial Teams Coordinator, Cornerbacks2ndDayton (1983)
Stan DraytonRunning Backs3rdAllegheny College (1993)
Zach SmithWide Receivers2ndFlorida (2007)
Mike VrabelDefensive Line3rdOhio State (1996)
Tim HintonTight Ends, Fullbacks2ndWilmington (1982)
Mickey Marotti Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance2ndWest Liberty (1987)

Recruiting ClassEdit

On February 6, 2013 the Ohio State University athletic department confirmed that it had received letters of intent confirming the commitment of 24 athletes in its recruiting class.[8] Among these included signing day commitments from Georgia safety Vonn Bell and Florida wide receiver James Clark, with the former announcing his intentions via ESPN. In reference to events of the day, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer was quoted as calling it (February 6, 2013) a 'Great day. I thought it would be a good day, but now I'll put it in the great category.' [8] According to various recruiting services, the Buckeyes was ranked first overall by Scout; second overall (behind Alabama) by Rivals and third overall by ESPN.

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