September 13, 2010 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
OHIO STATE has passed its first acid test, and did so with flying colors. The second-ranked Buckeyes throttled the Miami Hurricanes 36-24. It could and should have been much worse.
Terrelle Pryor has blossomed into a big-game quarterback and leader. He did it with his legs and arm. More importantly, Pryor was in command as he didn't turn the ball over and made key plays when needed. Miami, meanwhile, committed four costly turnovers.
Things should be on cruise control for a few weeks in Buckeyeland. The next four weeks have Ohio U., Eastern Michigan, Illinois and Indiana on the Buckeyes' menu.
I have said from day one, the Buckeyes' biggest challenge will not be at Iowa but rather Oct. 16 at Wisconsin.
Ohio State has the talent, experience and coaching to realize perfection and play for a national title.
The two keys for OSU are -- remaining healthy and staying focused. Health is out of Jim Tressel's control. Keeping them focused is his responsibility.
The stars are aligned perfectly for the Scarlet & Gray to be in their fourth national championship game this decade. That would be a notable achievement.
Much work and many games remain for that to come to fruition.
But the Buckeyes have a golden opportunity to grab the brass ring. Tressel needs to lead and the Bucks will follow.