COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â€” Classes haven't even begun at Ohio State, and already there's a big test.
Almost every year, early in the season, the Buckeyes put their season on the line against a nonconference football power. It's risky business when the goal is a national championship, but it's something No. 2 Ohio State â€” and Saturday's opponent, No. 12 Miami â€” have being doing for years.
During a quarter-century of national prominence from 1980-2005, the Hurricanes never ducked a top opponent.
The past two years, the Buckeyes have played Southern California. Next year, they play at Miami, and in subsequent years, there's home-and-home dates with California, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Tennessee.