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What to watch for when No. 2 Ohio State faces Indiana on Thursday

Right off the bat: The Buckeyes’ new offensive coordinator, Kevin Wilson, resigned as the head coach at Indiana in December amid allegations of player mistreatment, adding a layer of intrigue to this season-opening pairing.

That was a last-straw moment for Urban Meyer, who quickly jettisoned former coordinator Tim Beck in favor of Wilson, the former Oklahoma assistant with a reputation as one of college football’s top offensive minds.

The Offense will be under the spotlight, potentially overshadowing the factors — both known and unknown — that could either lift this program to its second national championship under Meyer or lead OSU to cede the Big Ten Conference East Division to one of Penn State or rival Michigan.

The biggest change to OSU’s attack is in pace and tempo, two factors — along with elite quarterback play and a varied list of skill talent — that defined Wilson’s scheme during his impressive stint with Oklahoma.

A year ago, OSU was simply too reliant on all-purpose standout Curtis Samuel; that wasn’t evident against most teams but painfully clear when facing off against the elite opponents on its schedule.


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