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Buckeyes expect Navy's offense to be a handful

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm •  Published: August 27, 2014
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photo - FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Michigan State's Connor Cook (18) is sacked by Ohio State's Joey Bosa (97) during the first half of a Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. For Saturday's, Aug. 30, 2014, season opening game with Navy, Bosa and the Ohio State defense must get ready for the Midshipmen's lethal triple-option game. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Michigan State's Connor Cook (18) is sacked by Ohio State's Joey Bosa (97) during the first half of a Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. For Saturday's, Aug. 30, 2014, season opening game with Navy, Bosa and the Ohio State defense must get ready for the Midshipmen's lethal triple-option game. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It's already difficult to play Navy because of the tough, dedicated and disciplined players on any service academy's roster.

On top of that, No. 5 Ohio State must get ready for the Midshipmen's lethal, unique offense. Navy is one of the few full-time practitioners of the triple-option left at the college level.

So when the Buckeyes meet the Midshipmen on Saturday in Baltimore, they must prepare for a physical battle against a supremely conditioned team. They also must hone their knowledge of assignment defense against star quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Navy's other offensive threats.

The Buckeyes know they've got their hands full as they open their 125th season.