Slow starts leading to expected results were the overriding theme of college football’s opening weekend. For the most part the heavy favorites wound up winning, but not all of them looked impressive getting there. Ranked teams like Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina and Wisconsin struggled to put away underdog opponents. Only the top two teams in the preseason AP poll- USC and Alabama- really looked the part.
The same was true in Columbus, where the Ohio State Buckeyes got off to a sluggish start in Urban Meyer’s first game at the helm. They trailed the O.G. Miami 3-0 after one period and they were fortunate to not be down by more, as several blown opportunities kept the Redhawks from building an early double-digit lead. A spectacular touchdown by Devin Smith finally woke the Buckeyes from their slumber, and they went on to control things from there in a 56-10 victory.
While there was plenty to be excited about after opening day- particularly the dazzling play of Braxton Miller and a front seven that held Miami to minus-one yard rushing- there was also plenty of concerns. Miller is a long way from a finished product, as is a secondary that at times was eviscerated by Miami’s talented quarterback Zac Dysart. But it’s better to have teachable moments come out of a blowout win rather than a loss.