The preseason is over for Ohio State and Miami. Let the real season begin.
"It's a relief that finally we can talk about Miami," Buckeyes wide receiver
After spending the summer trying to focus on opening week tuneups and pretending to take things "one game at a time," the No. 12 'Canes and No. 2 Buckeyes will battle on Saturday to see where they stand nationally. The second week of the season brings a bevy of marquee games, but what happens in the Horseshoe will resonate for the rest of the season in both the Heisman and BCS chases.
Of the 43 starters in the 2002 national championship game (OSU's
Ohio State enters the game as a 9.5-point favorite. Miami is 4-1-1 the last two seasons against the spread as an underdog. Ohio State is 6-0 vs. the number in its last six games coming off a 30-plus-point victory.
Miami makes some big plays in the first half, but Pryor and the Ohio State defense wear down the Hurricanes in the second half.