With the 56-10, season-opening win over Miami University in his rearview mirror, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and his staff were busy at work on this Labor Day because, as he said, Central Florida will present an altogether different challenge Saturday.

With the 56-10, season-opening win over Miami University in his rearview mirror, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and his staff were busy at work on this Labor Day because, as he said, Central Florida will present an altogether different challenge Saturday.

Just a glance at the Central Florida two-deep roster is an indicator of what's coming, like on the list of defensive players, he said.

"One is a 340-pound -- Jose Jose I believe his name is -- a 340-pound defensive tackle as opposed to 270, so that tells you right there," Meyer said. "So we have to get into no-huddle (offense) and wear them out.

"But this is a whole different animal that we're facing. Miami, they're going to make their first downs throwing the ball. This team's going to run the power directly at you and get their first downs. So it's a much different team and very talented team."

UCF, coached by George O'Leary, is like Ohio State in that it is dealing with a postseason ban this year because of NCAA rules transgressions. And like OSU, the Golden Knights came storming into the season on Thursday night at Akron, and they popped the Zips 56-14.

"I know this team, I know this coach, I know this coaching staff, and we have great respect for everything they've done," said Meyer, whose familiarity with the UCF rise was fostered by his coaching at Florida from 2005-2010. "They've led the defense in their conference (USA) the last three years. They have very good players -- 300-pound plus defensive tackles, two athletic defensive ends. It's what you'd imagine out of Central Florida.

"On offense, they pounded Akron ... and they ran power downhill at them with a big effort at quarterback (Blake Bortles) who also threw the ball very well. ... To say that we don't have a lot of respect for Central Florida would be nonsense."

His players already had been served a decent helping of what the Golden Knights have to offer by way of downloads to their iPads, provided to all scholarship athletes at OSU for the first time this year.

"The good thing is nowadays our players have already seen film so they have a touch of what's going on with all these iPads floating around here," Meyer said. "They have plenty of film to watch.

"You can get up here and babble all you want (about the challenges UCF might pose), but if they see it on film what they're getting ready to play against, this will be a war and something we have to be ready for, and we will."

Which brings it back to what happened on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

"Proud of the way our guys played" overall, Meyer said.

The Buckeyes did win convincingly, with quarterback Braxton Miller gaining 368 yards total offense and setting an OSU single-game record for a QB with 161 rushing. But they had a slow start, trailing 3-0 in the first quarter before the new spread offense got on track in a big way in the second quarter.

Even with OSU up 21-3, the first half ended on a down note when Carlos Hyde was stuffed short of the goal line on the last play, which started from inside the one.

"Very disappointed in the first quarter, and I'm glad, after you evaluate it now, I'm very glad that happened," Meyer said. "It gives us an opportunity to coach very, very hard and get some things corrected."

Like on that play at the end of the first half.

"Is that what you can expect the rest of the year on the 1-yard line? No, we'll do some things different, but that was a tempo setter," Meyer said. "That was a timeout. We called them together, and I wanted to see something happen, and we should have scored. We missed a block. The offensive line can't miss a block down there.

"So to answer your question, would we change things up down there? Absolutely. Will there be times that we have to hand the ball back to the tailback and get one yard? Yeah, a lot. So that was the most disappointing part of the whole day, and we'll get that fixed."

Meyer said that several players turned in winning performances and were named to the champions club, led by defensive player of the week Bradley Roby, who recovered a fumble in the end zone for TD among other things, and Miller. He also liked the effort of Hyde, who gained 70 percent of his yards after first contact.

Defensive lineman Michael Bennett was expected start but in pregame warmups suffered an aggravation of the groin muscle strain which plagued through preseason camp, Meyer said. Bennett's status for Saturday likely won't be known until later in the week.

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